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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Nevada Test Site Postcard

Nuclear Family Vacation in the Nuclear Age

  Vacationing was a real blast in the Atomic Age! For a merry-go-round of real nuclear family fun, no trip out west was truly complete without a visit to the Nevada Test Site for a bird’s-eye view of a genuine

Nevada Test Site Postcard

Nuclear Family Vacation in the Nuclear Age

  Vacationing was a real blast in the Atomic Age! For a merry-go-round of real nuclear family fun, no trip out west was truly complete without a visit to the Nevada Test Site for a bird’s-eye view of a genuine

Vintage ad American Optical 1958

Better Vision For Better Living Pt II

The eyes have it- “Better Vision for Better Living” seems to be my mantra for this summer. The Road to Health   Despite the fact I diligently heeded my mothers admonitions to sit up straight when I read, making sure

Vintage ad American Optical 1958

Better Vision For Better Living Pt II

The eyes have it- “Better Vision for Better Living” seems to be my mantra for this summer. The Road to Health   Despite the fact I diligently heeded my mothers admonitions to sit up straight when I read, making sure

Lauren Bacall

Remembering Lauren Bacall

It was 1944. It was wartime. The patriotism was so thick you could cut it with a knife. A rotund-and darn proud of it- Kate Smith was belting out “God Bless America” causing a lump to form in all our

Lauren Bacall

Remembering Lauren Bacall

It was 1944. It was wartime. The patriotism was so thick you could cut it with a knife. A rotund-and darn proud of it- Kate Smith was belting out “God Bless America” causing a lump to form in all our

vintage illustration couple in car

Road Trips and Rest Stops

Summer road trips have long been an American staple. Joining the millions of other mid-century family’s, my own suburban family took to the road in search of summertime family fun. Want to beat the heat…it was easy to cool off

vintage illustration couple in car

Road Trips and Rest Stops

Summer road trips have long been an American staple. Joining the millions of other mid-century family’s, my own suburban family took to the road in search of summertime family fun. Want to beat the heat…it was easy to cool off

vintage picture vintage woman in chefs hat

The Beat of the Suburbs

The suburbs of postwar Long Island silently simmered in a preordained sameness, no more so than in the summer. Summer days were metered out in predictable beats. Smoky backyard barbecues were a ho-hum summer staple of mid-century suburban life, but

vintage picture vintage woman in chefs hat

The Beat of the Suburbs

The suburbs of postwar Long Island silently simmered in a preordained sameness, no more so than in the summer. Summer days were metered out in predictable beats. Smoky backyard barbecues were a ho-hum summer staple of mid-century suburban life, but

vintage illustration at the beach 1950s

The Missiles and Sandcastles of Summer

As eyebrows are raised as Russia tests a new ground launched cruise missile, my thoughts drifted to those pre-test treaty times when the sight of a truck toting  a missile was just part of Cold war summer fun. Summer beach

vintage illustration at the beach 1950s

The Missiles and Sandcastles of Summer

As eyebrows are raised as Russia tests a new ground launched cruise missile, my thoughts drifted to those pre-test treaty times when the sight of a truck toting  a missile was just part of Cold war summer fun. Summer beach

Vintage boy eating Ice Cream

When Good Humor Ruled the Suburbs

Growing up in mid-century Long Island, no  sound was more welcome than the suburban siren call of summer – the seductive jingling  bells of the Good Humor truck. Normally at the first ring of that irresistible ding-a-ling-ling, slippery tots would

Vintage boy eating Ice Cream

When Good Humor Ruled the Suburbs

Growing up in mid-century Long Island, no  sound was more welcome than the suburban siren call of summer – the seductive jingling  bells of the Good Humor truck. Normally at the first ring of that irresistible ding-a-ling-ling, slippery tots would