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

 

Does a Genie Live Inside?

  Everyday things can be functional and ordinary, or... EPIC!   One of the most elegant collectible pieces from the 1940s and 1950s is the Aladdin teapot made by the Hall China Company of East Liverpool, Ohio. Hall was purchased only recently by Homer...

Jumping for Joy

 (photo credits: Matt Spur)   If you've ever attended a slumber party where jumping on the bed was allowed, you're one lucky duck!   If not, maybe you've at least enjoyed the surreal weightlessness of jumping on a backyard trampoline, suspended like a bird...

Dreams of Glass

  From basketweaving to breathtaking beauty. This is the short version of how Dale Patrick Chihuly found his path to unparalleled dimensions of artistry.   The first time I saw one of his works was in Columbus, Indiana. Massive. Glorious. A complete burst of...

The Joker’s Wild

  Game shows hit daytime television as early as the 1940s. If you were around in the 1970s, you could've watched The Joker's Wild, Gambit, and Match Game. Which one of these three did you like best?   The first episode of The Joker's Wild is a time capsule....

Station Wagon Wanderlust

  Autumn weather can make us recall bygone American road trips to the forest, lake, seaside, or mountains. Jumping into the back of the station wagon, begging for Dad to let down the back window. We'd kick off our shoes, pretend we were riding in a train or...

Hollyhocks in Hollywood

  Imagine a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, celebrating motifs of your favorite flower. What's more, your courtyard and landscape are embellished with lush plantings of these same floral varieties. This was the world of Aline Barnsdall, visionary of the...

The Daily Grind is Grande

 (image credits: PunkToad)   What do you call it when you walk into a coffee shop and feel like you’ve been there before?     Déja-brew!        Coffee Jokes & Puns   Coffee percolators have the sound and rhythm of retro kitchen music. Remember being...

D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read!)

  Beverly Cleary turned 104 years old on 4/12/20. She says  she didn't do it on purpose (living to be this age)!   When I saw and heard Mrs. Cleary speak, her facial expressions made me want to learn more about her life and personality. Did you know she...

Pastimes in Tennessee

    Today, we’re taking a time machine back to June 21, 1982 to visit the World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee!    NYT Unveils World's Fair   The 1982 World's Fair opening ceremonies are on continual replay (loop) on the big screen. Just inside the...

The Third Time is the Charm

  What would the history of home entertainment have been without Blockbuster and Nintendo?   The home videogame console industry was regenerated with the release of Nintendo NES in 1985. The third generation system introduced games now legendary: Super Mario...

God Bless the Milkman

  Jimmy took a couple of years off before deciding to get back into his truck in the wee hours of the morning to make home deliveries of cold, fresh milk and eggs. His unlikely inspiration was the real-life milkman from his own suburban neighborhood: the father...

Definitively Dinah

(Photo credit: Terry Whalebone)   Dinah Shore was one of entertainment's most beloved stars. Her music, television and film career was beyond imagination: 9 Emmys and a Golden Globe. Intelligent, charming, witty, talented; she was a born entertainer.   More...

Bedtime Blanket Stories

  Everyone loves a well-appointed bed. Especially when we use items we've held onto from years passed: a patchwork quilt, knitted afghan, woolen spread, satin coverlet, flannel sheets, and more; all set to layer the perfect bed for those colder nights ahead.  ...

Salads for All Seasons

  Retro recipe books abound online and in bookstores everywhere.... But, wait! Are there any bookstores left? At least thrift shops will continue to offer old cookbooks,  I suppose. And, secretly hope.   Let's take a look at popular vintage recipes for a...

All That Glitters

  When Goldie Hawn smiles, she sparkles, glows, and glitters.* We all know Goldie has acted in more than comedies alone. But, if you’ve read her quotes or watched when she’s interviewed, you’ll know she believes making people happy is an important part of her...

What’s on the Telly Tonight?

  Around 40,000 U.S. families owned a home television in the mid-1940s, compared to about 121 million today!   October 1947 brought two televised "firsts" home: 1. The World Series game of Yankees (4) vs Dodgers (3) 2. Harry Truman’s White House speech...

The Corvette: A Love Story

Which car was your first love? A Mustang? The Monte Carlo? How about a Corvette? Pictured above is the 1978 Silver Anniversary Edition - my dream car. The next year ('79) saw the highest production of Vettes in its history.   Chevrolet Corvette sales reportedly...

Seersucker Cotton & Candy Suckers

  Summertime has now passed, and old memories of home life rituals come to mind. For me, one ritual would begin, as another one ended.   Preparing for the upcoming elementary schoolyear was always an exciting time for my sisters and me. Our cotton seersucker...

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!

 

 

Does a Genie Live Inside?

  Everyday things can be functional and ordinary, or... EPIC!   One of the most elegant collectible pieces from the 1940s and 1950s is the Aladdin teapot made by the Hall China Company of East Liverpool, Ohio. Hall was purchased only recently by Homer...

Jumping for Joy

 (photo credits: Matt Spur)   If you've ever attended a slumber party where jumping on the bed was allowed, you're one lucky duck!   If not, maybe you've at least enjoyed the surreal weightlessness of jumping on a backyard trampoline, suspended like a bird...

Dreams of Glass

  From basketweaving to breathtaking beauty. This is the short version of how Dale Patrick Chihuly found his path to unparalleled dimensions of artistry.   The first time I saw one of his works was in Columbus, Indiana. Massive. Glorious. A complete burst of...

The Joker’s Wild

  Game shows hit daytime television as early as the 1940s. If you were around in the 1970s, you could've watched The Joker's Wild, Gambit, and Match Game. Which one of these three did you like best?   The first episode of The Joker's Wild is a time capsule....

