Posts made in July, 2014

Written in Stone

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Written in Stone

There are stories in the stones – from the earliest zircons still extant, to the fossils found in unlikely places to the rocks shaped by Homo Erectus. To hold a stone tool or a trilobite or a meteorite is to kinetically connect with a past that all but eludes any sensible appreciation of the mind-boggling depths of time. Trilobites ruled the planet for 200 Million Years having developed an exoskeleton to protect them from harmful UV rays in the early shallow sea shelf environment. This species carried so many dorsal geegaws as to almost obscure the three lobes from which it derives its name. Is there a taxonomist in the house?  Furthermore, the one pictured here...

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Win or Lose – Games

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Win or Lose – Games

A brief history of games is a good bet, with familiar and unfamiliar gaming implements dating back to the ancients. From primitive knuckle bones to the latest computer cartridges, humans have been drawn to gamble and play. Glass marker pieces from Brussels were used in a game similar to hopscotch. Glass Game Pieces  Approx, 3″ Circa 1880  Belgium  From: Theatre of Memory program: Win or...

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What They Left Behind

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What They Left Behind

The pre-history of Florida is vastly longer than its history. A study of Paleolithic points shows how seemingly minor technological changes often took a thousand years to manifest. By contrast, the changes wrought in the “Sunshine State” went from horseback to rocket ships in just decades. A map sketched on the Quartermaster General’s stationery reveals routes of primary transportation in the rivers and railroads. Manuscript Map of Florida  Ink and colored pencil.  post 1866 with rivers and rails  9 ½” x 7 ¾”  From: Theatre of Memory program: What They Left...

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Visitors from Space

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Visitors from Space

Holding the keys to knowledge of the early solar system, meteorites come to Earth and if we find them before our caustic atmosphere can dissolve them, there is much to learn of the planets and asteroids out there. Pieces of planets get caught in our gravity well and actually land here and are recognized. This piece of the moon arrived on Earth before the Apollo missions had left it. Therefore, it was slow to be accepted as ejecta from a moon/meteorite collision – until the Apollo rocks were found to be chemically identical. Read its pedigree and weep, you doubters. Meteorite of Lunar Origin  NWA 482  Impact Melt  Breccia from Lunar Highlands  From: Theatre of Memory...

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Two Centuries of Show Biz Ephemera

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Two Centuries of Show Biz Ephemera

After the final word is spoken and the last chord fades, all that is left of a performance is the slightly less ephemeral paperwork, publicity and props. From the Golden Age of Italian Opera to the Unknown Comic wearing a paper bag over his head, it is an interesting world of ephemera, redolent of long runs and quick exits stage left. What can we gather? This battered carte de visite photo is of Anna Held, “The Girl with the Hourglass Figure.” She was a French singer and actress whose lover and promoter, Florenz Ziegfeld, cleverly publicized Miss Held’s beauty secret as a “milk bath” to attract the attention of the press. That and other publicity ploys set a standard...

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