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.

 

Before the days of the weighted blanket, heavy layers of blankets could equal a 15 lb. covering on a double bed.

Maybe that’s why sleep used to come more easily and we would awake more refreshed! 

Here are a few styles I remember from earlier decades: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Little Light of Mine

  Sister Rosetta Tharpe. I found her while browsing through gospel artists' archives. She sang one of my favorite songs from childhood, and not at all the way I learned it.   The sound of her Gibson SG electric guitar reflected the power in her heart and...

The Dinosaur Days of Dial-Up

The World Wide Web descended upon the 1990s workplace with a life of its own. Soon, dial-up was no longer the only kid on the block when faster T1 lines became more accessible.   Everyone in the workplace had to learn to navigate these unchartered waters....

How Does Your Garden Grow?

If you've ever worked in a seasonal garden, you know how fulfilling it is to harvest and eat the wonderful food grown. In the 1940s, families needed to work their gardens with renewed focus and efficiency. They did that job quite well; to the tune of billions of...

Movie Stars and the Milky Way

  One of the fastest ways to put a group of people at ease is to bring up the subject of drive-in movie theatres. Folks nearly jump from their seats when they start sharing these highly personal stories of pleasurable times with family and friends. Don't be...

No Batteries Required

(Photo courtesy of Chris Yunker)   Aside from daydreams of a treehouse, swimming pool, and camper, the young child in me always wished for a chance to build and race a soap box car. How about you?   The Soap Box Derby has continued as a beloved annual...

Buck Rogers at the Olympics

The first public jet pack (rocket belt) demonstrations were way back in the 1960s, seen by audiences of thousands. Bill Suitor flew before a larger audience twenty years later. Not in the thousands, but in the billions. https://youtu.be/mYlbgDAgdsk   A modern-day...

A Fashionable Fairytale

Blunt-cut bangs have held a classic place in women's hair design for 100 years. Anna May Wong was a living icon of this style, yet her fashion sense and stardom went far beyond her hairline. Hollywood Era Fashion Photos Anna May was celebrated in a contemporary...

Fishing With My Dad

  After the poles are out and hooks in the water, kids can let down their guard and share some inner thoughts with Dad.  https://www.moms.com/fishing-dad-6-reasons-kids/     https://youtu.be/uhWF9Tf7oBQ    

Child Prodigy Extraordinaire

Frank "Sugar Chile" Robinson is a living legend whose story everyone should know. I am personally grateful to finally learn about his life and work, now passing it along to others who may have yet to “meet” him. https://youtu.be/YcqXPzaTR2o   Frank Robinson’s...

Just a Spoonful of Sugar

It makes no difference whether there is real tea in the cups or we're only playing pretend, a child's tea party commands formality and elegance! I played with more than one of these Japanese porcelain lusterware sets in bygone days. There are more styles of these...

There’s Always Time for What Matters Most

The first Disney Legend named was Fred MacMurray. With over 100 films to his credit, we're left to wonder how he made time to become a master leather craftsman, woodworker, fly fisherman, musician, and the inspiration for C.C. Beck's Captain Marvel in only one...

Tall Tales of Tractors

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

Food Automation at the Automat

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

Kitchens & Kitsch: A Match Made in Heaven

  Imagine you are transported back in time to a grandmother's kitchen, or of anyone over the age of 60. You are a first-grader, sitting in a chair at the kitchen table, gazing around the room. What do you see? Most likely, something kitschy, meaning it bears...

All Lined Up and Ready

The Life and Times of Utility Pole Glass Insulators: A Quick Rundown glassian.org   Wooden utility poles held telegraph, telephone and electricity wires alongside railroad tracks. Poles were topped with glass insulators to conduct the signal or current of the...

She’s Got the Fern Fever

  There was a name for an obsession with ferns just before the turn of the 19th century; a passion that spilled over into motifs of ferns. Everything from toys to tombstones displayed fern designs. While women in the Victorian era went wild with their fern fever,...

Take the Fast Train to Fun in France

  1986 was the year to ride the TGV, the fastest computerized train rail in Europe, to France. The video below is part 2 of 2 hosted by a fuzzy, funny tour guide. Fuzzy from the film quality and funny as she jokes about bicycling along the hilly countryside...

The First Lady of Yoga, Lilias Folan

  Lilias became widely known through a PBS series bearing the name of her first book. The program was later renamed, Lilias. Without finding exact data, I would venture to bet this book will endure as strongly throughout the decades for health and fitness as The...

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 full week of salads. They aren’t seasonal, so we can enjoy them year-round.

