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#556 Post by nrobertb » Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:35 am

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#557 Post by nrobertb » Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:19 am

The Buffalo nickel or Indian Head nickel is a copper-nickel five-cent piece that was struck by the United States Mint from 1913 to 1938. It was designed by sculptor James Earle Fraser.

As part of a drive to beautify the coinage, five denominations of US coins had received new designs between 1907 and 1909. In 1911, Taft administration officials decided to replace Charles E. Barber's Liberty Head design for the nickel, and commissioned Fraser to do the work. They were impressed by Fraser's designs showing a Native American and an American bison. The designs were approved in 1912, but were delayed several months because of objections from the Hobbs Manufacturing Company, which made mechanisms to detect slugs in nickel-operated machines. The company was not satisfied by changes made in the coin by Fraser, and in February 1913, Treasury Secretary Franklin MacVeagh decided to issue the coins despite the objections.

Despite attempts by the Mint to adjust the design, the coins proved to strike indistinctly, and to be subject to wear—the dates were easily worn away in circulation. In 1938, after the expiration of the minimum 25-year period during which the design could not be replaced without congressional authorization, it was replaced by the Jefferson nickel, designed by Felix Schlag.
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#558 Post by nrobertb » Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:25 pm

Pueblo pottery, one of the most highly developed of the American Indian arts, still produced today in a manner almost identical to the method developed during the Classic Pueblo period about AD 1050–1300. During the five previous centuries when the Pueblo Indians became sedentary, they stopped using baskets for carrying and began to manufacture and use clay pots, which had been cumbersome, breakable, and generally unsuited to their former nomadic lifestyle.

Pueblo pots, made only by the women of the tribe, are constructed not on a potter’s wheel but by hand. Long “sausages” of clay are coiled upward around a flat base of clay until the pot reaches the desired height; when the coiling is completed, the interior and exterior of the pot are smoothed, and the round coils are pressed together to form a smooth wall of the pot. The pots are then coated with slip, a watery clay substance, polished, decorated, and fired.

Designs include geometric patterns, usually angular, and floral, animal, and bird patterns. Colour schemes may be polychromatic, black on black, or black on cream.
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#559 Post by nrobertb » Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:08 pm

The Man From Blackhawk ran in 1959-60, starring Robert Rockwell. He was in several TV series but is perhaps best remembered as Eve Arden's boyfriend on the series Our Miss Brooks.
The adventures of an insurance investigator for the Blackhawk Insurance Co. in the Old West.
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#560 Post by nrobertb » Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:26 am

Pueblo people are believed to have descended from the Anasazi, Mogollon, and other ancient peoples. These influences are seen in the architecture, farming style, and artistry of the Acoma. In the 13th century, the Anasazi abandoned their canyon homelands due to climate change and social upheaval. For upwards of two centuries, migrations occurred in the area. The Acoma Pueblo emerged by the thirteenth century. However, the Acoma themselves say the Sky City Pueblo was established in the 11th century, with brick buildings as early as 1144 on the Mesa. This early founding date makes Acoma Pueblo one of the earliest continuously inhabited communities in the United States.

The Pueblo is situated on a 365 feet mesa, about 60 miles west of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The isolation and location of the Pueblo has sheltered the community for more than 1,200 years. They sought to avoid conflict with the neighboring Navajo and Apache peoples.
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#561 Post by nrobertb » Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:36 pm

Pueblo of Isleta or Isleta Pueblo is an unincorporated community Tanoan pueblo in Bernalillo County, New Mexico, United States, originally established around the 14th century. Its people are federally recognized as a Native American tribe.

Pueblo of Isleta is located in the Middle Rio Grande Valley, 13 miles south of Albuquerque. It is adjacent to and east of the main section of Laguna Pueblo. The pueblo was built on a knife-shaped reef of lava running across an ancient Rio Grande channel.

The population of Pueblo of Isleta consists of mostly the Southern Tiwa ethnic group (Spanish: Tigua. They speak Isletan Tiwa, one of the two varieties or dialects of the Southern Tiwa language, part of the Tanoan language family. The other variety is spoken at Sandia Pueblo.

Culturally, Pueblo groups have been divided usually into two cultural group classifications: a Western Pueblo group and an Eastern Pueblo group. Other scholars classify the pueblos into three cultural groups: the Western, Eastern, and Keresan (or Central) Pueblo groups. In either system, Pueblo of Isleta is considered an Eastern Pueblo group. The adjacent Laguna Pueblo is a Central—Keresan Pueblo group.
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#562 Post by nrobertb » Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:12 pm

Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park is a 932-acre (377-hectare) park located in the Sierra Pelona Mountains in northern Los Angeles County, California. It is located in the town of Agua Dulce, between the suburbs of Santa Clarita and Palmdale. The area is also visible from the Antelope Valley Freeway (State Route 14).

