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1907 Delineator - Alabastine Company AdOne of the byproducts of research is the plethora o' stuff that one collects because it's so darned interesting. Many of our resources include descriptions of products used back in the day, many of which leave us scratching our heads wondering how ANYONE in their right might could have used them. On the other hand there are other materials that were very practical, easy to use, environmentally friendly, and cost effective.

This is our repository of research on ways in which denizens of the early 20th century went about finishing, decorating, and furnishing their homes. We'll explore handcrafts like needlework and sewing, painting and stenciling, and even seasonal decorating like what the best dressed homes were sporting for Christmas in 1915.

In this section of the site, we'll also add information about people who were particularly influential in home decoration. Because our focus is on the way most people lived, we'll leave the big names to others and concentrate on designers and writers who published their designs and articles in mainstream publications like Ladies Home Journal for example. The first and arguably one of the more important was Hazel Dell Brown, chief interior decorator for the Armstrong Cork Company from 1921 to 1957 ... a notable career for a woman during the period that spanned the Roaring Twenties, Great Depression, World War II, and the beginning of the Space Age. Her work is currently scattered throughout AHS, but we'll be collecting all our bits and pieces to present a coherent picture of her work during that period.

It's our collection and represents the way the wind blows us from one source to the next. If there is something of particular interest to you, send us an email. We'll do our best to find sources.

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