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Pennies From Heaven

  The airy times of post-World War One America began loosing its shimmer in 1929. That October the raucous roar of jazz bands was muted to a whisper while the delight of gyrating flappers and nose tickling Champagne became bittersweet memories. It was the start of an eleven year economic downturn know as the Great […]

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Choo Choo Goes Boom Boom

The pairing these two pieces of ephemera, a slightly salacious men’s magazine and a U.S. Postal Service First Day Cover (FDC), may be confusing – they’re as opposite as the two tips of a compass needle. But in our case, they’re pointing in the same direction: a story of World War II heroics. This issue […]

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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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“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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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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This post is Classified

One of my more enjoyable pastimes is fingering through old magazines or newspapers reading the Classified Ads. From the elaborate display ads placed in Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper in the 1890’s to the pulp rags of modern times all advertisements have similarities.  But like most things, ads bear the patina of the times that they were […]

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall…

  While looking at these ads, think of Balzac’s quote, “A man’s own vanity is a swindler that never lacks a dupe.” Or, less poetic but more direct, Barnum’s “There’s a sucker born every minute.”   This first one, “Hair Grows,” appeared in the December 1915 issue of Popular Science, by the Modern Vacuum Cap […]

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Better Homes and Gardens Christmas

  To kick off the 2012 Christmas season, I thought you may enjoy a glimpse at the December 1927 issue of Better Home and Gardens magazine. Looking over the 1927 ’Editorial Content’  it’s nice to see that the magazine has stayed true to itself for the last 85 years (except for its updated glitz and glam […]

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