12 Secrets to a Sentimental Christmas

 

My top 12 secrets for 2020:

 

#1              A tabletop vignette of family mementos, gathered from your keepsakes and arranged on a tray, will sweeten your holiday season.

Sweet Groupings

 

#2              Playing vintage music playlists will bring instant holiday cheer to listeners, at any time of the day or night.

     Spotify: Vintage Christmas playlist by Jeremy Griffin

     YouTube: Past Perfect Vintage Music channel

     Pandora: Baby, It’s Cold Outside station

     Amazon Music: Holiday Movie Favorites

 

#3              Festive garland can be made by stringing raw cranberries on heavy thread, then draping over greenery or the Christmas tree, for a burst of Victorian reds.

Garland Threading Kit

 

#4              A juicy beef roast dinner, placed in your slow cooker the morning of arrival for overnight guests, will have your home smelling divine until dinnertime.

 Savory Beef Dinner

 

#5              Brown paper packages tied up with string, made of grocery bags and yarn scraps, will add a timeless touch.

Pretty Little Packages

 

#6              Wearing a gold locket, holding your loved one’s photo, will warm your heart during holiday celebrations.

 Old-Fashioned Locket

 

#7              Playing recordings of past holiday gatherings in the background, while cooking or baking, will fill your kitchen with familiar voices and loving laughter.

Making Baking Memories

 

#8              Arranging snowflake stickers on windows and mirrors will add magic and wonder to any room’s décor.

Snowflakes Kit

 

#9              Rosewater soaps, set by each sink and bathtub, let everyone relive the soft scents of Grandma’s house.

Vintage Toiletries

 

#10           Delightfully spiced fragrance will waft through your home when you simply simmer water with ground or stick cinnamon in a saucepan for  20-30 minutes.

Spice is Nice

 

#11           An unwrapped wooden toy under the tree will surprise both curious little guests and adults alike.

Toolkit

 

#12           Gourmet hot cocoa topped with whipped cream will quickly make you a favorite holiday host.

Godiva Cocoa Mix

 

A Mother’s Heart

 Shirley Jones by Film Star Vintage is licensed under CC BY 2.0   A Mother's Heart: Shirley Mae Jones   She turned down the role of Carol Brady, longing instead to portray a mother like herself:  a working mom with healthy, active children to raise. She got...

Reelin’ in the Years

Sawyer model g view-master viewer.jpg by Junkyardsparkle is marked with CC 1.0   Reelin' in the Years: How View-Master Set the World at Our Fingertips A partnership began in 1938. Soon after, the first View-Master model of stereographic images using Kodachrome...

Bossa Nova Beat

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Dining in Style on Route 66

  Dining in Style on Route 66: Tableside Service with a Smile 21st-century décor has not altered the quality of a classic vintage menu and service at one ultra-fine dining spot in New Mexico. Named the best steakhouse in the state, Dinner For Two continues to...

Talent at Every Turn

Tony Curtis (Large) by YorkieBoy is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 Talent at Every Turn: Tony Curtis Tony Curtis liked being a movie star enough to act in 130 films. He even liked being married enough to be wedded six times. Some have even said he paved the way for...

Come to the Fair!

Popcorn & Cotton Candy Stand - Windsor Fair, Maine by ChrisGoldNY is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0   Come to the Fair! The Romance of Carnivals and Fairs Step back in time with this selection from Erie County, NY:   https://youtu.be/NuFViPn8aB4?t=198...

The Art of Healing With Color

Henri Matisse - Dishes and Fruit [1901] by Gandalf's Gallery is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0   The Art of Healing With Color: Henri Mattise The artist was born in Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France.  He often used Mediterranean themes in his vigorous expression of color,...

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

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Vibes From Dusk to Dawn

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Glimpses of Fairie Gardens

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No More Singing the Blues

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Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll

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Motels Make a Comeback

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Oui Oui L’Accordeon

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Porch Swing Chat: Going Up!

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Porch Swing Chat: Teddy Bears Rule

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Porch Swing Chat: The Paris Apartment

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What’s in the Toolbox?