Station Wagon Wanderlust

  Autumn weather can make us recall bygone American road trips to the forest, lake, seaside, or mountains. Jumping into the back of the station wagon, begging for Dad to let down the back window. We'd kick off our shoes, pretend we were riding in a train or...

Hollyhocks in Hollywood

  Imagine a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, celebrating motifs of your favorite flower. What's more, your courtyard and landscape are embellished with lush plantings of these same floral varieties. This was the world of Aline Barnsdall, visionary of the...

The Daily Grind is Grande

 (image credits: PunkToad)   What do you call it when you walk into a coffee shop and feel like you’ve been there before?     Déja-brew!        Coffee Jokes & Puns   Coffee percolators have the sound and rhythm of retro kitchen music. Remember being...

D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read!)

  Beverly Cleary turned 104 years old on 4/12/20. She says  she didn't do it on purpose (living to be this age)!   When I saw and heard Mrs. Cleary speak, her facial expressions made me want to learn more about her life and personality. Did you know she...

Pastimes in Tennessee

    Today, we’re taking a time machine back to June 21, 1982 to visit the World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee!    NYT Unveils World's Fair   The 1982 World's Fair opening ceremonies are on continual replay (loop) on the big screen. Just inside the...

The Third Time is the Charm

  What would the history of home entertainment have been without Blockbuster and Nintendo?   The home videogame console industry was regenerated with the release of Nintendo NES in 1985. The third generation system introduced games now legendary: Super Mario...

God Bless the Milkman

  Jimmy took a couple of years off before deciding to get back into his truck in the wee hours of the morning to make home deliveries of cold, fresh milk and eggs. His unlikely inspiration was the real-life milkman from his own suburban neighborhood: the father...

Definitively Dinah

(Photo credit: Terry Whalebone)   Dinah Shore was one of entertainment's most beloved stars. Her music, television and film career was beyond imagination: 9 Emmys and a Golden Globe. Intelligent, charming, witty, talented; she was a born entertainer.   More...

Bedtime Blanket Stories

  Everyone loves a well-appointed bed. Especially when we use items we've held onto from years passed: a patchwork quilt, knitted afghan, woolen spread, satin coverlet, flannel sheets, and more; all set to layer the perfect bed for those colder nights ahead.  ...

Salads for All Seasons

  Retro recipe books abound online and in bookstores everywhere.... But, wait! Are there any bookstores left? At least thrift shops will continue to offer old cookbooks,  I suppose. And, secretly hope.   Let's take a look at popular vintage recipes for a...

All That Glitters

  When Goldie Hawn smiles, she sparkles, glows, and glitters.* We all know Goldie has acted in more than comedies alone. But, if you’ve read her quotes or watched when she’s interviewed, you’ll know she believes making people happy is an important part of her...

What’s on the Telly Tonight?

  Around 40,000 U.S. families owned a home television in the mid-1940s, compared to about 121 million today!   October 1947 brought two televised "firsts" home: 1. The World Series game of Yankees (4) vs Dodgers (3) 2. Harry Truman’s White House speech...

The Corvette: A Love Story

Which car was your first love? A Mustang? The Monte Carlo? How about a Corvette? Pictured above is the 1978 Silver Anniversary Edition - my dream car. The next year ('79) saw the highest production of Vettes in its history.   Chevrolet Corvette sales reportedly...

Seersucker Cotton & Candy Suckers

  Summertime has now passed, and old memories of home life rituals come to mind. For me, one ritual would begin, as another one ended.   Preparing for the upcoming elementary schoolyear was always an exciting time for my sisters and me. Our cotton seersucker...

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

Does a Genie Live Inside?

  Everyday things can be functional and ordinary, or... EPIC!   One of the most elegant collectible pieces from the 1940s and 1950s is the Aladdin teapot made by the Hall China Company of East Liverpool, Ohio. Hall was purchased only recently by Homer...

Jumping for Joy

 (photo credits: Matt Spur)   If you've ever attended a slumber party where jumping on the bed was allowed, you're one lucky duck!   If not, maybe you've at least enjoyed the surreal weightlessness of jumping on a backyard trampoline, suspended like a bird...

Dreams of Glass

  From basketweaving to breathtaking beauty. This is the short version of how Dale Patrick Chihuly found his path to unparalleled dimensions of artistry.   The first time I saw one of his works was in Columbus, Indiana. Massive. Glorious. A complete burst of...

The Joker’s Wild

  Game shows hit daytime television as early as the 1940s. If you were around in the 1970s, you could've watched The Joker's Wild, Gambit, and Match Game. Which one of these three did you like best?   The first episode of The Joker's Wild is a time capsule....

Station Wagon Wanderlust

  Autumn weather can make us recall bygone American road trips to the forest, lake, seaside, or mountains. Jumping into the back of the station wagon, begging for Dad to let down the back window. We'd kick off our shoes, pretend we were riding in a train or...

Hollyhocks in Hollywood

  Imagine a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, celebrating motifs of your favorite flower. What's more, your courtyard and landscape are embellished with lush plantings of these same floral varieties. This was the world of Aline Barnsdall, visionary of the...

The Daily Grind is Grande

 (image credits: PunkToad)   What do you call it when you walk into a coffee shop and feel like you’ve been there before?     Déja-brew!        Coffee Jokes & Puns   Coffee percolators have the sound and rhythm of retro kitchen music. Remember being...

D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read!)

  Beverly Cleary turned 104 years old on 4/12/20. She says  she didn't do it on purpose (living to be this age)!   When I saw and heard Mrs. Cleary speak, her facial expressions made me want to learn more about her life and personality. Did you know she...

Pastimes in Tennessee

    Today, we’re taking a time machine back to June 21, 1982 to visit the World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee!    NYT Unveils World's Fair   The 1982 World's Fair opening ceremonies are on continual replay (loop) on the big screen. Just inside the...

