Archive: Lisa Hix


What Happens to Baseball Heroes After They’re on Topps?



Fun Delivered: World’s Foremost Experts on Whoopee Cushions and Silly Putty Tell All



The Art of Dignity: Making Beauty Amid the Ugliness of WWII Japanese American Camps



Apollo 11 Capsule Foil and Memories of Plucking NASA’s Moonmen From the Sea




How the American Flag Became Sacred—and the Hottest Brand in the Nation



Original Catfluencer: How a Victorian Artist’s Feline Fixation Gave Us the Internet Cat



Postcards From Big Brother: The Curious Propaganda of a Brutal Soviet Era



It Came From the ’70s: The Story of Your Grandma’s Weird Couch



Ancient Androids: Even Before Electricity, Robots Freaked People Out



United States of Protest: A Citizen’s Guide to 250 Years of Resistance



What Not to Wear: The Deadliest Hats, Scarves, and Skirts in History



Masher Menace: When American Women First Confronted Their Sexual Harassers



True Kilts: Debunking the Myths About Highlanders and Clan Tartans



From Boy Geniuses to Mad Scientists: How Americans Got So Weird About Science



Prop Master: How a “Star Wars” Superfan Scoured the Earth for Space Debris



Home in a Can: When Trailers Offered a Compact Version of the American Dream



Happy Easter! Here Come the Witches




How America’s Obsession With Hula Girls Almost Wrecked Hawai’i




Self-Righteous Devils: What Ozark Vigilantes of the 1880s Reveal About Modern America




A Wonderful Life: How Postwar Christmas Embraced Spaceships, Nukes, Cellophane




Black Panther Women: The Unsung Activists Who Fed and Fought for Their Community




Roadside Curiosities: Things That Make You Go “What the Heck?”




An Un-Conventional Thirst: Collecting 7Up’s Most Beautiful, Hallucinatory Billboards




The Death of Flair: As Friday’s Goes Minimalist, What Happens to the Antiques?




Rocket Slides and Monkey Bars: Chasing the Vanishing Playgrounds of Our Youth




The Polyamorous Christian Socialist Utopia That Made Silverware for Proper Americans




Walt Whitman—Patriotic Poet, Gay Iconoclast, or Shrewd Marketing Ploy?




Hogancamp’s Heroes: How Playing With Dolls Lets a Hate-Crime Survivor Fight Back




Goat Rituals and Tree-Trunk Gravestones: The Peculiar History of Life Insurance




All You Need Is Paper: Why Antique Valentines Still Melt Modern Hearts




Out of the Shadow of Aunt Jemima: The Real Black Chefs Who Taught Americans to Cook




Dissecting the Dream of the 1890s: My Skype Date With Those Curious Neo-Victorians




How America Bought and Sold Racism, and Why It Still Matters




At Home With Horror: Metallica’s Kirk Hammett Embraces His Inner Monster




Female Spies and Gender-Bending Soldiers Who Changed the Course of the Civil War




Anita Pointer: Civil-Rights Activist, Pop Star, and Serious Collector of Black Memorabilia



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Healing Spas and Ugly Clubs: How Victorians Taught Us to Treat People With Disabilities




How a Makeup Mogul Liberated Women by Putting Them in a Pretty New Cage




Cassette Revolution: Why 1980s Tape Tech Is Still Making Noise in Our Digital World




From Whale Jaws to Corsets: How Sailors’ Love Tokens Got Into Women’s Underwear




Don’t Call Them Bums: The Unsung History of America’s Hard-Working Hoboes




Sex and Suffering: The Tragic Life of the Courtesan in Japan’s Floating World




Like Iggy Pop? Thank Your Grandparents




Love Among the Ruins: Traveling Museum Excavates the Artifacts of Lost Relationships




Darling, Can You Spare a Dime? How Victorians Fell in Love With Pocket Change




Laika and Her Comrades: The Soviet Space Dogs Who Took Giant Leaps for Mankind




The Art of Making People Go Away




Slut-Shaming, Eugenics, and Donald Duck: The Scandalous History of Sex-Ed Movies




Manning Up: How ‘Mantiques’ Make It Cool for Average Joes to Shop and Decorate




Ghosts in the Machines: The Devices and Daring Mediums That Spoke for the Dead




Yarn Bombs: In the ’70s, Knitting Was Totally Far Out




Women Who Conquered the Comics World




Paper Dresses and Psychedelic Catsuits: When Airline Fashion Was Flying High




Why Nerdy White Guys Who Love the Blues Are Obsessed With a Wisconsin Chair Factory




Caftan Liberation: How an Ancient Fashion Set Modern Women Free




Kaboom! 10 Facts About Firecrackers That Will Blow You Away




Black Glamour Power: The Stars Who Blazed a Trail for Beyoncé and Lupita Nyong’o




The Waiting Game: What It Really Takes to Get on ‘Antiques Roadshow’




Jem, the Truly Outrageous, Triple-Platinum ’80s Rocker Who Nearly Took Down Barbie




Could the Clothes on Your Back Halt Global Warming?




