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The tradition of woodwork and wizardry.

Throughout the late 20th century and into the new millennium, new classics were born. This couldn’t be more true of the works of J.K. Rowling and her masterful work on the infamous Harry Potter series. Since the original 7 HP books were published, Rowling has continued to inspire generations of readers to develop and grow an empire of wizard culture. Whether you’re sorted into your Hogwarts or Ilvermorny houses or have just began your wizarding world journey, you’re sure to find similar company. Within the vast fantasy world of HP, we stumbled upon Alivan’s, which is a real-life woodworking group that produces replica and custom magic wands for its customers.

We know what you’re thinking. How the hell is this vintage? Bear with us- the woodworking itself and craftsmanship, as well as the intersection of literature are the draws from the retro perspective. You see, preparing a wand requires a steady hand, lathe techniques, and other tools of the trade. We are sadly in an era that is only just now re-allocating value in intricate crafts and vocations. In Alivan’s case, they capitalized on a high-demand media market that targeted the gigantic fan base of Harry Potter. Using an age-old technique with a new spin (lathe pun intended) is just another brilliant way to mesh the old with the new. In many ways, the literature foundation for this entire fan base is just another call back to the classics. HP could have easily been exclusively movies or online comics, so to have this fantastical world all spawning from books is humbling to us at RRBlog.

Alivan’s in particular is a small group out of Florida that models itself from Ollivander’s wandmakers (featured in books and in movies) that embodies the do-it-yourself spirit of the American dream and the essence of a thriving small business here in the States. The art of woodwork is something dating back far into yesteryear

I am glad to share a few pieces from Alivan’s and you can see the vast range of care and craft dedicated to this style of wood work.

This is a Finnias’s choice wand from the recent Fall grab bag they have offered, the design and notches as well as in the wood grain itself!

Next step is a beautiful limited addition piece from their collection utilizing wood from trees from the actual film set where the Hogwarts castle was set! With a stunning combination of But I believe to be maple for the shaft, and burled oak got the handle, Very much a more detailed piece in comparison to others, but the attention to detail shows very much why it is important to maintain define craft of woodworking and in a greater context as far as my own experience the art of building instruments by hand, be they magical or musical or both.

Next up is a very very special piece, the custom re-creation of my own pottermore designated wand, If you are yet to start yourself into your house or have your wine Sarah Moni done I highly recommend it as it is very entertaining and can serve as a pseudo-personality quiz without necessarily being scientific in anyway. Some interesting trivia regarding the potter more designs themselves is that there is roughly 4 different handle shapes, you can see the attention to detail in the crafting of a round hilt for the handle and lines in the handle itself, You can see the character and ways that these designs can play into the known universe of the novels and films.

And celebration Of the film released today, we are also very glad to present the ash wand, which is the Alivan’s version of the Newt Scamander wand. While not picture-perfect to the noble collection offering this is something that like the others has a great sense of craft involved in the more my new details, the different ridges and curvature is in the wood itself and the paint job, even featuring some silver paint where there’s oyster imitation material in the noble collection one.

 

Check them out at https://alivans.com/ and check out their great offerings! We highly recommend the fall grab bag as well at https://alivans.com/product/alivans-fall-grab-bag/ and don’t forget to say who brought you there 😉

 

Stay curious ❤

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The Brooklyn Seltzer boy’s Egg cream kit

 

We at the retro revival have the pleasure of getting to try the egg cream kit from Brooklyn Seltzer Boys, we tried the vanilla syrup and found them very delicious, but feel that individual reaction to the tasty beverage are warranted.

Harpie’s Perspective:

Wow. I can’t quite describe the excellence in quality overall of BSB’s products and recipe that comes right on their glasses. Egg creams remind me of my grandpop, who would routinely make his own with sodas and other ingredients. One sip of this brilliant concoction brought me back to my grandparents’ house. I could imagine myself younger, my grandfather sitting on the third-to-bottom step of their split-level home, offering me spoonfuls of his egg cream-esque dessert drinks as I would whiz back and forth either with a twirling ribbon or my best napkin parachute. This particular variety from the family-at-its-core company, Brooklyn Seltzer Boys, was exceptionally well done with the classic zing of good seltzer paired masterfully with a smooth vanilla cream finish. BSB’s beverage kits are definitely a recommendation I’d share for the foodie in your family for the coming holiday season.

