Wednesday, November 4, 2009

'40s Bathrooms

A little delayed but as promised, here are some various images from early mid-century bathrooms (1945-49). I didn't have a lot on hand but here's a few of the more interesting images I could find.


Pink Bathroom (1945)

Bathroom (1945)

Bathroom (1947)


Bathroom (1948)

If you'd like to see more '40s bathrooms you'll find them in my Flickr Gallery.

Tomorrow, '40s Bedrooms!


  1. Great scans this week! Look forward to more as you go.

  2. Ah yes, the peach/pink. I'm usually able to recognize houses built or decorated in the 40's based on that color.
    Clearly, the square bathtub never quite caught on.

    Great scans. I might have to dig up my old Ladies' Home Journals from that era and scan 'em for you. I think you'd like.

  3. Greg - glad you like them!

    AR - I really like those big tubs with the little seats built in for shaving your legs, soaking your feet, etc. I have no idea why they didn't catch on. I know I'd like one!

    I'd love to see images from any magazines you might have laying around, AR! Most of these images come from mags like Better Homes & Gardens, etc. I have a lot more '50s & '60s era mags but not much '40s stuff.

  4. I've only got 2 or 3, and they're from the 50's and early 60's, actually (I should have specified).

    My guess as to why those tubs never caught on is that it's a lot harder to stretch out in them. But you do see the same idea w/the seats in some stand-up showers made today.

  5. I think you're probably right about the tubs. I guess you can't really stretch out in them.

    As for the magazines, well I only have one issue of the Home Journal from 1953. If you happen to come across any interesting articles, recipes or pics inside them and feel compelled to scan them I know I'd love to see them. :)



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