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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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Ciao From Tuscany

Greeting to all my readers.  I will be returning to Envisioning the American Dream after Labor Day with all new posts. Until then please enjoy my classic posts – like vintage wine, they get better with age! Grazie!

Sally Edelstein Tuscany

Ciao From Tuscany

Greeting to all my readers.  I will be returning to Envisioning the American Dream after Labor Day with all new posts. Until then please enjoy my classic posts – like vintage wine, they get better with age! Grazie!

Vintage Beach bathing Cap

The Scents, Sounds and Flies of Summer

The scents and sounds of my 1960s childhood summers at my grandmothers beach club  would sizzle together creating the perfect summer cocktail.  Along with the rhythmic sounds of the ocean waves breaking on the beach, and the staccato click, clack,

Vintage Beach bathing Cap

The Scents, Sounds and Flies of Summer

The scents and sounds of my 1960s childhood summers at my grandmothers beach club  would sizzle together creating the perfect summer cocktail.  Along with the rhythmic sounds of the ocean waves breaking on the beach, and the staccato click, clack,

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Who’s Afraid of Feminism

     I am pleased to be part of a new Exhibit “Who’s Afraid of Feminism ” opening Sept. 10, 2015          WOMEN’S CAUCUS FOR ARTS, WITH A.I.R. GALLERY, PRESENTS:  WHO’S AFRAID OF FEMINISM?  VENUE: 155 Plymouth Street,

Art catalog Who's Afraid of Feminism

Who’s Afraid of Feminism

     I am pleased to be part of a new Exhibit “Who’s Afraid of Feminism ” opening Sept. 10, 2015          WOMEN’S CAUCUS FOR ARTS, WITH A.I.R. GALLERY, PRESENTS:  WHO’S AFRAID OF FEMINISM?  VENUE: 155 Plymouth Street,

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Beach Club Preening

  How To Enjoy The Sun In Style In the summer of 1960 the glitter and glamor of my Grandmothers beach club often rivaled the showboating and schmoozing of the presidential campaign that summer. A glittering spectacle, out dazzling the

Summer Sunglasses Ray Bans

Beach Club Preening

  How To Enjoy The Sun In Style In the summer of 1960 the glitter and glamor of my Grandmothers beach club often rivaled the showboating and schmoozing of the presidential campaign that summer. A glittering spectacle, out dazzling the

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Summer Vacation With a Vintage View

The summer vacation has long been an American tradition, but not all destinations are created equal. While the 1% are off on their luxurious destination vacations, for many Americans who continue to see their income decline, the prospect of an

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Summer Vacation With a Vintage View

The summer vacation has long been an American tradition, but not all destinations are created equal. While the 1% are off on their luxurious destination vacations, for many Americans who continue to see their income decline, the prospect of an

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On Vacation

How I spent My Summer vacation I will be on summer vacation the next few weeks. Please enjoy some favorite posts of summers past. See you soon! xo Sally

Sally Edelstein by the Pool

On Vacation

How I spent My Summer vacation I will be on summer vacation the next few weeks. Please enjoy some favorite posts of summers past. See you soon! xo Sally

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Sexist Ads That Trump Would Enjoy

  In the retro world of Republicans, Trump follows a long tradition of misogyny, that is as offensive as it is woefully out of touch. In a Trump viewed world, the following vintage ads would be a real hoot. Would

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Sexist Ads That Trump Would Enjoy

  In the retro world of Republicans, Trump follows a long tradition of misogyny, that is as offensive as it is woefully out of touch. In a Trump viewed world, the following vintage ads would be a real hoot. Would

Atom Bomb Blast

This is Your Life- The Atomic Age PtII

This  week Japan marked the somber anniversary of the worlds first Atomic bomb attack with a ceremony at Hiroshima Peace Park. A few years back, among the 50,000 attending the memorial service near the epicenter of the blast was a

Atom Bomb Blast

This is Your Life- The Atomic Age PtII

This  week Japan marked the somber anniversary of the worlds first Atomic bomb attack with a ceremony at Hiroshima Peace Park. A few years back, among the 50,000 attending the memorial service near the epicenter of the blast was a

atomic bomb blast

This Is Your Life- The Atomic Age

On a hot summer morning on August 6, 70 years ago, the first Atomic Bomb blasted over Hiroshima ushering us into the Atomic Age. In that great American tradition of forgive and forget, only ten years later in May of

atomic bomb blast

This Is Your Life- The Atomic Age

On a hot summer morning on August 6, 70 years ago, the first Atomic Bomb blasted over Hiroshima ushering us into the Atomic Age. In that great American tradition of forgive and forget, only ten years later in May of