Monthly Archives: March 2014

Vintage ad 1948 College graduate and bride

Matriculating into Marriage Pt II

Looks like the gal graduate in this ad was one smart cookie and not just because she earned a college diploma. Betty Coed knew college was the best place to snare a man to marry. Maybe the Princeton Mom was

Vintage ad 1948 College graduate and bride

Matriculating into Marriage Pt II

Looks like the gal graduate in this ad was one smart cookie and not just because she earned a college diploma. Betty Coed knew college was the best place to snare a man to marry. Maybe the Princeton Mom was

vintage illustration seniors

Ageing Shocker

In a gesture of maturity- though with about as much enthusiasm as swallowing a bitter pill- I finally came to grips this recent birthday with being referred to as “middle aged.” So it was a shock to my baby boomer

vintage illustration seniors

Ageing Shocker

In a gesture of maturity- though with about as much enthusiasm as swallowing a bitter pill- I finally came to grips this recent birthday with being referred to as “middle aged.” So it was a shock to my baby boomer

vintage travel poster Soviet Union

Travels to Russia

A Soviet Spring Vacation Sadly spring break in Siberia is now off-limits to Senator John McCain and other US Representatives thanks to Vladimir Putin’s retaliatory sanctions. Oh, for the good old days of the Soviet Union when American capitalists were

vintage travel poster Soviet Union

Travels to Russia

A Soviet Spring Vacation Sadly spring break in Siberia is now off-limits to Senator John McCain and other US Representatives thanks to Vladimir Putin’s retaliatory sanctions. Oh, for the good old days of the Soviet Union when American capitalists were

"We Help Daddy" Little Golden Books 1962

A Post-War Primer on Mother Nature

Birds and the Bees First day of spring conjures up a childhood filled with  the anticipation of blooming flowers, budding trees  and a haze of pesticides being sprayed across my suburban neighborhood. Talk about March Madness! By the time I

"We Help Daddy" Little Golden Books 1962

A Post-War Primer on Mother Nature

Birds and the Bees First day of spring conjures up a childhood filled with  the anticipation of blooming flowers, budding trees  and a haze of pesticides being sprayed across my suburban neighborhood. Talk about March Madness! By the time I

illustration Russiam bear

Russia The Hungry Bear

Cold war concerns of  Russian aggression are coming out of the deep freeze. Russia’s recent  actions in the Ukraine feel straight out of the old Soviet playbook evoking a time when an expansionist Russia was viewed as a “hungry bear”

illustration Russiam bear

Russia The Hungry Bear

Cold war concerns of  Russian aggression are coming out of the deep freeze. Russia’s recent  actions in the Ukraine feel straight out of the old Soviet playbook evoking a time when an expansionist Russia was viewed as a “hungry bear”

vintage photo woman in bed

Sex and the Happy Homemaker

The Frigid Woman in the Cold War PtII When it came to sex, just how happy was the proverbial happy homemaker? Not so much. An epidemic was ravishing cold war America …frigidity. According to the medical community the mid-century American

vintage photo woman in bed

Sex and the Happy Homemaker

The Frigid Woman in the Cold War PtII When it came to sex, just how happy was the proverbial happy homemaker? Not so much. An epidemic was ravishing cold war America …frigidity. According to the medical community the mid-century American

vintage cartoon True Detective Magazine

True Fans of True Detective

True Detective had a knack of turning its fans into rabid fanatics. Just as today,  devotees of True Detective magazine were once as totally consumed with the whodunit, spending an inordinate amount of time, fervently preoccupied with the minutia of

vintage cartoon True Detective Magazine

True Fans of True Detective

True Detective had a knack of turning its fans into rabid fanatics. Just as today,  devotees of True Detective magazine were once as totally consumed with the whodunit, spending an inordinate amount of time, fervently preoccupied with the minutia of

vintage illustration men and women on college campus

Matriculating Into Mid Century Matrimony

June is the month-long associated with graduates and brides and it wasn’t that long ago that they were often one and the same thing. If  author Susan Patton has her way, female graduates would do well to follow that same

vintage illustration men and women on college campus

Matriculating Into Mid Century Matrimony

June is the month-long associated with graduates and brides and it wasn’t that long ago that they were often one and the same thing. If  author Susan Patton has her way, female graduates would do well to follow that same

vintage illustration woman smoking pulp magazine cover 1940s

True Detectives

As HBO’s True Detective has proven, Americans love their Dicks. The true crime and true detective genre is as American as apple pie. Long before the much talked about, much tweeted about cable series lit up the internet with speculation

vintage illustration woman smoking pulp magazine cover 1940s

True Detectives

As HBO’s True Detective has proven, Americans love their Dicks. The true crime and true detective genre is as American as apple pie. Long before the much talked about, much tweeted about cable series lit up the internet with speculation

vintage illustration couple in bed

The Frigid Woman in the Cold War

The cold war was a chilly time to be an American woman. A big chill had crept into the well-appointed bedrooms all across the nation and it would appear that the American housewife’s libido was in the deep freeze. An

vintage illustration couple in bed

The Frigid Woman in the Cold War

The cold war was a chilly time to be an American woman. A big chill had crept into the well-appointed bedrooms all across the nation and it would appear that the American housewife’s libido was in the deep freeze. An