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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

vintage illustration chinese chef

The Occidental Oriental

My Mom was one smart cookie…fortune cookie that is. When my mid-century Mom wanted to go exotic..she’d go Oriental and thanks to Chun King canned chow mein it was cantoneasy ! Like many mid-century housewives, when she wanted to add

vintage illustration chinese chef

The Occidental Oriental

My Mom was one smart cookie…fortune cookie that is. When my mid-century Mom wanted to go exotic..she’d go Oriental and thanks to Chun King canned chow mein it was cantoneasy ! Like many mid-century housewives, when she wanted to add

Vintage School Book "Learning Numbers " 1952

Learning to Count – Equal Pay Day

While learning how to count in elementary school …we also learned who counted. Instructions in arithmetic, the school books informed the reader, were geared “to help the pupil appreciate the ways in which numbers function in the activities of daily

Vintage School Book "Learning Numbers " 1952

Learning to Count – Equal Pay Day

While learning how to count in elementary school …we also learned who counted. Instructions in arithmetic, the school books informed the reader, were geared “to help the pupil appreciate the ways in which numbers function in the activities of daily

Vintage Illustration Girl

The Great American Slip Up

Americans seem to love the opportunity to embarrass themselves…almost as much as we love to watch ‘em. And if there is money involved so much the better. Between the internet and reality TV the possibilities for voluntary public humiliation are

Vintage Illustration Girl

The Great American Slip Up

Americans seem to love the opportunity to embarrass themselves…almost as much as we love to watch ‘em. And if there is money involved so much the better. Between the internet and reality TV the possibilities for voluntary public humiliation are

illustration woman decorating

Decorating With DDT

Just as mid-century garden nurseries were busy preparing for spring, filling their shelves with packets of seeds and cans of DDT, so American parents were diligently decorating their baby nurseries with happy-go-lucky wallpaper coated with protective DDT. No April Fools!

illustration woman decorating

Decorating With DDT

Just as mid-century garden nurseries were busy preparing for spring, filling their shelves with packets of seeds and cans of DDT, so American parents were diligently decorating their baby nurseries with happy-go-lucky wallpaper coated with protective DDT. No April Fools!

Vintage ad 1948 College graduate and bride

Matriculating into Marriage Pt II

Looks like the gal graduate in this ad was one smart cookie and not just because she earned a college diploma. Betty Coed knew college was the best place to snare a man to marry. Maybe the Princeton Mom was

Vintage ad 1948 College graduate and bride

Matriculating into Marriage Pt II

Looks like the gal graduate in this ad was one smart cookie and not just because she earned a college diploma. Betty Coed knew college was the best place to snare a man to marry. Maybe the Princeton Mom was

vintage illustration seniors

Ageing Shocker

In a gesture of maturity- though with about as much enthusiasm as swallowing a bitter pill- I finally came to grips this recent birthday with being referred to as “middle aged.” So it was a shock to my baby boomer

vintage illustration seniors

Ageing Shocker

In a gesture of maturity- though with about as much enthusiasm as swallowing a bitter pill- I finally came to grips this recent birthday with being referred to as “middle aged.” So it was a shock to my baby boomer

vintage travel poster Soviet Union

Travels to Russia

A Soviet Spring Vacation Sadly spring break in Siberia is now off-limits to Senator John McCain and other US Representatives thanks to Vladimir Putin’s retaliatory sanctions. Oh, for the good old days of the Soviet Union when American capitalists were

vintage travel poster Soviet Union

Travels to Russia

A Soviet Spring Vacation Sadly spring break in Siberia is now off-limits to Senator John McCain and other US Representatives thanks to Vladimir Putin’s retaliatory sanctions. Oh, for the good old days of the Soviet Union when American capitalists were