This is Traci from BucktoothedBunny. Toni, the Bunny herself, is my
sister. I’ve been helping her with her shop, so she talked me into being
a guest curator.
1950s are typically remembered with a great deal of nostalgia. America
became very prosperous in the post-WWII years and the nation took the
center stage in world politics. Americans were very proud of their
country, and were determined to live happily in peace. Conformity was
the rule of the day and everyone had to play their part. Young people
were moving en masse to the suburbs, with everyone having their own
homes, cars, and all the latest gadgets available. This was a time when
the men worked and the women stayed home to tend the homes and families.
These women were expected to keep their homes immaculate and look great at all times.
In the summer, this would be the perfect dress for the typical 1950s housewife to wear in order to look great AND get all of the housework done. It would be unheard of for anyone to show up at her house and find her looking anything but her best. She must not forget to wear her pearls!!
If anyone should drop in, it was important to play the perfect hostess. Fresh flowers should be on hand to give the house a fresh, happy look. Refreshments for the housewife's guests are a must, even if it is just water with ice from your new Frigidaire!
While vacuuming, dusting, making beds, and cleaning all of her new kitchen gadgets, our housewife needed to look her best in one of her many pairs of pumps. Only the best for the lucky suburbanite! And really, who doesn’t clean in a pair of stiletto pumps?
If our housewife completed her chores in a timely manner, perhaps she could slip into a lovely swimsuit in order to soak up the rays. This way she could have a healthy glow when her husband arrived home from work.