 

Stanley and Craftsman were household names long before any of us were born.

Our grandparents may have owned a dovetailed wooden toolbox like the one you see pictured above.

 

Chances are good that our fathers, uncles or big brothers carried a metal one something like this.

 

 

What toolboxes and tools do you remember?

 

Vintage Tool Treasures

 

And here’s one you’ve gotta see to believe!

 

 

A Mother’s Heart

 Shirley Jones by Film Star Vintage is licensed under CC BY 2.0   A Mother's Heart: Shirley Mae Jones   She turned down the role of Carol Brady, longing instead to portray a mother like herself:  a working mom with healthy, active children to raise. She got...

Reelin’ in the Years

Sawyer model g view-master viewer.jpg by Junkyardsparkle is marked with CC 1.0   Reelin' in the Years: How View-Master Set the World at Our Fingertips A partnership began in 1938. Soon after, the first View-Master model of stereographic images using Kodachrome...

Bossa Nova Beat

Photo by Pearse O'Halloran on Unsplash    Bossa Nova Beat: The Jazz Genre for All Generations What happened when a band mixed jazz & samba into one single  rhythm, down in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, back in the 1950s & 1960s? A new musical genre was born:...

Dining in Style on Route 66

  Dining in Style on Route 66: Tableside Service with a Smile 21st-century décor has not altered the quality of a classic vintage menu and service at one ultra-fine dining spot in New Mexico. Named the best steakhouse in the state, Dinner For Two continues to...

Talent at Every Turn

Tony Curtis (Large) by YorkieBoy is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 Talent at Every Turn: Tony Curtis Tony Curtis liked being a movie star enough to act in 130 films. He even liked being married enough to be wedded six times. Some have even said he paved the way for...

Come to the Fair!

Popcorn & Cotton Candy Stand - Windsor Fair, Maine by ChrisGoldNY is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0   Come to the Fair! The Romance of Carnivals and Fairs Step back in time with this selection from Erie County, NY:   https://youtu.be/NuFViPn8aB4?t=198...

The Art of Healing With Color

Henri Matisse - Dishes and Fruit [1901] by Gandalf's Gallery is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0   The Art of Healing With Color: Henri Mattise The artist was born in Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France.  He often used Mediterranean themes in his vigorous expression of color,...

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

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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

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Post #100: Let the Good Times Roll

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Motels Make a Comeback

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Oui Oui L’Accordeon

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Porch Swing Chat: Going Up!

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Porch Swing Chat: Teddy Bears Rule

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Porch Swing Chat: The Paris Apartment

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The Impassioned Italiana

 

(Photo credit: Robert Sullivan)

 

“I was growing up, (and) the ugly duckling was turning into a swan. Above all, the desire, the almost physical need to express my emotions, to translate into gestures and words, the feelings I had built up inside, and that I could still not interpret, were growing inside me. I wanted to dive into a wider sea.” -Sophia Loren from her autobiography,

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: My Life

 

Sophia is a living legend who ardently continues to perform her craft for the camera.

Whose early life story proved she is a survivor.

An individual who radiantly turned the tide of personal misfortune to fulfill her dreams.

And famously became the woman most often considered to be the greatest beauty of all time.

 

My favorite Sophia Loren performances are those with her frequent co-star, Marcello Mastroianni.

 

Please be aware this steamy video is rated PG-13.

Sophia and Marcello – Forever!

 

 

 

Copyrighted Song Lyrics

A Mother’s Heart

 Shirley Jones by Film Star Vintage is licensed under CC BY 2.0   A Mother's Heart: Shirley Mae Jones   She turned down the role of Carol Brady, longing instead to portray a mother like herself:  a working mom with healthy, active children to raise. She got...

Reelin’ in the Years

Sawyer model g view-master viewer.jpg by Junkyardsparkle is marked with CC 1.0   Reelin' in the Years: How View-Master Set the World at Our Fingertips A partnership began in 1938. Soon after, the first View-Master model of stereographic images using Kodachrome...

