Monday, February 3, 2014

Photo Tip: Fashions and Hairdos



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                     Children's Fashions                                            Example of Swimwear
            Is that a girl or a boy on the right?

Genealogy tip for the day: Identifying People in Photographs: Fashions and Hairdos

Tip #4 in figuring out who all are in old photographs: Look at their clothing. Just as now, fashions change over time, some even quicker than others. Find books or old catalogs that have clothing that match your subjects. This is another way of determining the time frame, the season, and even a general location of the subject matter.

If the picture was taken on the beach they are not apt to have on coats. Well okay, on the Great Lakes they might! If it’s cold weather, they won’t have on swimwear. Alright, if they’re doing the polar bear plunge maybe they will. (I think I must have the devil’s advocate whispering in my ear. But you get the idea.)

-Same thing with shoes, and hairdos. They go through phases, styles and popularity, too. So, again, do some investigative work and see what you can find out about the styles of these also, of women as well as men and children.

Speaking of children – don’t let dresses fool you on young children, (see above photo). I have a picture of my uncle when he was about 3-4 years old and he had on what I would call a dress. It was a common practice back in those days. It was only later that the dresses were considered feminine and not put on little boys.

This website has particular information on clothing and hairdo’s:

Websites with more information:
And there are a lot more, yet…

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First paper money in America


Emperor Frederick Barbarossa hurtles prisoners, including children, at the Italian city of Crema, forcing its surrender.

The Mongols take over Vladimir, Russia.

The first paper money in America is issued in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Spain recognizes United States' independence.

Colombian troops clash with U.S. Marines in Panama.

The U.S. Supreme Court rules that union-sponsored boycotts are illegal, and applies the Sherman Antitrust Act to labor as well as capital.

New U.S. football rules are set: field shortened to 100 yds.; touchdown counts six points instead of five; four downs are allowed instead of three; and the kickoff is moved from midfield to the 40 yd. line.

A German submarine sinks the U.S. liner Housatonic off coast of Sicily. The United States severs diplomatic relations with Germany.

The Allies demand that 890 German military leaders stand trial for war crimes.

President Calvin Coolidge signs a bill creating the Federal Radio Commission to regulate the airwaves.

Finland begins talks with the Soviet Union.

The United States shells the Japanese homeland for the first time at Kurile Islands.

The Allies drop 3,000 tons of bombs on Berlin.

The month-long Battle of Manila begins.

Millions greet Queen Elizabeth in Sydney on her first royal trip to Australia.

President John F. Kennedy bans all trade with Cuba.

Soviet Luna 9 achieves soft landing on the moon.

OPEC decides to set oil prices without consulting buyers.

The Environmental Protection Agency orders a ban on the pesticide EDB for grain products.
Born on February 3

Felix Mendelssohn, German composer and pianist (Overture to a Midsummer Night's Dream).

Horace Greely, founder of the New York Tribune and abolitionist.

Elizabeth Blackwell, first woman to get an MD from a U.S. medical school.

Gertrude Stein, poet and novelist (Three Lives, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas).

Norman Rockwell, artist and illustrator who painted scenes of small-town America. Most of his work appeared in the The Saturday Evening Post.

Alvar Aalto, Finnish architect.

James A. Michener, novelist (Tales of the South Pacific).

Simone Weil, philosopher, member of the French resistance in WWII.

Felix Mendelssohn



verb intr.:
1. To run or move swiftly.

2. In nautical parlance, to run before a gale with little or no sail set.
1. The act of scudding.

2. Clouds, rain, mist, etc. driven by the wind.

3. Low clouds beneath another cloud layer.

Of uncertain origin, possibly from Middle Low German schudden (to shake). Earliest documented use: 1609.

"The moon was bright, but the clouds scudding across kept throwing them [Harry et al] into darkness."
J.K. Rowling; Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone; Bloomsbury; 1997.

Everybody knows if you are too careful you are so occupied in being careful that you are sure to stumble over something. -Gertrude Stein, novelist, poet, and playwright (1874-1946)
Today’s Recipe
February - Chocolate Lover’s Month

Ingredients (skill: intermediate)
For the Cakes:
·         6 tablespoons unsalted butter (2 tablespoons melted, 4 tablespoons at room temperature)
·         1/2 cup natural (not Dutch-process) cocoa powder, plus more for dusting
·         1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
·         1 teaspoon baking soda
·         1/2 teaspoon baking powder
·         1/2 teaspoon salt
·         3 tablespoons milk
·         1/4 cup vegetable oil
·         1 1/3 cups sugar
·         1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
·         2 large eggs, at room temperature

For the Fillings and Toppings:
·         8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
·         1/2 cup heavy cream
·         4 tablespoons unsalted butter
·         1 tablespoon light corn syrup
·         Caramel sauce, for drizzling
·         1 pint vanilla ice cream
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Make the cakes: Brush four 1 1/4-cup brioche molds (or use 10-ounce ramekins or jumbo muffin cups) with the 2 tablespoons melted butter. Dust the molds with cocoa powder and tap out the excess.
Whisk the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a small bowl. Bring the milk and 3/4 cup water to a simmer in a saucepan over medium heat; set aside.
Combine the vegetable oil, 4 tablespoons room-temperature butter and the sugar in a stand mixer and beat with the paddle attachment on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 4 minutes, scraping down the bowl and beater as needed. Add 1/2 cup cocoa powder and the vanilla; beat 1 minute on medium speed. Scrape down the bowl. Add 1 egg and beat 1 minute on medium-low speed, then add the remaining egg and beat 1 more minute.
With the mixer on low speed, gradually beat in the flour mixture, then the hot milk mixture. Finish mixing the batter with a rubber spatula until combined. Divide the batter evenly among the molds, filling each slightly more than three-quarters of the way.
Transfer the molds to a baking sheet and bake until the tops of the cakes are domed and the centers are just barely set, 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer the baking sheet to a rack; let the cakes cool until they pull away from the molds, about 30 minutes.
How To Assemble the Cake:
Make the Filling: Microwave the chocolate, cream, butter and corn syrup in a microwave-safe bowl in 30-second intervals, stirring each time, until the chocolate starts to melt, 1 minute, 30 seconds. Let sit 3 minutes, then whisk until smooth. Reheat before using, if necessary.
Use the tip of a paring knife to gently loosen the cakes from the molds, then invert the cakes onto a cutting board.
Use the knife to cut a 1 1/2-inch circle on the top of each cake, cutting almost to the bottom.
Hollow out the cake with a spoon; save the scraps. Wrap the cakes with plastic wrap and microwave until steaming, 1 minute.
Drizzle plates with caramel, then unwrap the cakes and place on top. Pour about 3 tablespoons filling into each cake.
Plug the hole with a cake scrap. Save or discard any remaining scraps.
Top each cake with a scoop of ice cream. Spoon more chocolate sauce on top, spreading it thin so it hardens into a shell.
Photograph by Jacob Snavely


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