Tag Archives: 1950s American culture

Talking 1950s on the Radio – The Lucky Strike Papers

“Radio Once More” and Andrew Fielding are stalwarts of journalism that serves history – longtime pros using modern-day capacities through print and multi-media to capture the vivid realities and contexts of our past and to bring them alive in new ways … Continue reading

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Election 2012 – Ohio and Virginia Core Values Rule

Here’s an alternative theory on why Ohio and Virginia were so important to the 2012 presidential election. Core values rule – but they are played out differently in each generation. Central Ohio in the 1950s was a heavy contributor to … Continue reading

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Preserving Rural Life: The Summer Ritual of the Midwestern County Fair

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, it’s county fair time! Whether in Ohio or California, the celebration of agriculture, farming and rural life — augmented by rock bands and fireworks –are celebrated in the county fair which, from coast to … Continue reading

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A 1950s Don Draper (but with values)

The return of the “Mad Men” series on March 25 once again takes me back to the 1950s, the post-war era that fueled 180-degree changes in America’s buying habits, from frugal wartime savings to the latest crazes of the consumer … Continue reading

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Yes, Boomers, You Can Go Home Again!

I returned to my hometown after more than 45 years — and wrote this book, The Artist’s Eye: Vernon P. Johnson’s Watercolors of 1950s Small Town America. You couldn’t find a more typical small town in America in the 1950s, … Continue reading

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Passage from India: A Watercolor’s 65-Year Roundtrip

Jazz musician Dave Brubeck’s 1958 State Department tour to India sparked the second chapter in the long and storied life of “Calcutta Bazaar,” an amazing watercolor painted by my father, Vernon P. Johnson from firsthand experience in 1946. Twelve years later, Dad … Continue reading

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The Artist’s Eye: Vernon P. Johnson’s Watercolors of 1950s Small Town America

If you are a Baby Boomer… If you grew up in America in the 1950s… If you lived in a small town in America in the 1950s… If you are researching that era of American art and culture… If you are … Continue reading

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