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SIAHIN_140512_05.JPG: Columbia, 1860s
This figure decorated the pilothouse of the Hudson River side-wheel steamboat Mary Powell for more than a quarter-century. "Columbia" was widely recognized as the female personification of the United States. The name derived from the Latin for "land of Columbus." By 1920 the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor replaced Columbia as the symbol of America, welcoming waves of immigrants to new lives in a new homeland.
SIAHIN_140512_13.JPG: Apache violin, 1989
The apache violin, or fiddle, was played particularly for ceremonials, but also for personal enjoyment and expression. National Heritage Fellowship Award winner Chelsey Wilson crafted this instrument and presented it to the Smithsonian. The origins of the tsii'edo'a'tl (Apache for "wood that sings") are unclear. It may be modeled after European violins, which appeared with Spain's colonization efforts in 18th- and early-19th-century Alta California and the American Southwest.
SIAHIN_140512_21.JPG: Menorah, late 1980s
Manfred Anson left Nazi Germany in 1939 for Australia, and immigrated to the United States in 1963. To mark the centennial of the Statue of Liberty, Anson combined symbols of his new nation with those of his Jewish religious and cultural heritage. Each small Staue of Liberty is engraved with the name of a person or an event of liberation central to Jewish history.
SIAHIN_140512_34.JPG: Billboard, 1941
Poster art mobilized the nation. These images -- on factory bulletin boards, store windows, and billboards -- warned against complacency, inspired patriotism, and called for sacrifice from every citizen.
This image, said to be the most popular poster design of World War II, appeared as a billboard in 1941. Carl Paulson created the design under the direction of the Outdoor Advertising Association of America, Inc., for a U.S. Treasury Department campaign promoting the widespread public ownership of defense bonds and stamps.
After the US entry into the war on December 8, 1941, the words on this flag poster changed from "defense" to "war" bonds. To demonstrate the power of advertising while selling Treasury bonds, the billboard industry displayed this image at more than 30,000 locations in some 18,000 cities and towns across the country in march and April 1942. It was brought back for campaigns in July 1942 and July 1943. To meet public demand for copies of the billboard, the Government Printing Office printed 4 million small color reproductions.
In May 1942, the War Savings section of the US Treasury Department developed a "quota campaign" asking Americans to set aside 10 percent of their salaries and wages for war bonds. Exhibited here is one of nine billboard designed posted in communities across the country dramatizing the kind of war equipment that each community's "quota" would buy.
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2014 photos: Equipment this year: I mostly used my Fuji XS-1 camera but, depending on the event, I also used a Nikon D7000.
Trips this year:
three Civil War Trust conferences (Winchester, VA, Nashville, TN, and Atlanta, GA),
Michigan to visit mom in the hospice before she died and then a return trip after she died, and
my 9th consecutive San Diego Comic-Con trip (including Las Vegas, Reno, Carson City, Sacramento, Oakland, and Los Angeles).
Ego strokes: Paul Dickson used one of my photos as the author photo in his book "Aphorisms: Words Wrought by Writers".
Number of photos taken this year: just over 470,000.