Photo a Day Challenge

Houdini Museum

Neon Light

Neon Light


It’s Friendship

It's Friendship

The Eagles Club began In 1898 when six theatre owners came together with a musicians union to discuss a musicians strike.  The group became friends as they expanded their interests and pursued a myriad of causes.


Used Cars

Used Cars


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Stardust

Stardust


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Diamonds Are Forever

Diamonds Are Forever


One Putt Strut

One Putt Strutt

I do the birdie boogie, I do the one putt strut

anyone who’s watchin’ thinks that I’m a nut

I try to be like Tiger and throw an uppercut

I do the birdie boogie, I do the one putt strut


Spoonful

Spoonful

A root beer float at a Dog N Suds.


Night Fever

Night Fever

Glowing neon signs lit up the night advertising shops, restaurants, beer brands, auto dealerships and fraternal lodges in earlier decades before the era of LEDs and flat screens.  A collection of neon signs owned by Jed Schleisner of Greenville, WI, is on display at Appleton’s Castle Museum.


Convoluted

Convoluted

Many of Leonardo’s designs must have seemed complex and difficult to follow to the ordinary 15th century mind.


An Edge

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Leonardo sought “an edge” over military enemies when he designed a “bombard” to fire deadly exploding shells that fired flaming iron fragments instead of stone balls.  The canon uses a crank worm screw to change aim and trajectory.

 

 

 


Fan

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This design fans out ten gun barrels which appear to be loaded through the small door at the rear (breech loading).  Breech loading machine guns didn’t appear until the U.S. Civil War four centuries later.


Ball

Ball

Leonardo designed the first ball bearing for a 15th century revolving stage production in Milan.


Kids

Kids

The da Vinci exhibit is kid friendly.  Here a boy cranks the burning mirror machine while watching the effect.


Fire

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The burning mirror machine uses gears to rotate a stone grinder and a horizontal mirror simultaneously.  The machine was used by artisans for welding and perhaps also intended for setting enemy ships afire.


Movement

Movement

Movement was central to Leonardo’s inventions.  His chain and sprocket provided speed ratios.

 


Creativity

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Leonardo Da Vinci was not only a highly creative artist, but also a very logical and precise engineer and scientist.  He invented the “exploded drawing” to isolate and emphasize the different parts as seen for this machine that changes the axis of rotation.  Reminds us of an auto’s driveshaft, differential, and rear axel.

 


Notebook

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Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks are filled with sketches of machines he designed. This machine was used to lift heavy pillars and obelisks. Gearwheels, lantern pinions, and worm screws are all part of the design.

http://www.biography.com/people/leonardo-da-vinci-40396


Fly

Fly

Machines in Motion is a special exhibit of Leonardo da Vinci’s revolutionary 15th century drawings and working machine replicas displayed at Appleton’s Castle Museum.  Although he never succeeded in creating an actual flying machine, he did design a machine based on the wings of bats and birds of prey which the pilot would work with ropes and pulleys.

 


Health

A doctor’s examination room from the early 20th century seen at the Castle Museum in Appleton, WI.


Coiled

This machine was used by Appleton Wire Works, Inc. to manufacture wire cloth used by the paper and pulp industry.  Photographed in the History Museum at the Castle.


Every Day Sight . . .

An every day sight . . . from 1908 through 1927:  A nickel Coke and the tail end of a “Tin Lizzie” as seen by pedestrians, large front wheeled bicycles and buggies powered by straw burners.  Photographed at the History Museum at the Castle.


Challenge

In 1909 Scottish engineers recreated a gibbet like the one on the right and issued an escape challenge to Houdini.  The gibbet was modeled after one used in the 1680s to suspend criminals until death.  Houdini escaped within minutes.

For Metamorphosis, bottom left, Houdini, locked inside the box, exchanged places with a female assistant outside the box.

At top left, the milk can challenge was performed with Houdini handcuffed inside while it was filled with water and locked from the outside.  The audience was asked to hold their breath as long as he did as he escaped from behind a curtain.


Amazing

The amazing Harry Houdini’s performance paraphernalia and historic documents can be found at the History Museum at the Castle in Appleton, WI.  The famous magician called Appleton his home town.


Textured

This castle like building of roughly hewn stone in Appleton, WI. houses a collection of performance documents and paraphernalia relating to Harry Houdini, world renowned magician, who claimed Appleton as his home town.