I realize not everyone in our audience celebrates the 4th of July (American Independence Day), when we, with the essential aid of the French, and possibly a little assist from the madness of King George, shook off the yoke of colonial Britain—which a lot of us didn't want to shake off the yoke of. (Did you know that? Fewer than half of the residents of the Thirteen Colonies were revolutionaries on this day in 1776. More were Tories, loyalists to the crown. But they tended to keep quiet about it. And many quietly switched sides when it became expedient. And some went back to England, or sent their children back.) (I'm hoping to get some history lectures in the Comments.)
Anyway, before I get too far down that track: TOP will be closed for a few days for the holiday.
Coming up just after, the July Print Offer. In response to requests, it will be a completely different sort of image for us, and it's a two-digit (sub-$100) sale as well. A picture I love, and that longtime readers have seen before. And it's a TOP reader's picture, too.
Speaking of readers' pictures: also when I get back, I'll be sending a letter to all the buyers of Phil Rosenberg's Keck Observatory print about the contest they can enter to win a week at a Hawaiian villa and have their own picture in a Print Offer. (I'll be asking for 1–3 guide or proof prints not to exceed 8.5x11" in size if you want to start thinking about it.)
Also this coming month, I could well have some Blog Notes about the new TOP, which is coming along, and possibly about the new Johnston family digs, which will have a larger office and will thus have to be known as [Slightly More] Sprawling TOP World Headquarters. (It means I won't be able to enjoy this new road, but then, I always use the alley anyway.)
In the meantime, please keep the comments about the cameras coming. I'm finding them very enjoyable to read, and informative.
See you in a few days, and, if it applies, have a nice and safe Fourth! Send me a picture, and I'll publish a few.
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Jack: Had the British won...see this beer video.
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Re 'the yoke of colonial Britain—which a lot of us didn't want to shake off the yoke of': While some residents of the Thirteen Colonies may have returned to Britain, a significant number emigrated to other British colonies, where the British government designated them 'United Empire Loyalists,' often rewarding their faithfulness with land grants in their new locations. The influx of Loyalists had an enormous effect on the 'other' British North American colonies and were instrumental in the formation and early history of Canada. (Happy birthday to us on July 1st!)
"Though the United Empire Loyalists were discussed at length in Canadian history books when I was in grade school in the 1950s, I was surprised to discover that the United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada still exists. (I was pleased to note that among the traditions they maintain is the correct use of the apostrophe in the name of their organization.)
"I wonder if they're on speaking terms with members of the Daughters of the American Revolution?"
Mike replies: Heh. I could ask my great-aunts, except they're all...well, you know.