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Rubbermaid’s New Sink Fashions (1950s)

Dec 27, 2012 |  Retro Staff No Comments

Following suit of total color coordination, Rubbermaid created matching dish drainers, sink mats and countertop drainer trays. Many retro colors were available. This late ’50s ad shows a turquoise/pastel. Other colors included sunshine yellow, green, red and deep blue. This entire set could be had for under $10 (ad shows “as little as $7.96”).

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Totally Retro: Pool House Goes Back to 1955

Oct 23, 2012 |  Retro Staff No Comments

Here’s an awesome find we stumbled across at Retro Renovation – a pool house modeled with pure retro in mind. Built just this year, Nancy’s little getaway screams “I’m so retro!” right down to a custom styling of the front of the dishwasher. From wall decor and knick knacks to the flooring, it would be

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1950s Colors: Cannon Towels & Toilet Paper

Sep 26, 2012 |  Retro Staff No Comments

In the 1950s bathroom, color was everything. Often the powder room used one primary color from the pastel palette, and one or two accent colors. It didn’t stop with the walls, fixtures and decor items, either. Manufacturers of all kinds of products recognized the ’50s color palette and used it to offer a plethora of

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Montmartre Hotel In Miami Beach

Apr 05, 2010 |  Retro Staff 29 Comments

Retro Style at the Montmartre Hotel The Montmartre Hotel was located in Miami Beach, Florida and opened in February of 1959. The estimated costs to build and furnish it were between $5 and $6 million. The names of the clubs within the hotel clearly reflect the French theme throughout the hotel: Les Girls Supper Club,

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1950s Chromcraft Dinette Furniture Color Chart

May 28, 2009 |  Retro Staff 5 Comments

  Shown here is a 1950s Chromcraft brochure with sample chips of plastic laminates for dinette tabletops and plastic upholstery for the coordinating chairs. Very modern-looking, durable dinette sets were all the rage from the mid-1940s through the early 1960s. I recognize both the table and chair coverings that we had on our set when

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