The Third Time is the Charm

  What would the history of home entertainment have been without Blockbuster and Nintendo?   The home videogame console industry was regenerated with the release of Nintendo NES in 1985. The third generation system introduced games now legendary: Super Mario...

God Bless the Milkman

  Jimmy took a couple of years off before deciding to get back into his truck in the wee hours of the morning to make home deliveries of cold, fresh milk and eggs. His unlikely inspiration was the real-life milkman from his own suburban neighborhood: the father...

Definitively Dinah

(Photo credit: Terry Whalebone)   Dinah Shore was one of entertainment's most beloved stars. Her music, television and film career was beyond imagination: 9 Emmys and a Golden Globe. Intelligent, charming, witty, talented; she was a born entertainer.   More...

Bedtime Blanket Stories

  Everyone loves a well-appointed bed. Especially when we use items we've held onto from years passed: a patchwork quilt, knitted afghan, woolen spread, satin coverlet, flannel sheets, and more; all set to layer the perfect bed for those colder nights ahead.  ...

Salads for All Seasons

  Retro recipe books abound online and in bookstores everywhere.... But, wait! Are there any bookstores left? At least thrift shops will continue to offer old cookbooks,  I suppose. And, secretly hope.   Let's take a look at popular vintage recipes for a...

All That Glitters

  When Goldie Hawn smiles, she sparkles, glows, and glitters.* We all know Goldie has acted in more than comedies alone. But, if you’ve read her quotes or watched when she’s interviewed, you’ll know she believes making people happy is an important part of her...

What’s on the Telly Tonight?

  Around 40,000 U.S. families owned a home television in the mid-1940s, compared to about 121 million today!   October 1947 brought two televised "firsts" home: 1. The World Series game of Yankees (4) vs Dodgers (3) 2. Harry Truman’s White House speech...

The Corvette: A Love Story

Which car was your first love? A Mustang? The Monte Carlo? How about a Corvette? Pictured above is the 1978 Silver Anniversary Edition - my dream car. The next year ('79) saw the highest production of Vettes in its history.   Chevrolet Corvette sales reportedly...

Seersucker Cotton & Candy Suckers

  Summertime has now passed, and old memories of home life rituals come to mind. For me, one ritual would begin, as another one ended.   Preparing for the upcoming elementary schoolyear was always an exciting time for my sisters and me. Our cotton seersucker...

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.

 

Does a Genie Live Inside?

  Everyday things can be functional and ordinary, or... EPIC!   One of the most elegant collectible pieces from the 1940s and 1950s is the Aladdin teapot made by the Hall China Company of East Liverpool, Ohio. Hall was purchased only recently by Homer...

Jumping for Joy

 (photo credits: Matt Spur)   If you've ever attended a slumber party where jumping on the bed was allowed, you're one lucky duck!   If not, maybe you've at least enjoyed the surreal weightlessness of jumping on a backyard trampoline, suspended like a bird...

Dreams of Glass

  From basketweaving to breathtaking beauty. This is the short version of how Dale Patrick Chihuly found his path to unparalleled dimensions of artistry.   The first time I saw one of his works was in Columbus, Indiana. Massive. Glorious. A complete burst of...

The Joker’s Wild

  Game shows hit daytime television as early as the 1940s. If you were around in the 1970s, you could've watched The Joker's Wild, Gambit, and Match Game. Which one of these three did you like best?   The first episode of The Joker's Wild is a time capsule....

Station Wagon Wanderlust

  Autumn weather can make us recall bygone American road trips to the forest, lake, seaside, or mountains. Jumping into the back of the station wagon, begging for Dad to let down the back window. We'd kick off our shoes, pretend we were riding in a train or...

Hollyhocks in Hollywood

  Imagine a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, celebrating motifs of your favorite flower. What's more, your courtyard and landscape are embellished with lush plantings of these same floral varieties. This was the world of Aline Barnsdall, visionary of the...

The Daily Grind is Grande

 (image credits: PunkToad)   What do you call it when you walk into a coffee shop and feel like you’ve been there before?     Déja-brew!        Coffee Jokes & Puns   Coffee percolators have the sound and rhythm of retro kitchen music. Remember being...

D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read!)

  Beverly Cleary turned 104 years old on 4/12/20. She says  she didn't do it on purpose (living to be this age)!   When I saw and heard Mrs. Cleary speak, her facial expressions made me want to learn more about her life and personality. Did you know she...

Pastimes in Tennessee

    Today, we’re taking a time machine back to June 21, 1982 to visit the World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee!    NYT Unveils World's Fair   The 1982 World's Fair opening ceremonies are on continual replay (loop) on the big screen. Just inside the...

The Third Time is the Charm

  What would the history of home entertainment have been without Blockbuster and Nintendo?   The home videogame console industry was regenerated with the release of Nintendo NES in 1985. The third generation system introduced games now legendary: Super Mario...

God Bless the Milkman

  Jimmy took a couple of years off before deciding to get back into his truck in the wee hours of the morning to make home deliveries of cold, fresh milk and eggs. His unlikely inspiration was the real-life milkman from his own suburban neighborhood: the father...

Definitively Dinah

(Photo credit: Terry Whalebone)   Dinah Shore was one of entertainment's most beloved stars. Her music, television and film career was beyond imagination: 9 Emmys and a Golden Globe. Intelligent, charming, witty, talented; she was a born entertainer.   More...

Bedtime Blanket Stories

  Everyone loves a well-appointed bed. Especially when we use items we've held onto from years passed: a patchwork quilt, knitted afghan, woolen spread, satin coverlet, flannel sheets, and more; all set to layer the perfect bed for those colder nights ahead.  ...

Salads for All Seasons

  Retro recipe books abound online and in bookstores everywhere.... But, wait! Are there any bookstores left? At least thrift shops will continue to offer old cookbooks,  I suppose. And, secretly hope.   Let's take a look at popular vintage recipes for a...

