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Now in our collection: A firefighter’s boot from the "Fill the Boot" campaign for muscular dystrophy from the Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department and the Fairfax County Professional Fire Fighters & Paramedics–IAFF Local 2068. Also included, a sign and T-shirt from the ‪#‎BMoreGivesMore‬ 2013 campaign. That campaign made Baltimore the most generous city in America on ‪#‎GivingTuesday‬.

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Today in 1835: Author Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) is born. This 1935 plaque is in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery. Here's what they say about it:

Under the pen name Mark Twain, American author Samuel Clemens (1835-1910) wrote several now-famous works, including "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "Huckleberry Finn." In this plaque, created to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the author's birth, Twain appears with his flowing hair and trademark pipe. Below the portrait, Tom Sawyer stands to the left and Huck Finn to the right. The two characters accompany Twain’s witty admonition to "Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest."
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Today in 1857: An oil-wick cap lamp (of which this is a patent model) receives patent number 18704.

The oil-wick cap lamp was first invented in Scotland in 1850 and in use until the 1920s. The font contained a mix of fat and oil for fuel, and a wick was inserted into the spout. The resulting flame was much brighter and more efficient than the candles it replaced. This lamp has a handle rather than a hook, indicating it was meant to be held rather than worn on a cap.

The U.S. Patent Office used to require models of inventions.

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Today in 1877: Thomas Edison unveils his phonograph. This Edison talking doll has a tiny phonograph in its torso. Inside, a brown wax record recites the children's rhyme "Jack and Jill," as recorded by a young woman. This nursery rhyme was one of twelve recitations available.

Turning a crank inserted into the back of the doll's torso rotates the record for play, and shifting an adjacent lever returns the stylus of the phonograph to the start position.
Thomas Edison invented the phonograph in 1877, and when he imagined the uses for his new machine, he speculated that, beyond serving as a means of preserving dictation, it might animate toys.

#Innovation #VintageToys #HistoricToys #Edison
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Alice Drew , you are right about the dress , I make lots of doll dresses , cloths makes the doll .
 I would like to have the 1877 dress pattern for some of my dolls .
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Menu from November 16-20, 1976, at Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, California. Founded in 1971 by Alice Waters, Chez Panisse was the cornerstone of the Berkeley “gourmet ghetto” and the center of a movement that expanded across the country, inspiring a renewed commitment to sourcing and presenting food that was fresh, local, organic, seasonal, and delicious.

Reflecting Waters’ interest in French culinary traditions, the menu lists meals for each day in both French and English. It features dishes such as Moussaka with watercress, Snail cassolette, Sorrel consommé, and Salmis of squab—offerings that would have seemed unusual and perhaps exotic to many Americans, who were just beginning to explore new culinary experiences at the time.

The week’s menu is also a celebration of a new, local wine produced by winemaker Walter Schug for Joseph Phelps Vineyards, which had been established in Napa in 1973. The featured wine was the 1976 Gold Rush Zinfandel, produced from grapes grown in Amador County, an area east of Sacramento in the Sierra foothills. 

Although Zinfandel had been grown in that area since the Gold Rush, the wine was made primarily for local consumption. Winemakers rediscovered the old Zinfandel vineyards in the Shenandoah Valley of Amador County in the 1960s, and, in 1968, Sutter Home vintners produced wine from the old vines for Sacramento wine and food expert Darrell Corti. 

Corti’s embrace of the varietal helped propel Zinfandel wine into wider acceptance. The Zinfandel Dinner became an annual event at Chez Panisse, an acknowledgement of the new excellence of American wine that emerged in the 1970s. Darrell Corti donated this menu to the National Museum of American History in 2011.

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Happy ‪#‎GivingTuesday‬, the global day of giving! Today we're exploring how and why Americans share their time, talent, expertise, and funding, both today and in the past. An early American philanthropist? Benjamin Franklin:

Have photos of your own volunteer work? We may put them on display in a new exhibition in 2016. Share your photos here:

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The Smithsonian Holiday Fest this weekend is a BIG event. But don't worry, we wrote a little guide so you don't miss the best parts:
Here are a few things you'll find at the free festival:
• Heritage chocolate demonstrations
• Make a card for a U.S. Service Member
• Tony DiTerlizzi signs his book, "So You Want to Be a Jedi?"
• C-3PO costume from "Return of the Jedi" on display
• Songs by the Singing Sergeants
• "Frank Sinatra at 100" on display
• Movie screenings 
What do you get when you mix C-3PO (the real one!), an Oscar-nominated movie, classic toys, heritage chocolate, gorgeous seasonal decorations, great gifts (with free gift wrap), delicious food, and the world's best history museum? The Smithsonian Holiday Festival at the National Museum of American History. This year's festival, on December 5 and 6, has something for everyone to enjoy. There's a lot going on, but here are the highlights I personal...
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Today in 1784: Zachary Taylor, 12th president and icon of the Mexican War, is born in Orange County, Virginia. Made in 1847, this coverlet celebrates the achievements of then General Taylor (note his profile repeated in the design). The phrase "Rough and Ready" appears along its edges.
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And looks like little swastikas too
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Today in 1963: Riding in a motorcade procession through downtown Dallas, President Kennedy is shot. Within hours of the assassination, Director of the Mint Eva Adams spoke with Chief Engraver Gilroy Roberts about depicting Kennedy on a coin. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy selected the half dollar for the coin's denomination:

Fifty years ago today, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. Soon after, the president was memorialized in many ways, including through currency. Robyn Einhorn, a specialist in the museum's National Numismatic Collection, investigates the Kennedy half dollar.
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Nobody generalized. Of course not all are the same. Like not all muslims belong to Isis. Lately Mr you are free to analize everything accord your point of view.
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Do you have experience in early childhood education? Apply for this awesome opportunity leading workshops and programming for children ages 0-6 and their parents and caregivers, both within and outside of the museum:

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At a 1930s potluck, what would be on your plate? 
• Surprise Loaf
• Tomato Aspic 
• Jell-O Mold with Grapes and Mandarin Oranges
• Chicken Salad Olive Mold
• Molded Mayonnaise Salad 
• Spaghetti Loaf
• Marshmallow Mint Salad
• Parker House Rolls
Believe it or not, we tried all of these. Here's what we loved and what we shoved around the plate:

#FoodHistory   #ObjectProject   #1930sFood   #Gelatin   #Aspic   #SpaghettiLoaf  
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At least here in this pic we have someone who is showing us her tooth....
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Refrigerators have changed a lot in appearance, but their function remains pretty much the same: reliably preserving food over time. We asked historian Jonathan Rees how this appliance became so essential to daily life. ‪

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Electric refrigeration motivated Americans to rethink how they purchased, prepared, and stored food when it first took off in the 1930s. Refrigerators continue to play a central role in our daily lives; 99.5 percent of all American households have one. I spoke with Colorado State University–Pueblo historian and author Jonathan Rees, who explains why refrigeration became a phenomenon in America—and why we might not even realize the extent of its i...
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Refrigeration didn't just change how we eat, it changed where we live. It wasn't until refrigeration that we saw large population booms in the arid west and hot south.
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On Flag Day, Saturday, June 14, 2014, the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History invites Americans around the globe to join in a worldwide commemoration of the flag and the anthem. Raise it Up! Anthem for America will be a call to millions of Americans to participate in singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" simultaneously, led by a special guest on the National Mall, steps from the original flag that flew over Fort McHenry in 1814.

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