Bossa Nova Beat

Photo by Pearse O'Halloran on Unsplash    Bossa Nova Beat: The Jazz Genre for All Generations What happened when a band mixed jazz & samba into one single  rhythm, down in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, back in the 1950s & 1960s? A new musical genre was born:...

Dining in Style on Route 66

  Dining in Style on Route 66: Tableside Service with a Smile 21st-century décor has not altered the quality of a classic vintage menu and service at one ultra-fine dining spot in New Mexico. Named the best steakhouse in the state, Dinner For Two continues to...

Talent at Every Turn

Tony Curtis (Large) by YorkieBoy is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 Talent at Every Turn: Tony Curtis Tony Curtis liked being a movie star enough to act in 130 films. He even liked being married enough to be wedded six times. Some have even said he paved the way for...

Come to the Fair!

Popcorn & Cotton Candy Stand - Windsor Fair, Maine by ChrisGoldNY is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0   Come to the Fair! The Romance of Carnivals and Fairs Step back in time with this selection from Erie County, NY:   https://youtu.be/NuFViPn8aB4?t=198...

The Art of Healing With Color

Henri Matisse - Dishes and Fruit [1901] by Gandalf's Gallery is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0   The Art of Healing With Color: Henri Mattise The artist was born in Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France.  He often used Mediterranean themes in his vigorous expression of color,...

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

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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

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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...

Scenes of the Old Sawmill

(Photo credit: Evakonpoika)

 

Stories of North American life don’t get any more traditional than those about logging, wood milling, and lumberyards. 

 

American Sawmill Lore

 

See how it was done from start to finish 70 yrs ago. The exceptional quality of this detailed Canadian video won me over and left me in awe.

 

So, put on your flannel shirt and a pair of boots, then pour yourself a piping hot cup of coffee before hitting the play button.

 

A Mother’s Heart

 Shirley Jones by Film Star Vintage is licensed under CC BY 2.0   A Mother's Heart: Shirley Mae Jones   She turned down the role of Carol Brady, longing instead to portray a mother like herself:  a working mom with healthy, active children to raise. She got...

Reelin’ in the Years

Sawyer model g view-master viewer.jpg by Junkyardsparkle is marked with CC 1.0   Reelin' in the Years: How View-Master Set the World at Our Fingertips A partnership began in 1938. Soon after, the first View-Master model of stereographic images using Kodachrome...

Bossa Nova Beat

Photo by Pearse O'Halloran on Unsplash    Bossa Nova Beat: The Jazz Genre for All Generations What happened when a band mixed jazz & samba into one single  rhythm, down in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, back in the 1950s & 1960s? A new musical genre was born:...

Dining in Style on Route 66

  Dining in Style on Route 66: Tableside Service with a Smile 21st-century décor has not altered the quality of a classic vintage menu and service at one ultra-fine dining spot in New Mexico. Named the best steakhouse in the state, Dinner For Two continues to...

Talent at Every Turn

Tony Curtis (Large) by YorkieBoy is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 Talent at Every Turn: Tony Curtis Tony Curtis liked being a movie star enough to act in 130 films. He even liked being married enough to be wedded six times. Some have even said he paved the way for...

Come to the Fair!

Popcorn & Cotton Candy Stand - Windsor Fair, Maine by ChrisGoldNY is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0   Come to the Fair! The Romance of Carnivals and Fairs Step back in time with this selection from Erie County, NY:   https://youtu.be/NuFViPn8aB4?t=198...

The Art of Healing With Color

Henri Matisse - Dishes and Fruit [1901] by Gandalf's Gallery is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0   The Art of Healing With Color: Henri Mattise The artist was born in Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France.  He often used Mediterranean themes in his vigorous expression of color,...

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...

Three Cheers for Chocolate!

 

Winter is on its way. We don’t necessarily want to rush it…or, do we? Snow has fallen in many locations already. Over one foot in some spots!

 

Few snow day memories hold more soothing comfort than those of sipping a steaming cup of hot chocolate. Hot chocolate is for all ages, in all places.

