Happy Independence day retro buffs!

danger 4th
Check out more vintage art at “vintagegal”

Families often celebrate Independence Day by hosting or attending a picnic or barbecue and take advantage of the day off and, in some years, long weekend to gather with relatives. Decorations (e.g., streamers, balloons, and clothing) are generally colored red, white, and blue, the colors of the American flag. Parades are often in the morning, while fireworks displays occur in the evening at such places as parks, fairgrounds, or town squares.

The night before the Fourth was once the focal point of celebrations, marked by raucous gatherings often incorporating bonfires as their centerpiece. In New England, towns competed to build towering pyramids, assembled from hogsheads and barrels and casks. They were lit at nightfall, to usher in the celebration. The highest were in Salem, Massachusetts (on Gallows Hill, the famous site of the execution of 13 women and 6 men for witchcraft in 1692 during the Salem witch trials, where the tradition of bonfires in celebration had persisted), composed of as many as forty tiers of barrels; these are the tallest bonfires ever recorded. The custom flourished in the 19th and 20th centuries, and is still practiced in some New England towns.

share this:

Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest

More articles:

Catching up and my Goodwill find!

We have had an insane summer – crazy busy. we’ve moved and taken all of our mid-century finds into a 1970’s home in the burbs. We still own and love our 50’s house, but we’re loaning it to someone else for a while! 🙂 In settling in tho we have more room (hooray) and so lookie what I found yesterday at our “new” Goodwill. I suspect this “hood” is less in tune with 50’s collectibles

Read More

Paperclip to house…and a nice 1920's one at that!

Apparently I’m a bit out of the “circle” on this one, but a bunch of our friends already knew about the guy with one red paperclip – this is a guy who started with a huge red paperclip with the intention of swapping it up until he got to a house. Well he’s done it! You can read about it on his blog, or the story at BBC Story – “Man turns Paper Clip into

Read More

What a 1950's Bargain (or is it?)

Not having been born (or even a twinkle in my Mother’s eye) in the 1950’s, I’m not sure if this is a good price or not, but it seems phenomenal to me these days. I was particularly interested in the front of the house and 1950’s landscaping! It’s amazingly difficult to find any (if you have any sources, I’d be thrilled!) The interior photos are fantastic (I have a few more) and I could post

Read More

Mad Men style – clothing unfortunately

If you love Mad Men, you will love TLO’s (Project Rungay blog) posts on the Mad Men episodes and the styles that all the female characters wear. They do a fantastic job and I’d love to dissect the interiors as well, but feel a bit lacking in knowledge (but I’m still working on it).  So, if you haven’t checked it out – do! It’s a long series, so go back and read from the beginning

Read More