Sunday, September 23, 2018

A Tree of Life

A Tree of Life is a common theme in Mexican folk art pottery. This example is in the Smithsonian Museum of American History. You never know what you are going to find in the Smithsonian's huge museum complex. Here is a short description of this folk art from the Wikipedia article, "Tree of Life (craft)."
A Tree of Life (Spanish: Árbol de la vida) is a theme of clay sculpture created in central Mexico, especially in the municipality of Metepec, State of Mexico. The image depicted in these sculptures originally was for the teaching of the Biblical story of creation to natives in the early colonial period. The fashioning of the trees in a clay sculpture began in Izúcar de Matamoros, Puebla but today the craft is most closely identified with Metepec. Traditionally, these sculptures are supposed to consist of certain biblical images, such as Adam and Eve, but recently there have been trees created with themes completely unrelated to the Bible.
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Saturday, September 22, 2018

1700s Silverware Case

It seems that every historic site we visit here in the East has one or more of these silverware cases. This one is in the Smithsonian American History Museum. The comment is that if they needed some extra money, they could melt down their silverware and sell it. These cases seem to be the BMWs and Cadillacs of the day. The cutlery we are using here looks like it came from a thrift store. Not much prestige here today.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Howdy Doody

Talk about memories of low tech. After I was in the third grade, my family acquired a television and of course, I was captivated and spent an inordinate amount of time glued to the machine. I have a lot of memories of that time period. In later years, we got rid of the TV and with one notable relapse now live TV-free. I do remember a lot of Howdy Doody shows and seeing this puppet in the Smithsonian brought back a few memories. Here is a short explanation for those of you who never heard of Howdy Doody from Wikipedia.
Howdy Doody was an American children's television program (with circus and Western frontier themes) that was created and produced by E. Roger Muir and telecast on the NBC network in the United States from December 27, 1947, until September 24, 1960. It was a pioneer in children's television programming and set the pattern for many similar shows. One of the first television series produced at NBC in Rockefeller Center, in Studio 3A, it was also a pioneer in early color production as NBC (at the time owned by TV maker RCA) used the show in part to sell color television sets in the 1950s.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Jack-in-the-Box and In-N-Out

This photo has two memories. First is the menu from a Jack-in-the-box drive-in back in the 1960s. Notice the prices of the items such as a hamburger for $.24. Good luck today in finding these prices. The second is a small photo of one of the first drive-ins in California, the In-N-Out drive-thru. We have eaten at this first drive-thru a few times. I am essentially the product of fast food. I usually ate at either Jack-in-the-Box or McDonalds. Our family was sort-of dysfunctional and our meals were seldom sit-down affairs. I also attended a high school clear across Phoenix, Arizona, miles from my home and so I would stop and eat on the way home, usually in my car. Some of my children will not eat at fast food restaurants, but I still do. I realize this is not a great photo, but it does bring back memories.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Gold Coin Neclace

Nothing like wearing your money around your neck. I used to wear a watch and some jewelry such as a ring. But over the years, since I spend so much time typing, I have slowly discontinued wearing any jewelry at all. I may go back to some, but I am running out of years to think about it.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

A Nice Photo of the Washington Monument

As of the summer of 2018, the Washington Monument is closed for renovation. You know when you see the Washington Monument that you are in Washington, D.C. besides the White House and Capitol Building, this is probably the most recognized monument.

Monday, September 17, 2018

The First Mouse Prototype

I have actually moved away from using a mouse on my own computers. I use touch screens or trackpads. Considering the impact this one invention had on computing, you would think that Doug Englebart's name would be much better known. This exhibit was in the Smithsonian American History Museum in Washington, D.C.