November 2011

Retropolis Tour of America: Chicago, Illinois - Christmas at Marshall Field's

Unfortunately, I never got to experience a Marshall Field's Christmas in Chicago. I did go to the Marshall Field's Dallas store at The Galleria when I used to live there, but it was more of your typical beautiful department store. Beautiful was great, of course, but it wasn't spectacular like the Marshall Field's store on State Street in Chicago. The Chicago Marshall Field's was the ultimate department store shopping experience, especially at Christmas time. I can say this even though I never even got to go. read more...

The Death of The William Livingstone Mansion in Detroit

The William Livingstone Mansion of Brush Park in Detroit, Michigan had clearly been abandoned for years, but rarely do we ever see a building literally crumbling before our eyes. Often when I see old, abandoned buildings that have deteriorated I wonder how it happens or when it happened - those moments when the porch caved in or the roof developed that gaping hole. This video shows the very moment when the front of this mansion... fell off. read more...

60 Years Ago: Thanksgiving Etiquette in 1951

It's time to brush up on your Thanksgiving etiquette so you will be prepared next week to sit down with mother and father. Here are some of the tips you may or may not get from this helpful 1951 Thanksgiving etiquette video:

1.Be sure to offer mother help in the kitchen, and be sure to watch father carving the turkey. 

2. Chew with your lips closed. 

3. Do not push your plate away.

4. Wear your best Christmas sweater.

5. Do have fun, but do not speak with too much enthusiasm. Monotone and slow is good.  read more...