Photography of the American Civil War

Photography of the American Civil War

More than two hundred of the finest and most poignant photographs of the American Civil War have been brought together for this landmark exhibition. Through examples drawn from the Metropolitan’s celebrated holdings of this material, complemented by important loans from public and private collections, the exhibition will examine the evolving role of the camera during the nation’s bloodiest war. The “War between the States” was the great test of the young Republic’s commitment to its founding precepts; it was also a watershed in photographic history. The camera recorded from beginning to end the heartbreaking narrative of the epic four-year war (1861–1865) in which 750,000 lives were lost. This traveling exhibition will explore, through photography, the full pathos of the brutal conflict that, after 150 years, still looms large in the American public’s imagination.
Now through to April 2.
Metropolitan Museum
Fifth Avenue at 84th Street
New York, NY

US Postal Service Stops Saturday Delivery

US Postal Service Stops Saturday Delivery

Here is an interesting piece tied into culture. The U.S. Postal Service is slated to end Saturday delivery. The postal service said a switch to a five-day letter delivery schedule would reduce yearly losses by $2 billion; weekend delivery will continue for packages.

I know that Canada hasn’t had Saturday postal delivery for the past 30 years and in my experience, only the UK has managed to make their postal system efficient. I know, the UK is a fraction of the size of the USA but still, you’d marvel at the speed of mail delivery in that country.

With the rise of email correspondence and document delivery through cloud-based services, there is no doubt the postal service is seeing a massive down tick in usage and stopping Saturday delivery is just smart business. The question to ask is why has it taken USPS so long to respond to a marked 6 year trend. Are American’s more demanding of their social services? Will there be a massive out-cry? Lets see what falls out…..

This Halloween “Make Change for Children”

Here’s an idea…instead of spending your dollars on candy this Halloween, how about
donating to “Make Change for Children” so the Joint Council on International Children’s Services (JCICS) and its partners can
find more loving, adoptive homes for vulnerable, orphaned children
worldwide.


Joint Council is the only international non-profit dedicated to ensuring
that every child lives, grows and thrives in a safe, permanent and
loving family. Your donation helps Joint Council and its 258
international partners serve over 2 million children and families each
year.