1950s & 1960s Windows

Most of this website is about Pre-1940 windows. We are beginning to consider mid-20th century windows made in the 1950s and 1960s. These later windows are fundamentally different than earlier windows.

Many 1950s and 60s windows are worth taking care of, and some of them are now even considered historic. As with older windows, stick with the intent of the original maker, keeping with the same materials and details used in their original construction.

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7 Responses to 1950s & 1960s Windows

  1. Caitlin says:

    I need help! I’ve put a contract in on 79 West Ridge rd in West Hartford, CT, a 1955 ranch with original windows. The windows have beautiful, brass hardware, very unique, and slide forward and then over, in a track, like nothing I’ve ever seen. They are made of wood and many will not open. I’m considering repair and restoration, but I need to know what they are called, besides sliding. Have you heard of a window like this? You take the curved handle in the center of the slider in hand, give it a turn to free the pin, then half the slider opens in front of the other by sliding up then over.

  2. Jean Gough says:

    I have Andersen Beauty-line windows from 1965 that have cracked glass. I can’t find any info on how to replace the glass. Any help would be appreciated.

  3. Dana Meyer says:

    Hi, we have recently bought an original 1963 ranch home. I am trying to find out what company made the aluminum casings and/or windows. I am cracking up that the casings are stamped with a little man in coverall that say “Mr Easy”. I can’t find any companies from that time period with a company mascot. Does anyone know of the company?

  4. Caitlin Moriarty says:

    I bought a 1955 ranch in West Hartford last month, and rather than spend money I don’t have to replace what seem like really unique windows with cheap replacement ones, I have decided I will work on them myself. They need mostly aesthetic work, but there are some technical pieces I need help with. I do not have a picture handy, but these are horizontal slider windows. When one turns a handle in the middle, a pin releases the slider to the left, which then you pull forward in a curved track around the immobile slider on the left. It is literally like a little trolley track.
    Does anyone know what this kind of window is called?

  5. Energy Conservation has become a major driving force in window work. With a demand for better performance on glass and frame, and a lower air leakage number on frame to wall and frame to window. Have you considered techniques for improving old windows that will bring their performance close to high performance units.

    • johnleeke says:

      Hi Juanita! Yes, and implementing them daily. The Window Preservation Standards project tested five different approaches for energy upgrades to existing windows, and published the findings. At the time of testing the upgrades met the International Energy Conservation Code standards. You can see the results and details of the five upgrades in the Window Preservation Standards book: http://windowstandards.org/?page_id=159

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