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Lincoln White House service set 1861 – Smithsonian Museum of Natural History – 2012-05-15

July 30th, 2016

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Lincoln White House service set 1861 – Smithsonian Museum of Natural History – 2012-05-15
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A pitcher, oval dinner plate, dessert plate, sherry glass, and toddy glass from the Lincoln White House china service of 1861.

In the 1800s, presidents were expected to furnish the White House with their own beds, furniture, plates, and artwork. When a president left office, he took his things with him. The White House itself owned only a few furnishings. Furthermore, the White House was considered a public building. As such, it was open to the public at all times. It was not unusual to find members of the public wandering in and out of the White House at all hours of the day (and sometimes night). When a president left office, it was not unusual for members of the public to simply steal artwork, serving dishes, flatware, or other objects. Indeed, many souvenir-hunters would simply cut squares of fabric from the wallpaper, upholstered chairs, or carpets. Members of the White House staff also routinely stole items from the building, keeping them as souvenirs or (more often) selling them to the highest bidder or in antique shops.

When the Lincolns moved into the White House in March 1861 (inaugurations did not move to January until the 1940s), they found it in a terrible state. It was shabby, vandalized, and in extensive disrepair. It lacked many rudimentary modern amenities, such as gas lighting and plumbing.

Mary Todd Lincoln discovered that the White House china – which had been purchased in the administration of Franklin Pierce in the early 1850s – was in a sorry state. There were only enough plates, cups, saucers, and serving dishes to serve about 10 guests, and what china did remain was mismatched and damaged.

Each incoming president traditionally received ,000 to furnish the White House. Congress appropriated this money to Lincoln in April 1861, and gave him another ,000 on top of that. Mary Todd Lincoln and her cousin, Elizabeth Todd Grimsley (who was helping the Lincolns set up house), traveled to New York City in May 1861 to shop for furnishings for the White House. They arrived in the city on May 12. On May 15, they visited two firms: Lord & Taylor, and E.V. Haughwout & Co.

Haughwout’s showed her a "specimen plate" they had exhibited at the Crystal Palace Exhibition in New York in 1853. The company had produced the plate in the hopes that President Pierce would like it and buy a set of china based on its look. The "Pierce Plate" was a creamy white porcelain with picture of an American eagle in the Napoleonic style (slender wings outspread, slender neck and head, facing right, leaning left), gripping a shield emblazoned with the U.S. colors (white band at top rimmed in blue, with blue stars on the field, and narrow red and white stripes below). The shield tilted to the right, and the lower southeast corner lost in rosy clouds, which surrounded and were in back of the eagle. Drifting through the clouds left and right of the shield was a ribbon with the national motto ("E pluribus unum"). An olive branch extended to the left, and a sheaf of arrows to the right. A wide dark blue border, its outer rim dotted with tiny white stars, encircled the plate. The beyond that was a twisted gold rope ("in the Alhambra style"). The edges of the plate were scalloped.

Mary Lincoln was thrilled with the design. She asked for only one change, that the blue band be replaced with "solferino." Solferino was a moderate purplish-red color similar to magenta – a highly popular color at the time. A dye that could create the solferino color had only been discovered in 1859, so asking for solferino color was asking for the trendiest color around. It was also close to purple, which was Mrs. Lincoln’s favorite color.

Mary Lincoln was so happy with the china service that she also ordered a small set for the family’s personal use. The Great Seal of the United States was replaced with a Gothic "ML" in the center.

The china was produced by Haviland & Co. in Limoges, France. American porcelain manufacturers simply were not up to the task of producing fine china, and could not have produced as many pieces as Mrs. Lincoln wished. Haviland undoubtedly gilded the edges with the gold rope and painted the solferino band on the plate, then shipped it to New York City. A stencil was used to create an outline of the image, which was then painted in by hand. The final design was slightly different than the Pierce Plate. The eagle faced left, not right; the clouds only formed the lower arc of a circle, and obscured the southwest corner of the shield; the olive branch was more prominent, and the arrows less numerous; and a glowing yellow sun (not glowing clouds) backed the eagle. The stars around the outer edge of the solferino band were now just gilt dots.