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In 1935, Universal Pictures assigned Stanley Bergerman as executive producer on the film Werewolf of London. Bergerman suggested Vasquez Rocks as the filming location used to portray Tibet. Since then, its location inside the Thirty-mile studio zone has ensured Vasquez Rocks'repeated usage in motion pictures, television series, and advertising.

The site once held the exterior façade of the fort featured in the 1950s television series Tales of the 77th Bengal Lancers.

Vazquez Rocks is prominently featured in a 1963 episode of Outer Limits called "The Zanti Misfits". The rocks are also in several television westerns, including the 1959 "Whipsaw" episode of Tombstone Territory, the Bonanza episode "Between Heaven and Earth", The Wild Wild West episode "The Night of the Cadre", and the opening credits of the TV Western Laramie as Slim Sherman and Jess Harper come riding down, each from one side. The rock formations are also seen in the Michael Jackson music video "Black or White" when he dances with Plains Native Americans, and in an original series Star Trek episode "Arena", where Captain Kirk rolls a boulder onto a reptiloid alien called a Gorn.

The prominent rock formation has been nicknamed "Kirk's Rock" due to being featured in several Star Trek episodes, each time representing a different planet. The use of the rock as a place to struggle with an enemy was echoed in the film Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey twice, once replaying the Gorn-themed Star Trek episode on the TV, and again when the title characters are murdered by their doubles at the same location. A scene at a diner in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back was filmed in front of the rocks, and in homage to the Star Trek episode, the diner is called The Arena Diner.

Feature films shot at Vasquez Rocks include Dante's Peak, Hot Shots! Part Deux, Rustlers' Rhapsody, The Flintstones, Blazing Saddles, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Free Enterprise, and Hail, Caesar!. Television shows include The Fugitive, F Troop, The A-Team, and MacGyver. Commercials for Taco Bell, Bank of America, Pacific Bell, Pepsi, and Nike have also been filmed at the rocks. In addition to Michael Jackson, 311, Eddie Money, Sammy Kershaw, and Lee Tae-min, member of the Korean Boy Band Shinee, also shot music videos here.

Vasquez Rocks was also used prominently throughout all three seasons of the science-fiction television series Roswell as an important location for the main characters and their story. The area is also featured as the location of the Command Center/Power Chamber for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers throughout Power Rangers Turbo. In a season-five episode of Friends - "The One with Joey's Big Break" - Joey lands the lead role in a movie being filmed at the Vasquez Rocks (though the peaks are not seen on camera). It is also featured in the movie Paul, and in the 2009 "South by Southwest" episode of NCIS. The final episode of New Girl season 1 is primarily set here with the Rocks prominent in the background.

In the Big Bang Theory episode "The Bakersfield Expedition", which aired in 2013, the four male protagonists appear to stop here, thanks to green screen, on their road trip to San Diego Comic-Con in Bakersfield, CA. Since they have Star Trek: The Next Generation-themed costumes for the costume contest at ComicCon, they decide to have a brief photoshoot at the Star Trek filming site. Their stop goes horribly wrong when someone steals their car as they are taking pictures. In the episode "The Adhesive Duck Deficiency", the characters attempt to observe a meteor shower from the map coordinates of the Vasquez Rocks formation, to make it appear as if they were there.

The same formations can clearly be seen in the TV series Teen Wolf (2011), during season 5, episode 13 titled "Codominance" when character Kira and her mother Noshiko set out to seek help from the Skinwalkers. Kira performs the Skinwalker's test on site as well, just before Scott and Stiles arrive to aide their escape. The same rock formations are also visible in episode 20 of the same season when Kira returns to make a deal with the Skinwalkers.
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#563 Post by nrobertb » Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:35 am

Will Rogers State Historic Park is the former estate of American humorist Will Rogers. It lies in the Santa Monica mountains in Los Angeles.

In what is now the town of Pacific Palisades, Rogers built his ranch, where he lived with his wife Betty and their three children, Will Jr., Mary and James. The 31-room ranch house, which includes 11 baths and seven fireplaces, is surrounded by a stable, corrals, riding ring, roping arena, golf course, polo field—and riding and hiking trails that give visitors views of the ranch and the surrounding countryside—186 acres. The ranch became a State Park in 1944 after the death of Mrs. Rogers, and the house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.

