Saturday, July 31, 2010

31 July 1956 “In God We Trust”

Eisenhower Yesterday, the 30th of July, a Joint Resolution of Congress was signed by President  Eisenhower, authorizing "In God We Trust" as the U.S. national motto.
The motto IN GOD WE TRUST was placed on United States coins largely because of the increased religious sentiment existing during the Civil War. The motto first appeared on the 1864 two-cent coin, followed in 1866 by the 5 cent nickel (1866-1883), quarter dollar, half dollar, silver dollar and gold dollars.  And now, only since yesterday 30 July 1956, has it become the official U.S. motto.
This was considered a Cold War measure which, "In these days when imperialistic and materialistic Communism seeks to attack and destroy freedom, it is proper" to "remind all of us of this self-evident truth" that "as long as this country trusts in God, it will prevail."
I only wish that by 2010 we could see that Materialism Capitalism also seems to be touching on our personal freedoms of small business and I am sad to know that while here in 1956 we are happily growing our middle class with local business, American made and production, how quickly it shall all fade away; sad indeed.
Maria Callas will perform Puccini this year in NYC.
Thinking of coming winter fashion, now that we are more than half way through summer, I was rather surprised to see how modern some of these leather looks appear. This is from a Fashion show this year in Italy for coming fall. The final shorter skirt with colored stocking and boots seems so modern for 1956. Though, here comfortable in my middle class New England life, I don’t think I would be seeing anything like that around my town or at local clubs. Possibly in NYC it might appear, but Boston would be to staid and reserved for that yet.
I do apologize for my last few days of non posting, but it can be hard, here in summer, to want to even go near the computer. I have been biking to the shore to swim, enjoying our nice cool days and evening fires on the terrace. I shouldn’t make excuses, but I do find it hard to get to my computer time. I shall endeavor to do better.
Happy Homemaking.
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