Suffragettes, subtext & social media

March is National Women’s History month in the United States. The National Women’s History Project pushed for the month-long commemoration first in 1987, and it has been approved every year since. The Library of Congress, the National Archives, Smithsonian Institution and more have collaborated on a commemorative website. It’s a great resource, with galleries of images, audio and video; articles and profiles about women breaking barriers; and lesson plans and resources for educators. If you get a chance, you should browse the site. Maybe I’m just a nerd, but I appreciate that there has been an effort to digitize these national records and put them online for all of us to access more easily.

Suffragettes

Pennsylvania on the Picket Line. 1917. The White House is in the background. From Women of Protest: Photographs from the Records of the National Woman's Party, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mss/mnwp.160022

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Anachronistic City

I know this commercial has been around for some time now — it premiered during the Super Bowl — but I just like seeing all the “old” technology in it. It’s like a museum in a Hyundai commercial! The commercial is titled “Anachronistic City” and you can read more details about it — like who made it — here.

If you want to see old communications technology up close and personal, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. is of course a good place to start. It is the official national museum for such things, after all. Their collection of early communication technologies includes Alexander Graham Bell’s box telephone and a Morse telegraph register.

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