 

Sunday:    Jello Salad

Monday:    Layered Salad

Tuesday:   Chicken Salad

Wednesday:  Tossed Salad

Thursday:   Fruit Salad

Friday:   Caesar Salad

Saturday:   Potato Salad  

This Little Light of Mine

  Sister Rosetta Tharpe. I found her while browsing through gospel artists' archives. She sang one of my favorite songs from childhood, and not at all the way I learned it.   The sound of her Gibson SG electric guitar reflected the power in her heart and...

The Dinosaur Days of Dial-Up

The World Wide Web descended upon the 1990s workplace with a life of its own. Soon, dial-up was no longer the only kid on the block when faster T1 lines became more accessible.   Everyone in the workplace had to learn to navigate these unchartered waters....

How Does Your Garden Grow?

If you've ever worked in a seasonal garden, you know how fulfilling it is to harvest and eat the wonderful food grown. In the 1940s, families needed to work their gardens with renewed focus and efficiency. They did that job quite well; to the tune of billions of...

Movie Stars and the Milky Way

  One of the fastest ways to put a group of people at ease is to bring up the subject of drive-in movie theatres. Folks nearly jump from their seats when they start sharing these highly personal stories of pleasurable times with family and friends. Don't be...

No Batteries Required

(Photo courtesy of Chris Yunker)   Aside from daydreams of a treehouse, swimming pool, and camper, the young child in me always wished for a chance to build and race a soap box car. How about you?   The Soap Box Derby has continued as a beloved annual...

Buck Rogers at the Olympics

The first public jet pack (rocket belt) demonstrations were way back in the 1960s, seen by audiences of thousands. Bill Suitor flew before a larger audience twenty years later. Not in the thousands, but in the billions. https://youtu.be/mYlbgDAgdsk   A modern-day...

A Fashionable Fairytale

Blunt-cut bangs have held a classic place in women's hair design for 100 years. Anna May Wong was a living icon of this style, yet her fashion sense and stardom went far beyond her hairline. Hollywood Era Fashion Photos Anna May was celebrated in a contemporary...

Fishing With My Dad

  After the poles are out and hooks in the water, kids can let down their guard and share some inner thoughts with Dad.  https://www.moms.com/fishing-dad-6-reasons-kids/     https://youtu.be/uhWF9Tf7oBQ    

Child Prodigy Extraordinaire

Frank "Sugar Chile" Robinson is a living legend whose story everyone should know. I am personally grateful to finally learn about his life and work, now passing it along to others who may have yet to “meet” him. https://youtu.be/YcqXPzaTR2o   Frank Robinson’s...

Just a Spoonful of Sugar

It makes no difference whether there is real tea in the cups or we're only playing pretend, a child's tea party commands formality and elegance! I played with more than one of these Japanese porcelain lusterware sets in bygone days. There are more styles of these...

There’s Always Time for What Matters Most

The first Disney Legend named was Fred MacMurray. With over 100 films to his credit, we're left to wonder how he made time to become a master leather craftsman, woodworker, fly fisherman, musician, and the inspiration for C.C. Beck's Captain Marvel in only one...

Tall Tales of Tractors

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

Food Automation at the Automat

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

Kitchens & Kitsch: A Match Made in Heaven

  Imagine you are transported back in time to a grandmother's kitchen, or of anyone over the age of 60. You are a first-grader, sitting in a chair at the kitchen table, gazing around the room. What do you see? Most likely, something kitschy, meaning it bears...

All Lined Up and Ready

The Life and Times of Utility Pole Glass Insulators: A Quick Rundown glassian.org   Wooden utility poles held telegraph, telephone and electricity wires alongside railroad tracks. Poles were topped with glass insulators to conduct the signal or current of the...

She’s Got the Fern Fever

  There was a name for an obsession with ferns just before the turn of the 19th century; a passion that spilled over into motifs of ferns. Everything from toys to tombstones displayed fern designs. While women in the Victorian era went wild with their fern fever,...

Take the Fast Train to Fun in France

  1986 was the year to ride the TGV, the fastest computerized train rail in Europe, to France. The video below is part 2 of 2 hosted by a fuzzy, funny tour guide. Fuzzy from the film quality and funny as she jokes about bicycling along the hilly countryside...

The First Lady of Yoga, Lilias Folan

  Lilias became widely known through a PBS series bearing the name of her first book. The program was later renamed, Lilias. Without finding exact data, I would venture to bet this book will endure as strongly throughout the decades for health and fitness as The...

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 (asking families

to conserve food)

 

Steve McVoy gives us a look into his Early Television Museum.

He blows my mind with those early versions of colored televisions.

Don’t miss his sophisticated 1948 news broadcasting motorvan:

 

 

 

 

This Little Light of Mine

  Sister Rosetta Tharpe. I found her while browsing through gospel artists' archives. She sang one of my favorite songs from childhood, and not at all the way I learned it.   The sound of her Gibson SG electric guitar reflected the power in her heart and...

