Mid Century Scrapbook – Bathrooms

Mid Century Scrapbook – Bathrooms

Back in the late 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, a family friend’s grandma, Verna Mae, compiled a scrapbook full of clippings of home decorating ideas she liked from magazines, ads, and catalogs. She collected hundreds of old images, everything from kitchen nooks, to bathrooms, to living room furniture, to baby nurseries.

Sadly, about 5 years ago, her mid century home was taken over by emanate domain and bulldozed to make way for a hospital expansion.   Her grandson told me how it broke her heart to leave the home she created with her husband, now deceased.   In helping pack up the home, her Granddaughter-in-Law remembered my love of mid century design and passion for history.  Verna Mae graciously gave me 3 of her vintage ceiling lights, removed from the house prior to the demolition, and the scrapbook.  The lights are very nice, but it is the scrapbook that I really treasure.  Thank you, Verna Mae.

I used the book to help pick out a fabric color for my vintage couch when I had it reupholstered in 2009.  The upholsterer claimed it was not really a 1940s vintage color, and he “could to sell me a different fabric.”  I knew better, because this exact color was on a couch, similar to mine, in Mrs Crabtree’s 70+year old scrapbook. Since getting the book, I keep going back to it for more ideas on decorating and whenever I need to pick a new paint color.  Recently I used the book again for the inspiration for the bathroom we are currently working on.  Some of the bathrooms clippings saved in the scrapbook are large luxury bathrooms, but she also saved a number of clippings of modest ones, similar in size to ours.

Over time, I plan to scan the majority of the pictures that are still in good shape.  The scrapbook paper they are glued to is starting to break down.  Please excuse the resolution on some; a number of the clippings are only 2 x 3 inches before scanning.

Blue, Black, gray, & white color scheme for a mid century bathroom
Bathroom in green, cream, and black

Vintage 1940s Bathroom in taupe, orange, beige, and pink
The vintage tile in our bathroom redo is found also in this old clipping Mrs. Crabtree cut out of a catalog back in the 1940s
vintage tile in small bathroom with black trim and liner detail

1940s bathroom with Pink, yellow, green,  and navy blue color scheme
1940s-1950s mint green and black bathroom
1940s bathroom: 1 of 4 of the same bathroom shown in different color schemes.. yellow and burgundy
1940s bathroom: 2 of 4 of the same bathroom shown in different color schemes…green and yellow
1940s bathroom: 3 of 4 of the same bathroom shown in different color schemes…pink, black, and yellow
1940s bathroom: 4 of 4 of the same bathroom shown in different color schemes…green and black and pink
Modest size 1940s- 1950s bathroom
cover of the vintage home decor scrapbook

2 thoughts on “Mid Century Scrapbook – Bathrooms

  1. These are awesome. I grew up with the “floating” sink on the wall and a clawfoot bathtub in Upstate South Carolina in the 1950s. To me, a sink sitting on a cabinet is what looks weird.
    Thanks for this. It’s really great!

  2. The sinks with the metal legs are exactly what I grew up with in my so cal home as a kid. they were really quite handsome. The ones without legs reminds me of old gas stations. Perhaps that was state of the art, but a sink just “floating” on the wall looks weird to my eye. To each his own I guess. So, now if we want to go retro with new “old” styles, we have to pay $1200 – 1600 for a bathtub. Sheesh! Not this month!

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