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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Salute to Secretary’s Day

    Who can forget the halcyon days when Administrative Professional Day was called National Secretary’s Day ? When a working woman was a working girl. Lovingly called “the girl” by her boss whether a secretary, receptionist or file clerk,

vintage illustration secretary

Salute to Secretary’s Day

    Who can forget the halcyon days when Administrative Professional Day was called National Secretary’s Day ? When a working woman was a working girl. Lovingly called “the girl” by her boss whether a secretary, receptionist or file clerk,

man smoking cigarettes gardening

Post War Pesticides on Parade

Breathe Easier Mid Century America was the golden age of pesticides and it was love at first sight. Any thoughts about Earth Day and the environment lay far in the future. Thousands of new chemicals were put to use in

man smoking cigarettes gardening

Post War Pesticides on Parade

Breathe Easier Mid Century America was the golden age of pesticides and it was love at first sight. Any thoughts about Earth Day and the environment lay far in the future. Thousands of new chemicals were put to use in

vintage illustration factory workers Chocolate Easter Bunnies

Chocolate Easter Bunnies

For some, Easter is all about the candy Candy manufacturers have all hopped on the Easter candy bandwagon by painting some pastel colors on their usual year round candy. From Reese’s Pieces Pastel Easter Egg Candy or Whopper’s Robin Eggs,

vintage illustration factory workers Chocolate Easter Bunnies

Chocolate Easter Bunnies

For some, Easter is all about the candy Candy manufacturers have all hopped on the Easter candy bandwagon by painting some pastel colors on their usual year round candy. From Reese’s Pieces Pastel Easter Egg Candy or Whopper’s Robin Eggs,

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