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  House of Invention The Secret Life of Everyday Objects
by David Lindsay
Take a look around you–every little object and product in your hojme has its own story to tell, and here are the most fascinating yarns of how they were invented. From the intercom, the mailbox, pencils, the microwave oven, Scotch tape,and Post-Its to the screw thread, the yo-yo, blue jeans, zippers, and the flat-bottomed paper bag, here are the surprising stories of how the quotidian objects whose history is little known.
4½' X 7" 179 pages, illustrated, paperbound
#457 House of Invention $9.95

 Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things by Charles Panati Discover the fascinating stories of how and why hundreds of the every items, expressions, and customs we take for granted came into existence, such as •how chewing gum and Silly Putty began as substitutes for rubber • how the song "Happy Birthday" beganthe hot dog began as an outlawed Roman sausage • the origins of Kleenex, Barbie Dolls, the Boy Scouts, Slinky, Mother Goose, nail polish, safety pins, Tupperware, Valium, doughnuts, honeymoons, the bikini, Uncle Sam, Vick's VapoRub, the lawn and lawn mower, brassiere, underwear, toilets and toilet paper, and much more!
6" x 9" 463 pages, index, illustrations, paperbound
#464 Origins of Everyday Things $15.95

 Black Inventors in the Age of Segregation
by Rayvon Fouché
Cutting through obscuring myths and ideologies, Fouché vividly captures the real lives of three black inventors: Granville Woods, and independent inventor; Lewis Latimer, a corporate engineer for General Electric; and Shelby Davidson, who worked in the U.S. Treasury Department. He explains how each man used invention for financial gain, as a claim on entering adversarial environments, and as a way to achieve respect in the technical and societal world dominated by Jim Crow barriers.
6" x 9" 225 pages, index, illustated, hardbound ISBN 0-8018-7319-3
#466 Black Inventors $34.95

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Here are two volumes containing reproductions of Flashbacks cartoons:

 A Cartoon of the District of Columbia Flashbacks Volume One Patrick M. Reynolds brings history to life with a sense of humor. His exciting drawings put you on the scene with the conflicts, madness, plus the wheeling and dealing that resulted in the location and construction of the U.S. capital city. This book covers the early history of DC from 1776 to 1863. You'll be surprised at how many cities served as the U.S. capital; you'll be amazed that the city was built--despite all the bickering, petty jealousies, and down-right stupidity.
11¾" x 7½" 106 pages, full color illustrations, index,
paperbound ISBN 0-932514-31-6
#F1 Cartoon History of DC $25.00
  DC Neighborhoods Flashbacks Vol. Two Artist-writer Patrick M. Reynolds takes you to the Washington that tourists seldom see The U.S. capital expanded with the growth of public transportation into such areas as Shepard Park, Takoma Park, Chevy Chase, Kalorama, Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan, Capital Hill, LeDroit Park, Tenleytown, Brookland, and others. Stories in this book go back to the explorations of Capt. John Smith in the 1600s and the Indian Wars of early Virginia, continuing into the 20th century with the introduction of the cherry trees to Washington and the end of segregation in public schools.
11¾" x 7½" 106 pages, full color illustrations, index, paperbound ISBN 0-932514-31-6
#F2 Cartoon History of DC $14.95

Previous weeks' stories and references: Constitution-How & Why we got it... Autocamping...American Presidency...Auto Racing...Baseball History...Combat Artists...The Ghost Army of WWII... Artists in War The Limb Maker...Duke Ellington...Ferries Across the Chessie .. HOLIDAYS...The Italian Crisis...Ninian Beall Sequence.....UFOs Over Washington... Culpeper of Virginia...The Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918...Indians of the Eastern Shore of MD & VA...Black Confederates... Pirates on the Chesapeake...Chesapeake Beach...Quiltmaking...Chesapeake Bay Stories...Ghost stories...Silver Spring MD...Clovers...Hoover Airport...Slavery...President Garfield...Swampoodle...Sports...Origins of Words & Phrases

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