It seems appropriate to focus on sundials in these waning days of Summer. I know, I know–there are technically several more weeks–but I am a college professor, so for me Fall definitely begins on Tuesday. There is just no question; it’s the least transitional of the seasons. Sundials have a long history and are aesthetically pleasing, but the main reason I like them is for their representation of another transition: from the technological and practical to the simply decorative. A sundial sits right in the middle of my Colonial Revival garden but there is also one (in more portable form) front and center in one of my favorite Renaissance paintings, The Ambassadors by Hans Holbein the Younger.
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- Today is the 108th anniversary of the Great Salem Fire, which destroyed nearly 1400 buildings and left 18,000 people homeless. Forest River Park, #salemwillows and #salemcommon became tent cities in the summer of 1914. The fire made national headlines, and even attracted international attention, as this clip from a #pathé newsreel illustrates. Thanks to intrepid rare footage finder @barrysswift! #otd #salemhistory
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