No Batteries Required

(Photo courtesy of Chris Yunker)

 

Aside from daydreams of a treehouse, swimming pool, and camper, the young child in me always wished for a chance to build and race a soap box car. How about you?

 

The Soap Box Derby has continued as a beloved annual tradition of Americana since the early 1930s.

With this year’s competition suspended until safer times, we have the perfect opportunity to honor soap box derby car lovers everywhere. 

Let’s take a look at how the Derby got started and hear about young drivers enjoying the process of designing, building, and “driving” their cars.

 

 

Disney’s Silver Screen Sweetheart

Hayley Mills by Film Star Vintage is licensed under CC BY 2.0   Disney's Silver Screen Sweetheart: Hayley Mills On May 18, 2020, Disney commemorated its 60th year Pollyanna-versary, honoring Hayley Mills for the film, Pollyanna.   A Chat With Hayley Mills  ...

Make Mine Matchbox

Toy car wreath by zieak is licensed under CC by 2.0 Make Mine Matchbox: Collectible Classic Toy Cars There's an unmistakable difference in quality between cast metal and molded plastic toys. And so it goes with miniature cars as well; the sturdier ones out-perform and...

Vibes From Dusk to Dawn

RCAStudioB Vibraphone 1.jpg by Cliff from I now live in Arlington, VA (Outside Washington DC), USA is licensed under CC BY 2.0     Vibes from Dusk to Dawn: Flavors of 1960s Night Club Jazz   Godfrey Hirsch was a vibist. A cool title for a musician, right?! ...

Glimpses of Fairie Gardens

   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Glimpses of Fairie Gardens: Scenes of Serenity [video width="1280" height="720"...

No More Singing the Blues

"blueberries" by Greg_e is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   No More Singing the Blues: A Basket of Blueberries Saves the Day   One good turn deserves another! That's...

Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll

Vintage Rock (Sugar) Maple Solid One-Piece Rolling Pin by GranniesKitchen; licensed under CC BY 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll! The Great American Baking Tool...

Motels Make a Comeback

Historic Route 66 Motel sign, Kingman, Arizona. Original image from Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress collection.    Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Motels Make a Comeback: Roadside Inns on...

Oui Oui L’Accordeon

"accordion playing" by Holly is licensed under CC BY 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Oui Oui L'Accordeon: The Musical Streetsounds of Paris   Let's pause for a lilting conversation about the...

Porch Swing Chat: Going Up!

Photo by Jason Dent on Unsplash   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? A headline for fun finds that are usually only seen in Sunday News. Through April 30, you can catch glimpses of newsletter archives.     Going Up! The Music and Mystery of Old Elevators...

Porch Swing Chat: Teddy Bears Rule

Photo by Oxana Lyashenko on Unsplash   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? A series of samples from our weekly newsletter archives. See what subscribers are reading in their free Sunday News!     Teddy Bears Rule: The Epitome of Stuffed Animal Softness  ...

Porch Swing Chat: The Paris Apartment

  What is a Porch Swing Chat ? It's one in a series of Nostalgia Neverland's newsletter content. Come, savor a taste of warm nostalgic musings and memories.     The Paris Apartment: My Fondness for France on Display   You may have read my mention...

Porch Swing Chat: Kickin’ Up Dust

"Historic Route 66" by Randy Heinitz is licensed under CC BY 2.0   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? It's one in a series of samples from the subscription-only newsletter. Giving you a pleasant taste of warm nostalgic musings and memories.      Kickin' Up Dust: Scenes...

Porch Swing Chat: Don’t Lose Your Marbles

Photo by Crissy Jarvis on Unsplash   Sunday News: On the Screened Porch  is the official weekly newsletter of Nostalgia Neverland.   Porch Swing Chat introduces you to the vintage newsletter through April 30. Discover samples from the subscription-only...

Diner Classics: Tuna Noodle Casserole

Photo by Peter Bond on Unsplash   The first known recipe was published by Sunset magazine in 1930. Campbell Soups came along a couple years later, sealing the deal. Folks have either a love or hate relationship with this staple dish!   Recipe Selection:   Tuna Noodle...

Diner Classics: Spanish Rice

Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash   Van Camp's once produced Spanish Rice in cans. Rice-a-Roni even developed its own version. Neither could rival the scratch-made skillet dinner served at diner and dinner tables everywhere!   Recipe Selection:   Spanish Rice...

Diner Classics: Smothered Pork Chops

Photo by Colin Avery on Unsplash   Tender meat, seasoned to perfection, covered in a rich gravy. Nothing else sticks to the ribs and satisfies hunger quite like it!   Recipe Selection:   Smothered Pork Chops for the Instant Pot   Traditional...

Diner Classics: Chicken Pot Pie

Photo by Shawn Ang on Unsplash   The Romans weren't the first to enjoy these culinary delicacies. Historians say savory meat pies were popular way back in 9500 B.C. Whether you buy one in the frozen foods section of your supermarket or make it yourself, the...

Diner Classics: Salisbury Steak

Photo by Ricky Singh on Unsplash   An original recipe by the famous American, James Salisbury, listed primary ingredients of salt, pepper, butter and Worcestershire. The standard still holds today - and will never go out of style!   Recipe Selection:   Salisbury...

Buck Rogers at the Olympics

The first public jet pack (rocket belt) demonstrations were way back in the 1960s, seen by audiences of thousands.

Bill Suitor flew before a larger audience twenty years later. Not in the thousands, but in the billions.

 

A modern-day model:

The Personal Jetpack

 

(Header photo courtesy of Brecht Bug) USPS issue 1993 Space Fantasy Strip #2741-5.

Disney’s Silver Screen Sweetheart

Hayley Mills by Film Star Vintage is licensed under CC BY 2.0   Disney's Silver Screen Sweetheart: Hayley Mills On May 18, 2020, Disney commemorated its 60th year Pollyanna-versary, honoring Hayley Mills for the film, Pollyanna.   A Chat With Hayley Mills  ...

Make Mine Matchbox

Toy car wreath by zieak is licensed under CC by 2.0 Make Mine Matchbox: Collectible Classic Toy Cars There's an unmistakable difference in quality between cast metal and molded plastic toys. And so it goes with miniature cars as well; the sturdier ones out-perform and...

Vibes From Dusk to Dawn

RCAStudioB Vibraphone 1.jpg by Cliff from I now live in Arlington, VA (Outside Washington DC), USA is licensed under CC BY 2.0     Vibes from Dusk to Dawn: Flavors of 1960s Night Club Jazz   Godfrey Hirsch was a vibist. A cool title for a musician, right?! ...

