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 of the early 1970s teen idol, Bobby Sherman.

 

You are gonna love seeing Jimmy go door to door, wearing his retro white uniform and hat, driving his vintage truck, bringing dairy goodness to happy homes in the heartland.

 

 Jimmy the Milkman

 

More about the revival of milk home delivery:

 

 Milk on the Moove

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...

A Higher Calling

Once a superstar, yet still a chef. That's Graham Kerr. Always the comedian with his leaping about and laughing with his live audience.   He was my inspiration to pursue gourmet cooking and peruse the pages of Cuisine as a young girl. Rolling out homemade phyllo...

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...

Legendary Landscapes

  I knew my grandmother loved Bob Ross as she watched him well into the 21st century on PBS reruns. What I didn't know was how Bob became a national sensation more recently as a pop-culture symbol. At least not until purchasing a board game bearing Bob's image...

No Plain Jane

Doris Day as Calamity Jane   One of America's darlings left the world a much better place for our family pets. Thanks to her deep love for pet animals everywhere, Doris Day made a lasting impact. Even the full proceeds of her estate will be donated to 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...

September’s Song

  We often tend to feel a touch of nostalgia as seasons change from summer to fall. Some folks would even say it's the most emotionally-charged time on the calendar, aside from Thanksgiving / Christmas / New Year's.   September is ending this week, so it's...

One Lasting Lunch (En)Counter

Jeremy Trammell boasts his classic customer service mantra: "We're not in the burger-and-fry business; we're in the people business!" Well spoken! What's not to love about this sole remaining relic of Americana? Leaves me longing for a lunch encounter in Bakersfield!...

Honey of a Song

  How many songs would you guess include the word honey in the title? No one knows for sure, yet this list captures most of them. Please take notice: many listed here are not family-friendly, so do tread carefully. Lots of good ones are in the mix, most of which...

Pride in Public Service

(Header photo courtesy of Travis Goodspeed.)   If employees earn their living in an office, let them be granted the pleasure of serving alongside someone half as charming as Annabelle. Common courtesy and respect for others is something we remember still.  ...

Pride in Public Service

(Header photo courtesy of Travis Goodspeed.)

 

If employees earn their living in an office, let them be granted the pleasure of serving alongside someone half as charming as Annabelle.

Common courtesy and respect for others is something we remember still.

 

Watching this interview is like a breath of fresh air!

 

 

And now, check out this fast-paced, artsy take on women’s fashion at work over the last 100 years:

 

 

 

 

 

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...

A Higher Calling

Once a superstar, yet still a chef. That's Graham Kerr. Always the comedian with his leaping about and laughing with his live audience.   He was my inspiration to pursue gourmet cooking and peruse the pages of Cuisine as a young girl. Rolling out homemade phyllo...

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...

Legendary Landscapes

  I knew my grandmother loved Bob Ross as she watched him well into the 21st century on PBS reruns. What I didn't know was how Bob became a national sensation more recently as a pop-culture symbol. At least not until purchasing a board game bearing Bob's image...

No Plain Jane

Doris Day as Calamity Jane   One of America's darlings left the world a much better place for our family pets. Thanks to her deep love for pet animals everywhere, Doris Day made a lasting impact. Even the full proceeds of her estate will be donated to 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...

September’s Song

  We often tend to feel a touch of nostalgia as seasons change from summer to fall. Some folks would even say it's the most emotionally-charged time on the calendar, aside from Thanksgiving / Christmas / New Year's.   September is ending this week, so it's...

One Lasting Lunch (En)Counter

Jeremy Trammell boasts his classic customer service mantra: "We're not in the burger-and-fry business; we're in the people business!" Well spoken! What's not to love about this sole remaining relic of Americana? Leaves me longing for a lunch encounter in Bakersfield!...

Honey of a Song

  How many songs would you guess include the word honey in the title? No one knows for sure, yet this list captures most of them. Please take notice: many listed here are not family-friendly, so do tread carefully. Lots of good ones are in the mix, most of which...

Pride in Public Service

(Header photo courtesy of Travis Goodspeed.)   If employees earn their living in an office, let them be granted the pleasure of serving alongside someone half as charming as Annabelle. Common courtesy and respect for others is something we remember still.  ...

