|The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects|
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The Smithsonian Institution is America's largest, most important, and most beloved repository for the objects that define our common heritage. Now Under Secretary for Art, History, and Culture Richard Kurin, aided by a team of top Smithsonian curators and scholars, has assembled a literary exhibition of 101 objects from across the Smithsonian's museums that together offer a marvelous new perspective on the history of the United States.
Ranging from the earliest years of the pre-Columbian continent to the digital age, and from the American Revolution to Vietnam, each entry pairs the fascinating history surrounding each object with the story of its creation or discovery and the place it has come to occupy in our national memory. Kurin sheds remarkable new light on objects we think we know well, from Lincoln's hat to Dorothy's ruby slippers and Julia Child's kitchen, including the often astonishing tales of how each made its way into the collections of the Smithsonian. Other objects will be eye-opening new discoveries for many, but no less evocative of the most poignant and important moments of the American experience. Some objects, such as Harriet Tubman's hymnal, Sitting Bull's ledger, Cesar Chavez's union jacket, and the Enola Gay bomber, tell difficult stories from the nation's history, and inspire controversies when exhibited at the Smithsonian. Others, from George Washington's sword to the space shuttle Discovery, celebrate the richness and vitality of the American spirit. In Kurin's hands, each object comes to vivid life, providing a tactile connection to American history.
Beautifully designed and illustrated with color photographs throughout, The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects is a rich and fascinating journey through America's collective memory, and a beautiful object in its own right.
Smithsonian Civil War is a lavishly illustrated coffee-table book featuring 150 entries in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. From among tens of thousands of Civil War objects in the Smithsonian's collections, curators handpicked 550 items and wrote a unique narrative that begins before the war through the Reconstruction period. The perfect gift book for fathers and history lovers, Smithsonian Civil War combines one-of-a-kind, famous, and previously unseen relics from the war in a truly unique narrative.
Smithsonian Civil War takes the reader inside the great collection of Americana housed at twelve national museums and archives and brings historical gems to light. From the National Portrait Gallery come rare early photographs of Stonewall Jackson and Ulysses S. Grant; from the National Museum of American History, secret messages that remained hidden inside Lincoln's gold watch for nearly 150 years; from the National Air and Space Museum, futuristic Civil War-era aircraft designs. Thousands of items were evaluated before those of greatest value and significance were selected for inclusion here. Artfully arranged in 150 entries, they offer a unique, panoramic view of the Civil War.
Includes 3 iconic minifigures!
LEGO® Minifigure Year by Year: A Visual History shows the evolution of this classic toy for the first time ever, with exquisite photography and fascinating facts about each and every minifigure included.
Featuring more than 2,000 of the most significant, popular, and rare minifigures, this engaging reference guide explores minifigures chronologically by theme. Fans will learn little-known facts about their favorite minifigures in this first-ever publishing of the evolution of the famous LEGO minifigure.
Building on the success of wildly popular The LEGO® Ideas Book, LEGO Play Book has all-new ways to encourage kids to think, build, and play creatively.
Featuring more than 200 different builds, this fun guide inspires readers with LEGO ideas to bring their bricks to life while encouraging them to use their imagination and play in new ways, creating amazing LEGO models of their very own. Featuring a mixture of simple, medium, and complex models, LEGO Play Book will teach builders tips and tricks to get the most out of their blocks. All-new models along with all-new photography spark new play ideas and LEGO creations.
There are "ten-minute builds" for quick play sessions, a "cool brick" feature with ideas for using key LEGO bricks, and a "handful of bricks" section exploring what can be done with a limited collection of LEGO bricks. This book is fantastic for any LEGO builder looking to be inspired to build and create.
You won’t believe what people can build with LEGO bricks! A haunted house complete with boarded-up windows. A bustling LEGO construction site. A Sopwith Camel WWI-era fighter plane—perfect down to every detail. Lego: The Calendar celebrates the iconic toy that has inspired creative construction for generations of boys, girls, and grown-ups. Here are a dozen astonishing creations by top LEGO designers, each one a tribute to ingenuity and the sheer joy of childhood play.
This is the State Series Quarters Collector Map by Whitman®. / / FEATURES: A beautiful, 4-color, oversized 3-fold folder with snap latch. / Color-coded map of the United States will showcase one of each / state quarter design. / Each coin opening located on the map has the state's logo. / Educational details of each state including their statehood / date, capital, state bird, flower, etc. / INCLUDES: (1) Folder / / SPECS: Folded Size: 12.5"" x 13.5"" / Open Size: 37.5"" x 13.5"" / kr11/6/06. Quarters not included.
