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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Love Tokens Fashioned From 1882 And 1886 Seated Liberty Dimes

Good evening. This is Michael. It is February 13, 2013 and on this eve of Valentine's Day, I have love to share with all the ladies out there. This blog entry features two Love Tokens fashioned from Seated Liberty Dimes from the 1880s. One is dated 1882 and the other is dated 1886.

Love Tokens are engraved coins. In the late 1800s, it was quite common for people to smooth over and engrave coins with initials or another kind of design. The two examples presented here are engraved with the initials "CIS" and "FHH".


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These are two wonderful expressions of love and romance in the nineteenth century. I hope all of you enjoyed viewing these lovely specimens of the Victorian Age. Thank you for watching everyone and I wish you and your special someone a very Happy Valentine's Day.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

113-Year-Old Louisiana Hines Passed Away Ten Days After Being Verified As A Supercentenarian

Louisiana Hines, whom I blogged about on January 26 of this year (Link: http://michaeltheresearcher.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-number-of-survivors-from-1800s-is.html) passed away on Friday. I just found out a moment ago as I was looking at the GRG's chart of Oldest Living People (Link: http://grg.org/Adams/E.HTM). She lived long enough to be verified and recognized as being born in 1899 and I am happy about that. Louisiana was the Oldest Living Black Person On Earth.The number of Surviving People born in the 1800s has dropped once again to fourteen.

A nice article about Louisiana's recent passing can be found here: http://www.thetowntalk.com/article/20130205/NEWS/130205007

Louisiana Hines - April 13, 1899 to February 1, 2013. Right now I give a very hearty salute to a World War II Rosie The Riveter!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Today Is The One Year Anniversary Of The Passing Of Florence Green And The One-Hundred Year Anniversary Of The Birth Of Rosa Parks

February 4 ... on this day one year ago, Florence Green departed this Earth and on this day one-hundred years ago, Rosa Parks entered this Earth. Exactly who are these women and what did they do?

Florence Green was born in Edmonton, London in England on February 19, 1901. At the age of seventeen, Florence joined the Women's Royal Air Force during World War One and eventually became the absolute Last Surviving Veteran of The Great War. Florence signed up with the WRAF because she wanted to do her part for the War Effort. She passed away on February 4, 2012.

Rosa Parks was born in Tuskegee, Alabama in the United States Of America on February 4, 1913. At the age of forty-two, Rosa refused to give up her seat on a bus and her refusal helped usher in the Civil Rights Movement in America. Rosa did not stand up for her belief ... she sat down for her belief and talk of her act of defiance was heard all over the world. She passed away on October 24, 2005.

The previous two paragraphs describe quite succinctly what these two women did and this is how they will be remembered forevermore. Florence Green stood up to the challenge of her day and Rosa Parks sat down to the challenge of her day.

How will you be remembered? By watching the super bowl ... or as I call it, the stupid bowl or the toilet bowl? By drinking alcohol? By doing drugs? What will you leave behind and is that how you wish to be remembered?

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