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The Lawn Mower, 1955

The shadow of afternoon light is long on grassy greens, newbie trees and American cars posed in dream home driveways. A happy, lawn mowing lady is freshly permed and well-dressed for the occasion in sporty stripes and snappy, strappy shoes.  Her deluxe lawn mower is beautifully finished in a delicious, buttery shade of tomato soup. Together woman and machine are in total golden glow mode. And how about that grassy green grass catcher?!

Usually mowing the lawn is like pushing a baby carriage – but not with this magnificent mower. All the driver has to do is sit and steer. This is, after-all, the ride-a-long model.

Who knew that lawn mowing could be so much fun? With a mower like this, you’d want to mow everybody’s lawn.

Here’s to the great American suburban lawn, lawn mowers and you!

Charles Phoenix
May 24, 2011
Los Angeles, CA

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Knott's Berry Farm Retro Slide Show

A gent sports a slicker, smokes a cigarette and cradles a little girl clad in a cape. She’s sipping something, most likely boysenberry punch. The two of them are both prepped for wet weather, but the lady is not. She has no rain gear to speak of just red painted lips accentuating her cheeky smile and a simple-yet-stylish suit.

As countless visitors of Knott’s Berry Farm have over the years, these fine folks pose proudly with Handsome Brady and Whiskey Bill, gold prospectors permanently benched in Ghost Town. If this isn’t a classic Southern California Kodak moment, I don’t know what is!

Please join me for my all-new show, THE RETRO KNOTT’S BERRY FARM SLIDE SHOW, where I’ll show and tell the story and glory of the boysenberry birthplace that blossomed into America’s first theme park by way of a fried chicken dinner!

Sunday, May 15, at 5pm at Knott’s Birdcage Theater (2pm show – sold out). Tickets are $65 which includes an all-day Knott’s pass!

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Here’s to Knott’s and YOU!

Charles Phoenix
Los Angeles, CA
April, 30, 2011

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Dyeing Eggs

The eggs aren’t really ‘dying’ — they’re just getting colorized.  And who doesn’t LOVE the all-Americana tradition of dyeing eggs???

To do the traditional Easterly duty of egg dyeing, year after year, decade after decade, most of us choose Paas to accomplish our rainbow-colored assortment of eggs to hide, hunt and fill our plastic grass-padded Easter baskets.

We owe a big colorful Easter Eggy thanks to druggist, William Townley who invented Easter egg dye tablets in his Newark, New Jersey drug emporium in 1880. He branded his five-color dye kits, Paas, which comes from the word Passen, the Pennsylvania Dutch name for Easter. Who knew???

Thank you, Mr. Townley for facilitating all our eggshell dyeing needs! What would Americana’s eggiest holiday be like without you???

Here’s to Mr. Townley, his Easter eggshell dye and YOU!

HAPPY EASTER!

Charles Phoenix
April 18, 2011
Los Angeles, CA

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Raw Lipstick Party Ohio

Even in the stillness and silence of this pre-teen portrait a quartet of Ohio boys express a variety of emotions and moods...

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Fried Chicken & Flowers

This almost could've been me last weekend. But it isn't. However, I did eat fried chicken and sat on a rock surrounded by wildflowers. I just didn't do it at the same time!

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