WHAT’S NEW FOR YOUR ’57 HOME (Dec, 1956)


Low-cost prefabricated closet and storage unit, doubles also as room divider. Made by Fabricators Inc., South Norwalk, Conn.

Folding doors made from wood are available in birch, oak, pine or Philippine mahogany veneer. By Rolscreen Company, Pella, Iowa.

Executone, 415 Lexington Ave., New York, makes a home inter-communication system; units with four or eleven circuits available.

Room air conditioner draws air through bottom instead of back like regular window models; Va hp. Carrier Corp., Syracuse, N. Y.

Tempered glass doors replace fireplace screen, radiate heat evenly through room. Thermo-Rite, Jamaica Ave., Hollis, N. Y.

  1. Neil Russell says: October 22, 20101:36 pm

    I’d like to live in 1957-house please. And could it be 1957 outside too? Thank you

  2. Toronto says: October 23, 201010:27 am

    Ah, 1957. Nixon as Veep. Arkansas refusing to integrate its schools. The USSR launches its first ICBM (and Sputnik, too.)

    On the bright side, the Yankees lost the World Series, and the Habs beat the Bruins for the Stanley Cup.

  3. JMyint says: October 23, 201010:29 am

    Yeah let’s bring back polio, Jim Crow, Red Scare, lobotomies, atmospheric atomic tests, leaded gasoline, DDT, and cigarette commercials.

  4. Neil Russell says: October 23, 20101:23 pm

    Let’s not ignore the really important things; cars had fins. Hats were in. Furniture had pointy legs. Politically; Kennedy’s going to run on tax reform in 3 years and rates will be reduced, so things look good, and yes I changed tense in the middle of that

  5. Toronto says: October 23, 20102:17 pm

    JM: that sounds like an REM song.

  6. Firebrand38 says: October 24, 20103:01 pm

    Toronto: I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that I fail to see how Nixon as Vice-President under Ike was a negative to be lumped in with your other examples.

  7. Toronto says: October 24, 20108:14 pm

    Nixon as vice president changed his senatorial anti-communist stance (1) to an anti-Soviet stance, and in the process becoming the handy mirror to the isolationist Russian policies that cemented, er, welded I should say, the Iron Curtain.

    Thank God you had Eisenhower as President, and that he remained healthy.

    And of course, please keep in mind I’m a non-American and former-Californian. so my views are very likely skewed.

    (1) He was brilliant in some of his early work, as I understand, and would probably have made a incredible Director of the FBI, had that position been open. Sadly, it wasn’t. (2))

    (2) But that’s another story.

  8. Toronto says: October 24, 20108:16 pm

    Whoops – I should have said the Cold War when I wrote “Iron Curtain”, really, but my mind was running off somewhere along a tangent of logic. And dropped the welding reference.

  9. Firebrand38 says: October 24, 20108:37 pm

    Toronto: Sorry but I got to speak up for Nixon. The Cold War was well underway before Ike and Nixon threw up their right hands. I also think you’ll find it was John Foster Dulles that designed our anti-Soviet strategy. True though that Ike actually needed Nixon on the ticket to get elected because Nixon had the anti-communism credentials that Eisenhower lacked.

    So yeah, I don’t think that Vice-President Nixon needs to be on that list of bad things from the fifties.

    I know that Watergate will always overshadow his career, but too few people remember he’s the one who took the United States out of the Biological Warfare weapons business as well as no first use of Chemical Weapons.

  10. Toronto says: October 24, 20109:09 pm

    And he started the EPA, didn’t he? All good things.

    But at least from this distance, he was the US face of the cold war, and it started before he was veep. His perceived election improprieties, that led to the nickname “Tricky Dicky” didn’t help his popularity.

    How do Americans view the “Checkers Speech”? As a politician being open and honest, or as an oily and cleverly crafted performance?

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