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D. The Thomas Jefferson Memorial Box.
Sitting on the banks of the Potomac River Tidal Basin in Washington, DC it is one of our most beautiful national monuments. Inspired by the Rotunda at the University of Virginia which was designed by Thomas Jefferson, one can clearly see why John Russell Pope, Otto R Eggers and Daniel P. Higgins, the designers of the monument, chose this architectural style. Jefferson used the most classical elements in his architectural endeavors. His home, Monticello, is also a fine example of his love of classicism. The monument was begun at the insistence of Franklin Roosevelt in 1938 and construction continued on it despite the United States entry into the Second World War in 1941. It was dedicated in 1943.
It is interesting to note that even then there were objectors to a project such as this. One group didn’t care for the architecture, another was concerned about location because of the Tidal Basin and yet another because of the possible destruction of a number of Cherry Trees that were on the embankment. In fact, the monument did not create any problems in any of the objected to areas and it certainly helped beautify our nation’s capital. The site was chosen because it completed the axis from the The Washington Monument south to the White House and thence to the Jefferson Memorial.
In the center of the Rotunda there is a statue of Jefferson by Rudolph Evans and painted inside the box is a likeness of that statue. As a reminder: Jefferson was our third President, an architect of our Constitution as well as a signer of the Declaration of Independence. One of the Fathers of Our Country. Retail: About $131.00. Our price: $119.90.
E. The Space Needle Box. Seattle, Washington has come to be identified by this Tower that was built for the Seattle World’s Fair in 1962. The Tower, 607 feet tall, dominates the skyline in the area of the city in which it stands but Seattle is bordered by two large mountain ranges and has the magnificence of Puget Sound at it’s feet and, more than anything man made, they truly are the most important elements that provide one’s impression of the city. It is a city where the impact of nature is enormous because it surrounds you completely. Inside the box, the Cascade Mountains that border the east side of Seattle and the forests that cover the lower slopes, painted. The clasp is a star and, in fact, Seattle is the star of our North West. Retail: About $181.00. Our price: $163.90.
F. The Statue of Liberty Box. A world famous symbol of Liberty, the Lady with the Torch stands at the entrance to New York Harbor, the most welcome sight you can imagine when you are returning home by sea. I recall, a number of years ago, coming home from Europe on the QE 2 and rising early enough to be on deck at 5 AM to get my first glimpse of her from a ship’s deck. I can only tell you that seeing her brought tears to my eyes; an emotion I have never experienced when returning home by air. I can only imagine what immigrants must have felt coming here to escape the horrors visited upon them and seeing her for the first time. Holding her torch high she lights the way to freedom. Inside nothing of consequence and the the clasp is a star. Retail: About $175.00. Our price: $159.90.
Did you know: She stands 305 feet tall; her tablet carries the adoption date of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776; her beacon was considered a lighthouse for many years because it was a navigational aid into New York harbor. She was designed by the French sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi and assembled over a framework designed by Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel, of Eiffel Tower fame, and Eugene-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc. She was presented to us in 1885 by the people of France who alone raised the money for her, and she was dedicated in 1886. On her base is the famous poem by Emma Lazarus which was written to help raise funds for her base. Are these words familiar?
"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
H 1. Boots On The Ground in Texas Box. Choose any city in Texas and you will find that every single man owns a pair of cowboy boots and almost all of the men have cowboy hats. And if they are visibly new everyone you meet will know that you are not an insider even before you open your mouth to speak. Men wear their boots even with business suits. It is de rigeur in Texas. A man without boots on is looked askance. So here is a box for any city in Texas you choose. A great looking pair of boots with a kerchief tie looped over them and the requisite Stetson propped against them. Inside, a Saguaro Cactus with the words “Howdy Partner” painted beneath it. The clasp is a six shooter!!!! Retail: About $205.00. Our price: $184.90.
H 2. The Flag of Texas Box. This was the Flag of Texas even when Texas was the Republic of Texas. It was adopted in 1839. When Texas achieved statehood in 1845 they kept this flag flying just as it still does today. Nothing inside and the clasp is unimportant to the box. Retail: $129.00. Our price: $110.90.
J. The Mount Rushmore National Monument Box. Located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, this enormous sculpture of the heads of four of our greatest presidents is carved out of the stone face of a mountain that is well over 5000 feet high. Carved by the American sculptor Gutzon Borglum it was begun in 1927 and not completed until 1941. The 60 foot high heads are of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. Borglum not only chose the site but designed the monument and did much of the work on it himself. He had an army of stonemasons and carvers as well as demolition experts working with him. Much of the work was done using highly sophisticated -- for that period of time --demolition techniques because much of the sculpting was done by blasting. At the base of the mountain today there is still about 4500 tons of stone that was cut or blasted from the face of the mountain as part of the process of carving this huge sculpture. It is the most popular attraction that South Dakota has to offer and gets hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Borglum died in 1941 and his son Lincoln Borglum completed the project for him. Inside the box, The White House, painted, and the clasp is unimportant to the box. Retail: About $175.00. Our price: $157.90
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