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Fisher-Price

Fisher-Price

Pictured above:  Fisher-Price logo

VAV!/July 12, 2014

Fisher-Price, a subsidiary of Mattel, Inc., has been making high-quality toys that enhance early childhood development. Their "Play Lab" was the first child research center of its kind in the toy industry, that allowed researchers and toy designers to observe the way children play and how play benefits their development!  Among the Company's best-known "classic" brands are Little People®, Power Wheels® and View-Master®. Fisher-Price is also a leading developer of baby gear products (infant swings, bouncers, high chairs, nursery monitors), as well as a wide array of character-based toys inspired by high quality children's programming such as Thomas & Friends, Dora the Explorer™ and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

The Company was founded in East Aurora, New York in 1930, by Herman G. Fisher, Irving L. Price, and Helen M. Schelle.  Fisher was well versed in the manufacturing, selling and advertising of games through his experience with a company in Churchville, New York. Price was a previous employee F.W. Woolworth and Company, and Schelle was the owner of the Penny Walker Toy Store located in Binghamton, New York. Together, this dynamic trio represented the best of the best in retail and advertising as well as an uncanny ability for discerning what children liked when it came to toys.

The Founders of Fisher-Price were committed to producing high quality toys for the consumer public...in fact, the company's first catalog detailed their creed that Fisher-Price toys must have "intrinsic play value, ingenuity, strong construction, good value for the money, and action." The creed further said; "children love best the cheerful, friendly toys with amusing action, toys that appeal to their imagination, toys that do something new and surprising and funny. This idea is so simple, it is sometimes overlooked – but if you have forgotten your own younger days, test it out on the nearest children."

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 July 2014 05:16 )

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Art Deco

Fanny Brice Of The The Ziegfeld Follies

Fanny Brice Of The The Ziegfeld Follies

Pictured above:  Fanny Brice

VAV!/February 29, 2012

"I breathed and ate and drank and lived theater -- in my neighborhood were all the nationalities of all of Europe. ...

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1950s

Eero Saarinen - Mid-Century Modernism

Eero Saarinen - Mid-Century Modernism

Pictured above: Eero Saarinen, architect/Korab, Balthazar, photographer/between 1937 and 1956/LOC

" The purpose of architecture is to shelter and enhance man's life on...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 June 2014 06:41 )

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1950s

Ira Gallen - A Distinguished Preservationist Of Television History

Ira Gallen -  A Distinguished Preservationist Of Television History

VAV!/June 12, 2014/Special Interview with Marsha Collock

"I'm more or less the Noah's Ark of Collecting." - Ira Gallen

Ira Gallen, archivist, curator, collector, video and te...

Last Updated ( Friday, 27 June 2014 05:29 )

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1930s

Amos Sewell

Amos Sewell

Pictured above The Saturday Evening Post . Art by Amos Sewell.

VAV!/June 12, 2014

Amos F. Sewell (1901 – 1983) was a well known and prolific illustrator, born in San Fra...

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 30 July 2014 05:16 )

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1930s

Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam

Pictured above:  The Hoover Dam/U.S. Department of the Interior/Bureau of Reclamation

VAV!/June 3, 2014

Hoover Dam, a National Historic Landmark, is revered as one of ...

Last Updated ( Saturday, 07 June 2014 03:42 )

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1940s

Bunny Yeager

Bunny Yeager

Pictured above is Bunny Yeager with Aquatic Performer, MeduSirena, Creator & Director of the MeduSirena Swimshow at The Wreck Bar and Aquatic Performer-trainer A...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 June 2014 16:22 )

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1980s

Rolling Thunder

 Rolling Thunder

VAV/May 25, 2014

Memorial Day is a United States Federal holiday, celebrated on the last Monday in May.  This celebration recognizes the rights and costs of freedom, lib...

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Colonial

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...

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 23 July 2014 07:02 )

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1950s

A Salute To Americans

A Salute To Americans

Pictured above:  Stockman's workforce/ 1950 - Stockham Pipe & Fittings Company, 4000 Tenth Avenue North, Birmingham, Jefferson County, AL/HAER ALA,37-BIRM,45--12...

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 02 September 2014 05:14 )

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1950s

Tony The Tiger - Lee Marshall

Tony The Tiger - Lee Marshall

Pictured above: Frosted Flakes

VAV!/May 9, 2014

Lee Marshall, remembered as the distinct voice of Tony the Tiger in commercials, died of esophageal cancer on April 26, 2014...

Last Updated ( Friday, 09 May 2014 06:45 )

