A 1940s HOME OWNERS’ BOOK

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I recently purchased this vintage hard covered book titled Home Owners’ Catalogue, published in 1945. It is full, and I mean full of informative information that anyone building or renovating a home in the 1940s would have wanted to know about. It’s like a current day home trade show in book form. Being a book from 1945 it is not the 1950s/60s style I generally collect but this vintage gem was just too cool to leave behind. So I decided to get this to give to a friend who also has a love of vintage and hopes to one day restore her grandparents farm house in 1940s style.

It is filled with planning information, check-lists and products ranging from air conditioning, cabinets and flooring to ranges, wall coverings and windows.

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The book illustrates life in the 1940s, post war, with some great ads that show all of the amazing things that were new to them that we now take for granted…like having hot water readily available and enjoying cool air indoors during the hot summer. Imagine how exciting electricity would have been.

Adorable 1940s electricity ad

Adorable 1940s electricity ad

 

A great 1940s kitchen

A great 1940s kitchen

My favorite ads in the book were for these amazing kitchen designs and I had to share a few photos. I would gladly take this lovely little kitchen and all of the sweet accessories in it like the stool, the mixer and all of the canisters.

Love everything about this kitchen.

Love everything about this kitchen.

Here’s the plan for the above 10’6″ x 9’6″ kitchen.

1940s small kitchen plan

1940s small kitchen plan

And how cheery is this kitchen with yellow accents? I love the little desk space – perfect for writing letters while waiting for your freshly baked cookies to come out of the oven.

Bright and cheery 1940s kitchen

Bright and cheery 1940s kitchen

Here’s a décor idea for your vintage kitchen – hang a bamboo framed wall shelf displaying a fun fruity plate collection like in this vintage kitchen.

 

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What a great oven range

And another great 1940s kitchen…

Lots of cabinet space in this kitchen design

Lots of cabinet space in this kitchen design

This vintage bathroom is a beauty – with the 1940s version of dual sinks and the floor of my dreams – so fun!

Love the flooring

Love the flooring

And speaking of vintage flooring, check out the rainbow of colours available in this linoleum ad.

1940s Nairn Linoleum ad

1940s Nairn Linoleum ad

I am always excited to find old books and pamphlets on home design like this one showing the great styles and ideas of the past. They are great historical references for people who are trying to give their homes a true vintage feel.

 

 

 

 

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