Photo: Crane bathroom fixtures. Credit: Life magazine, April 29, 1957.
We grew up in a sterile, cookie-cutter home, on a sterile, cookie-cutter street, in a sterile suburb of Chicago, where all the people were white and all the bathrooms were pink. The dads went to work, the moms stayed home and they all got drunk and slept with the neighbors.
So we are slightly puzzled as to why anyone would want to live in the Studebaker Lark of American architecture. Maybe it’s just hipster irony.
But for those who are searching for that perfect Persian red sink (above right) or retro “his and hers bathrooms” with “his and hers toilets” (top) there is retrorenovation.com. Steven Kurutz in the New York Times.
The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas is trying to preserve five costumes from “Gone With the Wind” for a 2014 exhibit marking the film’s 75th anniversary. The costumes, part of the David O. Selznick collection, are Vivien Leigh’s wedding dress, nightgown, ball gown, green velvet gown and her green curtain dress, according to the Associated Press.
Dealers in Native American artifacts are trying to rebuilt their reputations after federal raids conducted in 2009 in an attempt to crack down on alleged grave robbing. Associated Press via Washington Post.
Amtrak’s “Great Migration” exhibit on African Americans who left the South is so popular that it has been put on tour. Larissa Roso in the Washington Post. The exhibit isn’t coming to Los Angeles, but you can download it here.
Engineers want to reverse the flow of the Chicago River. Again. Tammy Webber of the Associated Press via the Chicago Tribune.