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1950s

The National Security Agency NSA

The National Security Agency NSA

Pictured above: National Security Agency, circa 1950/NSA.

VAV!/July 26, 2014

"More times than we can count, we've made history, without history even knowing we were there." - GEN Keith Alexander - Director NSA/Chief CSS

 

For over a half a century now, the National Security Agency (NSA)  as provided timely information to U.S. decision makers and military leaders since it was established on November 4, 1952 by directive of the National Security Act of 1947.  NSA engages in the collection (to include through clandestine means), process, analyze, produce, and disseminate signals intelligence information and data for foreign intelligence and counterintelligence purposes to support national and departmental missions; Act as the National Manager for National Security Systems as established in law and policy, and in this capacity be responsible to the Secretary of Defense and to the Director, National Intelligence; Prescribe security regulations covering operating practices, including the transmission, handling, and distribution of signals intelligence and communications security material within and among the elements under control of the Director of the National Security Agency, and exercise the necessary supervisory control to ensure compliance with the regulations. In short, the NSA engages in global monitoring, collection, decoding, translation and analysis of information and data for foreign intelligence and counterintelligence....while authorized to utilize clandestine measure to achieve its goals.

Last Updated ( Monday, 28 July 2014 06:23 )

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1970s

Comic-Con International

Comic-Con International

Pictured above: Comic-Con, the Comic-Con logo, and the WonderCon logo are registered trademarks of San Diego Comic Convention

VAV!/July 23, 2014/San Diego

Comic-Con Interna...

Last Updated ( Monday, 28 July 2014 06:23 )

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Arts and Crafts

Samuel F. B. Morse's First Telegram

Samuel F. B. Morse's First Telegram

Pictured above: First paper strip containing the telegraphic characters or Morse code /May 24, 1844/LOC

VAV!/July 19, 2014

On May 24, 1844, Samuel F. B. Morse dispatched the ...

Last Updated ( Saturday, 19 July 2014 06:17 )

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1960s

Paper Fashion Craze

Paper Fashion Craze

Pictured above:  BOAC Flight Attendant wearing a paper dress/ From You-Tube /British Pathé/Contributed by Screen Grab©

VAV!/July 16, 2014

"Created to make you the conver...

Last Updated ( Sunday, 07 September 2014 11:48 )

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1940s

Katharine Houghton Hepburn

Katharine Houghton Hepburn

VAV!/May 12, 2012

"If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun. " - Katharine Houghton Hepburn

She was an enigma, an icon, a legend and a woman who knew her mind an...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 July 2014 07:27 )

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1930s

Fisher-Price

Fisher-Price

Pictured above:  Fisher-Price logo

VAV!/July 12, 2014

Fisher-Price, a subsidiary of Mattel, Inc., has been making high-quality toys that enhance early childhood develo...

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 July 2014 05:16 )

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Art Deco

Fanny Brice Of The The Ziegfeld Follies

Fanny Brice Of The The Ziegfeld Follies

Pictured above:  Fanny Brice

VAV!/February 29, 2012

"I breathed and ate and drank and lived theater -- in my neighborhood were all the nationalities of all of Europe. ...

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1950s

Eero Saarinen - Mid-Century Modernism

Eero Saarinen - Mid-Century Modernism

Pictured above: Eero Saarinen, architect/Korab, Balthazar, photographer/between 1937 and 1956/LOC

" The purpose of architecture is to shelter and enhance man's life on...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 June 2014 06:41 )

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1950s

Ira Gallen - A Distinguished Preservationist Of Television History

Ira Gallen -  A Distinguished Preservationist Of Television History

VAV!/June 12, 2014/Special Interview with Marsha Collock

"I'm more or less the Noah's Ark of Collecting." - Ira Gallen

Ira Gallen, archivist, curator, collector, video and te...

Last Updated ( Friday, 27 June 2014 05:29 )

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1930s

Amos Sewell

Amos Sewell

Pictured above The Saturday Evening Post . Art by Amos Sewell.

VAV!/June 12, 2014

Amos F. Sewell (1901 – 1983) was a well known and prolific illustrator, born in San Fra...

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 30 July 2014 05:16 )

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1930s

Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam

Pictured above:  The Hoover Dam/U.S. Department of the Interior/Bureau of Reclamation

VAV!/June 3, 2014

Hoover Dam, a National Historic Landmark, is revered as one of ...

