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The Decades - 1940s

The Plastic Pink Flamingo Abides

The Plastic Pink Flamingo Abides

Pictured above:  The Plastic Pink Flamingo abides/Contributed by Starlight Reporter

VAV!/June 23, 2015

The iconic Plastic Pink Flamingo lawn ornament was launched during 1957 in Leominster, Massachusetts and was sold beginning in 1958. The omnipresent flamingo became a cultural American icon over the years,  the inspiration for films, such as the campy smash success, 1972's "Pink Flamingos," produced by John Waters, and in 2011,  Disney featured "Featherstone," a  plastic pink flamingo yard ornament in the film, "Gnomeo and Juliet." 

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The Decades - 1940s

Victory Mail

Victory Mail

Pictured above: A sergeant compares two rolls of microfilm, together containing 3200 letters, to an equal number of traditional missives. National Archives (111-SC-142-17...

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 23 June 2015 05:05 )

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The Decades - 1940s

Diner Slang

Diner Slang

 

VAV!/June 9, 2015

Open all day, all night, and 'round the clock...the all American Diner

Back in 'the day,' the 1930 s, 1940 s and 1950 s,  brusque short-order cooks a...

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 07 July 2015 11:33 )

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The Decades - 1940s

Rosie The Riveter

Rosie The Riveter

Pictured above:   Norman Rockwell's Rosie the Riveter/ On May 29, 1943...Memorial Day...Norman Rockwell's own image of "Rosie the Riveter" appeared on the cover of the ...

Last Updated ( Saturday, 30 May 2015 05:09 )

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The Decades - 1940s

Gene Tierney: The Tragic Goddess

Gene Tierney: The Tragic Goddess

Pictured above:  Gene Tierney/Contributed by Screen Grab©

VAV!/June 4, 2015/Contributed by Emma Alsop

Her portrait transfixed the minds of men who fell in love with he...

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 09 June 2015 05:13 )

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August 1 On This Day In US History

Pictured above: Ute Indian Camp, Garden of the Gods, Shan Kive/c1913/LOC. VAV!/August 1, 2015 1620 – The Speedwell brought pilgrims to America by way of England. 1774 – British scientist, Joseph Priestley, discovered oxygen gas. 1801 – The schooner, USS Enterprise, captured the Tripolitan polacca Tripoli off the coast of know known Libya. 1842 – The Lombard Street Riot erupted in Philadelphia, PA. 1873 - America's first cable streetcar went into operation on Clay Street Hill in San Francisco, CA. 1876 – Colorado was admitted as the 38th U.S. state.

 

August 1 On This Day In US History

Pictured above: Ute Indian Camp, Garden of the Gods, Shan Kive/c1913/LOC. VAV!/August 1, 2015 1620 – The Speedwell brought pilgrims to America by way of England. 1774 – British scientist, Joseph Priestley, discovered oxygen gas. 1801 – The schooner, USS Enterprise, captured the Tripolitan polacca Tripoli off the coast of know known Libya. 1842 – The Lombard Street Riot erupted in Philadelphia, PA. 1873 - America's first cable streetcar went into operation on Clay Street Hill in San Francisco, CA. 1876 – Colorado was admitted as the 38th U.S. state.

 

August 1 On This Day In US History

Pictured above: Ute Indian Camp, Garden of the Gods, Shan Kive/c1913/LOC. VAV!/August 1, 2015 1620 – The Speedwell brought pilgrims to America by way of England. 1774 – British scientist, Joseph Priestley, discovered oxygen gas. 1801 – The schooner, USS Enterprise, captured the Tripolitan polacca Tripoli off the coast of know known Libya. 1842 – The Lombard Street Riot erupted in Philadelphia, PA. 1873 - America's first cable streetcar went into operation on Clay Street Hill in San Francisco, CA. 1876 – Colorado was admitted as the 38th U.S. state.

 

BACON AND AVOCADO PASTA SALAD RECIPE

  VAV!/July 26, 2015/Contributed by Bobby of the Blog Chef During the summer a good macaroni salad recipe is the perfect side dish to serve with almost any type of dinner. This bacon and avocado pasta salad has a little different flavor than you would find in the average pasta salad. It gets most of this flavor because of the dressing. The dressing combines ingredients such as mayonnaise, thyme, lemon zest and lemon juice to create a rather unique flavor. This recipe does require a little bit of prep work but it is very easy to prepare. You can serve this as a side dish with grilled chicken or steak or even serve it as the main course. Enjoy. Adapted from damn delicious. 1/3 cup olive oil Cooking Instructions:Step 1: To prepare the dressing- in a food processor combine mayonnaise, lemon juice, lemon zest, sugar and thyme. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Turn the blender on and add the olive oil in a slow stream until emulsified. Set aside.Step 2: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.Step 3: Heat a large skillet to medium high heat. Add the bacon and cook until brown and crisp (about 6-8 minutes). Drain on a plate lined with a paper towel.Step 4: In a large bowl combine the pasta, avocado, bacon, lemon-thyme dressing, and salt and pepper to taste. Serve right away and garnish with fresh thyme.(Makes 4 Servings)  

 

Chappaquiddick, Senator Ted Kennedy and Mary Jo Kopechne

Pictured above: FBI Records: The Vault/Mary Jo Kopechne (Chappaquiddick) Part 1 of 2 VAV!/July 19, 2015 On the evening of July 19, 1969 sometime about 11:15, ending a day of sailing, drinking and merry making, 38 year old Sen. Edward Moore Kennedy (February 22, 1932 – August 25, 2009) of Massachusetts and a family member of one of the most famous names in America, drove his black Oldsmobile sedan off a narrow wooden bridge into Poucho Pond, of Chappaquiddick Island on Martha's Vineyard, consequently trapping and drowning his passenger, 28 year old Mary Jo Kopechne (July 26, 1940 – July 18, 1969) in a mere seven dark feet of water.    Kennedy, eventually told the state officials he was traveling at 20 miles an hour, and had lost his way... At 8:20 am, two individuals fishing from the bridge, noticed the rear wheels of the car involved in the tragedy. Edgartown Police Chief Dominick J. Arena was contacted. Pictured above:  Mary Jo Kopechne Kopechne, who worked on the late Robert Kennedy's 1968 presidential campaign, was one of six "boiler room girls" along with Esther Newberg, 26, Nance Lyons, 26, Maryellen Lyons, 27, Susan Tannenbaum, 24, and Rosemary Keough, 23,  attending the weekend party with Kennedy.  Other married men (with the exception of one) were also in attendance at the party. Kennedy, a second-term senator , left the scene of the accident and did not report the event for nearly 10 hours, ultimately stating that he "panicked." Some sources believe that Kennedy was 'sobering up' and preparing an alibi for his actions. 

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