The Dinosaur Days of Dial-Up

The World Wide Web descended upon the 1990s workplace with a life of its own. Soon, dial-up was no longer the only kid on the block when faster T1 lines became more accessible.   Everyone in the workplace had to learn to navigate these unchartered waters....

How Does Your Garden Grow?

If you've ever worked in a seasonal garden, you know how fulfilling it is to harvest and eat the wonderful food grown. In the 1940s, families needed to work their gardens with renewed focus and efficiency. They did that job quite well; to the tune of billions of...

Movie Stars and the Milky Way

  One of the fastest ways to put a group of people at ease is to bring up the subject of drive-in movie theatres. Folks nearly jump from their seats when they start sharing these highly personal stories of pleasurable times with family and friends. Don't be...

No Batteries Required

(Photo courtesy of Chris Yunker)   Aside from daydreams of a treehouse, swimming pool, and camper, the young child in me always wished for a chance to build and race a soap box car. How about you?   The Soap Box Derby has continued as a beloved annual...

Buck Rogers at the Olympics

The first public jet pack (rocket belt) demonstrations were way back in the 1960s, seen by audiences of thousands. Bill Suitor flew before a larger audience twenty years later. Not in the thousands, but in the billions. https://youtu.be/mYlbgDAgdsk   A modern-day...

A Fashionable Fairytale

Blunt-cut bangs have held a classic place in women's hair design for 100 years. Anna May Wong was a living icon of this style, yet her fashion sense and stardom went far beyond her hairline. Hollywood Era Fashion Photos Anna May was celebrated in a contemporary...

Fishing With My Dad

  After the poles are out and hooks in the water, kids can let down their guard and share some inner thoughts with Dad.  https://www.moms.com/fishing-dad-6-reasons-kids/     https://youtu.be/uhWF9Tf7oBQ    

Child Prodigy Extraordinaire

Frank "Sugar Chile" Robinson is a living legend whose story everyone should know. I am personally grateful to finally learn about his life and work, now passing it along to others who may have yet to “meet” him. https://youtu.be/YcqXPzaTR2o   Frank Robinson’s...

Just a Spoonful of Sugar

It makes no difference whether there is real tea in the cups or we're only playing pretend, a child's tea party commands formality and elegance! I played with more than one of these Japanese porcelain lusterware sets in bygone days. There are more styles of these...

There’s Always Time for What Matters Most

The first Disney Legend named was Fred MacMurray. With over 100 films to his credit, we're left to wonder how he made time to become a master leather craftsman, woodworker, fly fisherman, musician, and the inspiration for C.C. Beck's Captain Marvel in only one...

Tall Tales of Tractors

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

Food Automation at the Automat

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

Kitchens & Kitsch: A Match Made in Heaven

  Imagine you are transported back in time to a grandmother's kitchen, or of anyone over the age of 60. You are a first-grader, sitting in a chair at the kitchen table, gazing around the room. What do you see? Most likely, something kitschy, meaning it bears...

All Lined Up and Ready

The Life and Times of Utility Pole Glass Insulators: A Quick Rundown glassian.org   Wooden utility poles held telegraph, telephone and electricity wires alongside railroad tracks. Poles were topped with glass insulators to conduct the signal or current of the...

She’s Got the Fern Fever

  There was a name for an obsession with ferns just before the turn of the 19th century; a passion that spilled over into motifs of ferns. Everything from toys to tombstones displayed fern designs. While women in the Victorian era went wild with their fern fever,...

Take the Fast Train to Fun in France

  1986 was the year to ride the TGV, the fastest computerized train rail in Europe, to France. The video below is part 2 of 2 hosted by a fuzzy, funny tour guide. Fuzzy from the film quality and funny as she jokes about bicycling along the hilly countryside...

The First Lady of Yoga, Lilias Folan

  Lilias became widely known through a PBS series bearing the name of her first book. The program was later renamed, Lilias. Without finding exact data, I would venture to bet this book will endure as strongly throughout the decades for health and fitness as The...

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 shorts sets and daytime dresses were replaced with cotton corduroy jumpers and long-sleeved white cotton blouses with Peter Pan collars.

 

Parents (grandparents and caregivers alike) typically ordered kids’ clothing from the Sears catalog (or Montgomery Ward’s or J.C. Penney’s). In-store shopping wasn’t convenient for one-car families, so people relied on a few mail-order companies before Amazon existed.

Is it any wonder that as a youngster, I believed “searsucker” fabric was designed and made only by Sears, Roebuck and Co.?

 

Another ritual of summer’s end was the end of weekly walks to the corner candystore with a quarter in my pocket. While it wasn’t a vintage five-and-dime or corner drugstore with giant glass bins of candies piled high, the red-brick corner convenience store (with its two gasoline pumps out front) sold plenty of tempting treats. The Sugar Daddy Pop was a lasting favorite. In our family, pops/lollipops were called suckers (avoiding confusion with sodas, called pop)! 

