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The best souvenir at the Cleopatra exhibit at the Milwaukee Public Museum
It cost me 50 cents (and I had to provide the penny).  In addition it was (in my opinion) the best souvenir they had (and not just by value).  The machine was located just outside of the souvenir shop (of course) which is - as is typical now - at the end of the exhibit.
I ‘collect’ these souvenir coins - you know - the ones where you drop a penny and two quarters into a machine and it smashes - either automatically or via your own manual labor - the penny through a die - which creates the embossed image.  I have about 18 of these that I’ve collected over the last decade and I plan to display them in a future post.
If you are going to Cleopatra in Milwaukee, make sure you take 51 cents - and make  sure you take a shiny penny - mine wasn’t so shiny and that’s the mis-coloration/oxidation you see above.  
Now - HERE’S THE IMPORTANT PART - make sure the penny is from 1982 or older.  
Everything from 1983 to the present has vastly less copper.  If you use a newer coin, the zinc core will show through and this makes for a much less pleasant impression and image - as you will see when I show the rest of my collection (I didn’t always plan ahead).
If you look at the smashed penny above - you can see the Lincoln Memorial image ghosted across Cleopatra’s face - at a slight downward (left to right) angle.  Sometimes you’ll get Lincoln’s face depending on which side gets embossed.
By the way - the Cleopatra exhibit was fascinating.  Kristen and I went a couple of weekends ago and we learned a ton.  The archeologists are constantly learning more about her and the history of the time period - Caesar / Marc Anthony (Marcus Antonius - not the ex Mr. Lopez) etc.  
And interestingly, MPM is one of four U.S. sites for this exhibit (sorry - I’ts not coming to Detroit)
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The best souvenir at the Cleopatra exhibit at the Milwaukee Public Museum

It cost me 50 cents (and I had to provide the penny).  In addition it was (in my opinion) the best souvenir they had (and not just by value).  The machine was located just outside of the souvenir shop (of course) which is - as is typical now - at the end of the exhibit.

I ‘collect’ these souvenir coins - you know - the ones where you drop a penny and two quarters into a machine and it smashes - either automatically or via your own manual labor - the penny through a die - which creates the embossed image.  I have about 18 of these that I’ve collected over the last decade and I plan to display them in a future post.

If you are going to Cleopatra in Milwaukee, make sure you take 51 cents - and make  sure you take a shiny penny - mine wasn’t so shiny and that’s the mis-coloration/oxidation you see above.  

Now - HERE’S THE IMPORTANT PART - make sure the penny is from 1982 or older.  

Everything from 1983 to the present has vastly less copper.  If you use a newer coin, the zinc core will show through and this makes for a much less pleasant impression and image - as you will see when I show the rest of my collection (I didn’t always plan ahead).

If you look at the smashed penny above - you can see the Lincoln Memorial image ghosted across Cleopatra’s face - at a slight downward (left to right) angle.  Sometimes you’ll get Lincoln’s face depending on which side gets embossed.

By the way - the Cleopatra exhibit was fascinating.  Kristen and I went a couple of weekends ago and we learned a ton.  The archeologists are constantly learning more about her and the history of the time period - Caesar / Marc Anthony (Marcus Antonius - not the ex Mr. Lopez) etc.  

And interestingly, MPM is one of four U.S. sites for this exhibit (sorry - I’ts not coming to Detroit)

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Dinosaur Dash T-Shirt - circa 1986 - Milwaukee Wisconsin.
My very first 5K.  I was attending MSOE and my RA at the time (Steve Woetzel) encouraged me to run.  I had only been running for a few months and still wasn’t sure I didn’t still hate it as I had previously.  But, I had been putting on the Freshman 15 (in my case 20) - so running was the prescription.
This is what the front of the shirt looks like up close.

You can see the actual date on the shirt - but you probably could figure out the year by the font.
The run, which went around downtown Milwaukee - from the Public Museum to the lake and back - was sponsored by, and benefited the Public Museum.
I’m not sure, but I believe this was the 5th annual.  I’m sure I could find out with a bit more investigation, but my anecdotal proof is the graphic on the back of the shirt.

By the way - the above image ‘best’ represents the color of the shirt - a bright fuchsia - great for safe running - awful for fashion.  (I need Scott Detweiler to show me how to color balance across multiple photos - sheesh).
I did a little Googling and the last reference to the Dinosaur Dash in Milwaukee is in 2006.  So it seems like the string has ended.  If they have another one - I’m in.
Oh - and the shirt still fits (or fits again depending on how you look at it).
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Dinosaur Dash T-Shirt - circa 1986 - Milwaukee Wisconsin.

My very first 5K.  I was attending MSOE and my RA at the time (Steve Woetzel) encouraged me to run.  I had only been running for a few months and still wasn’t sure I didn’t still hate it as I had previously.  But, I had been putting on the Freshman 15 (in my case 20) - so running was the prescription.

This is what the front of the shirt looks like up close.

You can see the actual date on the shirt - but you probably could figure out the year by the font.

The run, which went around downtown Milwaukee - from the Public Museum to the lake and back - was sponsored by, and benefited the Public Museum.

I’m not sure, but I believe this was the 5th annual.  I’m sure I could find out with a bit more investigation, but my anecdotal proof is the graphic on the back of the shirt.

By the way - the above image ‘best’ represents the color of the shirt - a bright fuchsia - great for safe running - awful for fashion.  (I need Scott Detweiler to show me how to color balance across multiple photos - sheesh).

I did a little Googling and the last reference to the Dinosaur Dash in Milwaukee is in 2006.  So it seems like the string has ended.  If they have another one - I’m in.

Oh - and the shirt still fits (or fits again depending on how you look at it).

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CROWS IN THE HAWTHORN IV, Acrylic on Birch Plywood Construction, 17 x 20 3/4 x 3 1/4”
Ron Isaacs - currently exhibiting at the Tory Folliard Gallery in Milwaukee.  I have yet to visit this gallery, but I am on the mailing list.
This piece intrigued me so I thought I’d share.
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CROWS IN THE HAWTHORN IV, Acrylic on Birch Plywood Construction, 17 x 20 3/4 x 3 1/4”

Ron Isaacs - currently exhibiting at the Tory Folliard Gallery in Milwaukee.  I have yet to visit this gallery, but I am on the mailing list.

This piece intrigued me so I thought I’d share.

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A Valentine’s Day Still Life.
Sweets for my Sweets!
(Anyone in the metro-MKE locale should really check out Waukesha’s Allo Chocolat!)
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A Valentine’s Day Still Life.

Sweets for my Sweets!

(Anyone in the metro-MKE locale should really check out Waukesha’s Allo Chocolat!)

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