All That Glitters

  When Goldie Hawn smiles, she sparkles, glows, and glitters.* We all know Goldie has acted in more than comedies alone. But, if you’ve read her quotes or watched when she’s interviewed, you’ll know she believes making people happy is an important part of her...

What’s on the Telly Tonight?

  Around 40,000 U.S. families owned a home television in the mid-1940s, compared to about 121 million today!   October 1947 brought two televised "firsts" home: 1. The World Series game of Yankees (4) vs Dodgers (3) 2. Harry Truman’s White House speech...

The Corvette: A Love Story

Which car was your first love? A Mustang? The Monte Carlo? How about a Corvette? Pictured above is the 1978 Silver Anniversary Edition - my dream car. The next year ('79) saw the highest production of Vettes in its history.   Chevrolet Corvette sales reportedly...

Seersucker Cotton & Candy Suckers

  Summertime has now passed, and old memories of home life rituals come to mind. For me, one ritual would begin, as another one ended.   Preparing for the upcoming elementary schoolyear was always an exciting time for my sisters and me. Our cotton seersucker...

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: 

 

Does a Genie Live Inside?

  Everyday things can be functional and ordinary, or... EPIC!   One of the most elegant collectible pieces from the 1940s and 1950s is the Aladdin teapot made by the Hall China Company of East Liverpool, Ohio. Hall was purchased only recently by Homer...

Jumping for Joy

 (photo credits: Matt Spur)   If you've ever attended a slumber party where jumping on the bed was allowed, you're one lucky duck!   If not, maybe you've at least enjoyed the surreal weightlessness of jumping on a backyard trampoline, suspended like a bird...

Dreams of Glass

  From basketweaving to breathtaking beauty. This is the short version of how Dale Patrick Chihuly found his path to unparalleled dimensions of artistry.   The first time I saw one of his works was in Columbus, Indiana. Massive. Glorious. A complete burst of...

The Joker’s Wild

  Game shows hit daytime television as early as the 1940s. If you were around in the 1970s, you could've watched The Joker's Wild, Gambit, and Match Game. Which one of these three did you like best?   The first episode of The Joker's Wild is a time capsule....

Station Wagon Wanderlust

  Autumn weather can make us recall bygone American road trips to the forest, lake, seaside, or mountains. Jumping into the back of the station wagon, begging for Dad to let down the back window. We'd kick off our shoes, pretend we were riding in a train or...

Hollyhocks in Hollywood

  Imagine a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, celebrating motifs of your favorite flower. What's more, your courtyard and landscape are embellished with lush plantings of these same floral varieties. This was the world of Aline Barnsdall, visionary of the...

The Daily Grind is Grande

 (image credits: PunkToad)   What do you call it when you walk into a coffee shop and feel like you’ve been there before?     Déja-brew!        Coffee Jokes & Puns   Coffee percolators have the sound and rhythm of retro kitchen music. Remember being...

D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read!)

  Beverly Cleary turned 104 years old on 4/12/20. She says  she didn't do it on purpose (living to be this age)!   When I saw and heard Mrs. Cleary speak, her facial expressions made me want to learn more about her life and personality. Did you know she...

Pastimes in Tennessee

    Today, we’re taking a time machine back to June 21, 1982 to visit the World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee!    NYT Unveils World's Fair   The 1982 World's Fair opening ceremonies are on continual replay (loop) on the big screen. Just inside the...

The Third Time is the Charm

  What would the history of home entertainment have been without Blockbuster and Nintendo?   The home videogame console industry was regenerated with the release of Nintendo NES in 1985. The third generation system introduced games now legendary: Super Mario...

God Bless the Milkman

  Jimmy took a couple of years off before deciding to get back into his truck in the wee hours of the morning to make home deliveries of cold, fresh milk and eggs. His unlikely inspiration was the real-life milkman from his own suburban neighborhood: the father...

Definitively Dinah

(Photo credit: Terry Whalebone)   Dinah Shore was one of entertainment's most beloved stars. Her music, television and film career was beyond imagination: 9 Emmys and a Golden Globe. Intelligent, charming, witty, talented; she was a born entertainer.   More...

Bedtime Blanket Stories

  Everyone loves a well-appointed bed. Especially when we use items we've held onto from years passed: a patchwork quilt, knitted afghan, woolen spread, satin coverlet, flannel sheets, and more; all set to layer the perfect bed for those colder nights ahead.  ...

Salads for All Seasons

  Retro recipe books abound online and in bookstores everywhere.... But, wait! Are there any bookstores left? At least thrift shops will continue to offer old cookbooks,  I suppose. And, secretly hope.   Let's take a look at popular vintage recipes for a...

All That Glitters

  When Goldie Hawn smiles, she sparkles, glows, and glitters.* We all know Goldie has acted in more than comedies alone. But, if you’ve read her quotes or watched when she’s interviewed, you’ll know she believes making people happy is an important part of her...

What’s on the Telly Tonight?

  Around 40,000 U.S. families owned a home television in the mid-1940s, compared to about 121 million today!   October 1947 brought two televised "firsts" home: 1. The World Series game of Yankees (4) vs Dodgers (3) 2. Harry Truman’s White House speech...

The Corvette: A Love Story

Which car was your first love? A Mustang? The Monte Carlo? How about a Corvette? Pictured above is the 1978 Silver Anniversary Edition - my dream car. The next year ('79) saw the highest production of Vettes in its history.   Chevrolet Corvette sales reportedly...

Seersucker Cotton & Candy Suckers

  Summertime has now passed, and old memories of home life rituals come to mind. For me, one ritual would begin, as another one ended.   Preparing for the upcoming elementary schoolyear was always an exciting time for my sisters and me. Our cotton seersucker...

