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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vintage coffee ad illustration husband and wife

National Coffee Day Trump Style

Happy National Coffee Day! How we might be celebrating National Coffee Day next year in Trump World.

vintage coffee ad illustration husband and wife

National Coffee Day Trump Style

Happy National Coffee Day! How we might be celebrating National Coffee Day next year in Trump World.

Vintage Childrens Schoolbook Illustration

Hop on the Democracy Train

Think and Learn Dept. Who do we want as conductor of our Democracy Train, kids? One of them is a definite train wreck.

Vintage Childrens Schoolbook Illustration

Hop on the Democracy Train

Think and Learn Dept. Who do we want as conductor of our Democracy Train, kids? One of them is a definite train wreck.

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Kennedy Nixon Debate – A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

  The 1960 presidential debate was an unprecedented event. For the first time ever, the American voter,  in the comfort of his own living room could watch a presidential campaign debate staged specifically for the viewer. It was the debate

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Kennedy Nixon Debate – A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

  The 1960 presidential debate was an unprecedented event. For the first time ever, the American voter,  in the comfort of his own living room could watch a presidential campaign debate staged specifically for the viewer. It was the debate

vintage beer ad houswife

Beer and the Happy Homemaker

Ever wonder what made the mid-century Happy Housewife so happy? It turns out hubby wasn’t the only one knocking back a few brewsky’s at the end of  a long day. Beer ads traditionally  targeting men  have long featured buxom babes,

vintage beer ad houswife

Beer and the Happy Homemaker

Ever wonder what made the mid-century Happy Housewife so happy? It turns out hubby wasn’t the only one knocking back a few brewsky’s at the end of  a long day. Beer ads traditionally  targeting men  have long featured buxom babes,

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Trumps Revisionist History

Only in Donald Trump’s revisionist dreamscape is the African-American community in the “absolutely worst shape they’ve ever been in. Ever. Ever. Ever!” Ever? Really?

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Trumps Revisionist History

Only in Donald Trump’s revisionist dreamscape is the African-American community in the “absolutely worst shape they’ve ever been in. Ever. Ever. Ever!” Ever? Really?

mather company business poster

Motivating the American Worker

There was a time when loyal workers truly rooted for the firm. Our  family owned shoe factory in Allentown PA. has  been shuttered for decades, but memories of the once booming business lingered with me for years. In the late

mather company business poster

Motivating the American Worker

There was a time when loyal workers truly rooted for the firm. Our  family owned shoe factory in Allentown PA. has  been shuttered for decades, but memories of the once booming business lingered with me for years. In the late

Vintage Illustration soldiers at college

GI Joe Becomes Joe College

Once upon a time colleges and home ownership were a privilege reserved for the rich. As the cost of 4 years of college education escalates between $100,00 and $200,000 we  may end up replicating  those pre- WWII times. It was

Vintage Illustration soldiers at college

GI Joe Becomes Joe College

Once upon a time colleges and home ownership were a privilege reserved for the rich. As the cost of 4 years of college education escalates between $100,00 and $200,000 we  may end up replicating  those pre- WWII times. It was

Vintage School Book Illustration school bus

Stumping On The Kindergarten Campaign Trail 1960

In the crisp fall of 1960 as presidential hopeful Senator John Kennedy beckoned us into a New Frontier I would be embarking onto my own new frontier – Kindergarten. This New Frontier of 1960 that stood in front of me,

Vintage School Book Illustration school bus

Stumping On The Kindergarten Campaign Trail 1960

In the crisp fall of 1960 as presidential hopeful Senator John Kennedy beckoned us into a New Frontier I would be embarking onto my own new frontier – Kindergarten. This New Frontier of 1960 that stood in front of me,

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American Nativism- Nothing New

  When it comes to America’s melting pot, Donald Trump is following an old-fashioned, tried and true recipe – heavy on the xenophobia with just a dash of racism. By relying on the age-old tradition of stoking the public’s fear

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American Nativism- Nothing New

  When it comes to America’s melting pot, Donald Trump is following an old-fashioned, tried and true recipe – heavy on the xenophobia with just a dash of racism. By relying on the age-old tradition of stoking the public’s fear

Vintage Coke Ad Wish You Were Here

Vacation Greetings- Have a Coke and a Smile

To My Readers: “Having a Wonderful Time…Wish You Were Here! See you in September!”

Vintage Coke Ad Wish You Were Here

Vacation Greetings- Have a Coke and a Smile

To My Readers: “Having a Wonderful Time…Wish You Were Here! See you in September!”