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Night Cap Whiskey Glow-in-the-Dark Caps and Labels

These Night Cap Whiskey glow-in-the-dark caps and labels were submitted to the Patent Office for registration right after Prohibition was lifted, and are now in the holdings at NARA. Conservation’s Research and Testing Laboratory analyzed them to make sure the glow-in-the-dark paint did not contain any harmful substances. Testing with XRF (X-ray fluorescence) and FTIR (Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy) equipment revealed the paint is based on Zinc Sulfide (ZnS), a phosphorescent compound that fluoresces yellow.  It was used in paints in the 1930s, especially for safety applications.  And for glow-in-the-dark whiskey labels!  And 80 years later it still glows…

RG 241, Records of the Patent and Trademark Office, 1836-1978

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Ice Cube loves the Eames?

Best thing today (besides my happy hour beers).

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Preservation of Frank Capra’s movie, “The Negro Soldier”.  A look at the preservation process from beginning to end.

Created 70 years ago in 1944, “The Negro Soldier,” is a documentary produced by the U.S. Army’s Special Services Division and Hollywood’s famed director Frank Capra. The film represents an early effort by the Army to use film to show the significant contributions of African Americans to the U.S. war effort. In 2011 “The Negro Soldier” was chosen to be preserved in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. This film’s place in history was ensured by the specialized work of the Motion Picture, Sound, and Video Office and the Special Media Preservation Laboratory of the National Archives and Records Administration.