Glimpses of Fairie Gardens

   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Glimpses of Fairie Gardens: Scenes of Serenity [video width="1280" height="720"...

No More Singing the Blues

"blueberries" by Greg_e is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   No More Singing the Blues: A Basket of Blueberries Saves the Day   One good turn deserves another! That's...

Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll

Vintage Rock (Sugar) Maple Solid One-Piece Rolling Pin by GranniesKitchen; licensed under CC BY 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll! The Great American Baking Tool...

Motels Make a Comeback

Historic Route 66 Motel sign, Kingman, Arizona. Original image from Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress collection.    Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Motels Make a Comeback: Roadside Inns on...

Oui Oui L’Accordeon

"accordion playing" by Holly is licensed under CC BY 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Oui Oui L'Accordeon: The Musical Streetsounds of Paris   Let's pause for a lilting conversation about the...

Porch Swing Chat: Going Up!

Photo by Jason Dent on Unsplash   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? A headline for fun finds that are usually only seen in Sunday News. Through April 30, you can catch glimpses of newsletter archives.     Going Up! The Music and Mystery of Old Elevators...

Porch Swing Chat: Teddy Bears Rule

Photo by Oxana Lyashenko on Unsplash   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? A series of samples from our weekly newsletter archives. See what subscribers are reading in their free Sunday News!     Teddy Bears Rule: The Epitome of Stuffed Animal Softness  ...

Porch Swing Chat: The Paris Apartment

  What is a Porch Swing Chat ? It's one in a series of Nostalgia Neverland's newsletter content. Come, savor a taste of warm nostalgic musings and memories.     The Paris Apartment: My Fondness for France on Display   You may have read my mention...

Porch Swing Chat: Kickin’ Up Dust

"Historic Route 66" by Randy Heinitz is licensed under CC BY 2.0   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? It's one in a series of samples from the subscription-only newsletter. Giving you a pleasant taste of warm nostalgic musings and memories.      Kickin' Up Dust: Scenes...

Porch Swing Chat: Don’t Lose Your Marbles

Photo by Crissy Jarvis on Unsplash   Sunday News: On the Screened Porch  is the official weekly newsletter of Nostalgia Neverland.   Porch Swing Chat introduces you to the vintage newsletter through April 30. Discover samples from the subscription-only...

Diner Classics: Tuna Noodle Casserole

Photo by Peter Bond on Unsplash   The first known recipe was published by Sunset magazine in 1930. Campbell Soups came along a couple years later, sealing the deal. Folks have either a love or hate relationship with this staple dish!   Recipe Selection:   Tuna Noodle...

Diner Classics: Spanish Rice

Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash   Van Camp's once produced Spanish Rice in cans. Rice-a-Roni even developed its own version. Neither could rival the scratch-made skillet dinner served at diner and dinner tables everywhere!   Recipe Selection:   Spanish Rice...

Diner Classics: Smothered Pork Chops

Photo by Colin Avery on Unsplash   Tender meat, seasoned to perfection, covered in a rich gravy. Nothing else sticks to the ribs and satisfies hunger quite like it!   Recipe Selection:   Smothered Pork Chops for the Instant Pot   Traditional...

Diner Classics: Chicken Pot Pie

Photo by Shawn Ang on Unsplash   The Romans weren't the first to enjoy these culinary delicacies. Historians say savory meat pies were popular way back in 9500 B.C. Whether you buy one in the frozen foods section of your supermarket or make it yourself, the...

Diner Classics: Salisbury Steak

Photo by Ricky Singh on Unsplash   An original recipe by the famous American, James Salisbury, listed primary ingredients of salt, pepper, butter and Worcestershire. The standard still holds today - and will never go out of style!   Recipe Selection:   Salisbury...

A Fashionable Fairytale

Blunt-cut bangs have held a classic place in women’s hair design for 100 years.

Anna May Wong was a living icon of this style, yet her fashion sense and stardom went far beyond her hairline.

Hollywood Era Fashion Photos

Anna May was celebrated in a contemporary artistic montage earlier this year:

Google Doodle of Anna May Wong

 

What I adore most about Anna May’s life story is not in the roles she played. Or how she won acclaim for her best-dressed style. Looking at Anna May, I see the vibrant spirit of a girl who wove pieces of her fairytale dream into reality and left the world a better place.

 

 While we’re in the World of Nostalgia Neverland, let’s peek at this early silent film with Anna May as Tiger Lily:

 

 

 

Disney’s Silver Screen Sweetheart

Hayley Mills by Film Star Vintage is licensed under CC BY 2.0   Disney's Silver Screen Sweetheart: Hayley Mills On May 18, 2020, Disney commemorated its 60th year Pollyanna-versary, honoring Hayley Mills for the film, Pollyanna.   A Chat With Hayley Mills  ...

Make Mine Matchbox

Toy car wreath by zieak is licensed under CC by 2.0 Make Mine Matchbox: Collectible Classic Toy Cars There's an unmistakable difference in quality between cast metal and molded plastic toys. And so it goes with miniature cars as well; the sturdier ones out-perform and...

Vibes From Dusk to Dawn

RCAStudioB Vibraphone 1.jpg by Cliff from I now live in Arlington, VA (Outside Washington DC), USA is licensed under CC BY 2.0     Vibes from Dusk to Dawn: Flavors of 1960s Night Club Jazz   Godfrey Hirsch was a vibist. A cool title for a musician, right?! ...

Glimpses of Fairie Gardens

   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Glimpses of Fairie Gardens: Scenes of Serenity [video width="1280" height="720"...

No More Singing the Blues

"blueberries" by Greg_e is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   No More Singing the Blues: A Basket of Blueberries Saves the Day   One good turn deserves another! That's...

Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll

Vintage Rock (Sugar) Maple Solid One-Piece Rolling Pin by GranniesKitchen; licensed under CC BY 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll! The Great American Baking Tool...

Motels Make a Comeback

Historic Route 66 Motel sign, Kingman, Arizona. Original image from Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress collection.    Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Motels Make a Comeback: Roadside Inns on...

Oui Oui L’Accordeon

"accordion playing" by Holly is licensed under CC BY 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Oui Oui L'Accordeon: The Musical Streetsounds of Paris   Let's pause for a lilting conversation about the...

Porch Swing Chat: Going Up!

Photo by Jason Dent on Unsplash   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? A headline for fun finds that are usually only seen in Sunday News. Through April 30, you can catch glimpses of newsletter archives.     Going Up! The Music and Mystery of Old Elevators...