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…

 

Does a Genie Live Inside?

  Everyday things can be functional and ordinary, or... EPIC!   One of the most elegant collectible pieces from the 1940s and 1950s is the Aladdin teapot made by the Hall China Company of East Liverpool, Ohio. Hall was purchased only recently by Homer...

Jumping for Joy

 (photo credits: Matt Spur)   If you've ever attended a slumber party where jumping on the bed was allowed, you're one lucky duck!   If not, maybe you've at least enjoyed the surreal weightlessness of jumping on a backyard trampoline, suspended like a bird...

Dreams of Glass

  From basketweaving to breathtaking beauty. This is the short version of how Dale Patrick Chihuly found his path to unparalleled dimensions of artistry.   The first time I saw one of his works was in Columbus, Indiana. Massive. Glorious. A complete burst of...

The Joker’s Wild

  Game shows hit daytime television as early as the 1940s. If you were around in the 1970s, you could've watched The Joker's Wild, Gambit, and Match Game. Which one of these three did you like best?   The first episode of The Joker's Wild is a time capsule....

Station Wagon Wanderlust

  Autumn weather can make us recall bygone American road trips to the forest, lake, seaside, or mountains. Jumping into the back of the station wagon, begging for Dad to let down the back window. We'd kick off our shoes, pretend we were riding in a train or...

Hollyhocks in Hollywood

  Imagine a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, celebrating motifs of your favorite flower. What's more, your courtyard and landscape are embellished with lush plantings of these same floral varieties. This was the world of Aline Barnsdall, visionary of the...

The Daily Grind is Grande

 (image credits: PunkToad)   What do you call it when you walk into a coffee shop and feel like you’ve been there before?     Déja-brew!        Coffee Jokes & Puns   Coffee percolators have the sound and rhythm of retro kitchen music. Remember being...

D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read!)

  Beverly Cleary turned 104 years old on 4/12/20. She says  she didn't do it on purpose (living to be this age)!   When I saw and heard Mrs. Cleary speak, her facial expressions made me want to learn more about her life and personality. Did you know she...

Pastimes in Tennessee

    Today, we’re taking a time machine back to June 21, 1982 to visit the World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee!    NYT Unveils World's Fair   The 1982 World's Fair opening ceremonies are on continual replay (loop) on the big screen. Just inside the...

The Third Time is the Charm

  What would the history of home entertainment have been without Blockbuster and Nintendo?   The home videogame console industry was regenerated with the release of Nintendo NES in 1985. The third generation system introduced games now legendary: Super Mario...

God Bless the Milkman

  Jimmy took a couple of years off before deciding to get back into his truck in the wee hours of the morning to make home deliveries of cold, fresh milk and eggs. His unlikely inspiration was the real-life milkman from his own suburban neighborhood: the father...

Definitively Dinah

(Photo credit: Terry Whalebone)   Dinah Shore was one of entertainment's most beloved stars. Her music, television and film career was beyond imagination: 9 Emmys and a Golden Globe. Intelligent, charming, witty, talented; she was a born entertainer.   More...

Bedtime Blanket Stories

  Everyone loves a well-appointed bed. Especially when we use items we've held onto from years passed: a patchwork quilt, knitted afghan, woolen spread, satin coverlet, flannel sheets, and more; all set to layer the perfect bed for those colder nights ahead.  ...

Salads for All Seasons

  Retro recipe books abound online and in bookstores everywhere.... But, wait! Are there any bookstores left? At least thrift shops will continue to offer old cookbooks,  I suppose. And, secretly hope.   Let's take a look at popular vintage recipes for a...

All That Glitters

  When Goldie Hawn smiles, she sparkles, glows, and glitters.* We all know Goldie has acted in more than comedies alone. But, if you’ve read her quotes or watched when she’s interviewed, you’ll know she believes making people happy is an important part of her...

What’s on the Telly Tonight?

  Around 40,000 U.S. families owned a home television in the mid-1940s, compared to about 121 million today!   October 1947 brought two televised "firsts" home: 1. The World Series game of Yankees (4) vs Dodgers (3) 2. Harry Truman’s White House speech...

The Corvette: A Love Story

Which car was your first love? A Mustang? The Monte Carlo? How about a Corvette? Pictured above is the 1978 Silver Anniversary Edition - my dream car. The next year ('79) saw the highest production of Vettes in its history.   Chevrolet Corvette sales reportedly...

Seersucker Cotton & Candy Suckers

  Summertime has now passed, and old memories of home life rituals come to mind. For me, one ritual would begin, as another one ended.   Preparing for the upcoming elementary schoolyear was always an exciting time for my sisters and me. Our cotton seersucker...

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.

 

Does a Genie Live Inside?

  Everyday things can be functional and ordinary, or... EPIC!   One of the most elegant collectible pieces from the 1940s and 1950s is the Aladdin teapot made by the Hall China Company of East Liverpool, Ohio. Hall was purchased only recently by Homer...

Jumping for Joy

 (photo credits: Matt Spur)   If you've ever attended a slumber party where jumping on the bed was allowed, you're one lucky duck!   If not, maybe you've at least enjoyed the surreal weightlessness of jumping on a backyard trampoline, suspended like a bird...

Dreams of Glass

  From basketweaving to breathtaking beauty. This is the short version of how Dale Patrick Chihuly found his path to unparalleled dimensions of artistry.   The first time I saw one of his works was in Columbus, Indiana. Massive. Glorious. A complete burst of...

The Joker’s Wild

  Game shows hit daytime television as early as the 1940s. If you were around in the 1970s, you could've watched The Joker's Wild, Gambit, and Match Game. Which one of these three did you like best?   The first episode of The Joker's Wild is a time capsule....

