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December 3, 2020

35 Amazing Photos Show What Home Interior Looked Like in the 1950s

The 1950s furniture show many styles of home décor.

People at home in the 1950s


Floral patterns and overstuffed comfortable chairs and sofas were available in almost any styles. The distinct look of Scandinavian furniture was embraced by the 1950s crowd for its modern and minimalist look. The upholstery was often heavy textures in earth greens, browns, and tans.

In the 1950s, radio was easily seen in the living room but superseded by gradually television as the most popular broadcast medium, and commercial radio programming shifted to narrower formats of news, talk, sports and music. Religious broadcasters, listener-supported public radio and college stations provide their own distinctive formats.

Wallpaper was a popular décor and often used in foyers, kitchens, dining rooms, bathrooms, and bedrooms.

Take a look at these amazing photos from Vintage Cars & People to see what home interior looked like in the 1950s.

A blonde lady and two fellows in suits posing in a middle-class home. A large radio cabinet can be seen in the corner of the room

A brunette lady enjoying a snack in a typical fifties living room

A brunette lady in a checkered blouse and dark capri pants posing next to a television set in an interior of a 1950s American home

A brunette lady in a dressing gown lying on a bed, raising a glass of red wine. A radio set and an alarm clock can be seen on the bedside table

A brunette lady in a summer dress posing in a sun-drenched middle-class living room. A reproduction of Johannes Vermeer's "Woman with a Water Jug" can be seen on the wall behind her

A brunette lady posing in an armchair in a middle-class living room

A brunette lady with pointed eyeglasses enjoying the Sunday morning comics in a sun-drenched fifties living room

A cheerful lady posing on a couch in a middle-class living room

A cheerful young lady posing in a strapless evening dress and white opera gloves in the room with only a mirror, a lamp, and a television set

A cheerful young lady posing in an evening dress and white lace opera gloves in a middle-class home, a tabletop tube radio can be seen in the left of the photo

A company of eight celebrating at the kitchen table in a lower-middle-class home

A company of four posing with a leopard's skin in a typical 1950s American living room

A dark-haired lady reading a book in an armchair. She is wearing a knee-lenght striped dress adorned with a branch-shaped brooch. A tabletop tube radio can be seen on the table next to her

A fashionalble blonde lady sitting in an armchair in a typical 1950s living room at night. She is proudly posing with two middle-class status symbols of time – an illuminated record player and a tube radio set

A mother, her daughter, and their cat posing in the living room of a middle-class home

A short-haired lady tuning a tabletop tube radio in a typical 1950s living room

A stylish lady proudly posing with a so-called radiogram or stereo console in a middle-class home

A typical interior of a 1950s German middle-class home, dominated by a large tube radio. Through the opened door, a cheerful lady can be seen sitting at a table on the balcony

A young lady listening to the radio in a typical 1950s German middle-class home. The oval picture on the wall in the background is a souvenir thermometer

A young lady posing in a middle-class kitchen after nightfall. Her knitting can be seen lying on the kitchen table

A young lady wearing a 3/4 length skirt and a striped top posing in a typical fifties interior

An adolescent girl languorously listening to the radio in a middle-class home. The tube radio is sitting on a cabinet full of kitschy trinkets in the fashion of the fifties

An elegant young lady posing next to a tinsel-covered Christmas tree in a middle-class home. A large stereo console and the painting depicting an Alpine landscape can be perceived in the background

Four American ladies enjoying an evening drink in a middle-class living room with the unusual white Christmas tree in the corner

Four young ladies enjoying themselves at a party given in a private home

Interior of a 1950s German home, dominated by a large tube radio. A bouquet of flowers in a crystal vase, a sofa bed, a chair, two small paintings and a terracotta mask can also be seen in the room

Three generations of a German middle-class family gathered around a coffee table at Christmastime, the large tube radio set in the right-hand corner of the picture. The words "Weihnachten 1953" (Christmas 1953) are handwritten on reverse

Three party-goers in fancy dress at a private carnival celebration

Three women in evening dresses in a 1950s bedroom with a makeup stand can be seen in the background

Two cheerful ladies and a fellow wearing Brogue-type shoes at a private house party

Two cheerful young ladies unwrapping their presents in front of a tinsel-covered Christmas tree in a middle-class home

Two couples in fancy dress posing at a private party in a middle-class living room

Two young ladies enjoying themselves at a party given in a private home with the tabletop tube radio in the background

Two young ladies posing in front of a large, tinsel-covered Christmas tree in a middle-class home

Two young ladies posing underneath the Christmas tree in a middle-class living room with the large tube radio on the sideboard in the background. The words "Weihnachten 1951" (Christmas 1951) are handwritten on reverse




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