Throwback Thursday: Homes

In this week’s throwback journey, let’s explore the housing of the past: the 1930s Sonneveld House of The Netherlands, a Norwegian farmhouse, a Native American hut, company houses in Canada’s clear-cutting operations, and more offered in the archives from The Commons.

Sonneveld House

The Sonneveld House was built in the early 1930’s, it’s a perfect example of the ‘Nieuwe Bouwen’ functionalist style, designed by architecture firm Brinkman and Van der Vlugt. Much of its furniture was designed by W.H. Gispen. It’s now a House Museum preserved by The New Institute and open for the public. The Sonneveld family’s personal archive and the architects business archive contain great quantities of useful information about everyday life in the house and how it was designed and furnished. Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 1930s.

Three sisters doing needlework on the verandah of their Toowong home ca. 1918

Three sisters, each with fashionable bows in their hair, sitting on a verandah doing needlework. Mavis, Ruth and Joyce were the daughters of George and Elsie Weatherlake. The family lived at Chatswood, 7 Augustus Street, Toowong. Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, ca. 1918.

Flood in Keene (4)

Men walking on wood planks floating in flooded area around homes. Keene, New Hampshire. 1900-1920?

METU, Professors Apartements

METU [Middle East Technical University], Professors Apartements, general view, 1961-1980.

A Diegueno Home

Title: A Diegueno Home
Artist: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Artist Bio: American, 1868 – 1952
Creation Date: 1924
Process: photogravure

Farm house, Stang.

Stongfjorden, Sogn og Fjordane Fylke, Norway. Taken circa 1910.

[Pool view of John Gillin's house, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright]

Title: [Pool view of John Gillin’s house, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright]
Creator: Richie, Robert Yarnall (1908-1984)
Date: October 3, 1957
Part Of: Robert Yarnall Richie photographs

Damaged Houses

This photograph shows the aftermath of the Great Timber Yard Fire in Hartlepool [England, U.K.], 1922. In it you can see several burned out houses, the first of which has been completely destroyed during the blaze. By the morning after the fire, crowds of people had turned out to survey the damage and to search for lost belongings in the rubble.

Greenland in the late 19th-early 20th century.

The settlement Ritenbenk seen from the north. Photo: Th. N. Krabbe 1889-1909.

Bidboro Manor House

Title: Bidboro Manor House
Photographer: Henry Bedford Lemere (English, 1840-ca. 1911)
Building Date: 14th century
Photograph date: ca. 1865-ca. 1885
Location: Europe: United Kingdom; Bidborough

Company houses

Mining company houses set up on clear-cut land. Lovett, Alberta, Canada, ca. 1915.

To join this series, tweet @flickr with your favorite photos, and include the hashtag #ThrowbackThursday. And if you’d rather not tweet, simply include the same hashtag in your Flickr photo title, or tag it with ThrowbackThursday. We can’t wait to see what time period and subjects show up next in pictures. From old scans to new photos of throwback memories, we like them all. In the meantime you can also find inspiration in The Commons on Flickr.

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