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The Art Of Being A 1950s Housewife

The Art Of Being A 1950s Housewife

VAV!/December 7, 2014

Let's take a nostalgic trip back to the 1950s and investigate what life was like for suburban women, or more specifically, probing the art of being a happy 1950s housewife. Were these American icons, truly happy with their lives in suburbia... a heady world that encouraged gender roles, conformity and a keeping up with the Joneses?  

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Being a 1950s housewife wasn't an easy job, to be sure. The expectations placed upon them while traveling on the superficial highway of suburban white picket fences, Jello molds, glazed pecans and carved vegetables were quite high.  Indeed, nothing was expected to detain, delay or divert the submissive and docile 1950s housewife from doing her job!   She was at once a  homemaker, nurturer, and caretaker of the family...she was the queen of domesticity!   

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 09 December 2014 10:19 )

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Stain Solutions For Problem Stains

Stain Solutions For Problem Stains

Pictured above:  Model V is launched/Courtesy Electrolux

VAV!/November 9, 2014

Do you have problem Stains? No Problem, we've got the Stain Solution for you!  

Does ...

Last Updated ( Sunday, 21 December 2014 04:46 )

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Famous Last Words Throughout History

Famous Last Words Throughout History

 

"The art of living well and the art of dying well are one." - Epicurus

VAV!/October 24, 2014

Within this weighty tome, listed in alphabetical order by last name, ...

Last Updated ( Friday, 07 November 2014 15:50 )

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Tailgate Parties

Tailgate Parties

Pictured above:  Best Tailgate Party Ever, Spring Break, 2007, New Orleans /Photographer Jeffrey Schwartz / cc / Flickr

VAV!/September 28, 2014

It's the ultimate game day e...

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 October 2014 06:03 )

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Ebola

Ebola

Pictured above: MSF (Médecins Sans Frontières) health staff in protective clothing constructing perimeter for isolation ward/CDC

VAV!/August 4, 2014

What is Ebola ?

Last Updated ( Friday, 17 October 2014 06:17 )

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Asteroid And Comets Passing Near Earth Are Mapped

VAV!/January 26, 2014 NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft has been collecting data about asteroids and comets passing near Earth since December 2013.   NEOWISE has discovered and characterized 40 near-Earth objects (NEOs) in the first year after the mission was re-started in December 2013.*  Eight of the discoveries have been classified as potentially hazardous asteroids (PHAs), based on their size and how close their orbits could come to Earth's orbit. The mission has further observed and characterized 245 previously known near-Earth objects. From December 2013 to December 2014, NEOWISE discovered three new comets and observed 32 others. One of the others has turned into the brightest comet in Earth's night sky in early 2015, comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy). Now, NASA has compiled the data to create the below video, that shows the progression of NASA's NEOWISE survey in the year after its Dec. 2013 restart. Each dot represents an asteroid or comet that the mission observed.

 

Presidential Inauguration

  Pictured: Taft/Roosevelt 1909/LOC VAV!/November 8, 2012/WASHINGTON, DC During the  Presidential Inauguration, the newly elected President of the United States will take the oath of office. Since the clear, cool day of April 30, 1789 at the first Swearing-In Ceremony for President George Washington in Federal Hall, New York, NY - U.S. Presidents have been sworn into office, usually in public, though some ocassions in private following the death or resignation of a President, or because Inauguration Day fell on a Sunday.

 

Presidential Inauguration

  Pictured: Taft/Roosevelt 1909/LOC VAV!/November 8, 2012/WASHINGTON, DC During the  Presidential Inauguration, the newly elected President of the United States will take the oath of office. Since the clear, cool day of April 30, 1789 at the first Swearing-In Ceremony for President George Washington in Federal Hall, New York, NY - U.S. Presidents have been sworn into office, usually in public, though some ocassions in private following the death or resignation of a President, or because Inauguration Day fell on a Sunday.

 

Playboy Magazine

Pictured above: The cover of the first issue of Playboy, December 1953. VAV!/December 26, 2010  How did "Playboy" , a men's lifestyle magazine that features photographs of nude women as well as journalism and fiction, begin?  After failed efforts of becoming a cartoonist, Hugh Hefner founded and launched Playboy in 1953 from the kitchen table of his South Side apartment in Chicago, IL.  Hefner, a 1949 University of Illinois psychology graduate who had worked in Chicago for Esquire magazine writing promotional copy; Publisher's Development Corporation in sales and marketing; and Children's Activities magazine as circulation promotions manager could likely never have dreamed about the social phenomena that Playboy eventually generated. In fact, the first issue of Playboy had no cover date because Hefner was unsure when or if he would ever publish another. Playboy became an almost instant success after the first issue sold more than 53,000 copies.   In addition to the center-fold pinups that made the magazine infamous, famous and an inspiration to men and women worldwide, Mr. Hefner filled its pages with words from the most prolific  fiction writers of all time.  Names such as James Baldwin,  John Steinbeck and Vladimir Nabokov poured into the readers' view, as well as advice from columnists, submission of readers letters, a variety of comic strips and more. A closer look at Hugh Hefner's philosophy through a series of videos below...

 

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

VAV!/January 7, 2011/Contributed by By Rocket Girl and Karena Orbitor {play}images/audio/Buck Rogers in the 25th Century 39-04-05 001 The Origin Show.mp3{/play} (Audio/Buck Rogers in the 25th Century 4/5/39) It was January 7, 1929 when a new comic strip appeared bearing the prologue "I was 20 years old when they stopped the World War and mustered me out of the air service.... " Thus began Buck Rogers in the 25th Century and with it, Buck's continuing influence on modern day society. Below is the Buck Rogers film short made for the 1934 Chicago World's Fair...

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