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Suburban Lawn Doctor

   Images of a green, velvety carpet of grass remain symbolic of home, family and the American Dream. In mid-century America a deep green lawn was evidence of nothing short of good citizenship. So what was  a patriotic suburban home

vintage ad illustration 1950s

Suburban Lawn Doctor

   Images of a green, velvety carpet of grass remain symbolic of home, family and the American Dream. In mid-century America a deep green lawn was evidence of nothing short of good citizenship. So what was  a patriotic suburban home

WWII vintage ad illustration fe,ale beauty

Beauty Bait During Wartime

In the fall of 1944 my mother Betty was a college freshman who had more on her mind than musty old history dates; it was dates of another sort that troubled her. However due to the war, she and the

WWII vintage ad illustration fe,ale beauty

Beauty Bait During Wartime

In the fall of 1944 my mother Betty was a college freshman who had more on her mind than musty old history dates; it was dates of another sort that troubled her. However due to the war, she and the

1950s men at suburban barbecue

Wag The Dog

Hot Summer…. Cold War Pt III As the world poised for a showdown between those 2 cold warriors the USA and the Soviet Union, the risk of military conflict between the 2 heated up the summer of 1961 over the

1950s men at suburban barbecue

Wag The Dog

Hot Summer…. Cold War Pt III As the world poised for a showdown between those 2 cold warriors the USA and the Soviet Union, the risk of military conflict between the 2 heated up the summer of 1961 over the

vintage illustration wedding

The Gay Bachelor And The Bride

Next to the waiter passing the champagne, my confirmed bachelor Great Uncle Harry was the most sought after man at a mid-century wedding. Vivacious and gay with wavy hair the color of honey, lush black eyelashes shading come hither eyes,

vintage illustration wedding

The Gay Bachelor And The Bride

Next to the waiter passing the champagne, my confirmed bachelor Great Uncle Harry was the most sought after man at a mid-century wedding. Vivacious and gay with wavy hair the color of honey, lush black eyelashes shading come hither eyes,

GI Joe To Joe College

Once upon a time colleges and home ownership were a privilege reserved for the rich. As the cost of 4 years of college education escalates between $100,00 and $200,000 we  may end up replicating  those pre- WWII times. It was

GI Joe To Joe College

Once upon a time colleges and home ownership were a privilege reserved for the rich. As the cost of 4 years of college education escalates between $100,00 and $200,000 we  may end up replicating  those pre- WWII times. It was

A Retro Fathers Day Fit for a King

Once upon a time, but not too long ago, all Dads were king. Not only for a measly third Sunday in June, but to believe the mid-century American advertiser, the head of the household was the sovereign ruler of his

A Retro Fathers Day Fit for a King

Once upon a time, but not too long ago, all Dads were king. Not only for a measly third Sunday in June, but to believe the mid-century American advertiser, the head of the household was the sovereign ruler of his

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. Most young women in the 1950’s and early 1960’s were convinced that the basic occupation of

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. Most young women in the 1950’s and early 1960’s were convinced that the basic occupation of

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

The Envy of Your Friends

What did you do when your tastes ran to Cadillac but your wallet was more of a Ford? Keeping up with the Jones was a tough thing to at the tail end of the Depression. However, General Motors La Salle

The Envy of Your Friends

What did you do when your tastes ran to Cadillac but your wallet was more of a Ford? Keeping up with the Jones was a tough thing to at the tail end of the Depression. However, General Motors La Salle