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The Decades - 1940s

Century Hotel, Miami Beach Art Deco Historic District, Miami, Florida.

Century Hotel, Miami Beach Art Deco Historic District, Miami, Florida.

Pictured above: East elevation. Photograph by Walter Smalling, Jr., March 1980/Reproduction Number: HABS, FL, 13-MIAM, 16-1/LOC

VAV!/June 24, 2013

The southern end of Miami Beach features Miami Beach's Art Deco Historic District which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.  The District holds a fabulous collection of Art Deco architecture, among the largest and the most famous globally, featuring small hotels, apartment and impressive structures erected between the 1920s and early 1940s.Mediterranean, Streamline Moderne and Art Deco are found in the District . 

Following World War II, a plethora of larger and more flamboyant hotels and structures were built as Miami Beach expanded ever onward to the north.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 25 June 2013 07:56 )

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The Decades - 1940s

1940s Slang

1940s Slang

Pictured above: Sign outside the Stardust, one of a string of 1940s-vintage motels in downtown Redding, California/Highsmith, Carol M., 1946-, photographer/2012/LOC

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Last Updated ( Monday, 04 August 2014 04:51 )

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The Decades - 1940s

Office Of War Information - OWI

Office Of War Information - OWI

Pictured above: This Girl In A Glass House is putting finishing touches on the bombardier nose section of a B-17F navy bomber. She's one of many capable women workers in ...

Last Updated ( Friday, 14 June 2013 06:37 )

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The Decades - 1940s

Deanna Durbin

Deanna Durbin

Pictured above: Pin-up photo of Deanna Durbin for Yank, the Army Weekly/January 19, 1945/Yank, the Army Weekly/U.S. Army

VAV!/May 1, 2013

A rare screen goddess from yesterd...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 02 May 2013 05:48 )

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The Decades - 1940s

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

 

Pictured above:  The Blandings Home/Archives.org/Wayback Machine

VAV!/March 17, 2013

Welcome to Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House!

Advertising executive, Jim B...

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Doing It Right: Guardians of the Galaxy

VAV!/August 23, 2014/Contributed by Stars in Her Eye Bringing superheroes to life is more than just getting the rights to vintage comic material and slapping it on ten big screens. Studios have had to walk the tight rope between tacky and tasteful when bringing superheroes to life. Movie and TV adaptions run the gambit from camp (the Adam West Batman) to thrilling (X-Men) to just plain sucky (the poor Hulk movies). Studios find success often with typical characters that have become mainstream (Batman, Superman) while also bringing lesser known characters into the everyday media fold (Iron Man). The latest trend? Ensemble movies.

 

Kotex - The First Successful Feminine Hygiene Product

Pictured above: Ad from Ladies' Home Journal 1940 via Duke Library/http://library.duke.edu/ VAV!/August 27, 2013 Hallelujah and HELLO!The first Kotex feminine hygiene products were made of celucotton, a material originally developed by Kimberly-Clark Corporation and used for surgical bandages during the First World War. Army nurses repurposed the ultra-absorbent bandages as menstrual pads and a  product was born!  Kimberly Clark then created the Cellucotton Products Company and launched Kotex  (K)Otton-like (TEX)ture! The initial  Kotex ads ran in 1921 in the Ladies' Home Journal and the Good Housekeeping magazine.  Readers of the Ladie's Home Journal were encouraged to call upon a Kimberly-Clark staff nurse, Ellen J. Buckland (also a brand ambassador), for advice and comments on the product.

 

Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

Pictured above:  Pebble Beach Concours dElegance/Contributed by Screen Grab© VAV!/August 19, 2014 The  Pebble Beach Concours dElegance, recognized as the world's premier celebration of the automobile, was founded on November 5, 1950 in Pebble Beach, California in conjunction with the first Pebble Beach Road Race. The race was won by Phil Hill while driving a Jaguar XK120.  Best of Show at the Concours went to a 1950 Edwards R-26 Special Sport Roadster owned by its creator, Sterling Edwards. Only the most exquisite and rare automobiles are invited to appear on the legendary eighteenth fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links each year, and connoisseurs of art and technology congregate to see them.  Today, from a dynamic combination of early cars and the latest debuts, the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance is among the most magnificent road-going and mind blowing art in the world with something to offer every auto enthusiast.

 

Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

Pictured above:  Pebble Beach Concours dElegance/Contributed by Screen Grab© VAV!/August 19, 2014 The  Pebble Beach Concours dElegance, recognized as the world's premier celebration of the automobile, was founded on November 5, 1950 in Pebble Beach, California in conjunction with the first Pebble Beach Road Race. The race was won by Phil Hill while driving a Jaguar XK120.  Best of Show at the Concours went to a 1950 Edwards R-26 Special Sport Roadster owned by its creator, Sterling Edwards. Only the most exquisite and rare automobiles are invited to appear on the legendary eighteenth fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links each year, and connoisseurs of art and technology congregate to see them.  Today, from a dynamic combination of early cars and the latest debuts, the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance is among the most magnificent road-going and mind blowing art in the world with something to offer every auto enthusiast.

 

Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

Pictured above:  Pebble Beach Concours dElegance/Contributed by Screen Grab© VAV!/August 19, 2014 The  Pebble Beach Concours dElegance, recognized as the world's premier celebration of the automobile, was founded on November 5, 1950 in Pebble Beach, California in conjunction with the first Pebble Beach Road Race. The race was won by Phil Hill while driving a Jaguar XK120.  Best of Show at the Concours went to a 1950 Edwards R-26 Special Sport Roadster owned by its creator, Sterling Edwards. Only the most exquisite and rare automobiles are invited to appear on the legendary eighteenth fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links each year, and connoisseurs of art and technology congregate to see them.  Today, from a dynamic combination of early cars and the latest debuts, the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance is among the most magnificent road-going and mind blowing art in the world with something to offer every auto enthusiast.

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