The Crazy Suburban Mom: Why if it isn't Retro Tuesday again?

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Why if it isn't Retro Tuesday again?

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I keep running across these fabulous dinette sets. I think they attract my attention because I don't eat at my kitchen table; I eat on the couch. I know that's an awful thing to admit but my chairs are wood and uncomfortable. I don't know what I was thinking when I bought them.

I love these dinettes because are informal and very comfy looking. But they are also modern and colorful - and very fashion forward. I would love to run across one someday, for real.


The yellow one would go better in my kitchen but I wish the chairs had the gingham pattern too. I love that the top set has the pattern on table and chairs and I think it must have been very daring to mix colors! This was in a 1952 magazine.

This next one is one year later...


But it looks so much more modern to me!

Everything about it, from the design to the dinette being in a dining area rather than an eat-kitchen. The first picture looked closer kitchens in magazines from the 1940's while the second one looks closer to the kitchens from the 1960's.

I got curious about this Lowry dude because every ad around this time seems to have "9 out of 10 experts" spouting some nonsense but it turns out Raymond Lowry really was important. Really really important. He's called the Father of Industrial Design and is responsible for things and logos as diverse as the coca-cola and U.S. postal logos to the Greyhound bus (the actual bus) and Cold Spot Refrigerator for Sears. His website has tons more information about him.

The things you learn when your looking through old magazines, right?

I have one more thing for you this Retro Tuesday.

I was going through a community cookbook yesterday and one of the things was a pre-printed shopping list to help you with your menu planning. It was fascinating. Sort of a time capsule into the year the cookbook was published, 1968.


There are so many things on there that would never be considered weekly purchases today. I can't remember the last time I needed lard, for example. Or liver. Or sardines. Wow.

I certainly don't need jello weekly. Or starch. I don't think I've ever bought starch. I've muddled through most of the abbreviations but I can't figure out some of them so I photoshopped some check marks in...

Any thoughts about what those could be? Not a clue on my end.

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The Laughing Idiot 7/28/09, 7:50 AM  

The last thing my husband would find himself sitting on is PINK gingham chairs at his LADY Arvin table - I think they are adorable, but being as how he lives in a house with all women, he would put his foot down on the pink dining room set :(

As far as those abreviations:
S-Chips = Salty Chips - this should go without saying. Chips would have been fine all its own. Why would someone want unsalted chips?

Pear D = Pears (Delicious) - again this should go without saying. Did you every make a grocery list that said, "bland, not-so-yummy pears"?

Pork R = Pork Roast

Mush'rs = Mushrooms

On a side note, I'm assuming "Coffee C" is caffinated coffe. Seriously, decaffinated coffe is a waste of water. And why is this a bakery item?

Finally, apparently they ate a lot of asparagus back then - it's on the list twice.

The Crazy Suburban Mom 7/28/09, 7:54 AM  

Now I was thinking Coffee C was coffee cake to go with the Cheese C being cheese cake. And yeah they much have eating alot of asparagus which I thought was odd. And ginger. Thought that was odd too


Lidian 7/28/09, 8:29 AM  

I'm a little worried about what kind of meal is going to evolve out of that shopping list!

beth 7/28/09, 11:05 AM  

i'm thinking coffee c is coffee cake, too. how about tobacco on the shopping list? just in general tobacco, not even cigarettes or chewing tobacco (which even if i used either product, i don't think i would consider them weekly staples). love the top dinette!

Sandee 7/28/09, 2:11 PM  

These tables and chairs are so 50s and 60s. I remember them well.

Have a terrific day. :)

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chicamom85 7/28/09, 5:46 PM  

We have an old one very simular to those that was my late MIL's. Its in our basement, I still think it is pretty cool looking


Tina 7/29/09, 8:28 AM  

those are great. i love a bit of retro me!

ladyjanewriter 7/31/09, 11:23 AM  

S. Chips = Soap chips? I cannot figure that one out.

Ha! I thought Pork R. was "Pork Rinds"

VAYANKEE 10/24/09, 8:58 PM  

Iam 72 and think "soap c." would be "soap chips," which would have been a product such as IVORY FLAKES (a laundry soap (NOT detergent) of yore.

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