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Photo Friday!

9 Jan

Happy Friday!!

For this Fun Friday we want to share with you this very fun photo!

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Photo Identification — PC 1000 – Pictures – Places – Flagstaff #53712

This is a traveling carousel from the 1920’s. This photograph was taken just south of Railroad Avenue (front street) in Flagstaff, Arizona. The carousel was powered by a portable steam boiler, it provided youngsters and oldsters alike with hours of enjoyment. The Bank Hotel is in the right background.

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Happy Christmas!

26 Dec

The Library and Archives might be closed today, but we thought we’d take a moment to create a special Christmas week post for all of our patrons who celebrate this holiday. We hope that everyone is having a good time with friends and family this holiday season as well as eating a ton of yummy goodies before the New Year and its inevitable weight-loss resolutions arrive.

The photo we’re sharing today is from our Photo Files. The notes on this photo say that this is a photo of the winning house from Jaycees’ first Annual Christmas Home Decoration Contest. This is the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Glen Cooper, located 1215 East Indio Street. This photo was taken on Christmas Eve as the homeowners were receiving their prize. The people pictured are (from left to right): Hurlstone Fairchild and Esther Henderson, both judges. Then Mr. Cooper and Mrs. Edith Cooper, the homeowners. Then Mrs. Lilly Merritt Starkweather and Professor Pete Anderson, both judges.

PC 1000-Places-Tucson-Homes-C-#7715. As always, if you would like to use any of the photos seen here on the blog please contact ahsref@azhs.gov for information on image reproduction.

PC 1000-Places-Tucson-Homes-C-#7715. As always, if you would like to use any of the photos seen here on the blog please contact ahsref@azhs.gov for information on image reproduction.

This photo made us think of the Christmas decoration traditions we each have in our homes. Erin’s grandmother hides a pickle ornament in the Christmas tree and gives an extra present to the person who finds it first on Christmas Day. Her mother also puts a rubber octopus on the tree, a remnant from the days when it was the only thing keep the kids from touching and breaking all the ornaments. Caitlin’s most notable decoration tradition is the constant battle in their house between colored lights or white lights on the Christmas tree.

Does your family have any decoration traditions? Or just family-specific traditions in general? Archivists know it’s never too early to start documenting things. Grab some paper, pencils and crayons and have your kids write out their favorite family traditions–with illustrations, of course! Then use a hole-punch and yarn to “bind” them together into a fun little book. You can add to it every year and keep it on the coffee table during Christmas as your own holiday family history.

Columbus Day

14 Oct
As always, if you would like to use any of the photos seen here on the blog please contact ahsref@azhs.gov for information on image reproduction.

Detail of one of our larger world maps. To view this map, come into the archives during our open hours and ask for: G3290 1586 A4 198u MAP. As always, if you would like to use any of the photos seen here on the blog please contact ahsref@azhs.gov for information on image reproduction.

Today is Columbus Day which means the Arizona Historical Society Library and Archives in Tucson is closed.

The map above is not ancient. It was printed sometime in the 1980s. It is, however, a copy of a much older map. Making prints of old maps is quite common. Cartography was, and in many ways still is, an art form. Making maps in those long ago times meant having a sense of style and a flair for illustration. Take a closer look at this picture, or come in and view the map in person. There are some amazing creatures pictured on the map above and the side illustration and portraits are done with great attention to detail. These details are what makes these maps, and prints of them, so popular even today. This one is particularly interesting when you take the time to compare the shape of the continents to the much more accurate maps of today. Map making is definitely an art and with an ever-growing collection of over 4,000 maps we see a lot of the cartographic arts here at the Historical Society!

If your kids have the day off school today, why not take a page from the great old cartographers? Make a map! Supply paper and coloring utensils and let the kids make a map of the house or the yard. Steep some tea bags for 30 seconds to a minute and then remove them from the hot water and drag them along the finished maps. This will stain the paper and give them an authentic treasure map look. Make sure to let them dry fully before handling again. You could even give each person a “treasure” (like a candy bar or small toy) to hide and then have them draw a map to it. When everyone’s finished, switch maps and go looking for buried treasure. Bonus points if you’re all wearing pirate eye patches!

Photo Friday: One Gila of a Workout

16 Aug

It’s not easy being a Gila Monster.

Buehman-Subjects-Animals-BN205186. As always, if you would like to use any of the photos seen here on the blog please contact ahsref@azhs.gov for information on image reproduction.

Buehman-Subjects-Animals-BN205186. As always, if you would like to use any of the photos seen here on the blog please contact ahsref@azhs.gov for information on image reproduction.

 

This photo from the Arizona Historical Society’s Buehman photograph collection, catches a Gila Monster in a gem of a moment, trying to keep his balance and stay on this long pole. Is he doing pull-ups or trying out for the next Olympic gymnastics team? The Gila Monster is particularly special to the Southwest as it is native to this region. It seems that more than a few Tucsonans have a good Gila Monster story.

It’s hard to imagine a lizard more suited to good stories than a Gila Monster. They just seem destined for fiction, and they appear in it often. One of my beloved books as a kid in Ohio was “Gila Monsters Meet you at the Airport” by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat (which we do happen to have here in the archives and which can also probably be found at your local library). This book was also once featured on the television program “Reading Rainbow,” for those of you who want to get a little nostalgic for good PBS programs encouraging reading.

Monsoon season is a prime moment to catch elusive animals like the Gila Monster out in the open enjoying the wave of cool and lovely puddles after the rain. It’s a good moment to take advantage of if you have kids. Take them on a special creative hike. Bring some paper and pens or crayons along and something sturdy to write on. When they see something neat let them stop and write about the experience or take a few minutes to draw what they see. You may not make swift progress up a hill, but you will get some good drawings or writing to put on your fridge and your kids will have something fun to talk about when they return to school. And just because you don’t have kids doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the same kind of activity. Take some colored pencils with you on your next hike. Take some paper and a pen. Write things down. Sketch. You may find yourself having more fun than you first imagined. And you may find yourself face to face with a Gila Monster.

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The Mexican Heritage Project has Arrived!

11 Jun

The Mexican Heritage Project has gone live on Arizona Memory Project! Congratulations to archivist Alexandria Caster, Knowledge River volunteer Kari Quiballo and Knowledge River graduate assistants Lisa Aguilera and Liz Zepeda on seeing their hard work accessible and available to the public!

We encourage all of our lovely blog readers and those of you who come into the archives in person to check out the Mexican Heritage Project on Arizona Memory Project. You can read up on the history of the Mexican Heritage Project and then view the photos in the digital collection. Also remember that you can come here to the Arizona Historical Society in Tucson to view all of these photos in person if you’d like as well! As always, if you would like to use any of the photos seen on the Mexican Heritage Project on Arizona Memory Project please contact ahsref@azhs.gov for information on image reproduction.

Enjoy a sample of what you’ll find in the Mexican Heritage Project: this portrait below of Ramona and Alberto Maldonado on an adorable pony. And please stay tuned to the blog, because later this week graduate assistant Liz is going to be writing a post about her work on the Mexican Heritage Project.

Portrait-Muniz, Gloria Romero, #63004. As always, if you would like to use any of the photos seen here on the blog please contact ahsref@azhs.gov for information on image reproduction.

PC 1000-Portrait-Muniz, Gloria Romero, #63004.
As always, if you would like to use any of the photos seen here on the blog please contact ahsref@azhs.gov for information on image reproduction.