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Political Satire by Helen Hokinson

Since the presidential election season is gearing up in the US (and it seems to last forever), I thought it was time for a little political humor. So I reached back into my collections of cartoons by Helen Hokinson, who … Continue reading

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The Fashion Lag on the Small Screen

Have you discovered the new Masterpiece series Indian Summers, broadcast on PBS? Set in India in the early 1930s, the show examines the rise of the Indian independence movement set against a backdrop of British privilege. If you like Indian … Continue reading

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Anna May Wong, Aging

At the recent blockbuster show, “China through the Looking Glass” at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, one room was devoted to the Chinese American actress, Anna May Wong (1905-1961). “In terms of shaping Western fantasies of China,” reads the … Continue reading

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Grace and Frankie

I binge watched this Netflix series featuring two older women—my research made me do it. Here is the plot in a nutshell. Two male law partners, one stuffy (Martin Sheen as Robert Hanson) and one laid back (Sam Waterston as … Continue reading

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Miss Democracy Prepares for Thanksgiving, 1924

While searching for images of older women and Thanksgiving, I discovered “Miss Democracy,” a recurring character in the political cartoons of Clifford Berryman. Winner of a Pulitzer prize, Berryman is credited with creating the symbol of the teddy bear for … Continue reading

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Mrs. Exeter’s Inspiration

I have long wondered if long-serving Vogue editor Edna Woolman Chase was the inspiration for Mrs. Exeter.  Those of you who have been reading this blog for any length of time perhaps know of my fascination with Mrs. Exeter, an … Continue reading

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