Station Wagon Wanderlust

  Autumn weather can make us recall bygone American road trips to the forest, lake, seaside, or mountains. Jumping into the back of the station wagon, begging for Dad to let down the back window. We'd kick off our shoes, pretend we were riding in a train or...

Hollyhocks in Hollywood

  Imagine a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, celebrating motifs of your favorite flower. What's more, your courtyard and landscape are embellished with lush plantings of these same floral varieties. This was the world of Aline Barnsdall, visionary of the...

The Daily Grind is Grande

 (image credits: PunkToad)   What do you call it when you walk into a coffee shop and feel like you’ve been there before?     Déja-brew!        Coffee Jokes & Puns   Coffee percolators have the sound and rhythm of retro kitchen music. Remember being...

D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read!)

  Beverly Cleary turned 104 years old on 4/12/20. She says  she didn't do it on purpose (living to be this age)!   When I saw and heard Mrs. Cleary speak, her facial expressions made me want to learn more about her life and personality. Did you know she...

Pastimes in Tennessee

    Today, we’re taking a time machine back to June 21, 1982 to visit the World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee!    NYT Unveils World's Fair   The 1982 World's Fair opening ceremonies are on continual replay (loop) on the big screen. Just inside the...

The Third Time is the Charm

  What would the history of home entertainment have been without Blockbuster and Nintendo?   The home videogame console industry was regenerated with the release of Nintendo NES in 1985. The third generation system introduced games now legendary: Super Mario...

God Bless the Milkman

  Jimmy took a couple of years off before deciding to get back into his truck in the wee hours of the morning to make home deliveries of cold, fresh milk and eggs. His unlikely inspiration was the real-life milkman from his own suburban neighborhood: the father...

Definitively Dinah

(Photo credit: Terry Whalebone)   Dinah Shore was one of entertainment's most beloved stars. Her music, television and film career was beyond imagination: 9 Emmys and a Golden Globe. Intelligent, charming, witty, talented; she was a born entertainer.   More...

Bedtime Blanket Stories

  Everyone loves a well-appointed bed. Especially when we use items we've held onto from years passed: a patchwork quilt, knitted afghan, woolen spread, satin coverlet, flannel sheets, and more; all set to layer the perfect bed for those colder nights ahead.  ...

Salads for All Seasons

  Retro recipe books abound online and in bookstores everywhere.... But, wait! Are there any bookstores left? At least thrift shops will continue to offer old cookbooks,  I suppose. And, secretly hope.   Let's take a look at popular vintage recipes for a...

All That Glitters

  When Goldie Hawn smiles, she sparkles, glows, and glitters.* We all know Goldie has acted in more than comedies alone. But, if you’ve read her quotes or watched when she’s interviewed, you’ll know she believes making people happy is an important part of her...

What’s on the Telly Tonight?

  Around 40,000 U.S. families owned a home television in the mid-1940s, compared to about 121 million today!   October 1947 brought two televised "firsts" home: 1. The World Series game of Yankees (4) vs Dodgers (3) 2. Harry Truman’s White House speech...

The Corvette: A Love Story

Which car was your first love? A Mustang? The Monte Carlo? How about a Corvette? Pictured above is the 1978 Silver Anniversary Edition - my dream car. The next year ('79) saw the highest production of Vettes in its history.   Chevrolet Corvette sales reportedly...

Seersucker Cotton & Candy Suckers

  Summertime has now passed, and old memories of home life rituals come to mind. For me, one ritual would begin, as another one ended.   Preparing for the upcoming elementary schoolyear was always an exciting time for my sisters and me. Our cotton seersucker...

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!

 

 

Does a Genie Live Inside?

  Everyday things can be functional and ordinary, or... EPIC!   One of the most elegant collectible pieces from the 1940s and 1950s is the Aladdin teapot made by the Hall China Company of East Liverpool, Ohio. Hall was purchased only recently by Homer...

Jumping for Joy

 (photo credits: Matt Spur)   If you've ever attended a slumber party where jumping on the bed was allowed, you're one lucky duck!   If not, maybe you've at least enjoyed the surreal weightlessness of jumping on a backyard trampoline, suspended like a bird...

Dreams of Glass

  From basketweaving to breathtaking beauty. This is the short version of how Dale Patrick Chihuly found his path to unparalleled dimensions of artistry.   The first time I saw one of his works was in Columbus, Indiana. Massive. Glorious. A complete burst of...

The Joker’s Wild

  Game shows hit daytime television as early as the 1940s. If you were around in the 1970s, you could've watched The Joker's Wild, Gambit, and Match Game. Which one of these three did you like best?   The first episode of The Joker's Wild is a time capsule....

Station Wagon Wanderlust

  Autumn weather can make us recall bygone American road trips to the forest, lake, seaside, or mountains. Jumping into the back of the station wagon, begging for Dad to let down the back window. We'd kick off our shoes, pretend we were riding in a train or...

Hollyhocks in Hollywood

  Imagine a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, celebrating motifs of your favorite flower. What's more, your courtyard and landscape are embellished with lush plantings of these same floral varieties. This was the world of Aline Barnsdall, visionary of the...

The Daily Grind is Grande

 (image credits: PunkToad)   What do you call it when you walk into a coffee shop and feel like you’ve been there before?     Déja-brew!        Coffee Jokes & Puns   Coffee percolators have the sound and rhythm of retro kitchen music. Remember being...

D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read!)

  Beverly Cleary turned 104 years old on 4/12/20. She says  she didn't do it on purpose (living to be this age)!   When I saw and heard Mrs. Cleary speak, her facial expressions made me want to learn more about her life and personality. Did you know she...

Pastimes in Tennessee

    Today, we’re taking a time machine back to June 21, 1982 to visit the World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee!    NYT Unveils World's Fair   The 1982 World's Fair opening ceremonies are on continual replay (loop) on the big screen. Just inside the...

