Feb. 23, 1933 News-Wek cover

Hitler – Courtship and Color Swatches

  This past July a British tabloid published images from a 1933 home movie showing the future Queen Elizabeth II, at age seven, mimicking the Hitler Salute. Few people remember that at the time these home movies were taken, Adolf Hitler was admired by many. Or, if not admired, at least it was thought to […]

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The doctor knows best.

Famed neurologist and author Dr. Oliver Sacks passed away this week. Through his ground-breaking work and numerous books, this remarkable man touched the lives of countless individuals and their families. The Academy Award-nominated movie, “Awakening,” was based on his book of the same name. In it he describes his pioneering work with neurologically damaged patients. […]

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The Last Hours of Abraham Lincoln

  The material presented here is from a book published months after his death – The Life and Public Services of Abraham Lincoln. In part it chronicles the last hours of his life, notating the time, his pulse rate and general condition until he breathed his last.           Abraham Lincoln became […]

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1870 menu

“Waiter, is this an elephant in my soup?”

  “Waiter, is this an elephant in my soup?” “Oui madame.” What may sound like a Henny Youngman skit, could very well have been actual dialog between a restaurant patron and her waiter. But when the restaurant is in Paris and the language spoken is French, it sounds much more appetizing. Whether it’s speaking about […]

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Every Rivet a Bullet

The Incredible Mr. Omir

  I don’t know if John Omir ever saw this poster, but if he had, his broad smile and inflated chest would hint that he knew something about its message. Patriotic broadsheets like this one from World War Two, were posted throughout British shipyards. They served as a reminder to the workers that they too […]

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King Michael postage

Bucharest to Brooklyn

This Romanian postcard is a visual metaphor for post-World War Two Europe. Especially for the newly formed Communist block countries, of which Romania was one. Understanding the complexities of the geopolitical world is simplified by the sixteen rubber stamps that were pounded on the face of the card, each almost intentionally trying to obscure the […]

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“Give me your tired…”

    A Letter to the Editor, from the April 11, 1939 issue of Look Magazine. Some background information may be needed to appreciate Gert’s plea. On March 15, 1939, Nazi forces pounded through Czechoslovakia. There was little resistance, no international outrage, no offer of aid or support. Gert, her family, her friends, and her […]

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Two bullets – Eight million dead.

Todays post has no ephemera associated with it. But I thought it important to republish this article I wrote a few years ago. Today is the 100th anniversary of the start of what was and what is our future. On February 4th, 2012 the most influential event in the last one hundred years silently slipped from memory into […]

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“Postcard” from the past

This 1844 letter describing a pleasure trip up the New Jersey coast to New York City, and points north, aboard the Steamboat Independence, is laden with sights and sounds of a time departed. It invites us into a world of tall ships and the quiet villages surrounding what today is the most iconic city in […]

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Google Glass – Back to the Future

  Sometimes when technology meets fashion, the results can be awkward. Google Glass, Google’s foray into the consumer optical head mounted display market, is worn like a pair of glasses, making the wearer look like the offspring of Robo Cop and a spinster librarian. Which isn’t a bad thing, especially when compared to Tele-Eyeglasses. The […]

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