Manny’s reaction;
Rating the kit itself I am very impressed with the seltzer bottle, 32 ounces of fizzy goodness and these are bottles you can keep! The BSB only refill 20 ounce bottles for their subscription service so the egg cream kits give you a 32 ounce antique seltzer bottle with a plastic nozzle, your choice of syrup, two egg cream recipe glasses, and a t-shirt! This was also something that was very fun and simple to do, I can see this being a fond memory for people growing up in yesteryear and warm family moments brought together by Brooklyn Egg Creams. The seltzer on it’s own is also as good as I recall it being during the interview, as a lifelong seltzer fan myself I am a big fan of this product. The egg cream when brought together is a fizzy and delicious burst of smooth vanilla and milky goodness, with the levity of seltzer water and the creaminess of the milk and vanilla syrup,  I would get this for the holidays if you want to bring your little ones back to yesteryear, or to make an older relative feel the warmth of nostalgia and happy memories with this kit.

Check them out at www.brooklynseltzerboys.com/the-product and let them know that the Retro Revival was how you found out about them!

 

 

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The Brooklyn Boys Bring it Back

Brooklyn Seltzer Boys got their moment in the limelight on CBS 2 News here on the east coast on Sunday, September 2nd, 2018. This small startup has a large following and an even larger impact on modern retro living. After ages of collecting decades-old glass seltzer bottles, the staff at BSB offers New York City a taste of timeless sparkling water in a classic delivery.

According to CBS’s report, the market is precisely right for this type of business to grow and emerge. Currently, about 821 million gallons of sparkling water are consumed in America alone each year. The healthy alternative to sodas and other fountain drinks has made itself a staple of today’s culture through the classics like Vintage brand and the newer La Croix brand. No matter which you like best, seltzer water is a great beverage served cold, iced, or at room temperature.

So the Brooklyn Seltzer Boys struck gold at the intersection of green methods, trending health foods, retro living, and timeless traditions within their business.

Once again, retro is a green style of living. Not too long ago, the RRBlog team found a small quote on Facebook that read simply, “We didn’t have to worry about carbon footprints in my day because we didn’t have disposables. Paper napkins used to be linen, bottles were cleaned over and over again, and we wouldn’t dream of throwing out towels because they sure weren’t made of paper either”. The collection of glass, reusable bottles is not only aesthetically pleasing, but economically sound for this incredible small-but-growing establishment. So already, the appeal expands well beyond the generations that remember seltzer deliveries. In an effort for consumers to reduce their carbon footprint and enjoy a much healthier alternative to fountain drinks like sodas and sugary artificials, many conscious buyers turn to seltzer- delivered the way it used to be.

So Alex Gomberg welcomed an interview with our dear Manny Dylan. And here’s how it went!

To understand the Brooklyn Seltzer Boys now, we need to understand where they came from: Gomberg Seltzer has been a bottling center for seltzer men for decades. Started by the great-grandfather of the current vice president of Gomberg Seltzer and the Brooklyn Seltzer boys, Mr. Alex Gomberg. The founder of Gomberg Seltzer had been a seltzer man for a very long time; a decade-long career of delivering the goods to homes in New York and when they felt the need to not only have more control over the product they were sending out, as well as wishing to be involved more so with the bottling and then with the transportation, because of the amount of labor involved, Gomberg Seltzer was born as an organization by and for seltzer men. Before the founding of Gomberg Seltzer there was a conglomerate of seltzer bottling plants that multiple organizations used. The spirit of innovation and progress runs in the Gomberg family, with Alex as the current vice president taking up the mantle of being a Seltzer Man. Utilizing the product that is Gomberg Seltzer, something used by multiple seltzer delivery services in the area as well, Alex realized that Gomberg Seltzer was struggling to keep up in the modern market. By introducing the Brooklyn Seltzer Boys, the first seltzer delivery service utilizing internet subscription services and reaching out to restaurants, Alex revived his family’s business and showed the viability of the retro methods and incredibly innovative spirit that runs in his family. It becomes very clear from our conversation embedded in the YouTube video below that Alex Gomberg is not only a family man but someone who respects what is family has built, and wanted to make it something that can continue on, hoping to have some young seltzer men coming up in his family with some time.

