Saturday, May 7, 2011

Atlanta History Museum, Aquarium,Coke & CNN

Thur & Fri - April 28th & 29th

Just a couple of artworks I found interesting at the High Art Museum in the Woodruff Art Center. This one is just flourescent bulbs with colored stripes around the bulbs.

This one was by a Nigerian artist made by joining discarded bits of aluminum from necks and tops of local liquor bottles forming a glittering textile in the tradition of the strip-woven cloth made by men in West Africa for over a 1,000 years.

Just a few pictures from the world's largest aquarium. They had an awesome dolphin show, but no pictures were allowed.

Dolphin playing with a sea lion.

Two Manta Rays.


Whale shark. Not a whale, but the largest of all fish, gets 33 feet or longer.

Great hammerhead shark. Eyes on either side help it to see very well.

Sea Horses. I had some of these when I was a kid. I ordered them from a magazine and they came in a bag of water in the mail. I always thought they were cool.

Lionfish, of the scorpionish family, has spines on it's back and belly like hypodermic needles that are packed with a venom causing sting. Hot water is the most effective pain relief. They are native to Pacific coral reefs and have rapidly spread up the Atlantic seaboard. They are effective predators of small fish and have no known predator to slow their spread.

Albino Alligator about 6 or 7 feet long.

The stadium where Hank Aaron hit his record setting home run is now a parking lot for the new stadium, but they have marked out the outline of the old Atlanta Braves ballfield on the parking lot to memorialize him.

This is the infield for the parking lot facing the new Turner Field stadium.

We stopped in the world famous Varsity Drive-in for lunch. They have been in business over 80 years, sell 8,000 hamburgers a day, go thru a ton of onions a day, etc. You get the idea. They have a long counter with about 20 or so stations to walk up and place your order, plus outdoor car order, a two story parking lot and two stories with 6 or 7 very large dining rooms.

We did a tour of CNN. This is an eight story free standing escalator in the center of their complex.

This is the cafeteria in the food court. The floor tiles show all the continents of the world and all of CNN's locations around the world are marked on the tiles.

Guess where we are. Yup, the Coca Cola Museum. Coke was created by Pharmacist, John Pemberton, in 1886. The first polar bear appeared in their ads in 1922 in France. It was first bottled in 1894 and the bottling rights were sold for $1.00. The company does the concepts, recipes, advertising & marketing and produces the concentrate that bottlers use to make all the drinks. The bottlers package and distribute. Together they make up the world's largest distribution system. It was first bottled outside the U.S. in 1906. By 1930 they had 64 plants in 27 countries. This delivery truck was ordered in 1939 to do deliveries in the narrow, busy streets of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

They had a slowed down bottling line so we could watch how it's done. It was running about 200 bottles a minute. The fastest plants can run about 2,200 bottles per minute. This shows the robot lifting a case of bottles onto the conveyor belt.

This shows a little of the memorabilia. I liked the shelves supported by coke cans and the lettering above made out of bottle caps. They have used Santa Claus in ads for over 75 years. It cost only 5 cents from 1886 thru WWII. They guaranteed that all of our service men in WWII would be able to buy a bottle for 5 cents no matter where they were, and set up bottling plants overseas wherever needed to make it happen. For 70 years Coca Cola was the only brand they sold. They started adding brands in 1950. Today they offer nearly 500 brands worldwide. They operate in over 200 countries and their beverages are enjoyed 1,600,000 times a day. Since 2007 more than 5 million plastic bottles have been recycled or re-used in Coke apparel or accessories. They opened the world's largest bottle to bottle recycling plant in Spartanburg, SC. in 2009. They offer over 750 low & no calorie beverages worldwide. Diet Coke is the #1 selling diet soft drink in the world and they are #1 in sales of juices and juice drinks globally. They have four of the top five nonalcoholic sparking brands, Coke, Diet Coke, Fanta and Sprite. They have been the largest continuous supporter of the Olympic Games since 1928. At the end of the tour, there were 170 different beverages from all over the world on tap for tasting in new computerized machines. You can taste as long as you wish and you get a free bottle of coke on your way out.

