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January 16, 2012

1960s Magazine Eye Candy

Over the holidays, when we took a break from looking at this view . . .


. . . Mom & I could be found rummaging about in our oh-so-random vacation rental (see this post for even more photos of the home).


Because of our rummage-y efforts, we stumbled across two vintage home magazines from the 1960s and had a blast flipping through them. 


 My-oh-my, there sure were a lot of ads for paneling. 

House & Garden, September 1968

And thick, coloured carpet.  So much carpet.

House & Garden, September 1968
 
Some of the ads were strikingly familiar.  Without the ick carpet (what was with carpets?) couldn't this be a contemporary advertisement?  Although, contemporary ads seem to show more skin . . .

House & Garden, September 1968
 
There was lots of glorious eye candy too, including a couple of spaces with bold, organic stripes and shapes painted on walls.

House & Garden, September 1968

House & Garden, September 1968

Maybe a bit bold for me, but I can't stop thinking about the two rooms pictured above.  I think the stripes/shapes, painted on a canvas, would look fabulous with all-white walls.  You can see why these 1960s rooms appealed to me.  Mmmmm.  All white walls. 

But the colours used were much bolder than I normally pick.  Take a look at these saturated colour suggestions:

House & Garden, September 1968

I also loved the use of the word "blah," one of my favorite words, in a 1968 ad.  I love it more now that it's a vintage-cool word.


House & Garden, September 1969

P.S.  Because my blogging was a bit sporadic during the holidays and when I went to visit my grandfather I posted a bonus post on Saturday, sharing the anonymous comments I received from the "What I Like About Your Blog" blog hop.
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    1. Yes, I was pretty excited to find these. But it made me appreciate how great contemporary magazines are. Our magazines have many more photos, of better quality and all in colour! Some of the ads and photos in these vintage magazines were black & white. What a shame!

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    2. These photos brought back all kinds of memories. I remember very well when everyone hated their hardwood floors and absolutely had to cover them with what they called "wall-to-wall carpet"...yes, lots of carpet. :) Also, I worked for Fieldcrest in the early 70s and had so many wildly printed sheets similar to those!

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    3. Dana, I love that you worked for Fieldcrest! I was thinking of you as I flipped through these magazines :)

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  2. I love rooting through my grandmother's old magazines! I love the style! It's like going back in time.

    Emilie
    www.liveeatsmile.blogspot.com

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  3. there is something really cool and inspiring about vintage ads, the color palette, art work and people and their clothes...awesome!!!!!!! thanks for sharing T

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  4. Loving these ads! that green carpet...is awesome! :)

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    1. There were hilarious ads with a carpet "pencil" test - "Is your carpet plush enough to hold up a pencil"? So sad, to think of all that covered-up hardwood.

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  5. Such a cool find! The bold colours on a white canvas is a great idea - does this mean you've got an art project planned??

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    1. We'll see . . . I have so many, less fun projects on the horizon. But wouldn't a canvas splashed in these graphic stripes and curvy shapes be so much fun? I'll need to work on my steady hand . . .

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  6. I really love the bedroom with the blue and orange shapes painted on the wall. It looks so contemporary :) I love this post :)

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    1. Thanks Dora! I have been so excited to share these images. I just wish I'd had a scanner handy to capture some more (I used my camera and quite a few, unsurprisingly, didn't turn out). Maybe I'll score some at a yard sale this summer!

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  7. Thanks for sharing these, they're so much fun!! There's something about the 60s, they just seemed like so much fun :)

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  8. OK that is totally cool. I would actually pay money for a crate of magazines from the 60's. Thanks for sharing! Love the avocado carpet cocktail dress. In all seriousness, I do think it is interesting to see things like this and to know that there is really never anything totally new, just recycled ideas with a twist. very interesting indeed. M.

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  9. What fun finds. I personally could do without the orange and green carpet but they are still fun to look at. What a great color chart too!

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  10. Wow. Awesome find. I've been doing my best to try and find 60s magazines as well!
    And I love how the one magazine cost 60c. So much has changed!

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  11. These are so good - I love that Tangerine was "new" for 1969 - take that Pantone!

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  12. I have a Crane booklet from that time that didn't shy away from showing a woman how she'd look in her bathroom....after a bath....before the robe but sitting fetchingly on the loo with her back to the camera. You young 'uns, we thought we invented this 'stuff' too ;o)

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