Madame Talbot - Monday, March 23, 2015

We spent much of last week celebrating circus performers whose talents got them coverage on posters that are on display in the American Treasure Tour's Toy Box, including one who continues to tour to this day.  The blog is happy to continue weaving our stories today, but we are going to talk about someone whose talents concentrate in creating these posters - Madame Talbot.  Yes, her work is on display with us - although we have to say it may prove pretty difficult to find hanging on the walls here.  Not unlike finding that proverbial needle in a haystack.

Madame Talbot's art has a sense of darkness and mystery to it, but the details she incorporates in her work is quite impressive.  Her name is Ashleigh Talbot, and she is an Oregon-based artist who reaches her clientele via the internet.  And now, the American Treasure Tour!  If you are interested in bringing Madame Talbot's special brand of the macabre into your own home, check out her website!
QUESTION:  Madame Talbot shares her last name with a famous retail store established in 1948 by a husband and wife team that opened their first shop in which state:
A)  Massachusetts
B)  Illinois
C)  New York
D)  Nevada
ANSWER BELOW

GIVE ME...SOMETHING, SOMETHING.  On this day in 1775, the outspoken Virginia lawyer Patrick Henry declared on which side in the increasing tension between the American colonies and the British Empire he was going to stand.  In the St. John's Episcopal Church, located in Richmond, Virginia, he made his famous "Give me Liberty, or give me death!" speech that swayed the Virginia legislature to vote for separation from the mother country.  Or so legend has it.  The first time a printed version of the speech appeared was forty years later, and there's no definitive evidence those words were actually used.  Still, the end result is clear, as the United States is now fully independent from Great Britain.

JUST WHAT I NEEDED.  Happy 66th, Ric Ocasek!  From his early days playing folk music, into the New Wave greats, The Cars, Ocasek's voice was heard through the 1970s and 1980s. Nowadays, he's likely better known as a music producer, most notably for three of Weezer's albums, including their best-known early-90s music.

QUOTE:  Secrecy is the enemy of efficiency, but don't let anyone know it. - Ric Ocasek

ANSWER:  A)  Massachusetts.  Nancy and Rudolf Talbot opened their first retail store in Hingham, Massachusetts.  As of 2013, there were 495 stores between the Unites States and Canada.