 

Here’s a throw-back tune from slower, sometimes sweeter days:

The Candyman

 

 

This Little Light of Mine

  Sister Rosetta Tharpe. I found her while browsing through gospel artists' archives. She sang one of my favorite songs from childhood, and not at all the way I learned it.   The sound of her Gibson SG electric guitar reflected the power in her heart and...

The Dinosaur Days of Dial-Up

The World Wide Web descended upon the 1990s workplace with a life of its own. Soon, dial-up was no longer the only kid on the block when faster T1 lines became more accessible.   Everyone in the workplace had to learn to navigate these unchartered waters....

How Does Your Garden Grow?

If you've ever worked in a seasonal garden, you know how fulfilling it is to harvest and eat the wonderful food grown. In the 1940s, families needed to work their gardens with renewed focus and efficiency. They did that job quite well; to the tune of billions of...

Movie Stars and the Milky Way

  One of the fastest ways to put a group of people at ease is to bring up the subject of drive-in movie theatres. Folks nearly jump from their seats when they start sharing these highly personal stories of pleasurable times with family and friends. Don't be...

No Batteries Required

(Photo courtesy of Chris Yunker)   Aside from daydreams of a treehouse, swimming pool, and camper, the young child in me always wished for a chance to build and race a soap box car. How about you?   The Soap Box Derby has continued as a beloved annual...

Buck Rogers at the Olympics

The first public jet pack (rocket belt) demonstrations were way back in the 1960s, seen by audiences of thousands. Bill Suitor flew before a larger audience twenty years later. Not in the thousands, but in the billions. https://youtu.be/mYlbgDAgdsk   A modern-day...

A Fashionable Fairytale

Blunt-cut bangs have held a classic place in women's hair design for 100 years. Anna May Wong was a living icon of this style, yet her fashion sense and stardom went far beyond her hairline. Hollywood Era Fashion Photos Anna May was celebrated in a contemporary...

Fishing With My Dad

  After the poles are out and hooks in the water, kids can let down their guard and share some inner thoughts with Dad.  https://www.moms.com/fishing-dad-6-reasons-kids/     https://youtu.be/uhWF9Tf7oBQ    

Child Prodigy Extraordinaire

Frank "Sugar Chile" Robinson is a living legend whose story everyone should know. I am personally grateful to finally learn about his life and work, now passing it along to others who may have yet to “meet” him. https://youtu.be/YcqXPzaTR2o   Frank Robinson’s...

Just a Spoonful of Sugar

It makes no difference whether there is real tea in the cups or we're only playing pretend, a child's tea party commands formality and elegance! I played with more than one of these Japanese porcelain lusterware sets in bygone days. There are more styles of these...

There’s Always Time for What Matters Most

The first Disney Legend named was Fred MacMurray. With over 100 films to his credit, we're left to wonder how he made time to become a master leather craftsman, woodworker, fly fisherman, musician, and the inspiration for C.C. Beck's Captain Marvel in only one...

Tall Tales of Tractors

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

Food Automation at the Automat

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

Kitchens & Kitsch: A Match Made in Heaven

  Imagine you are transported back in time to a grandmother's kitchen, or of anyone over the age of 60. You are a first-grader, sitting in a chair at the kitchen table, gazing around the room. What do you see? Most likely, something kitschy, meaning it bears...

All Lined Up and Ready

The Life and Times of Utility Pole Glass Insulators: A Quick Rundown glassian.org   Wooden utility poles held telegraph, telephone and electricity wires alongside railroad tracks. Poles were topped with glass insulators to conduct the signal or current of the...

She’s Got the Fern Fever

  There was a name for an obsession with ferns just before the turn of the 19th century; a passion that spilled over into motifs of ferns. Everything from toys to tombstones displayed fern designs. While women in the Victorian era went wild with their fern fever,...

Take the Fast Train to Fun in France

  1986 was the year to ride the TGV, the fastest computerized train rail in Europe, to France. The video below is part 2 of 2 hosted by a fuzzy, funny tour guide. Fuzzy from the film quality and funny as she jokes about bicycling along the hilly countryside...

The First Lady of Yoga, Lilias Folan

  Lilias became widely known through a PBS series bearing the name of her first book. The program was later renamed, Lilias. Without finding exact data, I would venture to bet this book will endure as strongly throughout the decades for health and fitness as The...

Falling for Fantasy


Rustling leaves in the wind, crackling 
logs in the fireplace, steam flowing from a mug of hot cider, and early evening shadows on the wall of your room at dusk. These sounds and images are only a sampling of sensory experiences often associated with autumn.

