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

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