Call for 1950s Collections

1950s: Building the American Dream has been on exhibit for a whole year now! In case you have not seen the exhibit yet, visitors are encouraged to experience the 1950s through the eyes of a family living in central Ohio with a hands-on, walk through of their Lustron home. Visitors can explore the nooks and crannies, cupboards and drawers of the family’s real, full-size Lustron house, built right inside the Ohio History Center!


From VFM 4107 AV

Many of the objects in the house have been deeply loved by visitors and now need replacing. We are asking for your help for this list of specific needs to engage visitors and help teach the public about the 1950s. We are looking for the following items from the 1950s:

– Clothing in good condition including:

– Women’s dresses, shoes (keds, loafers, etc), pedal pushers, and women’s foundation garments such as a bullet or circle-stitch bra and bullet pads.

-Men’s pants, swim trunks,  and shoes.

-Boy’s clothing and shoes.

-Paint by Number paintings


-A sewing machine

-Canning supplies

– Bonnet hair dryer


If you are interested in donating, please send your name, contact information, and pictures of the objects to

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