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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paper doll book illustration 1960s

Happy National Junk Food Day

Junk Food a go-go circa 1966. “Happy National Junk Food Day” from “This Years Girl. “

paper doll book illustration 1960s

Happy National Junk Food Day

Junk Food a go-go circa 1966. “Happy National Junk Food Day” from “This Years Girl. “

Richard Nixon Law and Order candidate 1968

Is Donald Trump Channeling Richard Nixon?

If Dangerous Donald is channeling Tricky Dick, it’s time to change the channel. Promising to restore “Law and Order” Trump sounds a lot like a re-run of Richard Nixon’s campaign. Talk about ripped from the headlines; that is if the

Richard Nixon Law and Order candidate 1968

Is Donald Trump Channeling Richard Nixon?

If Dangerous Donald is channeling Tricky Dick, it’s time to change the channel. Promising to restore “Law and Order” Trump sounds a lot like a re-run of Richard Nixon’s campaign. Talk about ripped from the headlines; that is if the

Vanity Fair Cover illustration Paolo Garretto december 1933

History Lessons: Attention Must be Paid

History has never seemed more relevant. After a week of unspeakable tragedies both here and abroad, the weight of history hangs heavy as the Republicans nominate Donald J Trump as their candidate for president. Historians are speaking out as never

Vanity Fair Cover illustration Paolo Garretto december 1933

History Lessons: Attention Must be Paid

History has never seemed more relevant. After a week of unspeakable tragedies both here and abroad, the weight of history hangs heavy as the Republicans nominate Donald J Trump as their candidate for president. Historians are speaking out as never

Vintage baby photo 1920s

A Jazz Age Baby

In 1926 while flaming youth roared and thousands mourned the death of  Rudolph Valentino, my grandparents, Sadie and Arthur were overjoyed at the birth of their second daughter, Betty, my mother. A beloved Bastille Day baby, this jazz age babe

Vintage baby photo 1920s

A Jazz Age Baby

In 1926 while flaming youth roared and thousands mourned the death of  Rudolph Valentino, my grandparents, Sadie and Arthur were overjoyed at the birth of their second daughter, Betty, my mother. A beloved Bastille Day baby, this jazz age babe

Black Family at Home 1960s

Black Lives Matter and the Facts of Life

At what age does a black boy learn he is perceived as menacing and dangerous? At what age is he told of systemic racism and state sanctioned brutality against someone who looks just like him? At what age does an

Black Family at Home 1960s

Black Lives Matter and the Facts of Life

At what age does a black boy learn he is perceived as menacing and dangerous? At what age is he told of systemic racism and state sanctioned brutality against someone who looks just like him? At what age does an

vintage girl eating hot dog

Hot Dogs Cold War

Hot dogs, that very symbol of culinary democracy took on a special meaning during the cold war, especially in the summer of 1961. The fate of Nathans Hot Dogs hung in the balance. Barbecue Brigade Summer barbecues were a family

vintage girl eating hot dog

Hot Dogs Cold War

Hot dogs, that very symbol of culinary democracy took on a special meaning during the cold war, especially in the summer of 1961. The fate of Nathans Hot Dogs hung in the balance. Barbecue Brigade Summer barbecues were a family

woman with headache

Who’s on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown?

Does it feel like our nation is on the verge of a nervous breakdown? Is there anyone who’s nerves aren’t frayed? Between mass shootings and stalled gun laws, Britain falling and markets plunging, xenophobia spreading as fast as the Zika

woman with headache

Who’s on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown?

Does it feel like our nation is on the verge of a nervous breakdown? Is there anyone who’s nerves aren’t frayed? Between mass shootings and stalled gun laws, Britain falling and markets plunging, xenophobia spreading as fast as the Zika

Congress sit in

Sitting For Justice

  Taking a stand by sitting. Finally Democratic leaders are acting like social justice advocates. Bravo!

Congress sit in

Sitting For Justice

  Taking a stand by sitting. Finally Democratic leaders are acting like social justice advocates. Bravo!

vintage love comics

Love is Love

Hours after the horrific news broke of the shooting at the gay nightclub in Orlando, the gunman’s father suggested to the media that the sight of 2 men kissing may have prompted his son to go on a killing rampage.

vintage love comics

Love is Love

Hours after the horrific news broke of the shooting at the gay nightclub in Orlando, the gunman’s father suggested to the media that the sight of 2 men kissing may have prompted his son to go on a killing rampage.

guns nra-stop-gun-madness

End the Gun Violence Now

Keep Hope Alive In July 1969, a full-page advertisement  in the Sunday  NY Times posed a request to the American public: Hold onto this page for 1 year and hope and pray it’s ended. The hopeful ad  appeared  one  year

guns nra-stop-gun-madness

End the Gun Violence Now

Keep Hope Alive In July 1969, a full-page advertisement  in the Sunday  NY Times posed a request to the American public: Hold onto this page for 1 year and hope and pray it’s ended. The hopeful ad  appeared  one  year