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King Kong - "It Wasn't The Airplanes. It Was Beauty Killed The Beast."

Pictured above:  King Kong

VAV!/March 7, 2012

It's the thrill of thrills...the thrill of a lifetime..."King Kong!"

On March 7, 1933, the movie, "King Kong," premiered at Radio City Music Hall in New York City,  The film starred Fay Wray, Robert ...

The Development Of Road Signs And Uniform Traffic Control Devices

The Development Of Road Signs And Uniform Traffic Control Devices

Pictured above: Vaughan Connelly. Back of car and sign on side of road I/Horydczak, Theodo...

Wilt Chamberlain

Wilt Chamberlain

Pictured above:  Wilt Chamberlain

VAV!/March 14, 2011

His name was Wilt Chamberlain (Au...

March 2 On This Day In History

March 2 On This Day In History

 

Pictured above:  The Pioneer Family (artistic images). Starting on the left, th...

Hood Ornaments - An Art Form All Their Own

Hood Ornaments - An Art Form All Their Own

Pictured above: The Spirit of Ecstasy/Rolls Royce Ornament

VAV!/February 8, 2015

The hood or...

 

June 28 On This Day In History

June 28 On This Day In History

Pictured above: Ypres, Belgium, 1919/Created/Published1919/Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

VAV!/June 28, 2014/With Contributions by Charles Kinbote

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Etsy - Smooth

Etsy - Smooth

Pictured above:  Etsy's Home Office

VAV!/March 14, 2014

Etsy is intent on bringing heart to commerce and making the world more fair, more durable, and more fun! 

E...

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Hood Ornaments - An Art Form All Their Own

Hood Ornaments - An Art Form All Their Own

Pictured above: The Spirit of Ecstasy/Rolls Royce Ornament

VAV!/February 8, 2015

The hood ornament or "mascot,"' remains a striking vestige of the past and a distinctive st...

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Breck Shampoo And The Breck Girls

Breck Shampoo And The Breck Girls

Pictured above: Olga Armstrong,  Breck Girl

VAV!/February 8, 2015

  "WHICH BRECK SHAMPOO IS BEST FOR YOU?"

One of the first liquid shampoos in the United States was...

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Estée Lauder

Estée Lauder

Pictured above: Estée Lauder personally samples her products to make a sale. " It's that rare touch, that person-to-person contact, that leaves the deepest impression," she s...

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Hood Ornaments - An Art Form All Their Own

Hood Ornaments - An Art Form All Their Own

Pictured above: The Spirit of Ecstasy/Rolls Royce Ornament

VAV!/February 8, 2015

The hood ornament or "mascot,"' remains a striking vestige of the past and a distinctive st...

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The Boy Next Door

The Boy Next Door

Pictured above:  Scene from "The Boy Next Door"

VAV!/February 17, 2015/Contributed by Stars in her eye

"The Boy Next Door" is the kind of movie that a girl should enjoy...

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Roasted Garlic and Brie Stuffed Boule

Roasted Garlic and Brie Stuffed Boule

VAV!/January 30, 2015/Contributed by the Food Ladies  ... where the food is good enough to eat. Period.

Super Bowl Sunday is the second-largest food consumption day of t...

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Beth Levine - ‘First Lady of American Shoe Design’

Beth Levine - ‘First Lady of American Shoe Design’

Pictured above: Levine shoes for Neiman Marcus

" We wanted to create a shoemaking niche. We were making very pretty shoes that nobody needed, but everybody wanted. " - Beth Le...

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Breck Shampoo And The Breck Girls

Breck Shampoo And The Breck Girls

Pictured above: Olga Armstrong,  Breck Girl

VAV!/February 8, 2015

  "WHICH BRECK SHAMPOO IS BEST FOR YOU?"

One of the first liquid shampoos in the United States was...

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Highlights for Children Is Devoted To "Fun with a Purpose™!

Highlights for Children Is Devoted To

Pictured above:  Highlights for Children/June 1946 Issue

VAV!/February 2, 2015

I t's true! Highlights for Children has been helping children become their best selves for ...

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Teaching Your Dog Basic Commands

Teaching Your Dog Basic Commands

VAV!/September 18, 2014

The responsibility of dog ownership includes proper training and socialization of your pet.   Mastering basic obedience commands is vital. &nbs...

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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 h...

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FIRST PREPARATIONS BEFORE A WEDDING

FIRST PREPARATIONS BEFORE A WEDDING

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." / ETIQUETTE IN SOCIETY, IN BUS...

