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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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

crowds

My Unbelievable Followers

No blogger has better followers than I do. No one reads better than my readership. They are the best readers, the smartest readers, the most insightful and wittiest commenters. It has been the great privilege of my life to write

crowds

My Unbelievable Followers

No blogger has better followers than I do. No one reads better than my readership. They are the best readers, the smartest readers, the most insightful and wittiest commenters. It has been the great privilege of my life to write

Alice in Wonderland

Dementia, The Donald, and My Dad

For the past few months it has felt as though I had joined Alice falling through the rabbit hole. Ever since late January, living in what seemed to be an alternative universe littered with alternative facts has taken its toll

Alice in Wonderland

Dementia, The Donald, and My Dad

For the past few months it has felt as though I had joined Alice falling through the rabbit hole. Ever since late January, living in what seemed to be an alternative universe littered with alternative facts has taken its toll

Memorial Day- Remembering My Greatest Generation Dad

Memorial day this year takes on a different significance than other years for me. This year as the number of WWII veterans continue to dwindle, another former G.I. of the Greatest Generation has recently died. My dad. Through the years

Memorial Day- Remembering My Greatest Generation Dad

Memorial day this year takes on a different significance than other years for me. This year as the number of WWII veterans continue to dwindle, another former G.I. of the Greatest Generation has recently died. My dad. Through the years

Trump, Lincoln and The Art of the Deal

I mean had Andrew Jackson been a little later you wouldn’t have had the Civil War. He was a very tough person but he had a big heart. He was really angry that he saw what was happening with regard

Trump, Lincoln and The Art of the Deal

I mean had Andrew Jackson been a little later you wouldn’t have had the Civil War. He was a very tough person but he had a big heart. He was really angry that he saw what was happening with regard

vintage Peter Meter

For Trump, Sizes Always Matters

We all know size matters to Donald Trump. Did  we really expect Trump to pick a small bomb? Now that they’ve dropped the Mother of All Bombs in Afghanistan , is anyone convinced he’s more a shower than a grower?

vintage Peter Meter

For Trump, Sizes Always Matters

We all know size matters to Donald Trump. Did  we really expect Trump to pick a small bomb? Now that they’ve dropped the Mother of All Bombs in Afghanistan , is anyone convinced he’s more a shower than a grower?

vintage illustration factory workers Chocolate Easter Bunnies

A Chocolate Bunny For Easter

For some, Easter is all about the candy Candy manufacturers have all hopped on the Easter candy bandwagon by painting some pastel colors on their usual year round candy. From Reese’s Pieces Pastel Easter Egg Candy or Whopper’s Robin Eggs,

vintage illustration factory workers Chocolate Easter Bunnies

A Chocolate Bunny For Easter

For some, Easter is all about the candy Candy manufacturers have all hopped on the Easter candy bandwagon by painting some pastel colors on their usual year round candy. From Reese’s Pieces Pastel Easter Egg Candy or Whopper’s Robin Eggs,