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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

Vintage ad Englander Mattress

The Best Bedroom Secret

It’s no secret that the key to a good marriage lies in the bedroom. But for the young inexperienced mid-century wife who had no one to discuss such intimate marriage details with, where was she to turn? Was the Honeymoon

Vintage ad Englander Mattress

The Best Bedroom Secret

It’s no secret that the key to a good marriage lies in the bedroom. But for the young inexperienced mid-century wife who had no one to discuss such intimate marriage details with, where was she to turn? Was the Honeymoon

An Atomic Fairy Tale

  1950 was Cinderella’s year. My mother Betty knew it was an omen. After 6 long years of waiting, Disney’s much anticipated movie, Cinderella was finally opening and now Betty Joseph’s days of waiting were over too- she was getting

An Atomic Fairy Tale

  1950 was Cinderella’s year. My mother Betty knew it was an omen. After 6 long years of waiting, Disney’s much anticipated movie, Cinderella was finally opening and now Betty Joseph’s days of waiting were over too- she was getting

illustration Yogi Berra 1963

Picture You With Yogi Berra

  What mid-century boy wouldn’t love having his photo hanging in an all-star’s locker? “Kids! Get your photo with your favorite Big League Star” grinning Yankees catcher Yogi Berra beckons in this 1963 ad. “Imagine a photo of your favorite

illustration Yogi Berra 1963

Picture You With Yogi Berra

  What mid-century boy wouldn’t love having his photo hanging in an all-star’s locker? “Kids! Get your photo with your favorite Big League Star” grinning Yankees catcher Yogi Berra beckons in this 1963 ad. “Imagine a photo of your favorite

vintage self tanner

No Time to Tan

Long before self tanners, and micro mist airbrush tanning sprays flooded the market, a retro a gal need only apply a good film of bronzer to give herself show girl legs. Learn how tan-in-a-bottle might have helped a pale-face gal

vintage self tanner

No Time to Tan

Long before self tanners, and micro mist airbrush tanning sprays flooded the market, a retro a gal need only apply a good film of bronzer to give herself show girl legs. Learn how tan-in-a-bottle might have helped a pale-face gal

vintage woman and man 1960s

A Wash & Wear Summer

Summertime and the living was easy especially in the post war world of wash n’ wear clothing. Summer and synthetics was a match made in chemical lab heaven. The easy care revolution in textiles was always in full display at

vintage woman and man 1960s

A Wash & Wear Summer

Summertime and the living was easy especially in the post war world of wash n’ wear clothing. Summer and synthetics was a match made in chemical lab heaven. The easy care revolution in textiles was always in full display at

vintage woman dressed in revolutionary war outfit drumming

Happy July Fourth

  Have a Smokin’ Independence Day!

vintage woman dressed in revolutionary war outfit drumming

Happy July Fourth

  Have a Smokin’ Independence Day!

suburbs barbecue 57

All American Barbecue

The Smell of Democracy in the Air Every July 4th our split level development would be shrouded by the smoke of burning charcoal, the sizzling smell of democracy was in the air. Besides a parade, nothing was more quintessentially American

suburbs barbecue 57

All American Barbecue

The Smell of Democracy in the Air Every July 4th our split level development would be shrouded by the smoke of burning charcoal, the sizzling smell of democracy was in the air. Besides a parade, nothing was more quintessentially American

vintage illustration boy in crew cut

How to Look Butch In Your Crew Cut

    Long before Crew Cuts was the name of J. Crews adorable line of clothing for boys and girls, it was mid- century summers must have hair cut for boys of all ages. Also known affectionately as a butch

vintage illustration boy in crew cut

How to Look Butch In Your Crew Cut

    Long before Crew Cuts was the name of J. Crews adorable line of clothing for boys and girls, it was mid- century summers must have hair cut for boys of all ages. Also known affectionately as a butch