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A visual remix of the American Dream as pictured in Mid Century Media
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  • 05/09/13--05:28: A Mothers Day Of Beauty
  • As a young child in the late 1950′s, I shadowed my mother everywhere she went.  I was her Baba Looey to her Quick Draw McGraw, Boo Boo to her Yogi Bear, Tonto to her Lone Ranger.Within her sphere of influence

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  • 06/10/13--05:30: Ding Dong…Avon Calling
  •  The lyrical sound of Ding Dong… Avon Calling was music to my mid-century mother’s ears.   My father may have said he wanted to be a hands on kinda Dad but it was my Mother who had her hands filled especially

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    Avon may be a coveted account on AMC’s Mad Men, but for many mid-century housewives, Avon was a coveted career. By the early 1960s Dawn Logan our neighborhood Avon Lady, was living out the ring-a-ding ding-American Dream. With her Irish

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  • 11/04/13--04:30: Riveted by Miss Rheingold
  • For some mid-century misses the title of Miss America was the American Dream. But in 1948, for NYC born and bred Angie O’ Riley, it paled next to the most coveted title of all- Miss Rheingold. Once upon a time,

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  • 07/10/14--05:00: No Time to Tan
  • Long before self tanners, and micro mist airbrush tanning sprays flooded the market, a retro a gal need only apply a good film of bronzer to give herself show girl legs. Learn how tan-in-a-bottle might have helped a pale-face gal

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    Like most women growing up in the 1950s and 1960s I was fed a generous serving of sugar-coated media stereotypes of happy homemakers who were as frozen and neatly packaged as the processed foods they served their cold war families.

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    Growing up, being an “older” woman was not a pretty picture – literally. Predictably, post-menopausal women were pictured pleasingly plump their sagging jowls and sagging breasts as slumping as their sedentary, asexual lives that were defined by grandchildren, gossip and

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    Having just turned 60 I have now entered DEFCON 2 in the war against aging. That is, if we are to believe the media who have been waging  their own war against women and aging for years. After decades of

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  • 06/16/15--05:00: Black Like Me
  • Oops! Looks like Rachel Dolezal, the White woman who has been passing as a Black woman for years got caught with her pants down. Sparking furor and causing a media frenzy, the recently resigned  president of the Spokane NAACP chapter

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    When it comes to America’s melting pot, Donald Trump is following an old-fashioned, tried and true recipe – heavy on the xenophobia with just a dash of racism. By relying on the age-old tradition of stoking the public’s fear of

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