Category: Retro Style Art

Sweet Fifties: Design for the Nuclear Family

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Sweet Fifties: Design for the Nuclear Family

The prime difficulty in most city planning until the 20th century was due to the fact that too few trained individuals had given specific thought to such problems as the regulation of traffic, control of the ingress of food stuffs, and the elimination of waste material. No one had considered the city as a greatly magnified human being which needed light, air, and exercise, as well as protection from the smoke and noise of the machine.

As cities simply grew, with the great concentration of population in the slums and with the advent of the skyscrapers, daily drawing their thousands of occupants from suburban areas, the problems of congestion and health control eventually forced the architects to think in terms of the efficiently planned metropolis. In the 20th century, a few enlightened industrialists also began to perceive that well-housed, healthy workers are a necessary part of the long-range planning for a stable industrial civilization.

In the America of the 1950s, it has been said, “each householder was able to have his own little Versailles along a cul-de-sac”. For the first time, many middle-class American families could afford to buy their own house, set in its own plot of land with an integrated garage.

The growth of suburban living brought with it a new lifestyle, in which leisure took on a new significance. A wide range of new domestic artefacts appeared as symboIs of this “affluent society”.

Desire for the new lifestyle goods was created and communicated by the mass media in magazine and television advertisements. As well as the readily available mass-produced additions to the household there was a growing tendency in interior decoration for householders to “do-it-yourself” to achieve a luxurious “modern” interior at a fraction of the price which it would cost to bring in an interior decorator.

The suburban “dream house” had its roots in Iate 19th-century America: Frank Lloyd Wright’s turn-of-the-century “Prairie” houses provided a model for later developers to emulate. By the early postwar years the “dream” had been made available to a new sector of the American populationý through improved methods of building cheap standardized, pre-fabricated houses and mortgage schemes provided for former members of the armed forces. A major justification for suburbia was the fact that it was safe for the children of the postwar baby boom. lncreased automobile ownership also helped to make suburban living a practical proposition.

The kitchen was the most important room in the suburban home of the 1950s as appliances began to take over from the automobile as the prime symbols of living in the modem age. The automatic washing-machine, the deep-freeze and the dishwasher were essentially products of the postwar era. They faciIitated living in the new settingý provided consumers with the latest technology in their own homes and filled the ever expanding space that constituted the kitchen area in the new suburban house.

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Architecture Art: Acropolis in Athens

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Architecture Art: Acropolis in Athens

For the works of Pericles… were perfectly made in so short a time and have continued so long a season. For every one of those which were finished at that time seemed to them to be very ancient touching the beauty thereof, and yet for the grace and continuance of the same it looketh at this day as if it were but newly done and finished; there is such a certain kind of flourishing freshness in it, which telleth that the injury of time cannot impair the sight thereof. As if every one of those foresaid works had some living spirit in it to make it seem fresh and young and a soul that lived for ever which kept them in their good continuing state.”

The development of the acropolis of Athens from the time when it was a pre-Hellenic sanctuary onward is so well researched and so widely known that repetition seems superfluous. One glance at the map of the acropolis even in Periclean times proves the volume-consciousness and space-blindness of its builders, which resulted practically in visual isolation of the respective structures. It explains also the complete lack of any axial references.

The tremendous differences in level within the sacred area contributed further to its irregularity, and only in the last Hellenistic centuries were attempts made–mostly unsuccessfully–to overcome them to a certain degree.

The acropolis, the nucleus of early Greek towns, developed generally from a fortified place of refuge. The possibilities of an easy defense were decisive for its establishment. So it became gradually the seat of the dominant power and eventually a sacred area, where temples, monuments, and altars were located, as were in earlier times the palaces of the kings. The acropolis was walled, but never became part of the fortification of the settlement which stretched beneath it. Once the whole town had become walled, the acropolis gradually lost its importance for defense. During the earlier archaic centuries it also served as a gathering place, a function which it lost to the agora with the increasing growth of the town proper.

On the acropolis, temples and statues were located according to topographical conditions of the hill. Often the respect for the tradition of previous sanctuaries or temples, sometimes dating back to prehistoric times, determined the site of later structures. But notwithstanding the representative character of the acropolis and the importance of its sacred area, no kind of space-creating relationship between the individual buildings can be observed. From the beginning to the very end of Greek civilization we find at the acropolis the same lack of an organized overall plan that is evident at the great sanctuaries, such as Eleusis, Olympia, and Delphi.

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Retro Ads: Philips Autoradio Advertisement

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Retro Ads: Philips Autoradio Advertisement

decorative art, Illustration Art, philips autoradio poster, retro style art, vintage ads, vintage art, Vintage Illustrations

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Retro Ads: Jai Choisi Philips Large

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Retro Ads: Jai Choisi Philips Large

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Retro Ad for Philips Radio and Record Players

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Retro Ad for Philips Radio and Record Players

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Blue Sky and Hi-Fi: Retro Teppaz Record Player Ad

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Blue Sky and Hi-Fi: Retro Teppaz Record Player Ad

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Life Is A Beach in Abtract Style by Mary Calkins

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Life Is A Beach in Abtract Style by Mary Calkins

Mary Calkins

Mary Whiton Calkins, whom is best known for two things: becoming the first woman president of the American Psychological Association and being denied her doctorate from Harvard. However, these two aspects only make up a small portion of what she accomplished in her life. Her entire life was dedicated to her work, especially the development of her “psychology of selves.”

She founded an early psychology laboratory and invented the paired-associate technique. She passionately delved into the new field of Psychology but also was highly active in the field of Philosophy. She was not deterred by being a woman and used her struggles to gain a voice to speak out against women’s oppression.

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Vintage Rome Colosseum Italy Travel Postcard

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Colosseum Italian Travel Photo Postcard
Colosseum Italian Travel Photo Postcard by made_in_atlantis
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Exterior of the Colosseum, Rome, Italy Postcard
Exterior of the Colosseum, Rome, Italy Postcard by OldeWorldGifts
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Black White Pop Art Colosseum Poster
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Colosseum and Rome City travel advertisement painting poster – Yellow color tones Colosseum and blue sky illustration – Old retro European travel advertising print – Flavian Amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy – Ancient Roman Empire state buildings

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American Flag Vintage Advertising Postcard

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Vintage American Flag Postcard
Vintage American Flag Postcard by hizli_art
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American Flag Vintage Advertising Postcard
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US - American Flag Pop Art Poster Print
US – American Flag Pop Art Poster Print by made_in_atlantis
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This Vintage cigar label is a beautiful image of a woman proudly holding the American flag. A Victorian beauty, it is a wonderful gift for collectors of antique advertising and vintage cigar collectibles. Look through our store for more beautiful Victorian illustrated products.

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Businessman Drinking Beer Vintage Art Postcard

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Businessman Drinking Beer Postcard
Businessman Drinking Beer Postcard by retrofile
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Got Beer? Greeting Card
Got Beer? Greeting Card by made_in_atlantis
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Beer Mug Poster Print
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Beer Mugs Poster Print - Frosty Beer Posters
Beer Mugs Poster Print – Frosty Beer Posters by made_in_atlantis
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