Growing up we never had a room that was set aside for use ‘occasionally’ for one particular reason, we lived in our house. Kitchen and dining rooms were usually combined, many times I sat at the table just watching mama and talking to her as she ‘put a meal together’, as she called it.
Our Living room was lived in. That is where we listened to the radio or just got together to talk and have friends over. Most of the time that is where the heater or stove was located. I don’t remember ‘central’ heat until after Sherry and I got married.
The parsonage in Belmont had a floor furnace. If you are not familiar with that, it was a gas furnace that was in a central area but under the house with a big heat duct directly into the house, not ducted to each room. You could burn your shoe soles if you stood on it too long. Girls especially with dresses liked to stand over the duct. There was no fan, heat just rose. You got heat into your room by leaving the door open.
Early as a child my mama petted me and sometime heated irons or bricks and wrapped them in towels for my feet. We had throw rugs; they were nice in the winter to keep your feet off the cold floor. Linoleums were COLD.
We were also fortunate growing up, we only had one house with an outhouse, I did move our family into one house with an outhouse, for a few months. Yeah, I know what a slop-jar is! (I think more elite folks called it a Chamber)(Oh yeah, I remember my mama said her family had a ‘Pissery’ not an outhouse, has anyone else ever heard of that?)
When we first got married and moved to Camp Geiger Trailer Park, it was like a play house. The Trailer was 26 feet by 8 feet. One heater heated the whole trailer. Sherry liked it, it was our love nest and very cozy in the winter but hot in the summer. But when you are in love it makes no difference. Ha!
What brought this all up was a note on the news that the Formal Living room was about to disappear. To us it never existed. I have built houses with formal dining and formal living rooms. I even built a house with one special room for a ---- I can’t think of the name of it, it was an antique living room suite. No one was going to use the room, it was just for show. I would build anything, but for me, things had to be practical.
Thanks for coming by the log.
PS: Shucks, we are no longer practical, we have two computers in a 38’ motor home. Haha!
Packard competed with the Cadillac and Lincoln but lost.