Posts Tagged: American Dream

vintage illustration of crowd and gun target

Americans In The Cross Hairs Again

The American public is in the cross hairs of tragedy once again. Another day and another mass shooting.  There have been more mass shootings than calendar days so far in 2015. How can this be…what is passing for normal in

vintage illustration of crowd and gun target

Americans In The Cross Hairs Again

The American public is in the cross hairs of tragedy once again. Another day and another mass shooting.  There have been more mass shootings than calendar days so far in 2015. How can this be…what is passing for normal in

Marriage Equality vintage bride

Marriage Equality For All

Everybody Should Say I Do! As spring begins, the window opens for the chance to be a June bride, that most coveted month for nuptials. This June the window may open wider. Bringing a breeze of fresh air into the

Marriage Equality vintage bride

Marriage Equality For All

Everybody Should Say I Do! As spring begins, the window opens for the chance to be a June bride, that most coveted month for nuptials. This June the window may open wider. Bringing a breeze of fresh air into the

vintage illustration WWII Soldier prison camp

Our Tortured Past

The torture was brutal- beatings, water boarding, deprivation and death. When the truth was revealed we were shocked. During WWII the Japanese treatment of POW was barbaric. When the truth was revealed, a rightly so public was outraged  at the

vintage illustration WWII Soldier prison camp

Our Tortured Past

The torture was brutal- beatings, water boarding, deprivation and death. When the truth was revealed we were shocked. During WWII the Japanese treatment of POW was barbaric. When the truth was revealed, a rightly so public was outraged  at the

vintage illustration small businessman

In Praise of the Small Businessman

We are watching the death of small business in America. As people trample over one another to get deals in giant corporate big box stores on Black Friday they are also trampling over small businesses. It’s no small thing. We

vintage illustration small businessman

In Praise of the Small Businessman

We are watching the death of small business in America. As people trample over one another to get deals in giant corporate big box stores on Black Friday they are also trampling over small businesses. It’s no small thing. We

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

1960s housewife laundry

Plugged into the American Dream

  In 1956 happy homemaker Helen Watson didn’t give a hoot about leaving carbon footprints; in fact if one were pointed out to her she’d most likely plug-in her powerful Electrolux vacuum and sweep it all away. Was she concerned

1960s housewife laundry

Plugged into the American Dream

  In 1956 happy homemaker Helen Watson didn’t give a hoot about leaving carbon footprints; in fact if one were pointed out to her she’d most likely plug-in her powerful Electrolux vacuum and sweep it all away. Was she concerned

Vintage Packard Car Ad 1937

Envy and the American Dream

Screen Envy Happy days are here again… the new iPhone is out! An uncharacteristic hush descended on my local Starbucks today as a wave of envy swept through the coffee-house. As if in unison, covetous coffee drinkers looked up from

Vintage Packard Car Ad 1937

Envy and the American Dream

Screen Envy Happy days are here again… the new iPhone is out! An uncharacteristic hush descended on my local Starbucks today as a wave of envy swept through the coffee-house. As if in unison, covetous coffee drinkers looked up from

painting Paul Cadmus YMCA Locker Room

Locked in The American Dream Closet

In the 1930’s. my bachelor  Uncle Harry was a social realist painter who learned the bitter social realities that surrounded a gay man in early 20th century America. Trained under artist John Sloan, the well known Social Realist  at N.Y.C’s

painting Paul Cadmus YMCA Locker Room

Locked in The American Dream Closet

In the 1930’s. my bachelor  Uncle Harry was a social realist painter who learned the bitter social realities that surrounded a gay man in early 20th century America. Trained under artist John Sloan, the well known Social Realist  at N.Y.C’s

collage sally edelstein art vintage images

Nuclear Family Meltdown

The nuclear family was once as American as the nuclear bomb. But by the end of the 1960’s the nuclear family detonated along with our notion of marriage and motherhood. Parenting and partnering were not a priority for the newly

collage sally edelstein art vintage images

Nuclear Family Meltdown

The nuclear family was once as American as the nuclear bomb. But by the end of the 1960’s the nuclear family detonated along with our notion of marriage and motherhood. Parenting and partnering were not a priority for the newly

vintage illustration college graduation

Empty Nest Egg Syndrome

To the click of camera shutters and the ring  of stirring oratory, hundreds of thousands of students have stepped forward this spring to receive diplomas from the colleges and universities of our vast country,  thus marking an age-old  rite of

vintage illustration college graduation

Empty Nest Egg Syndrome

To the click of camera shutters and the ring  of stirring oratory, hundreds of thousands of students have stepped forward this spring to receive diplomas from the colleges and universities of our vast country,  thus marking an age-old  rite of