Girl's Bedroom, 1950
In the past, the great outdoors was generally safe and toys didn't have a multimillion dollar marketing campaigns, so children's bedrooms weren't considered the playgrounds that they are today.
But times have changed, for better and for worse. It's no longer wise in many areas for children to spend unsupervised time out-of-doors. (Worse.) And toys have become safer and less expensive to produce so children have more indoor playthings. (Better.)
The photo above portrays a typical child's bedroom in the 1940s to early 1950s. (Families who were wealthy would have decorated more, but this photo is more typical of a working or middle-class family.) Later on in the 1950s, you'll see kids' bedrooms become more elaborate, but not just yet.
Why do you think this shift occurred during this decade or era - the late 1940s through the 1950s? What was going on during this time that would have influenced children's rooms, and children? Post in the comment section below.And if you need a little modern photographic inspiration, see these photo galleries of amazing kid's room ideas. Decorating Inspiration for Your Kid's Room
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