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  1. Britney Welch

    Can I use one of the American Dream Photos to paint ? My teachers are aware i got it off the internet , but It inspired me to paint the picture of the soldier and woman embracing ! Please !???? no copyright legalities ??? email back 🙂 THANKS , Brit’


  2. Sally: I am also a great grandchild of “Dr. Posner.” My grandfather was Jacob, my father Daniel. I recall ordering ‘Flying Aces’ shoes from a catalog when I was a kid … they would show up a few weeks later via the big brown UPS truck. This was in the mid 1960s.

    Would you please give me a call or send me a note via emai? My son, Richard, is doing some research on the Dr. Posner shoe company … looks like you may have more than the meager documents I have at hand. (I recall finding more at my mother’s house in Flushing, NY but she’s not able to get into the basement to look). Thanks. Here’s my contact:

    781 224 1900 TEL • 781 723 0201 FAX
    617 413 3209 CEL

    Sally, thank you so much for responding when you can. Many thanks – I look forward to making your acquaintance. Best, Phil Posner

    ps – your blog is terrific! really enjoyed looking at the old posters.


  3. Mary Ellen Folsom

    Hi Sally,
    I am real estate agent interested in using on of the images posted on your website (Selling Suburbia). Can you tell me if there is a correct way to go about this? Thanks for your help — the images are just fantastic! Sincerely, Mary Ellen

    Mary Ellen Folsom
    Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    Office 908-345-3202
    Cell 908-268-0076


    • Glad you enjoyed the images. I regularly supply vintage images to various publishers for a small one time fee of $100 payable to my Paypal account. If you are interested, I can send you an invoice and upon receipt of payment I will send you a hi resolution jpeg of the image. You mentioned the image you were interested in was from Selling Suburbia, did you mean the post Suburbia for Sale?
      If I can be of any further help please let me know

      Sally Edelstein


  4. Mahamma G.

    Hi Sally. I’m in my junior year of high school and im doing a benchmark paper on the Baby Boom Era and the American Dream. Do I have your permission to use this as a source? If yes, can you please give me a cited source if that’s okay with you?


  5. Sally, if interested, I have been posting a collection of letters to a family blog (, each written by my mother to my grandmother over about 40 years, beginning in 1941. They certainly represent a first hand accounting of the life of at least one American housewife. I am enjoying your blog, and what a great resource it is! Many thanks.


  6. Todd Duffield

    I enjoyed reading your ‘Ding, Dong… Avon Calling Pt II’ blog. On that page, you show the 1956 ‘Happy Homemaker’ illustration by Lionel Gilbert. Can you tell me a source for that? I have been searching online, but so far cannot find one. Best Regards. –Todd


  7. Hi, can I use one of the pictures for a school P.A Dad’s event write up? Thanks in advance!



  8. The king for a day – for a dads golf event


  9. Its purely non commercial and circulated only to the parents and teachers. This is an international school in Asia


  10. That’s fine, you can use the image.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Sally, can I use an article of yours as a source for my undergraduate thesis?


  12. Petronela Tripon

    Are you the publisher?


  13. Dear Sally, I have been following your blog and enjoy it. I am nominating you & your site for the To learn more about this nomination, the use of the Versatile Blogger seal on your site and your responsiblities as a nominee please go

    I will be mentioning that you are one of my Versatile Blogger nominees in my blog on on Wednesday, March 18, 2015.

    From one blogger to another – congratulations. Sue Batton Leonard


  14. Sally, I’m writing an essay on the Pledge of Allegiance. I don’t charge for my blog, by the way. In the content there is a section that addresses the addition of “under God” to the original pledge, and how Eisenhour felt it was an appropriate addition given the climate between the US and the USSR, pre-Cold War. One image in particular speaks to the prevailing attitude during that time. Its url is Would you give me permission to use the image with proper reference?


  15. Steven

    My name is Steven and I am currently a video intern for the San Diego Automotive Museum.
    I was put on assignment to gather old gas station photos from around the 1940s to 1970s and am impressed with the ads I’ve found on your page.
    I’m writing to you seeking your approval that I may use a couple photos in a slideshow/video I’m producing.
    The end of the slideshow/video will hold credits to all those whom have contributed to the making of the video.

    Thank you so much for your time and amazing webpage!


  16. Alex


    My name is Alex and I stumbled upon your site while looking at some old ads because I absolutely adore the vintage art style. I found the image ‘At Home with the Nuclear Family’ which features a family at home, with slides of a nuclear explosion impacting a house next to it. I was wondering if i would be able to use it as an album cover if i ever made one. I’d be willing to pay a fee and give you full credit for allowing usage of the image.

    Thank you


  17. Gigi Steele

    Hi Sally, we’d like to use your Envisioning the American Dream Collage as a background image on the cover of a 1950’s Calendar Project we just completed. We’d be happy to pay you $100 for your authorization to use your image. Cheers and absolutely luv what you’ve put together.


