Going fishing …

Unsurprisingly,  people are supposed to go fishing on Go Fishing Day. Fishing is considered to be a peaceful activity: getting up early and going to a lake, river or beach for fishing; some people even like to spend a whole day outside, even if they don’t catch anything. Going fishing is a great opportunity to leave behind city noises, stress and the hectic pace of life and to spend a peaceful day outside and get in touch with nature. (from cute-calendar.com)

Father’s Day

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

Father’s Day is always celebrated the third Sunday in June.

This is a time to appreciate Dad and all he does for you. A father is more than the biological paternal source of our being. It is the person who cares and provides for us, who helps set standards, family values and sets an example. Stepfathers and other men willingly accept and cherish the role. Whether biological, adopted or informally, give your father figure recognition today. And call him “Dad.” (from Wikipedia)

And we should remember that there are many children who will not be able to celebrate Father’s Day because their fathers are serving their country elsewhere, and some will no longer have a father with which to celebrate the day.

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Bra patented

The Dresden-based German Christine Hardt received a patent for a modern bra this date in 1889. However, in 1914 socialite Mary Phelps Jacob patented an invention she created from some handerchiefs and a piece of pink ribbon one night before going out. This “backless brassiere”  became the basis for the bras we know today.

The term brassiere was used by the Evening Herald in Syracuse, New York, in 1893. It gained wider acceptance in 1904 when the DeBevoise Company used it in their advertising copy—although the word is actually Norman French for a child’s undershirt. Early versions resembled a camisole stiffened with boning.

Vogue magazine first used the term brassier in 1907 and by 1911, the word had made its way into the Oxford English Dictionary. On November 1, 1914, the newly formed U.S. patent category for “brassieres” was inaugurated with the first patent issued to Mary Phelps Jacob. In the 1930’s brassiere was gradually shortened to bra.

Wearing a garment to support the breasts may date back to ancient Greece. Women wore a strip of cloth called a “breast-band,” a band of wool or linen that was wrapped across the breasts and tied or pinned at the back

Fragments of linen textiles found in East Tyrol in Austria dated to between 1440 and 1485 are believed to have been bras. Two of them had cups made from two pieces of linen sewn with fabric that extended to the bottom of the torso with a row of six eyelets for fastening with a lace or string. One had two shoulder straps and was decorated with lace in the cleavage.

From the 16th Century, the undergarments of wealthier women in the Western world were dominated by the corset, which pushed the breasts upwards. In the later 19th Century, clothing designers began experimenting with alternatives, splitting the corset into multiple parts: a girdle-like restraining device for the lower torso, and devices that suspended the breasts from the shoulder to the upper torso. (from Wikipedia)

The Golden Gate opens …

The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate strait, the one-mile-wide, one-point-seven-mile-long channel between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The structure links San Francisco—the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula—to Marin County, carrying both U. S. Route  101 and California State Route 1 across the strait. The bridge is one of the most internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco, California, and the United States. It has been declared one of the Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Fromm’s travel guide describes the Golden Gate Bridge as “possibly the most beautiful, certainly the most photographed, bridge in the world.” The color of the bridge, officially an orange vermilion called international orange originally used as a sealant, was selected because it complements the natural surroundings and enhances the bridge’s visibility in fog. It opened this date tomorrow in 1937 and was, until 1964, the longest suspension bridge main span in the world, at 4,200 feet. The Golden Gate Bridge’s clearance above high water averages 220 feet while its towers, at 746 feet above the water, were the world’s tallest on a suspension bridge until 1998 when bridges in Denmark and Japan were built.