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Zion National Park

Via: Shorpy.com – ‘Always Something Interesting’

http://vintagraph.com/wpa-posters/travel-tourism-posters/3870861

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circa 1938

WPA Federal Art Project poster for the United States Department of the Interior National Park Service: “Zion National Park, Ranger Naturalist Service.”

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August 28, 2011 Posted by | WPA - posters | , , , , , | Leave a comment

WPA: The National Parks Preserve All Life

Via: Shopy.com – ‘Always Something Interesting’

This is a WPA Federal Art Project poster for the National Park Service showing a deer drinking from a forest stream.

Illustrated by Frank S. Nicholson, c. 1940.

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August 14, 2011 Posted by | WPA - posters | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Seven year itch” originally referred to scabies

Via: Tywkdbi

The seven-year itch that [Thoreau] had in mind was an infection by a mite which lays its eggs in burrows under the skin. Its medical name is scabies, whose name comes appropriately from Latin scabere, toscratch.

It was once extremely common in all kinds of situations and historical American sources are full of names for it, among them Indiana itch, Illinois itch, Jackson itch, Cuban itch, prairie itch, camp itch, army itch, ship itch, jail itch, mattress itch, swamp itch, winter itch, barley itch and grain itch.

It was very hard to treat before effective insecticides came along…

Because it was so hard to get rid of, a story grew up in North America that those who got the itch were stuck with it for the next seven years.

The phrase was sometimes later reinterpreted to mean that it would recur after seven years, or would reappear every year for seven years.

Found at World Wide Words, where the discussion continues as to how and why the phrase was adapted as the title of the famous movie.

http://tywkiwdbi.blogspot.com/2011/08/seven-year-itch-originally-referred-to.html

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Seriously, I could have gone all day, without learning this.

oh well

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August 3, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Keep calm and carry on

Via: Tywkiwdbi

A boy sits amid the ruins of a London bookshop following an air raid on October 8, 1940, reading a book titled “The History of London.”
(AP Photo)
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This boy exemplifies the attitude in the now-famous poster.
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http://tywkiwdbi.blogspot.com/
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Via: Shorpy.com  – Always Something Intersting’
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Designed by the British Ministry of Information during WWII, the Keep Calm and Carry On poster was used to calm the nerves of the public and help boost morale, circa 1939.
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http://vintagraph.com/wwii-posters/single-gallery/9575933
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August 3, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

WPA – Rural Pennsylvania

Via: Shorpy.com – ‘Always Something Interesting’

This poster was created circa 1936 by the WPA Pennsylvania Art Project. The poster reads, simply, “Rural Pennsylvania,” and was illustrated by Katherine Milhous.

http://vintagraph.com/wpa-posters/travel-tourism-posters/

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July 31, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized, WPA - posters | , , , | Leave a comment

WPA – See America

Via: Shorpy.com – ‘Always Something Interesting’

From 1939 and Alexander Dux, a Works Progress Administration/Federal Art Project poster promoting tourism.

http://vintagraph.com/wpa-posters/

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July 24, 2011 Posted by | WPA - posters | , , , | 1 Comment