The good news is: we can find simple pleasures in those things we love most about the season, anytime and at no cost. How? Well, if you are new to the wave of interest in sensory responses, read on:

ASMR Description

 

Please pause a moment to enjoy a few simulation videos I’ve curated from YouTube.

You’ll not find any spooks here, only soothing sounds.

Maybe you’ll feel they’re about as nice as a gentle scalp massage or a soothing backrub.

 

 

 

 

 

This Little Light of Mine

  Sister Rosetta Tharpe. I found her while browsing through gospel artists' archives. She sang one of my favorite songs from childhood, and not at all the way I learned it.   The sound of her Gibson SG electric guitar reflected the power in her heart and...

The Dinosaur Days of Dial-Up

The World Wide Web descended upon the 1990s workplace with a life of its own. Soon, dial-up was no longer the only kid on the block when faster T1 lines became more accessible.   Everyone in the workplace had to learn to navigate these unchartered waters....

How Does Your Garden Grow?

If you've ever worked in a seasonal garden, you know how fulfilling it is to harvest and eat the wonderful food grown. In the 1940s, families needed to work their gardens with renewed focus and efficiency. They did that job quite well; to the tune of billions of...

Movie Stars and the Milky Way

  One of the fastest ways to put a group of people at ease is to bring up the subject of drive-in movie theatres. Folks nearly jump from their seats when they start sharing these highly personal stories of pleasurable times with family and friends. Don't be...

No Batteries Required

(Photo courtesy of Chris Yunker)   Aside from daydreams of a treehouse, swimming pool, and camper, the young child in me always wished for a chance to build and race a soap box car. How about you?   The Soap Box Derby has continued as a beloved annual...

Buck Rogers at the Olympics

The first public jet pack (rocket belt) demonstrations were way back in the 1960s, seen by audiences of thousands. Bill Suitor flew before a larger audience twenty years later. Not in the thousands, but in the billions. https://youtu.be/mYlbgDAgdsk   A modern-day...

A Fashionable Fairytale

Blunt-cut bangs have held a classic place in women's hair design for 100 years. Anna May Wong was a living icon of this style, yet her fashion sense and stardom went far beyond her hairline. Hollywood Era Fashion Photos Anna May was celebrated in a contemporary...

Fishing With My Dad

  After the poles are out and hooks in the water, kids can let down their guard and share some inner thoughts with Dad.  https://www.moms.com/fishing-dad-6-reasons-kids/     https://youtu.be/uhWF9Tf7oBQ    

Child Prodigy Extraordinaire

Frank "Sugar Chile" Robinson is a living legend whose story everyone should know. I am personally grateful to finally learn about his life and work, now passing it along to others who may have yet to “meet” him. https://youtu.be/YcqXPzaTR2o   Frank Robinson’s...

Just a Spoonful of Sugar

It makes no difference whether there is real tea in the cups or we're only playing pretend, a child's tea party commands formality and elegance! I played with more than one of these Japanese porcelain lusterware sets in bygone days. There are more styles of these...

There’s Always Time for What Matters Most

The first Disney Legend named was Fred MacMurray. With over 100 films to his credit, we're left to wonder how he made time to become a master leather craftsman, woodworker, fly fisherman, musician, and the inspiration for C.C. Beck's Captain Marvel in only one...

Tall Tales of Tractors

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

Food Automation at the Automat

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

Kitchens & Kitsch: A Match Made in Heaven

  Imagine you are transported back in time to a grandmother's kitchen, or of anyone over the age of 60. You are a first-grader, sitting in a chair at the kitchen table, gazing around the room. What do you see? Most likely, something kitschy, meaning it bears...

All Lined Up and Ready

The Life and Times of Utility Pole Glass Insulators: A Quick Rundown glassian.org   Wooden utility poles held telegraph, telephone and electricity wires alongside railroad tracks. Poles were topped with glass insulators to conduct the signal or current of the...

She’s Got the Fern Fever

  There was a name for an obsession with ferns just before the turn of the 19th century; a passion that spilled over into motifs of ferns. Everything from toys to tombstones displayed fern designs. While women in the Victorian era went wild with their fern fever,...

Take the Fast Train to Fun in France

  1986 was the year to ride the TGV, the fastest computerized train rail in Europe, to France. The video below is part 2 of 2 hosted by a fuzzy, funny tour guide. Fuzzy from the film quality and funny as she jokes about bicycling along the hilly countryside...

The First Lady of Yoga, Lilias Folan

  Lilias became widely known through a PBS series bearing the name of her first book. The program was later renamed, Lilias. Without finding exact data, I would venture to bet this book will endure as strongly throughout the decades for health and fitness as The...

Soap on a Rope

 

Each decade brings new gift fads. Most come and go, never to return.

