Sean Munger's official site. Not your typical Boring Author Website®™.

Earth, “Mad Men” location: “Heller’s Luxury Furs,” 246 Seventh Avenue, Manhattan.

It’s been a while since I’ve done a “Mad Men geography” post. This one is a little obscure, but, I think, important to the show. This address, 246 Seventh Avenue in … Continue reading

June 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Earth Panorama: 1950s Communist-era kitchen, former East Germany.

In the American history class I’ve been teaching this term we were recently talking about the importance of the kitchen and its fittings as a symbol of Cold War-era consumerist … Continue reading

May 28, 2014 · 2 Comments

Earth, “Mad Men” location (and some history): White Horse Tavern, 567 Hudson Street.

This post is more history than anything else, and its connection to Mad Men is tenuous–it is mentioned, but never seen, in a line of dialogue in a season 4 episode … Continue reading

April 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Battle of Kapyong: a forgotten battle, in a forgotten war. (Australians at War)

Originally posted on If It Happened Yesterday, It's History:
(Sergeant S.K.J. “Len” Lenoy, who was killed in action at Kapyong while commanding a machine-gun section with A Company. Image…

April 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Endearingly cheesy: in defense of “The Greatest Show On Earth.”

The Greatest Show On Earth is an almost unbelievably cheesy cornball movie, directed by Cecil B. DeMille, released in 1952. That year it won a very dubious Oscar for Best … Continue reading

April 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

The “spaghetti tree” of Ticino: the great BBC hoax of 1957.

Today is April Fool’s Day. My husband and I were chatting last night about it and we agreed that there’s very little fun left in April Fool’s Day these days; … Continue reading

April 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Ghost railroad: the New York, Ontario & Western Railway.

Up in the forests and brambles of upstate New York, there’s a tangle of bike pathways, nature trails and ecological areas that mask an interesting historical secret. Where suburbanites bike … Continue reading

March 29, 2014 · 4 Comments

My 10 favorite articles of 2013 (Part II): Women of horror, celeb endorsement, TrueTwit follies and sultry jazz.

It’s the last day of the year and here is my second post counting down my top 10 favorite articles I’ve run on Seanmunger.com during 2013. Again, these aren’t the … Continue reading

December 31, 2013 · 1 Comment

Yes, some do like it hot: Marilyn Monroe does “Running Wild.”

This video clip should need no introduction. It’s Marilyn Monroe in one of the iconic moments of her career, the train rehearsal scene from Some Like It Hot as she plays … Continue reading

November 20, 2013 · 1 Comment

Through a glass, darkly: the Great Seattle Windshield Pitting Epidemic of 1954.

At the end of March 1954, a few residents of Bellingham, Washington, a suburb of Seattle, happened to notice that the windshields of their cars had developed a few pits, … Continue reading

November 6, 2013 · 3 Comments

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 6,101 other followers