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National Geographic Cool Tool

Between traveling and  mourning, I’ve taken some time off from blogging.  Now, I’m having a hard time getting back into routine.

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My Cool Tools are  easy-peasy and free ways to improve your writing.  Today’s tool is almost free, it cost me a quarter. In today’s day and age, a quarter is almost free, so I’m gunna’ show ya’ what I’m enjoying.

 

July 97 NG Roman Empire1

These gold-covered magazines that fill shelves at thrift store are my secret research weapon.  In fact, some thrift stores won’t even take them anymore.  Their loss.  They’re one of my favorite ways to learn  history.  I get all the words and the pictures I need from a reliable source, all in one package somebody else didn’t want.

Of course, like the rest of the plugged-in world, I love the internet and can waste hours researching.  Sometimes I end up researching things I didn’t even know existed, or things I didn’t know I needed to know, and things I didn’t know I was interested in until I got lost on a mouse-clicking bunny trail. I have been known to forget to look at what I intentionally started researching…

Anyhoo, my current WIP (work in progress) takes place in Rome, so I’ve been catching up on history.  I had to make a special trip to the thrift store that has stacks of these golden beauties.  YEA!

Augustus
A beautiful marble bust of Augustus, with a succinct explanation of Pax Romana.

July 97 NG Roman Empire 
How can you describe where your characters are walking, shopping and bathing,  unless you have an accurate map of the city and the buildings from that time period?

 

Roman Woman bust 
Of course, women’s fashion is always crucial to the story of any time period.  Oh my, now I have to figure out how they made those Medusa like ringlet curls without an electric curling iron.

 

Dec 53 NG Jericho1

The December 1953 issues featured the archeology of Jericho, the oldest known city at the time of publication. It supplied some valuable information on how people lived during early Bible times, and although this timeline shows it was several hundred years before the founding of Rome and the eventual conquering by Rome, it still gave me a feel for the climate and the terrain.  Bunny trails don’t happen only when researching online!

Dec 53 NG Jericho

You know how you can’t always trust Internet sources?   No need to research the resource, you know National Geographic is reliable.

Coke Ad Dec. 531

Click on the page to read it fully.  Paragraph 9 states:

“Our expedition hoped to illustrate the Bible’s account with confirmation of the town’s destruction by the Israelites.  Literary evidence points to a date somewhere between 1400 and 1250 B.C. for the collapse of the wall before the Israelite assault.

Jericho  NG December 1953

You may click to enlarge the pic, but the text reads as follows:

“At least 35 centuries old when Joshua conquered Jericho, these sculptured heads were found beneath a Neolithic ruin in the oldest known walled town.”

Not if Joshua conquered Jericho, but when. They state it as a fact. This made me love my old National Geographics even more!

Jericho NG December 1953

National Geographic has always been known for their talented photographers. Arab women at Elisha’s Fountain.

Kodak Ad 1953

I especially love the old ads. 

Coke Ad Dec. 53

Who doesn’t love the old Coca-Cola Christmas ads from the back cover?

Jerusalem  NG April 1996

So, there ya’ go.  National Geographic is today’s Cool Tool that will make your research golden.