American Exceptionalism was sold as aggressively to the public as a box of soap. Vintage Advertisement Gold Dust Twin Washing Powder 1910 featuring Teddy Roosevelt, Uncle Sam and The Gold Dust Twins.
America has a long history of flexing our formidable global muscles, confident that our take charge performance, and American ways would be gladly received wherever we went.
If the American Century…
Long before the tragedies of Sandy Hook, Virginia tech and Ferguson created public outrage, the country was reeling by the senseless and brutal murders at point-blank range that took place at Kent State, when National Guardsmen leveled their guns and aimed and fired into the crowd of students. (L) Urban Outfitters tasteless vintage Kent State Sweatshirt 2014 (R) Life magazine May 15, 1970 Tragedy…
The NY Spectacle Began at the World Trade Center (R) Vintage ad 1988 World Trade Center highlighting the 107 floor viewing platform
News of the 9/11 tragedy found its way to me through the antiquated airwaves of a vintage Bakelite radio.
Only days before, I had moved from the New York I loved to one of its leafy suburbs. Without cable or satellite hooked up there was no television service, so…
When it comes to remembering Joan Rivers, forget about plastic surgery. Long before she went under the knife, she was a real cut-up on vinyl. “The Next to Last Joan Rivers Album” 1969 Live from Upstairs at the Downstairs” NYC
The first week of school at Syracuse University was overwhelming.
Nerves and insecurities were kicking into high gear as we unpacked our familiar belongings in this new…
“Fun City” a 1972 Broadway show co-written by Joan Rivers who co-starred with Paul Ford, Rose Marie and Gabriel Dell. This short-lived show ran but a week. It’s opening date was Jan 2, 1972 closing Jan 8, 1972.
Today we bid farewell to a quintessential New York dame – Joan Rivers.
I first saw Joan Rivers live in 1972 in Fun Citya Broadway show about NY. Bringing her sharp brand of humor to the…
Back to School. Vintage ad Sears Back to School Clothes 1957
It was the day before Labor Day 1957 and the countdown had begun for the end of summer and the new school term.
From Long Island to Little Rock, crisp black and white marbled composition notebooks were hastily purchased, and last-minute yellow Dixon number 2 lead pencils skillfully sharpened.I need shoes, she needs shoes all children…
Vintage ad Kodak Brownie Movie Camera 1957Bidding the Beach Club Goodbye
Labor Day signaled the last call at my Grandmothers Long Island beach club.
Just as white shoes would make their final appearance of the season, so it was time to bid the sandy white beach goodbye as the summer of 1961 came to a close.End of a Mid-Century Summer
By late afternoon on Labor Day, the wind at the beach club…
Greetings From the Nevada Test Site- Wish You Were Here!
Vacationing was a real blast in the Atomic Age!
For a merry-go-round of real nuclear family fun, no trip out west was truly complete without a visit to the Nevada Test Site for a bird’s-eye view of a genuine nuclear blast…the greatest show on earth!
In the 1950’s the Atomic Energy Commission decided that Utah and Nevada with its so-called…
Better Vision for Better Living- Celebrating 125 years of Research Vintage ad American Optical Company 1958
The eyes have it- “Better Vision for Better Living” seems to be my mantra for this summer.The Road to Health
Vintage school book illustrations from “My First Health Book: The Road to Health” 1951 Laidlaw Brothers Inc.
Despite the fact I diligently heeded my mothers admonitionsto sit up…