One such gift that’s still available today – guaranteed to bring a smile – is soap on a rope!  I once thought the rope was meant to hang the soap in the shower between uses. Turns out, the rope was designed to be looped over the wrist or neck to prevent the soap from falling during use. Surprisingly, one merchant company still sells dozens of styles online for all ages and interests. 

 Novelty Soap

A few unusual soaps I recall from years past include fuzzy wuzzy soap (which grew fur after use), molded animal bars with tiny plastic toys in the center, rose and daisy flower blooms, and swirled Avon Easter egg bars.

This Little Light of Mine

  Sister Rosetta Tharpe. I found her while browsing through gospel artists' archives. She sang one of my favorite songs from childhood, and not at all the way I learned it.   The sound of her Gibson SG electric guitar reflected the power in her heart and...

The Dinosaur Days of Dial-Up

The World Wide Web descended upon the 1990s workplace with a life of its own. Soon, dial-up was no longer the only kid on the block when faster T1 lines became more accessible.   Everyone in the workplace had to learn to navigate these unchartered waters....

How Does Your Garden Grow?

If you've ever worked in a seasonal garden, you know how fulfilling it is to harvest and eat the wonderful food grown. In the 1940s, families needed to work their gardens with renewed focus and efficiency. They did that job quite well; to the tune of billions of...

Movie Stars and the Milky Way

  One of the fastest ways to put a group of people at ease is to bring up the subject of drive-in movie theatres. Folks nearly jump from their seats when they start sharing these highly personal stories of pleasurable times with family and friends. Don't be...

No Batteries Required

(Photo courtesy of Chris Yunker)   Aside from daydreams of a treehouse, swimming pool, and camper, the young child in me always wished for a chance to build and race a soap box car. How about you?   The Soap Box Derby has continued as a beloved annual...

Buck Rogers at the Olympics

The first public jet pack (rocket belt) demonstrations were way back in the 1960s, seen by audiences of thousands. Bill Suitor flew before a larger audience twenty years later. Not in the thousands, but in the billions. https://youtu.be/mYlbgDAgdsk   A modern-day...

A Fashionable Fairytale

Blunt-cut bangs have held a classic place in women's hair design for 100 years. Anna May Wong was a living icon of this style, yet her fashion sense and stardom went far beyond her hairline. Hollywood Era Fashion Photos Anna May was celebrated in a contemporary...

Fishing With My Dad

  After the poles are out and hooks in the water, kids can let down their guard and share some inner thoughts with Dad.  https://www.moms.com/fishing-dad-6-reasons-kids/     https://youtu.be/uhWF9Tf7oBQ    

Child Prodigy Extraordinaire

Frank "Sugar Chile" Robinson is a living legend whose story everyone should know. I am personally grateful to finally learn about his life and work, now passing it along to others who may have yet to “meet” him. https://youtu.be/YcqXPzaTR2o   Frank Robinson’s...

Just a Spoonful of Sugar

It makes no difference whether there is real tea in the cups or we're only playing pretend, a child's tea party commands formality and elegance! I played with more than one of these Japanese porcelain lusterware sets in bygone days. There are more styles of these...

There’s Always Time for What Matters Most

The first Disney Legend named was Fred MacMurray. With over 100 films to his credit, we're left to wonder how he made time to become a master leather craftsman, woodworker, fly fisherman, musician, and the inspiration for C.C. Beck's Captain Marvel in only one...

Tall Tales of Tractors

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

Food Automation at the Automat

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

Kitchens & Kitsch: A Match Made in Heaven

  Imagine you are transported back in time to a grandmother's kitchen, or of anyone over the age of 60. You are a first-grader, sitting in a chair at the kitchen table, gazing around the room. What do you see? Most likely, something kitschy, meaning it bears...

All Lined Up and Ready

The Life and Times of Utility Pole Glass Insulators: A Quick Rundown glassian.org   Wooden utility poles held telegraph, telephone and electricity wires alongside railroad tracks. Poles were topped with glass insulators to conduct the signal or current of the...

She’s Got the Fern Fever

  There was a name for an obsession with ferns just before the turn of the 19th century; a passion that spilled over into motifs of ferns. Everything from toys to tombstones displayed fern designs. While women in the Victorian era went wild with their fern fever,...

Take the Fast Train to Fun in France

  1986 was the year to ride the TGV, the fastest computerized train rail in Europe, to France. The video below is part 2 of 2 hosted by a fuzzy, funny tour guide. Fuzzy from the film quality and funny as she jokes about bicycling along the hilly countryside...

The First Lady of Yoga, Lilias Folan

  Lilias became widely known through a PBS series bearing the name of her first book. The program was later renamed, Lilias. Without finding exact data, I would venture to bet this book will endure as strongly throughout the decades for health and fitness as The...

