Museum of 1975 In Scottsbluff, Nebraska

August 29th, 2010 · 8 Comments

Frozen in time.  Scottsbluff, Nebraska home built in 1975.  Wanna bet these are original owners?  Triple mirror.  Hanging oil lamp (aka rain lamp).  Tulips lights.  Classic.

1975 outdated décor furniture old home house Scottsbluff Nebraska original design

Teddy bear collection to go with the old drapes.

1975 outdated décor window drapes curtains teddy bear collection Scottsbluff Nebraska

Pan a bit more to the right.

1975 outdated décor old home house living room Scottsbluff Nebraska

The basement features orange carpet, one of those hideous frilled shade lamps, wood paneling, and an old dinette set.

1975 outdated décor old home house basement orange carpet Scottsbluff Nebraska

Shifting slightly to the right, we see a million family photos.

1975 outdated décor old home house basement orange carpet Scottsbluff Nebraska

The original bathroom features a Princess slimline phone for those long conversations.

1975 outdated décor old home house original bathroom phone Scottsbluff Nebraska

Tags: 1970s · Basement · Bathroom · Family Photos · Living Room · Other US Cities · Staging · Stuffed Animals · Window Coverings · Wood Paneling

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Murphy // Aug 29, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    I love it! Those lamps in the living room would sell for a lot on eBay.
    I bet they hold bridge parties every Thurs enening.
    I wish I could see the kitchen.

  • 2 adrienne // Aug 29, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    It must be regional, but here (and when I say here, I mean the 1970s midwestern Service Merchandise store we used to visit for vacuums and electronics) we call(ed) those oil lamps rain lamps.

    For anyone who missed the 70s (and the early 80s if you also in the Midwest), these things were a sight to behold:

    They are so atrocious that I don’t even see them at Goodwill or yard sales. I suspect the owners have burned and/or buried the evidence.

    And, as a wee girl child of the 70s, I can testify that is NOT a princess phone (like every girl dreamed of), instead it was the way-futuristic slimline that replaced those flanged handset beauties.

    Regarding the bathroom photo, I am disinclined to tour a house that has any of the sellers’ items in the bathroom yet has no toilet paper on the roll. An empty or absent roll is usually a bad signal when entering a bathroom (for women at least).

  • 3 Leif // Aug 29, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Adrienne, thank you for the corrections.
    In Phoenix, Service Merchandise was known as LaBelle’s, then Best, then Service Merchandise. I bought a cookie jar at LaBelle’s for my sister’s wedding in 1976; she still uses it!

  • 4 Cregazw // Aug 29, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Best and Service Merchandise were competitors. I worked for Service Merchandise for 3 1/2 years.

  • 5 MamaCas // Aug 30, 2010 at 4:46 am

    I’m a teeny bit of a germaphobe…….I’m having nightmares just thinking of how many GERMS are colonizing on that telephone. GROSS.

  • 6 adrienne // Aug 30, 2010 at 6:32 am


    This post made me laugh. I remembered sitting in the front of Service Merchandise waiting for something my parents bought to pop out of the warehouse on the conveyor belt.

    I desperately wanted a rain lamp and couldn’t figure out why my parents didn’t find them to be the height of style.

    My brother bought Transformers in Service Mechandise’s toy section, and I got my first camera (a 110 cartridge Instamatic) there. In retrospect, a cookie jar would have been a more lasting investment.

  • 7 andrea // Aug 30, 2010 at 10:37 am

    OMG, we went to Service Merchandise too!! I haven’t thought about that in years.

  • 8 ME // Nov 12, 2010 at 3:25 am

    I actually have flower couches of that same material, minus the wood and style.

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