Gypsies, Cards, and Tea Leaves: Foretelling the Future

Gypsies, Cards, and Tea Leaves: Foretelling the Future

What will your life look like a year from now? Most of us are intrigued—just a bit—to know what the future holds for us, curious about how our careers, relationships, or finances will go.  We’re certainly not the first to wonder about such things, nor will we be the last. For centuries, people of all…

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Modern vs. Mechanical: The Best Bank for Your Buck

Modern vs. Mechanical: The Best Bank for Your Buck

Looking for a safe place for your savings? With today’s tumultuous stock market (even Mark Zuckerberg is losing money) and bank bailouts of the recent past, it’s no wonder that most of us feel a bit uncertain about the best place to store our money. How about a mechanical bank? For years these cast-iron collectibles…

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Don’t Call It a Comeback: The Return of Iconic 1980s Characters

Don’t Call It a Comeback: The Return of Iconic 1980s Characters

Do you ever find yourself wishing that you could be a child again, just for a few hours? Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy adulthood, but I freely admit that every once in a while I find myself wanting to be a kid again, having a snack in my parents’ living room while watching Duck…

A Lens for Life

A Lens for Life

Long before I began working in museums, I studied photography as an undergraduate student. My interest began as a teenager, sparked by a love of black and white documentary photographs. I was captivated by the universal language the medium spoke and the idea that with the push of a button, a single moment could be…

Edible to Elaborate: Holiday Gifts Then and Now

Edible to Elaborate: Holiday Gifts Then and Now

The holiday season is once again upon us. With seasonal songs filling the airwaves and retailers decorated with all that sparkles, I am amazed at how the holidays have managed to find their way back again so soon—this time more expensive than ever. For more than 125 years, advertising has played a key role in…

A Penny for Your Thoughts: The Golden Age of Postcards

A Penny for Your Thoughts: The Golden Age of Postcards

Do you remember getting mail? Not email. Not bills. Not letters from credit card companies enthusiastically informing you that you’ve been “pre-approved!” Actual mail—a letter, a note, or a card. You know, when someone wrote you a message, adhered a stamp to it, and placed it in a mailbox, just to let you know they…

Change of Dress: The Transformative Power of Dress Up

Change of Dress: The Transformative Power of Dress Up

What do Cinderella, Lady Gaga, and Kate Middleton all have in common? Distinctive style. For Cinderella the right dress and the perfect pair of shoes proved to be life changing. Today, little girls everywhere own replicas of the shimmering, blue ball gown. Lady Gaga makes bold statements with outrageous ensembles constructed from atypical materials such…

The Pogo Bal Paradigm

The Pogo Bal Paradigm

If you grew up with siblings, you probably recognize that a brother or sister doesn’t always make the first choice for playmate but will usually suffice. As the youngest of three children by five years, I yearned to play along with my older brothers but could never quite keep up. Both seemed more knowledgeable, more…