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Swimming Pinups: The Weeki Wachee Mermaids

Posted by Liz T. on

Weeki Wachee Springs, Florida has been the home of a legendary mermaid show since 1947, in which talented and glamorous swimmers perform in a crystal-clear natural spring. The audience watches these timeless performances from a man-made theater that is embedded in the side of the spring and submerged 16 feet below the surface. The Weeki Wachee show was created by Newton Perry, a former US Navy Seal Instructor and noted swim performer, who turned this stunning natural feature into the ultimate 1950s roadside attraction.  Weeki Wachee is the deepest known freshwater cave system in the United States and the actual bottom of the spring...

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We Can Do It: The Inspiration of Rosie the Riveter

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The "We Can Do It" poster was produced by American artist J. Howard Miller in 1942 for the Westinghouse Electric Corporation. As just one of many wartime propaganda posters produced during WW2, it was displayed for only a few weeks during February 1943 before vanishing into obscurity. The iconic poster reached mainstream popularity after being republished in an article about the National Archives in the early 1980s. Despite being known as the "Rosie the Riveter" poster, the original poster had no initial association with anyone named Rosie. In 1994, a former wartime worker named Geraldine Hoff Doyle mistakenly identified herself...

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Teddy Boys and Girls: Britain's Original Teenage Rebels

Posted by Feliz Weinberg on

"Our dress is our answer to a dull world." In 1953, a hot new fashion trend took over Britain's teen boys. An adaptation of Edwardian romanticism from which the name “Teddy” is derived, they donned tailored velvet blazers and button-down shirts coupled with drainpipe jeans or trousers, skinny ties, and chunky leather shoes. They topped it off with outrageous coiffures (or quiffs) and these working-class teens set the stage for all young tribes to follow. They were the first group to create a truly specialized youth market. By 1954, the tabloid Daily Express was describing these insubordinate teenagers as “Teddy...

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