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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illustration Fidel Castro cigar Mad Magazine

Castro and My Cold War Childhood

Though a half a century apart, November now marks the death of two Cold War icons. Just four days after the anniversary of the assassination of President John Kennedy, his nemesis Cuba’s Communist leader Fidel Castro has died at age

illustration Fidel Castro cigar Mad Magazine

Castro and My Cold War Childhood

Though a half a century apart, November now marks the death of two Cold War icons. Just four days after the anniversary of the assassination of President John Kennedy, his nemesis Cuba’s Communist leader Fidel Castro has died at age

vintage illustration Pilgrom and Indian

There are Some Things to Be Thankful For

In mid-century America when it seemed the only risk of offending others was to suffer the unforgivable shame of halitosis, Madison Avenue gleefully ran ads that would not only raise a politically correct eyebrow today, but by their offensive nature

vintage illustration Pilgrom and Indian

There are Some Things to Be Thankful For

In mid-century America when it seemed the only risk of offending others was to suffer the unforgivable shame of halitosis, Madison Avenue gleefully ran ads that would not only raise a politically correct eyebrow today, but by their offensive nature

vintage woman drinking Dr Pepper

Big Soda Big Lies

Americans are worried…First they came for our tobacco, now are they coming for our sugary drinks? This election has caused  panic among our citizens. While many alarmed Americans are agitated, losing sleep over possible deportation, distressed over the state of

vintage woman drinking Dr Pepper

Big Soda Big Lies

Americans are worried…First they came for our tobacco, now are they coming for our sugary drinks? This election has caused  panic among our citizens. While many alarmed Americans are agitated, losing sleep over possible deportation, distressed over the state of

Lucy Dolly Madison Cake ad

Merchandising First Ladies

Melania Trump is getting a lot of heat for  promoting her jewelry line on a government  site. But is Melania the first First Lady to cash in on her husband’s name? Rutherford  B. Hayes wife Lucy, an advocate of temperance

Lucy Dolly Madison Cake ad

Merchandising First Ladies

Melania Trump is getting a lot of heat for  promoting her jewelry line on a government  site. But is Melania the first First Lady to cash in on her husband’s name? Rutherford  B. Hayes wife Lucy, an advocate of temperance

vintage illustration men toasting

Republican Winners Take All

  Hoist a Baccarat cut crystal tumbler of 24-year-old BenRiach scotch whiskey ( distilled during the Reagan years) and toast the return of Republican power. Despite being voted in bigly by the “little guys,” corporate powers and the wealthy elite

vintage illustration men toasting

Republican Winners Take All

  Hoist a Baccarat cut crystal tumbler of 24-year-old BenRiach scotch whiskey ( distilled during the Reagan years) and toast the return of Republican power. Despite being voted in bigly by the “little guys,” corporate powers and the wealthy elite

Adolph Hitler Nazi rally

Trump’s Rallying Cry

In that time honored tradition favored by demagogues throughout history, Trump wants to continue having rallies even after he’s sworn in. Donald Trump just can’t bear being away from the adulation of his throngs of adoring fans whipping his supporters

Adolph Hitler Nazi rally

Trump’s Rallying Cry

In that time honored tradition favored by demagogues throughout history, Trump wants to continue having rallies even after he’s sworn in. Donald Trump just can’t bear being away from the adulation of his throngs of adoring fans whipping his supporters

Vanity Fair 1932 Fascism

History – Attention Must Be Paid

  History has never seemed more relevant. That anti-Semite Steve Bannon who made white nationalism mainstream through Breitbart, is now to be President Elect Donald Trump’s Goebbels…er…Chief Strategist. This past summer with  the weight of history hanging heavy as the

Vanity Fair 1932 Fascism

History – Attention Must Be Paid

  History has never seemed more relevant. That anti-Semite Steve Bannon who made white nationalism mainstream through Breitbart, is now to be President Elect Donald Trump’s Goebbels…er…Chief Strategist. This past summer with  the weight of history hanging heavy as the

Man From UNCLE View Master

R.I.P. Robert Vaughn, aka Napoleon Solo

When it came to 1960’s spies, James Bond may have ruled the big screen, but on television The Man From U.N.C.L.E. won hands down. The best part was every week starting in 1964 we got to see good versus evil

Man From UNCLE View Master

R.I.P. Robert Vaughn, aka Napoleon Solo

When it came to 1960’s spies, James Bond may have ruled the big screen, but on television The Man From U.N.C.L.E. won hands down. The best part was every week starting in 1964 we got to see good versus evil

vintage comic electing our president

What’s Up With The Electoral College?

Do We the People  really get the choose our president? Americans chose Clinton but got Trump. A tough lesson to learn at the hands of the Electoral College. As we slowly come out of our  fog, does this election  feel

vintage comic electing our president

What’s Up With The Electoral College?

Do We the People  really get the choose our president? Americans chose Clinton but got Trump. A tough lesson to learn at the hands of the Electoral College. As we slowly come out of our  fog, does this election  feel

Statue of Liberty Tear

Our American Tragedy

  On the cusp of making history, history has taken a tragic turn. The lump in my throat from the pride and the excitement and hopefulness I was feeling as I cast my vote for Hillary Clinton yesterday, has now

Statue of Liberty Tear

Our American Tragedy

  On the cusp of making history, history has taken a tragic turn. The lump in my throat from the pride and the excitement and hopefulness I was feeling as I cast my vote for Hillary Clinton yesterday, has now