My lecture tonight in the program on the history of the modern interior focused on the American home in the age of Mad Med. The women in postwar America acquired power through their consumer choices, which placed them on the scale of status and sophistication with regard to their neighbors. This unspoken understating of the function of taste shaped social and cultured identities in the suburban homes of the 50s. After all, having survived WWII and the Depression, and finally escaping the cramped apartments in the city for the freedom of the suburbs, many young Americans wanted to be known for their good taste. In the subdivisions of identical split-level homes, where everyone went to the same school and where income was similar, people sought to identify themselves by the choice of the consumer goods.