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Notebook with lined paper, bound by binder rings, containing writings by Thayer, including quotes, notes, and a description of the Great Kanto Earthquake, Japan, 1923.
Exhibition panels created by the Harmon Foundation about William H. Johnson's work and career. The panels have original photographs of Johnson and his artwork attached.
Design of the stamp is taken from a painting by Francisco Jover entitled "Columbus Describing His Third Voyage". Printed in sheets of 100, cut into panes of 50 for distribution. Neither sheets of 100 nor panes of 50 are known to remain intact. Quantity issued: 24,713(?).
On the day before the 1913 presidential inauguration, more than 5,000 women marched up Pennsylvania Avenue demanding the right to vote. Women from around the country came to Washington in a show of strength and determination to obtain the ballot. More than 10,000 spectators crowded the parade route. Some were simply boisterous but others were hostile. They spilled past the barriers and off the sidewalks, clogging Pennsylvania Avenue. Police officers were unable or unwilling to hold back the crowds and after the first four blocks the parade stalled as the marchers couldn’t pass through the mob. A cavalry unit from Fort Myer was finally called in to restore order and the parade finished hours late. The public was horrified, and a one-day event became an ongoing story, with demands for an investigation of the police department’s failure to protect the women.
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For related objects, see COLL.1986.0885 and 1986.0885.01.01 through 1986.0885.01.30.
Cornell's diary with an illustration of the constellation Cygnus and describing shooting stars into the constellation Leo.
What does a flower smell like? In English, we’d probably pause and say something like “it smells like...a flower.” In English, we describe smells by explaining what they smell like. Things smell like fish, or like grass, or like chocolate. And that’s only if we can describe the smells. Which we often can’t. One study asked subjects to identify 24 everyday smells, and they barely got half of the answers right.
But is this a problem with our noses, or with English? One recent study tried to identify the culprit by comparing English speakers' smell descriptors with the words used for smell in other languages. The researchers looked at the Jahai people, a group of hunter gatherers from Malaysia and Thailand. It turns out that the Jahai (whose language is called Jahai) describe smell quite differently from us.
They have words that mean things like “to smell edible,” “to smell roasted,” “to stink,” “to be musty,” “to have a urine-like smell,” and even “to have a bloody smell which attracts tigers.” If you ask Jahai speakers and English speakers to describe scents, and then compare them, you see some interesting differences. English speakers struggled to describe the smells they were given and gave answers five times longer than those they used to describe colors. Here’s how one English speaker described cinnamon:
“I don’t know how to say that, sweet, yeah; I have tasted that gum like Big Red or something tastes like, what do I want to say? I can’t get the word. Jesus it’s like that gum smell like something like Big Red. Can I say that? Ok. Big Red. Big Red gum.”
Now compare that with Jahai speakers, who gave slightly shorter responses to name odors than to name colors and used abstract descriptors 99% of the time for both tasks. They were equally consistent at naming both colors and scents. And, if anything, this study probably underestimated the odor-naming consistency of the Jahai because many of the scents used in the test were unfamiliar to them.
This finding is particularly interesting because for a long time people simply assumed that humans on the whole were bad at naming smells. “Our findings show that the long-held assumption that people are bad at naming smells is not universally true,” the authors write. “Odors are expressible in language, as long as you speak the right language.”