Grant Wood’s 120th Birthday

Grant Wood, most famously known as the painter of American Gothic, became one of the United States’ most famous artists in the 1930s when the canvas made its splash at the Art Institute of Chicago’s forty-third Annual Exhibition of American Paintings and Sculpture.

Corn’s A -Poppin’

The Livingston Seed Company, Livingston's Seeds 1899 Annual, 1899, Back Cover. From the Libraries; digital collection, Seed Catalogs. October is National Popcorn Popping Month. Popcorn was first discovered thousands of years ago by the Native Americans in the United States. One of the oldest forms of corn, evidence of popcorn from 3600 B.C. was found in New Mexico. The English who came to America in the 16th and 17th centuries learned about popcorn from the Native Americans.—Wikipedia Whether you pop yopur corn in a pan on the stove, or use an air popper, or wait to buy yours at the movie theater, popcorn is always a welcome treat. During the Great Depression popcorn was comparatively cheap at 5-10 cents a bag and became popular. Thus, while other businesses failed, the popcorn business thrived and became a source of income for some struggling farmers. During World War II, sugar rations diminished candy production, causing Americans to eat three times more popcorn than they had before.—Wikipedia —Elizabeth Periale Chinese Popcorn Hammer

Fortune Magazine – 80th Anniversary

Fortune Magazine was created as part of Henry Luce’s Time, Inc. publishing empire in February 1930, four months after the Stock market crash that started the Great Depression. It was created as an expanded and specialized publication drawn from the business section of Time magazine, written and designed with big executives and upper level managers in mind. The original prospectus stated that “business is the single common denominator of interest among the active leading citizens of the U.S . . . Fortune’s purpose is to reflect Industrial Life in ink and paper, and word and picture as the finest skyscraper reflects it in steel and architecture”.  Fortune’s annual listing of the 500 leading corporations, “the Fortune 500”, as it is known, became an American institution, against which all other businesses are measured.  Among its many innovative editorial approaches was to publish a standard feature article that examined different aspects of a single corporation, much like a biographical portrait. Henry Luce believed that all business was invested with a public interest, more »

“I owe my life to my hobbies—especially stamp collecting”—Franklin D. Roosevelt

Franklin D. Roosevelt was born on January 30th, 1882. January is also National Hobby Month. In honor of both, here's a photo from the National Postal Museum Library's photo collection—of President Roosevelt enjoying one of his favorite hobbies, stamp collecting! For more information about FDR, his stamp collecting hobby, and the U.S. Postal Service, you can explore the exhibit Delivering Hope: FDR & Stamps of the Great Depression online or now on display at the National Postal Museum.—Cassie Mancer and Beverly Coward Sources Consulted: Ganz, Cheryl.  January 2010. National Postal Museum: About the Museum: Object of the Month: FDR-Stamp Collecting President.

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