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Facial Hair Friday: Our very own beard!

If you visited the National Archives in Washington, DC, last year and waited in line on the Constitution Avenue side of the building on your way to see our Charters of Freedom, you may have seen a red cart with a big red umbrella and a sign that says “Ask the Question.”

And now, you may also see this man.

Christian Tenney tends The Cart—and his beard.

That’s right—fans of Facial Hair Friday can now see a fine example of facial hair standing right outside the National Archives. Christian Tenney works for the Foundation for the National Archives, helping tourists purchase gifts, souvenirs, and books as well as helping them find the entrance or the nearest bus stop.

I took this opportunity to “Ask the Question” (several questions, actually) about his prodigious beard, and I am happy to present answers to the questions you wish you could ask someone with an flowing beard:

First, he is not a Civil War reenactor (this is a common question, apparently).
Second, yes, the ladies do like the beard.
Third, he has not seen his chin since 2004, when he decided to start growing the beard and he no longer remembers what his face looks like.
Fourth, he does shampoo and trim the beard to keep it up to sartorial standards.
Fifth, yes, eating with a beard can … [ Read all ]

Thursday Caption Contest

In another instance of domestic entrepreneurship, Myrtle Swendersen has converted the family farm shed into a local lending library.

In another instance of domestic entrepreneurship, Myrtle Swendersen has converted the family farm shed into a local lending library.

Congratulations to LisaLou! Your caption tugged the entrepreneurial heartstrings of guest judge Suzanne Isaacs, who makes sure all the great images we use are available to the public in ARC.

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This photo was suggested to us by Laura of the Foundation for the National Archives. She thought it had a very Tennessee Williams feel to it.

But it’s not a set—as our winner suspected, it’s a mobile library with a slightly poignant story: “Charlestown, Indiana. Education, Library Services. The Public Library in Charlestown, Indiana was constructed out of work shanties by Works Progress Administration (WPA) workers in the early days of the Charlestown boom and is staffed by Works Progress Administration librarians. It has between three thousand and four thousand books and there is a demand for more technical texts on chemistry, steam fitting, mechanical drawing, mathematics and carpentry. The library is well partonized by the newcomers and townsfolk alike; the demand for fiction is less than was expected. Indiana University has announced extension courses for Charlestown this Fall in business, education, American and Latin-American history, English, elementary Spanish, mathematics, and psychology.” (ARC Identifier 518271)

There are no books in this week’s image, but there is … [ Read all ]