“They try to stir up trouble”: Racial Learning from Bubblegum Cards in the Early Cold War

Hello all! This post is a (slightly shortened, but still not short!) paper I presented this weekend at the American Studies Association conference here in Chicago. It was a good conference and I had productive feedback, so I hope you find the post interesting! In 1951, Gum Inc., also known as the Bowman Gum Company,... Continue Reading →

Kreepy Krinkles

I've been concocting some posts on nuclear testing and civil defense, but in the meantime, I've been thinking a lot about racial stereotyping in the 1950s as it applied to Asian people (because lots of the artifacts I study focus on the Korean War,) and something I've been drawn to are kids' cereal commercials from the... Continue Reading →

Motorola Citizens

Hello again readers. Apologies for the recent lack of updates; I have been taking exams and organizing writing for submission, so WordPress has been on a back burner. I was considering writing about the alarming Trump/North Korea situation, but decided that to avoid depressing everyone, in this post, I'd discuss the image featured in the... Continue Reading →

Sunday Comics

Dear readers. Apologies for the lack of posting of late; I was hoping to post more frequently but this month has been very busy with work, so I haven't managed it. I will be posting in the next few days, but in the meantime, enjoy these cartoons, posted by nucleardiner.wordpress.com I especially like the one... Continue Reading →

Scouting for Clues

The Boy Scouts of America has been in the news over the last week or so because of President Trump’s speech at the organization’s Jamboree in West Virginia; a speech he began by asking “who the hell wants to speak about politics … in front of the Boy Scouts?”[1]and continued by doing just that. As... Continue Reading →

Kix, Kids, and Nuclear Fear

  Today is the anniversary of the Trinity test detonation in New Mexico. Therefore, a nuclear themed post seems appropriate. This is an excerpt from a paper delivered at the June 2017 conference of the Society for the History of Childhood and Youth, in which I talked about how nuclear toys sought to manage kids'... Continue Reading →

Nuclear Toys and War Cards

This fortnight has been a whirlwind of conferences. I was at the Society for the History of  Children and Youth at Rutgers in Camden, NJ, the week before last, and this week have been attending the Rhetoric Society of Europe conference in Norwich, England. The two conferences have been very diverse in terms of audience... Continue Reading →

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