75 Years Ago: New York City 1930's Thanksgiving Day Parade

This early Thanksgiving Day parade video was filmed in 1935, long before the Thanksgiving Day parades would be broadcast on television. In those days, you had to go to NYC to see the Thanksgiving Day parade. Years later, it became a tradition that the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade would be broadcast live on TV.  read more...

The Ford Edsel Car 1957 - 1959. R.I.P.

On this day in 1959, Ford announced that the Ford Edsel would be discontinued. For more than 50 years, when people have spoken about failures, the "Edsel" name has been brought up.  read more...

Happy Birthday, Rock Hudson!

Rock Hudson would be celebrating his 85th birthday if he was still alive. He was born November 17, 1925 in Winnetka, Illinois.

In the 1980's many John Hughes movies were filmed in Winnetka, Illinois: The Breakfast Club, Vacation, Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Uncle Buck, She's Having a Baby, AND the  home from the movie Home Alone and Home Alone 2 is located in Winnetka. From Rock Hudson to John Hughes films, Winnetka's got it going on! read more...

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

35 years ago, 29 men lost their lives on the SS Edmund Fitzgerald. On November 10, 1975 on Lake Superior, high winds caused the freighter to sink. There were no distress signals. It sank very suddenly some time after 7 pm. The wreckage was found, but no bodies were ever found.  read more...

Thanksgiving and Black Friday Sales in the 1980's

In the 80's, people didn't call the day after Thanksgiving "Black Friday". I recall that this trend started in the mid to late 90's and grew. In fact, sales the day after Thanksgiving weren't as insane as they are today. These days, after feasting on turkey with family, some people stay up that whole night just to be the first ones in line at an enormous store having an enormous sale. People then drive from store to store, trying to get to each sale as fast as they can in a race to save the most money.  read more...

Early American Christmas - Christmas in the 18th Century

Before the days of Black Friday sales and shopping malls that are decorated for Christmas before Halloween...

Before the days of icicle lights and colored bulbs....

Before the days of upside down Christmas trees, aluminum Christmas trees, green plastic Christmas trees, or ANY Christmas trees at all...

There was Christmas in the 1700's.  People decorated their homes in a simple way, using berries, evergreen, and a variety of nature from their own yards. In the 1700's, Christmas was about family, and Christmas was about God. read more...

Retro Dogs: Buddy the Chocolate Lab - a White House dog who was a member of the Clinton family

Since the most popular topic this week is politics, I thought we'd take a look at a political dog. Well, maybe he wasn't really a political dog, but he was a dog who happened to live at the White House. Buddy was the Clinton family dog who lived at the White House from the time he was a puppy in 1997 until the Bush family moved into the White House in 2000, when Barney the Scottish Terrier became the next dog to live in the White House.  read more...

50 Years Ago: 1960 JFK Political Ad - Kennedy, Kennedy, Kennedy

It's election day here in the US! 

Fifty years ago, in November 1960, people were voting for who would become the next US President - either  Richard M. Nixon or John F. Kennedy. The winner, as we all know, was JFK. That election was the first US election in which people in Hawaii and Alaska were allowed to vote.  read more...

Halloween through the 1940's - Scarier and Sexier than Halloween Today

I just found this video on YouTube of Halloween images from the early 1900's through the 1940's. The vintage Halloween music is great, the photos are great... this is a fantastic video! 

I had to keep pausing the video on some of the scary costumes because they looked so disturbing. Although they are much more simple than today's elaborate rubber masks, the vintage masks of the past look much scarier! Even the homemade costumes look way more terrifying than today's scary costumes. Sometimes, less really is more.  read more...

100 Years Ago: Halloween in the early 1900's

This antique Halloween photo was taken around the turn of the century. The person who posted it on YouTube estimated that it is from 1910. 

It's lovely to see their interpretation of Halloween costumes back then. I could get really lost in a photo like this, staring at it for a long time, studying each person's costume, their face expressions, etc. 

It's also fun to imagine what any of those people would look like if they were living in the present. 

Enjoy looking at these Halloween party animals of 100 years ago! 

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