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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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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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Our thoughts are with the people of Paris.

(A Friedrich von Martens panoramic silver albumen print ca. 1844-1856. The Louvre from across the River Seine. Photo History Collection.) 
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Today, on "the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" in 1918: World War I ends. This is an enlisted soldier's uniform.

The brown, doughy color of the uniform led to these soldiers being referred to as "doughboys," though the exact derivation of the nickname has been debated.

Did you know that many different types of animals (even slugs) served in World War I?

#VeteransDay   #MilitaryHistory  
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An armistice. The Versailles Treaty set the stage for WW2. More of a cease fire.
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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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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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Today in 1815: Suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton is born. After securing the vote for women, the National American Woman Suffrage Association set its sights on the Smithsonian: 
You've just won voting rights for the women of America. What do you do next? Go to the Smithsonian!The women of The National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) had a plan. It began with a painting.
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1880s political cartoons were NOT shy about comparing candidates to pre-mature flower buds, snowball rollers, and pugilists: 
The amazing thing about running for president is how many people are actually willing to attempt it. The 2016 campaign's big crop is nothing new—throughout American history large numbers of contenders have crowded into the ring. And though the forty-one-candidate Democratic primary of 1924 seemed to have had the most aspirants, the campaigns of the late 19th century struck citizens as the most overstuffed.And the most ridiculous.
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Goodbye it's a good word to end with...So Goodbye Jason Allen, keep your words if you remember them....
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