  18. Dear Sally,

    I, Nuttha Isaraphithakkul, work as a curator at Thailand Creative & Design Center, a non-profit government agency of Thailand, would like to enquire the usage right of the third photo “In mid-century America,no one wanted to be considered underprivileged, electrically speaking. Vintage Ad- America’s Independent Electric Light and Power Company 1955” that can be found in the page: I am working on the online project regarding the topic of design thinking for energy efficiency.

    As a free and democratize knowledge platform, this online project is solely served as a tool to distribute the knowledge about design thinking across Thailand and also at international level through the subject of energy efficiency at an introductory level to create an awareness and application of design thinking that could enhance the potential of the public, academia and energy sector. The curatorial team believes that this photo is one of the vivid photo to depict the phenomenon of typical American home as an impact of the “Live Better Electrically” Campaign of GE which depicting the story of large energy consumption in the past. This photo will be featured and credited in the historical energy context in the past in a short caption with 1 photo showing the context of the massive consumption of energy due to the “Live Better Electrically” Campaign.

    Therefore, I would like to ask you for the right to use this photo. The website will be launched in the beginning of December. Your response will be much appreciated.

    If you would like to know more information about Thailand Creative & Design Center please visit our website: If you need further information please contact me.

    Nuttha I.

    Nuttha Isaraphithakkul
    Curator at Event and Exhibition Department
    Thailand Creative & Design Center (TCDC)
    T: +662 664 7667 #119
    M: +6689 729 8492
    F: +662 664 7670


  19. Clémence

    Hello Sally,

    My name is clémence and I’m a french student in information and communication.
    Our teacher gave us the picture of kennedy in hyannis port at the golf, to analyze.
    Could you tell me more about this photo?

    Thank you so much,


  20. Casey Taylor

    Hi Sally!

    My name is Casey, and I am currently a senior in high school and am doing an IB art paper/project in which I am comparing different collage artists from different time periods and scocio-cultural backgrounds. I would really like to use you in my research, with your permission. I am particularly interested in a piece of yours under “Media Made Women” titled “Girdles a -go-go” and would love to ask you a few questions about it!

    If I shouldn’t hear from you before, Happy Holiday’s!


  21. Jael

    Hello! I am a high-schooler who competes in public speaking through NCFCA (National Christian Forensics and Communications Association.) My speech is about the history of ice cream, and I’m making boards to illustrate my topic. One of my points is about ice cream during World War II, and with your permission, would it possible to use the first picture of the 1944 WW2 Homefront on your blog to demonstrate my speech? I will only be using the photo for a season.

    NCFCA requires any pictures that are from sources to give all the credit to the source and link their website under the picture. I completely understand if I’m not allowed to use the picture. Thank you for taking the time to read this!




  22. Hi Sally!

    Would I be able to use one of your images in a video for I’m doing a little video about the closing of Montgomery Ward.

    Thanks so much,


  23. Liza Caparas

    Hi there! Is it alright to use your photos for personal use only? I’d love to use them for a collage I’m making 🙂

    Thank you so much


  24. G. Mark LaFrancis

    Hello: I’m the executive producer for a documentary “The Parchman Ordeal: The Untold Story” a partnership project with the nonprofit Natchez Association for the Preservation of Afro-American History and Culture. May we use one of the images “Colored must sit in balcony?” for the film. We are working with Miss. Public Broadcasting and the Miss. Humanities Council on the film. I can tell you more if you wish.


  25. Andrea Karlen


    Can I use one of the images in a college essay regarding the American Dream? I will cite you, your blog and the company who created the ad (Lee Rubber). I would like to use the “These are fundamental” image by the Lee Rubber & Tire Corporation. It is not for commercial use, only academic.

    Thank you!


    Andrea Karlen


  26. Grace

    Dear Sally,

    I am a University student in the UK, and I wanted to ask if I could please use some of your images in my dissertation and presentation on my dissertation? I am considering the images from black stereotypes in advertising If I used the correct referencing to the sources and your website. For further contact and for more information please contact me or I can email you. thank you!


  27. Paul Smith

    Hi Sally, Firstly – great site. Secondly, I’d love to use the old b&w photo of the anxious-looking woman (the one of just her eyes, with her hands clasping the side of her face) in a book I’m working on. I was wondering whether you would know anything about its origins, and in particular, whether it is still under copyright. And if it is, who might own it. Even where you sourced the photo would be tremendously helpful and very much appreciated. Many thanks, Paul


    • I would have to know exactly the image as there re several B&W anxious women. It is likely an old vintage Anacin ad.


    • As I have many BW Images thst fit that description I’m going to guess it’s an old Anacin ad you might b referring to.


      • Paul Smith

        Hi Sally, Thanks for getting back to me, and sorry for being a bit vague in my request. The photo I’m enquiring about is from the Cuban Missile Crisis Pt 1 article, from October 22, 2012, illustrating the High Noon section. You mentioned that it might be from an old Anacid ad in your reply, so I’ll check that out. Thanks again, Paul


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