The Third Time is the Charm

  What would the history of home entertainment have been without Blockbuster and Nintendo?   The home videogame console industry was regenerated with the release of Nintendo NES in 1985. The third generation system introduced games now legendary: Super Mario...

God Bless the Milkman

  Jimmy took a couple of years off before deciding to get back into his truck in the wee hours of the morning to make home deliveries of cold, fresh milk and eggs. His unlikely inspiration was the real-life milkman from his own suburban neighborhood: the father...

Definitively Dinah

(Photo credit: Terry Whalebone)   Dinah Shore was one of entertainment's most beloved stars. Her music, television and film career was beyond imagination: 9 Emmys and a Golden Globe. Intelligent, charming, witty, talented; she was a born entertainer.   More...

Bedtime Blanket Stories

  Everyone loves a well-appointed bed. Especially when we use items we've held onto from years passed: a patchwork quilt, knitted afghan, woolen spread, satin coverlet, flannel sheets, and more; all set to layer the perfect bed for those colder nights ahead.  ...

Salads for All Seasons

  Retro recipe books abound online and in bookstores everywhere.... But, wait! Are there any bookstores left? At least thrift shops will continue to offer old cookbooks,  I suppose. And, secretly hope.   Let's take a look at popular vintage recipes for a...

All That Glitters

  When Goldie Hawn smiles, she sparkles, glows, and glitters.* We all know Goldie has acted in more than comedies alone. But, if you’ve read her quotes or watched when she’s interviewed, you’ll know she believes making people happy is an important part of her...

What’s on the Telly Tonight?

  Around 40,000 U.S. families owned a home television in the mid-1940s, compared to about 121 million today!   October 1947 brought two televised "firsts" home: 1. The World Series game of Yankees (4) vs Dodgers (3) 2. Harry Truman’s White House speech...

The Corvette: A Love Story

Which car was your first love? A Mustang? The Monte Carlo? How about a Corvette? Pictured above is the 1978 Silver Anniversary Edition - my dream car. The next year ('79) saw the highest production of Vettes in its history.   Chevrolet Corvette sales reportedly...

Seersucker Cotton & Candy Suckers

  Summertime has now passed, and old memories of home life rituals come to mind. For me, one ritual would begin, as another one ended.   Preparing for the upcoming elementary schoolyear was always an exciting time for my sisters and me. Our cotton seersucker...

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

 

 

Does a Genie Live Inside?

  Everyday things can be functional and ordinary, or... EPIC!   One of the most elegant collectible pieces from the 1940s and 1950s is the Aladdin teapot made by the Hall China Company of East Liverpool, Ohio. Hall was purchased only recently by Homer...

Jumping for Joy

 (photo credits: Matt Spur)   If you've ever attended a slumber party where jumping on the bed was allowed, you're one lucky duck!   If not, maybe you've at least enjoyed the surreal weightlessness of jumping on a backyard trampoline, suspended like a bird...

Dreams of Glass

  From basketweaving to breathtaking beauty. This is the short version of how Dale Patrick Chihuly found his path to unparalleled dimensions of artistry.   The first time I saw one of his works was in Columbus, Indiana. Massive. Glorious. A complete burst of...

The Joker’s Wild

  Game shows hit daytime television as early as the 1940s. If you were around in the 1970s, you could've watched The Joker's Wild, Gambit, and Match Game. Which one of these three did you like best?   The first episode of The Joker's Wild is a time capsule....

Station Wagon Wanderlust

  Autumn weather can make us recall bygone American road trips to the forest, lake, seaside, or mountains. Jumping into the back of the station wagon, begging for Dad to let down the back window. We'd kick off our shoes, pretend we were riding in a train or...

Hollyhocks in Hollywood

  Imagine a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, celebrating motifs of your favorite flower. What's more, your courtyard and landscape are embellished with lush plantings of these same floral varieties. This was the world of Aline Barnsdall, visionary of the...

The Daily Grind is Grande

 (image credits: PunkToad)   What do you call it when you walk into a coffee shop and feel like you’ve been there before?     Déja-brew!        Coffee Jokes & Puns   Coffee percolators have the sound and rhythm of retro kitchen music. Remember being...

D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read!)

  Beverly Cleary turned 104 years old on 4/12/20. She says  she didn't do it on purpose (living to be this age)!   When I saw and heard Mrs. Cleary speak, her facial expressions made me want to learn more about her life and personality. Did you know she...

Pastimes in Tennessee

    Today, we’re taking a time machine back to June 21, 1982 to visit the World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee!    NYT Unveils World's Fair   The 1982 World's Fair opening ceremonies are on continual replay (loop) on the big screen. Just inside the...

The Third Time is the Charm

  What would the history of home entertainment have been without Blockbuster and Nintendo?   The home videogame console industry was regenerated with the release of Nintendo NES in 1985. The third generation system introduced games now legendary: Super Mario...

God Bless the Milkman

  Jimmy took a couple of years off before deciding to get back into his truck in the wee hours of the morning to make home deliveries of cold, fresh milk and eggs. His unlikely inspiration was the real-life milkman from his own suburban neighborhood: the father...

Definitively Dinah

(Photo credit: Terry Whalebone)   Dinah Shore was one of entertainment's most beloved stars. Her music, television and film career was beyond imagination: 9 Emmys and a Golden Globe. Intelligent, charming, witty, talented; she was a born entertainer.   More...

Bedtime Blanket Stories

  Everyone loves a well-appointed bed. Especially when we use items we've held onto from years passed: a patchwork quilt, knitted afghan, woolen spread, satin coverlet, flannel sheets, and more; all set to layer the perfect bed for those colder nights ahead.  ...

Salads for All Seasons

  Retro recipe books abound online and in bookstores everywhere.... But, wait! Are there any bookstores left? At least thrift shops will continue to offer old cookbooks,  I suppose. And, secretly hope.   Let's take a look at popular vintage recipes for a...

