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North Korea Warns Of Pre-emptive Nuclear Attack On U.S.

North Korea Warns Of Pre-emptive Nuclear Attack On U.S.

Pictured above:  Korean War/National Archives

VAV!/March 7, 2013

A preemptive nuclear attack on the United States and allies is being threatened by North Korea as the United Nations Security Council moves forward to approve new sanctions in response to Pyongyang's latest nuclear test.

The threat from the North Korean Foreign Ministry came just hours before the United Nations Security Council was scheduled to meet on the sanctions, Thursday.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 06 April 2013 05:24 )

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Life’s a Journey - Teenage Crushes

Life’s a Journey - Teenage Crushes

VAV!/February 10, 2012 By Helen Spencer of Life's A Journey

Look, if I'm going to be totally honest with you about this, then there were more than three.

But in case anyone ...

Last Updated ( Sunday, 18 May 2014 04:47 )

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The Madness of King George III – London Theatre Review

The Madness of King George III – London Theatre Review

VAV!/February 10, 2012  By Rebecca McWattie

This tremendous Theatre Royal Bath production of Alan Bennett’s play is directed by the great Christopher Luscombe. King G...

Last Updated ( Saturday, 11 February 2012 09:15 )

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Diana Mitford, Part II – Rebel with a Cause

Diana Mitford, Part II – Rebel with a Cause

VAV!/January 28, 2012 By Rebecca McWattie

(Diana Mitford - Bright Young Thing Part I )

In 1932 Diana was still at the height of her beauty and her life with Bryan Guinness and...

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 31 January 2012 00:55 )

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Diana Mitford, Part I - Bright Young Thing

Diana Mitford, Part I - Bright Young Thing

VAV!/January 12, 2012 By Rebecca McWattie

My old penguin copy of Nancy Mitford's The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate is without doubt the most well thumbed book in...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 January 2012 10:27 )

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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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