Monthly Archives: October 2013

MythVictorian America

I recently asked my 40-something daughter Ramona what she thought of when someone would refer to the time period of the Gay Nineties. I was startled when she said, “Nothing.” Because she doesn’t ever remember hearing or reading the term … Continue reading

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Uncle Sam’s Girlfriend

Almost every American, and many of the people in the rest of the world, have long been familiar with Uncle Sam.  He’s been around “representing” the United States of America since the early 1800s, although his most famous gig was … Continue reading

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The Myth of Miss America

The Miss America Pageant began as a marketing idea. The Businessmen’s League of Atlantic City needed to develop a plan to keep tourists on the boardwalk past Labor Day. They organized a Fall Frolic and held it on September 25, … Continue reading

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