All That Glitters

  When Goldie Hawn smiles, she sparkles, glows, and glitters.* We all know Goldie has acted in more than comedies alone. But, if you’ve read her quotes or watched when she’s interviewed, you’ll know she believes making people happy is an important part of her...

What’s on the Telly Tonight?

  Around 40,000 U.S. families owned a home television in the mid-1940s, compared to about 121 million today!   October 1947 brought two televised "firsts" home: 1. The World Series game of Yankees (4) vs Dodgers (3) 2. Harry Truman’s White House speech...

The Corvette: A Love Story

Which car was your first love? A Mustang? The Monte Carlo? How about a Corvette? Pictured above is the 1978 Silver Anniversary Edition - my dream car. The next year ('79) saw the highest production of Vettes in its history.   Chevrolet Corvette sales reportedly...

Seersucker Cotton & Candy Suckers

  Summertime has now passed, and old memories of home life rituals come to mind. For me, one ritual would begin, as another one ended.   Preparing for the upcoming elementary schoolyear was always an exciting time for my sisters and me. Our cotton seersucker...

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.

 

Does a Genie Live Inside?

  Everyday things can be functional and ordinary, or... EPIC!   One of the most elegant collectible pieces from the 1940s and 1950s is the Aladdin teapot made by the Hall China Company of East Liverpool, Ohio. Hall was purchased only recently by Homer...

Jumping for Joy

 (photo credits: Matt Spur)   If you've ever attended a slumber party where jumping on the bed was allowed, you're one lucky duck!   If not, maybe you've at least enjoyed the surreal weightlessness of jumping on a backyard trampoline, suspended like a bird...

Dreams of Glass

  From basketweaving to breathtaking beauty. This is the short version of how Dale Patrick Chihuly found his path to unparalleled dimensions of artistry.   The first time I saw one of his works was in Columbus, Indiana. Massive. Glorious. A complete burst of...

The Joker’s Wild

  Game shows hit daytime television as early as the 1940s. If you were around in the 1970s, you could've watched The Joker's Wild, Gambit, and Match Game. Which one of these three did you like best?   The first episode of The Joker's Wild is a time capsule....

Station Wagon Wanderlust

  Autumn weather can make us recall bygone American road trips to the forest, lake, seaside, or mountains. Jumping into the back of the station wagon, begging for Dad to let down the back window. We'd kick off our shoes, pretend we were riding in a train or...

Hollyhocks in Hollywood

  Imagine a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, celebrating motifs of your favorite flower. What's more, your courtyard and landscape are embellished with lush plantings of these same floral varieties. This was the world of Aline Barnsdall, visionary of the...

The Daily Grind is Grande

 (image credits: PunkToad)   What do you call it when you walk into a coffee shop and feel like you’ve been there before?     Déja-brew!        Coffee Jokes & Puns   Coffee percolators have the sound and rhythm of retro kitchen music. Remember being...

D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read!)

  Beverly Cleary turned 104 years old on 4/12/20. She says  she didn't do it on purpose (living to be this age)!   When I saw and heard Mrs. Cleary speak, her facial expressions made me want to learn more about her life and personality. Did you know she...

Pastimes in Tennessee

    Today, we’re taking a time machine back to June 21, 1982 to visit the World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee!    NYT Unveils World's Fair   The 1982 World's Fair opening ceremonies are on continual replay (loop) on the big screen. Just inside the...

The Third Time is the Charm

  What would the history of home entertainment have been without Blockbuster and Nintendo?   The home videogame console industry was regenerated with the release of Nintendo NES in 1985. The third generation system introduced games now legendary: Super Mario...

God Bless the Milkman

  Jimmy took a couple of years off before deciding to get back into his truck in the wee hours of the morning to make home deliveries of cold, fresh milk and eggs. His unlikely inspiration was the real-life milkman from his own suburban neighborhood: the father...

Definitively Dinah

(Photo credit: Terry Whalebone)   Dinah Shore was one of entertainment's most beloved stars. Her music, television and film career was beyond imagination: 9 Emmys and a Golden Globe. Intelligent, charming, witty, talented; she was a born entertainer.   More...

Bedtime Blanket Stories

  Everyone loves a well-appointed bed. Especially when we use items we've held onto from years passed: a patchwork quilt, knitted afghan, woolen spread, satin coverlet, flannel sheets, and more; all set to layer the perfect bed for those colder nights ahead.  ...

Salads for All Seasons

  Retro recipe books abound online and in bookstores everywhere.... But, wait! Are there any bookstores left? At least thrift shops will continue to offer old cookbooks,  I suppose. And, secretly hope.   Let's take a look at popular vintage recipes for a...

All That Glitters

  When Goldie Hawn smiles, she sparkles, glows, and glitters.* We all know Goldie has acted in more than comedies alone. But, if you’ve read her quotes or watched when she’s interviewed, you’ll know she believes making people happy is an important part of her...

What’s on the Telly Tonight?

  Around 40,000 U.S. families owned a home television in the mid-1940s, compared to about 121 million today!   October 1947 brought two televised "firsts" home: 1. The World Series game of Yankees (4) vs Dodgers (3) 2. Harry Truman’s White House speech...

The Corvette: A Love Story

Which car was your first love? A Mustang? The Monte Carlo? How about a Corvette? Pictured above is the 1978 Silver Anniversary Edition - my dream car. The next year ('79) saw the highest production of Vettes in its history.   Chevrolet Corvette sales reportedly...

Seersucker Cotton & Candy Suckers

  Summertime has now passed, and old memories of home life rituals come to mind. For me, one ritual would begin, as another one ended.   Preparing for the upcoming elementary schoolyear was always an exciting time for my sisters and me. Our cotton seersucker...