The Liberty Bell - Friday, February 27, 2015

We realize it is not easy for everyone to travel to Oaks, PA to see the American Treasure Tour, which is part of the reason we have the blog here to show you some of the wonderful pieces in our collection.  Those who have been here recognize that there is very little indication of just what is inside as you drive up to the former factory wherein our treasures lie.  There's a sign out front that is a little overwhelmed by a neighboring furniture store, and inside it looks...kind of like an old factory.  But, behind two locked doors, and up an elevator (or stairs, if you prefer), is the stuff of which dreams are made.  

When the elevator opens, there are a few pieces there to see:  a comic foreground (check out the February 19th blog to understand better), a miniature Statue of Liberty, some cool posters, and the Liberty Bell!  We've had a few excited visitors ask if ours is the 'real' Liberty Bell, but alas no. That is in Philadelphia, near Independence Hall, under 24-hour surveillance by armed national park guards.  Ours is about double the size of the original, cut in half, and not even made out of metal.  But it is really cool, and a lot easier to pose with for your pictures.  So come on and take a look!
QUESTION:  In which states in the United States can you  find authentic replicas of the Liberty Bell?
A)  None.  The only place to find the Bell is in Philadelphia
B)  Kansas, Arkansas and New Mexico only
C)  Delaware, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Massachusetts, and Vancouver
D)  All of them.  And a few other American possessions.

NO MORE YEARS!  Only one president in American history was ever elected to more than two terms in office, and that was Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a staunch Democrat.  He did not survive his fourth term, and his vice president, Harry Truman succeeded him to the land's most powerful office.  Needless to say, the Republicans were none too happy about any of this. They dominated Congress by the time of Truman's second term and on this day in 1951, the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution was passed, limiting all future presidents, regardless of their party, to two terms.

VIOLET EYES.  Born in 1923, and performing in front of cameras only nine years later, Elizabeth Taylor did not leave the limelight until her death in 2011 at the age of 79.  She was born on this day, a little baby girl whose natural beauty was evident to the famed Hollywood columnist Hedda Harper and who compelled Liz's mom to take her to casting calls.  The rest is, of course, history, as Liz's private life received almost as much attention as her professional life.  845 husbands, 9,354 movies, and lots of good stories.  Okay, maybe we exaggerated a little bit here, but you get the idea.  Okay, we exaggerated a lot.

QUOTE:  My mother says I didn't open my eyes for eight days after I was born, but when I did, the first thing I saw was an engagement ring.  I was hooked. - Elizabeth Taylor

ANSWER:  D)  All of them.  And a few other American possessions.  These were created as part of a savings bond drive by the U.S. Department of the Treasury in 1950 for all 48 states at the time, and different territories, including Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, and others.  If you guessed C), let it be known that Vancouver is not an American state.  It's a city in Canada.  Hopefully, you knew that.