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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

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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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American Flag Vintage Advertising Postcard

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Vintage American Flag Postcard
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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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Chevy Truck Photographic Print

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Elvis Presley’s Green Cadillac Convertible Poster

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Elvis Presley's Green Cadillac Convertible in Photoenlargement
Elvis Presley’s Green Cadillac Convertible in by danitadelimont
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Kodak Professional Photo Paper (Satin)

Developed specifically for darkroom printing, Kodak photographic paper is a premium silver-halide paper designed to dramatically enhance colors, while maintaining consistent tonal reproduction.

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Batman Classic Logo Ipad Skin

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Batman Classic Logo Speckcase
Batman Classic Logo by batman
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Speck® Fitted™Hard Shell iPad Case

Show off your signature style with an ultra-tailored Speck Products® brand case for your iPad. Combining luxury with uncompromised protection, this sleek hard plastic case is covered with an easy-to-grip fabric that is richly printed with your favorite design. The first of its kind to be offered anywhere, this lightweight and durable custom case allows optimal access to all sensors, ports, and controls on your iPad, while offering superior comfort in-hand.

Depth: 0.71 inches
Width: 7.7 inches
Height: 9.79 inches
Weight: 9.6 oz.

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Child of the 80s iPad Cases

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Child of the 80s by Back_Space
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Speck® Fitted™Hard Shell iPad Case

Show off your signature style with an ultra-tailored Speck Products® brand case for your iPad. Combining luxury with uncompromised protection, this sleek hard plastic case is covered with an easy-to-grip fabric that is richly printed with your favorite design. The first of its kind to be offered anywhere, this lightweight and durable custom case allows optimal access to all sensors, ports, and controls on your iPad, while offering superior comfort in-hand.

Depth: 0.71 inches
Width: 7.7 inches
Height: 9.79 inches
Weight: 9.6 oz.

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Totally 80’s Skull and Crossbones Ipad Cases

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Totally 80’s Skull n Crossbones by Retrofort
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Speck® Fitted™Hard Shell iPad Case

Show off your signature style with an ultra-tailored Speck Products® brand case for your iPad. Combining luxury with uncompromised protection, this sleek hard plastic case is covered with an easy-to-grip fabric that is richly printed with your favorite design. The first of its kind to be offered anywhere, this lightweight and durable custom case allows optimal access to all sensors, ports, and controls on your iPad, while offering superior comfort in-hand.

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