A complete 1925 catalog of recessed soap dishes, towel bars and medicine cabinets

To be sure, I am over-the-hill in love with mid-century decor. But, the capacity for love is infinite, and if I lived in a pre-war bungalow, cottage, Tudor or Dutch Colonial, you bet I’d be lovin’ the house I’m in, baby — especially if it had vintage bathroom fixtures like these. I recently acquired this 1925 Sno-Wite catalog, full of enameled-steel soap dishes, towel bars, toilet paper holders, medicine cabinets, and mirrors — and I scanned the whole thing here. .

I like these older catalogs, because they help me to see design trajectory. And, I know there are a lot of readers of the blog who have pre-war houses…. so I’m trying to add more items and inspiration from this period. Hey, I think it’s all considered “retro”, isn’t it? There are some really cool designs happening here. I love it all. Enjoy. To launch the slide show, click on the first slide … it will enlarge… then, look for the arrows just below the image to advance.


  1. handyandy says:

    Oh Heavens!
    Nina 462, would you happen to have a garage or two …disconnected from the house….
    of course, to share here from your catalog? We are researching garages in hopes of building one this summer.


  2. Cara says:

    Whew, it’s so good to know I am not crazy and there are others on here with old houses! We are just getting ready to attempt to restore the main bath and this has some lovely ideas.

    I’ve been trying to find a site I enjoy as much as this one except with houses from my era but none are as fun and they seem to take themselves way too seriously. Really, I don’t see the problem with a 1972 avocado owl planter on my 1915 mantle!

  3. pam kueber says:

    cara, mix it all up! make the house that makes you happy! i’ll try to do more pre-war moving forward…

  4. TappanTrailerTami says:

    Hi Pam,

    Maybe a reader poll is in order to see what years/decades everyone’s house was built, and maybe the secondary question of whether they are staying true to the era of construction, or doing a different set of years, with their decorating.

    Mine is 1977, but, the bulk of my items and decor are 20’s to 40’s with a bit of 50’s and 60’s here and there 🙂

  5. nina462 says:

    hey….yes, I’d be more than willing to scan a page or two (or twenty). the garages are all disconnected. if you want me to scan to your home email, please let me know wheree…or I can make copies and mail them to you as well.
    you can email me at lkfry@charter.net

  6. Steve Barrow says:

    I enjoyed the information on Sno-Wite…as I found a bevel mirror with the American Enameled Products Company still on the back of mirror.
    Cool to find when the mirrors were made.

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