Archive for February, 2009



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Feb
09

George

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Feb
09

Cat Mobius

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13
Feb
09

Valentine

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13
Feb
09

WoodenBoat

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The “Rangeley Lake Boat” is a class of working rowboats from the 1870’s. It was developed from a combination of a number of different types of boats; the Adirondack guide boat, the St. Lawrence River skiff, a flat bottom boat used earlier in this region, and at least one unknown, but probably from the same area as the New York boats. Because of the more extreme weather conditions in the Rangeley Lakes Region in Maine: a direct northerly blast from Mt. Washington down into a long valley onto the big Mooselookmeguntic Lake, these designs were modified with new innovation and inspiration to master these tougher elements. The result was a new and original class of boat. Much more stable than an Adirondack guide boat which was designed for lightness in carrying and speed, or the much longer St. Lawrence River Skiff which was designed for toughness and speed, the Rangeley Lake boat was designed for stability, speed, ruggedness and easy handling. Plus she had to work well with the wave lengths of those big mountain lakes.

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My heart skips a beat every time I see these Traditional Nordic boats.

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12
Feb
09

#O-118

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February 5, 1865 – Alexander Gardner photo of Abraham Lincoln (exposure #5) #O-118. This would have been the last known photo of Lincoln had Matthew Henry Wilson’s diary not confirmed that the Gardner photo session took place in February rather than on April 10 as had been previously believed.

Before this session ended, Gardner asked the president for one last pose. He moved his camera closer and took a photograph of Lincoln’s head, shoulders, and chest. Mysteriously the glass plate negative cracked. Gardner carefully took it to his dark room and was able to make one print, with an ominous crack across Lincoln’s face, before it broke completely and was discarded. This print, known as O-118, still exists to this day. Over the years many people have associated this crack with a symbolic foretelling of the assassin’s bullet that awaited Lincoln 10 weeks later”.

https://otway.wordpress.com/2008/11/18/alexander-gardner/

12
Feb
09

1983 SUNTORY Beer Ad

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11
Feb
09

CRETE

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11
Feb
09

Captain Kirk

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11
Feb
09

1919 Victor Talking Machine

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My grandfather Harris’s Victrola is now in Mitch Lee collection and still works.

10
Feb
09

RECORD

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“Sometime during the 1890s, English artist Francis Barraud painted a picture of his brother’s dog, Nipper, inquisitively listening to a phonograph. Barraud hoped to sell the painting to a phonograph company, but could not find an interested buyer. After receiving a suggestion to change the trumpet of the machine from black to brass, Barraud went to the Gramophone Company’s office to borrow a machine to use as a model. In explaining his request, Barraud showed a photograph of his painting. The manager, Barry Owen, liked the painting and asked if it was for sale. When Barraud replied that it was for sale, Owen agreed to buy the painting if the phonograph could be replaced with a gramophone.

When Emile Berliner visited England in May 1900 and saw the picture, he promptly registered it as a trademark — in the United States on May 26th and in Canada on July 16th. The Victor Talking Machine Company began to use the painting as a trademark in 1902, and the Gramophone Company in 1909.

The original painting hangs in the offices of EMI, the successor of the Gramophone Company. It is one of the most widely recognized and valuable trademarks in the world.”

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1984 Computer portrait from State Fair

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