Houses, Repairs, and the Project Zone!

Posted by on July 14, 2009

We’re going to take a slight diversion from our series on the Korean War to bring to you some neat information I’ve found about the classic “home project.”



The picture above is a classic illustration of the Levittown home so popular in the post-war suburban years.  In fact this classic design is just now beginning to become popular once again in the post-boom economy sweeping our land.

However, beyond the home, this picture can illustrate an important aspect of the post-World War II American that has been lost in the midst of time.  What I’m talking about is repairability and the classic homeowner “project.”

We all know that today, many things are just not repairable nor even worth it to even try.  Our cars are electronic and the appliances are plastic.  However, it wasn’t always this way.

Curious yet?  Let’s take a look at some of the neat ideas I found for you just this morning!


Popular Mechanics today skews itself for technology as well as home projects.  However, back in 1952, the emphasis was much more on things to do and fix around the home.  Projects were “low-tech” and not all about the gee whiz factor so prevalent in our computerized world.  In the following project illustration from Google Books, we can learn all about building some great snack tables for company, or even just ourself:



Let’s not forget the other magazines such as Popular Science.  In 1955 at least, it seemed to be much more of a similar magazine to Popular Mechanics in it’s approach.  In this following project, we will be making a “ship’s bell” for your family:


These are just some of the facinating projects that you can find!  I’ve included some links to a few more to get you started!

Have a great day!

More Project Links:

Big Weekend Project Pack

Fix Your Floor!

Garage or Summer Room?  You choose!


(1) LOC Prints & Photographs Division

(2) Popular Mechanics, Google Books

(3) Popular Science, Google Books

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