Author Archives: sallyedelstein

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

vintage image men and woman in sunglasses 1960

Celebrating Sunglasses

Break out your Wayfarers…today is National Sunglasses Day! Accustomed to sporting cool shades I have of late been seen skulking about in those oversize, black, wraparound sunglasses so very chic amongst the senior set in Bocca Raton. Though hardly ready

vintage image men and woman in sunglasses 1960

Celebrating Sunglasses

Break out your Wayfarers…today is National Sunglasses Day! Accustomed to sporting cool shades I have of late been seen skulking about in those oversize, black, wraparound sunglasses so very chic amongst the senior set in Bocca Raton. Though hardly ready

painting Paul Cadmus YMCA Locker Room

Locked in The American Dream Closet

In the 1930’s. my bachelor  Uncle Harry was a social realist painter who learned the bitter social realities that surrounded a gay man in early 20th century America. Trained under artist John Sloan, the well known Social Realist  at N.Y.C’s

painting Paul Cadmus YMCA Locker Room

Locked in The American Dream Closet

In the 1930’s. my bachelor  Uncle Harry was a social realist painter who learned the bitter social realities that surrounded a gay man in early 20th century America. Trained under artist John Sloan, the well known Social Realist  at N.Y.C’s

vintage illustration bride and groom

The Model Bride and Illustrator Jon Whitcomb

Like most mid-century girls, Bitsy Bendix longed to be a bride, convinced that the basic occupation of virtually every girl was choosing a man to marry. But for bachelorette Bitsy the next best thing happened. In the summer of 1950

vintage illustration bride and groom

The Model Bride and Illustrator Jon Whitcomb

Like most mid-century girls, Bitsy Bendix longed to be a bride, convinced that the basic occupation of virtually every girl was choosing a man to marry. But for bachelorette Bitsy the next best thing happened. In the summer of 1950