Another reflection on collecting-as-curating: one of the things that attracts me to some art is that it speaks directly to its time without being self-aware of it. When you are drawing from the life around you, then you capture a sense of that in the art... we say it is "of a time."
There are lots more examples, but these are among my favorites.
Frederick Opper, from the 1880s
Barbara Shermund, from the 1920s
Faith Burrows, from the 1930s
"Becky", from the 1940s
George McManus, from the 1920s-40s, I like the fact that the War Bond stamp was pasted on