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Daily Archives: January 3rd, 2012

A Nineteenth Century Birth Certificate

  HERE is another handmade Pennsylvania German birth certificate in the fraktur style. It records the birth of Elias Nicholas in 1823 and was created by a young woman named Elizabeth Borneman Dieterly. The inscription records the names of the infant’s parents and godparents, the date and location of his birth, and a few other important details. It also […]

Raised to Think

  ART from Texas writes: My parents are not very conservative and my mother is somewhat liberal though she is a churchgoer now. Nevertheless, they homeschooled me and as a result I was not subjected to the indoctrination of the school system. I was exposed to both Asimov and C.S. Lewis. I read God in the […]

Ad Draws Heat Because It Suggests Men Cannot Menstruate

  JEANETTE V. writes: This is a fine example of just how degraded we have become as a culture. A television commercial portrays a man dressed as a woman in a woman’s restroom. He is applying make-up in a mirror next to a woman. They compete for a feminine look until finally the woman pulls out a tampon and the […]

The Anti-Human Utopianism of Feminist Views on Work

  JESSE POWELL writes: The Economist recently featured a special report titled “Women and Work.” (November 26, 2011) What struck me the most about all of the articles in the report was their anti-human utopianism. The central theme was that we are moving towards a better world of equality but that we aren’t there yet and that there are still […]

Happy New Year

  THIS 1788 American baptismal certificate is a an example of fraktur, religious folk art by the Pennsylvania Germans (also known as Pennsylvania Dutch) which was comprised of elaborate calligraphy and colorful drawings of birds, tulips, hearts and other elements of nature. Fraktur included baptismal certificates, marriage and household blessings, illustrated words of wisdom, and book plates. This Taufschein, or […]