Help Furnish Our 1950s Period Home


The Ohio Historical Society is seeking a variety of materials to furnish a 1950s period home for an upcoming exhibition.

If you have any items on the list below, or other interesting 1950s items, please contact our history curators at [email protected] or (614) 297-2535. Please contact our staff prior to bringing materials to the Ohio History Center in Columbus. This will be a hands-on exhibit, so visitors will be able to touch many items and really get a sense of going back in time. We would prefer items that are in good condition.

  • 1950s Appliances

Refrigerator (White or pastel brands such as Fridigaire, G.E., Crosley) Blender (examples include Vitamix, Waring, Oster, Sunbeam, Hamilton Beach) Mixer (such as Kitchenaid, Sunbeam)

  • 1950s Kitchen accessories

Pitcher for mixing frozen juice concentrate Metal ice cube trays with lever Milk bottles Kitchen stepstool/chair Shopping list, possibly a chalkboard Spice rack Canister Set (for flour, sugar, coffee, tea) Trash can Tupperware

  • 1950s Cookware

Pots and pans (skillet, Dutch oven, griddle, roasting pan, broiler pan) Teakettle Coffeemaker (such as Chemex, Wigomat ) Casserole dishes (Pyrex) Batter bowls Mixing bowls Timer Cooking spoons and spatulas Sifter Measures Cups and Spoons Pastry blender, pastry cloth, rolling pin Vegetable peeler Ice cream scoop Strainer Cookie cutters (hearts, spades, clubs, diamonds, holiday shapes) Tupperware

  • 1950s Tableware

Everyday plates and bowls Glasses (Drinking, juice, wine, martini) Serving dishes Chafing dish Cake stand Flatware/Cutlery Teapot, coffeepot, sugar, creamer Coasters

  • 1950s Food Packaging

Betty Crocker or Duncan Hines cake mix Jello gelatin and pudding Minute Rice or Uncle Bens Rice Crisco Velveeta Snacks (Ritz Crackers) Campbells soup (tomato, chicken noodle, cream of mushroom, cream of chicken) Liptons soup mix (Onion) Canned foods (Hunts, Libbys, Green Giant, Del Monte, Spam, Treet) Condiments and seasonings (Including Miracle Whip, Heinz Ketchup, Frenchs Yellow Mustard, Morton Salt, Domino Sugar, Margarine, Log Cabin Syrup, Kraft Grated Parmesan Cheese, Durkee French Fried Onions) Beverages (Including Minute Maid orange juice concentrate, KoolAid drink mix, Coca Cola, Maxwell House coffee, Nescafe instant coffee, V-8, Carnation Instant Dry Milk) Baby food jars, cans, boxes (Gerber, Beech-nut, Cereal (Including Kelloggs Corn Flakes, Frosted Flakes, Rice Krispies, and Pep Flakes, as well as Post Raisin Bran and Grape Nuts)

  • 1950s Cookbooks

Betty Crocker cookbook (1950) Better Homes and Gardens cookbook (1953) Joy of Cooking (1931) Recipe box

  • 1950s Cleaning Products

Bar of soap Dish detergent (Joy) Dishwasher detergent Laundry Detergent Starch Scrubbers Rubber gloves Drying rack Dish brush Dishcloth Dishpan

  • 1950s Dining Room

Napkins Sideboard or chest Condiment tray Candlesticks Flower vases Set of TV trays

  • 1950s Miscellaneous Household Supplies

Pens, pencils Erasers and other writing supplies Stapler Scissors Account books Address book

  • 1950s Master Bedroom

Upholstered chair Reading lamp Jewelry box Manicure set Bowl or some other container for keys and coins Alarm clock Linens Bed spread Throw rugs Curtains Venetian blinds

  • 1950s Fashion

Womens jewelry Mens jewelry Womens lingerie Mens underwear and socks Womens hats, purses and gloves Baby clothes, layette items Mens and womens shoes Sport clothes for all Include bowling shoes, bags

  • 1950s Seasonal Items

Easter basket American flag (48 star) BBQ grill and tools Trick or Treat paper bags Color wheel for Aluminum Christmas tree Shiny Brite glass ball Christmas decorations Table top Santa in sleigh with reindeer Christmas wrapping paper Felt Christmas Stockings Plastic Reindeer Christmas cards Christmas Tree skirt Electric plastic Christmas Candles with screw in bulbs Plastic illuminated (electric) church Christmas record albums Childs sled

  • 1950s Living Room

Coffee table and end tables Armchair Tobacco pipe & pipe rack Table top lighter Playing cards, checkers, board games (examples include Scrabble, Monopoly, Sorry, Parcheesi) Books (examples of popular authors include: Ray Bradbury, Jack Kerouac, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, J.D. Salinger, Mickey Spillane, Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, Ayn Rand, Grace Metalious) Paintings/wall hangings

  • 1950s Bathroom

Period medications/medicinal products (or appropriate packaging) Make-up products Cold cream Hair products (Brylcreem, Clairol, Aqua Net hairspray, rollers) Deodorant (such as Ban, Mum, Arrid) Johnson and Johnson Bandaids Sanitary products (Tampax/Fems/Kotex/Modess) or a sanitary belt Shaving kit (brush, razor, blades, cream [Barbasol]) Toothbrushes/toothpaste (Gleem/Ipana/Colgate) Shampoo/soap (Breck, Dreen, Lustre Creme, Prell, Lux, Palmolive, Lifebuoy) Shower curtain Bathmat Toilet cover Scale Toilet brush/plunger Civil Defense kit

  • 1950s Boy’s Room

Fort play set (Fort Apache, Custers Last Stand, Captain Gallant of the Foreign Legion) Cowboys and Indians toys, such as cowboy hats, boots, vests, holsters, and toy guns, for characters like Roy Rogers, Lone Ranger, Hoppalong Cassidy, and Gene Autry Erector or chemistry set Baseball bat, glove, cap, and a 1950s Little League uniform Model airplanes, cars, ships (made or in the box) Marbles and marble bag Books like the Landmark and Grossett and Dunlap sets and comic books Desk lamp and side table lamp with boys room motif like ships, planes, rockets or cowboys Davy Crockett coonskin cap 1950s Baseball cards Board games (Checkers, Monopoly) Lionel train set Boy Scouts handbook and uniform

Posted February 26, 2013
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