kicking a rusty can down the road

Rusty. Shopworn. Used. There is something powerful in the American psyche that seeks to create the idea of a bygone time when life moved slower. Relive the Oregon Trail and be an ocular witness to the Last of the Mohicans. Get rootsy. And its great to walk in what you can call country primitive. Madame Pickwick has just brought in a batch of what is called rusty metal. Its not real rusted metal of course; its mass produced rusty-look metal made in China. I wonder if their factory workers ask why would they want to buy something that looks like it should be thrown out when we can make it look like new for less?

Read More: --- It is an adventure set in the forests of North America during the Seven Years War (1756-1763) between Great Britain and France. The plot revolves around the efforts of Alice and Cora Munro to join their father, who is the commander of Fort William Henry near Lake Champlain. Their course is blocked by Magua, the leader of a group of Huron Indians who are allied to the French. His schemes are frustrated by Uncas, the last of the Mohicans, his father Chingachgook, and Natty Bumppo. The book is characterized by a series of thrilling attacks, captures, flights and rescues. ---

Galvanized tin dipped in some presumably not beneficial for the heart and lungs solution which oxidizes the color to that condition of the left out in the cow pasture for ten years look. The objects vary from antique milk jugs to planters to watering cans to king size jungle bells. A little piece of Americana. Since decorative painting never stepped into the modern era, its normal that the tug of the past with its mystical, sometimes quasi Biblical influences would continue to inspire, as if understanding the past had to be achieved before the leap into the often pathological sphere of the moderns.

Read More: ---“Stagecoach” (John Ford) – 1939 With this grand tale of high adventure, John Ford created, perhaps, the mother of all westerns. A true motley crew of passengers, including a marshall, a prostitute, an alcoholic doctor and an fugitive outlaw, must take a stagecoach through volatile indian country. They must put aside their differences, band together and survive the journey, together. Classic films from the golden age of cinema rarely display such excitement and raw adventure. Ford’s portrait of the separate characters forming a courageous bond, though certainly not without turmoil, is the strongest prospect of the film.---

We know the goods are junky, a cheaply made, though not expensive; the point is the image of the pioneer spirit, pushing the boundaries of frontier and invoking the potential of the new world even if in a kitschy fashion is reassuring.

Read More: ---After the Civil War the American West opened up again to explorers and settlers, and two landscape artists not only dominated the market but had a great influence on American West itself. Albert Bierstadt (1833-1902), born in Germany and Thomas Moran ( 1837-1926) born in England were East coast immigrants influenced by the romantic Hudson River School that emphasized an almost mystical portrayal of light in landscapes often referred to as 'luminism'. Albert Bierstadt was professionally trained and worked in oils; while Thomas Moran was self-taught and worked in vivid watercolors. Bierstadt first went West with a US Land Survey Expedition led by Col. Frederick Lander in 1859. Bierstadt produced oil paintings and photographs (stereoscopic) of the trip from St. Joseph, MO across the Plains and over the Rockies. On a second trip in 1863 Bierstadt went over the Rockies and on to California visiting Yosemite in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Abraham Lincoln set Yosemite aside as a natural preserve in 1864. Bierstadt would return in he 1870s and produced some of the most spectacular landscapes of Yosemite.---

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