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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

Sat., Dec. 14, 2013

From our archives, 100 years ago

A spectacular “Kodak Exhibition” – i.e., a photography exhibit – was packing people in at the Armory.

The traveling exhibit featured 500 prints, which, according to a local critic, proved that “the art of the camera” ranks with the art of “brush and palette.” The exhibit included a series of photos taken during an Arctic expedition; several big-game photos, including a “huge rhinoceros silhouetted against the sky”; floral studies; and “famous ball players in action.”

Among the “most beautiful” pictures were those of “some nude Indian girls from the ethnographic collection” of Frederick L. Monsen, said the paper.

From the cooking beat: Here’s the first sentence, reprinted verbatim, of a recipe in the newspaper’s Sunday magazine section: “Cut a medium-sized rabbit into joints, it being understood, of course, that the rabbit is already dead and divested of all of its interior arrangements, except the heart, liver and kidneys, and of its fur.”

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1962: The U.S. space probe Mariner 2 passed Venus at a distance of just over 21,000 miles, transmitting information about the planet, such as its hot surface temperatures and predominantly carbon dioxide atmosphere.

1972: Apollo 17 astronauts Harrison Schmitt and Eugene Cernan concluded their third and final moonwalk and blasted off for their rendezvous with the command module.

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