The garage door was yet another point of elaborate decoration for the MidCentury home. It provided a broad canvas for designers to decorate; in the 1950s and 1960s, the automobile was newly risen to its place of supreme importance, and its home was something to be celebrated — as was the design innovation of the attached garage, a new luxury for most home buyers at the time.
Raynor Door, based not far from Chicago in Dixon, IL, was a major vendor of both doors and the patterns for them.
Two patterns were particularly prevalent, and can still be found by the dozens today:
But the designs ranged all over the place. Asymetrical patterns were common:
Such small patterns were often another reflection of the Old West influence on Chicago’s MidCentury suburbia, as seen in this rope-like pattern:
Small patterns didn’t have to cover the whole door; they could form a border pattern instead:
There is no end to the patterns. Still more may be seen at my Flickr account.