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View Resource License Plates of the World

Whether you're interested in collecting license plates, or are just moving to Andorra and wonder what your car will be wearing when it gets there, this site provided by collector Michael Kustermann can be a handy reference. A winner in the "labor of love" website category, this frames-based directory contains pictures of and descriptive information about a dizzying range of automobile license...

http://www.worldlicenseplates.com/
View Resource Solemates: The Century in Shoes

Produced by The Marketing Store as an example of how the Internet can be used as a "multidimensional information delivery tool," this very attractive site is a joy for anyone with an ardor for footwear fashion. The heart of the site is a decade-by-decade look at shoes from the 1900s to the 1990s. Each decade features an illustrated introductory essay, six examples of representative footwear that...

http://www.centuryinshoes.com/
View Resource City Lore

Based in New York, the City Lore organization is a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting the cultural heritage of the city through a variety of programs and events. Two online exhibits dealing with the Puerto Rican Day parade and the making of lace highlight some of their more recent work. A resources link on the site leads to several helpful articles that highlight the study of urban...

http://citylore.org/
View Resource Bob Hope and American Variety

One of the most enduring legends of American film, stage, and screen receives an excellent tribute on this online exhibit from the Library of Congress, dealing with his 70 year career, and more broadly, the enduring legacy and history of vaudeville in the United States. Different sections of the site include an essay on the early life of Bob Hope, the story of American vaudeville in the first...

http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/bobhope/
View Resource British Research Leads to World's Funniest Joke

Under the direction of Dr. Richard Wiseman at the University of Hertfordshire with assistance from the British Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's funniest joke was revealed on October 3, 2002. The study, which asked Internet users to submit their favorite jokes and rate the jokes of other contributors, amassed over 40,000 jokes and an amazing 2 million comments. The study also...

https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2002/1004
View Resource The Wizard of Oz: An American Fairy Tale

The Wizard of Oz is probably one of the most enduring American stories, having been translated into numerous movies, recordings, stage productions, and hundreds of written versions. This online exhibit from the Library of Congress showcases some of the many products and ephemera related to this integral piece of American culture. Many of the objects originated from the Library's voluminous...

http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/oz/
View Resource Technology in Movies: Fact and Fiction

An excellent example of science fiction turned science fact is the Star Trek communicator. It is virtually identical in function to today's cellular phones, but it was envisioned nearly 30 years before it became a common accessory. Many other parallels of Star Trek concepts to everyday life are illustrated in a short article from the winter 2002 Albright College newsletter (1). Researchers at the...

https://scout.wisc.edu/report/nsdl/met/2002/1206
View Resource The Museum of Hoaxes

Developed by Alex Boese, a graduate student at the University of California at San Diego, this site is a compelling introduction to many of the most well-known (and a few that are often overlooked) hoaxes from the year 750 to the present. First time visitors will want to visit some of the introductory materials included here, such as "What is a hoax?"; "Origin of the Word 'Hoax'"; and "Hoaxology,"...

http://hoaxes.org/
View Resource Drive-Ins.com

Given the ubiquity of automobiles across the United States, it is not surprising to learn that the first drive-in movie theater was opened in Camden, New Jersey in 1933 by Richard Hollingshead. Drive-Ins.com is a fitting tribute to a feature of the American landscape that fell on increasingly hard times beginning in the late 1960s but, in recent years, has witnessed a miniature renaissance....

http://drive-ins.com/
View Resource Seed Catalogues

The Smithsonian Institutions Libraries Web site currently features a unique collection of seed and nursery catalogs dating from 1830 to the present. Online visitors may view a portion of the exhibit, which offers a look at "the history of the seed and agricultural implement business in the United States, as well as provides a history of botany and plant research such as the introduction of plant...

http://www.sil.si.edu/DigitalCollections/SeedNurseryCatalogs...
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