At the intersection of American history and family, I find myself fortunate enough to be interviewing the vice president of the Brooklyn Seltzer Boys company, and heir to the Gomberg seltzer family business, Mr. Gomberg is an incredibly humble and extraordinary person, family man, and heir to a generations-long legacy of seltzer water. According to the man himself (and his father and other family members), seltzer runs in their blood, I had the distinct pleasure sitting down as Mr. Gomberg poured a chilled glass of seltzer water for me during this interview. In every sentence uttered regarding his family’s business and seltzer water in general, you can hear there’s a care and passion for the art of the old ways of the elusive seltzer man. With the more recent inclusion of having a website, Mr. Gomberg is part of the new seltzer revolution using new tools as well as old ones in promoting his expansive beverage empire.

The Brooklyn Seltzer Boys use a vast amount of mostly repaired and soon-to-be repaired glass vintage seltzer bottles. These bottles are not your run-of-the-mill plastic bottle from the supermarket: These are high-pressure controlling and valve construction, at least in the tops used. As described by the man himself, these bottles are part of the history as well, being made of particularly thick glass that is no longer made at this point. But usually, stocks of these bottles being found in people’s basements or from previous seltzer men find their way to being donated, which keeps the Gombergs’ business ready for a larger customer base. There is always a need for more seltzer bottles! According to Mr. Gomberg, their facility is working very hard to repair the damaged ones, and have new cases of seltzer out as often as possible. The sense of responsibility to reuse the past is in many ways thought to be new, but I was personally enlightened to the realization that the old way is the new way now.

In older business models you had organizations such as milk men, likewise there were seltzer men, who would come and take empty bottles and fill them and return them to families and this would continue in cycles. There was very little waste in these services because the same bottles are being used after they were emptied of whatever their contents were. Likewise with the nozzle heads that are utilized by the Seltzer bottles they are mechanisms in themselves. In no larger than 2 square inches of a piece of metal, there are valves and springs at work making sure that the pressurized seltzer inside of these unique bottles is always fresh for everybody who is lucky enough to press them. Mr. Gomberg is revolutionizing the industry by bringing things back to the good old days, yet incorporates very new and relevant things to revive his family’s business. As well as joining the Seltzer delivery business again after several generations of bottling seltzer, Mr. Alex Gomberg brought his business into the digital age, with a website and internet presence powerful enough to make Brooklyn Seltzer Boys the main source that comes up whenever one searches vintage seltzer, retro seltzer, or seltzer delivery on a google search. Another very big change as noted in some interviews with some of the other members of Gomberg Seltzer is the marketing of these seltzer services every month to restaurants, so instead of wasting a small plastic bottle of seltzer there is an interactive experience for people at those bars, and there’s a great appreciation of what is the current pattern in how people consume products.

The Brooklyn Seltzer Boys deliver around NY and into NJ so give them a call and get your fizz on! Check them out at www.brooklynseltzerboys.com.

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Op. Orchid: Duke’s Neighbors

When we talk about neighbors, often we think of the people residing next door, across the street, or maybe bordering us along the backyard fence. In this case, when we talk about Duke’s Neighbors, we are actually referring to a well-intentioned old soul named Arthur Brisbane. These two are practically neighbors in the macrocosmic scope of things- one lived in Somerville while the other made his estate mansion just about an hour and so away in Wall Township. What’s truly stifling is the uncanny turn of events that unfolded after each of their respective deaths. Much like Doris Duke’s will was parsed and considerably ignored, and her subsequent New Jersey property was only quasi-adherent to her final will and testament, Mr. Brisbane’s legacy suffered the same, if not more dangerous twist of fate.

Brisbane had a considerable amount of land in Wall Township, which he left to the state to be used as a public park following his passing. Heaven knows how exactly (we are still pulling research) things changed, but his mansion was converted into a children’s psychiatric treatment center. It was later closed indefinitely due to a lawsuit and the tragic death of one of its patients in the 1990s. In no way does this reflect Brisbane’s interest in the natural environment or suggest that his executors were remotely on board with his wishes.

Similarly and that which can’t be ignored, Doris Duke’s will set expectations for Duke Gardens Inc. to remain an entity and that a separate foundation for the preservation of rare and endangered wildlife of both plant and animal kind was to be established. Neither such foundations/organizations presently exist, and it has only been 24 years since her death. Most impressively, Duke’s name outshines Brisbane’s as far as celebrity status and philanthropic/net worth, yet the rapid degeneration of their good will is exactly the same.

Food for thought brought to you exclusively by RRBlog.

