The Fiftie5 - The Fifties Many houses contained astounding amounts of knick-knacks Most women collected some kind of little dust-magnet that tended

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The Fifties Many houses contained astounding amounts of knick-knacks. Most women collected some kind of little dust-magnet that tended to take over the house. It was popular because people considered it "cute and feminine", and it also made it easy for men to know what to buy their wives for birthdays or Christmas. A woman who didn't have a collection of figurines or crystal or something of the sort — and it had to be something valuable — could be regarded as faintly mannish. Every house had ashtrays everywhere, even in the bathroom. People had to paint more often because smoke discoloured ceilings and the tops of walls. The layer of smoke meant you had to clean more often, and furniture would turn slightly yellow over time. This is why both blonded wood and very dark woods like mahogany and walnut were so popular in the Fifties — blonded wood was already yellow and very dark wood hid the stains. Wood also tended to be slathered with about 32 coats of thick shiny varnish,
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This note was uploaded on 01/17/2012 for the course AMH AMH2010 taught by Professor Pietrzak during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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