July 2010

4th of July in the 1970's

This 70's home movie shows clips from a 1975 4th of July parade. Watch as the 70's bicycles and tricycles roll down the street, each decorated with flags and red, white, and blue crepe paper. This gave me a longing to see both 70's bikes AND crepe paper again. Bicycles have changed over time, of course. And crepe paper isn't as popular as it was in the 70's. Looking back, I feel like every parade I ever saw as a child in the 70's was a crepe paper parade. Every party was decorated in crepe paper too. read more...

ABBA and Indian Food - what could be a more perfect combination?

A few years ago I was eating dinner at an Indian restaurant, and I heard an Indian version of "Dancing Queen" by ABBA being performed by an Indian group, who sang a Hindi language version of the song. Saag Paneer and the music of one of my favorite bands of all time was the most unexpected, yet perfect combination.  read more...

Michael Graves in Target - and around the world!

I first discovered Michael Graves' designs at Target more than ten years ago, and immediately fell in love with them. Over the years I have enjoyed seeing the new items he has designed for Target. Michael Graves has made Target feel more like a museum experience for me as I stroll the aisles wondering what new Michael Graves pieces are in the Target gallery. read more...

25 Years Ago: July 1985 - Back to the Future opened in theatres and became the top grossing film of 1985

Let's go back in time 25 years in our DeLorean to July 1985. Here we gooooooooo............

July 10, 1985

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50 Years Ago: To Kill A Mockingbird was published (originally titled Atticus)

The video shows the town of Monroeville, Alabama, where author Harper Lee grew up and spent 2 1/2 years writing "To Kill a Mockingbird". According to Wikipedia, she once became so frustrated with the manuscript, that she threw it out into the snow .When you look at this video, you can just imagine the manuscript quietly landing in the snow, as the snow begins to fall on what would become an American classic.  read more...

The Hollywoodland Sign / The Hollywood Sign - one of the BEST advertising signs of all time!

Happy 87th birthday to the Hollywood sign! On July 13, 1923 the Hollywoodland sign was officially dedicated. It's an extra special birthday this year because it was saved over this past year from developers building around it. Hugh Hefner donated nearly one million dollars to protect the land. His donation, combined with other donations, were enough to total $12.5 million - the amount needed to purchase the acres around the sign.  read more...

The Tiny Tears Doll - the first best friend of many American girls. Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop too!

Tiny Tears will always be a sweet little cry-baby, even though she is turning sixty years old this year. She was one of the most popular dolls of the 1950's, thanks to people like Mary Frances of Ding Dong School and Shari Lewis for promoting her. She was also popular, of course, because of her tear ducts, which allowed her to cry little tears. Her eyes were able to cry if mommy gave her a bottle of water. Then, mommy could later press baby's stomach and tears would come out of her eyes. This is what made little girls love Tiny Tears so much.  read more...

Croquet - a fun summer lawn game

My family has enjoyed many fun games of croquet over the years. There are proper croquet rules to follow for how the game should be set up, but I like to set up the croquet game more like a miniature golf course, placing the hoops around the yard in a little trail so the game is more interesting. To me it's much more fun to hit a ball so that it flies past a pink flamingo or yard gnome.  read more...

Atomic Age Decor

Home decor can be influenced by global changes or world events. In the last decade, we saw this happen after September 11, 2001, when stars and stripes and patriotic colors and designs were suddenly more popular than they had ever been before. We also saw America become more "green" - literally. Going "green" meant that we were making more of an effort to take care of our environment, but the color green also became popular at the same time because it made us feel pure, and clean, and "green". read more...

Disneyland 1950's Home Movies: Happy Anniversary Disneyland! Celebrating 55 Years!

On July 17, 1955, Americans got their first glimpse of Disneyland when it's dedication was televised around the nation. The grand opening to the general public was the very next day. This weekend celebrates Disneyland's 55th anniversary!  read more...