 

Author Clotilde Perrin’s book, At the Same Moment Around the World, offers fictional glimpses of children’s lives at one simultaneous point in time. 

In it, Benedict is drinking hot chocolate in Paris. 

 

Enjoy that same pleasure in your own home: 

 

A Mother’s Heart

 Shirley Jones by Film Star Vintage is licensed under CC BY 2.0   A Mother's Heart: Shirley Mae Jones   She turned down the role of Carol Brady, longing instead to portray a mother like herself:  a working mom with healthy, active children to raise. She got...

Reelin’ in the Years

Sawyer model g view-master viewer.jpg by Junkyardsparkle is marked with CC 1.0   Reelin' in the Years: How View-Master Set the World at Our Fingertips A partnership began in 1938. Soon after, the first View-Master model of stereographic images using Kodachrome...

Bossa Nova Beat

Photo by Pearse O'Halloran on Unsplash    Bossa Nova Beat: The Jazz Genre for All Generations What happened when a band mixed jazz & samba into one single  rhythm, down in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, back in the 1950s & 1960s? A new musical genre was born:...

Dining in Style on Route 66

  Dining in Style on Route 66: Tableside Service with a Smile 21st-century décor has not altered the quality of a classic vintage menu and service at one ultra-fine dining spot in New Mexico. Named the best steakhouse in the state, Dinner For Two continues to...

Talent at Every Turn

Tony Curtis (Large) by YorkieBoy is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 Talent at Every Turn: Tony Curtis Tony Curtis liked being a movie star enough to act in 130 films. He even liked being married enough to be wedded six times. Some have even said he paved the way for...

Come to the Fair!

Popcorn & Cotton Candy Stand - Windsor Fair, Maine by ChrisGoldNY is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0   Come to the Fair! The Romance of Carnivals and Fairs Step back in time with this selection from Erie County, NY:   https://youtu.be/NuFViPn8aB4?t=198...

The Art of Healing With Color

Henri Matisse - Dishes and Fruit [1901] by Gandalf's Gallery is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0   The Art of Healing With Color: Henri Mattise The artist was born in Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France.  He often used Mediterranean themes in his vigorous expression of color,...

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...

Catch the Wave: Fantasy Island Vibes

(Photo credit: Chad Sparkes)

 

Tiki Lounge lovers abound.

Are you a closet Tiki fan, too?

If so, you’re in good company!

 

This little tasty sampler of tunes is like a box of assorted chocolates; there’s something for everyone:

 

Tiki Lounge Sounds

 

The phenomenal escapism of Polyesian Tiki culture originated in 1930s California. Inspired by beautiful scenery and thrills of faraway tropical beaches.

 

Donn Beach and Trader Vic ignited the Tiki bar.

And apparently, the craze moved full-speed ahead.

 

An annual national convention (Tiki Kon), backyard and pool parties, weddings, remodeled basements, restaurants and nightclubs all feature the classic Polynesian Tiki Theme.

 

Go with me now on a trip down memory lane…

 

A Mother’s Heart

 Shirley Jones by Film Star Vintage is licensed under CC BY 2.0   A Mother's Heart: Shirley Mae Jones   She turned down the role of Carol Brady, longing instead to portray a mother like herself:  a working mom with healthy, active children to raise. She got...

Reelin’ in the Years

Sawyer model g view-master viewer.jpg by Junkyardsparkle is marked with CC 1.0   Reelin' in the Years: How View-Master Set the World at Our Fingertips A partnership began in 1938. Soon after, the first View-Master model of stereographic images using Kodachrome...

Bossa Nova Beat

Photo by Pearse O'Halloran on Unsplash    Bossa Nova Beat: The Jazz Genre for All Generations What happened when a band mixed jazz & samba into one single  rhythm, down in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, back in the 1950s & 1960s? A new musical genre was born:...

Dining in Style on Route 66

  Dining in Style on Route 66: Tableside Service with a Smile 21st-century décor has not altered the quality of a classic vintage menu and service at one ultra-fine dining spot in New Mexico. Named the best steakhouse in the state, Dinner For Two continues to...