Last Updated ( Saturday, 07 June 2014 03:42 )

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Oscar de la Renta

  Pictured above:  Oscar de la Renta/Contributed by Screen Grab© "I'm a very restless person. I'm always doing something. The creative process never stops." - Oscar de la Renta VAV!/October 20, 2014 One of the world's premier fashion designers and philantropists, Oscar de la Renta,  died at his home in Kent, CT on Monday, October 20, 2014. He was 82. De La Renta was diagnosed with cancer in 2006. Born on July 22, 1932, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Oscar de la Renta was educated at the Academy of San Fernando, Madrid. His undeniable talent for illustration led him to an apprenticeship with couturier, Cristobal Balenciaga.

 

Eyeliner History, How To And Eyeliner Tips

VAV!/October 14, 2014 Looking into history, as far back as ancient civilizations, eyeliner, makeup applied to enhance the eyes and give definition, is applied around the contours of the eyes.  Eyeliner has been worn by not only women but by men, as well. In 10,000 BC, Ancient Egyptians, both aristocracy and the lower classes, were adroit in their knowledge of cosmetics... used not only for aesthetics and  for protection from the harsh elements as well as protection from myths and cultural beliefs to include the 'evil eye'. The broad and heavily lined eyes, both upper and the lower rims, were lined using a small stick dipped into a paste made of mineral blends produced from a myriad of materials, including lead and copper ore to varieties of metallics and water.  From these elements, a paste was formed through a grinding process using a vessel known as a Kohl pot. The paste was then applied to the eyes..

 

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Pictured above:  Martin Luther King VAV!/March 17, 2011 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr (January 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968)  was a charismatic civil rights leader who fully joined the crusade for equal rights for all people in America during the mid 1950s.  He first came to national prominence as one of the leaders of the Alabama bus boycott in 1955.  In 1963, Dr King led a massive march on Washington DC where he delivered his now famous "I have a dream" speech. In 1964 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

 

Bill Haley And His Comets

VAV!/January, 10, 2012 Well, hello to William John Clifton Haley, rock and roll musician, born July 6th, 1925 in Michigan! Michigan was only the starting point for this rising star.  His Kentucky father and English mother soon moved the family to Boothwyn, near the town of Chester, Pennsylvania.  It was there William, 'Bill', grew up surrounded by music. His father played Banjo and his mother, who had been classically trained,  taught piano.  It seemed only natural that Bill would follow in the musical footsteps of his parents. No one, it's probable to say, could have predicted Haley's rise to stardom and the impact he would have everywhere in the years to follow. Haley made his inaugural performances about 1938 singing and playing guitar at variety shows. During his late teen years, Bill made his rounds at the amusements parks. He was given recognition in a popular radio show known as 'Cousin Lee's Band'. It was here that Haley sang, played his guitar and yodelled his way across the sound waves. During 1944, and the war torn era of World War II, Haley who suffered a blindness disability, was ineligible for draft. A disability that plagued him would ironically give him a break to replace a drafted member of the Downhomers'.  Here he would combine country and pop music. Bill left the 'Downhomers', at the age of 22 where he returned to Chester, PA as host of a local radio show, WPWA.

 

Carnegie Hall

Pictured above:  Carnegie Hall VAV!/October 12, 2014 The majestic history of the world class Carnegie Hall was launched in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. It was the spring of 1887, and newlyweds Anndrew Carnegie and his wife Louise Whitfield were honeymooning to Scotland from New York. On board the ship was 25-year-old Walter Damrosch, conductor and musical director of the Symphony Society of New York and the Oratorio Society of New York, who was traveling to Europe for a summer of study. During the course of the voyage, the trio struck up a friendship and the newlyweds invited Damrosch to join them in Scotland. While in Scotland, Damrosch shared his dream of a new concert hall in New York City. With a keen interest in such an endeavor, Carnegie donated to the project and the idea of Carnegie Hall was set into motion and soon transformed into a reality.  Since then, the venerable concert hall has seen some of the world's greatest artists pass through its doors. Following his return to the United States, Carnegie established The Music Hall Company of New York, Ltd., purchasing parcels of land along Seventh Avenue between 56th and 57th streets, and he hired chief architect William Burnet Tuthill.  The location that Carnegie selected for the Music Hall was near Central Park. The plans for the Hall featured a rectangular six-storystructure, housing three performance spaces: the Main Hall, seating 2,800; the Recital Hall located below the Main Hall, seating 1,200 ; and, adjacent to the Main Hall, the 250-seat Chamber Music Hall.  Above the Chamber Music Hall were assembly rooms which for lectures, readings, and receptions,as well as chapter and lodge rooms for secret organizations.

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