The mount was assembled temporarily at the Research Casting
International workshop in Toronto for Smithsonian staff to inspect. The Nation’s
T. rex (a.ka. Wankel Rex) is poised over a cast of Hatcher, a composite Triceratops that has been on display in
one form or another since 1905.
Here Tsar Nicholas II with a tennis racket under his arm (he was a passionate tennis player) awards the generals for suppressing the popular revolt. The row behind seems to be corpses, and the person in the carriage looks like the Tsarina.
During the first russian revolution Serov made several critical drawings. Serov did not support authority’s actions though he portrayed the members of the imperial family several years before that. (And since 1905 he refused such offers).
Apatosaurus excelsus is one of the best-known and most common of the large sauropod dinosaurs. This skeleton, formerly known as Brontosaurus, is actually a composite of several skeletons, although most of the mounted bones come from a single individual. Despite its much heavier body and shorter neck, Apatosaurus is very closely related to both Diplodocus and Barosaurus.
This specimen of Apatosaurus was the first sauropod dinosaur ever mounted. After the skeleton was collected, the specimen was prepared and readied for display, a task that took several preparators six years. Figuring out how to support the large skeleton was another challenge, since no specialized materials existed for this purpose. The mount was later revised to be more anatomically accurate, but the original framework—which consists of repurposed pipes and plumbing fixtures—still supports the dinosaur’s torso.
In 1992, workers began remounting the specimen to reflect what we have learned about sauropods since 1905. The skull, the number of neck vertebrae, the configuration of the wrists, and the length of the tail were all changed.
The Midway, 1933, Century of Progress World’s Fair, 1933, Chicago. Lou Fowler
The spiral on the left was a ride called Helter Skelter, where riders would simply climb to the top and slide down.
Helter Skelters, named for the British term for “disorderly haste or confusion,” had been around since 1905, appearing in many fairs and amusement parks.
In 1968 the Beatles recorded their hit, Helter Skelter. Paul McCartney has said it was “to be the most raucous vocal, the loudest drums, et cetera” and said he was “using the symbol of a helter skelter as a ride from the top to the bottom; the rise and fall of the Roman Empire – and this was the fall, the demise.”
Inspired that same year by the Beatles’ song, Charles Manson would talk to his “Family” about Helter Skelter, an “apocalyptic war arising from racial tensions between blacks and whites”, which would eventually lead to the Tate-LaBianca murders.
The Horween Leather Company has been around since 1905, which would lead many people to assume that they must have made numerous changes to the way in which they do business in order to survive for such a long period of time in a competitive market. You might well be surprised to learn that their most famous tanning process, known as Chromexcel, is done almost identically to the way it was done when the process was first put into lace back in 1911.
There have been some very subtle changes made to the Chromexcel way of doing things, but those tend to be more on the use of specific ingredients, as opposed to the process itself. For example, whale oil was commonly used as one of the ingredients, but Horween decided that a new, more available and less controversial, oil be used in the production of this specific type of leather. Think of it as a great recipe that has to be slightly altered when one or more ingredient is no longer available. You don’t notice any real difference at the end, especially if time is taken to ensure that the proper replacement is used.
We live in a time where shortcuts are routinely taken in the production of materials, with the end result being a lesser product. That we have come to accept this as the norm is a little sad, but Horween are not a company that subscribes to that way of doing business. You need only look at the Chromexcel process to see just how involved it really is.
The hides arrive at the Chicago factory with the hair still intact, and are then put through a rigorous process that takes 28 working days to complete. All told, there are 89 different processes used in the creation of Chromexcel, with each of the 5 floors of the factory being used at least once to create the finished product. There are few other companies out there that would be willing to put in that much time and effort, but when you see the finished product it becomes easy to understand why Horween take the time to do it. They end up with products that look and feel as though they have been created with the greatest attention to detail, which is exactly why the Chromexcel process was brought into being in the first place.
When you purchase a product made from Chromexcel leather, you can expect that it will last longer than most of the other leather options that you have available to you. Horween don’t believe in making disposable items, which is just one more reason why they have been able to stay at the top of the industry for more than 100 years. The process that goes into producing Chromexcel is complicated, but the result is simply a better type of leather that will, like Horween, very much stand up to the test of time.
gimme interesting facts about your historical faves.
I’ll do Kennedy first
JFK was the first and only Catholic president!!
His confirmation name was Francis.
He had a favorite poem! It’s “I Have a Rendezvous With Death” by Alan Seeger and it’s quoted at the eternal flame.
He is only one of two presidents to be buried at Arlington.
His inauguration speech is the shortest since 1905 at just under 15 minutes and 1900 words.
He was 6'1"
His last words were “That is very obvious”
Next comes James Madison
Madison once while debating with James Monroe, got frostbite on his nose and ears that left open sores that later scarred.
He would tell people who asked about the scars that he got them “it service to his country.”
He was the last surviving signer of the Constitution.
He won a debate against Patrick Henry (for those who don’t know Madison against Henry in a debate was a David and Goliath challenge- Henry was know throughout Virginia as an articulate and charismatic speaker while Madison was know for being painfully spy and prone to mumbling)
He was 5'4"
His last words were “nothing more then a change of mind, my dear.”
and finally Dolley Madison
She was the first “First Lady.” the first time the term was used was at her funeral.
She owned a pretty vicious parrot named Polly.
She wasn’t just First Lady during Madison’s tenure at the White House, she also acted as hostess for Jefferson, Tyler, and Polk.
Dolley was 5'6" or by some records 5'7"
Her last words are unrecorded.
“Rev. George W. Heer, pastor of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic
parish, Dubuque, since 1905, is one of the best and most widely
known clergymen, personally, in Dubuque county. He is a native
of the Prussian Province of Westphalia, Germany, his birth occurring April 25, 1849, and a son of Lawrence and Theresa Heer,
who came to America in 1855 and died at Fort Madison, Iowa,
where both are buried. When but six years old, Father Heer came
to this country with his parents. He received his literary education
at the Quincy (Illinois) College, and his theological training at St.
Francis Seminary, Milwaukee, where, on March 16, 1872, he was
ordained to the priesthood; succeeding which, he
was stationed at Keokuk, Richmond, Centralia, Worthington,
Dyersville and Dubuque, but it was in this county that he became
most widely known. Through his instrumentality the church and
school at Worthington were built; at Dyersville he remodeled the
church, established a high school and founded an academy for girls.
His activities did not cease upon his removal to Dubuque. He has
established St. Mary’s high school in connection with his parish,
and in many other ways has become a power in religious circles.
Father Heer is loved and honored for his many sterling qualities of
mind and heart.”