Another month is drawing to a close and this year feels like it whooshing by in a flash. Are we really nearly in June? At least in England (until today!) it feels like summer is definitely on its way, but I’m keeping everything firmly crossed for a couple of weeks time when I go back to the fantastic Dig For Victory event that the sun will shine down on us. My oh-so-summery dress is now complete and I really, really want to debut it at this event, I even have my entire outfit picked out. Does anyone know of any great wizardry to make sure the rain doesn’t come?! Oh yes, anyway, on to this month’s Vintage on the Web!
I’ve found my dream house! Isn’t it gorgeous? I spotted it on Wowhaus a few weeks ago and instantly had to go and have a nose at all the photographs. Ignore all of the modern features, especially that kitchen, as I would rip all of that out and make it very 1930s Modernist inside. I mean seriously, if I had £5,350,000 to spend on it, I’m sure I’d have a few extra pounds lying around for a complete renovation!! And besides, it has an indoor swimming pool!
However, this is such a classic Modernist design by a very well renowned architect, so you can understand the price. Ernst L Freud was an Austrian architect based in Germany and the son of the infamous psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud. He fled Berlin during the 1930s and moved to St John’s Wood, London where he secured a number of commissions for private houses and blocks of flats around Hampstead, including this one. The Freud Museum, which honours Sigmund Freud and his family is nearby too.
For more photos have a look on the estate agents website here. It’s also worth having a nose around the street where it’s situated on Google Maps because the whole street is filled with 1930s houses, although most are red brick, rather than the white smooth rendered facades. Just click on this link to Google Maps and head down the street. The Ernst L Freud house is number 21, although you can’t really see it due to the tall bushes in front of the house.
A lot of people have spotted this article for a gorgeous 1920s illustrated book that gives exercise advise to young women, I’ve seen it pop up on my Facebook feed several times, but I couldn’t resist sharing it with you. The title ‘La Culture Physique de la Femme Elégante’ or ‘Physical Culture of Elegant Women’ sounds so much more appealing than today’s fitness DVD titles such as Super Body Workout and Body Buff (sorry Davina). This book is much more likely to entice me off the sofa!
Each beautiful illustration has been hand painted in thick gouache paint before being printed for each copy of the book. This technique, called Pochoir Print, was often used in fashion plates and proved very expensive due to the manual labour it entailed. However, the result is stunning and each illustration is so beautifully vibrant and in a style that was absolutely classic in its time. I’d love to read the text that went along with these.
I’m probably the last person to come across the Vintage Ad Browser, but oh yes, what an archive! If you’re interested in social history then I highly recommend spending a bit of time on here because you can research just about anything. You want to know what dog food was available in the 1930s then go to the Animals section, or you want to find out what toys were popular for boys in the 1950s then go to the Toy section. Perhaps its hair products from the 1920s you’re interested in, then head to the Beauty and Hygiene section.
You can even have a look through hundreds of adverts for Christmas presents, decorations and food ideas. Have a good look through the pre-1980s ones and be amazed at the oh-so-gender-appropriate gifts they believe you should be buying for your other half. Who fancies a G.E. Home Freezer as a gift on Christmas Day?
I owe this wonderful find to Mim at Crinoline Robot. She knows me well! If you’ve been visiting my blog for a while you’ll probably know that I’m turning my 1800s home into my very own piece of 1930s heaven. I have an open fireplace in the lounge and hadn’t even thought of adding a surround to it, but when Mim alerted me to Twentieth Century Fireplaces my mind went into overdrive. Needless to say, at over £1000 each, I’ve managed to talk myself out of it now because there are so many other, more important, things I need to spend my money on first, such as curtains!
This doesn’t stop me admiring these gorgeous reproduction and original period fireplaces though, all very reminiscent of the ones from the 1920s and 30s. I’d have a really hard time choosing which one to go for, I love the one I’ve featured above but there are so many beautiful designs. I particularly love the arched ones, like the Adelphi asymmetrical fireplace, and each design can be put together in your choice of colours. One day!
This gorgeous sewing how-to comes from the latest sponsor of my blog, Inside Aimee’s Victorian Armoire blog. It immediately grabbed my attention because I really want to make myself a new apron to use in my kitchen. The one I have at the moment is bright red with large white spots all over it and really doesn’t go with the colours of my newly installed kitchen. I’d love to make this 1920s one in cute floral 1930s pattern with all the lovely detailing in bright yellow. I’m now on the hunt for some the perfect fabric.
If you do head over to Aimee’s blog, check out her latest post which shows a quick and easy way to make a really gorgeous one hour 1930s top. I’m definitely adding this to my long list of things to make too. Yep, that’ll be more fabric researching then!
Lastly is great post from the Wearing History blog which shows an article that was featured in McCall’s Magazine in May 1911. It explores the observations made by a female voter in Washington State, USA of the behaviour of other women during the voting process during her first time of casting her vote. It’s actually quite an eye opener. We all think of women charging to cast their vote for the first time after being given their right to do so, but as it would appear in this article, it wasn’t all ‘Burn the Bra!’ and ‘Girl Power!’.
Please click through to the Wearing History blog to read it in full.