Posts Tagged: vintage illustrations

vintage illustration Pilgrim running

Something to be Thankful For

In mid-century America when it seemed the only risk of offending others was to suffer the unforgivable shame of halitosis, Madison Avenue gleefully ran ads that would not only raise a politically correct eyebrow today, but by their offensive nature

vintage illustration Pilgrim running

Something to be Thankful For

In mid-century America when it seemed the only risk of offending others was to suffer the unforgivable shame of halitosis, Madison Avenue gleefully ran ads that would not only raise a politically correct eyebrow today, but by their offensive nature

Vintage Illustration Sitting at Paris Cafes

Drawn to Paris

I was a Francophile by the time I was five. Even as a toddler I was drawn to Paris. Literally. From the tender age of three until about seven, I was known as “Pierre the Artist.” More precisely, I insisted

Vintage Illustration Sitting at Paris Cafes

Drawn to Paris

I was a Francophile by the time I was five. Even as a toddler I was drawn to Paris. Literally. From the tender age of three until about seven, I was known as “Pierre the Artist.” More precisely, I insisted

Vintage photo housewife shopping for meat

Where’s the Beef?

  When it comes to American exceptionalism, we Americans have long had an exceptionally voracious appetite for red meat, making us the proud leader of the free, meat-eatin’ world. In this land of democracy, meat has reigned as king. But

Vintage photo housewife shopping for meat

Where’s the Beef?

  When it comes to American exceptionalism, we Americans have long had an exceptionally voracious appetite for red meat, making us the proud leader of the free, meat-eatin’ world. In this land of democracy, meat has reigned as king. But

vintage illustration mother daughter walking in gas station rest room

There Are No HERO’s in Houston

Once upon a time the only fear we had about using a public rest room was whether it was clean or not. “Nothing is more welcome to experienced motorists than a Texaco Restroom sign,” begins the copy on this 1941

vintage illustration mother daughter walking in gas station rest room

There Are No HERO’s in Houston

Once upon a time the only fear we had about using a public rest room was whether it was clean or not. “Nothing is more welcome to experienced motorists than a Texaco Restroom sign,” begins the copy on this 1941

vintage Halloween mask Castro

Cold War Halloween

On most mid-century days, the suburban streets of my childhood were filled by a legion of door to door salesmen trafficking in fantasy. The pavement belonged to this endless parade of post war peddlers, their sample cases bulging with promises

vintage Halloween mask Castro

Cold War Halloween

On most mid-century days, the suburban streets of my childhood were filled by a legion of door to door salesmen trafficking in fantasy. The pavement belonged to this endless parade of post war peddlers, their sample cases bulging with promises

Vintage illustration United Nations

United Nations Turns 70

The United Nations just turned 70 and the once revered institution has not aged well. This post war promise of peace has been plagued by paralysis, morphing into a dyspeptic dowager suffering from an interminable succession of stalemates. It all

Vintage illustration United Nations

United Nations Turns 70

The United Nations just turned 70 and the once revered institution has not aged well. This post war promise of peace has been plagued by paralysis, morphing into a dyspeptic dowager suffering from an interminable succession of stalemates. It all

Art collage Sally delstein appropriated images

All American Nativism – Nothing New

When it comes to America’s melting pot, Donald Trump is following an old-fashioned, tried and true recipe – heavy on the xenophobia with just a dash of racism. By relying on the age-old tradition of stoking the public’s fear of

Art collage Sally delstein appropriated images

All American Nativism – Nothing New

When it comes to America’s melting pot, Donald Trump is following an old-fashioned, tried and true recipe – heavy on the xenophobia with just a dash of racism. By relying on the age-old tradition of stoking the public’s fear of

Vintage Swimsuit ad Hurrell photographer

Rosie the Riveter Rocks a Swimsuit

1944 was a different kind of summer. It was a sweltering July and along with most war-weary Americans, Rosie the Riveter needed a day off. In the heat and stickiness of summer everybody was tired, dog tired, completely fed up

Vintage Swimsuit ad Hurrell photographer

Rosie the Riveter Rocks a Swimsuit

1944 was a different kind of summer. It was a sweltering July and along with most war-weary Americans, Rosie the Riveter needed a day off. In the heat and stickiness of summer everybody was tired, dog tired, completely fed up

Pin Up Majorette

I Love a July Fourth Parade

With the acrid smell of firecrackers lingering in the hot summer air, mid-century memories of July 4th parades past return. The 1950s American Dream made manifest, the  annual Independence Day parade was  a sugar-coated, Kodachrome kaleidoscope of  you’re a grand

Pin Up Majorette

I Love a July Fourth Parade

With the acrid smell of firecrackers lingering in the hot summer air, mid-century memories of July 4th parades past return. The 1950s American Dream made manifest, the  annual Independence Day parade was  a sugar-coated, Kodachrome kaleidoscope of  you’re a grand

Gay Pride Flag and Vintage illustration

Gay Rights…You Still Gotta Work It!

Thanks to the Supreme Court’s milestone decision on same-sex marriage, the American Dream just became more inclusive, but the dreaming is not over yet. When it comes to job security and a home of your own, the 2 other fundamental

Gay Pride Flag and Vintage illustration

Gay Rights…You Still Gotta Work It!

Thanks to the Supreme Court’s milestone decision on same-sex marriage, the American Dream just became more inclusive, but the dreaming is not over yet. When it comes to job security and a home of your own, the 2 other fundamental