An interest in folkloric American design, particularly that of the Pennsylvania Germans, became a mid-century fad in the U.S.
Donald Deskey design
The imagery combines a European folkloric look
with southeastern Pennsylvania traditional arts.
Basic abstraction may have appealed to some
Metal Rooster Weathervane
but the imagery was soon taken over by a rural nostalgia, a kind of Colonial Revival mentality.
Fashion for folkloric images found its way to feedsack prints in the '40s and '50s.
Chickens on chicken feed sacks.
The interest in folkloric designs included the whole farm menagerie
The whole farm
and here the farmers themselves in a vintage dress
Schumacher's put out a Museum Collection of prints
picturing the trendy folk arts of the time
ships and plates (and a Confederate soldier at top right.)
Ships in bottles, duck decoys and iron trivets
If one couldn't afford authentic Pennsylvania German toleware or tinware one could buy curtain material picturing the must-have items.
Or make your own copies
1948 Jane Zook
The fad for what was called Pennsylvania Dutch (Deutsch) was basic household design
from 1940 on.
Pennsylvania-Dutch quiilt dated 1953,
probably from a kit.
with folkloric fabric print on the back.
Pennsylvania Dutch quilted silk dress
by movie costumer Gilbert Adrian.
The modernism is hard to see through all the sentiment and nostalgia but it was there.