More and more, children’s school libraries are moving away from good books like the Bible and towards sickening material that could hurt children on their path to Jesus. Schools want to pervert children while they are still tender enough to enjoy the touch of Jesus’ hand. However, as Christwire parents, [...]Read more ›
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Why does West Virginia have a finger creeping up the side of Pennsylvania? Why are California and Texas so large when so many of the states in the Midwest are roughly the same size and shape? Why are Alabama and Mississippi almost exact mirror images of each other?Mark Stein provided answers to these questions, and many more, when he discussed and signed his new book, “How the States Got Their Shapes,” in a program sponsored by the Center for the Book. The author used the Library’s Geography and Map Division and other Library resources in his research.The map of the United States is so familiar that its state borders seem as much a part of nature as mountains and rivers, Stein says. “How the States Got Their Shapes” is the first book to explain why state lines are where they are. Anecdotal in nature, the guide reveals the moments in American history that put the giant jigsaw puzzle of the nation together.Speaker Biography: Mark Stein is a playwright and screenwriter. His plays have been performed off-Broadway and at theaters around the country. His films include “Housesitter” with Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn. He has taught writing and drama at American University and Catholic University and lives in Washington, D.C.
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The earliest surviving copyrighted motion picture, the Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze is a short film made by W. K. L. Dickson in January 1894 for advertising purposes. Often referred to as “Fred Ott’s Sneeze,” this is is one of the world’s earliest motion pictures and America’s best known early film production. The star is Fred Ott, an Edison employee known to his fellow workers in the laboratory for his comic sneezing and other gags. This item was received in the Library of Congress on January 9, 1894, as a copyright deposit from Dickson.Two other Edison experimental films on the Library’s YouTube site – DICKSON GREETING (May 1891) and NEWARK ATHLETE (May or June 1891), predate The Sneeze. The Sneeze was submitted for copyright as 45 frames from the motion picture printed as positive prints on paper rather than as a reel of film. The prints were mounted on cardboard and submitted to the Copyright Office in this form. The video of the Sneeze on loc.gov and YouTube was later rephotographed and turned into a moving image from these mounted frames.SUMMARYFilm made for publicity purposes, as a series of still photographs to accompany an article in Harper’s weekly.OTHER TITLESSneeze Fred Ott’s sneeze CREATED/PUBLISHEDUnited States : Edison Manufacturing Co., 1894.NOTESCopyright: W. K. L. Dickson; 9Jan1894; 2887. Performer: Fred Ott. Camera, William Heise. Filmed ca. January 2-7, 1894, in Edison’s Black Maria studio. SUBJECTSSneezing.Publicity.Motion picture industry–Public relations–United States.ActualityRELATED NAMESDickson, W. K.-L. (William Kennedy-Laurie), 1860-1935, production.Ott, Frederic P., performer.Heise, William, camera.Thomas A. Edison, Inc. Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress) Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) DIGITAL ID edmp.0026A http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mbrsmi/edmp.0026A
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