Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Vintage Advertisements: American Standard

Currently, American Standard is a popular bathroom fixture manufacturer which is the result of American Standard Americas, Crane Plumbing, and Elijier merging together. Though this merge occurred as recently as last year, American Standard has roots dating back to 1875 when the Standard Sanitary Manufacturing Company was founded. The company was so successful that in 1929, they were the largest producer of bathroom fixtures. The "American Standard" name was created when the Standard Sanitary Corporation merged with the American Radiator Company.

The following are vintage advertisements for American Standard products. The first was printed in 1959 and discussed the new American Standard bathtub with a contour shape that made bathing more relaxing.
Vintage Bathroom Advertisement
A close-up of a pink, 1959 American Standard vanity sink.

Vintage Vanity Sink
The Fiesta sink advertisement from 1968, tells consumers that the "sporty Fiesta makes other kitchen sinks look like they're standing still".

Vintage Sink Advertisement
From the same campaign, the 1968 advertisement features a self ventilating toilet that can be installed in one hour for $150.

Vintage Toilet Advertisement
View our American Standard bathroom products.

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Pot Fillers and Bar Sinks

You may think, why buy a bar sink or pot filler when I already have a sink and faucet in my kitchen?

Pot fillers are small faucets that extend from the wall or counter. They usually dispense only cold water but some have the option of hot water or filtered water. Pot fillers are mainly for filling kettles and pots but also have other uses. Installing a pot or kettle filler can save steps while preparing dinner. Rinsing off vegetables and filling up glasses with drinking water can both be made easier with a pot filler.

Pot FillerBar sinks are generally smaller than your kitchen sink. They come in different shapes, sizes, and depths. Having a bar sink is ideal for entertaining guests because you can prepare drinks without making a mess. Fill the sink with ice to keep soda, beer, and white wine cold at your next party.

Another name for a bar sink is prep sink. This sink can make food preparation quicker and can also be useful when two people are using the kitchen simultaneously.

Bar Sink

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Choosing the Right Faucet

Trying to give your bathroom a quick face lift or a complete remodel? Choosing the right bathroom faucet will either make or break the look. New accessories, floor mats and a fresh coat of paint will go unseen if the faucet is old and tarnished.

Before purchasing a faucet, there are important factors on the style and finish selection to ensure the best buy.

Style- Coordinate! Bathtub and Sink faucets are often available in sets. Matching faucets pull the bathroom together, giving it a seamless look.

Vintage Tub and Bath provides the differences between deck-mounted, wall-mounted, and free-standing to help decide the right bathtub faucets.

The Perfect Match

Minispread and Basin taps match an Art Deco Pedestal sink.

Widespread faucets match Console Pedestal sinks and the latest trend, Vessel sinks

Single Post faucets work best with Basin, Wall Mounted and Corner Wall Mounted sinks.

Bridge faucets in a satin-nickel finish makes the most elegant statement, but be sure this compliments the remainder bathroom.

Finish- From an antique Rustic Pewter to a contemporary Brushed-Chrome, the finish options are endless. White faucets are popular in the kitchen and kids’ bath for it capability of hiding water spots and fingerprints better than chrome and brass. Any bronze (oil rubbed, brushed, rustic, etc.) and polished brass finish brings a warm, vintage feel to the bathroom.

Looking for a touch of class without the clash? A combination chrome-and-brass finish on a lever-handle gooseneck faucet gives a chic look while adding the flexibility for accessories in either finish.

Choosing the right style and finish for your faucet never looked so good.

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