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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Trumpertantrum

We are witnessing a full blown Trumpertantrum Sore loser Donald Trump  deserves a time out. A quick consult with “Your Child and You –A Guide for Solving Childhood Problems” confirms what most Americans are saying. Donald Trump is  acting like

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Trumpertantrum

We are witnessing a full blown Trumpertantrum Sore loser Donald Trump  deserves a time out. A quick consult with “Your Child and You –A Guide for Solving Childhood Problems” confirms what most Americans are saying. Donald Trump is  acting like

Bill Cosby 1965

Cosby Kiss and Tell

In 1966 suave leading man Bill Cosby lamented “Why won’t they let me kiss on TV?” Perhaps frustrated at not getting enough action on the small screen he took matters into his own hands in his private life. Exactly a

Bill Cosby 1965

Cosby Kiss and Tell

In 1966 suave leading man Bill Cosby lamented “Why won’t they let me kiss on TV?” Perhaps frustrated at not getting enough action on the small screen he took matters into his own hands in his private life. Exactly a

vintage ad to gain weight for women

No Bodies Perfect- Even Barbie

I’m worried about Petite Barbie. Now that America’s ideal beauty standards are evolving as full-figured, voluptuous bodies like Kim Kardashian and Beyoncé have become iconic and widely emulated, newly minted Petite Barbie may suffer the indignity of lingering on the

vintage ad to gain weight for women

No Bodies Perfect- Even Barbie

I’m worried about Petite Barbie. Now that America’s ideal beauty standards are evolving as full-figured, voluptuous bodies like Kim Kardashian and Beyoncé have become iconic and widely emulated, newly minted Petite Barbie may suffer the indignity of lingering on the

Vintage Chubbettes ad

Barbie’s Body Evolves

News flash: Barbie’s got some junk in her trunk! After nearly 57 years, Barbie is finally packing on some healthy pounds and she’s not rushing to sign up with Jenny Craig to shed them! In fact she’s quite okay with

Vintage Chubbettes ad

Barbie’s Body Evolves

News flash: Barbie’s got some junk in her trunk! After nearly 57 years, Barbie is finally packing on some healthy pounds and she’s not rushing to sign up with Jenny Craig to shed them! In fact she’s quite okay with

vintage 1930s photo couple shoveling snow

The Chilling Facts of Income Inequality

Depressing news- income inequality in America isn’t new. Frigid winters during the Great Depression could be particularly cruel as the chasm between the toasty haves and the chilly have not’s grew wider. Decked out in their luxurious Russian Lynx or

vintage 1930s photo couple shoveling snow

The Chilling Facts of Income Inequality

Depressing news- income inequality in America isn’t new. Frigid winters during the Great Depression could be particularly cruel as the chasm between the toasty haves and the chilly have not’s grew wider. Decked out in their luxurious Russian Lynx or

comics little dot snow

Snowstorm!

Snowmageddon2016 is here! Massive! Historic! Epic! Blockbuster ! The meteorologist’s hyperbole about the current snow storm Winter Storm Jonas barreling down the East Coast is epic itself. Like many others who are bracing for the storm, I have been glued

comics little dot snow

Snowstorm!

Snowmageddon2016 is here! Massive! Historic! Epic! Blockbuster ! The meteorologist’s hyperbole about the current snow storm Winter Storm Jonas barreling down the East Coast is epic itself. Like many others who are bracing for the storm, I have been glued

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Remembering Abortion Before Roe v Wade

Today on the 43rd anniversary of Roe V Wade and with the Supreme Court set to revisit  women’s fundamental right to access abortion in the Whole Woman’s Health v Cole Case, the most serious threat to abortion rights since 1992-

vintage photo pulp fiction woman

Remembering Abortion Before Roe v Wade

Today on the 43rd anniversary of Roe V Wade and with the Supreme Court set to revisit  women’s fundamental right to access abortion in the Whole Woman’s Health v Cole Case, the most serious threat to abortion rights since 1992-

vintage image woman sneezing into tissue

Cold, Flu and the Story Of Kleenex

 It’s the height of cold and flu season again which means it’s all out war on sniffles and red running noses. For those battle fatigued sufferers, endless reinforcements of Kleenex are constantly being supplied to the front lines. Today we

vintage image woman sneezing into tissue

Cold, Flu and the Story Of Kleenex

 It’s the height of cold and flu season again which means it’s all out war on sniffles and red running noses. For those battle fatigued sufferers, endless reinforcements of Kleenex are constantly being supplied to the front lines. Today we

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Blacks and Whites and 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

vintage Movie poster Ebony on Parade

Blacks and Whites and 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

vintage illustration man and woman sneezing

Home Sick

Dear Readers, I am calling in sick. Despite the copious capsules of vitamin C and the endless drops of echinechea I regularly consume, I have caught a nasty winter cold that has knocked me for a loop. Until the cotton

vintage illustration man and woman sneezing

Home Sick

Dear Readers, I am calling in sick. Despite the copious capsules of vitamin C and the endless drops of echinechea I regularly consume, I have caught a nasty winter cold that has knocked me for a loop. Until the cotton