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. Standard office communications now required new creative problem-solving, keeping everyone on their toes.

 

Long before The Office aired its first episode, real employees (not actors) worked in offices performing tasks identical to these:

 

 

Both amateur and savvy web builders created works that were later saved from extinction due to two rare persons you can meet in the following video. They’ve preserved a mass of irreplaceable internet culture history. (Notice: Non-Techies and Non-Geeks are still welcome here!)

 

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...

A Higher Calling

Once a superstar, yet still a chef. That's Graham Kerr. Always the comedian with his leaping about and laughing with his live audience.   He was my inspiration to pursue gourmet cooking and peruse the pages of Cuisine as a young girl. Rolling out homemade phyllo...

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...

Legendary Landscapes

  I knew my grandmother loved Bob Ross as she watched him well into the 21st century on PBS reruns. What I didn't know was how Bob became a national sensation more recently as a pop-culture symbol. At least not until purchasing a board game bearing Bob's image...

No Plain Jane

Doris Day as Calamity Jane   One of America's darlings left the world a much better place for our family pets. Thanks to her deep love for pet animals everywhere, Doris Day made a lasting impact. Even the full proceeds of her estate will be donated to 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...

September’s Song

  We often tend to feel a touch of nostalgia as seasons change from summer to fall. Some folks would even say it's the most emotionally-charged time on the calendar, aside from Thanksgiving / Christmas / New Year's.   September is ending this week, so it's...

One Lasting Lunch (En)Counter

Jeremy Trammell boasts his classic customer service mantra: "We're not in the burger-and-fry business; we're in the people business!" Well spoken! What's not to love about this sole remaining relic of Americana? Leaves me longing for a lunch encounter in Bakersfield!...

Honey of a Song

  How many songs would you guess include the word honey in the title? No one knows for sure, yet this list captures most of them. Please take notice: many listed here are not family-friendly, so do tread carefully. Lots of good ones are in the mix, most of which...

Pride in Public Service

(Header photo courtesy of Travis Goodspeed.)   If employees earn their living in an office, let them be granted the pleasure of serving alongside someone half as charming as Annabelle. Common courtesy and respect for others is something we remember still.  ...

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 pounds of fresh food grown domestically during those years.

 

My jaw dropped when I watched the following film and realized the two-fold harvest from the family garden was huge for the plot size. And it succeeded without a tractor or motorized tool of any kind.

See what happened when every household member worked toward a shared goal several months of the year, less than 80 years ago today:

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...

A Higher Calling

Once a superstar, yet still a chef. That's Graham Kerr. Always the comedian with his leaping about and laughing with his live audience.   He was my inspiration to pursue gourmet cooking and peruse the pages of Cuisine as a young girl. Rolling out homemade phyllo...

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...

Legendary Landscapes

  I knew my grandmother loved Bob Ross as she watched him well into the 21st century on PBS reruns. What I didn't know was how Bob became a national sensation more recently as a pop-culture symbol. At least not until purchasing a board game bearing Bob's image...

No Plain Jane

Doris Day as Calamity Jane   One of America's darlings left the world a much better place for our family pets. Thanks to her deep love for pet animals everywhere, Doris Day made a lasting impact. Even the full proceeds of her estate will be donated to 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...

September’s Song

  We often tend to feel a touch of nostalgia as seasons change from summer to fall. Some folks would even say it's the most emotionally-charged time on the calendar, aside from Thanksgiving / Christmas / New Year's.   September is ending this week, so it's...

One Lasting Lunch (En)Counter

Jeremy Trammell boasts his classic customer service mantra: "We're not in the burger-and-fry business; we're in the people business!" Well spoken! What's not to love about this sole remaining relic of Americana? Leaves me longing for a lunch encounter in Bakersfield!...

Honey of a Song

  How many songs would you guess include the word honey in the title? No one knows for sure, yet this list captures most of them. Please take notice: many listed here are not family-friendly, so do tread carefully. Lots of good ones are in the mix, most of which...