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Harvest Hearth: A Victorian ReVamp

There is perhaps nothing more autumn-y than the fragrance of cinnamon and allspice perching atop a fireplace mantle or perhaps Macintosh apples and butternut squash soup. Pumpkins are amid the décor, a cool breeze keeps them fresh; there’s a few well-pressed leaves that retain their rainbow of color as a garland on the hearth. So many of the traditions and stereotypes that we hold dear to the harvest season were romanticized in the Victorian era and the sense of gathering and unity has only since grown for the autumn season. The love of that old-timey seasonal bliss has been honed in on over the last few years especially.

Vermont Country Store, Victorian Trading Company, A Touch of Class, and other similar retailers offer a wide variety of goodies for the home to fashion your fall season. Whether you prefer the warm tones of cashmere browns and wine reds or long for woven tablecloths and soup recipes, we collected a tripartite of trifle treats that offer exactly what you’re looking for this equinox. Of the many retailers offering a strong sense of ‘classic cozy’ this chilly season, we wanted to highlight some of our favorites from these three picks. First up, the Vermont Country Store!

VCS offers a wide variety of diddles for the down-home country folk, homesick bones, and anyone in between. Whether you’re in the market for those fine woven table linens or a crock of homemade clam chowder, Vermont Country Store delivers. Of particular interest is their variety of savories and sweets in the likeness of traditions from across the world in their November and December catalogs. They capitalize on old-fashioned and nostalgic goods like candies and soups (yes, we emphasize the soup), timeless beauty products, and even old-fashioned clothing and home amenities. For even more of their goodies, check out their website at: Vermont Country Store

Victorian Trading Company offers a slightly different era of offerings. Year round, their catalog and website offer a splendid spectacle of Victorian style replicas for the home, hearth, and soul. Among the wintry treasures are fanciful flannel sheets, opulent pajamas for the ladies, felted hats for everyone’s taste, and cookware that’s sure to bring on nostalgia for the chilly months. In its thorough nature, this store also offers a variety of furnishings, stationary, and other unique gifts that are sure to stun all the antique lovers in your life. Our personal favorites were found in the gardening and desk sections! All the greatest in grandeaur is available at: Victorian Trading Co!

Last but not least, A Touch of Class catalog adds the essentials to your bold statement design elements from yesteryear. Between the timeless designs and revival styles like romanesque, victorian, and vintage vineyard, this place has something for every flavor of home. From our library of favorites, we encourage our readers to check out their sophisticated array of quilts and color-coordinated sets for both bed and bath. Need more ideas? They’ve got plenty! A Touch of Class

We are always looking for new places to find old things both online and in person. Please note that these retail locations are always suggested in addition to your local antiques stores. Support local businesses first if you are able. Be sure to tell us about your favorite ways to turn your house into an autumn cozy.

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Women’s Empowerment and Hilda

https://www.vintag.es/2016/03/50-sexy-vintage-illustrations-of-hilda.html?m=1

Everyone who has any stigmatized image of the 1940s-50s probably knows what a pin-up model is. Slender, proportionate women in playful or scandalous positions and stylish (although sparse) outfits would pose for a picture which would be later changed into a painted artist’s rendition that would often be more colorful and eye-catching. This all sounds good and to-be-expected for the era. But this post isn’t about the models we expected. This post is focused on a brave woman named Hilda, who was the only plus-size pin-up model of that time.

I found the article for the first time through Facebook links, and my introduction to Hilda was harmless at first. She was featured in her first photo as a nude model whose only coverings were woven flowers, with a pursed expression and an outdoorsy theme.

Co-author’s notes; Hilda is an intreaguing figure among women in the modelling industry, especially in the 40’s and 50’s. She can within reason be seen as among the first plus sized models, though models of the era were bordering on the cusp of what we would today suggest at plus sized as well. Beauty standards of the era were still based upon a less realistic ideal , with hourglass body shape being a standard to some extent, atleast the hour glass was allowed to have some volume. This is not to say that modern campaigns focused on “real women” aren’t having an effect, but rather that it would seem that other body types are also being lauded as beautiful and socially and culturally desirable.

Hilda can unfortunately be considered to be part of the body positivity movement which has valid points in its acknowledgement of diversity of body types and acceptable forms of beauty, has in the more extreme aspects of that movement can encourage unhealthy and concerning effects. The issue of public health and wellness is essential to understanding the overall impact of shifting ideologies especially in the beauty world.