Lincoln ordered 666 pieces of china. The dining service (which consisted of two large salad bowls, four pickle bowls, 18 meat platters of various sizes, four fish platters of various sizes, two butter dishes, six vegetable platters, 96 dinner plates, 48 soup bowls, four water pitchers, and two ice bowls) consisted of 190 pieces. The dessert service (which consisted of custard cups, fruit bowls, strawberry bowls, sugar bowls, fruit baskets [some oval, some round], dessert plates, coffee cups, and two large shell-shaped bowls) consisted of 208 pieces. The breakfast/tea service (which consisted of tea plates, preserve plates, coffee cups, egg cups, tea cups, and cake plates ) consisted of 260 pieces. She also ordered four "servers" (large plates for serving chocolates) and four large centerpieces (white pelicans formed a pillar, on which was a large platform on which dishes could be presented).

Mrs. Lincoln also ordered three dozen gilded silver forks, 10 dozen silver-plated and iron-handled dinner knives, and six dozen dessert knives. It’s not clear who manufactured these.

She completed her purchases by ordering glassware. She purchased the glassware from Christian Dorflinger, a glassware company based in Brooklyn, New York. Two sets of glasses were ordered: Tinted-red sherry glasses, and a larger "toddy glass" (a wide-mouth drinking glass similar to a round, shallow martini glass). These had the Great Seal of the United States etched into their front. On the sides and backs were small flowers. A decorative border of umbrella-like shapes was etched into the lip, and the base featured groups of rays, spreading outward.

The china cost ,195. (The family’s personal china, which Mrs. Lincoln bought at a discount since it was ordered at the same time as the government-owned set, cost ,106.37.) She made a down payment of ,500 of her own money, and turned the invoice over to the federal government for payment.

E.V. Haughwout delivered the china on September 2, 1861. It is a myth that Abraham Lincoln thought the expense too much, and refused to pay it. The truth is that Lincoln approved the invoice a week before the china was received, and the federal government paid the invoice two weeks after the china arrived.

The Lincoln china is the first State Dinner Service chosen entirely by a First Lady.

There is, however, a second set of "Lincoln China."

By late 1864, much of the "Solferino" china set had been damaged or broken. It is not clear if there was some flaw in the china which made it easily broken (as the White House staff claimed) or whether the staff disliked Mrs. Lincoln and disliked her china and purposefully manhandled it. What is known as that by late 1864, only three full place settings, some teacups, and some odds and ends were left of the "Solferino" set.

On January 30, 1865, Mrs. Lincoln ordered a new set of china for the White House. This time, the importer was China Hall, a company owned by John Kerr of Philadelphia. The design this time was extremely simple: A white plate, with a buff border edged in gilt lines. This 508-piece set consisted of dining plates, soup plates, dessert plates, ice cream plates, a wide variety of dishes (large and small fish platters, vegetable platters, side dish platters), tureens, sauce boats, pickle dishes, salad bowls, custard cups, fruit baskets (round and oval), fruit platters, sugar bowls, coffee cups, coffee saucers, and other items. This 181-piece set cost ,700.

On February 28, Mrs. Lincoln made an addition order of coffee cups and saucers, water pitchers, and bowls. These 24 items were in the same style, and cost 3.50.

Mrs. Lincoln spent another 2 purchasing four dozen goblets and 28 dozen wine glasses of various sizes from China Hall as well.

The main set of china arrived in the United States via express shipment on February 13, 1865. But it was probably delivered just days before Abraham Lincoln was assassinated on April 15, 1865.

The receipt for the "Second Administration" buff china was delivered shortly after Andrew Johnson became President. The bill for the main china order and glassware was paid on August 29, 1865. The bill for the additional china was paid on February 10, 1866.

Interestingly, the Andrew Johnson administration decided to replace the entire Solferino china set with an identical set. This second order of "Lincoln china" did not last, either. By the end of the first Grant administration, there was not enough left to set dinner for eight or nine people.

Much of the "first Lincoln Solferino china" set and the Johnson administration "second Lincoln Solferino china" set were sold at auction to raise funds to purchase new china in the Grant administration. This was no unusual at all.

Beginning in 1875, reproduction pieces of the Solferino china was produced in the United States. It is interesting to note that Haviland did not begin stamping their name on the back of their china until 1876. But reproduction pieces usually have "Fabriqué par Haviland & Co./Pour/J. W. Boteler & Bro./Washington" painted or stamped on the back. Others were stamped "Administration/Abraham Lincoln" on the back. A large number of reproduction china services were made for sale at the the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876. Much of the "Lincoln china" which collectors have in their possession is reproduction china; the original china ordered by Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Andrew Johnson have no markings on the back.

