Unusual plastic window shades in 1961 midcentury modern bathroom

retro plastic window shadesThese vintage plastic window shades, which seem to be original to Todd’s 1961 house — are fabulous. They appear to be basket-weave plastic, on a track like a shower door, but accordian-style. I’ve never seen them before. Does anyone else have them? Does anyone know about them? Yum. Todd writes:

Does anyone know where I can get these types of plastic shades? Our house was built in 1961, its a mid century modern, and only 3 windows left have these as the previous owners junked all the rest (as we found pieces of them here and there in the back yard).

  1. Craig says:

    I have found a original receipt from 1963. in my parents paper work for a Jaylis purchase for the house I grew up in.
    Jaylis center, Howard E. Nelson Co. 324 N. Citrus Covina California

  2. Neil says:

    I just bought two sections in the jade green at an estate sale here in San Francisco. And I got three sections of track with them. Don’t know what I’m going to do with them since I don’t have a midcentury house; probably sell them if I can find a taker.

  3. Micki says:

    I had these Jaylis draperies when I lived in my house and they were in almost every room and in many colors. If anyone knows where I can get them, please let me know. They are the easiest to clean and provide privacy while letting in the light.
    I’d get them again if only I could find them.

  4. Robert Corsini says:

    Yes I have several sections of this exact same style and color.
    3 sections 7ft x 12ft Light Green
    2 sections 6ft x 28 inches Light Green

    2 sections 7×5 White

  5. Lesley rose says:

    The corp name etc expired in 2000 even tho they haven’t been made in at least 40 yrs. I would love to see them enjoy a comeback

    1. Robert Corsini says:

      Hi Lesley. I need to repair a couple sections that have broken pieces. I have plenty of replacements but I’m having trouble figuring out how to repair the top and or bottom accordion sections. Any advice?

  6. Lesley rose says:

    They are called Jaylis and my parents made and sold them in the mid sixties in LA and for 6 months in Alaska. My grandmother had them in her home for many years. I am searching for any old sets I can find. Even as a 9 yr old I helped build them.

  7. Althea Hathaway says:

    This window covering product was produced by Jaylis in the late 1950s and 1960s. My interior design and decor dad was a vendor. I’ve tried to research them, but to no avail. I think they should be reproduced.
    Good luck, folks. Althea, Oakland, CA

  8. I just purchased a set from an estate sale here in Detroit. Here is my application. I was fortunate enough to get a double sized door wall section. My door wall is single sized, so I have plenty of spare parts….

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  9. Todd says:

    Thanks for the feedback about my plastic shades. Very interesting ideas you all have. I hope to find some originals someday that I can retrofit into this existing home.

  10. Rose says:

    I too had these plastic woven blinds in my house which we bought in 2007 the blinds were left behind by the previous owners. The house was built in the 60’s. We have since sold the house and left the blinds behind but I would love to have them in my new home. So please if anyone knows where I can find the company that made them or if they are still being made.

    1. Lesley says:

      The company is long since gone I’m afraid. Someone bought it in the late 69’s and tried to revive it, but it disappears completely by 73.

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