While not a fan of body augmentation personally, I still conceed that if someone is happier with themselves after having gotten breast or buttox augmentation as is the current trend, it can have a private and personal health result. Improved self image and perception can be immensely valuable in ones level of confidence and perceotion of their social standing and can have positive impact on their overall well-being. But the surge of these operations, and further manipulation of the human form poses a social and public health challenge, when people are having ribs removed, and having themselves turned in literal “human barbie dolls” this is the extreme limit of these once helpful procedures.

I would be concerned that while Hilda is a revolutionary figure (pun intended) for her era in the industry she was involved in, to hyper idealize any exaggerated figure can glamorize the immaciated or over indulged sets concerning prescidents and sets potentially unhealthy and unmaintainable expectations. These expectations can stem from either extreme of female physical representation. This is where I humbly have to take the stance of simply not being wise enough or interested enough in being right in a matter that I am too young to have experienced, how does this portrayal of women with the era of it’s publishing, and modern perspective leave you feeling on the matter, dear readers?

Please leave your respectful and insightful comments below, and as always, stay curious.

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A weekend with some Good Caramel pt. 1

On memorial day weekend I had gone up to record with Brenyama for our second studio album, the location we would be spending our long weekend at is none other than Good Caramel Records, a studio housed in an old Catholic school in downtown Buffalo. 

Entering the studio facility was refreshing for me as someone who has a halfway decent home studio, which satiated my creative needs still. from the kitchenette which wraps around to the sole restroom on the ground floor, to the makeshift bass amp room under the stairs every facet of this setup amazed me. The elements of improvisation at work everywhere I could see, using every square inch of space to full effect.

Further exploring the space leads one to go upstairs to studio A, a wooden dome of space and sound, our work space for the weekend. What occurred over the next 3 days was magic, getting roughly 90% of tracking done with some pretty good first vocal takes too. The sounds recorded there on our record sound so organic and also professional which is a refreshing combination.  I was so fortunate to be able to use the bass head and cab favored by Robbie of the Goo Goo Dolls, a vintage Ampeg SVT with an 8×10 cab. Mics used for my bass was a blend of the audix d6 and the Electro Voice RE20. My Ronaldo Custom P bass seems to be the only bass recorded on the record. Using a legitimate Hammond organ only adds to the good vibes and sound here. 
I’m sure I will write more regarding this weekend, stay tuned for part 2!

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The MidCentury Housewife: The Self-Made Vocational Genius

* We apologize for the delay*

The iconic midcentury housewife has one final quality that has allowed her to stand the test of time, making the collective her truly a classic, timeless, Americana sweetheart. Back in the days of the War, women were entrusted to participate effectively in the workforce in what could be considered one of the most profound shifts in gender roles since the Industrial Revolution. From this shift in roles, women started to expand on their vocational palettes from housework to machinery, textiles, recycling, and other war-effort manufacturing that ultimately is considered one of the strengths America had in winning WW2.

The rapid increase in the workforce by de-jure allowing women to work alongside men (or really, in lieu of able-bodied men who were otherwise drafted at the time) gave a collectivist approach to American living. This attitude that ‘we’re all in this together’ lasted through the wartime and dissolved slightly into the middle of the century, but the know-how and skill sets were not lost. So those young women who advocated for the country in the 40s grew older, married, and brought unique tinkering abilities to the next generation of American homes. Riviters, manufacturers, and other material processors became wives capable of fixing their children’s toys before dad got home, maintaining home improvement like painting projects and wallpapering jobs, and shared their skills (in addition to the classics like sewing and cooking) with their children.

I regret to say that most of that thriftiness has since faded over time, but it is one of the many revivalist attributes of that midcentury can-do spirit. We look forward to a new generation of thrifty, independent thinkers to emerge, although perhaps in different circumstances, to make a new era of empowered, poised, and unbreakable female spirits.

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The MidCentury Housewife: As an Influence on Good Housekeeping

We at the RRBlog identify strongly with the assumption that media has a reciprocal relationship with society. For instance, if a movie comes out that exhibits strong messages of equality, it is both spreading that message but also appealing to the social movement already in place. Similarly, if a new style is spreading, it is likely that a modern movie will incorporate it.  With this in mind, the midcentury icon of a sparkling, smiling housewife was such the icon likely because of the media explosion that surrounded these women.

