A friend of mine recently bought a house in North Minneapolis. In the process of renovating her attic closet, she tore out the old insulation and found… newspapers from the 1940’s. One intact newspaper section was the “Women’s News, Theater, Art, Books” from the Minneapolis Sunday Tribune, dated December 1, 1946. Filling the entire front page of this section is an article on the Walker Art Center titled “Useful and Beautiful (Christmas Gifts for Harried Husbands).”
The Everyday Art Gallery at the Walker created a display of hundreds of useful and beautiful Christmas gifts, procured from 16 local retailers. The items are primarily focused on things for the home, everything from lamps and tables to crepes suzette pans and salt and pepper shakers.
So as you’re perusing the Walker Shop for your last minute holiday gifts, take a look at what it was like here 65 years ago.
For more info on these exhibitions: From the Archives – 1946-1960: “Useful Gifts” vs. “china frankfurter mustard pots”