Colors of American Standard Toilets in the 1960s

Toilets, in any decade, are not known for their glamour. In fact, people have gone to great lengths to pretend toilets don't exist. Yet, in the 1960s, when color reigned, American manufacturers, including but not limited to American Standard, turned their attention from defense to the homefront and offered their domestic consumers something new: toilets in an array of colors.

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Blue in various hues was a reigning color in 1960s American Standard toilets.

Context

The 1960s was a time of both celebration and turbulence. At the beginning of the decade, adults continued to rejoice in the end of both The Great Depression and World War II by focusing on the home, while teenagers focused on the future and often weren't sure whether to rejoice or revolt. During the 1960s, young adults did both, but they were not in control of home decor – manufacturers and domestic consumers were. American Standard was one such manufacturer.

Company

Today, American Standard is still one of the major bathroom appliance and fixture manufacturers. With growing interest in retro design, it's no wonder they are sometimes highlighted. Their history dates back to the 19th century when plumbing was its focus. As the years and the company progressed, American Standard embraced the look and feel of the times at hand, and the 1960s was no exception. Their plumbing expertise was proven, but they reinvented themselves by introducing colored toilets in keeping with the trends of the time.

Colors

Like tubs and sinks, toilets of the 1960s were first functional and second colorful. Because of the integrity of the plumbing first, many of these bathroom fixtures are still fully functional today. While functional is desirable, the 1960's color scheme may not be. Vintage American Standard toilets are often in various shades of blue and green – including turquoise and aqua – or, classically, pink.

Considerations

If you have a bathroom with a working 1960s toilet in a color of the time, take heart. American Standard is still one of the top bathroom appliance and fixture manufacturers of today, so you may want to keep that which is not broken. If the 1960s color of your toilet offends you, try to offset it with neutral and/or complementary colors in the rest of your bathroom.