Tag Archives: 1950s

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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Celebrating the Golden Jubilee – Boomers with 50 Years of Success

Yikes! When I read that The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys and The Chieftains will celebrate their Jubilee Year in 2012, I did a double-take. If they are that old, what does that say about me? In 1962, I was … Continue reading

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How Modern! 1954’s “White Christmas”

Surfing the holiday movies on TV, I took another peak at “White Christmas,” probably the first movie I ever saw in a theater, in my hometown of Mount Vernon, Ohio. The Vernon Theater was on the town square beside the donut … Continue reading

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Meet and Greet (Me) in Petaluma

Join “The Artist’s Eye” author Janis Johnson at Copperfield’s Books in Petaluma, California, on April 30 from 1:30 to 2:30 pm for an informal “meet and greet” session. That’s 140 Kentucky Street in historic downtown Petaluma. We’ll talk small towns, the … 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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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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