About Vintage Stuff

The aim of Vintage Stuff is to display some of the ephemera that I have collected, often inadvertently, over the years. I am now deliberately seeking out interesting old adverts, screen shots, leaflets, obscure record covers, picture postcards and illustrations; anything that catches my eye, in fact. They will be mainly, but not exclusively of UK origin (so many vintage blogs appear to be American) and almost always a scan from something that I actually have in my collection, rather than off the net. If you do re-blog, please acknowledge the source. Further stuff, mainly photographs, can be found on my Flickr pages, via the Benny Hill record cover.

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Housing war-workers

This scheme for housing for war-workers was designed by Geoffrey Jellico F.I.R.B.A. in 1942 and drawn by Margaret Whittington for The Englishmans's Castle, by John Gloag, published in 1945. Gloag was very critical of modernist housing, describing such buildings as what the architects thought the people ought to want, rather than what they would actually like. He disliked Art Deco, which has since developed an enthusiastic following, seeing such concrete boxes as bleak and comfortless. What did he subsequently make of 1960s brutalism, I wonder?!

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