Scout Report 4/3/98
The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American Art has recently
released this marvelous complement to a touring exhibit of the same name.
It is highlighted by 137 posters in the topics of American Events, Designed
to Sell, Advice to Americans, and Patriotic Persuasion at this time. Each
poster contains a captioned image of the poster, with information about the
artist, a hyperlink to a larger image, and one or more detailed images of
part of the poster. There is also an introductory essay by Elizabeth Brown,
director of NMAA, a how to section that demonstrates selected principles of
offset lithography and poster making, a RealPlayer interview with poster
collector Merrill C. Berman, and a section that discusses the impact of
American culture on posters, using examples such as Franklin Roosevelt's
Four Freedoms, Rock 'N Roll, and the Civil Rights movement, among others.
This section is peppered with RealPlayer interviews and music selections.
AND NOW FOR SOMETHING completely different --
16. Little Explorers Picture Dictionary With Links [frames]
This picture dictionary, provided by Enchanted Learning Software, is not
only an entertaining children's resource with over 1,000 entries, but also
a hidden metasite, allowing children to explore the Internet to learn more
about the words they have chosen. Access is via letter of the alphabet.
Each entry contains a picture definition and a simple word definition. Many
of the entries are also linked to outside sites that further develop the
meaning of the word. The dictionary is available with translations into
four other languages (although these dictionaries contain only picture
definitions and links).
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