Coolest living room in the world (circa 1959; actual size approx. 9.5 x 7.6 in. (24.2 x 19.3 cm.)). If not in the world, then the coolest living room on Craner Avenue in North Hollywood, without a doubt! Dig the beautiful wooden parquet flooring to complement the grooved wooden paneling on the walls. This was not strictly the sort of 1950s styling that one finds in so many "midcentury modern" homes of the contemporary era; it was more eclectic than that. The lampshades in particular seem to have come from the Thirties instead. Even more striking is the plethora of Chinese furnishings that my dad obtained during the war years, including the end tables on either side of the sofa, a pair of gargoyles on the wall at right, the silk wall hanging on the back wall at left, the chair on left background, the low-lying table at the bottom-left corner—and many other pieces besides. My dad was fond of technology, and fittingly, the living room betrays some touches of high-tech: the state-of-the-art Berlant open-reel tape deck, and on the mantel at left, the very cool Rollei twin-lens reflex camera. Lightly retouched to remove spots and scratches on ceiling, ceiling beams, and walls.

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