Atomic Fairy Tale
1950 was Cinderella’s year.
My mother Betty knew it was an omen. After 6 long years of waiting, Disney’s much anticipated movie, Cinderella was finally opening and now Betty Joseph’s days of waiting were over too- she was getting married.
Her prince had come! Albeit her prince, my future father Marvin, hailed from the less than regal Astoria Queens.
And it seemed to be no…
Be the first in your neighborhood to start a collection- you can have your picture with your choice of 200 players! Vintage ad 1963
What mid-century boy wouldn’t love having his photo hanging in an all-star’s locker?
“Kids! Get your photo with your favorite Big League Star” grinning Yankees catcher Yogi Berra beckons in this 1963 ad. “Imagine a photo of your favorite Big League star hanging…
Vintage ad Elizabeth Arden Velva Leg Film
Long before self tanners, and micro mist airbrush tanning sprays flooded the market, a retro a gal need only apply a good film of bronzer to give herself show girl legs.
Learn how tan-in-a-bottle might have helped a pale-face gal face the summer.
In the summer of 1944, Doris had a big date with a dreamy Staff Sergeant and she was desperate.
Life was a colorful, carefree wash n’ wear world
Summertime and the living was easy especially in the post war world of wash n’ wear clothing.
Summer and synthetics was a match made in chemical lab heaven.
The easy care revolution in textiles was always in full display at my suburban summertime family barbecues.
The World is Yours….especially in these Arnel Triacetate separates just right for…
The Smell of Democracy in the Air
Every July 4th our split level development would be shrouded by the smoke of burning charcoal, the sizzling smell of democracy was in the air.
Besides a parade, nothing was more quintessentially American than a July fourth back yard barbecue. Like some sacred Old Testament tradition of sacrificing an animal to please the Lord, every Independence Day a burnt…
Long before Crew Cuts was the name of J. Crews adorable line of clothing for boys and girls, it was mid- century summers must have hair cut for boys of all ages.
Also known affectionately as a butch cut, a buzz cut and a flat top, it was, along with baseball, camping, and Good Humor, an essential part of summer’s ritual. Getting your hair shorn was a rite of passage for the boys of summer.
Break out your Wayfarers…today is National Sunglasses Day!
Accustomed to sporting cool shades I have of late been seen skulking about in those oversize, black, wraparound sunglasses so very chic amongst the senior set in Bocca Raton.
Though hardly ready for a retirement home, I have been required to wear these temporarily because of recent eye surgery.
Sunglasses worn solely to…
YMCA Locker Room painted by Paul Cadmus 1931. The Locker room is the 63rd Street Y in NYC where artist Cadmus went for exercise. He painted it from memory in far away Majorca which was where my Uncle Harry encountered his former classmate
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…
Like most mid-century girls, Bitsy Bendix longed to be a bride, convinced that the basic occupation of virtually every girl was choosing a man to marry.
But for bachelorette Bitsy the next best thing happened.
In the summer of 1950 she may not have been a model bride but became the ultimate model for a bride when she posed as one in a Community Silverplate advertisement.