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Picture This: Caught Our Eyes: Celebrating Cars–and Car Parts!
Caught Our Eyes: Celebrating Cars–and Car Parts! By Barbara Orbach Natanson
The grounds of the U.S. Capitol have played host to millions of visitors, not to mention every flavor of celebrations and demonstrations. But it's not often that you see a car parts strewn across the Capitol's well-groomed grounds. Reference librarian Jon Eaker spotted this photo among photographs recently digitized from the U.S. News & World Report Magazine Photograph Collection and noted "When I first saw this photo I had no idea why it was taken or who the men were. I just liked the rather surreal view of a car in pieces in front of the Capitol on a nice spring day while two men sit on the car seat discussing something."
The New Ford Maverick, on Capitol grounds. Photo by Warren K. Leffler, 1969. https://ift.tt/2ZPeIAV
With a little digging, Jon found a New York Times article from May 1, 1969 that filled in the story. During "an informal meeting of the Senate Antitrust and Monopoly Subcommittee" Edward P. Williams, Ford division service manager (left) and Michigan Senator Philip A. Hart (right) illustrated how easy it was to dismantle the new Ford Maverick, making it cheaper for mechanics or do-it-yourselfers to make repairs. So the point was progress, not destruction!
A snippet of the Free to Use and Reuse: Cars set of more than forty images of automobiles.
Cars are on our minds this week, because down the hill from the U.S. Capitol building, historic cars are going on display (wonderfully intact–not in pieces!) on the National Mall. The Historic Vehicle Association is staging its 5th annual Cars at the Capital automotive heritage exhibit, featuring the newest cars to be added to the National Historic Vehicle Register.
To add to the celebration, the Library's current "free to use and reuse" offering invites viewers to hit the road with images of classic cars, race cars, and steam-powered cars from the Library's collections. It's a care-free, fuel-free way to enjoy a trip down automotive memory lane.
When Jon investigated the car parts photo, he discovered that it was never published in U.S. News & World Report that year–1969 being full of events that evidently took precedence. Have a look at some of the topics the U.S. News & World Report photographers covered that year.
Revisit photos of another occasion when cars took a prominent place in photos of the U.S. Capitol building and other Washington, D.C., landmarks: "Pictures to Go: Capital Cars."
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Note-taking app Evernote has fallen on hard times of late, culminating in its latest spate of job cuts impacting 15 percent of its workforce (54 employees). CEO Chris O' Neil -- an ex-Googler who took the reins in 2015 -- announced the firings at an all-hands meeting earlier today, reports TechCrunch . In a message on the Evernote blog , O' Neill admitted he'd set "incredibly aggressive goals" for the company in 2018. He continued: "Going forward, we are streamlining certain functions, like sales, so we can continue to speed up and scale others, like product development and engineering." The layoffs follow an exec exodus just weeks ago and the company's recent brand refresh (complete with a refined logo and wordmark). But critics are more concerned about its product, especially the free tier, which they claim lacks the perks to