These Facts are Barking Good.

This Thursday is July 4th, the 237th birthday of the United States. To help everyone in America Celebrate Cosmo and Zoe have compiled 10 little known facts about the Fourth for your reading pleasure.

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Fireworks in Danang.

Every Memorial Day weekend, Kansas City kicks off the unofficial start of summer with a massive fireworks display at Liberty Memorial. This year is no different. The show starts around 9:45, weather permitting. I never take photos, or shoot video of the show. Fireworks can be one of the toughest things to shoot, and I don’t have the patience for it. For the people that do, the results can be pretty outstanding. Rob Whitworth is a photographer that knows how to shoot fireworks. The video below is from the 2013 international Fireworks competition in Danang. Whitworth blends still images, time-lapse, tilt-shift, and zoom techniques to showcase the event in a 2 minute short video.I hope the event tonight in Kansas City, looks this good. Hmmmm, maybe I should bring my camera to the event after all.

Danang International Fireworks Competition 2013 from Rob Whitworth on Vimeo.

Happy Fourth of July. “Sports Afield” 1942

Here it is July 4th, and America is once again celebrating its birthday by blowing shit up and cooking out. As the heat crawls toward 102 degrees, my neighbors have already begun their drunken buffoonery combined with explosives and a lack of common sense. Perhaps today the Darwin award will be handed out on my street but I somehow doubt it.

Because it is the Fourth of July, I thought I’d post a semi patriotic image. Below is the July 1942 cover of “Sports Afield”, illustrated by Walter Haskell Hinton. This is one of a series of patriotic covers he illustrated furring the 1940’s. In this image he has juxtaposed a hunter with an 18th century War of Independence American soldier in buckskin. In the background Hinton has included the “V” for victory symbol enhancing the overall patriotic theme. The combination of the hunter and soldier suggests that the hunters’ marksmanship was as important skill for national defense in 1942 as it was in 1776, and that the right to bear arms continued to be an essential part of American patriotism.