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Old 05-17-2012, 12:22 AM   #15
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Say it ain't so. Generally speaking styles come and go and sometims come back again. Someday we'll look at the stainless and say "what were we thinking. Although most of the styles in the 70's were a direct concequence of a very high 60's.If you look at period styl, the 50's were mostly good and continue to look good decades later. Not all but most. The 50's gae birth to Rock and the 70's introduced us to Disco. I've recently been looking at AS design through the deacdes and it remarkable how it was influnced by home design and color. I was in engineering school in the late 70's and remember looking at all of the pressed wood paneling, cabinets and well, everything was being manufactured out of it. Designing enviornments that would accomadate this material we learned very quickly was a challenge.We are still dealing from the fallout from this material in commercial and residential buildings. When you hear the term"value engineering" run.
I'm done with the rant now. I love my Sea Foam Green toilet with the original acrylic seat with the little silver sparkle in it. Popcorn ceilings were another 70's idea. They used asbestos as a binder until about 1988.
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Old 05-17-2012, 12:38 PM   #18
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Boomerang style laminate

Bob, I would love to have the boomerang countertops with the metal edges. I wonder if they still produce that pattern? In my daylight basement in addition to sea foam plumbing fixtures the countertops are original as well. Yellow in the kitchen and pink in the bathroom. Not boomerang but similiar., post formed with high backs. I lve this stuff.
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Bob, I would love to have the boomerang countertops with the metal edges. I wonder if they still produce that pattern? In my daylight basement in addition to sea foam plumbing fixtures the countertops are original as well. Yellow in the kitchen and pink in the bathroom. Not boomerang but similiar., post formed with high backs. I lve this stuff.

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most didn't have pictures - one did. I noticed a lot of "burnt orange" - being older than dirt, I remember this from the late 60's and 70's

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Old 05-22-2012, 01:25 AM   #21
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Bob, I was in a Denny's about 5 years ago, and they had boomerang tops on the tables - But the design had clearly been reproduced because it was pixeled - looked like it had been done at about 300 dpi, and had noticable squares making up the curved boomerangs. Very disturbling actually, just so wrong. I have office color copiers that do 1200 dpi or higher any of these could have produced a better quality image than these tables had.

Have you seen any of these boomerang patterns in person?

I've also seen reproduction "cracked ice" that can't be told from the original - trust me, we had red cracked ice table and counters in our kitchen and the neighbors had gray in their dining room set. That table was so well built that we stood on it to paint ceilings. They literally don't build them that way anymore.

As for "burnt orange" - any color can be a great accent color, and orange gives a real pop to a lot of more subdued colors. The 70's just had some wierd combinations of gold, green and orange - restraint wasn't a buzz word for that decade was it?

The 50's were really the first age of color in the bathroom. I remember when we redid our bathroom and mother was agape in the showroom - there were pink, seafoam, turquoise, and beige fixtures to choose from - white was just passe. Mom went with the beige, but in working with old home renovators I've seen many many pink China ones. For a few years there was even a craze for color coordinated toilet paper. One premium brand even advertized two layers in different colors, pink on white or yellow on white or green on white. Of course it all ended up as brown on pink on white....

It's interesting how things come back into fashion. One wonders how long Airstream will remain "hot" or if it will survive the next cool cycle. Pleased it's come back from 2008 when so many folded.

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I think the boomerang Formica period was the 1950's. The kitchen tables with the metal edge banding were also '50's.

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"Have you seen any of these boomerang patterns in person?"

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No I haven't.
In our 63 Safari the original fridge had the B'rang face panel.
When we had the fridge replaced at JC they just transferred it to the new unit.

I bet if you call Retro Renovation they could supply a sample or a good photo.
From what's displayed on the site the quality looks pretty good.

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The 'Boomerang' pattern was developed for Formica in 1950 by Brooks Stevens and came in one colour. The pattern was called Coral Skylark. It was updated with a new colour (Primrose) in 1955 by Raymond Loewy. Formica brought the pattern back in 2005. Here is a scan of my samples at 600dpi. I think that these are pretty much the same as the original samples from the 1950's that I've seen.

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I love those old boomerang patterns! I found some occassional tables made from new old stock in Buffalo NY one day ...bought two of them - classic, original turquoise pattern .. they are still used in my home!
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I love those old boomerang patterns! I found some occassional tables made from new old stock in Buffalo NY one day ...bought two of them - classic, original turquoise pattern .. they are still used in my home!
I know Buffalo, I can see it from our kitchen window. Not surprised you were able to find it here, anywhere near South Elmwood Av.?

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I know Buffalo, I can see it from our kitchen window. Not surprised you were able to find it here, anywhere near South Elmwood Av.?

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It was near there.. if not on Elmwood.. on a side street.. was years ago. It was a vintage store ... I'd just moved there and I bought a super cool old sofa that had been reupholstered in turq piped in black vinyl and those two tables and I had to borrow a van to get them to the carriage house I was renting on West Ferry at the time ... was behind one of those mansions near a huge apartment building. I loved shopping in the Elmwood area - some super cool places!
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