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Prewar Interiors of April 1939

Prewar Interiors of April 1939

Hello, again, I know it’s been a while…but I have busy working and setting up my new online vintage store (still hoping for bricks and mortar one day). If you have time please visit at.   http://www.kittenvintagemackay.com/

Anyway, it’s gray and cold and wet here in usually sunny Mackay, the perfect day to read old magazines and cuddle up with a cat or two.

cats on a sofa
Here three articles on decorating from April 1939. It’s just amazing how modern some of the furniture looks – I swear I saw a chair like that one below right at IKEA!

modern furniture for a flat 1939

We only get a few weeks of winter here, but on a rainy day like this I’d love to be sitting in front of a fireplace. I usually put the fake fireplace on the television (through YouTube) but the television blew up this morning after a severe thunderstorm…Well a chance to make the living room more vintage perhaps!


And to finish here is a lovely ad for floor wax…have a great weekend!

vintage ad for fishers floor wax, 1939

The Wartime Home – Interiors of January 1939

I have been asked by one reader about home interiors during the war, as he hasn’t been able to find any books on the subject.  I don’t know of many books about wartime homes or interiors either, and that’s probably because not many houses were built during the Second World War, so houses were mainly those built before or during the inter-war years.  There was no single identifiable ‘wartime’ house. 

During the war things like building supplies were in short supply, if they could be obtained at all, and furniture and fabric was rationed.  The average wartime house was built, decorated and furnished in the thirties, and stayed in the same style, often with exactly the same furnishings until rationing ceased after the war.

 Vintage 1930s prewar ad for furnishing fabric 
I have noticed that wartime women’s magazines have about half the amount of pages of their prewar selves, and this is often be aide things like decorating featurs and ads do not feature. I thought it wise, therefore, to go back and look at the start of 1939, to see what was trending in the few months before war erupted.

Today a look at ads and articles from Janaury 1939, once again from the Autralaian Women’s Weekly – Vintage 1930s prewar decorating and furnishing  ideas  

  
  Vintage 1930s prewar decorating and furnishing  ideas for the modern regency style  

1930s embroidery for chair back covers 
Vintage 1930s prewar decorating ideas with quilting 1939

To be continued….. 

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