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House Bountiful: 1956

House Bountiful: 1956

"Easter 1956." Mike and Barbara at their home in Menomonie with the grandparents, amid a polychrome plenitude of knickknacks and tchotchkes. View full size.

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Fifty Shades of Green

I think the colours in the room are actually very well matched. It's a green-cream-grey-gold harmony of a quality that reflects some degree of artistic sensibility.


Based on recent perusals of real estate listings that particular shade of blue-green, or green-blue, seems to be coming back in style. Which is ok with me; I’ve always loved it when it shows up in Kodachrome slides or home movies.

Wisconsin geography lesson

Menomonie = Wisconsin city
Menomonie = Wisconsin town (adjacent to the city of Menomonie)
Menomonee Falls = Wisconsin village
Menomonee = Wisconsin river which flows through Menomonee Falls
Menomonee = Wisconsin town annexed by Menomonee Falls in 1958
Menominee = Wisconsin river at the border with the Michigan Upper Peninsula
Menominee = Wisconsin county (not near Menomonie, Menomonie, Menomonee Falls, the Menomonee, or the Menominee)

Meet the Blanks

Not everyone wants to be a social media star, so I'd rather leave the family's name (which I knew when I started scanning these) out of the comments. Thanks for your cooperation.

The Little Girl and Her Doll

are definitely plotting something.

Burn Hazard

Those gooseneck lamps in the background would get incredibly hot with a 60 watt incandescent bulb. They appear to be a new addition to the home, with an earlier lampshade in evidence. Our 1950s living room had drapes that were made of Fiberglas, with scenes of Paris on them.

Step right this way

Those gleaming red kicks, not to mention the wattage of her smile, tell me that Grandma is a serious lover of life. Grandpa looks as though he knows something he's not telling, and little Barbara is down for some mischief in which I predict that Grandma will become, or already is, complicit. Something tells me that their scheme may involve food. As for Mike, he probably has a frog in his pocket.

Fringe benefits

My grandparents had two pink chairs with the same fringe rope at the bottom. I remember driving play cars in and out of them. They were so soft. Everyone looks so happy!

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