Aug
30

Historical Lunch Boxes by Thermos LLC through 1985

Beginning in the 1950s, TV transformed the lunch box from an ordinary food conveyor into a storyteller. The screen-like sides of the lunch box offered children a new form of self-expression. Box makers paid for the right to use TV shows to promote box sales. The studios used boxes to gain market exposure. And children… Continue reading Historical Lunch Boxes by Thermos LLC through 1985

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Aug
26

Earthquake damage

Museum specialist Charley Potter sorting fluid-preserved specimens of bats from research collections at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History from shattered glass jars toppled during the Aug. 23, 2011 Virginia earthquake. (Photo by James DiLoreto)

Aug
25

Scarecrow costume, 1939

On Aug. 25, 1939, “The Wizard of Oz” debuted in theaters nationwide. Ray Bolger wore this straw-stuffed patchwork costume as the Scarecrow, one of the friends who accompanied Dorothy to the Emerald City in the 1939 Technicolor film. Designed by Gilbert Adrian, MGM’s premier costume artist, the straw-stuffed clothing fit loosely enough so that Bolger… Continue reading Scarecrow costume, 1939

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