Category Archives: History

The 1930’s Luck and Wedding Book

“Every Woman’s Luck Book; What Every Woman Needs to Know to Choose a Husband” 2002, Icon Books, Ltd. Amazon does carry it, but only as a used copy for $1.04. It is a reprint of a book published “in the … Continue reading

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Airline Accommodations

A friend forwarded an email showing photos of how airline travel used to be. They were photos of a Pan-American transatlantic, single-class Clipper in the 1930s, and, as you would expect, they show far more room than we have today. … Continue reading

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Jake Leg

“Jake Leg,” by Dan Baum.  The New Yorker, 9/15/2003. I was talking with my neighbor, a young woman who was walking her dog, Jake. I told her “Jake” was an easy name to remember because a well-known blues song is … Continue reading

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What the Sam Hill, Cortana?

“What the Sam Hill?” was a phrase my father often used, but none of my generation did, and I had not heard it for years, not even in old movies where they often said  “swell” and called adult women “kid.” … Continue reading

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UHF And VHF TV

A syndicated cartoon in our local paper, Non Sequitur, was titled, “Grandpa ups his game.” It shows Grandpa telling stories around a campfire to several children who are wide-eyed with imagined terror. He is saying, “. . . we only … Continue reading

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The Delaware Wedge

Settle down, children, and I’ll tell you the strange history of the Delaware Wedge. You probably never heard of it, but Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Maryland have argued over it for more than 200 years. It has been a long time … Continue reading

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Uncle John, Blowin’ Off the Stink

My Uncle John (uncle by marriage) came from South Philly and talked exactly like Frank Rizzo. He even looked a lot like him, heavy-set, but solid, not flabby. Uncle John worked for Tasty Baking and supplied the family with rejected … Continue reading

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