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Mourning in America

The black header is to denote the effect of the November 6th election on this nation.

In my opinion, it’s not bad enough that an anti-American charlatan won – even after the dismantling of our freedom over the past 4 years, ruining our economy, disrespecting our military, shoving his “health care” down our throats whether we want it or not … the worst thing is that a majority of the voting public knew all that and still chose him.

Do I question their patriotism?

For the ones that knew him and understood what he was doing – yes, I’m questioning their patriotism. Because they aligned themselves with someone who placed no value on what America has stood for, for the things that made her different, who apologize and criticize her at every turn.

Romney was not my first choice, or second or third or even fourth. But I held my nose and voted for him because I saw very troubling days ahead for this country if that man was re-elected.

Party identification, whether Democrat or Republican, or even Libertarian, was not the issue.

The question was: do you want an America that you recognize to continue?

And the deciders chose No.

And if there is not a miracle from heaven, we are in for some really bad times.

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1967 Party Dresses


This tent dress by Jonathan Logan retailed for $21 (about $100 in 2011)and was also available in pink and blue. It’s very sweet and my favorite dress on this page.


Helena Rubenstein’s ad for their Lightworks line of makeup featured pastel tent dresses by Mam’selle, a division of Puritan Fashions.
Cute earrings; also very nice pearl collar on the blue one.

Spring of 1967, my mother made a pale blue lace tent dress for me, very similar to the lavender one in the above photo. Mine had a standup collar and slanted into the neck. We went to Maryland that summer and I wore the dress when we toured around Washington, D.C. If that sounds a bit formal, just remember that this was before people went everywhere in shorts, t-shirts and with their underwear showing.)

At that time, walking up the stairs in the Washington Monument was still allowed, so my brother-in-law and I did. Now I can’t imagine doing that because I’m really not fond of heights and it was very fatiguing. But I was 12 years old and who can tell an adolescent anything. Jim warned me that there would be no changing my mind half-way up because the elevator didn’t stop between the top and the bottom.

No sandals for me then – I was wearing stockings and a really cute pair of blue Mary Janes that matched my dress. About midway, I started carrying my shoes and I remember how ragged the feet of my stockings became. And how hot is was. D.C. is hot in the summer.


Can you imagine being a model and the photographer is requesting all kinds of weird movements and ugly angles? This is a really cute dress with a really odd pose. Looks like the cameraman was saying “Hai Karate!”

All of the above photos are from the May 1967 issue of Seventeen Magazine.

(And of course, Robbie Rivers is the Jr. Petite line from Bobbie Brooks.)

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1963 Riviera

Every time we see a vintage Riviera, my husband always thinks about his Aunt Betty, who drove one out in Orange County, California.

No one in my neighborhood even owned a Buick.

The above photo is taken from the June 18, 1963 issue of LOOK magazine.

The magazine cost .25.

The car’s base price was $4,333 and with options ran up to $5,000 according to the Wikipedia article, which has some nice photos and the history of the car.

The average salary was $5,807 that year. Can you imagine buying a car that equaled your income?

For a list of other interesting facts and price about 1963, as well as a cool youtube video of Johnny Cash singing “Ring of Fire”, go here.

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1965 Junior Fashions

These are Gidget (the Sally Field television show) era fashions. Chambray and madras were hugely popular fashion fabrics. Also, this was the beginning of both the dropped/belted waist dress and empire waist. Very cool.


Colleen Corby and unknown model wearing outfits by Patty Woodard. Overtop about *$12. Pants about $9. Babushka (kerchief) about $3. Shift about $17.


Andrea Allred modeling the low belted cotton knit dress by Lansford Jr. Petites. About *$18. Echo scarf, Van Eli shoes. Stockings by Archer.


Susan Henning modeling the wool twill coat costume by Hallie Jr. About *$50. Adolfo Realites hat, bag by Lefcort, gloves by Wear-Right. Wools loomed in America.


Nanette Vest wearing a cotton chambray and madras trimmed outfit by Ladybug. Dress about *$18. Madras hat about $5. Sandor bangle, shoes by Bandolinos, stockings by Hanes.


Blue or red bleeding madras with gathered yoke, back zipper, lined, *$9.95. Blue, pink or yellow striped shift with white and ruffled, $8.50.

*Prices are about 5x what they were in 1965.

All photos are from the January 1965 edition of Seventeen magazine.

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Mod Fashions, 1967

(My apologies for the quality of these photos. I can’t scan them in because the old Seventeen magazines were oversized and the whole page won’t fit on my scanner. Photographing them is not easy because of glare. I’ll try to do these over and substitute better ones at a later time.)

McCall's pattern# 8614, model Candy Slater

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Vintage Pickup Trucks

1933 International Model D-1 truck

1946 Dodge truck

1950 Chevrolet pickup truck

1958 Ford Styleside truck

1968 Dodge Adventurer truck


Bucket seats, 1 383-cubic-inch V-8, and “car-type air conditioning”

1978 GMC


“Civilized in town as a car”

I apologize for the low quality of the pictures when enlarged. Even scanning them at the highest level didn’t help much.

Items from this post are from American Heritage magazine, November 1996.

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Vintage Kitchen Altered Book Ephemera, Part II

(Click on images to enlarge, then click again on the magnifying glass.)

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