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A Woman and her son posing with the head of the Statue of Liberty as it was unpacked, 1885.
The statue, a gift from France, had to be brought to the United States in many boxes and assembled over more than a year.  When the French steamer carrying the disassembled statue arrived in New York, two hundred thousand people crowded around the docks to welcome it.  As the statue was being constructed, it became a popular spot for people to have their photographs taken.

A little more than half an hour, you guys.  I have been watching this show since childhood.  That is a strange feeling.

Famous chef Fannie Farmer opened her cooking school in Boston today in 1902.  Miss Farmer’s School of Cookery and the cookbook that it spawned helped to reinvent American cooking.  Farmer’s cookbook was one of the first American cookbooks that was both comprehensive and geared toward the average home cook.  It has gone through many subsequent editions and it is one of the oldest cookbooks still in publication in the United States.

Sketch of Batter and Catcher at Home Plate, 1860’s.
Many people wonder why home plate is called a “plate” at all.  The answer is that until the 1870’s, home base was often a literal circular iron plate.  The pitcher at this time also usually pitched from inside a box drawn on the ground that was 45 feet from home.  Though the pitcher now pitches from a mound that is 60 feet away, the slang of “box” has also remained to describe the pitcher’s mound.
Capitol Steps - Mighty Casey

The Capitol Steps - “Mighty Casey” from Workin’ 9 to 10 (1987)

As well as being pretty funny, this Capitol Steps routine from their 1987 album is a fascinating time capsule of the political fallout from and perceptions of the Iran-Contra scandal.  Check it out.

It’s National Libraries Week, Everyone.
Roots music at 9:30 Club.

George H.W. Bush, Style Icon.

Today is opening day of the baseball season in case you don’t live in that universe.  The Sox opened with a loss at Baltimore and won’t be back home at Fenway for a few days, but here are some photos of opening days and years past at Fenway from the park’s construction in 1912 to opening day 1968.

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