As of 2010, the Smithsonian owned only a dinner plate, a two-handled custard cup, and the coffee cup and saucer used by Lincoln on April 14 (just before he attended Ford’s Theatre). The White House has a larger number of pieces, including a small oval platter, a meat platter, three compote dishes, an oval fruit basket, a coffee cup and saucer, a water pitcher, a fish platter, a dinner plate, a shallow bowl, and a soup bowl.

The buff band china is even harder to find! The Smithsonian has none of it. The White House has just a soup bowl and a gravy boat.

Shorecrest Highlander Marching Band, Washington (USA) – Patrick’s Festival 2012
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Shorecrest Highlander Marching Band, Washington (USA)

The Shorecrest Highlander Marching Band from Washington, USA consists of over 100 musicians accompanied by bagpipes, Highland Dancers and Flags. Shorecrest is unique among American high schools in that it boasts a bagpipe band. The band members are proud to wear a traditional kilt and uniform. Over the school’s 50-year history, the band has won many prestigious awards. On their last visit to the St. Patrick’s Festival Parade in 2008, the band received honors as the Best Youth Band.

Music | Posted by Gertrude Brent

Museum of Television and Radio New York

June 7th, 2016

The museum is situated at 25th West 52 Street in the middle of the Manhattan Town, New York. The purpose of establishing a museum is to keep the record of all the television and radio programs and to inform the public that how the media has influenced our culture and society. The museum is also known as “The Paley Center for Media”.

History

The museum was founded by William S. Paley, in 1975. The museum was first built in East 53 Street, later it expanded and moved to a new building, designed by Philip Johnson. In 1996, the California State opened a similar kind of museum in Los Angeles.

The museum has so many screening rooms and theatres. It has two large theatres and a large library equipped with a large collection of video. Individual and family consoles are available to watch move individually or with family or group.

What’s To Do and See?

Most of the collection which is kept in the museum is one that has an impact on the society and culture. It is said that there are more than one hundred and twenty thousand programs are kept in the museum. Some programs which are kept in the museum are more than 90 years old. Museum also has a comprehensive collection of classical radio announcements from 1918 to 2010. Some modern television series are also included in the collection of museum such as Friends and Desperate Housewives.

Examples of the Collection

The Museum of Television and Radio offers more than seven hundred videos from around the globe. This collection of overseas programs is available in different categories such as language, culture and mental.

The theatres in the museum are used to broadcast popular television series to the visitors. All kind of programs are offered in the theatres. Museum also has a large collection of commercial programs as well that were broadcasted in the early twentieth century.

The museum offers many public programs where many professional people, journalists and actors are brought together. The purpose of these programs is to raise the awareness about the history of television programs in people.

The museum offers a lot of interesting collection for children as well. The collection includes classic and contemporary programs that children will love to enjoy. The Recreating Radio workshops are offered which help children and parents to learn about the sound effects, reading script etc.

The museum also has a gift store located on the main floor that offers a lot of interesting things to visitors.

Museum of Television & Radio Tourism Information

You can reach to museum through public transportation such as subway line, bus, taxi cab. The adults’ admission ticket cost $ 10. Students and seniors are charged $ 8 and children under 14 are charged $ 5 per admission. It also offers membership program as well. Members gets discount in public programs.

The museum remains open from Wednesday to Sunday. The opening hours from Wednesday to Sunday are 12pm to 5 pm. On Thursday, the timing is from 12pm to 8pm. Taking snapshots or using camcorders is prohibited.

You might be interested in learning about New York Museum of Television and Radio and also New York Museum of the City

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Radio | Posted by Victoria Addington

‘A Conversation with WWII Veterans’ at the Indiana State Museum.

April 1st, 2016

‘A Conversation with WWII Veterans’ at the Indiana State Museum.
Event on 2016-04-15 10:30:00

A free event for K-12 students (and accompanying chaperones and teachers), 10:30-11 AM. Info: 317-232-1637.
Location: Indiana State Museum, 650 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, Marion County.
indianamuseum.org/

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Legal Issues in Museum Administration

March 5th, 2015

Legal Issues in Museum Management
Occasion on 2015-03-25 00:00:00
Legal Issues in Museum Administration is occurring on 25 Mar 2015 at Liaison Capitol Hill Washington, usa. Its a premier event in Research & developing industry.

