Lite articles are single articles exploring some facet of a humorous or light-
Many folks think that the wildly popular Chatty Cathy doll, introduced to the toy world in 1960, was the first “talking doll.” But this is a mythconception! You might say that the talkative miss inherited her chattiness from her Great Granny…who was born in 1890.
Perhaps you have thought that cocaine use by young people has only been a problem in modern times. Think again! This brief look at 19th century “patent medicines” should change your mind.
Just as the world was looking very bleak in 1939, American dreamers and planners gave the world a sneak peek at what they hoped the world would be like in 1960. The theme of the1939 New York World’s Fair was “The World of Tomorrow,” and the centerpiece attraction that embodied the hopes for that world was the Futurama. This article will take you on a short ride back to that future
Even if you’ve never heard the word Googie, you’ve seen the world of Googie along the streets and roads of America. It’s a world a bit down at the heels these days, but in its heyday in the 1950s and 1960s, its creators thought it was the wave of the future.
Did you think the respectable men and women of the Victorian Era never read anything racier than a Jane Austen novel like Pride and Prejudice? Turns out that the tabloids at the checkout counters now may even be tamer than the hottest publication in the late 1800s. Come have a look at the juiciest gossip rag of the 19th century.
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Norman Rockwell’s homey Saturday Evening Post cover paintings often seemed like they could be depicting your next-
Back in the heyday of the silver screen cowboy, everybody knew Roy Rogers and his beautiful palamino horse Trigger, and the Lone Ranger and his beautiful white stallion Silver. But arguably the most famous cowboy/horse combo of all time (at least the very first to appear on a school lunchbox and thermos set, anyway!)..was Hopalong Cassidy and HIS beautiful white stallion, Topper. Check out this article for a brief overview of their Wild West career on both big and small screen.
Some tidbits in this brief history of the telephone may really surprise you! Who would guess payphones were THAT early, for instance?
Will Rogers once said, “In the early days, the traveler fed on the buffalo. For doing so, the buffalo got his picture on the nickel. Well, Fred Harvey should have his picture on the one side of a dime, and one of his waitresses with her arms full of delicious ham and eggs on the other side, ‘cause they have kept the West supplied with food and wives.” Learn more about the role Fred Harvey and his girls played in this brief history of the Harvey Girls.
It was pretty poor poetry and goofy rhymes, but the writing on the signs lined the highways across America for decades. Read more about this hillbilly roadside history in this article.
Although the modern Barbie Doll is a bit too bosomy for some parents’ comfort, at least she sports a fresh, friendly girl-
If you are tired of the gloom and doom in your daily print newspaper or online news feed, maybe what you need is a dose of good old-
Nothing says “Lazy, Hazy, Crazy days of summer” to a small child like hearing the rinky-
Have you ever had a friend or family member who had such drastic plastic surgery that you could hardly recognize them afterwards? If so, the outcome of this strange history of a famous entertainer who had complete makeover surgery will no doubt trump your experience.
“The photographers will snap us, and you’ll find that you’re in the Rotogravure.” If you’ve ever wondered what the mysterious R-
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