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Andersen Corporation Photographs Showcase 1950s-1960s Suburban Homes

Friday, October 24th, 2008

Among the recently cataloged Andersen Corporation corporate records (ca. 118 cu. ft.) are several boxes of photographs that showcase Andersen windows and homes built with Andersen windows. The bulk of the photographs are 8 x 10, black-and-white prints of suburban homes, built in the post-World War II baby boom era, from locales throughout the United States. House historians will find these photographs a valuable source on the 1950s and 1960s that is seldom documented in such quantity and in such detail in one collection.

Minnesota locales, including some from the lake country (see images 1 and 2) are well documented but photographs of residences, businesses, schools, churches, and hotels from over 30 states are also included.

 

Summer home near Perham, Minnesota      
(1) Summer home near Perham, Minnesota

 

 
(2) Camp Widjiwagan, Ely, 1959

 

While a number of the photographs are of elegant homes of the social elite, most of the photographs are of fairly typical suburban homes of the middle class as shown in the images 3 and 4.

 


(3) Home near Flint, Michigan

 


(4) Home in Scotia, New York

 

There is an equal mixture of interior shots of kitchens, living rooms and bedrooms, and exterior shots, which of course prominently feature a particular line of Andersen window. The photographs are arranged by type of window (casement, flexivent, gliding, strutwall, etc.) and those photographs with a more exact address are arranged by state. As a result, a researcher can quickly zero in on a particular locale or conduct a more general search.

Also included are the expected plant scenessome as early as 1916, construction photographs showing the installation of various types of Andersen windows (image 5), and trade show photographs showing the marketing of Andersen windows (image 6).

 


(5) Construction site near Madison, Wisconsin

 


(6) Trade show display

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