Help Furnish Our 1950s Period Home

The Ohio Historical Society is seeking a variety of materials to furnish a 1950s period home for an upcoming exhibition.

If you have any items on the list below, or other interesting 1950s items, please contact our history curators at or (614) 297-2535. Please contact our staff prior to bringing materials to the Ohio History Center in Columbus.

This will be a hands-on exhibit, so visitors will be able to touch many items and really get a sense of going back in time. We would prefer items that are in good condition.

    1950s Appliances

•Refrigerator (White or pastel – brands such as Fridigaire, G.E., Crosley)
•Blender (examples include Vitamix, Waring, Oster, Sunbeam, Hamilton Beach)
•Mixer (such as Kitchenaid, Sunbeam)

    1950s Kitchen accessories

• Pitcher for mixing frozen juice concentrate
• Metal ice cube trays with lever
• Milk bottles
• Kitchen stepstool/chair
• Shopping list, possibly a chalkboard
• Spice rack
• Canister Set (for flour, sugar, coffee, tea)
• Trash can
• Tupperware

    1950s Cookware

• Pots and pans (skillet, Dutch oven, griddle, roasting pan, broiler pan)
• Teakettle
• Coffeemaker (such as Chemex, Wigomat )
• Casserole dishes (Pyrex)
• Batter bowls
• Mixing bowls
• Timer
• Cooking spoons and spatulas
• Sifter
• Measures Cups and Spoons
• Pastry blender, pastry cloth, rolling pin
• Vegetable peeler
• Ice cream scoop
• Strainer
• Cookie cutters (hearts, spades, clubs, diamonds, holiday shapes)


    1950s Tableware

• Everyday plates and bowls
• Glasses (Drinking, juice, wine, martini)
• Serving dishes
• Chafing dish
• Cake stand
• Flatware/Cutlery
• Teapot, coffeepot, sugar, creamer
• Coasters

    1950s Food Packaging

• Betty Crocker or Duncan Hines cake mix
• Jello gelatin and pudding
• Minute Rice or Uncle Ben’s Rice
• Crisco
• Velveeta
• Snacks (Ritz Crackers)
• Campbell’s soup (tomato, chicken noodle, cream of mushroom, cream of chicken)
• Lipton’s soup mix (Onion)
• Canned foods (Hunts, Libby’s, Green Giant, Del Monte, Spam, Treet)
• Condiments and seasonings (Including Miracle Whip, Heinz Ketchup, French’s Yellow Mustard, Morton Salt, Domino Sugar, Margarine, Log Cabin Syrup, Kraft Grated Parmesan Cheese, Durkee French Fried Onions)
• Beverages (Including Minute Maid orange juice concentrate, KoolAid drink mix, Coca Cola, Maxwell House coffee, Nescafe instant coffee, V-8, Carnation Instant Dry Milk)
• Baby food – jars, cans, boxes (Gerber, Beech-nut,
• Cereal (Including Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, Frosted Flakes, Rice Krispies, and Pep Flakes, as well as Post Raisin Bran and Grape Nuts)

    1950s Cookbooks

• Betty Crocker cookbook (1950)
• Better Homes and Gardens cookbook (1953)
• Joy of Cooking (1931)
• Recipe box

    1950s Cleaning Products

• Bar of soap
• Dish detergent (Joy)
• Dishwasher detergent
• Laundry Detergent
• Starch
• Scrubbers
• Rubber gloves
• Drying rack
• Dish brush
• Dishcloth
• Dishpan

    1950s Dining Room

• Napkins
• Sideboard or chest
• Condiment tray
• Candlesticks
• Flower vases
• Set of TV trays

    1950s Miscellaneous Household Supplies

• Pens, pencils
• Erasers and other writing supplies
• Stapler
• Scissors
• Account books
• Address book

    1950s Master Bedroom

• Upholstered chair
• Reading lamp
• Jewelry box
• Manicure set
• Bowl or some other container for keys and coins
• Alarm clock
• Linens
• Bed spread
• Throw rugs
• Curtains
• Venetian blinds

    1950s Fashion

• Women’s jewelry
• Men’s jewelry
• Women’s lingerie
• Men’s underwear and socks
• Women’s hats, purses and gloves
• Baby clothes, layette items
• Men’s and women’s shoes
• Sport clothes for all
• Include bowling shoes, bags

    1950s Seasonal Items

• Easter basket
• American flag (48 star)
• BBQ grill and tools
• Trick or Treat paper bags
• Color wheel for Aluminum Christmas tree
• Shiny Brite glass ball Christmas decorations
• Table top Santa in sleigh with reindeer
• Christmas wrapping paper
• Felt Christmas Stockings
• Plastic Reindeer
• Christmas cards
• Christmas Tree skirt
• Electric plastic Christmas Candles with screw in bulbs
• Plastic illuminated (electric) church
• Christmas record albums
• Child’s sled

    1950s Living Room

• Coffee table and end tables
• Armchair
• Tobacco pipe & pipe rack
• Table top lighter
• Playing cards, checkers, board games (examples include Scrabble, Monopoly, Sorry, Parcheesi)
• Books (examples of popular authors include: Ray Bradbury, Jack Kerouac, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, J.D. Salinger, Mickey Spillane, Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, Ayn Rand, Grace Metalious)
• Paintings/wall hangings

    1950s Bathroom

• Period medications/medicinal products (or appropriate packaging)
• Make-up products
• Cold cream
• Hair products (Brylcreem, Clairol, Aqua Net hairspray, rollers)
• Deodorant (such as Ban, Mum, Arrid)
• Johnson and Johnson Bandaids
• Sanitary products (Tampax/Fems/Kotex/Modess) or a sanitary belt
• Shaving kit (brush, razor, blades, cream [Barbasol])
• Toothbrushes/toothpaste (Gleem/Ipana/Colgate)
• Shampoo/soap (Breck, Dreen, Lustre Creme, Prell, Lux, Palmolive, Lifebuoy)
• Shower curtain
• Bathmat
• Toilet cover
• Scale
• Toilet brush/plunger
• Civil Defense kit

    1950s Boy’s Room

• Fort play set (Fort Apache, Custer’s Last Stand, Captain Gallant of the Foreign Legion)
• Cowboys and Indians toys, such as cowboy hats, boots, vests, holsters, and toy guns, for characters like Roy Rogers, Lone Ranger, Hoppalong Cassidy, and Gene Autry
• Erector or chemistry set
• Baseball bat, glove, cap, and a 1950s Little League uniform
• Model airplanes, cars, ships (made or in the box)
• Marbles and marble bag
• Books like the Landmark and Grossett and Dunlap sets and comic books
• Desk lamp and side table lamp with boy’s room motif like ships, planes, rockets or cowboys
• Davy Crockett coonskin cap
• 1950s Baseball cards
• Board games (Checkers, Monopoly)
• Lionel train set
• Boy Scouts handbook and uniform

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2 Responses to Help Furnish Our 1950s Period Home

  1. Jean says:

    I have been saving my Grandmothers 1950 How Dry I am clothes drier. The brand is GE . It is good condition but I have not turned it on for a long time to see if still rings it’s tune. Looks good. I will send you a photo if you are interested. I live in a small town now in Texas.

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