Jan
28

‘The Kennedys 50 Years Ago

“The Kennedys 50 Years Ago”—American History Museum, through February This exhibit presents nine photographs of President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy taken by Richard Avedon for the magazine Harpers Bazaar. During the photo session 50 years ago, Avedon removed the usual activity-filled environment and photographed the Kennedys in front of a plain… Continue reading ‘The Kennedys 50 Years Ago

Jan
26

‘The Orchid in Chinese Painting’

“The Orchid in Chinese Painting”— through July 17 The cymbidium orchid has been cultivated in China for hundreds of years. This exhibition presents 20 works related to orchids in Chinese painting, ranging in date from the 15th to the 19th centuries. Image courtesy the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Jan
26

Hand-held door knocker for mail carriers, 1863

Some letter carriers chose to use wooden, dumbbell-shaped door knockers as they made their delivery service rounds. Convenient, lightweight and easy to grasp, the knocker saved wear and tear on hands and sounded a loud crack to announce the carrier’s arrival. The postman really did ring twice, or knocked, or blew a whistle.  Letter carriers… Continue reading Hand-held door knocker for mail carriers, 1863

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