Talent at Every Turn

Tony Curtis (Large) by YorkieBoy is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 Talent at Every Turn: Tony Curtis Tony Curtis liked being a movie star enough to act in 130 films. He even liked being married enough to be wedded six times. Some have even said he paved the way for...

Come to the Fair!

Popcorn & Cotton Candy Stand - Windsor Fair, Maine by ChrisGoldNY is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0   Come to the Fair! The Romance of Carnivals and Fairs Step back in time with this selection from Erie County, NY:   https://youtu.be/NuFViPn8aB4?t=198...

The Art of Healing With Color

Henri Matisse - Dishes and Fruit [1901] by Gandalf's Gallery is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0   The Art of Healing With Color: Henri Mattise The artist was born in Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France.  He often used Mediterranean themes in his vigorous expression of color,...

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...

Sewing Up Feed Sack Fashion

(Photo credit: Jayne ~ Twiggy & Opal)

 

How flour for our daily bread clothed America:

the story of feed sack dresses, quilts and more.

 

A Mother’s Heart

 Shirley Jones by Film Star Vintage is licensed under CC BY 2.0   A Mother's Heart: Shirley Mae Jones   She turned down the role of Carol Brady, longing instead to portray a mother like herself:  a working mom with healthy, active children to raise. She got...

Reelin’ in the Years

Sawyer model g view-master viewer.jpg by Junkyardsparkle is marked with CC 1.0   Reelin' in the Years: How View-Master Set the World at Our Fingertips A partnership began in 1938. Soon after, the first View-Master model of stereographic images using Kodachrome...

Bossa Nova Beat

Photo by Pearse O'Halloran on Unsplash    Bossa Nova Beat: The Jazz Genre for All Generations What happened when a band mixed jazz & samba into one single  rhythm, down in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, back in the 1950s & 1960s? A new musical genre was born:...

Dining in Style on Route 66

  Dining in Style on Route 66: Tableside Service with a Smile 21st-century décor has not altered the quality of a classic vintage menu and service at one ultra-fine dining spot in New Mexico. Named the best steakhouse in the state, Dinner For Two continues to...

Talent at Every Turn

Tony Curtis (Large) by YorkieBoy is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 Talent at Every Turn: Tony Curtis Tony Curtis liked being a movie star enough to act in 130 films. He even liked being married enough to be wedded six times. Some have even said he paved the way for...

Come to the Fair!

Popcorn & Cotton Candy Stand - Windsor Fair, Maine by ChrisGoldNY is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0   Come to the Fair! The Romance of Carnivals and Fairs Step back in time with this selection from Erie County, NY:   https://youtu.be/NuFViPn8aB4?t=198...

The Art of Healing With Color

Henri Matisse - Dishes and Fruit [1901] by Gandalf's Gallery is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0   The Art of Healing With Color: Henri Mattise The artist was born in Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France.  He often used Mediterranean themes in his vigorous expression of color,...

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...

The Modest Motor Lodge

 

Are you ready for a little sentimental journey?

Take your fill at one of these retro-themed motels where simplicity is sure to please!

 

Vintage Motels

 And Many More!

 

 

A Mother’s Heart

 Shirley Jones by Film Star Vintage is licensed under CC BY 2.0   A Mother's Heart: Shirley Mae Jones   She turned down the role of Carol Brady, longing instead to portray a mother like herself:  a working mom with healthy, active children to raise. She got...

Reelin’ in the Years

Sawyer model g view-master viewer.jpg by Junkyardsparkle is marked with CC 1.0   Reelin' in the Years: How View-Master Set the World at Our Fingertips A partnership began in 1938. Soon after, the first View-Master model of stereographic images using Kodachrome...

Bossa Nova Beat

Photo by Pearse O'Halloran on Unsplash    Bossa Nova Beat: The Jazz Genre for All Generations What happened when a band mixed jazz & samba into one single  rhythm, down in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, back in the 1950s & 1960s? A new musical genre was born:...