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13th Annual GeoFest at the Indiana State Museum.

February 5th, 2015

13th Annual GeoFest at the Indiana State Museum.
Occasion on 2015-02-22 11:00:00

A 3-day fossil, treasure and mineral show, Feb. 20-22: Fri/Sat 10 have always been to 5 PM, Sun 11 AM to 5 PM. Incorporated with museum admission (members free). Information: See website or call 317-232-1637.
Location: Indiana State Museum, 650 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, Marion County.
www.indianamuseum.org/

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‘The Emancipation Proclamation’ display within Indiana State Museum.

January 3rd, 2015

‘The Emancipation Proclamation’ Exhibit within Indiana State Museum.
Event on 2015-01-19 10:00:00

"The Emancipation Proclamation & The 13th Amendment Viewing," a 10-day only display associated with actual items that aided bring a finish to slavery, Jan. 10-19: Mon-Sat 10 AM to 5 PM, Sun 11 AM to 5 PM. Information: See webpage below or call 317-232-1637.
Location: Indiana State Museum, 650 Western Washington Street, Indianapolis, Marion County.
www.indianamuseum.org/exhibits/details/id/659

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Indianapolis, United States

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complimentary Admission on Eiteljorg Museum.

December 27th, 2014

Free Admission on Eiteljorg Museum.
Event on 2015-01-19 10:00:00

The Eiteljorg Museum offers free admission on Martin Luther King Day, 10 have always been to 5 PM. Info: See internet site below or phone 317-636-9378.
Location: Eiteljorg Museum, 500 Western Washington Street, Indianapolis, Marion County.
www.eiteljorg.org/

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Top Art Work Museum Jobs

November 20th, 2014

Top Art Work Museum Work
A fine art’s museum is the ideal workplace for those that appreciate art history at its most readily useful. What’s more, it gives prospects a gamut of engaging career choices to choose between. In the event that you’re enthusiastic about the same ; continue reading to get more in-depth info on feasible vacancies at this extraordinary workplace.

One great option for you in this place could possibly be employment as an archivist. It is very clear from title it self you are likely to keep the collections contained in the museum. It isn’t different from archiving your own personal work records. For instance, in the event that you’ve a disabled member of the family, it would be sensible to keep away all his / her medical papers, social schemes as well as other important papers. In the earlier days, the index cards were I did so the archiving ; today they are replaced by more advanced database systems. The museums have actually moved on with technology.

If you’re an experienced mechanic, you’ve a chance to act as a museum technician too. For tasks that happen within the museum, a technician has a huge role to play. An example of these activities is exhibitions which need support for the experts. There’s plenty of work like PC set-up, electronic media, lighting design, electrical work an such like that needs technicians. The total amount of technicians required is dependent on the capability and proportions of the museum.

If changing into an expert isn’t your cup of tea, you have got another choice. It’s the work of a curator. You need some needed skills right here, a sophisticated qualification in History. If you want to make an application for this job therefore don’t have this degree, you’ve gotten an option to getting it online. Curators inside museum have various levels ; this will depend on size regarding the museum. You will be designated as either, a chief or an aid curator.

Another dep. that hires workers may be the art museum education department. The dept checks the instructional change that takes place aided by the community therefore the children. This dept designs academic programs and trips that connect the society and the youths toward museum. You would be had a need to do a couple of jobs here which could trigger stress. Leaving the stress apart, this might be a thrilling job. The qualification with this work varies according to the management associated with museum.

There are that many other roles that one can choose in a superb art museum too. But, the ones stated earlier are the most pleasing. Go after some of those and you’re sure to have a fab time.

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Next Stop: Washington DC – International Spy Museum, Newseum

April 4th, 2014

Next Stop: Washington DC – International Spy Museum, Newseum.

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Washington DC: National Museum of American History – Infinity

March 4th, 2014

A few nice Washington images I found:

Washington DC: National Museum of American History – Infinity
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Infinity, by José de Rivera, was dedicated on the mall entrance/south terrace of the National Musem of American History on March 28, 1967. A ribbon of polished stainless steel forms into a loop that continuously rotates slowly, making one revolution every fix minutes. The 13 1/2-foot by 8-foot by 16-foot sculpture sits atop a tall black granite base, rising to a heigh of 34-feet off the ground.