Porch Swing Chat: Teddy Bears Rule

Photo by Oxana Lyashenko on Unsplash   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? A series of samples from our weekly newsletter archives. See what subscribers are reading in their free Sunday News!     Teddy Bears Rule: The Epitome of Stuffed Animal Softness  ...

Porch Swing Chat: The Paris Apartment

  What is a Porch Swing Chat ? It's one in a series of Nostalgia Neverland's newsletter content. Come, savor a taste of warm nostalgic musings and memories.     The Paris Apartment: My Fondness for France on Display   You may have read my mention...

Porch Swing Chat: Kickin’ Up Dust

"Historic Route 66" by Randy Heinitz is licensed under CC BY 2.0   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? It's one in a series of samples from the subscription-only newsletter. Giving you a pleasant taste of warm nostalgic musings and memories.      Kickin' Up Dust: Scenes...

Porch Swing Chat: Don’t Lose Your Marbles

Photo by Crissy Jarvis on Unsplash   Sunday News: On the Screened Porch  is the official weekly newsletter of Nostalgia Neverland.   Porch Swing Chat introduces you to the vintage newsletter through April 30. Discover samples from the subscription-only...

Diner Classics: Tuna Noodle Casserole

Photo by Peter Bond on Unsplash   The first known recipe was published by Sunset magazine in 1930. Campbell Soups came along a couple years later, sealing the deal. Folks have either a love or hate relationship with this staple dish!   Recipe Selection:   Tuna Noodle...

Diner Classics: Spanish Rice

Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash   Van Camp's once produced Spanish Rice in cans. Rice-a-Roni even developed its own version. Neither could rival the scratch-made skillet dinner served at diner and dinner tables everywhere!   Recipe Selection:   Spanish Rice...

Diner Classics: Smothered Pork Chops

Photo by Colin Avery on Unsplash   Tender meat, seasoned to perfection, covered in a rich gravy. Nothing else sticks to the ribs and satisfies hunger quite like it!   Recipe Selection:   Smothered Pork Chops for the Instant Pot   Traditional...

Diner Classics: Chicken Pot Pie

Photo by Shawn Ang on Unsplash   The Romans weren't the first to enjoy these culinary delicacies. Historians say savory meat pies were popular way back in 9500 B.C. Whether you buy one in the frozen foods section of your supermarket or make it yourself, the...

Diner Classics: Salisbury Steak

Photo by Ricky Singh on Unsplash   An original recipe by the famous American, James Salisbury, listed primary ingredients of salt, pepper, butter and Worcestershire. The standard still holds today - and will never go out of style!   Recipe Selection:   Salisbury...

Fishing With My Dad

Photo by Stepan Ivanov on Unsplash

 

After the poles are out and hooks in the water, kids

can let down their guard and share some inner thoughts with Dad.

 

Fishing with Dad

 

 

 

 

Disney’s Silver Screen Sweetheart

Hayley Mills by Film Star Vintage is licensed under CC BY 2.0   Disney's Silver Screen Sweetheart: Hayley Mills On May 18, 2020, Disney commemorated its 60th year Pollyanna-versary, honoring Hayley Mills for the film, Pollyanna.   A Chat With Hayley Mills  ...

Make Mine Matchbox

Toy car wreath by zieak is licensed under CC by 2.0 Make Mine Matchbox: Collectible Classic Toy Cars There's an unmistakable difference in quality between cast metal and molded plastic toys. And so it goes with miniature cars as well; the sturdier ones out-perform and...

Vibes From Dusk to Dawn

RCAStudioB Vibraphone 1.jpg by Cliff from I now live in Arlington, VA (Outside Washington DC), USA is licensed under CC BY 2.0     Vibes from Dusk to Dawn: Flavors of 1960s Night Club Jazz   Godfrey Hirsch was a vibist. A cool title for a musician, right?! ...

Glimpses of Fairie Gardens

   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Glimpses of Fairie Gardens: Scenes of Serenity [video width="1280" height="720"...

No More Singing the Blues

"blueberries" by Greg_e is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   No More Singing the Blues: A Basket of Blueberries Saves the Day   One good turn deserves another! That's...

Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll

Vintage Rock (Sugar) Maple Solid One-Piece Rolling Pin by GranniesKitchen; licensed under CC BY 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll! The Great American Baking Tool...

Motels Make a Comeback

Historic Route 66 Motel sign, Kingman, Arizona. Original image from Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress collection.    Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Motels Make a Comeback: Roadside Inns on...

Oui Oui L’Accordeon

"accordion playing" by Holly is licensed under CC BY 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Oui Oui L'Accordeon: The Musical Streetsounds of Paris   Let's pause for a lilting conversation about the...

Porch Swing Chat: Going Up!

Photo by Jason Dent on Unsplash   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? A headline for fun finds that are usually only seen in Sunday News. Through April 30, you can catch glimpses of newsletter archives.     Going Up! The Music and Mystery of Old Elevators...

Porch Swing Chat: Teddy Bears Rule

Photo by Oxana Lyashenko on Unsplash   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? A series of samples from our weekly newsletter archives. See what subscribers are reading in their free Sunday News!     Teddy Bears Rule: The Epitome of Stuffed Animal Softness  ...

Porch Swing Chat: The Paris Apartment

  What is a Porch Swing Chat ? It's one in a series of Nostalgia Neverland's newsletter content. Come, savor a taste of warm nostalgic musings and memories.     The Paris Apartment: My Fondness for France on Display   You may have read my mention...

Porch Swing Chat: Kickin’ Up Dust

"Historic Route 66" by Randy Heinitz is licensed under CC BY 2.0   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? It's one in a series of samples from the subscription-only newsletter. Giving you a pleasant taste of warm nostalgic musings and memories.      Kickin' Up Dust: Scenes...

Porch Swing Chat: Don’t Lose Your Marbles

Photo by Crissy Jarvis on Unsplash   Sunday News: On the Screened Porch  is the official weekly newsletter of Nostalgia Neverland.   Porch Swing Chat introduces you to the vintage newsletter through April 30. Discover samples from the subscription-only...

Diner Classics: Tuna Noodle Casserole

Photo by Peter Bond on Unsplash   The first known recipe was published by Sunset magazine in 1930. Campbell Soups came along a couple years later, sealing the deal. Folks have either a love or hate relationship with this staple dish!   Recipe Selection:   Tuna Noodle...

Diner Classics: Spanish Rice

Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash   Van Camp's once produced Spanish Rice in cans. Rice-a-Roni even developed its own version. Neither could rival the scratch-made skillet dinner served at diner and dinner tables everywhere!   Recipe Selection:   Spanish Rice...

