Category Archives: Home Owners

Vintage family Playing in Leaves

Vintage Fall Follies

Burning Leaves- Hokey Smokey! The smell of burning leaves is forever seared in my mind. As memorable as the blazing orange and red colors of the fall leaves of my childhood were , it was the vibrant warmth of the

Vintage family Playing in Leaves

Vintage Fall Follies

Burning Leaves- Hokey Smokey! The smell of burning leaves is forever seared in my mind. As memorable as the blazing orange and red colors of the fall leaves of my childhood were , it was the vibrant warmth of the

vintage ad American dream illustration

Ghosts of American Dreams Past

  Once upon a time the promise of “skies the limit” was fundamental to the American Dream. Now something is fundamentally wrong. The core elements of the American dream are increasingly unaffordable for the majority. Fundamentally Frustrated From millennials saddled

vintage ad American dream illustration

Ghosts of American Dreams Past

  Once upon a time the promise of “skies the limit” was fundamental to the American Dream. Now something is fundamentally wrong. The core elements of the American dream are increasingly unaffordable for the majority. Fundamentally Frustrated From millennials saddled

Housewife vacuuming Electrolux 1950s

What Women Want

Happy days are here again… sexism is not in jeopardy! Once upon a time when patriarchy ruled, the American housewife was perceived as the most envied gal in the world and a new vacuum cleaner was enough to send her

Housewife vacuuming Electrolux 1950s

What Women Want

Happy days are here again… sexism is not in jeopardy! Once upon a time when patriarchy ruled, the American housewife was perceived as the most envied gal in the world and a new vacuum cleaner was enough to send her

vintage picture vintage woman in chefs hat

The Beat of the Suburbs

The suburbs of postwar Long Island silently simmered in a preordained sameness, no more so than in the summer. Summer days were metered out in predictable beats. Smoky backyard barbecues were a ho-hum summer staple of mid-century suburban life, but

vintage picture vintage woman in chefs hat

The Beat of the Suburbs

The suburbs of postwar Long Island silently simmered in a preordained sameness, no more so than in the summer. Summer days were metered out in predictable beats. Smoky backyard barbecues were a ho-hum summer staple of mid-century suburban life, but

man smoking cigarettes gardening

Post War Pesticides on Parade

Breathe Easier Mid Century America was the golden age of pesticides and it was love at first sight. Any thoughts about Earth Day and the environment lay far in the future. Thousands of new chemicals were put to use in

man smoking cigarettes gardening

Post War Pesticides on Parade

Breathe Easier Mid Century America was the golden age of pesticides and it was love at first sight. Any thoughts about Earth Day and the environment lay far in the future. Thousands of new chemicals were put to use in

illustration woman decorating

Decorating With DDT

Just as mid-century garden nurseries were busy preparing for spring, filling their shelves with packets of seeds and cans of DDT, so American parents were diligently decorating their baby nurseries with happy-go-lucky wallpaper coated with protective DDT. No April Fools!

illustration woman decorating

Decorating With DDT

Just as mid-century garden nurseries were busy preparing for spring, filling their shelves with packets of seeds and cans of DDT, so American parents were diligently decorating their baby nurseries with happy-go-lucky wallpaper coated with protective DDT. No April Fools!

"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

Shirley Temple Vintage ad Lane Hope Chest

Shirley Temple and Valentines Day

During the 1930s a pint-sized curly-headed dynamo named Shirley Temple supplied a smile and a heap of hope for a Depression weary public by singing and tap dancing her way into our hearts. Is it any wonder that in a

Shirley Temple Vintage ad Lane Hope Chest

Shirley Temple and Valentines Day

During the 1930s a pint-sized curly-headed dynamo named Shirley Temple supplied a smile and a heap of hope for a Depression weary public by singing and tap dancing her way into our hearts. Is it any wonder that in a

vintage illustation future cars

Predictions for 1975

Past Perfect- New Years Predictions The New Year has always been the traditional time for crystal ball gazing offering tantalizing predictions for our imagined future. Who can resist pondering what great scientific discoveries and technological wonders the future will hold.

vintage illustation future cars

Predictions for 1975

Past Perfect- New Years Predictions The New Year has always been the traditional time for crystal ball gazing offering tantalizing predictions for our imagined future. Who can resist pondering what great scientific discoveries and technological wonders the future will hold.

housewife in suburban home

Heating the American Dream

  As the winter chill begins to set in and we reluctantly turn up the costly heat, its hard to imagine that in mid century America oil was still the biggest bargain in American’s budget. The second Sunday in October

housewife in suburban home

Heating the American Dream

  As the winter chill begins to set in and we reluctantly turn up the costly heat, its hard to imagine that in mid century America oil was still the biggest bargain in American’s budget. The second Sunday in October