Kitchens & Kitsch: A Match Made in Heaven

 

Imagine you are transported back in time to a grandmother’s kitchen, or of anyone over the age of 60. You are a first-grader, sitting in a chair at the kitchen table, gazing around the room. What do you see? Most likely, something kitschy, meaning it bears exaggerated sentimentality. If these once-popular artistic pieces were not sold in yard sales along the way, they may now be some of your greatest treasures. Not for their value, but for their sentimentality.

You will undoubtedly lose count of the kitschy pieces in these room renovations:

This Little Light of Mine

  Sister Rosetta Tharpe. I found her while browsing through gospel artists' archives. She sang one of my favorite songs from childhood, and not at all the way I learned it.   The sound of her Gibson SG electric guitar reflected the power in her heart and...

The Dinosaur Days of Dial-Up

The World Wide Web descended upon the 1990s workplace with a life of its own. Soon, dial-up was no longer the only kid on the block when faster T1 lines became more accessible.   Everyone in the workplace had to learn to navigate these unchartered waters....

How Does Your Garden Grow?

If you've ever worked in a seasonal garden, you know how fulfilling it is to harvest and eat the wonderful food grown. In the 1940s, families needed to work their gardens with renewed focus and efficiency. They did that job quite well; to the tune of billions of...

Movie Stars and the Milky Way

  One of the fastest ways to put a group of people at ease is to bring up the subject of drive-in movie theatres. Folks nearly jump from their seats when they start sharing these highly personal stories of pleasurable times with family and friends. Don't be...

No Batteries Required

(Photo courtesy of Chris Yunker)   Aside from daydreams of a treehouse, swimming pool, and camper, the young child in me always wished for a chance to build and race a soap box car. How about you?   The Soap Box Derby has continued as a beloved annual...

Buck Rogers at the Olympics

The first public jet pack (rocket belt) demonstrations were way back in the 1960s, seen by audiences of thousands. Bill Suitor flew before a larger audience twenty years later. Not in the thousands, but in the billions. https://youtu.be/mYlbgDAgdsk   A modern-day...

A Fashionable Fairytale

Blunt-cut bangs have held a classic place in women's hair design for 100 years. Anna May Wong was a living icon of this style, yet her fashion sense and stardom went far beyond her hairline. Hollywood Era Fashion Photos Anna May was celebrated in a contemporary...

Fishing With My Dad

  After the poles are out and hooks in the water, kids can let down their guard and share some inner thoughts with Dad.  https://www.moms.com/fishing-dad-6-reasons-kids/     https://youtu.be/uhWF9Tf7oBQ    

Child Prodigy Extraordinaire

Frank "Sugar Chile" Robinson is a living legend whose story everyone should know. I am personally grateful to finally learn about his life and work, now passing it along to others who may have yet to “meet” him. https://youtu.be/YcqXPzaTR2o   Frank Robinson’s...

Just a Spoonful of Sugar

It makes no difference whether there is real tea in the cups or we're only playing pretend, a child's tea party commands formality and elegance! I played with more than one of these Japanese porcelain lusterware sets in bygone days. There are more styles of these...

There’s Always Time for What Matters Most

The first Disney Legend named was Fred MacMurray. With over 100 films to his credit, we're left to wonder how he made time to become a master leather craftsman, woodworker, fly fisherman, musician, and the inspiration for C.C. Beck's Captain Marvel in only one...

Tall Tales of Tractors

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

Food Automation at the Automat

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

Kitchens & Kitsch: A Match Made in Heaven

  Imagine you are transported back in time to a grandmother's kitchen, or of anyone over the age of 60. You are a first-grader, sitting in a chair at the kitchen table, gazing around the room. What do you see? Most likely, something kitschy, meaning it bears...

All Lined Up and Ready

The Life and Times of Utility Pole Glass Insulators: A Quick Rundown glassian.org   Wooden utility poles held telegraph, telephone and electricity wires alongside railroad tracks. Poles were topped with glass insulators to conduct the signal or current of the...

She’s Got the Fern Fever

  There was a name for an obsession with ferns just before the turn of the 19th century; a passion that spilled over into motifs of ferns. Everything from toys to tombstones displayed fern designs. While women in the Victorian era went wild with their fern fever,...

Take the Fast Train to Fun in France

  1986 was the year to ride the TGV, the fastest computerized train rail in Europe, to France. The video below is part 2 of 2 hosted by a fuzzy, funny tour guide. Fuzzy from the film quality and funny as she jokes about bicycling along the hilly countryside...

The First Lady of Yoga, Lilias Folan

  Lilias became widely known through a PBS series bearing the name of her first book. The program was later renamed, Lilias. Without finding exact data, I would venture to bet this book will endure as strongly throughout the decades for health and fitness as The...

