Mad Men: NOW It’s The 60s.

Mad Men is back! I am thrilled.

The internet is filled with many sites doing recaps and rhapsodizing about the plot lines. this isn’t one of them. Although I would love to share my impressions with you, I know that I cannot do it as well as some others. Instead, allow me to be your set decoration guide.

E01Se5 A Little Kiss

Part 1. Very Vera  Almost right out of the gate – the second scene, in fact – we see Sally Draper waking up from slumbering in Vera sheets.

Vera, as in Vera Neumann. As if there was any other.

The butterflies, the vague Queen Anne’s Lace/generic fern-ish vegetation. I was thrilled to see it. Next, Joan’s nudgey mother wrings out a  Vera napkin as she tries to give the smack down to Joan over the visit from the busy, busy janitor.

More butterflies; almost-recognizable sketchy flowers.

[note to self: paint a room that deep salmon color.]

I would love the say that’s a Vera blouse but of course it is not. I do have a scarf with stripes in those colors but sadly, I can only claim with absolute positivity the two items mentioned above. There are some almost-items in the episode: a receptionist’s dress, a drawing on the wall, a colorful scarf. Almost fromt he beginning, Vera designs were copied and rushed to market.

Part 2.  Pete’s Kitchen. Pete and Trudy have moved to the suburbs. And while their starter home is a bit of a let down, they do have a state of the art electric stove. In fact, it’s the very same stove that Samantha Stevens used in Bewitched.

Check it out:

crazy slide out burner drawer

I can’t belive that tasteful moneied Trudy gave up sleek Danish modern furniture for this crappy faux Colonial. She had a lot of other options. Think Laura Petrie’s kitchen – that was approximately the same time period. But wait til Harry Crane lays his eyes on this stove  – he is very much up on all things Bewitched.

Other notes:

  • Betty’s new house! No wonder Don referred to them as Morticia and Lurch. However did she let Henry Francis talk her into that stone heap? Betty’s life long style can be summed up as Tasteful Classic.For someone who wanted a fresh start, she sure went in the wrong direction.
  • Oh Harry, why you have to be so bad? I love you Harry but you are just an unthinking louse.
  • Zoo bisou bisou. Ok, everybody’s singing it today but in a totally ironic way. Is it just me or does everybody think that all  Continental European pop music is the cheesiest? I can’t think of a single time that I heard something Euro start up  that I didn’t feel a twinge of embarrassment for them. Now don’t go all world love on me – you know it’s true.

6 thoughts on “Mad Men: NOW It’s The 60s.

  1. OMG, my mother had that stove in our townhouse in California. And I still have several Vera tablecloths and matching napkins that I received as wedding gifts. Treat them well and they don’t wear out.

    I love it that you notice these th4ngs 🙂

  2. My mother had fab Vera sheets covered in daylillies when I was growing up…but that isn’t the point of my comment. Euro-pop is awful! My children, ages 10 and 14, critique current music on the radio and of a recent Katie Perry monstrosity, the 10 yr. old boy said, “Ugh! That stinks…but at least it’s not as bad as Italian rock.” Clearly, the children are taking away the right cultural cues from their trips to Europe.

  3. We had that stove! Brought it with us from Los Angeles to Houston in 1964 and it lasted until the house was sold 20 years later. Always loved seeing it on TV.

  4. My parents had that house in the fancy bi-level they built when my mother put her foot down about living in the old farm house with no upstairs heat. Ours was TURQUOISE with black trim!

  5. My folks had that stove in the bi-level they built when my mother put her foot down about living in the old farmhouse with no upstairs heat. Ours was TURQUOISE and black!

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