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  • Eleanor Roosevelt, Daycare Pioneer

    By Scott Daniels A Young boy naps at the Swan Island Daycare Center, Portland, Oregon First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt is rightfully credited with many accomplishments. She may in fact be the most hardworking, perhaps the most important presidential wife ever to occupy the White House. Other First Ladies have done great things and made significant contributions to our national life. Yet, Mrs. Roosevelt stands in a class alone, pushing her cautious husband into liberal policies he may not...
  • Vintage as Investment?

    By Scott Daniels Anyone with a collection of anything, be it baseball cards, record albums, autographs of the famous or vintage neckties, will eventually find themselves looking around at their treasures and running numbers in their head. And in many collecting fields, those numbers aren’t good. A stamp collector we spoke with recently at an annual show was an inadvertent poster child for the decline in collection value over the last couple of decades. “We’re all in our 60s and older now....
  • The Legendary.... Pencil. The Blackwing 602.

    By Scott Daniels $2,000 worth of pencils. There are, among everyday possessions, those objects which are cherished by their devotees and described with the kind of prose generally reserved for particularly enthusiastic lovers or memorable bottles of scotch. Some may speak of the perfect glide of their favorite, now-obsolete razor. Or the perfect smartness of eyeglass frames sported by the jet setters of the 50s. There’s the fellow with the wristwatch he could not bear to be without, the...
  • Five Fabulous Vintage Pinups to Follow on Instagram

    By Scott Daniels Rockabilly—Goth—Vintage—Burlesque--Pinup. It’s a path we’ve heard outlined many times over in The Fedora Lounge forums. The 21st century explosion of mid-20th century pinup style can easily be seen via several social media platforms, most notably Instagram. The sheer effort in creating hairstyles, makeup and perfectly put together vintage outfits is remarkable. The most successful have gathered tens of thousands of avid followers, and numerous vintage dealers have caught...
  • Classic Cocktails To Teach Your Bartender

    By Scott Daniels It depends on the place, but I normally stick with a martini as the usual thing to have before dinner at a restaurant. It's such an absolute standard, with a history stretching back nearly a century, that ordering a martini should be as simple as speaking the word. "Martini, please." What your server brings back should then be a cocktail of gin and dry vermouth stirred with ice and poured into a funnel shaped, stemmed glass with a garnish of a plump olive or two on a...
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