Appropriate use of the Presidential Seal

June 14, 2007

The socks. Just look at the socks.

Bush in crocs and socks

Photo found at DailyKos.

18 USC Sec. 713 , governing the use of the presidential seal, and others, and Executive Order 11649, governing use of the presidential and vice presidential seals, below the fold.

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Applied history: Rescuing DaVinci

June 14, 2007

Ran into a website from a Dallas guy who is a practicing historian of a sort. A former oil man, he is involved in preserving and telling the story of the guys who rescued priceless works of art from the Nazis, the Monuments Men.

Monuments men, four survivors in D.C. to be honored

Robert Edsel’s blog is here; the site for his book, Rescuing DaVinci, is here.

Dallas-area world history and U.S. history teachers — have you called this guy to see if he’ll come visit your school?

  • Edsel’s caption for this photo: “Monuments Men Bernard Taper, James Reeds, Harry Ettlinger, and Horace Apgar being formally recognized for their efforts during World War II” [in Washington, D.C., on June 6, 2007]

Text of Mr. Edsel’s remarks below the fold.

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States’ honoring fallen soldiers

June 14, 2007

Just last week I subscribed to Michigan’s service which notifies by e-mail when to fly flags at half-staff, especially since Michigan honors soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan with this simple flag courtesy.  Michigan is the first state I’ve found that offers such notification — from the office of Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm.  (You may subscribe to Michigan’s service at the Governor’s website.)

It turns out that 28 of our 50 states honor fallen soldiers in this fashion.  USA Today carried the full list, compiled by reporters at a couple of Gannett Newspapers.

The entire list is below the fold, quoted exactly from USA Today — is your state one that lowers flags, or not?  If you know of a service to notify people of how the flag should be flown, please tell what you know in the comments.

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Time capsule shaped like a ’57 Plymouth Belvedere? You’re all wet!

June 14, 2007

Alas!  Initial word out of Tulsa is not encouraging.  The buried 1957 Plymouth Belvedere was in a concrete vault, and sealed in plastic, to protect it from the effects of being buried.  It may not have been protected well enough — when the cover was pulled off the vault yesterday, the vault had several feet of water.

The story is told well, here, on the Route 66 News blog.

Photos do not encourage me.  The residue on the sides of the vault is a rust color.  That could be from the red soil (does Tulsa have red soil?) — or it could be from rust from the car.

Here’s hoping the car was protected from the water . . .

Official opening is set for tomorrow, June 15, 2007.


Bookporn and the historians craft

June 14, 2007

Did I mention I love libraries? Especially, I love those libraries with books and periodicals, in print. Studying and writing history can involve a lot of time in libraries.

Look at this site, by Rachel, a newly-minted Master of Philosophy in Historical Studies: A Historian’s Craft, “Bookporn #9”

Library at King's College, Cambridge


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