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14 Vintage Pictures Of A-Frame Houses, Turned Into Postcards

These vintage illustrations make us nostalgic for the triangular house trend of postwar America.

  • <p>A-frame houses had their big moment in postwar America.</p>
  • <p>The triangular structures were easy and inexpensive to build and maintain, and after architect //<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Geller" target="_blank">Andrew Geller's </a>1955 A-Frame Elizabeth Reese House was featured on the cover of the <em>New York Times</em>, the style caught on.</p>
  • <p>Soon, tens of thousands of A-frames popped up around the country, many made of plywood and two-by-sixes from simple DIY prefab kits.</p>
  • <p>In his 2004 book<em> <a href="http://www.amazon.com/frame-Chad-Randl/dp/1568984103" target="_blank">A-Frame</a></em>, Chad Randl delves into the history of this architectural phenomenon, from the roots of the “triangle house” in prehistoric Japan to its postwar boom in the west.</p>
  • <p>Now, the full-color vintage illustrations and photographs from this book have been turned into a bright set of postcards full of nostalgia for the golden age of these ski-lodges, country homes, and vacation spots.</p>
  • <p>The package of the postcards itself, illustrated with red wood planks and windows, folds out to become its own little A-frame dwelling, big enough for, say, your pens on your desk to take a vacation inside.</p>
  • <p>The modernist dwellings were popular at many a mountain and lakeside vacation getaway, icons of a leisurely lifestyle.</p>
  • <p>Square houses were for squares.</p>
  • <p>A set of eight A-Frame notecards and four postcards are available for pre-order from Princeton Architectural Press for $16.95 <a href="http://www.chroniclebooks.com/titles/a-frame-notecards.html" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>
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    A-frame houses had their big moment in postwar America.

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    The triangular structures were easy and inexpensive to build and maintain, and after architect //Andrew Geller's 1955 A-Frame Elizabeth Reese House was featured on the cover of the New York Times, the style caught on.

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    Soon, tens of thousands of A-frames popped up around the country, many made of plywood and two-by-sixes from simple DIY prefab kits.

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    In his 2004 book A-Frame, Chad Randl delves into the history of this architectural phenomenon, from the roots of the “triangle house” in prehistoric Japan to its postwar boom in the west.

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    Now, the full-color vintage illustrations and photographs from this book have been turned into a bright set of postcards full of nostalgia for the golden age of these ski-lodges, country homes, and vacation spots.

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    The package of the postcards itself, illustrated with red wood planks and windows, folds out to become its own little A-frame dwelling, big enough for, say, your pens on your desk to take a vacation inside.

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    The modernist dwellings were popular at many a mountain and lakeside vacation getaway, icons of a leisurely lifestyle.

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    Square houses were for squares.

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    A set of eight A-Frame notecards and four postcards are available for pre-order from Princeton Architectural Press for $16.95 here.

A-frame houses had their big moment in postwar America. The triangular structures were easy and inexpensive to build and maintain, and after architect Andrew Geller's 1955 A-Frame Elizabeth Reese House was featured on the cover of the New York Times, the style caught on. Soon, tens of thousands of A-frames popped up around the country, many made of plywood and two-by-sixes from simple DIY prefab kits. The modernist dwellings were popular at many a mountain and lakeside vacation getaway, icons of a leisurely lifestyle. Square houses were for squares.

In his 2004 book A-Frame, Chad Randl delves into the history of this architectural phenomenon, from the roots of the "triangle house" in prehistoric Japan to its postwar boom in the west. Now, the full-color vintage illustrations and photographs from this book have been turned into a bright set of postcards full of nostalgia for the golden age of these ski-lodges, country homes, and vacation spots. The package of the postcards itself, illustrated with red wood planks and windows, folds out to become its own little A-frame dwelling, big enough for, say, your pens on your desk to take a vacation inside.

A set of eight A-Frame notecards and four postcards are available for pre-order from Princeton Architectural Press for $16.95 here.