Indian Arrows

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A war arrow with sharpened trade black for hunting and attacking. A target arrow with a point. The blunt tips are for hunting small game and birds. These points will kill or stun but do not stick in trees should you miss.

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The notch of this arrow was made stronger by wrapping it in fresh sinew and when it dried it stretched tight and reinforced the notch.

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This shows how the feathers were applied and the colors used to help identify an arrow that was temporarily lost.

Indian Arrows

Whose Body Was in This

You should be aware of what might be in the clothes you are about to try on in the department store. The Wall Street Journal had a story about it and I had that icky feeling might be one you pay attention to. The ickiest clothing culprits come from the stores themselves. Dressing rooms are breeding grounds for bacteria, lice, and fungus. “I have seen cases of lice that were possibly transmitted from trying on in the store, and there are certain infectious diseases that can be passed on through clothing,” he tells WSJ. There’s no way to really track who’s tried on the clothes before you did, so rather than take the risk of a possible allergic reaction (or worse), Belsito recommends running the washing machine, twice. After all, waiting a couple extra hours before you slip on your new outfit is a small price to pay for health and hygiene.  (WSJ)

Whose Body Was in This

Smith Brothers Cherry Flavored Cough Drops

After Pearl Harbor, our grocery store candy case was quickly emptied of candy bars and ice cream disappeared leaving the freezer empty throughout the Second World War. The only real candy that was available, sometimes, was gum drops that nobody really liked but a coating on them that looked like real chocolate, filled the bill. I remember buying cherry flavored Smith’s Cough Drops–Cherry Flavored. We sucked on them like they were candy. People said that candy was sent to the soldiers and if it went to the soldiers then it seemed fine to eat a gum drop or cherry flavored cough drop.

Gordon, Ohio really was a fantastic place to live during World War II and were proud of the village and our contributions to the War Effort. We all participated in taking any metal objects to a growing fenced-in circle for the war effort. There was anything you could think of in that circle of metal–from old rusty field fence and barbed wire to washing machines and ice boxes. The old shovels and hoes and rusty wire became bullets that enabled the United States to build everything from P-51 Mustangs to Sherman Tanks; and Garand rifles spewing out bullets that cut down the Japanese on Iwo Jima and ended the dictatorship of Mussolini in Italy and Hitler in Europe.

We were encouraged to save everything from string to tinfoil that came on the inside of cigarette and chewing gum packages–all for the war effort. Soon we were issued “Ration Cards” and all of us had to go to the county seat in Greenville, Ohio to sign up for rationing and men had to register for the draft. I had no idea that my father, Lurton Clarence Lincoln had registered but I found his draft card for World War II. I never knew he had one but he did–all men were required to carry a draft card–I had to carry mine until 1957 even after I had completed my tour of duty in the Far East.

Smith Brothers Cherry Flavored Cough Drops

New Awnings

The new awnings are up and they sure do cut down on the amount of sunshine that pours in through that bay window. The plumber was here all day yesterday and finished his work on installing a new toilet in the utility room and fixing the faucet in the bathroom. It is one of those that you select from hot to cold with the middle being about right. Had a female mallard duck on my roof this morning. Heard this pecking on the skylight over my head, looked up and she was looking at me. The male was standing there beside her.I couldn’t find my camera or I would have taken a picture of them.

New Awnings