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ACADEMY ANNOUNCES HOLLYWOOD COSTUME EXHIBITION-RELATED PROGRAMMING

Special Screenings, Live Discussions through February 2015 VAV!/September 15, 2014/BEVERLY HILLS, CA The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will complement the groundbreaking exhibition Hollywood Costume with a series of special screenings and live discussions exploring costume design as an essential tool of cinematic storytelling. Presented by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Academy, Hollywood Costume will be on view October 2, 2014, through March 2, 2015, in the historic Wilshire May Company building at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles. Visitors who purchase tickets to Hollywood Costume will receive free admission to Academy events held on the same day. Tickets are on sale now at www.oscars.org/HC. Hollywood Costume is sponsored by Swarovski. Exhibition-related public programs include: The Perfect Match: Hollywood Costume CollaborationsSaturdays, October 4 through December 20This screening series explores the relationship specific Hollywood costume designers have developed with directors, whether over large bodies of work or in concentrated periods of creative collaboration, spanning the silent era to present day. A diverse range of costume designers will speak about their work with noted directors: Mary Zophres on Ethan and Joel Coen, Mark Bridges on Paul-Thomas Anderson, Marilyn Vance on John Hughes, Jeffrey Kurland on Woody Allen, and Deborah Nadoolman Landis on John Landis. TICKETING Visitors who purchase tickets to Hollywood Costume will receive free admission to Academy events held on the same day. Visitors must present their Hollywood Costume ticket at the Bing Theater Box Office for free admission. Exhibition tickets for Hollywood Costume are on sale now at www.oscars.org/HC. Admission: $20 Adults ǀ $15 Seniors (62+) ǀ $10 for students with ID and children under 13. The Bing Theater is located at 5905 Wilshire Boulevard on the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) campus.Public program tickets are $5 for the general public, $3 for Academy members, LACMA Film Club members and students with a valid ID. Doors open one hour prior to each event. All seating is unreserved. For more information, visit oscars.org or call (310) 247-3600. LOCATION & PARKINGHollywood Costume is on view at the Wilshire May Company building, 6067 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036. Contact: 310-247-3049; HollywoodCostume@oscars.org Parking is $12 and available at the Pritzker Parking Garage on 6th Street just east of Fairfax Avenue, and the LACMA lot on the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Spaulding Avenue. Additional parking is available at the Petersen Automotive Museum parking lot on Fairfax just south of Wilshire, the Museum Square parking lot on Curson Avenue, and metered spaces on 6th Street. The Wilshire May Company building is easily accessible via public transportation. Visit Metro.net for details. Visit www.oscars.org/HC for more information. CREDITSHollywood Costume is organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Swarovski is the presenting sponsor of Hollywood Costume. The crystal house has provided the all-important sparkle to Hollywood's wardrobes since the 1930s, when Swarovski crystals began to light up the silver screen in classic films like Gone with the Wind, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Breakfast at Tiffany's. In recent years, Swarovski has worked closely with talents in costume and set design on blockbusters including Black Swan, Skyfall and The Great Gatsby, and its crystals have been the key creative ingredient in the dazzling set design for the Academy Awards® since 2007. Additional support is provided by Pirelli and the Blavatnik Family Foundation. --># # # ABOUT THE ACADEMYThe Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world's preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards—in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners — the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies. FOLLOW THE ACADEMYwww.oscars.orgwww.facebook.com/TheAcademywww.youtube.com/Oscarswww.twitter.com/TheAcademy

 

Miss America Kira Kazantsev Crowned in Atlantic City

Pictured above:  Miss New York, Kira Kazantsev, Miss America 2015 In the City Where It All Began, Miss New York is Named Miss America 2015 VAV!/ATLANTIC CITY, NJ/September 14, 2014 Miss New York Kira Kazantsev was crowned Miss America 2015 tonight at the birthplace of the legendary competition in Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall. The Miss America Finals were broadcast live on ABC. Kira's acceptance of the highly-prized crown is just the beginning of a journey that will take her to every corner of the nation during her year of service as Miss America 2015. She will embark on her national speaking tour about her platform, Love Shouldn't Hurt: Protecting Women Against Domestic Violence and act as the official National Goodwill Ambassador for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children's hospitals, is the national platform partner of the Miss America Organization.

 

President Obama: “We Will Degrade and Ultimately Destroy ISIL”

Pictured above: President Barack Obama delivers an address to the nation on the U.S. Counterterrorism strategy to combat ISIL, in the Cross Hall of the White House, Sept. 10, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) VAV!/September 11, 2014/Washington "ISIL is not "Islamic." No religion condones the killing of innocents. And the vast majority of ISIL's victims have been Muslim. And ISIL is certainly not a state. It was formerly al Qaeda's affiliate in Iraq, and has taken advantage of sectarian strife and Syria's civil war to gain territory on both sides of the Iraq-Syrian border. It is recognized by no government, nor by the people it subjugates. ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple. And it has no vision other than the slaughter of all who stand in its way." - President Obama "ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple." In an address from the State Floor of the White House on September 10, 2014, President Obama spoke to the nation about ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) -- and a comprehensive strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group.  Ushering in a new military front in the Middle East, President Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes inside Syria, along with expanded strikes in Iraq.

 

September Walk to End Lupus Now™ Events

  Pictured above: Walk Team www.WalktoEndLupusNow.org

 

Joan Rivers

Pictured above: Joan Rivers at a Benefit Concert/Taken on March 24, 2010/Photographer: Bob Jagendorf/flickr/CC VAV!/September 4, 2014/New York/NY The legendary comedian and fashion critic, Joan Rivers, died at 1:17 pm EST on September 4, 2014 at Mount Sinai in New York. Her death came a week after suffering a cardiac arrest during a routine medical procedure. She was 81.  An investigation is being made into her death. For decades Rivers made America laugh with a  humor that was both scathing and satirical.  She focused on the lives of celebrities and high profile figures.  Joan, a groundbreaking comedian with a career of over five decades, became a household name in 1965 where she appeared as a guest on The Tonight Show ,hosted by Johnny Carson, whom she also recognized as her mentor.  She became a substitute host on the Show in 1983.

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