Diner Classics: Smothered Pork Chops

Photo by Colin Avery on Unsplash   Tender meat, seasoned to perfection, covered in a rich gravy. Nothing else sticks to the ribs and satisfies hunger quite like it!   Recipe Selection:   Smothered Pork Chops for the Instant Pot   Traditional...

Diner Classics: Chicken Pot Pie

Photo by Shawn Ang on Unsplash   The Romans weren't the first to enjoy these culinary delicacies. Historians say savory meat pies were popular way back in 9500 B.C. Whether you buy one in the frozen foods section of your supermarket or make it yourself, the...

Diner Classics: Salisbury Steak

Photo by Ricky Singh on Unsplash   An original recipe by the famous American, James Salisbury, listed primary ingredients of salt, pepper, butter and Worcestershire. The standard still holds today - and will never go out of style!   Recipe Selection:   Salisbury...

Child Prodigy Extraordinaire

Photo by Tania Miron on Unsplash

 

Frank “Sugar Chile” Robinson is a living legend whose story everyone should know. I am personally grateful to finally learn about his life and work, now passing it along to others who may have yet to “meet” him.

 

 

Frank Robinson’s mind-blowing gifts and talents in music were not the whole of his repertoire. Frank also proved outstanding academic achievement when he graduated high school at the early age of 15. Education was his priority, and he went on to earn a college degree in psychology from Olivet College in Olivet, Michigan in 1960.

A more complete story of Frank “Sugar Chile” Robinson is found here:

Sugar Chile Robinson

 

The last known public performance by Mr. Robinson was aired on the radio when he was the featured artist showcasing four of his greatest hits.  The show was Dr. Boogie, a weekly broadcast from Belgium, carrying upbeat blues, boogie, groove, and zydeco music, for over 25 years.

 

Disney’s Silver Screen Sweetheart

Hayley Mills by Film Star Vintage is licensed under CC BY 2.0   Disney's Silver Screen Sweetheart: Hayley Mills On May 18, 2020, Disney commemorated its 60th year Pollyanna-versary, honoring Hayley Mills for the film, Pollyanna.   A Chat With Hayley Mills  ...

Make Mine Matchbox

Toy car wreath by zieak is licensed under CC by 2.0 Make Mine Matchbox: Collectible Classic Toy Cars There's an unmistakable difference in quality between cast metal and molded plastic toys. And so it goes with miniature cars as well; the sturdier ones out-perform and...

Vibes From Dusk to Dawn

RCAStudioB Vibraphone 1.jpg by Cliff from I now live in Arlington, VA (Outside Washington DC), USA is licensed under CC BY 2.0     Vibes from Dusk to Dawn: Flavors of 1960s Night Club Jazz   Godfrey Hirsch was a vibist. A cool title for a musician, right?! ...

Glimpses of Fairie Gardens

   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Glimpses of Fairie Gardens: Scenes of Serenity [video width="1280" height="720"...

No More Singing the Blues

"blueberries" by Greg_e is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   No More Singing the Blues: A Basket of Blueberries Saves the Day   One good turn deserves another! That's...

Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll

Vintage Rock (Sugar) Maple Solid One-Piece Rolling Pin by GranniesKitchen; licensed under CC BY 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll! The Great American Baking Tool...

Motels Make a Comeback

Historic Route 66 Motel sign, Kingman, Arizona. Original image from Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress collection.    Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Motels Make a Comeback: Roadside Inns on...

Oui Oui L’Accordeon

"accordion playing" by Holly is licensed under CC BY 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Oui Oui L'Accordeon: The Musical Streetsounds of Paris   Let's pause for a lilting conversation about the...

Porch Swing Chat: Going Up!

Photo by Jason Dent on Unsplash   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? A headline for fun finds that are usually only seen in Sunday News. Through April 30, you can catch glimpses of newsletter archives.     Going Up! The Music and Mystery of Old Elevators...

Porch Swing Chat: Teddy Bears Rule

Photo by Oxana Lyashenko on Unsplash   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? A series of samples from our weekly newsletter archives. See what subscribers are reading in their free Sunday News!     Teddy Bears Rule: The Epitome of Stuffed Animal Softness  ...

Porch Swing Chat: The Paris Apartment

  What is a Porch Swing Chat ? It's one in a series of Nostalgia Neverland's newsletter content. Come, savor a taste of warm nostalgic musings and memories.     The Paris Apartment: My Fondness for France on Display   You may have read my mention...

Porch Swing Chat: Kickin’ Up Dust

"Historic Route 66" by Randy Heinitz is licensed under CC BY 2.0   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? It's one in a series of samples from the subscription-only newsletter. Giving you a pleasant taste of warm nostalgic musings and memories.      Kickin' Up Dust: Scenes...

Porch Swing Chat: Don’t Lose Your Marbles

Photo by Crissy Jarvis on Unsplash   Sunday News: On the Screened Porch  is the official weekly newsletter of Nostalgia Neverland.   Porch Swing Chat introduces you to the vintage newsletter through April 30. Discover samples from the subscription-only...

Diner Classics: Tuna Noodle Casserole

Photo by Peter Bond on Unsplash   The first known recipe was published by Sunset magazine in 1930. Campbell Soups came along a couple years later, sealing the deal. Folks have either a love or hate relationship with this staple dish!   Recipe Selection:   Tuna Noodle...

Diner Classics: Spanish Rice

Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash   Van Camp's once produced Spanish Rice in cans. Rice-a-Roni even developed its own version. Neither could rival the scratch-made skillet dinner served at diner and dinner tables everywhere!   Recipe Selection:   Spanish Rice...

Diner Classics: Smothered Pork Chops

Photo by Colin Avery on Unsplash   Tender meat, seasoned to perfection, covered in a rich gravy. Nothing else sticks to the ribs and satisfies hunger quite like it!   Recipe Selection:   Smothered Pork Chops for the Instant Pot   Traditional...

Diner Classics: Chicken Pot Pie

Photo by Shawn Ang on Unsplash   The Romans weren't the first to enjoy these culinary delicacies. Historians say savory meat pies were popular way back in 9500 B.C. Whether you buy one in the frozen foods section of your supermarket or make it yourself, the...

Diner Classics: Salisbury Steak

Photo by Ricky Singh on Unsplash   An original recipe by the famous American, James Salisbury, listed primary ingredients of salt, pepper, butter and Worcestershire. The standard still holds today - and will never go out of style!   Recipe Selection:   Salisbury...

Just a Spoonful of Sugar

Photo by carolyn christine on Unsplash

 

It makes no difference whether there is real tea in the cups or we’re only playing pretend, a child’s tea party commands formality and elegance!

