Mamie Pink Kitchen

February 27, 2015 @ 1950sHouse

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The color pink actually had a deeper meaning for people living in the 1950s. Inspired by the favorite color of First Lady Mamie Eisenhower, pink was an exceptionally popular color for kitchens and bathrooms in the 1950s. Mamie loved the color so much, even her cotton balls were pink! Dubbed “Mamie pink,” the color soon became a national symbol for the joy felt at the close of WWII and the remaking of the American household. Because of her, pink was suddenly a symbol of class, refinery, and patriotism. Contrary to our modern perspective, pink was not seen as a “girly” or “feminine” color. Housewives dreamed of homes slathered in pink.  It’s estimated that over five million households featured a pink kitchen or bathroom — or both!

According to the homeowner, the house was built in 1956 — but was never lived in until he came along in 2010! When he moved in, the twinkly appliances — state of the art during their time — had never been used, and their original manuals were still taped to their sides! Why was the house never occupied? That’s still a complete mystery!

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