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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American dream home 46 Scan_Pic0028

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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American dream home 46 Scan_Pic0028

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 Illustration Snowstorm

Let it Snow

Snowmageddon2015 is here! Massive! Historic! Epic! Blockbuster ! The meteorologist’s hyperbole about the current snow storm barreling down the East Coast is epic itself. Like many others who are bracing for the storm, I have been glued to the weather

Vintage Illustration Snowstorm

Let it Snow

Snowmageddon2015 is here! Massive! Historic! Epic! Blockbuster ! The meteorologist’s hyperbole about the current snow storm barreling down the East Coast is epic itself. Like many others who are bracing for the storm, I have been glued to the weather

Mad Magazine cover 1972 Alfred E Neuman illustration

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad Magazine World

 Je Suise Mad Sometimes it seems as if the whole world has gone Mad. And in some ways it has. The attack on cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo has caused not only great grief but soul-searching raising the question about what

Mad Magazine cover 1972 Alfred E Neuman illustration

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad Magazine World

 Je Suise Mad Sometimes it seems as if the whole world has gone Mad. And in some ways it has. The attack on cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo has caused not only great grief but soul-searching raising the question about what

vintage Richie Rich comice

It Ain’t Easy Being Rich

Who said it’s easy being rich? Looks like tough times ahead for those trust fund comic kids Richie Rich and Veronica Lodge. In his state of the Union Address President Obama attacked what he calls the “trust fund loopholes” that

vintage Richie Rich comice

It Ain’t Easy Being Rich

Who said it’s easy being rich? Looks like tough times ahead for those trust fund comic kids Richie Rich and Veronica Lodge. In his state of the Union Address President Obama attacked what he calls the “trust fund loopholes” that

Jim Crow sign entrance Movie poster To Have and Have Not

Jim Crow Goes to the Movies

What was black and white and divided by color? Some with a long memory might answer the movies. Today some might just answer Hollywood. Recent accusations that the movie business is a “white industry” was pretty much confirmed by the

Jim Crow sign entrance Movie poster To Have and Have Not

Jim Crow Goes to the Movies

What was black and white and divided by color? Some with a long memory might answer the movies. Today some might just answer Hollywood. Recent accusations that the movie business is a “white industry” was pretty much confirmed by the

Movie Poster I passed for White

#OscarsSoWhite

Here’s one sure way to get an Oscar nomination. Taking a cue from the title of this 1960 movie, perhaps the best way to get an Oscar nod in diversity-free 2015 would be to pass for white. Oscars so White…so

Movie Poster I passed for White

#OscarsSoWhite

Here’s one sure way to get an Oscar nomination. Taking a cue from the title of this 1960 movie, perhaps the best way to get an Oscar nod in diversity-free 2015 would be to pass for white. Oscars so White…so

Statue of Liberty Tear

A Tear for Lady Liberty

American tears continue to shed for Paris. While the American people stand in solidarity with the people of France, where in the world were our own leaders when a million strong marched in Paris in support of Charlie Hebdo and

Statue of Liberty Tear

A Tear for Lady Liberty

American tears continue to shed for Paris. While the American people stand in solidarity with the people of France, where in the world were our own leaders when a million strong marched in Paris in support of Charlie Hebdo and

vintage illustration car winter

Driving and the Deep Freeze

Shivering from coast to coast, the Arctic deep freezer door seems to have swung open wide and sure doesn’t seem to be closing anytime soon. Lately it seems as if the world is one mass of howling icy cold with

vintage illustration car winter

Driving and the Deep Freeze

Shivering from coast to coast, the Arctic deep freezer door seems to have swung open wide and sure doesn’t seem to be closing anytime soon. Lately it seems as if the world is one mass of howling icy cold with