 

I played with more than one of these Japanese porcelain lusterware sets in bygone days. There are more styles of these cutesy dish sets than we might guess.

 

 

This gentleman knew nothing of tea until he dove in and became a full-on expert at the finest hotel and tea room in all of London.

 

 

 

 

Disney’s Silver Screen Sweetheart

Hayley Mills by Film Star Vintage is licensed under CC BY 2.0   Disney's Silver Screen Sweetheart: Hayley Mills On May 18, 2020, Disney commemorated its 60th year Pollyanna-versary, honoring Hayley Mills for the film, Pollyanna.   A Chat With Hayley Mills  ...

Make Mine Matchbox

Toy car wreath by zieak is licensed under CC by 2.0 Make Mine Matchbox: Collectible Classic Toy Cars There's an unmistakable difference in quality between cast metal and molded plastic toys. And so it goes with miniature cars as well; the sturdier ones out-perform and...

Vibes From Dusk to Dawn

RCAStudioB Vibraphone 1.jpg by Cliff from I now live in Arlington, VA (Outside Washington DC), USA is licensed under CC BY 2.0     Vibes from Dusk to Dawn: Flavors of 1960s Night Club Jazz   Godfrey Hirsch was a vibist. A cool title for a musician, right?! ...

Glimpses of Fairie Gardens

   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Glimpses of Fairie Gardens: Scenes of Serenity [video width="1280" height="720"...

No More Singing the Blues

"blueberries" by Greg_e is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   No More Singing the Blues: A Basket of Blueberries Saves the Day   One good turn deserves another! That's...

Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll

Vintage Rock (Sugar) Maple Solid One-Piece Rolling Pin by GranniesKitchen; licensed under CC BY 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll! The Great American Baking Tool...

Motels Make a Comeback

Historic Route 66 Motel sign, Kingman, Arizona. Original image from Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress collection.    Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Motels Make a Comeback: Roadside Inns on...

Oui Oui L’Accordeon

"accordion playing" by Holly is licensed under CC BY 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Oui Oui L'Accordeon: The Musical Streetsounds of Paris   Let's pause for a lilting conversation about the...

Porch Swing Chat: Going Up!

Photo by Jason Dent on Unsplash   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? A headline for fun finds that are usually only seen in Sunday News. Through April 30, you can catch glimpses of newsletter archives.     Going Up! The Music and Mystery of Old Elevators...

Porch Swing Chat: Teddy Bears Rule

Photo by Oxana Lyashenko on Unsplash   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? A series of samples from our weekly newsletter archives. See what subscribers are reading in their free Sunday News!     Teddy Bears Rule: The Epitome of Stuffed Animal Softness  ...

Porch Swing Chat: The Paris Apartment

  What is a Porch Swing Chat ? It's one in a series of Nostalgia Neverland's newsletter content. Come, savor a taste of warm nostalgic musings and memories.     The Paris Apartment: My Fondness for France on Display   You may have read my mention...

Porch Swing Chat: Kickin’ Up Dust

"Historic Route 66" by Randy Heinitz is licensed under CC BY 2.0   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? It's one in a series of samples from the subscription-only newsletter. Giving you a pleasant taste of warm nostalgic musings and memories.      Kickin' Up Dust: Scenes...

Porch Swing Chat: Don’t Lose Your Marbles

Photo by Crissy Jarvis on Unsplash   Sunday News: On the Screened Porch  is the official weekly newsletter of Nostalgia Neverland.   Porch Swing Chat introduces you to the vintage newsletter through April 30. Discover samples from the subscription-only...

Diner Classics: Tuna Noodle Casserole

Photo by Peter Bond on Unsplash   The first known recipe was published by Sunset magazine in 1930. Campbell Soups came along a couple years later, sealing the deal. Folks have either a love or hate relationship with this staple dish!   Recipe Selection:   Tuna Noodle...

Diner Classics: Spanish Rice

Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash   Van Camp's once produced Spanish Rice in cans. Rice-a-Roni even developed its own version. Neither could rival the scratch-made skillet dinner served at diner and dinner tables everywhere!   Recipe Selection:   Spanish Rice...

Diner Classics: Smothered Pork Chops

Photo by Colin Avery on Unsplash   Tender meat, seasoned to perfection, covered in a rich gravy. Nothing else sticks to the ribs and satisfies hunger quite like it!   Recipe Selection:   Smothered Pork Chops for the Instant Pot   Traditional...

Diner Classics: Chicken Pot Pie

Photo by Shawn Ang on Unsplash   The Romans weren't the first to enjoy these culinary delicacies. Historians say savory meat pies were popular way back in 9500 B.C. Whether you buy one in the frozen foods section of your supermarket or make it yourself, the...

Diner Classics: Salisbury Steak

Photo by Ricky Singh on Unsplash   An original recipe by the famous American, James Salisbury, listed primary ingredients of salt, pepper, butter and Worcestershire. The standard still holds today - and will never go out of style!   Recipe Selection:   Salisbury...

There’s Always Time for What Matters Most

Photo by Jacob Granneman on Unsplash 

 

The first Disney Legend named was Fred MacMurray.

 

With over 100 films to his credit, we’re left to wonder how he made time to become a master leather craftsman, woodworker, fly fisherman, musician, and the inspiration for C.C. Beck’s Captain Marvel in only one lifetime.

In the series My Three Sons, Fred was a born natural in the role because he was essentially playing himself in real life.

 

Here is a glimpse of the man in his own home on chosen land reminiscent of his ancestral country, Scotland. 

Watch this now to discover for yourself if Fred’s daughter Kate takes you to that place in your own heart where sublime simplicity reigns supreme.

 

 

 

Disney’s Silver Screen Sweetheart

Hayley Mills by Film Star Vintage is licensed under CC BY 2.0   Disney's Silver Screen Sweetheart: Hayley Mills On May 18, 2020, Disney commemorated its 60th year Pollyanna-versary, honoring Hayley Mills for the film, Pollyanna.   A Chat With Hayley Mills  ...

Make Mine Matchbox

Toy car wreath by zieak is licensed under CC by 2.0 Make Mine Matchbox: Collectible Classic Toy Cars There's an unmistakable difference in quality between cast metal and molded plastic toys. And so it goes with miniature cars as well; the sturdier ones out-perform and...

Vibes From Dusk to Dawn

RCAStudioB Vibraphone 1.jpg by Cliff from I now live in Arlington, VA (Outside Washington DC), USA is licensed under CC BY 2.0     Vibes from Dusk to Dawn: Flavors of 1960s Night Club Jazz   Godfrey Hirsch was a vibist. A cool title for a musician, right?! ...

