The Memento Works produces professional photographs of your treasured item — a child’s toy, your grandfather’s pocket watch, your grandmother’s Navy uniform. It’s a fantastic idea.
You may have seen those planes that haul advertising banners across the sky, often at the beach or other densely-populated tourist areas. The process that attaches the banner to the plane is interesting. The small planes they typically use lack the horsepower to take off while dragging a banner, and unfurling a banner in flight runs the very real risk of getting it tangled up in the plane itself. So, the banner is attached, unfurled, to an upright on the ground. The plane then sweeps in very low while dragging a hook that snatches the banner.
When my sister was a young pilot, fresh out of college, she was offered an opportunity to do this as a summer job. I’m glad she didn’t take it.
It was a different time when kids could buy the Gilbert Molten Lead Casting Kit, which let them create their own metallic toys by casting them from molten lead. Cracked.com has listed 8 dangerous vintage toys, including my favorite, the Atomic Energy Lab (ca. 1960), which contained actual samples of uranium (which is radioactive) and radium (even more so).
Did Jr. always have three arms?
Various visual interpretations of Darth Vader from around the world. The poster above is from Hungary. You’ll find more in Star Wars: The Complete Vader by Ryder Windham and Peter Vilmur.
I’m fascinated by words and language. Particularly, how different languages, accents and regional dialects develop. So, this was “right up my alley,” as my Massachusetts-born mother likes to say.