Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Keeping calm & carrying on

I'm not sure how widely this image has spread around here, if at all, since its popularity surged after rediscovery in Britain 10 years or so ago --- at a book store in Alnwick, Northumberland --- but it offers some pretty good advice for troublesome times. There are days when all of us need stiffer upper lips.

The 1939 poster was one of three designed for and printed by the British government in the days immediately before World War II broke out to rally the population when it inevitably did. The two widely used posters read, "Freedom Is in Peril, Defend It with all Your Might" and "Your Courage, Your Cheerfulness, Your Resolution Will Bring Us Victory." These posters blanketed public surfaces as war began and continued.

The "Carry On" poster, bearing as all did the crown of George VI as their only ornament, was held in reserve, intended for use if a worst-case situation, a German invasion perhaps, occurred. Since this didn't happen, the posters were rarely seen and then virtually disappeared.

Because so many years have passed, this image now is in the public domain. So feel free to cut it out and paste it on your coffee cup if the day now dawning presents challenges. If you're interested in more details about the poster, here's a video:


I've updated information about the Good Luck Building, posted here a day or two ago, in a parallel post at the "Chariton's Square Deal" blog, which continues to move along, but very slowly. As it turns out, Henry H. Day, who owned the frame building on the Square Deal site that burned in 1882, began immediately to rebuld during 1883 --- and Square Deal was the result.

I've also added there this 1869 image of the H.H. Day home, which after several missteps I've located on the lot just across the alley immediately west of the Square Deal site, right along the B.N.&S.F. tracks. There's a newer house there now. If you look to the immediate right of the house here you can see the back end of a brick building (still perhaps embedded in what we call the Stanton Building today), built shortly after 1867 when a major fire destroyed the entire south hall of the west side of the square.

I was struck by the similarities between this house and the English Township home (above) built by my great-great-grandparents, Jeremiah and Elizabeth (McMulin) Miller, also ca. 1867.

I'm assuming that the lumber needed to build the Miller house came from Chariton and I'm wondering if the inspiration for its design did, too. The layout of the Miller house, before it was altered during the 20th century, was interesting, too. Instead of the usual two rooms on either side of a central door, a large room filled all the central space north of the front porch with smaller rooms flanking it on both east and west. There were two large rooms, one of them the kitchen, flanking a central stair to the rear and three bedrooms, one large and two small, upstairs. Sadly, none of these old houses remain.


Finally, faced with a sinkful of rinsed but not washed dishes when I came down to make coffee this morning, I'm trying to draw inspiration from this post at Richard Beck's Experimental Theology blog. If I could just learn to look upon washing dishes as a form of meditation ...

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