So let’s take a look at it through the lens of ‘Good Housekeeping’: The majority of stylistic elements of homemaking, aesthetics, and the overall notion of a woman leading the home with a matriarchal status all get a facelift in the 50s. With hubby out being a good little breadwinner, the wife had carte blanche to create the image of a modern home within the family’s means. Much like we mentioned in previous miniseries articles, things tended to become competitive. If Doreen had a showstopping new ensemble from the Danish postmodern collection, then it was likely that Charlotte living 3 doors down would be considering a redecoration of her own to showcase.

What I think also helped make these little dreams a reality were the installation of communities of ‘little boxes’ like those of Levittowns across the eastern portion of the USA. With financial incentives in place for recently-veteran’d men returning from the war, feasibility for homeownership was at an all-time high for this population (which was quite a percentage of the overall population). The iconic wives had a place to call home and raise children. In many ways, this accessibility alone provided for pop culture to latch onto the ‘American Dream’ being lived out by so many folks in similar circumstances.

So about this Good Housekeeping? Pop culture (especially the visual arts) depicted having a happy home as an accomplishment for these wives. I think, in many ways, that if means allow, many homeowners have the same bidirectional influence on good housekeeping and the media today. Thousands of remodels, keeping up with the Joneses, and publicity stunts that lower the costs associated with updated home features all contribute to finding the most pleasing look for homes across the world. With new trends like tiny house living, antique revivalism, and even the slow decline of gigantic houses, there is a broader variety of ‘trends’ and styles to fit the aesthetics of the home. Although the matriarchy no longer rules the roost in that stereotypical way, the pride associated with personalizing the home is more interconnected with media than ever with the implements of sites like Houzz, Overstock, and especially Pinterest.

So in many ways, the high aesthetics, low cost of living, and high emphasis on imagery of the midcentury is what happened to give the housewives of this era the ultimate say in how the home was structured.

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The MidCentury Housewife: A Style Sophisticate

As many of you have guessed from the pop art image we’ve been using to share these posts, it’s pretty clear that midcentury housewives had a killer sense of style on top of everything else they did. These women, despite the constant attention being drawn to keep a home and raise the children, found time to put on the ritz. Apron included, these model maidens managed to make themselves look like the perfection they sought after. Whether it was taking that extra few minutes to make hairpin curls happen or ensure that her skirt fell just below her knees, attention to details made their era of class a memorable one.

Why did they go through all the extra trouble, though? Didn’t these women have some of the highest levels of social and familial pressures and obligations?

It makes it challenging to believe they had any time to themselves. But the one thing that gave some time to the tireless midcentury mama is that they weren’t obligated to be breadwinners. With an adjusted tax rate on the rich with far less withholding for the middle class, in conjunction with a higher valued dollar (USD) at the time, one parent working was enough to support the family. It helps also that internet, TV, and cell data fees weren’t in the budget back then. So with dad out at work, mom was left with the housework and shopping, but also with a fair share of her own time. It may not be much, but it was just enough for the midcentury housewife to treat herself to the little joys like sewing herself something that makes her feel beautiful, visiting the salon, or kicking back with her favorite tea and books. After all, the kids didn’t get back until 3:00pm.

There were several additional reasons that the spare time of a midcentury housewife was often spent beautifying herself. First was social norms: America had adopted a very collectivist means of propaganda to support the country in World War II. This meant that women were included in the passive aggressive tactic of modeling excellence in aesthetic and efficiency during a time where production was crucial to win the war efforts. From the 40s, the collectivist approach cadenced into a lingering sense of contribution toward the greater good of America. One clean, neat, and lively wife meant that the image she produced was setting a higher standard and represented the country well. (And so, in several media-encrusted situations, competition between the ladies in this era erupted…)

Another such reason for the wives of the midcentury looking so impeccable was their desire to maintain a sense of sophistication meshed with youth. Many instances arose at the time ‘Astronaut Wives’ was first published that the cover art wasn’t beliveably the actual wives- but this fact was debunked as readers became culturally aware of the variation in styles from that time period. In fact, youthly looks (like form-fitting clothing and ratted hairstyles) were often reserved for teenagers, while women in their twenties through forties had a distinct uniqueness to their getup. Preserving that image, (flared skirts, high-heeled shoes, organized colors and few patterns, and modest blouses), meant that the housewife was capable with ease to uphold her status and do so with grace.

It makes us wonder how this new generation of wives will set the standards for themselves, no? Stay Curious!