Glimpses of Fairie Gardens

   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Glimpses of Fairie Gardens: Scenes of Serenity [video width="1280" height="720"...

No More Singing the Blues

"blueberries" by Greg_e is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   No More Singing the Blues: A Basket of Blueberries Saves the Day   One good turn deserves another! That's...

Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll

Vintage Rock (Sugar) Maple Solid One-Piece Rolling Pin by GranniesKitchen; licensed under CC BY 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll! The Great American Baking Tool...

Motels Make a Comeback

Historic Route 66 Motel sign, Kingman, Arizona. Original image from Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress collection.    Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Motels Make a Comeback: Roadside Inns on...

Oui Oui L’Accordeon

"accordion playing" by Holly is licensed under CC BY 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Oui Oui L'Accordeon: The Musical Streetsounds of Paris   Let's pause for a lilting conversation about the...

Porch Swing Chat: Going Up!

Photo by Jason Dent on Unsplash   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? A headline for fun finds that are usually only seen in Sunday News. Through April 30, you can catch glimpses of newsletter archives.     Going Up! The Music and Mystery of Old Elevators...

Porch Swing Chat: Teddy Bears Rule

Photo by Oxana Lyashenko on Unsplash   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? A series of samples from our weekly newsletter archives. See what subscribers are reading in their free Sunday News!     Teddy Bears Rule: The Epitome of Stuffed Animal Softness  ...

Porch Swing Chat: The Paris Apartment

  What is a Porch Swing Chat ? It's one in a series of Nostalgia Neverland's newsletter content. Come, savor a taste of warm nostalgic musings and memories.     The Paris Apartment: My Fondness for France on Display   You may have read my mention...

Porch Swing Chat: Kickin’ Up Dust

"Historic Route 66" by Randy Heinitz is licensed under CC BY 2.0   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? It's one in a series of samples from the subscription-only newsletter. Giving you a pleasant taste of warm nostalgic musings and memories.      Kickin' Up Dust: Scenes...

Porch Swing Chat: Don’t Lose Your Marbles

Photo by Crissy Jarvis on Unsplash   Sunday News: On the Screened Porch  is the official weekly newsletter of Nostalgia Neverland.   Porch Swing Chat introduces you to the vintage newsletter through April 30. Discover samples from the subscription-only...

Diner Classics: Tuna Noodle Casserole

Photo by Peter Bond on Unsplash   The first known recipe was published by Sunset magazine in 1930. Campbell Soups came along a couple years later, sealing the deal. Folks have either a love or hate relationship with this staple dish!   Recipe Selection:   Tuna Noodle...

Diner Classics: Spanish Rice

Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash   Van Camp's once produced Spanish Rice in cans. Rice-a-Roni even developed its own version. Neither could rival the scratch-made skillet dinner served at diner and dinner tables everywhere!   Recipe Selection:   Spanish Rice...

Diner Classics: Smothered Pork Chops

Photo by Colin Avery on Unsplash   Tender meat, seasoned to perfection, covered in a rich gravy. Nothing else sticks to the ribs and satisfies hunger quite like it!   Recipe Selection:   Smothered Pork Chops for the Instant Pot   Traditional...

Diner Classics: Chicken Pot Pie

Photo by Shawn Ang on Unsplash   The Romans weren't the first to enjoy these culinary delicacies. Historians say savory meat pies were popular way back in 9500 B.C. Whether you buy one in the frozen foods section of your supermarket or make it yourself, the...

Diner Classics: Salisbury Steak

Photo by Ricky Singh on Unsplash   An original recipe by the famous American, James Salisbury, listed primary ingredients of salt, pepper, butter and Worcestershire. The standard still holds today - and will never go out of style!   Recipe Selection:   Salisbury...

Tall Tales of Tractors

 

Pulling the plow by teams of horses or oxen became a thing of the past thanks to the invention of tractors. The International Harvester (McCormick-Deering) Farmall model was the first to be designed for farming crops without the help of animals.

 

Funny how tractors went from being an absolute necessity of life to becoming a grassroots status symbol. These machines utterly transformed America. Let’s hear it for tractors!

 

If you or someone you know owns a beloved tractor, the pride this young man gushes over his role in a complete Farmall restoration will seem as natural as breathing.

 

 

Disney’s Silver Screen Sweetheart

Hayley Mills by Film Star Vintage is licensed under CC BY 2.0   Disney's Silver Screen Sweetheart: Hayley Mills On May 18, 2020, Disney commemorated its 60th year Pollyanna-versary, honoring Hayley Mills for the film, Pollyanna.   A Chat With Hayley Mills  ...

Make Mine Matchbox

Toy car wreath by zieak is licensed under CC by 2.0 Make Mine Matchbox: Collectible Classic Toy Cars There's an unmistakable difference in quality between cast metal and molded plastic toys. And so it goes with miniature cars as well; the sturdier ones out-perform and...

Vibes From Dusk to Dawn

RCAStudioB Vibraphone 1.jpg by Cliff from I now live in Arlington, VA (Outside Washington DC), USA is licensed under CC BY 2.0     Vibes from Dusk to Dawn: Flavors of 1960s Night Club Jazz   Godfrey Hirsch was a vibist. A cool title for a musician, right?! ...

Glimpses of Fairie Gardens

   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Glimpses of Fairie Gardens: Scenes of Serenity [video width="1280" height="720"...

No More Singing the Blues

"blueberries" by Greg_e is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   No More Singing the Blues: A Basket of Blueberries Saves the Day   One good turn deserves another! That's...

Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll

Vintage Rock (Sugar) Maple Solid One-Piece Rolling Pin by GranniesKitchen; licensed under CC BY 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll! The Great American Baking Tool...

Motels Make a Comeback

Historic Route 66 Motel sign, Kingman, Arizona. Original image from Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress collection.    Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Motels Make a Comeback: Roadside Inns on...

Oui Oui L’Accordeon

"accordion playing" by Holly is licensed under CC BY 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Oui Oui L'Accordeon: The Musical Streetsounds of Paris   Let's pause for a lilting conversation about the...

Porch Swing Chat: Going Up!

Photo by Jason Dent on Unsplash   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? A headline for fun finds that are usually only seen in Sunday News. Through April 30, you can catch glimpses of newsletter archives.     Going Up! The Music and Mystery of Old Elevators...

Porch Swing Chat: Teddy Bears Rule

Photo by Oxana Lyashenko on Unsplash   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? A series of samples from our weekly newsletter archives. See what subscribers are reading in their free Sunday News!     Teddy Bears Rule: The Epitome of Stuffed Animal Softness  ...