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Lesley Gore - It's My Party

Lesley Gore - It's My Party

Pictured above: Lesley Gore /Contributed by Screen Grab©

VAV!/February 16, 2015

Singer-songwriter Lesley Sue Gore (née Goldstein), who is remembered for her chart topping 1963 ...

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Lesley Gore - It's My Party

Pictured above: Lesley Gore/Contributed by Screen Grab© VAV!/February 16, 2015 Singer-songwriter Lesley Sue Gore (née Goldstein), who is remembered for her chart topping 1963 song "It's My Party," followed by "Judy's Turn to Cry," and "You Don't Own Me," died from cancer on Monday, February 16, 2015  at New York University Langone Medical Center in Manhattan. She was 68. Gore  was discovered at age 16 by record producer Quincy Jones and soon other hit songs followed.  Among them were "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows," "That's the Way Boys Are," "She's A Fool," "Maybe I Know," "Look of Love," and she co-wrote "Out Here On My Own" from the acclaimed film "Fame (1980)" with her brother Michael Gore.

 

The Boy Next Door

Pictured above:  Scene from "The Boy Next Door" VAV!/February 17, 2015/Contributed by Stars in her eye "The Boy Next Door" is the kind of movie that a girl should enjoy with their friends and some wine. It's not the kind of film you get all dressed up for and then have a night on the town. You need some of your best friends to make fun of the movie within the privacy of your own home (a place where no one can get irate with you for heckling).

 

St. Valentines Day Massacre

Pictured above: Two guns used in the 1929 Massacre/Courtesy The Mob Museum VAV!/February 14, 2015 On February 14, 1929, a day that was anything but sweet hearts amidst a bed of roses, the St. Valentines Day Massacre unfolded as five rivals of gangster Al Capone and two wannabes were gunned down in a garage on the North Side of Chicago, IL. The day's events are, arguably, the most publicized and talked about mob event in history.  The sole purpose of the killings was the elimination of George "Bugs" Moran, the last rival to Al Capone's title of crime boss in Chicago. Witness statements are varied, but this is generally how the slaying was believed to have 'gone down'... 

 

Ma Bell Calling - Alexander Graham Bell

  On March 7, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell received a United States patent for the invention of the telephone. By 1877, he formed the American Bell Telephone Company and the first exchange opened in New Haven, Connecticut. In a few fleeting years, local exchange companies were launched in every major city throughout America. There were four major divisions of the American Bell Telephone Company; The American Telephone & Telegraph (AT&T) that had been created by American Bell Telephone Company to provide long distance calls and to interconnect between New York and Chicago and beyond; Western Electric Company, Bell's equipment manufacturing arm; Bell Labs, that conducted research and development for AT&T and finally, Bell operating companies, providing local exchange telephone services. By 1899, AT&T would acquire the assets of its parent American Bell Telephone Company. AT&T then became the parent of American Bell, and thus the head of the Bell System. This acquisition was put into place, it's reported, to take advantage of the leaner regulatory and tax rules in NYC which were leaner in New York than in Boston, where American Bell was headquartered. Following a government anti-trust suit and the Kingsbury Commitment, by 1913.  AT&T agreed to the Kingsbury Commitment in which they would sell their reported $30 million in Western Union stock, allow competitors to interconnect with their system, and not acquire other independent companies without permission from the U.S. Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) At the end of 1934, AT&T was regulated by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC). The company was to become the largest corporation in the world until its divestment by the United States Department of Justice in 1984, at which time the Bell System ceased to exist. The Bell trademark pictured above was used from 1921 through 1939.

 

Hood Ornaments - An Art Form All Their Own

Pictured above: The Spirit of Ecstasy/Rolls Royce Ornament VAV!/February 8, 2015 The hood ornament or "mascot,"' remains a striking vestige of the past and a distinctive styling ornament that helped define the hallmark of fine automobiles as well as a drivers' style. While primarily ornamental since the 1930s,  the hood ornament originally evolved from a  need to provide a cooling system monitor for automobiles produced during the teens and the 1920s. Consequently, investing in an engine temperature gauge for the radiator, located externally at the front of the automobile and equipped with a filter cap on its top in direct sight of the driver, was a pretty good idea. The gauge monitored the radiators' temperature for proper functioning, as well as providing for its', longevity and efficiency, too.  Enter Moto Meter, a company from Long Island, NY,  who promised a product to fulfill  just that need.  (Moto Meter was founded in 1912 by George H. Townsend, president of the Moto Meter Co. Inc. Townsend obtained the exclusive rights under Boyce patents to manufacture radiator and dashboard motor temperature indicators.  Soon, the Boyce Moto Meter dominated the motor vehicle industry with their product.  Their motto was "Boyce Moto Meter, Your Car Deserves One.")

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