The National Museum of American History (NMAH), administered by the Smithsonian Institute, collects, preserves and displays American heritage in the areas of social, political, cultural, scientific and military history. The museum, which first opened in 1964 as the Museum of History and Technology, is located on the National Mall in one of the last structures designed by McKim, Mead & White. It was renamed in 1980, and closed for a 2-year, milliomn renovation by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP from 2006 to 2008.

The Smithsonian Institution, an educational and research institute and associated museum complex, administered and funded by the government of the United States and by funds from its endowment, contributions, and profits from its shops and its magazines, was established in 1846. Although concentrated in Washington DC, its collection of over 136 million items is spread through 19 museums, a zoo, and nine research centers from New York to Panama.

Washington DC: National Air and Space Museum – Apollo 11 Command Module “Columbia”
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The Apollo 11 Command Module "Columbia" carried astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, and Michael Collins on their historic voyage to the Moon and back on July 16-24, 1969. This mission culminated in the First Manned Lunar Landing Mission and the first human steps on another world.

The Apollo 11 spacecraft had three parts: the Command Module, the Service Module, and the Lunar Module "Eagle". While astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin descended to the Moon in "Eagle", Michael Collins remained alone in "Columbia". For 28 hours he served as a communications link and photographed the lunar surface. After reclaiming Armstrong and Aldrin from the ascent stage of the Lunar Module, "Columbia" was the only part of the spacecraft to return to Earth.

The blunt-end design for the Command Module was chosen to build upon experience gained with the similarly shaped Mercury and Gemini spacecraft. The spacecraft reentered the atmosphere with its protective heat shield facing forward. Layers of special "ablative" material on the shield were purposely allowed to burn away during reentry to help dissipate the extremely high temperatures caused by atmospheric friction.

The National Air and Space Museum (NASM), administered by the Smithsonian Institute, maintains the largest collection of aircraft and spacecraft in the world and is a vital center for research into the history, science, and technology of aviation and spaceflight, as well as planetary science and terrestrial geology and geophysics. Established along the National Mall on July 1, 1976, the museum was designed by Gyo Obata of Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum as four simple marble-encased cubes containing the smaller and more theatrical exhibits, connected by three spacious steel-and-glass atrium which house the larger exhibits such as missiles, airplanes and spacecraft.

The Smithsonian Institution, an educational and research institute and associated museum complex, administered and funded by the government of the United States and by funds from its endowment, contributions, and profits from its shops and its magazines, was established in 1846. Although concentrated in Washington DC, its collection of over 136 million items is spread through 19 museums, a zoo, and nine research centers from New York to Panama.

Washington DC: National Air and Space Museum – Apollo 11 Command Module “Columbia”
Washington
Image by wallyg
The Apollo 11 Command Module "Columbia" carried astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, and Michael Collins on their historic voyage to the Moon and back on July 16-24, 1969. This mission culminated in the First Manned Lunar Landing Mission and the first human steps on another world.

The Apollo 11 spacecraft had three parts: the Command Module, the Service Module, and the Lunar Module "Eagle". While astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin descended to the Moon in "Eagle", Michael Collins remained alone in "Columbia". For 28 hours he served as a communications link and photographed the lunar surface. After reclaiming Armstrong and Aldrin from the ascent stage of the Lunar Module, "Columbia" was the only part of the spacecraft to return to Earth.

The blunt-end design for the Command Module was chosen to build upon experience gained with the similarly shaped Mercury and Gemini spacecraft. The spacecraft reentered the atmosphere with its protective heat shield facing forward. Layers of special "ablative" material on the shield were purposely allowed to burn away during reentry to help dissipate the extremely high temperatures caused by atmospheric friction.

The National Air and Space Museum (NASM), administered by the Smithsonian Institute, maintains the largest collection of aircraft and spacecraft in the world and is a vital center for research into the history, science, and technology of aviation and spaceflight, as well as planetary science and terrestrial geology and geophysics. Established along the National Mall on July 1, 1976, the museum was designed by Gyo Obata of Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum as four simple marble-encased cubes containing the smaller and more theatrical exhibits, connected by three spacious steel-and-glass atrium which house the larger exhibits such as missiles, airplanes and spacecraft.

The Smithsonian Institution, an educational and research institute and associated museum complex, administered and funded by the government of the United States and by funds from its endowment, contributions, and profits from its shops and its magazines, was established in 1846. Although concentrated in Washington DC, its collection of over 136 million items is spread through 19 museums, a zoo, and nine research centers from New York to Panama.

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