Abraham Lincoln is certainly best known for his Emancipation Proclamation, which helped to end slavery in the United States. But he also issued the Thanksgiving Proclamation, a document which forever set aside the final Thursday in November as American Thanksgiving (later changed to the fourth Thursday of the month.) The proclamation is a beautifully crafted … More Throwback Thursday: Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation
One of the wineries in my area is made up of Guenoc Winery and Langtry Farms, both located on the property owned in the 1880s by (in)famous actress, Lillie Langtry. She was born on this day, October 13, in 1853, a native of Jersey in the United Kingdom. Known for her audacious will and independent … More Happy Birthday, Lillie Langtry!
Some antique books are very rare. Some are worth thousands of dollars. Others, we run across at practically every book fair and shop, like the early-20th century copies of Rudyard Kipling’s novels and poetry. They’re a great, inexpensive collector’s item and practically everyone has one. They usually have a nice, bright red cover with gilded … More Rudyard Kipling’s Uncomfortable Association with the Swastika: What’s Up With That?