MID CENTURY DOOR CANDY

Selection of 1950s Schlage door escutcheons.

Selection of 1950s Schlage door escutcheons.

I have always admired these mid century doors with their pretty geometric shaped panels in so many wonderful designs. Mid century home owners not only had amazing styles of doors to choose from, they also had fashionable accessories for their front door and entranceway.

Mid century door styles from a 1960s Beaver Lumber ad.

Mid century door styles from a 1960s Beaver Lumber ad.

Schlage was a company that sold very stylish door knobs, locks, latches and escutcheons in the 1950’s and 1960s. The company started out in the 1920s and is still in business today. A 1952 Schlage ad in a home planners guide explains to home owners that “Locks and latches are important ornamental details of your new home. You should choose them with the same care you would give to your personal jewelry, or to the silverware that adorns your dining table.”

1950s Schlage magazine ad for door handles.

1950s Schlage magazine ad for door handles.

I would really love to have a starburst design similar to this on our door. Time to do a search on Etsy and Ebay.

The astra design by Schlage.

The astra design door knob and wide Novo escutcheon by Schlage.

Here is another design – simpler but so stylish.

Vintage Schlage door knob and escutcheon.

Vintage Schlage Saturn door knob and banded Riviera escutcheon.

And you didn’t just head to a big box hardware store in the 1950s and grab some door knobs off of a shelf – you went to visit your local Schlage dealer. This great photo is from a 1952 home planner guide…it shows a young couple deciding on door hardware, the wife looking so hopeful that her husband will agree to buy the knobs and escutcheons she has her heart set on.

Photo from a vintage 1952 Schlage ad.

Photo from a vintage 1952 Schlage ad.

There were also lovely door bells to choose from including a starburst design and other unique mid century styles.

1960s Nutone pushbutton doorbells.

1960s Nutone pushbutton doorbells.

Even mail boxes were a thing of beauty and style. I was lucky enough to find this one in a great little Etsy shop (https://www.etsy.com/shop/midcenturykitschen) which will end up in our entranceway.

Mid century starburst mail box by Griswold.

Mid century starburst mail box by Griswold.

I am hoping to find some vintage hardware for our door makeover on Etsy or Ebay but luckily I have a back up plan as Rejuvenation sells reproductions of some of these mid century styles like the Titan door set show here: http://www.rejuvenation.com/catalog/products/titan 

I can’t wait to post photos once we’ve completed the home’s exterior and entranceway. I’ll be sure to take lots of boring before and eye-catching after photos of our door.

 

 

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