The ranch reflects Will Rogers' roots in horsemanship, starting with the polo field, which is the first thing the visitor sees when looking south from the parking area.[citation needed] The field is the only outdoor polo field in Los Angeles County, and the only field that is regulation size. The ranch has been in many movies and television shows, including Star Trek IV, in which it stood in for Golden Gate Park. The visitor center features a film on the life of Will Rogers, literature and an audio tour of the grounds. The ranch buildings and grounds are maintained as they were when the Rogers family lived there in the late 1920s and 1930s. The living room of the main ranch house, with a collection of Native American rugs and baskets, features a porch swing in the center of the room and a mounted calf, which was given to Will Rogers to encourage him to rope the calf instead of his friends.
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#564 Post by nrobertb » Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:49 pm

Monument Valley in Utah, (Navajo: Tsé Biiʼ Ndzisgaii, pronounced [tsʰépìːʔntsɪ̀skɑ̀ìː], meaning valley of the rocks) is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1,000 ft above the valley floor. It is located on the Arizona–Utah border, near the Four Corners area. The valley lies within the territory of the Navajo Nation Reservation and is accessible from U.S. Highway 163.

Monument Valley has been featured in many forms of media since the 1930s. Director John Ford used the location for a number of his best-known films and thus, in the words of critic Keith Phipps, "its five square miles have defined what decades of moviegoers think of when they imagine the American West." The final scene of Robert Blake's film Electraglide in Blue was filmed there.
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#565 Post by nrobertb » Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:22 pm

The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin ran on TV from 1954-59 and featired Lee Aaker and James Brown. Although Aaker had been in several movies before RTT, he never transitioned into adult roles and eventually became a carpenter. Brown had many TV roles and was a regular on the Dallas series.

Rusty was orphaned in an Indian raid. He and his dog Rin Tin Tin were adopted by the troops at Fort Apache in Arizona, and helped establish law and order in and around Mesa Grande.
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#566 Post by nrobertb » Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:47 am

Buffalo Soldiers originally were members of the 10th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army, formed on September 21, 1866, at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. This nickname was given to the Negro Cavalry by Native American tribes who fought in the Indian Wars. The term eventually became synonymous with all of the African American regiments formed in 1866:

9th Cavalry Regiment
10th Cavalry Regiment
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Although several African American regiments were raised during the Civil War as part of the Union Army (including the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry and the many United States Colored Troops Regiments), the "Buffalo Soldiers" were established by Congress as the first peacetime all-black regiments in the regular U.S. Army. On September 6, 2005, Mark Matthews, the last surviving Buffalo Soldier, died at the age of 111. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

The photo is of the 25th Infantry Rgmt. at Ft. Keogh, MT in 1890. It is quirky and obviously not a formal portrait. One guy holds out a whiskey bottle while another reaches for it. One guy hides his face with his glove and another holds a frying pan. Another has a shovel at right shoulder arms. I see only one rifle. A couple are smoking pipes. Some are wearing their winter buffalo hide coats and hats while others are more lightly dressed.
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#567 Post by indy1919a4 » Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:01 am

I love this photos.. Worthy of much study,, there are at lease 3 reaching for that Whisky bottle.. and I think the guy with the glove may be a 4th.. Do not think he is covering his face because it looks like his was posing with the knife. I think he is reaching for the bottle also. Love those coats.. The rascal laying on the ground is either baking in that coat and hat.. Or the guys above him in the front row must be freezing..

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#568 Post by nrobertb » Fri Jul 13, 2018 5:21 pm

Alias Smith and Jones ran on TV from 1971-73 at the tail end of the western mania. It was an attempt to cash in on the popularity of the 1969 movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Hollywood does love to copy itself.

Hannibal Heyes and Kid Curry, two of the most wanted outlaws in the history of the West, are popular "with everyone except the railroads and the banks", since "in all the trains and banks they robbed, they never shot anyone". They are offered an amnesty on condition that they stay out of trouble for a year and that they don't tell anyone about it. With a view to keeping their noses clean they adopt the identities of Smith and Jones and use all of their ingenuity keeping out of the way of the law.

The series starred Ben Murphy and Peter Duel. Murphy had a long TV career. Duel committed suicide at a young age after bouts of depression and alcoholism.
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#569 Post by ffuries » Fri Jul 13, 2018 5:56 pm

The one holding the pole and reaching for the whisky bottle appears to be white.
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#570 Post by indy1919a4 » Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:03 pm

ffuries wrote:
Fri Jul 13, 2018 5:56 pm
The one holding the pole and reaching for the whisky bottle appears to be white.
You know I thought that also, Alone with the man in upper row on the left with the strip on his arm, and Mr Pan holder...

Now that rascal with the pan must have loved his fatback ...

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