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Arlington National Cemetery - Once Arlington House

Arlington National Cemetery - Once Arlington House

Pictured above: Arlington National Cemetery. General view of Arlington Memorial Cemetery/ca. 1920-ca. 1950/Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Theodor Horydczak Collection, [reproduction number, e.g., LC-H824-0224]

VAV!/May 13, 201...

John Dillinger - WANTED

John Dillinger - WANTED

VAV!/July 22, 2012

"During the 1930s Depression, many Americans, nearly helpless against fo...

Queen of Soul - Aretha Franklin

Queen of Soul - Aretha Franklin

VAV!/September 28, 2011

"She's one of the greatest artists of soul music, and of the Americ...

July 22 On This Day In History

July 22 On This Day In History

Pictured above: Mr. and Mrs. Kloman, residence at 751 3rd Ave., New York City. Calder...

Marlene Dietrich - Made For Another World

Marlene Dietrich - Made For Another World

Pictured above:  Marlene Dietrich

VAV!/November 25, 2011

Marlene Dietrich made for anot...

 

Etsy - Smooth

Etsy - Smooth

Pictured above:  Etsy's Home Office

VAV!/March 14, 2014

Etsy is intent on bringing heart to commerce and making the world more fair, more durable, and more fun! 

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July 18 On This Day In History

July 18 On This Day In History

Pictured above:  Hugh Jennings/Ty Cobb/Left: Hugh Jennings/Center: Ty Cobb Steals Third/Right: Ty Cobb, 1912./Baseball Cards, 1887-1914/LOC

VAV!/July 18, 2014

1743 - T...

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Margaret Bourke-White

Margaret Bourke-White

Pictured above:  Margaret Bourke-White/Life Magazine

VAV!/April 11, 2014

... "in this experience of mine, there was one continuing marvel: the precision timing running ...

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Backyard Fireworks Tips

 Backyard Fireworks Tips

VAV!/July 2, 2014

Americans throughout the nation will enjoy Fourth of July celebrations this year while watching fireworks. Many will be at public displays in their commun...

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Tommy Ramone

VAV!/July 13, 2014

"It wasn't just music in The Ramones: it was an idea. It was bringing back a whole feel that was missing in rock music – it was a whole push outwards to...

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ITALIAN PASTA SALAD RECIPE

ITALIAN PASTA SALAD RECIPE

VAV!/June 29, 2014/Contributed by Bobby of the Blog Chef

During the summer it seems as though I am always looking for a good cold salad recipe to serve as a side dish. This...

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Paper Fashion Craze

Paper Fashion Craze

Pictured above:  BOAC Flight Attendant wearing a paper dress/ From You-Tube /British Pathé/Contributed by Screen Grab©

VAV!/July 16, 2014

"Created to make you the conver...

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Beauty Marks, Beauty Spots, Moles - Beyond Magnificent

Beauty Marks, Beauty Spots, Moles - Beyond Magnificent

Pictured above: Liza, Liz [Elizabeth Taylor] and Mike Todd/1957 September/Photoprint by Toni Frissell/ Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington

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Maleficent Isn’t The Classic Tale You Know

Maleficent Isn’t The Classic Tale You Know

VAV!/June 13, 2014/Contributed by Stars In Her Eye

The executives at Walt Disney Studios have decided it's time to put a new spin on many of its classic animated tales. Viewe...

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Keeping Pets Safe In The Summer Heat

Keeping Pets Safe In The Summer Heat

Pictured above: Byron (family and pets)/Bain News Service, publisher/LOC

VAV!/June 28, 2014

It's important to remember our pets in the heat of the summer day!  Fo...

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Yard Sales, Garage Sales, Tag Sales, Moving Sales

Yard Sales, Garage Sales, Tag Sales,  Moving Sales

VAV!/May 14, 2014

The place to find  bargains or snag one of a kind treasures may be found at Yard Sales, aka Garage Sales, Tag Sales, or Moving Sales!  The...

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FIRST PREPARATIONS BEFORE A WEDDING

FIRST PREPARATIONS BEFORE A WEDDING

Pictured above: "The radiance of a truly happy bride is so beautifying that even a plain girl is made pretty, and a pretty one, divine." / ETIQUETTE IN SOCIETY, IN BUS...

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Samuel F. B. Morse's First Telegram

Samuel F. B. Morse's First Telegram

Pictured above: First paper strip containing the telegraphic characters or Morse code /May 24, 1844/LOC

VAV!/July 19, 2014

On May 24, 1844, Samuel F. B. Morse dispatched the ...

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Samuel F. B. Morse's First Telegram

Pictured above: First paper strip containing the telegraphic characters or Morse code/May 24, 1844/LOC VAV!/July 19, 2014 On May 24, 1844, Samuel F. B. Morse dispatched the first telegraphic message over an experimental line from the chamber of the Supreme Court, then in the US Capitol, Washington, D.C., to his assistant Albert Vail at the Mount Clair depot in Baltimore. Morse allowed Annie Ellsworth, the young daughter of a friend, to choose the words of the message, and she selected a verse from Numbers XXIII, 23: "What hath God wrought?"