Pride in Public Service

(Header photo courtesy of Travis Goodspeed.)   If employees earn their living in an office, let them be granted the pleasure of serving alongside someone half as charming as Annabelle. Common courtesy and respect for others is something we remember still.  ...

Tall Tales of Tractors

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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...

A Higher Calling

Once a superstar, yet still a chef. That's Graham Kerr. Always the comedian with his leaping about and laughing with his live audience.   He was my inspiration to pursue gourmet cooking and peruse the pages of Cuisine as a young girl. Rolling out homemade phyllo...

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...

Legendary Landscapes

  I knew my grandmother loved Bob Ross as she watched him well into the 21st century on PBS reruns. What I didn't know was how Bob became a national sensation more recently as a pop-culture symbol. At least not until purchasing a board game bearing Bob's image...

No Plain Jane

Doris Day as Calamity Jane   One of America's darlings left the world a much better place for our family pets. Thanks to her deep love for pet animals everywhere, Doris Day made a lasting impact. Even the full proceeds of her estate will be donated to 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...

September’s Song

  We often tend to feel a touch of nostalgia as seasons change from summer to fall. Some folks would even say it's the most emotionally-charged time on the calendar, aside from Thanksgiving / Christmas / New Year's.   September is ending this week, so it's...

One Lasting Lunch (En)Counter

Jeremy Trammell boasts his classic customer service mantra: "We're not in the burger-and-fry business; we're in the people business!" Well spoken! What's not to love about this sole remaining relic of Americana? Leaves me longing for a lunch encounter in Bakersfield!...

Honey of a Song

  How many songs would you guess include the word honey in the title? No one knows for sure, yet this list captures most of them. Please take notice: many listed here are not family-friendly, so do tread carefully. Lots of good ones are in the mix, most of which...

Pride in Public Service

(Header photo courtesy of Travis Goodspeed.)   If employees earn their living in an office, let them be granted the pleasure of serving alongside someone half as charming as Annabelle. Common courtesy and respect for others is something we remember still.  ...

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 respective wires they anchored and suspended.  In time, older poles would fall into disrepair, resulting in the need for new poles to be erected.

My paternal grandfather would sometimes dispose of fallen insulators in the course of his workday with the railways. A couple of clear and aqua insulators were left lying around the farm through the years. Naturally, I noticed them with fascination and found they required both of my child-sized hands to pick up and inspect with curiosity and wonder.

 

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...

A Higher Calling

Once a superstar, yet still a chef. That's Graham Kerr. Always the comedian with his leaping about and laughing with his live audience.   He was my inspiration to pursue gourmet cooking and peruse the pages of Cuisine as a young girl. Rolling out homemade phyllo...

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...

Legendary Landscapes

  I knew my grandmother loved Bob Ross as she watched him well into the 21st century on PBS reruns. What I didn't know was how Bob became a national sensation more recently as a pop-culture symbol. At least not until purchasing a board game bearing Bob's image...

No Plain Jane

Doris Day as Calamity Jane   One of America's darlings left the world a much better place for our family pets. Thanks to her deep love for pet animals everywhere, Doris Day made a lasting impact. Even the full proceeds of her estate will be donated to 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...

September’s Song

  We often tend to feel a touch of nostalgia as seasons change from summer to fall. Some folks would even say it's the most emotionally-charged time on the calendar, aside from Thanksgiving / Christmas / New Year's.   September is ending this week, so it's...

One Lasting Lunch (En)Counter

Jeremy Trammell boasts his classic customer service mantra: "We're not in the burger-and-fry business; we're in the people business!" Well spoken! What's not to love about this sole remaining relic of Americana? Leaves me longing for a lunch encounter in Bakersfield!...

Honey of a Song

  How many songs would you guess include the word honey in the title? No one knows for sure, yet this list captures most of them. Please take notice: many listed here are not family-friendly, so do tread carefully. Lots of good ones are in the mix, most of which...

Pride in Public Service

(Header photo courtesy of Travis Goodspeed.)   If employees earn their living in an office, let them be granted the pleasure of serving alongside someone half as charming as Annabelle. Common courtesy and respect for others is something we remember still.  ...