The Vintage House Book: Classic American Homes 1880-1980 by Tad Burness (Krause Publications, 2003) is one of the best finds I’ve plucked from the shelves of the local library. The 256-page book is jam-packed with pictures of exteriors and interiors of houses spanning an entire century. A brief introduction to each of the ten chapters gives an overview of the prevailing architectural trends of the particular decade.
Over 2,500 images and photographs (both black-and-white as well as color), including some floor plans, have notations offering fascinating tidbits about the history and/or construction of a particular house. If you ever wondered about the evolution of the modern kitchen and bathroom, you’ll find it illustrated here.
Imagine my surprise and delight when, on page 166, I found the exact house that my parents built before their marriage in 1940 (they were then married in the living room) and in which I spent the first four years of my life. Pictures of long-forgotten appliances and fixtures brought back a lot of memories!
Knowing this book is one I’ll turn to again and again as I weave my vintage tales, I checked one of my favorite sites, ABE Books, and found it available from several bookstores at excellent (low!) prices. I’ll be ordering my copy soon!
FTC Disclaimer: I received no request to recommend this book or remuneration for doing same.