 

The Empire State Building Through The Years

Pictured above: The World's Most Famous Office Building, the Empire State Building VAV!/July 18, 2014 Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan, the Empire State Building has long been one of the most recognizable and beloved attractions in the world. The building has achieved many milestones in its existence, and today stands stalwart as a 21st Century icon of innovation and ingenuity. The Empire State Building: Through the Years May 1981: The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission declared the Empire State Building a landmark. February 1978: The first Empire State Building Run-Up took place. At this annual event, hundreds of athletes from around the world race a total of 1,576 steps to the 86th Floor Observatory.

 

July 18 On This Day In History

Pictured above:  Hugh Jennings/Ty Cobb/Left: Hugh Jennings/Center: Ty Cobb Steals Third/Right: Ty Cobb, 1912./Baseball Cards, 1887-1914/LOC VAV!/July 18, 2014 1743 - The New York Weekly Journal published the first half-page newspaper ad. 1775 - Continental Congress resolved that each colony provide armed vessels. 1779 - Commodore Abraham Whipple's squadron capturef 11 prizes in largest prize value of Revolutionary War. 1792 - John Paul Jones died in Paris, France. 1813 - The U.S. Frigate President captured British Daphne, Eliza Swan, Alert and Lion. 1863 – American Civil War: Second Battle of Fort Wagner – one of the first formal African American military units, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, supported by several white regiments, attempted an unsuccessful assault on Confederate-held Battery Wagner. 1877 - A variety of historical resources, Thomas Edison recorded the human voice for the first time by shouting "Haloo" into a recording mouthpiece. 1914 – The U.S. Congress formed the Aviation Section, U.S. Signal Corps, giving official status to aircraft within the U.S. Army for the first time. The first flying unit consisted of twelve officers, 54 enlisted men, and six airplanes assigned to it at North Island (San Diego, CA). 1920 - A Naval aircraft sank ex-German cruiser Frankfurt in target practice. 1925 – Adolf Hitler published his personal manifesto Mein Kampf. 1927 - Ty Cobb set a major-league baseball record with his 4,000th career hit.

 

Paper Fashion Craze

Pictured above:  BOAC Flight Attendant wearing a paper dress/From You-Tube/British Pathé/Contributed by Screen Grab© VAV!/July 16, 2014 "Created to make you the conversation piece at parties. Smashingly different at dances or perfectly packaged at picnics. Wear it anytime...anywhere. Won't last forever...who cares? Wear it for kicks—then give it the air." - Scott Paper Co. advertisement, 1966 During the tumultuous decades of the 1960s, while social and political upheaval dominated the national headlines, Americans found hope in the midst of their despair...they submerged themselves in the mod fashion industry for escape and the promise of renewal!  "Hallelujah and here's how!..."  Disposable paper dresses were introduced to the fashion scene in March 1966 by a Wisonsin manufacturer of paper-based consumer products, Scott Paper Company.   It all began with packages of Scott paper towels, napkins and toilet paper featuring a coupon stating that customers who mailed in a $1.25 would receive a "Paper Caper"...a  sleevless, collarless, A-line shift dress with big pockets and fashioned with red bandanna print or a black and white op art pattern.  Along with their purchase, customers received added extra coupons for paper products, too.  While the paper dresses Scott's offered were featured in two prints, there were just four sizes available, and only one style. To be exact though, the dresses weren't made of paper, but rather a composition the Scott company referred to as Dura Weve ( 93 percent paper-napkin stock reinforced with rayon webbing). Together, these elements made the material more durable than standard paper and embued it with a fabric-like appearance. The "Paper Caper" was an ingennious market stragety and certainly raised public interest.  Within six months of the advertisement's appearance, Scott Paper Co.  sold well over 500,000 dresses!  Consequently, the race was on as the fashion world began to create their own disposable paper fashion products from hats to dresses.

 

Paper Fashion Craze

Pictured above:  BOAC Flight Attendant wearing a paper dress/From You-Tube/British Pathé/Contributed by Screen Grab© VAV!/July 16, 2014 "Created to make you the conversation piece at parties. Smashingly different at dances or perfectly packaged at picnics. Wear it anytime...anywhere. Won't last forever...who cares? Wear it for kicks—then give it the air." - Scott Paper Co. advertisement, 1966 During the tumultuous decades of the 1960s, while social and political upheaval dominated the national headlines, Americans found hope in the midst of their despair...they submerged themselves in the mod fashion industry for escape and the promise of renewal!  "Hallelujah and here's how!..."  Disposable paper dresses were introduced to the fashion scene in March 1966 by a Wisonsin manufacturer of paper-based consumer products, Scott Paper Company.   It all began with packages of Scott paper towels, napkins and toilet paper featuring a coupon stating that customers who mailed in a $1.25 would receive a "Paper Caper"...a  sleevless, collarless, A-line shift dress with big pockets and fashioned with red bandanna print or a black and white op art pattern.  Along with their purchase, customers received added extra coupons for paper products, too.  While the paper dresses Scott's offered were featured in two prints, there were just four sizes available, and only one style. To be exact though, the dresses weren't made of paper, but rather a composition the Scott company referred to as Dura Weve ( 93 percent paper-napkin stock reinforced with rayon webbing). Together, these elements made the material more durable than standard paper and embued it with a fabric-like appearance. The "Paper Caper" was an ingennious market stragety and certainly raised public interest.  Within six months of the advertisement's appearance, Scott Paper Co.  sold well over 500,000 dresses!  Consequently, the race was on as the fashion world began to create their own disposable paper fashion products from hats to dresses.

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