Florida Tobacco Farm

Nope, this isn’t slavery. It’s 1910, nearly half a century after the end of the Civil War, smack dab in the middle of the Jim Crow era (laws enforcing racial segregation in the South between the end of Reconstruction in 1877 and the beginning of the civil rights movement in the 1950s). Though they aren’tContinue reading “Florida Tobacco Farm”

Brooklyn Gutter Wine

I don’t know what’s more disturbing; that federal agents dumped barrels of wine into the gutter, or that neighborhood kids are frantically trying to salvage it. I’ve never been a believer in the five-second rule. Once an item makes contact with filth, it is instantly defiled. And no amount of assuring me that “alcohol killsContinue reading “Brooklyn Gutter Wine”

Because Boys Like Chemistry

Girls didn’t have anything to do with chemistry back in 1940; they were busy using typewriters, at least according to Junior Scholastic magazine. With no TV to entertain young people, they had to settle for pictures in the paper to show them what they missed–like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Does he look familiar toContinue reading “Because Boys Like Chemistry”

Get ‘Em Vivid

You guys, I have this January 1933 Spur magazine, and it’s only black and white on the inside. But the cover has color, and it’s a-MA-zing! Check out this Firestone ad on the inside cover. It hasn’t faded a smidge. The Spur was a fancy-pants magazine that cost a whopping 50 cents in 1933. TheContinue reading “Get ‘Em Vivid”

Bread At EVERY Meal

Do you want to be healthy? Chow down on carbs three times a day. Oprah may say nay/neigh, but it worked for Joanna Bard. My December 2, 1940 copy of Junior Scholastic touts the merits of delicious, starchy bread. Included inside was a fun news quiz! Don’t all teens like news quizzes? This one isContinue reading “Bread At EVERY Meal”