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The Decades - 1940s

Carson McCullers

Carson McCullers

Pictured above: Carson McCullers, Carl Van Vechten, photographer, July 31, 1959/Creative Americans: Portraits by Carl Van Vechten, 1932-1964/LOC

VAV!/February 21, 2014

Novelist, Carson McCullers, was born Lula Carson Smith in Columbus, Georgia, on February 19, 1917. She was notable for her research into modern American life and dilemmas in the twentieth-century South.

Her limited but insightful body of work includes five novels, two plays, twenty short stories, some two dozen nonfiction pieces, a book of children's verse, poetry, and an unfinished autobiography. She published her first novel, 1940s "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" at 23.  The book takes a look into the lives of four individuals. Among them are an adolescent girl, a radical, a black physician, and a widower. Each struggling in their own ways to carve a niche in a small Southern town during the Great Depression. Other works include;  "Reflections in a Golden Eye" (1941), "The Member of the Wedding" (1946). The book, adapted to stage and enjoying a Broadway run in 1950-51 takes an in-depth look into a young girl's feelings at her brother's wedding.. Other similar works by McCullers was "The Ballad of the Sad Café" (1951), "Clock Without Hands (1961), and a play, "The Square Root of Wonderful" .  Her works are considered to be in the genre of the Southern gothic school of writing, joining notables such as William Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor, and Truman Capote.

Following a life marred by complications of cerebral strokes, attributed to rheumatic fever as a child, McCullers died at age 50 on September 29, 1967. Today, The Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians is dedicated to preserving Carson McCullers legacy; to nurturing American writers and musicians; to educating young people; and to fostering the literary and musical life of Columbus, the State of Georgia, and the American South.  The Center operates a museum in McCullers' childhood home in Columbus, Georgia.

Detailed Biography of Carson McCullers

Last Updated ( Friday, 21 February 2014 07:10 )

The Decades - 1940s

B-25 Bomber Crashes Into The Empire State Building

B-25 Bomber Crashes Into The Empire State Building

Pictured above: The Empire State Building following the crash of a B-25 Bomber piloted by Lt. Colonel William Smith/Ernie Sisto, New York Times Photographer/Contributed b...

Last Updated ( Friday, 01 May 2015 06:25 )

The Decades - 1940s

John Bradshaw Crandell - Artist And Illustrator

John Bradshaw Crandell - Artist And Illustrator

Pictured above:  Lana Turner by John Bradshaw Crandell

VAV!/February 3, 2014

John Bradshaw Crandell (June 14, 1896 – January 25, 1966) was an American artist and illus...

Last Updated ( Friday, 07 February 2014 06:20 )

The Decades - 1940s

Etiquette - Emily Post

Etiquette  -  Emily Post

Pictured above: "The radiance of a truly happy bride is so beautifying that even a plain girl is made pretty, and a pretty one, divine." [Page 373.]

VAV!/January 30, 2014


Last Updated ( Sunday, 22 February 2015 08:00 )

The Decades - 1940s

Mercury - More Of Everything You Want

Mercury - More Of Everything You Want

VAV!/August 11, 2011

It's going to be beautiful today somewhere across the USA.


Get outdoors, slip into something more com...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 September 2014 05:56 )

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The Age of Adaline

Pictured above:  Adaline, portrayed by Blake Lively VAV!/May 21, 2015/Contributed by Star In Her Eyes A sweet, romantic tale, The Age of Adaline, is a different kind of film. Though it's a romance, there is a touch of science fiction to explain Adaline's peculiar situation. Instead of a typical movie, the film seems more like a fantasy tale done in water colors and rose-water. Adaline is like everyone else who ever lived. She decides to marry and have a child and nothing seems extraordinary about her life. Things change when she is involved in a one car accident. Nature collides with science, and she changes. But Adaline never changes, never ages, and has to leave her hometown so the government does use her as a test subject. She never spends too much time in one place but keeps up with her daughter, happy with her simple, nomadic life. That changes when she meets Ellis Jones, and her feelings for him cause her to rethink all her rules.


FAO Schwarz Closing Flagship Store In Midtown Manhattan In Mid July

VAV!/May 18, 2015 The iconic store, F.A.O. Schwarz,  in the General Motors Building on New York City's Fifth Avenue, will be closing its doors on July 15 due to rising rent prices.The lease, that encompassed about 65,000 square footage, wasn't set to expire until 2017. For nearly 30 years, since 1986, the  Fifth Avenue location had been home for the toy store. While the store has moved to several other locations since its opening in 1862, this will also be the first time its ever said goodbye to Manhattan.


Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs

VAV!/May 18, 2015 Two Texas biker gangs, the Cossacks and Bandidos, were involved in a shootout at a Waco, TX sports bar, Twin Peaks Restaurant, that left 9 dead and 18 wounded Sunday afternoon, May 17, 2015.  Police said that 170 people were arrested in connection with the shootings and are being held on $1 million bond on charges of engaging in organized crime, according to police and court records. The investigation is continuing.



VAV!/May 7, 2015/Contributed by Bobby, The Blog Chef One thing that I always enjoy grilling during the summer is honey garlic pork chops. This recipe uses boneless pork chops but you can use chops with the bone-in as well. The highlight of this recipe is the sauce which consists of honey, ketchup, garlic and soy sauce. This delicious sauce is basted onto the pork chops during the grilling process and the end result is amazing. If you would prefer to use a different type of meat, this recipe would work with chicken as well. If you are looking for a simple and delicious recipe for the grill, give this one a try. Enjoy.


1940s Product and Food Costs

VAV!/November 14, 2014 The era of the 1940s  found America a wartime nation. The effects of World War II filtered through America's culture. Men headed to war and women capably filled their vacancy in the labor force. The country was experiencing an increased immigration of European citizens, anxious to escape Hitler and the Holocaust. The bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima and Nagasaki were devastating blows felt around the world. During 1940-1945, a rationing program was in effect and controlled the purchase of certain products that were essential for the war effort. From gasoline to nylon stockings, prices were fixed and the United States government urged Americans to conserve wherever possible.  The government urged the nation to onward to their patriotic activities such as growing their own vegetables in a 'Victory Garden' . Some estimates show that Victory Gardens supplied 40% of all vegetables in the country!  Scrap drives were in full swing for tin, steel, paper and rubber. Fashion was impacted during the war since commercially-produced fabric, such as cotton and wool was needed for military purposes. The American woman cleverly adapted their clothing styles to the availability of fabric and products.

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