Life Magazine

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Earlier this month I posted a picture of the cover of Life Magazine from 1955 showing our beautiful Lancaster Eagle.  Last weekend I just happened to be browsing in the Clifton Forge Antique Mall and saw stack upon stack of Life Magazine’s.  Sifting through them, I managed to find a copy of the one with our eagle.  Even though we already have one in our library, I went ahead and picked it up to put in our object file so anyone looking through the file for research will have quick access to it.

It’s really fun to see a colored shot from that time period as we mostly have black and white images.  I also enjoy trying to see if I can recognize the other pieces in the background.  The figurehead directly behind the eagle is Semiramis (ca 1894-1930) from the steam yacht Narada (ex. Semiramis).  The figurehead on the wall to the left is Merrie Monarch, attributed to the ship Merrie Monarch built in 1859 by J.H. Martin in St. Martins, New Brunswick.  Also to the left is a model of the Dollar Line representing two of their ships, President Hoover and President Coolidge, both of which began service in 1931.  It was the first model authorized to be built by our shipmodel builders in the early 30’s.  On the back wall of the gallery can partially be seen a half-model with a blue background.  This piece, ca 1939, is of the ship Great Britain and was built for showcase in the New York World’s Fair.  She is one of five half-models in our collection built for the New York World’s Fair.

Way Back Wednesday

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A couple of years ago I posted a similar picture showing this boat and hole from the outside.  You can see that here.  This is an interior shot showing our Portuguese fishing boat being moved into the building.  The boat is very large at over 50 feet long and 13 feet wide and so the only to get it into the building was to bust a hole in the wall.

This shot shoes men on the lake at Deer Park breaking ice, December 20, 1932   Read more

Life's a Beach

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As we come upon the last few weeks of summer, I find myself remembering a past exhibition we had when I was still in college and just a volunteer here.  It was called Life’s a Beach and I thought it was just fantastic!  Part of why I enjoyed it so much is that it made you feel as though you were at a beach, although perhaps in various periods of history.  Below are some pictures our awesome photography department sent me of the exhibition.

Although not very visible in these photographs, there was a boardwalk for people to walk along in the exhibition, from one display to another.  We had a hut where clips of beach movies were playing (seen in the second to last pictures).  Different sections throughout the gallery talked about various beach fashions or life-saving techniques throughout the years.  It’s very interesting to compare beach-goers back then to those today.  The bathing suits we had were truly amazing to see, and most were acquired just for this exhibition, but of course now we have them if we ever want to do something with them in the future.   Read more