Cassius Marcellus Coolidge - 12-26

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We at the American Treasure Tour consider Cassius Marcellus Coolidge one of our favorite people.  No tour of the Toy Box would be complete without mentioning his legacy.  But who was the man who called himself Kash Koolidge?  Something of a jack of all trades, Cash was born in 1844 in a strict Quaker family outside of Philadelphia, New York.  Well educated, his first post-school careers revolved around banking.  He founded his own bank in Antwerp, NY, in 1871.  He also dabbled in the drugstore business, running his own newspaper, farming, superintending the local school district, he even wrote an opera called King Gallinipper!  


What we know Kash for today, his legacy, is a series of paintings he made for the Brown & Bigelow Advertising Company beginning in 1903.  Kash painted sixteen paintings of dogs in human situations, the most recognizable painting is A Friend In Need, which shows dogs playing poker while one tries to slip a card to his buddy.  The ads were distributed nationally and have become identifiable to most Americans, scary to a few.


Which of the following is NOT the name of another painting in Coolidge's series of dog-themed paintings?

a)  Riding the Ghost

b)  Sitting Up With A Sick Friend

c)  A Bold Bluff

d)  Pinched With Four Aces

e)  Stranger In Camp

Answer Below


Say what you like about Franklin Delano Roosevelt, but the 32nd President of the United States was willing to work!  It was on this day in 1941, only weeks after the devastating attack on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor, that FDR signed into law a bill establishing that Thanksgiving would be on the fourth Thursday of November.  Although Abraham Lincoln established the federal holiday almost eighty years prior, the official date had been in doubt until now.


1963.  Two songs were released in the United States today:  "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "I Saw Her Standing There."  This marked the beginning of the phenomenon of Beatlemania on this side of the Atlantic Ocean.


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Today we celebrate the birth of Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer behind two of the most famous muppets to ever grace the small screen.  Sesame Street, the 45-year old PBS children's program, would not be the same without Spinney's characters Oscar the Grouch and Big Bird, for which children of all ages should be grateful!


It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something. - Franklin Roosevelt

Answer:  a)  Riding the Ghost.  Everyone knows the title is actually Riding the GOAT!