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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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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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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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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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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Trans Ban is Un-American – Resist Discrimination

Our military is no place for discrimination. The bitter irony of Trumps  Trans Ban tweet was not lost on me. Nearly 70 years to the day on July 26, 1948 that President Truman signed an order abolishing racial discrimination in

Trans Ban is Un-American – Resist Discrimination

Our military is no place for discrimination. The bitter irony of Trumps  Trans Ban tweet was not lost on me. Nearly 70 years to the day on July 26, 1948 that President Truman signed an order abolishing racial discrimination in

Vintage illustration boy scouts

Scouts Honor?

Donald Trump would do nothing but stumble when it come to climbing the steep steps of the “Scouts Law.” In fact he wouldn’t even make it up the first step. If the Scout’s Law requiring  a member to be trustworthy,

Vintage illustration boy scouts

Scouts Honor?

Donald Trump would do nothing but stumble when it come to climbing the steep steps of the “Scouts Law.” In fact he wouldn’t even make it up the first step. If the Scout’s Law requiring  a member to be trustworthy,

OJ Trial editorial cartoon

OJ Simpson Goes Free, Again

  The verdict is in and the juice is loose! Again! Get ready for reality TV. Come October parolee OJ Simpson will be on the prowl.  Ladies lock your doors Of course on the bright side, now he will finally

OJ Trial editorial cartoon

OJ Simpson Goes Free, Again

  The verdict is in and the juice is loose! Again! Get ready for reality TV. Come October parolee OJ Simpson will be on the prowl.  Ladies lock your doors Of course on the bright side, now he will finally

Vintage illustration 1950s babys at Beach

Baby, What a Tan

Summer and tanning is deeply burned into me…literally. Though I no longer sport the deeply burnished Bain de Soliel St. Tropez tan of my twenties nor the beloved bronze glow of the Johnson’s baby oil tan of my teens, I

Vintage illustration 1950s babys at Beach

Baby, What a Tan

Summer and tanning is deeply burned into me…literally. Though I no longer sport the deeply burnished Bain de Soliel St. Tropez tan of my twenties nor the beloved bronze glow of the Johnson’s baby oil tan of my teens, I

vintage Boy holding hort dogs

Hot Dog Competition

A summer staple at my 1960’s family barbecues was the ritual hot dog competition not in competitive eating but dissecting who made the best toothsome well turned frank. The mouth-watering aroma of grilling franks wafting through the suburban air sparked

vintage Boy holding hort dogs

Hot Dog Competition

A summer staple at my 1960’s family barbecues was the ritual hot dog competition not in competitive eating but dissecting who made the best toothsome well turned frank. The mouth-watering aroma of grilling franks wafting through the suburban air sparked

Ken’s Hair Raising Story

  Ken’s Man Bun – Hair Today Gone Tomorrow Oh Ken, say it ain’t so! Whose hair brain idea was it to give poor Ken Carson a man bun? I’m not sure even curvy Barbie would be happy with this

Ken’s Hair Raising Story

  Ken’s Man Bun – Hair Today Gone Tomorrow Oh Ken, say it ain’t so! Whose hair brain idea was it to give poor Ken Carson a man bun? I’m not sure even curvy Barbie would be happy with this

vintage telephone ad housewife on phone

Phone Exchanges- A Connection to the Past

I confess. I rarely talk on the phone. Some might even call me a phone-a-phobe. When it comes to telephone exchanges I rarely make a connection.  Once fun, a phone call now feels like, well, a nuisance. In an age

vintage telephone ad housewife on phone

Phone Exchanges- A Connection to the Past

I confess. I rarely talk on the phone. Some might even call me a phone-a-phobe. When it comes to telephone exchanges I rarely make a connection.  Once fun, a phone call now feels like, well, a nuisance. In an age

Gay Bachelor and the Bride

  In honor of LGBT Pride Month, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite stories from the Vault: Next to the waiter passing the champagne, my confirmed bachelor Great Uncle Harry was the most sought after man at a mid-century

Gay Bachelor and the Bride

  In honor of LGBT Pride Month, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite stories from the Vault: Next to the waiter passing the champagne, my confirmed bachelor Great Uncle Harry was the most sought after man at a mid-century

Redskins logo

Redskins Remain – Heap How!

Many were on the warpath over the use of the offensive name Redskins. Now, our long national debate over the Washington football team Redskins is finally over. Score one for the racists! In a nod to making America great again,

Redskins logo

Redskins Remain – Heap How!

Many were on the warpath over the use of the offensive name Redskins. Now, our long national debate over the Washington football team Redskins is finally over. Score one for the racists! In a nod to making America great again,

community silver Ad Illustration Jon Whitcomb

A Model June Bride and 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

community silver Ad Illustration Jon Whitcomb

A Model June Bride and 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