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The Winter of 65

The Winter of 65

October 1942. "Health measures for low indoor temperatures. Planning to spend a winter evening at home? Better dress for it the way these attractive government workers do, for homes will be kept to 65 degrees this year due to Federal fuel oil limitation orders. Slacks and warm robes mean comfort under lower temper­atures." Photo by Albert Freeman, Office of War Information. View full size.

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Must ... have ... that clock

The clock seems to have been a collaboration between the the Crystal Bent Glass Co of Cincinnati and designer Walter Hentschel, known for his work with Rockwood Pottery - and possibly the Waltham Clock Co of Waltham, Mass. More here.

Balmy Temps

During the cold months, our mom kept the house at 61. The budget was tight and our rural house in northern Indiana had an inefficient oil furnace. As you'd imagine, the words "put on a sweatshirt" were repeated often. We were fine, especially with the warmth generated by cooking for a family of eight. That and sharing the body heat due to the close proximity of large family in a very small house. My own home is usually at a luxurious 65 in the winter.

“Limited” to 65 Degrees?

Really? If my wife sets the thermostat to even a degree higher than that I start to break a sweat!

More important

More important than where to buy one is what language are the hour numbers in? They almost look oriental but I doubt any one in 1942 would have a clock like that.

[Exotic Arabic. -Dave]

Whose Farm Bloc?

It appears she's reading "Whose Farm Bloc?" by Arthur Moore from the October 12, 1942 issue of The New Republic.

Nothing better for low temps

Than a chenille bedspread.

Love the clock

I'm more than confident one of us fellow Shorpyites will help me identifying the make and where I might be able to buy one?

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