Posts Tagged: environment

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 illustration of sick earth

Our Planet is Under the Weather

Despite all the climate change deniers, Mother Earth is severely under the weather. Due to decades of addiction, the earth is battling a life threatening case of acute fossil fuel toxicity. Left untreated, addiction to fossil fuels is often fatal.

vintage illustration of sick earth

Our Planet is Under the Weather

Despite all the climate change deniers, Mother Earth is severely under the weather. Due to decades of addiction, the earth is battling a life threatening case of acute fossil fuel toxicity. Left untreated, addiction to fossil fuels is often fatal.

vintage woman home freezer

Kitchen Garden All Year Round

Thanks to war-time research and  American know how, growing up in suburban mid-century America  I would be the happy recipient of a veritable bushel basket of sun-kissed, vitamin rich fruits and vegetables. No other country we were told  “has the

vintage woman home freezer

Kitchen Garden All Year Round

Thanks to war-time research and  American know how, growing up in suburban mid-century America  I would be the happy recipient of a veritable bushel basket of sun-kissed, vitamin rich fruits and vegetables. No other country we were told  “has the

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!

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

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

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

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

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

sunburn ad woman on fire

Man, What a Heat Wave

The Temperatures Rising… It Isn’t Surprising… Poor mankind! His triumphant march towards progress  is always being blamed for the actions of a hot-headed, fickle Mother Nature whose erratic behavior has recently played havoc with our weather systems. Panicked cries of

sunburn ad woman on fire

Man, What a Heat Wave

The Temperatures Rising… It Isn’t Surprising… Poor mankind! His triumphant march towards progress  is always being blamed for the actions of a hot-headed, fickle Mother Nature whose erratic behavior has recently played havoc with our weather systems. Panicked cries of

Vintage Illustration 1949

A Fall Fable-Burning Leaves Pt II

The blaze of fall color took on a different meaning, the autumn of 1959. Many neighbors did not only burn leaves, but their trash as well, giving new meaning to fall cleanup. There was something satisfying about setting fire to

Vintage Illustration 1949

A Fall Fable-Burning Leaves Pt II

The blaze of fall color took on a different meaning, the autumn of 1959. Many neighbors did not only burn leaves, but their trash as well, giving new meaning to fall cleanup. There was something satisfying about setting fire to