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It’s More Than a Book: The Scary Spring of 1955

2019-03-13T21:15:29+00:00April 1st, 2019|News|

In the 1950s, two words could strike terror into the hearts and minds of parents and kids alike: polio season. Polio, short for poliomyelitis, was an infectious viral disease. The virus could settle in the brains or spinal cords of victims and bring on partial or total paralysis and even death. Until a vaccine was

Three Words: Telephone Booth Stuffing

2019-03-13T21:15:40+00:00March 29th, 2019|News|

In 1959, phone booth cramming became a thing. It hit America after 25 South African students managed to stuff themselves into one earlier in the year. Today's college students would be mystified. Not just at the idea of trying to squeeze a couple of dozen people into a too-small space without dying -- but at

The Best Gifts for Grandchildren in 2019

2019-03-13T21:15:51+00:00March 25th, 2019|News|

There's nothing better than being a grandparent -- most of the time. However, birthdays and holidays can be challenging times when it comes to shopping for them. If you don't live with your grandkids or see them on a regular basis, it's hard to know what gifts they've grown into...or out of. Just make it

The Polio Generation: Built on Toughness

2019-03-13T21:16:21+00:00March 20th, 2019|Hartnell History, News|

If you were born after the 1950s, you may know little or nothing about the frightening epidemic that was part of just about everyone's lives back then. Polio outbreaks were frequent and not well understood. Although doctors, hospitals and health organizations tried to fight this crippling disease, it continued to spread and affect children throughout

How the 50’s Changed History

2019-03-13T21:16:31+00:00March 16th, 2019|News, Uncategorized|

Every decade has memorable events, especially for those who lived through that particular slice of history. Today, those growing up in the 1950s are the grandparents of many young people maturing right now. This decade is revisited by many 50s books, remembering the good, the bad, and the crazy times. Here are some ways that

Eight Books That Will Bring You Back to the ’50s

2019-03-13T21:16:42+00:00March 13th, 2019|News|

Looking back over the past helps us learn about ourselves and our world, as well as revive thrilling, joyful, terrifying and heartbreaking memories. The decade of the 1950s conjures up images of the advent of rock and roll with Elvis Presley, the frightening polio outbreaks, the ominous Korean War and the fascinating introduction of the

Adventures at Vegas Book Fest!

2019-01-30T00:20:44+00:00October 24th, 2017|News, Posts From C.A. Hartnell|

Had a grand adventure last Saturday in my C.A. Hartnell booth at the Vegas Valley Book Festival on the grounds of the Historic 5th Street School located near Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada. Anyone visiting the book festival could testify that Las Vegas is not just a gambling town! It's a real community of families who care