It was once quipped that "you can maroon a bunch of British antique dealers on a desert island, and they would all make a very good living out of each other!" The premise for this joke might have held true in the 1970's, but certainly not today, as the 'antique trade' and the lifestyle of the average antiques dealer has changed dramatically over the last 30 to 40 years.
Colourful characters have come and gone. The plethora of little antique shops, like charming freckles that once used to dot the face of the British countryside have almost faded away from our towns and villages. They have, in part, been replaced by gigantic energy-sapping antique fairs held at stadium-size venues, where everywhere you look there are perfect, shiny antiques with high ticket prices and dealers nearby in smart suits hovering, ever eager to close a sale.
Where are the small ramshackle little antique shops, full of cobwebs and the lingering hope of unearthing a bargain? Where are the dealers with threadbare jumpers huddling around a single bar electric fire cradling a cuppa-soup? They are mostly all gone, along with the quirky and interesting items that used to be found in outdoor markets at 6.00am in the half light and drizzle, by the flicker of a shaky torch. The thrill of the hunt is all but over - it used to be so different!
Antiques Don't Bounce is the first book in a trilogy. It takes an amusing and nostalgic rummage through the inner and outer workings of the antique and fine arts trade, from the mid-1970's through to the modern day, but from an unusual perspective!
Richard Bullivant, the author, has spent the last thirty years connected with the antiques trade, and has an unusual tale to tell. Antiques, when brought or sold, invariably have to be moved from one place to another. This may be from Acton to Barnsley or, if further afield, from Andover to Boston. Since the days when the first layers of dust were polished into furniture to give a warm, glowing 'patina', there have been specialised companies (shippers) offering fine art and antique packing services to move antiques safely around the globe.
Richard joined his first antique shipping company in 1977 (the year the Antiques Roadshow was first screened) and still has connections with the trade to this day. He quickly rose through the ranks from student trainee through to company sales director, but always preferred the time he spent in the company of the antique dealers themselves.
He spent many years driving American dealers around the English countryside on buying trips, acting as an 'antiques courier', as well as clocking up thousands of air-miles visiting American dealers and decorators in the USA in an effort to solicit their shipping business, with some hilarious adventures on the way.
Antiques Don't Bounce pulls back the curtain to give a glimpse of the workings of the antiques shipping business and gives an entertaining peak behind the scenes of what really happens to your precious antiques as they are packed up to be moved around the world. You will meet the characters that make this strangely addictive world of antiques 'tick' and maybe have some empathy with the antique-adage that "sometimes the best way to avoid 'damage' to a valuable antique, is not to move it in the first place!"
Welcome to this sample ebook chapter of the Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition, readable on all devices but specifically formatted to be read on most smartphones! These selected features have been specifically designed for all ereading devices to give you a flavor of the full action-packed Gamer’s Edition 2013 available now in physical and ebook forms. The Gamer’s Edition is the ultimate guide to videogames, packed full of the most up-to-date news, achievements and developments in the gaming world, illustrated with the best and most exciting imagery from this year’s top titles. Complete with fascinating facts, figures and features on the most popular games, the latest edition also includes gameplay tips and hints, retro facts from classic games, and your favorite characters battling it out against each other in our new "Vs" feature. One of the features we’ve included here brings you the results of our readers' poll of the most visually stunning videogame graphics ever. As game graphics become ever more stylized, fast-moving and impressive, we guide you through a visual feast of the 50 titles you ranked as the very greatest. To participate in the poll for next year’s book, please visit www.guinnessworldrecords.com/gamers. We’d love to hear from you, and you could win yourself a prize!
Driven by her mantra of 'peace, love, and all the good stuff' and her junkin' addiction, Jimmie Rae cruises the Texas blacktops looking for vintage treasures and unique antiques. She gets more than she bargains for when she finds a stash of stolen goods in a junk store bathroom and then discovers a fellow antique dealer murdered at the flea market.
The police detective on the case is also her broken-hearted former high school sweetheart and much to Jimmie Rae's distress, he's more than a little eager to pin her for the theft and murder. The assistance offered by a sexy new antique dealer seems too good to be true, but the way things are going, she can't afford to turn him down.
Just as she begins to fall in love with him and allow him to collect her heart like a cheap Cracker Jack prize, the obvious hits her--he may be the killer she seeks. The truth emerges in pieces just like the pattern on her Depression-era quilt.
In true Lone Star style, Jimmie Rae goes after the killer alone, uncovering a bigger-than-Texas sized crime ring that strikes closer to home than she imagines.
“First Monday Murder
—a murder, a little romance, and a whole lotta junkin’!”
Join Author Lisa Love Harris on her adventures down the blacktop at her blog www.peaceloveandallthegoodstuff.blogspot.com