1940s couple on a picnic

How the American Dream Grew

If the seed of the American Dream was planted during the dark days of the Depression, germinated at the New York Worlds Fair of 1939, it was nurtured and cultivated during the sacrifices and deprivations of WWII. By wars end

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1940s couple on a picnic

How the American Dream Grew

If the seed of the American Dream was planted during the dark days of the Depression, germinated at the New York Worlds Fair of 1939, it was nurtured and cultivated during the sacrifices and deprivations of WWII. By wars end

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Nabisco oreos 1952

Inherited Dreams

Though it would be my parents generation, those who lived through the Great Depression and later rolled up their   collective sleeves, pitched in and sacrificed for the greater good in their fight against tyranny-who would be knighted by Tom Brokaw

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Nabisco oreos 1952

Inherited Dreams

Though it would be my parents generation, those who lived through the Great Depression and later rolled up their   collective sleeves, pitched in and sacrificed for the greater good in their fight against tyranny-who would be knighted by Tom Brokaw

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American Dream Post War Abundance

Introduction

For over half a century, Americans soaring confidence had always promised a sugar-frosted future filled with frost free fun and abundance and economic prosperity. But that Buoyant bubble of optimism has since gone bust. Along with our jobs, retirement funds

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American Dream Post War Abundance

Introduction

For over half a century, Americans soaring confidence had always promised a sugar-frosted future filled with frost free fun and abundance and economic prosperity. But that Buoyant bubble of optimism has since gone bust. Along with our jobs, retirement funds

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Suburbia For Sale

American Dream Foreclosed Whether a split level or a McMansion, the American Home has been the very embodiment of the American Dream. Once the mark of achievement, the suburban home was a solid investment, the guarantee of a secure future.

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Suburbia For Sale

American Dream Foreclosed Whether a split level or a McMansion, the American Home has been the very embodiment of the American Dream. Once the mark of achievement, the suburban home was a solid investment, the guarantee of a secure future.

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vintage photo husband wife sexist

Gender Pay Gap Benefits

Republican activist Phyllis Schlafly has some advise for all the single ladies out there. Quit yer whining about the gender pay gap! All you husband hunting gals listen up – accepting a lower paycheck is a small price to pay

vintage photo husband wife sexist

Gender Pay Gap Benefits

Republican activist Phyllis Schlafly has some advise for all the single ladies out there. Quit yer whining about the gender pay gap! All you husband hunting gals listen up – accepting a lower paycheck is a small price to pay

Vintage Liptons Soup Mix

Passover Tears

Like Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Shampoo, Lipton’s Onion Soup Mix produced no tears. That dehydrated marvel of mid-century cookery was a staple in my Mothers repertoire. Mom joined the legion of happy homemakers who were overjoyed at the development of

Vintage Liptons Soup Mix

Passover Tears

Like Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Shampoo, Lipton’s Onion Soup Mix produced no tears. That dehydrated marvel of mid-century cookery was a staple in my Mothers repertoire. Mom joined the legion of happy homemakers who were overjoyed at the development of

illustration man in hat

Then and Now: Mad Men World of 1969

As Mad Men finishes its bumpy ride through the tumultuous decade of the 1960s it makes an anything but a soft landing in 1969, splashing down in laid back do your own thing California. Riding the wave of advertising’s creative

illustration man in hat

Then and Now: Mad Men World of 1969

As Mad Men finishes its bumpy ride through the tumultuous decade of the 1960s it makes an anything but a soft landing in 1969, splashing down in laid back do your own thing California. Riding the wave of advertising’s creative

vintage illustration secretary

You’ve Come a Long Way Peggy Olson

We have watched with pride as Mad Men’s Peggy Olson has risen from the ranks of treading water in the secretarial pool to swimming with the big fishes on Madison Avenue. As the Mad Men at Sterling Cooper & Partners

vintage illustration secretary

You’ve Come a Long Way Peggy Olson

We have watched with pride as Mad Men’s Peggy Olson has risen from the ranks of treading water in the secretarial pool to swimming with the big fishes on Madison Avenue. As the Mad Men at Sterling Cooper & Partners

vintage illustration chinese chef

The Occidental Oriental

My Mom was one smart cookie…fortune cookie that is. When my mid-century Mom wanted to go exotic..she’d go Oriental and thanks to Chun King canned chow mein it was cantoneasy ! Like many mid-century housewives, when she wanted to add

vintage illustration chinese chef

The Occidental Oriental

My Mom was one smart cookie…fortune cookie that is. When my mid-century Mom wanted to go exotic..she’d go Oriental and thanks to Chun King canned chow mein it was cantoneasy ! Like many mid-century housewives, when she wanted to add

Vintage School Book "Learning Numbers " 1952

Learning to Count – Equal Pay Day

While learning how to count in elementary school …we also learned who counted. Instructions in arithmetic, the school books informed the reader, were geared “to help the pupil appreciate the ways in which numbers function in the activities of daily

Vintage School Book "Learning Numbers " 1952

Learning to Count – Equal Pay Day

While learning how to count in elementary school …we also learned who counted. Instructions in arithmetic, the school books informed the reader, were geared “to help the pupil appreciate the ways in which numbers function in the activities of daily

Vintage Illustration Girl

The Great American Slip Up

Americans seem to love the opportunity to embarrass themselves…almost as much as we love to watch ‘em. And if there is money involved so much the better. Between the internet and reality TV the possibilities for voluntary public humiliation are

Vintage Illustration Girl

The Great American Slip Up

Americans seem to love the opportunity to embarrass themselves…almost as much as we love to watch ‘em. And if there is money involved so much the better. Between the internet and reality TV the possibilities for voluntary public humiliation are