In the center of CNN, the Coke Museum and the Aquarium is the Centennial Olympic Park. This is a statue of Frenchman, Baron Pierre De Coubertin, whose dream of a world united in peace thru sport, re-started the modern olympics in 1896. He is honored at every Olympics and the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta was the 100 year aniversary of the modern olympics.

Here children are playing in the Olympic Rings Fountains on a hot day. This place was swarming with people and children in the fountains on Easter Sunday.

This display in the Atlanta History Museum shows all the Olympic torches used from 1896 to 1996. There were 53,540 workers, including 47,466 volunteers, to pull off the Olympics in Atlanta. They set new records in assembling the largest ever peacetime gathering of nations---athletes 10,318, women athletes 3,512, and participating delegations 197.

Governor's Mansion and grounds.

The governor's wife came up and introduced herself when we were touring the house. When she found out that we were not from there, she invited us to move there. She said we would love it and they would love to have us there.

This is the Swan House on the grounds of the Atlanta History Museum. It was built in 1928 by heirs to a post-Civil War cotton brokerage fortune. After the surviving widow's death in 1965, the Atlanta Historical Society bought the house and 28 acres for the new museum.

This is the backside of the home. The 1920s and 30s was a time of servant-based lifestyles for the elite in Atlanta. There was an 1890s Victorian play house, statues, gardens and hiking trails on the grounds. What a way to live!

This Tullie-Smith plantation home and out buildings were moved from nearby to the museum property to demonstrate the plantation life with slaves.

They had an 1850s barn with 4 horses, 6 milk cows, 4 oxen, 12 cattle, 15 sheep and 70 swine plus a corn crib and blacksmith shop. In the rear of the house was a separate kitchen (to prevent fires burning the house down), a smoke house, dairy and two cabins for the 11 slaves they had in 1860.

By 1860 four million people were held as slaves in the U.S. Cotton was the most valuable product in the country. In 1733 Georgia was unique in that it prohibited slavery. However, it became a lost cause to try to enforce it, and it was legalized in 1749. The slave population grew from 500 in 1749 to 18,000 in 1775. In 1793 the cotton gin increased production by 400% in 5 years making a dramatic demand for labor. By 1800 the slave population was 59,699 and increased to 105,218 in ten years. U.S. Congress banned slave trade in 1808. By 1820, 149,656 out of a total population of 340,000 were slaves. 1840 - 280,944 slaves, 1860 - 462,198 (44% of the population). Robert Smith's will stipulated that his slave families were to be kept together in familiar surroundings. He directed his heirs to offer a choice to the slave woman, Winnee, "to live with either of my sons whom she may select, and I enjoin upon such son that he may take care of her and treat her well during her life." In 1860 Geogia's large plantation owners comprised 15% of the state's slaveholding population, far out-numbered by the 20,077 slave holders who owned fewer than 6 slaves. Output of work expected was calculated by the slave's age and physical ability. Based on the amount of work they could accomplish, they were labeled as 1/4 hands, 1/2 hands, 3/4 hands or full hands. Under this system, a full hand could pick 150 pounds of cotton per day. What slaves feared most was being separated from family members when owners sold off individual slaves.

The museum had exhibits on the 1996 Olympics, golfer Bobby Jones, author and photographer Eudora Welty, folklore and culture, history and development of the city and the Civil War. Before the war, most nurses were men, but during the war most people began to think of nursing as a woman's job. By the end of the war 620,000 Union and Confederate soldiers and 50,000 southern civilians had died of combat, disease and starvation. Another 500,000 were wounded. The majority were never identified and buried in mass graves. By 1930 Atlanta had the unique experience of being home to the revived KKK, the Association of Southern Women for the Prevention of Lynching and the Commission on Interracial Cooperation to Improve Race Relations founded in 1920. Due to poverty and illiteracy FDR named the region "Number One Problem" during the Great Depression.

Heading to North Carolina,


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