Porch Swing Chat: The Paris Apartment

  What is a Porch Swing Chat ? It's one in a series of Nostalgia Neverland's newsletter content. Come, savor a taste of warm nostalgic musings and memories.     The Paris Apartment: My Fondness for France on Display   You may have read my mention...

Porch Swing Chat: Kickin’ Up Dust

"Historic Route 66" by Randy Heinitz is licensed under CC BY 2.0   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? It's one in a series of samples from the subscription-only newsletter. Giving you a pleasant taste of warm nostalgic musings and memories.      Kickin' Up Dust: Scenes...

Porch Swing Chat: Don’t Lose Your Marbles

Photo by Crissy Jarvis on Unsplash   Sunday News: On the Screened Porch  is the official weekly newsletter of Nostalgia Neverland.   Porch Swing Chat introduces you to the vintage newsletter through April 30. Discover samples from the subscription-only...

Diner Classics: Tuna Noodle Casserole

Photo by Peter Bond on Unsplash   The first known recipe was published by Sunset magazine in 1930. Campbell Soups came along a couple years later, sealing the deal. Folks have either a love or hate relationship with this staple dish!   Recipe Selection:   Tuna Noodle...

Diner Classics: Spanish Rice

Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash   Van Camp's once produced Spanish Rice in cans. Rice-a-Roni even developed its own version. Neither could rival the scratch-made skillet dinner served at diner and dinner tables everywhere!   Recipe Selection:   Spanish Rice...

Diner Classics: Smothered Pork Chops

Photo by Colin Avery on Unsplash   Tender meat, seasoned to perfection, covered in a rich gravy. Nothing else sticks to the ribs and satisfies hunger quite like it!   Recipe Selection:   Smothered Pork Chops for the Instant Pot   Traditional...

Diner Classics: Chicken Pot Pie

Photo by Shawn Ang on Unsplash   The Romans weren't the first to enjoy these culinary delicacies. Historians say savory meat pies were popular way back in 9500 B.C. Whether you buy one in the frozen foods section of your supermarket or make it yourself, the...

Diner Classics: Salisbury Steak

Photo by Ricky Singh on Unsplash   An original recipe by the famous American, James Salisbury, listed primary ingredients of salt, pepper, butter and Worcestershire. The standard still holds today - and will never go out of style!   Recipe Selection:   Salisbury...

Food Automation at the Automat

 

Photo by Skyler Gerald on Unsplash

 

Horn & Hardart’s Automat was a “fast-food” restaurant chain lasting over a century, first seen in Philadelphia, then in New York City. Its original claim to fame was simple: New Orlean’s French Style Coffee – served in urns.

 

 

Find similar blends at your local grocery for the same style of fine taste: Café Du Monde Coffee with Chicory or Community Coffee Blend with Chicory. OR, GET THE REAL THING BY CLICKING BELOW!

 

Coffee with your pie, anyone?

H&H Coffee is Back

Order it Here (a Veteran-owned business)

 

 

 

Disney’s Silver Screen Sweetheart

Hayley Mills by Film Star Vintage is licensed under CC BY 2.0   Disney's Silver Screen Sweetheart: Hayley Mills On May 18, 2020, Disney commemorated its 60th year Pollyanna-versary, honoring Hayley Mills for the film, Pollyanna.   A Chat With Hayley Mills  ...

Make Mine Matchbox

Toy car wreath by zieak is licensed under CC by 2.0 Make Mine Matchbox: Collectible Classic Toy Cars There's an unmistakable difference in quality between cast metal and molded plastic toys. And so it goes with miniature cars as well; the sturdier ones out-perform and...

Vibes From Dusk to Dawn

RCAStudioB Vibraphone 1.jpg by Cliff from I now live in Arlington, VA (Outside Washington DC), USA is licensed under CC BY 2.0     Vibes from Dusk to Dawn: Flavors of 1960s Night Club Jazz   Godfrey Hirsch was a vibist. A cool title for a musician, right?! ...

Glimpses of Fairie Gardens

   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Glimpses of Fairie Gardens: Scenes of Serenity [video width="1280" height="720"...

No More Singing the Blues

"blueberries" by Greg_e is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   No More Singing the Blues: A Basket of Blueberries Saves the Day   One good turn deserves another! That's...

Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll

Vintage Rock (Sugar) Maple Solid One-Piece Rolling Pin by GranniesKitchen; licensed under CC BY 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll! The Great American Baking Tool...

Motels Make a Comeback

Historic Route 66 Motel sign, Kingman, Arizona. Original image from Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress collection.    Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Motels Make a Comeback: Roadside Inns on...

Oui Oui L’Accordeon

"accordion playing" by Holly is licensed under CC BY 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Oui Oui L'Accordeon: The Musical Streetsounds of Paris   Let's pause for a lilting conversation about the...

Porch Swing Chat: Going Up!

Photo by Jason Dent on Unsplash   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? A headline for fun finds that are usually only seen in Sunday News. Through April 30, you can catch glimpses of newsletter archives.     Going Up! The Music and Mystery of Old Elevators...

Porch Swing Chat: Teddy Bears Rule

Photo by Oxana Lyashenko on Unsplash   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? A series of samples from our weekly newsletter archives. See what subscribers are reading in their free Sunday News!     Teddy Bears Rule: The Epitome of Stuffed Animal Softness  ...

Porch Swing Chat: The Paris Apartment

  What is a Porch Swing Chat ? It's one in a series of Nostalgia Neverland's newsletter content. Come, savor a taste of warm nostalgic musings and memories.     The Paris Apartment: My Fondness for France on Display   You may have read my mention...

Porch Swing Chat: Kickin’ Up Dust

"Historic Route 66" by Randy Heinitz is licensed under CC BY 2.0   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? It's one in a series of samples from the subscription-only newsletter. Giving you a pleasant taste of warm nostalgic musings and memories.      Kickin' Up Dust: Scenes...

Porch Swing Chat: Don’t Lose Your Marbles

Photo by Crissy Jarvis on Unsplash   Sunday News: On the Screened Porch  is the official weekly newsletter of Nostalgia Neverland.   Porch Swing Chat introduces you to the vintage newsletter through April 30. Discover samples from the subscription-only...

Diner Classics: Tuna Noodle Casserole

Photo by Peter Bond on Unsplash   The first known recipe was published by Sunset magazine in 1930. Campbell Soups came along a couple years later, sealing the deal. Folks have either a love or hate relationship with this staple dish!   Recipe Selection:   Tuna Noodle...

