Posts Tagged: postwar America

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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

vintage illustration man with crown

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

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

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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

"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

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A Vintage Valentines Day Dilemma -Do’s & Don’ts

To Canoodle or Not to Canoodle In Post-War America, love was in the air. Along with Valentines Day’s hearts and flowers, came big dates, big dances, and king sized expectations in high schools and colleges all around the country. But

vintage illustration Jon Whitcomb

A Vintage Valentines Day Dilemma -Do’s & Don’ts

To Canoodle or Not to Canoodle In Post-War America, love was in the air. Along with Valentines Day’s hearts and flowers, came big dates, big dances, and king sized expectations in high schools and colleges all around the country. But

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Wouldn’t You Really Rather Have A Cadillac?

With the conviction of a car salesmen selling a wouldn’t you rather have a Cadillac, Mid-Century Americans were convinced that America was the standard by which the world’s other countries were to be judged. Indeed when you compared we were

car cadillac 1960s

Wouldn’t You Really Rather Have A Cadillac?

With the conviction of a car salesmen selling a wouldn’t you rather have a Cadillac, Mid-Century Americans were convinced that America was the standard by which the world’s other countries were to be judged. Indeed when you compared we were

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To Canoodle or Not to Canoodle; A valentines Day Dilemma

In Post-War America, love was in the air. Along with Valentines Day’s hearts and flowers, came big dates, big dances, and king sized expectations in high schools and colleges all around the country. But even the smoothest post war gal

vintage illustration jon whitcomb

To Canoodle or Not to Canoodle; A valentines Day Dilemma

In Post-War America, love was in the air. Along with Valentines Day’s hearts and flowers, came big dates, big dances, and king sized expectations in high schools and colleges all around the country. But even the smoothest post war gal

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Back To The Future

A better life in the future is in effect the promise made by all advertising. Beginning in the dark days of the Depression and accelerated during the War years, many American business adopted the future as an explicit leitmotif in

vintage illustration ad 46 man

Back To The Future

A better life in the future is in effect the promise made by all advertising. Beginning in the dark days of the Depression and accelerated during the War years, many American business adopted the future as an explicit leitmotif in

vintage picture couple in the rain 1940s

Singing In The Rain

Americans enthusiasm for everything plastic has been dampened by environmental concerns. But in post-war America, plastics were really something to sing about! There was a giddiness of the wonders of plastic. As this 1946 ad for Vinylite Plastics gushes “Every

vintage picture couple in the rain 1940s

Singing In The Rain

Americans enthusiasm for everything plastic has been dampened by environmental concerns. But in post-war America, plastics were really something to sing about! There was a giddiness of the wonders of plastic. As this 1946 ad for Vinylite Plastics gushes “Every

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Wouldn’t You Really Rather Have A Cadillac?

With the conviction of a car salesmen selling a wouldn’t you rather have a Cadillac, Mid-Century Americans were convinced that America was the standard by which the world’s other countries were to be judged. Indeed when you compared we were

car cadillac supremacy closeup58 SWScan02044

Wouldn’t You Really Rather Have A Cadillac?

With the conviction of a car salesmen selling a wouldn’t you rather have a Cadillac, Mid-Century Americans were convinced that America was the standard by which the world’s other countries were to be judged. Indeed when you compared we were

vintage illustration overheated man and car

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 overheated man and car

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