Dining in Style on Route 66

  Dining in Style on Route 66: Tableside Service with a Smile 21st-century décor has not altered the quality of a classic vintage menu and service at one ultra-fine dining spot in New Mexico. Named the best steakhouse in the state, Dinner For Two continues to...

Talent at Every Turn

Tony Curtis (Large) by YorkieBoy is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 Talent at Every Turn: Tony Curtis Tony Curtis liked being a movie star enough to act in 130 films. He even liked being married enough to be wedded six times. Some have even said he paved the way for...

Come to the Fair!

Popcorn & Cotton Candy Stand - Windsor Fair, Maine by ChrisGoldNY is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0   Come to the Fair! The Romance of Carnivals and Fairs Step back in time with this selection from Erie County, NY:   https://youtu.be/NuFViPn8aB4?t=198...

The Art of Healing With Color

Henri Matisse - Dishes and Fruit [1901] by Gandalf's Gallery is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0   The Art of Healing With Color: Henri Mattise The artist was born in Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France.  He often used Mediterranean themes in his vigorous expression of color,...

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...

Dimestore Daydreams

 (Photo credit: Joseph A.)

 

Stepping through the entrance of a local G. C. Murphy Co. store, we’re back in the year 1959.

 

A brass bell hanging on the heavy steel-and-glass door rings. The high-pitched voice of a clerk floats to the front with a warm greeting, as she magically appears from behind a curtain-covered doorway where stock is kept. After asking us to let her know if we need help finding anything, we browse the aisles and take in the treasures of this old building.

 

5 & 10 cent stores

 

The wooden plank floors smell rich and heady as we walk, creaking and popping in certain places.

The powdery scent of rosewater soap wrapped in wax-covered paper rises from the cosmetics aisle. Around the corner is the jolting sight and smell of new plastic rubber from a hot water bottle display.

 

Off to one side, is a wall of built-in wooden cases, covered in thick glass on all sides.

There are sections of mounded candies, some individually wrapped, and others in glass decanters. Packages of cigars, cigarettes, and loose-leaf tobacco pouches fill another.

Magazines, maps, and an atlas stand upright while  sunglasses, accordion-folded rainbonnets, and assorted handkerchiefs fill the front racks.

 

Standing beside the cash register is a rotating countertop carousel, filled with peanuts and cashews. Red lights shine down upon the roasted nuts to keep them warm until they are all sold. Pocket-sized paper bags and a chrome scoop are leaned against the glass, awaiting the next shopper who can’t resist the tempting aroma.

 

Near the back of the store is a large U-shaped area of shallow, long bins. Each one-foot section contains a different 25-cent or 50-cent toy. Some of the toys are wrapped in plastic with a paper tag stapled on top. Others are open and fair game for the curious little hands that are eager to try before buying.

 

There are fuzzy, wind-up mice with rolled leather tails. Paratroopers with their 18-inch parachutes. Wooly Willy magnetic games. Beaded coin pouches. Realistic rubber snakes. Donald Duck flip books.

 

Circus animals playsets. Silly putty. Tin ladybug clickers. Paddle balls. Gyro wheels. Bird whistles. Miniature babydolls with booties & bottles. Windup, walking dentures. Play money. Balsa wood flyers.

 

Tin leaping frogs. Groucho Marx glasses with big noses and mustaches. Metal Jeeps. Blow-up, multicolored sticky bubbles. Sparking rockets. Goofy & Mickey push puppets. Vanity brush, comb, & mirror sets. And of course, the original Slinky. 

 

Dimestore Toychest

 

 

A Mother’s Heart

 Shirley Jones by Film Star Vintage is licensed under CC BY 2.0   A Mother's Heart: Shirley Mae Jones   She turned down the role of Carol Brady, longing instead to portray a mother like herself:  a working mom with healthy, active children to raise. She got...

Reelin’ in the Years

Sawyer model g view-master viewer.jpg by Junkyardsparkle is marked with CC 1.0   Reelin' in the Years: How View-Master Set the World at Our Fingertips A partnership began in 1938. Soon after, the first View-Master model of stereographic images using Kodachrome...