She’s Got the Fern Fever

 

There was a name for an obsession with ferns just before the turn of the 19th century; a passion that spilled over into motifs of ferns. Everything from toys to tombstones displayed fern designs. While women in the Victorian era went wild with their fern fever, on its heels was the Edwardian era popularity of parlor palms. These and other outdoor plants thrived in conservatories or greenhouses.

This tropical conservatory in Pine Mountain, Georgia would leave women of yesteryear green with envy.

 

 

On a side note, disco fans may hear this song playing in their heads after reading the blog post title. If so:

 

 

 

This Little Light of Mine

  Sister Rosetta Tharpe. I found her while browsing through gospel artists' archives. She sang one of my favorite songs from childhood, and not at all the way I learned it.   The sound of her Gibson SG electric guitar reflected the power in her heart and...

The Dinosaur Days of Dial-Up

The World Wide Web descended upon the 1990s workplace with a life of its own. Soon, dial-up was no longer the only kid on the block when faster T1 lines became more accessible.   Everyone in the workplace had to learn to navigate these unchartered waters....

How Does Your Garden Grow?

If you've ever worked in a seasonal garden, you know how fulfilling it is to harvest and eat the wonderful food grown. In the 1940s, families needed to work their gardens with renewed focus and efficiency. They did that job quite well; to the tune of billions of...

Movie Stars and the Milky Way

  One of the fastest ways to put a group of people at ease is to bring up the subject of drive-in movie theatres. Folks nearly jump from their seats when they start sharing these highly personal stories of pleasurable times with family and friends. Don't be...

No Batteries Required

(Photo courtesy of Chris Yunker)   Aside from daydreams of a treehouse, swimming pool, and camper, the young child in me always wished for a chance to build and race a soap box car. How about you?   The Soap Box Derby has continued as a beloved annual...

Buck Rogers at the Olympics

The first public jet pack (rocket belt) demonstrations were way back in the 1960s, seen by audiences of thousands. Bill Suitor flew before a larger audience twenty years later. Not in the thousands, but in the billions. https://youtu.be/mYlbgDAgdsk   A modern-day...

A Fashionable Fairytale

Blunt-cut bangs have held a classic place in women's hair design for 100 years. Anna May Wong was a living icon of this style, yet her fashion sense and stardom went far beyond her hairline. Hollywood Era Fashion Photos Anna May was celebrated in a contemporary...

Fishing With My Dad

  After the poles are out and hooks in the water, kids can let down their guard and share some inner thoughts with Dad.  https://www.moms.com/fishing-dad-6-reasons-kids/     https://youtu.be/uhWF9Tf7oBQ    

Child Prodigy Extraordinaire

Frank "Sugar Chile" Robinson is a living legend whose story everyone should know. I am personally grateful to finally learn about his life and work, now passing it along to others who may have yet to “meet” him. https://youtu.be/YcqXPzaTR2o   Frank Robinson’s...

Just a Spoonful of Sugar

It makes no difference whether there is real tea in the cups or we're only playing pretend, a child's tea party commands formality and elegance! I played with more than one of these Japanese porcelain lusterware sets in bygone days. There are more styles of these...

There’s Always Time for What Matters Most

The first Disney Legend named was Fred MacMurray. With over 100 films to his credit, we're left to wonder how he made time to become a master leather craftsman, woodworker, fly fisherman, musician, and the inspiration for C.C. Beck's Captain Marvel in only one...

Tall Tales of Tractors

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

Food Automation at the Automat

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

Kitchens & Kitsch: A Match Made in Heaven

  Imagine you are transported back in time to a grandmother's kitchen, or of anyone over the age of 60. You are a first-grader, sitting in a chair at the kitchen table, gazing around the room. What do you see? Most likely, something kitschy, meaning it bears...

All Lined Up and Ready

The Life and Times of Utility Pole Glass Insulators: A Quick Rundown glassian.org   Wooden utility poles held telegraph, telephone and electricity wires alongside railroad tracks. Poles were topped with glass insulators to conduct the signal or current of the...

She’s Got the Fern Fever

  There was a name for an obsession with ferns just before the turn of the 19th century; a passion that spilled over into motifs of ferns. Everything from toys to tombstones displayed fern designs. While women in the Victorian era went wild with their fern fever,...

Take the Fast Train to Fun in France

  1986 was the year to ride the TGV, the fastest computerized train rail in Europe, to France. The video below is part 2 of 2 hosted by a fuzzy, funny tour guide. Fuzzy from the film quality and funny as she jokes about bicycling along the hilly countryside...

The First Lady of Yoga, Lilias Folan

  Lilias became widely known through a PBS series bearing the name of her first book. The program was later renamed, Lilias. Without finding exact data, I would venture to bet this book will endure as strongly throughout the decades for health and fitness as The...