Monthly Archives: May 2012

vintagae illustration woman gardening 1950s suburbia

A Post-War Primer on Mother Nature

By the time I was 5 years old, Mother Nature began supplanting Mother Goose in my curiosity. Powerful Mother Nature could blow Mother Goose right out of the water…literally! Even if old Mother Goose could make a cow jump over

vintagae illustration woman gardening 1950s suburbia

A Post-War Primer on Mother Nature

By the time I was 5 years old, Mother Nature began supplanting Mother Goose in my curiosity. Powerful Mother Nature could blow Mother Goose right out of the water…literally! Even if old Mother Goose could make a cow jump over

vintage illustration ww2 soldier embracing girl 1945

Victory Homes for the Vet

Unlike today’s troubled vets who return home to an American Dream itself suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, WWII soldiers came back to a robust America, the American Dream gift wrapped just for them and tied with a red, white,

vintage illustration ww2 soldier embracing girl 1945

Victory Homes for the Vet

Unlike today’s troubled vets who return home to an American Dream itself suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, WWII soldiers came back to a robust America, the American Dream gift wrapped just for them and tied with a red, white,

art work vintage advertising collage Cold War

Defrosting The Cold War

The Cold War was a bone-chilling time. While Americas can-do confidence offered us a sugar frosted promises of a future filled with frost-free fun and abundance, that giddy optimism co-existed with the very real fear of nuclear annihilation. In the

art work vintage advertising collage Cold War

Defrosting The Cold War

The Cold War was a bone-chilling time. While Americas can-do confidence offered us a sugar frosted promises of a future filled with frost-free fun and abundance, that giddy optimism co-existed with the very real fear of nuclear annihilation. In the

1950s happy family prosperous economy

A Soaring Economy

The people of Mid-Century America had never been more prosperous, never had Dad the breadwinner taken home so much money. The soaring strength of the roaring bull market was at an all time high symbolizing confidence in the Capitalist system.

1950s happy family prosperous economy

A Soaring Economy

The people of Mid-Century America had never been more prosperous, never had Dad the breadwinner taken home so much money. The soaring strength of the roaring bull market was at an all time high symbolizing confidence in the Capitalist system.

American Dreams: Step on the Gas

Never was the American Dream more potent or more seductive than in Mid-Century America. The USA stood unified and confident at the apex of global power and consumer abundance, racing boldly and confidently into the future. Moving forward at ever-increasing

American Dreams: Step on the Gas

Never was the American Dream more potent or more seductive than in Mid-Century America. The USA stood unified and confident at the apex of global power and consumer abundance, racing boldly and confidently into the future. Moving forward at ever-increasing

Suburban 1950s man mowing lawn

The Great American Mow Down

 The Silent Spring mornings of the suburbs were often broken by the sound not of birds chirping but of a symphony of puttering gas lawn mowers synchronized all over the neighborhood. The power of purring motors, oscillating sprinklers, tires screeching,

Suburban 1950s man mowing lawn

The Great American Mow Down

 The Silent Spring mornings of the suburbs were often broken by the sound not of birds chirping but of a symphony of puttering gas lawn mowers synchronized all over the neighborhood. The power of purring motors, oscillating sprinklers, tires screeching,

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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Family searching for suburban Model Homes 1950s

Searching for Suburbia

Next to the milkman, and drive- in-movies, the recreational “Sundays Drive” belongs firmly and fondly in our not too distant past. In Mid-Century America, driving was still considered a pleasure and gasoline was still the biggest bargain in America’s shopping

Family searching for suburban Model Homes 1950s

Searching for Suburbia

Next to the milkman, and drive- in-movies, the recreational “Sundays Drive” belongs firmly and fondly in our not too distant past. In Mid-Century America, driving was still considered a pleasure and gasoline was still the biggest bargain in America’s shopping

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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