Bossa Nova Beat

Photo by Pearse O'Halloran on Unsplash    Bossa Nova Beat: The Jazz Genre for All Generations What happened when a band mixed jazz & samba into one single  rhythm, down in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, back in the 1950s & 1960s? A new musical genre was born:...

Dining in Style on Route 66

  Dining in Style on Route 66: Tableside Service with a Smile 21st-century décor has not altered the quality of a classic vintage menu and service at one ultra-fine dining spot in New Mexico. Named the best steakhouse in the state, Dinner For Two continues to...

Talent at Every Turn

Tony Curtis (Large) by YorkieBoy is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 Talent at Every Turn: Tony Curtis Tony Curtis liked being a movie star enough to act in 130 films. He even liked being married enough to be wedded six times. Some have even said he paved the way for...

Come to the Fair!

Popcorn & Cotton Candy Stand - Windsor Fair, Maine by ChrisGoldNY is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0   Come to the Fair! The Romance of Carnivals and Fairs Step back in time with this selection from Erie County, NY:   https://youtu.be/NuFViPn8aB4?t=198...

The Art of Healing With Color

Henri Matisse - Dishes and Fruit [1901] by Gandalf's Gallery is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0   The Art of Healing With Color: Henri Mattise The artist was born in Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France.  He often used Mediterranean themes in his vigorous expression of color,...

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...

Roy Rogers Rides Again

 

 (Photo credit: born1945)

 

There was a time in American history when cowboys weren’t around much anymore and their legendary fame was taller than the men themselves.

 

That’s the time when I grew up, hearing my father recall the thrill of The Lone Ranger radio broadcast, Gene Autry singing Rudolph each Christmas, and Roy Rogers still riding Trigger, aging with dignity.

 

How I pine for those days when people dressed up to go places, and men removed their hats in public.

A time when the Pledge of Allegiance was honored; recited, hand over heart, each school day morning. 

 

Let’s jump back in time for a 2-minute video with one of the most optimistic, wholesome heroes to ever mount a horse and ride into the sunset.

 

A Mother’s Heart

 Shirley Jones by Film Star Vintage is licensed under CC BY 2.0   A Mother's Heart: Shirley Mae Jones   She turned down the role of Carol Brady, longing instead to portray a mother like herself:  a working mom with healthy, active children to raise. She got...

Reelin’ in the Years

Sawyer model g view-master viewer.jpg by Junkyardsparkle is marked with CC 1.0   Reelin' in the Years: How View-Master Set the World at Our Fingertips A partnership began in 1938. Soon after, the first View-Master model of stereographic images using Kodachrome...

Bossa Nova Beat

Photo by Pearse O'Halloran on Unsplash    Bossa Nova Beat: The Jazz Genre for All Generations What happened when a band mixed jazz & samba into one single  rhythm, down in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, back in the 1950s & 1960s? A new musical genre was born:...

Dining in Style on Route 66

  Dining in Style on Route 66: Tableside Service with a Smile 21st-century décor has not altered the quality of a classic vintage menu and service at one ultra-fine dining spot in New Mexico. Named the best steakhouse in the state, Dinner For Two continues to...

Talent at Every Turn

Tony Curtis (Large) by YorkieBoy is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 Talent at Every Turn: Tony Curtis Tony Curtis liked being a movie star enough to act in 130 films. He even liked being married enough to be wedded six times. Some have even said he paved the way for...

Come to the Fair!

Popcorn & Cotton Candy Stand - Windsor Fair, Maine by ChrisGoldNY is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0   Come to the Fair! The Romance of Carnivals and Fairs Step back in time with this selection from Erie County, NY:   https://youtu.be/NuFViPn8aB4?t=198...

The Art of Healing With Color

Henri Matisse - Dishes and Fruit [1901] by Gandalf's Gallery is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0   The Art of Healing With Color: Henri Mattise The artist was born in Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France.  He often used Mediterranean themes in his vigorous expression of color,...

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...