The 1970s Were a Different Time

by sherrod on July 26, 2011

I live in an “atomic ranch” style home built in 1971. Fortunately it is lovely and doesn’t look antiquated. Instead of embracing avacado, harvest gold and beige, I’ve gone for bright orange, lemon yellow and lots of shiny metallics for a more disco and Floridian feel. I love it. Images forthcoming.

This house has given me a new appreciation for the 70s and really given me somewhat of an obsession. I love looking at old magazines, catalogs and design books to get an idea of what things were like in that period. I collect vintage magazines from the 50s-70s and have posted some vintage ads on my travel blog. I decided to get together some images from one of the book series I have called the Practical Encyclopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement. It’s an 18 volume set, published in 1970 meant for libraries and I was lucky enough to receive the entire thing for Christmas one year.

Looking at these images is hilarious, fascinating and sometimes horrifying. Either way, there is entertainment value to be had. I thought I’d do a series of these posts to show what things were really like in the lat 60s and early 70s.

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The 1970s Were a Different Time

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