From Retail Palace to Zombie Mall: How Efficiency Killed the Department Store




Learning to Love Death: New Museum Takes a Walk on the Shadow Side




The Last Laugh: Why Clowns Will Never Die




Think You Know Ugly? Think Again




Why Aren’t Stories Like ‘12 Years a Slave’ Told at Southern Plantation Museums?




Easy-Bake Evolution: 50 Years of Cakes, Cookies, and Gender Politics




Dreams of the Forbidden City: When Chinatown Nightclubs Beckoned Hollywood




From Hummingbird Heads to Poison Rings: Indulging Our Antique Jewelry Obsession




Selling Shame: 40 Outrageous Vintage Ads Any Woman Would Find Offensive




Will the Real Santa Claus Please Stand Up?




Velvet Underdogs: In Praise of the Paintings the Art World Loves to Hate




A Frenzy of Trumpets: Why Brass Musicians Can’t Resist Serbia’s Wildest Festival




Guts and Gumption: Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Wore Their Hearts on Their Helmets



Return to ‘The Crypt’: Jack Davis Resurrects the Crypt-Keeper for Halloween Art Show



Jeepers Creepers! Why Dark Rides Scare the Pants Off Us



Why Americans Love Guns



Did Hollywood Give the 1920s a Boob Job? ‘Gatsby’ Costume Designer Tells All



Untangling the Tale of the Seven Sutherland Sisters and Their 37 Feet of Hair



Where Have the Carousel Animals Gone? Antique Merry-Go-Rounds Fight Extinction



Collectors on a Mission: When Americans Saw the World Through Evangelists’ Eyes



Singing the Lesbian Blues in 1920s Harlem



World’s Smallest Museum Finds the Wonder in Everyday Objects



Pin-Up Queens: Three Female Artists Who Shaped the American Dream Girl



‘The Great Gatsby’ Still Gets Flappers Wrong



In the Hot Seat: Is Your Antique Windsor a Fake?



Love at First Kite: How Pizza and Pente Led to One Oklahoman’s High-Flying Obsession



Reality TV Cracks Open the Extravagant World of Hollywood Vintage



Digging for the Perfect Beat: Davey D on the Vinyl Roots of Hip-Hop



Dr. Seuss, the Mad Hatter: A Peek Inside His Secret Closet



Should You Feel Guilty About Wearing Vintage Fur?



Black Is Beautiful: Why Black Dolls Matter



Happy Valentine’s Day, I Hate You



Paper Wizard: Mid-Century Modern’s Unsung Visionary Gets His Due



The Vintage Waiting Room Art That’s Hooked the Shabby Chic Crowd



Sexier Than Silk: The Irresistible Allure of the Nylon Slip


3 comments so far

  1. Jen Says:

    In your article “Why the ‘Native’ Fashion Trend Is Pissing Off Real Native Americans,”
    you say: ““paisley”…was once a holy symbol of the Zoroastrians in Persia.”

    I’m doing a presentation about cultural appropriation and would like to look further into this, however I cannot find anywhere that it says this was a holy image. Where did you find this information?

  2. MARI8LYN MOSS Says:

    Wonderful article. I live in an antebellum neighborhood on the cliffs of Louisiana, Missouri on the Mississippi River. During the Civil War, Fannie McQuie married Col. Senteney, who attended West point, but joined the Confederate forces in Mississippi. While he was gone, Fannie delivered mail across the enemy lines. Later Fannie joined her husband and friends of the 2nd Missouri Brigade preparing for battle at Vicksburg, Mississippi. Cpl. Ephraim McDowell Anderson wrote in his diary about the social event before the battle . . . and concludes with Col. Senteney’s death. I am told that General Grant gave Fannie’s father permission to travel to Vicksburg and to take his grieving daughter home. Marilyn Moss

  3. Michael Gutzait Says:

    I believe you wrote an articular about ” Hidden Gems: Lost Hollywood Jewelry Trove Uncovered in Burbank Warehouse ” When I was Looking at the jewelry in the articular, I recognized a brooch that looked very familiar to me in a round mahogany glass top case that was titled ” The crown jewels of Hollywood. ” On the lower right hand corner of the case is a huge diamond heart with an oval ruby in it. That brooch was worn by Bea Arthur in the 1974 film musical Mame with Lucille Ball. Renowned stage actress (and famous lush), Vera Charles (Beatrice Arthur). Here’s where the brooch takes place when Mame invites the Upton’s to her home and Vera and several men suddenly barge in, singing, “It’s Today”. This is the part you will see the brooch on Bea Arthur all dressed in black. I have no idea which actress wore this brooch before her or after. If you could please pass this information along to Tina Joseff, I would appreciate it. Being a film historian buff, I can recognize jewelry, photographs and costumes that were worn several times in film. Thank you for your time.

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