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...

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...

Second Time Around

 

 

One seasoned Georgia native built a log cabin replica using the exact dimensions of his great-grandfather’s family cabin as it had been built during the late 1800s.

Gene England narrates and demonstrates the necessities of cabin life throughout his daily childhood experiences.

 

The pride and diligence in caring for this type of home and tending to chores without aid of electricity and indoor plumbing or running water are rare glimpses of the past.

 

See this beautiful tribute to southern family heritage:

 

 

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...

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

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...

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:

 

 

 

 

 

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 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!)

 

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...

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:

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...

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.

 

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...

All Lined Up and Ready

The Life and Times of Utility Pole Glass Insulators:

A Quick Rundown

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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.

 

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...