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Tocatta: 1942

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August 1942. Interlochen, Michigan. "National music camp where 300 or more youngsters study symphonic music for eight weeks each summer. Girls swimming during the recreation period. Applying first aid to girl who stubbed toe while in swimming." Photo by Arthur Siegel, Office of War Information. View full size.
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Interlochen!
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This Michigan-shaped Adirondack chair dispenses cold beverage cans

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Woodworker Matt Thompson has been making Adirondack chairs in the shape of Michigan, the lower peninsula at least, for a few years. Recently, he added the state's upper peninsula to the chair's overall design in the form of a beer/soda can cooler and dispenser.

From Michigan-based site Mlive:

The chair is made of cedar, and Thompson estimates he spent somewhere between $400-500 in wood to create it.

"It's not very practical to sell this or mass produce this," Thompson said.

The holding chamber can hold a full six pack of 12-ounce cans. The ice contained will keep the cans chilled for approximately eight hours, Thompson said. There's a full drainage system that prevents the ice from spilling down the chute.

"Cedar is a good insulator," Thompson said.

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There's a hidden message in this mass letter of resignation from President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities

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Look at the first letter of each paragraph in this letter of resignation from the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, signed by 16 of the 17 members:

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Jenny, Clara and Max: 1950s

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Clara survived Theresienstadt and was located by the husband of one of Max’s daughters who went to Europe after the war to find her and bring her to the USA. Here she stands between Jenny (my father’s mother) and her brother Max (who was last seen in a sailor suit posed with a hoop). The exact year of this picture is unknown. I only know that Jenny died in 1959. Clara came to the USA with her most prized possession: a turn of the century motoring blanket made of horse hair (or some equally scratchy animal fiber) and full of holes. Lap-sized, with an animal spot design, it was truly a wretched object. But to have any personal possession in a concentration camp was precious. My family still has her blanket. View full size.
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Clara and Max: 1890s

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My father’s father, then about nine years old, poses with his Gibson Girl sister Clara at a professional photography studio in Germany. Max was born November 23, 1888, which would make the actual year close to 1897. He later left for New York City. Clara stayed in Germany, where she was captured by the Nazis and sent to Theresienstadt. More of her story here. View full size.
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#NoFascistUSA

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The New Yorker and New Yorkers alike don't like where this is GOING.



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