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America's Future has always been achieved through American ingenuity

by Richard Sheaff
The Ephemera Society's 2017 conference was entitled "AMERICAN INGENUITY: What's The Big Idea?" The advances of "this American experiment" have always been dependent upon native inventiveness, and the conference will explore various aspects of American creativity. Our nation went from a rural agricultural economy in 1800 to an urban factory…

You Dirty Rat

by Richard Sheaff
Cagney actually never spoke that line famously attributed to him, but no matter. Millions of others have said it. Though rats are said to actually make very nice pets, most people find them repulsive. Mankind has fought a losing bat with the rat populations of the world since Time immemorial.…

Call me! back in the day

by Richard Sheaff
The 19th century Industrial Revolution brought to the world a host of seemingly miraculous advances . . . photography, color printing, the X-ray, automobiles and a lengthy list of other advances. One of these was a device which could send one's voice anywhere and everywhere: the telephone. The earliest telephone…

I Dreamed I Saw the Silver Space Ships Flying

by Richard Sheaff
Songwriter Neil Young, like many of us, grew up during intense worldwide fascination with rockets and satellites and space-ship-thinking in the 1950s and 1960s. Space travel fantasy had become quite popular in the United States in the 1930s with the exploits of Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon, and in the…

A Towering Eyeful

by Richard Sheaff
The Eiffel Tower in Paris celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2014. Built in 1889, the Eiffel Tower served as the entryway arch and, at over 1,000 feet tall, the centerpiece of the 1889 World's Fair. It remains to this day an immensely popular tourist attraction. The Liebig company put out…