1950s decor remembered
My dad's parents (Grandma Nora and Gramp Hill, as we called them) were divorced as far back as I can remember. During my childhood, Grandma lived mostly in Ainsworth, Nebraska, but Gramp Hill lived in Missouri and then in Kansas.
Grandma had some rental houses, and one of them had a basement apartment where she lived for a while. It was interesting, even exciting, to visit there because we didn't have a basement and besides, it was Grandma's house!
Looking back, I realize that the decor was very 1950's. Grandma had a dining table and chairs, a china cabinet, and a little writing desk that were all made of blonde maple. I have been trying to remember what her living room sofa and chairs were like.
|Grandma's lamp shades had a bright blue sky,|
red cattle, and brown horses! This lamp was
photographed in San Antonio by Michael Coté.
Grandma had a matched set of smaller lamps, as I recall, and a matching larger lamp with a two tiered shade. All three of them had the western lampshades I've described. I've been looking on the internet for a similar lamp, just to enjoy seeing it. So far, I've had no luck finding one with colored photographs!
Another intriguing bit of decoration that Grandma had was a little gumdrop tree made of clear plastic. It had a gumdrop on the tip of every branch and extra gumdrops in the tray under the tree -- when we arrived!
Grandma's renters had some things in the storeroom in the basement, including a stack of MAD magazines. She said it would be all right if I looked at them carefully, so I read them every time we visited, taking great pains not to bend the pages. That was my introduction to Alfred E. Neuman.
One time, my little sister Charlotte and I spent the night at Grandma's basement apartment. Grandma tucked us into the twin beds in her guest bedroom -- one little girl in each bed. During the night, Charlotte woke up and became frightened. She cried, " I want my daddy, I want my daddy!" and Grandma had to take her to bed with her.
In later years, Grandma liked to tell that story. It pleased her that Charlotte had wanted her daddy -- he was Grandma's son, of course.