Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Iconic America by Hilfiger and Lois

This intriguing book can be browsed over 335 pages in an hour.  Best icons include (p. 69) dollar bill All-Seeing Eye from the Great Seal of U.S.  Why is pyramid unfinished?  Annuit Coeptis means "He Has Favored Our Undertakings."  The Roman Numerals MDCCLXXVI are date of Declaration of Independence (1776) and Latin Phrase Novus Ordo Seclorum is "A New Order of Ages is Born."

The most arresting icon is 19-year old bare-breasted Josephine Baker (p. 289), famous black chanteuse in 1920s who performed in Paris.  Did you know that Starbucks (p. 164) was named after Starbuck, the coffee-loving first mate in Moby Dick ?

So what's missing?  1963-1967 Corvette Sting Ray !  WTF !!

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