Posts created by “Laura Brown”

Nancy Green - Aunt Jemima Lost to Cancel Culture

Written by Laura Brown

I strongly disagree with cancel culture, book burning, etc. History doesn't go away just because people don't like it. Young people won't know Nancy Green because she was removed from the syrup bottles. So they won't see her and think to find out who she was. She becomes lost to history, because she was black, not because she wasn't worth remembering.

Posted by Terry Quinn on Facebook: Nancy Green the Real Aunt Jemima

The branding of the syrup was a tribute to this woman’s gifts and talents. The world knew her as “Aunt Jemima”, but her given name was Nancy Green and she was a true American success story. She was born a slave in 1834 Montgomery County, Kentucky. and became a wealthy superstar in the advertising world, as its first living trademark. Green was 56-yrs old when she was selected as spokesperson for a new ready-mixed, self-rising pancake flour and made her debut in 1893 at a fair and exposition in Chicago. She demonstrated the pancake mix and served thousands of pancakes, and became an immediate star.

She was a good storyteller, her personality was warm and appealing, and her showmanship was exceptional. Her exhibition booth drew so many people that special security personnel were assigned to keep the crowds moving. Nancy Green was signed to a lifetime contract, traveled on promotional tours all over the country, and was extremely well paid. Her financial freedom and stature as a national spokesperson enabled her to become a leading advocate against poverty and in favor of equal rights for all Americans. She maintained her job until her death in 1923, at age 89. This was a remarkable woman, and sadly she has been ERASED by politics. I wanted you to know and remind you in this cancel culture time period.

Canadian Clock Museum

Written by Laura Brown

Galleries and a virtual tour. The museum is located in Deep River, Ontario, if you want to make a road trip and visit them.

"Showcasing the heritage of Canada's many clock manufacturers and sellers from the early 1800s to the present time.

See and hear more than just clocks, because we have lots of period artifacts, including some really old record players that work without electricity! Hear century-old Edison cylinder records on a 1920 floor model player. Be amazed by the incredible sound from our 1927 Victor top-of-the-line CREDENZA Victrola floor model 78s records player that was sold in Ottawa and cost the same as a Ford car back then!"

Horological - means of or relating to devices or sciences of measuring time.

Ad Blocker Sarcasm?

Written by Laura Brown

A site asks you to allow ads on their site, to make an exception with your ad blocker. Ok, I do. Usually because I like the site and use it often.

What is the very first ad you see? An ad for an ad blocker! Of course!

Is it some form of sarcasm?

After using the site, with ads, you quickly remember why you turned on your ad blocker. The ads take over the content. I either give up using the site, find an alternative, or some other workaround. Or turn the ad blocker back on so I can use the site.

I think people who ask you to make an exception and turn off your ad blocker never go into their own site and look at it with their own ad blocker turned off. It would be a shock for them to see how much the ads take over their site. Like trying to enjoy a garden taken over by massive invading weeds. Not the odd wildflower but aggressive weeds with thorns and prickles.

If you have a site and ask people to accept ads make sure you fully know what you are asking. You could be driving people away from your site, permanently.

My Broom Broke...

Written by Laura Brown

I like the idea, but it doesn't really make sense as a thing for writers. My broom broke...

My broom broke..

  • now I work from home.
  • now I'm dating my bus driver.
  • now I charge the dust bunnies rent.

What can you come up with?

Ontario Antique Tools

Written by Laura Brown

Hosts an event, "Tools of the Trades" show and sale. The oldest continually operating antique tool show and sale in Canada. Currently run by John Pirie.

"The emphasis is on, but not limited to, hand tools for wood and metal working. The increasing interest in traditional woodworking and premium quality hand tools, has led to the recent resurgence of the high end, small scale hand tool makers. Several of these makers are in attendance at the show to present and discuss their offerings".

Canadian Archaeological Association

Written by Laura Brown

"Canada's national organization for the promotion and ethical conduct of archaeology in Canada. Posts about Canadian archaeology, research and events, are welcomed".

Association of Canadian Archivists

Written by Laura Brown

"Represents archivists across Canada. Our mission is to provide leadership & community".

Canadian Association for Conservation of Cultural Property

Written by Laura Brown

"Promoting the preservation and conservation of Canada’s cultural heritage

The CAC promotes responsible preservation of cultural property that gives Canadians a sense of place, of history and artistic expression".

Tools & Trades History Society

Written by Laura Brown

This is a UK based society. I'd like to find something here, in Canada, or even closer in Ontario.

"...to advance the education of the general public in the history and development of hand tools and their use and of the people and trades that use them".

International Chindogu Society

Written by Laura Brown

The planets formed. The Earth cooled. Creatures emerged and one of them started playing with rocks and sticks.

That creature made spears, he crafted shovels, he turned pelts into cloth. Then, he got fancy. He built the solar-powered flashlight and the combination table napkin/necktie. Not exactly useful, but somehow not altogether useless. He created inventions that didn’t quite work…but were nonetheless fun.

Chindogu was born.

I remember an episode of "IT Crowd", laughing about the idea of a ladder for bees (or some flying insect I don't remember for sure which now). The ladder was to save them if there was a fire. They could crawl up the ladder to get away from the fire. Ignoring the fact that they can fly, its a very nice invention.