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:

Come Fly With Me

    You've come to the right place for vintage air travel today. We're talking about a period of time when Frankie's 1957 hit single about flying the friendly skies was on the charts. And Jet Set was coined to describe those who could afford luxury flying without...

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...

A Museum-Quality Man Cave

    Some people have an uncanny ability to dream something into existence. And so it goes with this gentleman who took his desire to live a vintage life to a whole other level.   And, be sure to catch the cat at the 10-minute mark.   Roger's Tour  ...

You’re Doggone Right, It’s Love

  Maybe your family had a pet dog during your childhood. Or your neighbor had one, and you played together often.   But have you ever hand-picked a dog as your very own pet and loved one another through the hard times and the best of times? Nothing matches...

The Shoe Fits

  Inspired by the Native American Indian moccasin. Carried a secret code of community during wartime. Provided comforting relief for young college women. Elevated to a classic American wardrobe staple.   https://youtu.be/1yBjrp037wM   Rave reviews of...

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.  ...

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 tradition of Americana since the early 1930s.

With this year’s competition suspended until safer times, we have the perfect opportunity to honor soap box derby car lovers everywhere. 

Let’s take a look at how the Derby got started and hear about young drivers enjoying the process of designing, building, and “driving” their cars.

 

 

Come Fly With Me

    You've come to the right place for vintage air travel today. We're talking about a period of time when Frankie's 1957 hit single about flying the friendly skies was on the charts. And Jet Set was coined to describe those who could afford luxury flying without...

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...

A Museum-Quality Man Cave

    Some people have an uncanny ability to dream something into existence. And so it goes with this gentleman who took his desire to live a vintage life to a whole other level.   And, be sure to catch the cat at the 10-minute mark.   Roger's Tour  ...

You’re Doggone Right, It’s Love

  Maybe your family had a pet dog during your childhood. Or your neighbor had one, and you played together often.   But have you ever hand-picked a dog as your very own pet and loved one another through the hard times and the best of times? Nothing matches...

The Shoe Fits

  Inspired by the Native American Indian moccasin. Carried a secret code of community during wartime. Provided comforting relief for young college women. Elevated to a classic American wardrobe staple.   https://youtu.be/1yBjrp037wM   Rave reviews of...

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.  ...

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:

Come Fly With Me

    You've come to the right place for vintage air travel today. We're talking about a period of time when Frankie's 1957 hit single about flying the friendly skies was on the charts. And Jet Set was coined to describe those who could afford luxury flying without...

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...

A Museum-Quality Man Cave

    Some people have an uncanny ability to dream something into existence. And so it goes with this gentleman who took his desire to live a vintage life to a whole other level.   And, be sure to catch the cat at the 10-minute mark.   Roger's Tour  ...

You’re Doggone Right, It’s Love

  Maybe your family had a pet dog during your childhood. Or your neighbor had one, and you played together often.   But have you ever hand-picked a dog as your very own pet and loved one another through the hard times and the best of times? Nothing matches...

The Shoe Fits

  Inspired by the Native American Indian moccasin. Carried a secret code of community during wartime. Provided comforting relief for young college women. Elevated to a classic American wardrobe staple.   https://youtu.be/1yBjrp037wM   Rave reviews of...

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.  ...