Diner Classics: Spanish Rice

Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash   Van Camp's once produced Spanish Rice in cans. Rice-a-Roni even developed its own version. Neither could rival the scratch-made skillet dinner served at diner and dinner tables everywhere!   Recipe Selection:   Spanish Rice...

Diner Classics: Smothered Pork Chops

Photo by Colin Avery on Unsplash   Tender meat, seasoned to perfection, covered in a rich gravy. Nothing else sticks to the ribs and satisfies hunger quite like it!   Recipe Selection:   Smothered Pork Chops for the Instant Pot   Traditional...

Diner Classics: Chicken Pot Pie

Photo by Shawn Ang on Unsplash   The Romans weren't the first to enjoy these culinary delicacies. Historians say savory meat pies were popular way back in 9500 B.C. Whether you buy one in the frozen foods section of your supermarket or make it yourself, the...

Diner Classics: Salisbury Steak

Photo by Ricky Singh on Unsplash   An original recipe by the famous American, James Salisbury, listed primary ingredients of salt, pepper, butter and Worcestershire. The standard still holds today - and will never go out of style!   Recipe Selection:   Salisbury...

Kitchens & Kitsch: A Match Made in Heaven

Vintage Kitchen Light Restoration by gnatallica licensed under CC BY-NC-NC 2.0

 

Imagine you are transported back in time to a grandmother’s kitchen, or of anyone over the age of 60. You are a first-grader, sitting in a chair at the kitchen table, gazing around the room.

 

What do you see?

Most likely, something kitschy, meaning it bears exaggerated sentimentality.

 

 If these once-popular artistic pieces were not sold in yard sales along the way, they may now be some of your greatest treasures. Not for their value, but for their sentimentality.

 

Try to count all kitschy pieces in these room renovations:

 

 

 

Disney’s Silver Screen Sweetheart

Hayley Mills by Film Star Vintage is licensed under CC BY 2.0   Disney's Silver Screen Sweetheart: Hayley Mills On May 18, 2020, Disney commemorated its 60th year Pollyanna-versary, honoring Hayley Mills for the film, Pollyanna.   A Chat With Hayley Mills  ...

Make Mine Matchbox

Toy car wreath by zieak is licensed under CC by 2.0 Make Mine Matchbox: Collectible Classic Toy Cars There's an unmistakable difference in quality between cast metal and molded plastic toys. And so it goes with miniature cars as well; the sturdier ones out-perform and...

Vibes From Dusk to Dawn

RCAStudioB Vibraphone 1.jpg by Cliff from I now live in Arlington, VA (Outside Washington DC), USA is licensed under CC BY 2.0     Vibes from Dusk to Dawn: Flavors of 1960s Night Club Jazz   Godfrey Hirsch was a vibist. A cool title for a musician, right?! ...

Glimpses of Fairie Gardens

   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Glimpses of Fairie Gardens: Scenes of Serenity [video width="1280" height="720"...

No More Singing the Blues

"blueberries" by Greg_e is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   No More Singing the Blues: A Basket of Blueberries Saves the Day   One good turn deserves another! That's...

Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll

Vintage Rock (Sugar) Maple Solid One-Piece Rolling Pin by GranniesKitchen; licensed under CC BY 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll! The Great American Baking Tool...

Motels Make a Comeback

Historic Route 66 Motel sign, Kingman, Arizona. Original image from Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress collection.    Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Motels Make a Comeback: Roadside Inns on...

Oui Oui L’Accordeon

"accordion playing" by Holly is licensed under CC BY 2.0   Porch Swing Chats You can find newsletter archives featured here through April 30.   Oui Oui L'Accordeon: The Musical Streetsounds of Paris   Let's pause for a lilting conversation about the...

Porch Swing Chat: Going Up!

Photo by Jason Dent on Unsplash   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? A headline for fun finds that are usually only seen in Sunday News. Through April 30, you can catch glimpses of newsletter archives.     Going Up! The Music and Mystery of Old Elevators...

Porch Swing Chat: Teddy Bears Rule

Photo by Oxana Lyashenko on Unsplash   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? A series of samples from our weekly newsletter archives. See what subscribers are reading in their free Sunday News!     Teddy Bears Rule: The Epitome of Stuffed Animal Softness  ...

Porch Swing Chat: The Paris Apartment

  What is a Porch Swing Chat ? It's one in a series of Nostalgia Neverland's newsletter content. Come, savor a taste of warm nostalgic musings and memories.     The Paris Apartment: My Fondness for France on Display   You may have read my mention...

Porch Swing Chat: Kickin’ Up Dust

"Historic Route 66" by Randy Heinitz is licensed under CC BY 2.0   What is a Porch Swing Chat ? It's one in a series of samples from the subscription-only newsletter. Giving you a pleasant taste of warm nostalgic musings and memories.      Kickin' Up Dust: Scenes...

Porch Swing Chat: Don’t Lose Your Marbles

Photo by Crissy Jarvis on Unsplash   Sunday News: On the Screened Porch  is the official weekly newsletter of Nostalgia Neverland.   Porch Swing Chat introduces you to the vintage newsletter through April 30. Discover samples from the subscription-only...

Diner Classics: Tuna Noodle Casserole

Photo by Peter Bond on Unsplash   The first known recipe was published by Sunset magazine in 1930. Campbell Soups came along a couple years later, sealing the deal. Folks have either a love or hate relationship with this staple dish!   Recipe Selection:   Tuna Noodle...

Diner Classics: Spanish Rice

Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash   Van Camp's once produced Spanish Rice in cans. Rice-a-Roni even developed its own version. Neither could rival the scratch-made skillet dinner served at diner and dinner tables everywhere!   Recipe Selection:   Spanish Rice...

Diner Classics: Smothered Pork Chops

Photo by Colin Avery on Unsplash   Tender meat, seasoned to perfection, covered in a rich gravy. Nothing else sticks to the ribs and satisfies hunger quite like it!   Recipe Selection:   Smothered Pork Chops for the Instant Pot   Traditional...

Diner Classics: Chicken Pot Pie

Photo by Shawn Ang on Unsplash   The Romans weren't the first to enjoy these culinary delicacies. Historians say savory meat pies were popular way back in 9500 B.C. Whether you buy one in the frozen foods section of your supermarket or make it yourself, the...

Diner Classics: Salisbury Steak

Photo by Ricky Singh on Unsplash   An original recipe by the famous American, James Salisbury, listed primary ingredients of salt, pepper, butter and Worcestershire. The standard still holds today - and will never go out of style!   Recipe Selection:   Salisbury...