In George Washington's days, there were no cameras. One's image was either sculpted or painted. Some paintings of George Washington showed him standing behind a desk with one arm behind his back while others showed both legs and both arms. Prices charged by painters were not based on how many people were to be painted, but by how many limbs were to be painted. Arms and legs are "limbs," therefore painting them would cost the buyer more. Hence the expression: "Okay, but it'll cost you an arm and a leg."
1922 photograph of Anna Cahoon nee Hasenmyer, Carrie Smith nee Hasenmyer, Amelia Hasenmyer nee Kebortz, Amelia Wetherill nee Hasenmyer, Ida Parker nee Hasenmyer and Helen Held nee Parker.
by Helen Held nee Parker and Franklin T. Wike, Jr.
Helen Held nee Parker is in her late 80s. The photograph above shows her standing beside her mother, three of her mothers sisters and Helen’s grandmother, Amelia Hasenmyer nee Kebortz. This photograph was taken around 1921 or 1922 at her grandmother’s house.
From Pauline Mazariegos of Gettysburg, PA.
Thanks for Rita embellishing the Monkey Cake. Some put pecans on it, but Mom’s were always plain. It reminded me of sticky buns which I love, mess and all. By the way, I loved Harvey Wike’s poem on his grandkids that you published in the February issue.
In your January issue on the comments, questions and letter section Harvey Wike mentioned a car accident where your Dad (Franklin Wike, Sr.) was driving. I have more info from my sister Shirley, even though we were very young.
One of our readers sent us this enthusiastic approach to exercise, so we thought wed pass it along:
Physical exercise is good for you. I know that I should do it daily, but my body doesn’t want me to do too much, so I have worked out this program:
Beating around the bush.
Jumping to conclusions.
Climbing the walls.
Swallowing my pride.
Dragging my heels.
Pushing my luck.
Examples of Creativity Provided by a 6th-grade Class During History Tests
1. The greatest writer of the Renaissance was William Shake-speare. He was born in the 1564, supposedly on his birthday. He never made much money and is famous only because of his plays. He wrote tragedies, comedies, and hysterectomies, all in Islamic pentameter. Romeo and Juliet are an example of a heroic couple.