Great retro renovation ideas from vintage Popular Science magazines

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Here’s another one of those stories that I thought twice about posting for fear that you’d leave RetroRenovation.com and never come back. The wonderful folks at Popular Science magazine have partnered with Google Books and made every issue of Popular Science way back to the early 1900s available online. I am just starting to make my way through these, and already, I can see plenty of original source materials for period-appropriate renovation ideas. I’ll start featuring them over time…Faithful readers, if you spot great stories that should be shared with others, please feel free to send me an email. Oh my goodness, what a treasure trove! Here’s the link. Do come back to me!

  1. Chris says:

    I see now why you said to come back to you! Love it! I really enjoy old ads. . something about them. . . thanks for the great post. . headed back over for just a few more minutes in March, 1951!

  2. Nina462 says:

    I thought I was the only one who ‘collected’ old magazines! I’m partial to the 40’s through early 60’s. I love the Family Foxhole article!! (I thought my pantry in the basement is a good start).

  3. jenni says:

    since i myself consider myself a although passionate and avid lover of all things retro or vintageous–im a novice still, having only just discovered my tastes in home decor ((furnishing my first apt.)) its quite an understatement to say this style piqued my interests and have since dedicated my time to researching, collecting and talking with fellow retro addicts–thus my arrival upon ur site. I LOVE IT! keep it up girl!! <33

  4. Glamorlux Nancy says:

    Thanks, Pam! This is so cool! The Internet is an amazing resource, isn’t it? This post reminded me that we have a Popular Science from 1955, featuring “25 Pages of Surburban Home Ideas.” I’m gonna go look at it now!

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