A 1940s version of a California Icon: the precursor to a woody. But without wood.
All of these photos were taken a week ago at a 1945 festival in my city, San Jose, Calif.
Timing is coincidental, if you believe in coincidences. I’m not going to make the obvious political connection to this era. But I could. And am thinking it.
This might be a typical town scene of 1940s life, except that there sure are a lot of cars there. Probably not so many in the 1940s and not so pristine, either.
If you look carefully at this 1940s stove you’ll see a rusty device on the left stove top burner. It’s a toaster.
To its right is an iron that is actually made of iron and super-heavy. No need for women of that era to lift weights–they lifted heavy stuff just doing their daily chores.
Notice the dog in his little bed on the floor.
Yes, that is a real icebox.
Fiesta– or Fiestaware– was introduced in 1936. It sure made a pretty table. I have some vintage tablecloths similar to the one pictured. I just don’t have a table to fit.
This goes back a while, to the early part of the 20th century. I mean early. You can tell because there’s no dial. You’d pick up the ear piece and talk to the operator through the round speaker in the center of the box. She’d place the call. A far cry from our mobile phones today.
To the right is a pull-down ironing board in a cupboard. A version of this is made today — its convenience is making it popular even now.
An early version of this rotary dial phone came out around 1919. This particular style was introduced around 1937 but in 1941 a shortage of war materials meant that the phones had to be made of hard plastic.
And I remember these, as my father had them in his pediatric office. For quite a long time. Also, we had one in our apartment when I was young.
This is a World War II combat phonograph record player. Can you even imagine?
Other than the arm for the needle, it was quite like a little record player we had when I was a preteen. It came in a case just like that, only a different color.
This bathing suit was well before the 1940s, but I thought it was fun.
What comes up for you when you see these photos? Comments welcomed below.
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