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Home comforts: the style of the new suburban interiors and the changing role of the housewife in the 1920s and 1930s

Home comforts: the style of the new suburban interiors and the changing role of the housewife in the 1920s and 1930s
Home comforts: the style of the new suburban interiors and the changing role of the housewife in the 1920s and 1930s
This talk focuses on the wives and mothers who found themselves in charge of their new homes, in Metroland - far removed from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. Emmanuelle will explore how homes changed dramatically after the First World War, through the boom in technology and labour saving devices, and in their decorative schemes. She will compare the sleek ideal 'moderne' interiors that featured in magazines and promotional material, with the ubiquitous reality of mock Jacobean sideboards and floral wallpapers. Drawing on women's magazines of the time she will also discuss the woman's role in the house, where she shopped and what she bought.
Dirix, Emmanuelle
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Kerr, Joe
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Dirix, Emmanuelle
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Kerr, Joe
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Dirix, Emmanuelle and Kerr, Joe (2010) Home comforts: the style of the new suburban interiors and the changing role of the housewife in the 1920s and 1930s. Lecture Series to Accompany LTM Suburbia Exhibition, United Kingdom.

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This talk focuses on the wives and mothers who found themselves in charge of their new homes, in Metroland - far removed from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. Emmanuelle will explore how homes changed dramatically after the First World War, through the boom in technology and labour saving devices, and in their decorative schemes. She will compare the sleek ideal 'moderne' interiors that featured in magazines and promotional material, with the ubiquitous reality of mock Jacobean sideboards and floral wallpapers. Drawing on women's magazines of the time she will also discuss the woman's role in the house, where she shopped and what she bought.

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Published date: 23 February 2010
Venue - Dates: Lecture Series to Accompany LTM Suburbia Exhibition, United Kingdom, 2010-02-23

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Local EPrints ID: 149005
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/149005
PURE UUID: 5f8e1dea-2f79-4efc-b6ec-d35a9b037183

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Date deposited: 29 Apr 2010 13:42
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 19:30

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