Monthly Archives: October 2015

vintage Halloween mask Castro

Cold War Halloween

On most mid-century days, the suburban streets of my childhood were filled by a legion of door to door salesmen trafficking in fantasy. The pavement belonged to this endless parade of post war peddlers, their sample cases bulging with promises

vintage Halloween mask Castro

Cold War Halloween

On most mid-century days, the suburban streets of my childhood were filled by a legion of door to door salesmen trafficking in fantasy. The pavement belonged to this endless parade of post war peddlers, their sample cases bulging with promises

Vintage illustration United Nations

United Nations Turns 70

The United Nations just turned 70 and the once revered institution has not aged well. This post war promise of peace has been plagued by paralysis, morphing into a dyspeptic dowager suffering from an interminable succession of stalemates. It all

Vintage illustration United Nations

United Nations Turns 70

The United Nations just turned 70 and the once revered institution has not aged well. This post war promise of peace has been plagued by paralysis, morphing into a dyspeptic dowager suffering from an interminable succession of stalemates. It all

vintage cover Cartoon Book Confucius Say

Wise Man Say: Politically Incorrect Comic No Funny

In the joke books we are never going to see again department, an honorary mention goes to this well-worn 1940 book Confucius Say which for a mere 25 cents manages to offend both women and Asian Americans in one fell

vintage cover Cartoon Book Confucius Say

Wise Man Say: Politically Incorrect Comic No Funny

In the joke books we are never going to see again department, an honorary mention goes to this well-worn 1940 book Confucius Say which for a mere 25 cents manages to offend both women and Asian Americans in one fell

vintage sexist Wife Beater Permit

Domestic Violence- No Joke

Who says there’s nothing funny about domestic violence? For some mid-century men, beating your wife was not only condoned, but provided an endless source of  belly laughs and good-natured guffaws. What red-blooded all American man  in 1957 wouldn’t be tickled

vintage sexist Wife Beater Permit

Domestic Violence- No Joke

Who says there’s nothing funny about domestic violence? For some mid-century men, beating your wife was not only condoned, but provided an endless source of  belly laughs and good-natured guffaws. What red-blooded all American man  in 1957 wouldn’t be tickled

photo of a young Hillary Rodham Clinton

Can a Woman Finally Become President?

  What would JFK think of Hillary’s bid for the Presidency? As Hillary Clinton begins her run for President  some Republican pundits are still debating whether a woman is worthy of sitting in the oval office. During another presidential election

photo of a young Hillary Rodham Clinton

Can a Woman Finally Become President?

  What would JFK think of Hillary’s bid for the Presidency? As Hillary Clinton begins her run for President  some Republican pundits are still debating whether a woman is worthy of sitting in the oval office. During another presidential election

Socialism The Road Ahead

The Rights Worst Fear?

 A chilly thought has begun to haunt some right-wing Americans to the core. Could a socialist actually be president? As democratic socialist Bernie “I am no Capitalist” Sanders grows in the polls, the fear of getting berned has many alarmist

Socialism The Road Ahead

The Rights Worst Fear?

 A chilly thought has begun to haunt some right-wing Americans to the core. Could a socialist actually be president? As democratic socialist Bernie “I am no Capitalist” Sanders grows in the polls, the fear of getting berned has many alarmist

Vintage schoolbook illustration Columbus ships

Celebrating Columbus Day – American Dreaming

Next to July 4th Columbus day was the most sacred American Holiday in my mid-century childhood. After all, Christopher Columbus embodied the very spirit of a founding father. Or so the story went. Skillfully weaving fairy tales with the deftness

Vintage schoolbook illustration Columbus ships

Celebrating Columbus Day – American Dreaming

Next to July 4th Columbus day was the most sacred American Holiday in my mid-century childhood. After all, Christopher Columbus embodied the very spirit of a founding father. Or so the story went. Skillfully weaving fairy tales with the deftness

Better-Living-Through-Chemistry- Sally-Edelstein- Collage

Art Exhibit – Visaural: Sight, Sound and Action

Sight, Sound and Action I am pleased to be part of an exciting exhibition Visaural: Sight, Sound and Action at the Nave Gallery in Somerville, Mass. opening this Friday October 9, 2015 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Artists from across the

Better-Living-Through-Chemistry- Sally-Edelstein- Collage

Art Exhibit – Visaural: Sight, Sound and Action

Sight, Sound and Action I am pleased to be part of an exciting exhibition Visaural: Sight, Sound and Action at the Nave Gallery in Somerville, Mass. opening this Friday October 9, 2015 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Artists from across the

vintage illustration woman upset

Controlling Women’s Bodies – Risky Business

If some right-wing fanatics have their way, every day will be Throwback Thursday if they stop government funding of Planned Parenthood. Other than in the retro world of Republicans who seem nostalgic for those pre Roe V Wade days, there

vintage illustration woman upset

Controlling Women’s Bodies – Risky Business

If some right-wing fanatics have their way, every day will be Throwback Thursday if they stop government funding of Planned Parenthood. Other than in the retro world of Republicans who seem nostalgic for those pre Roe V Wade days, there

Should Teachers Have Shotguns?

Should Teachers Carry Guns?

Arming teachers doesn’t add up to safety in the classroom How long before we hear the latest installment of the gun advocates argument that school faculty members should carry weapons in school? The old debate whether arming teachers would make

Should Teachers Have Shotguns?

Should Teachers Carry Guns?

Arming teachers doesn’t add up to safety in the classroom How long before we hear the latest installment of the gun advocates argument that school faculty members should carry weapons in school? The old debate whether arming teachers would make