Nice Gift Ideas photos

A few nice Gift Ideas images I found:

Noadi’s Art Packaging – Boxes
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Image by Noadi’s Art Original Creations
Some examples of the packaging I use for my jewelry and ornaments.

From my Squidoo lens on Creative Packaging Ideas

Visitors Pass, “Wanna Be”, MOMA
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Image by Tony Fischer Photography

"…The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is an art museum located in Midtown Manhattan in New York City, on 53rd Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. It has been singularly important in developing and collecting modernist art, and is often identified as the most influential museum of modern art in the world. The museum’s collection offers an unparalleled overview of modern and contemporary art, including works of architecture and design, drawings, painting, sculpture, photography, prints, illustrated books and artist’s books, film, and electronic media.

MoMA’s library and archives hold over 300,000 books, artist books, and periodicals, as well as individual files on more than 70,000 artists. The archives contain primary source material related to the history of modern and contemporary art. It also houses an award-winning fine dining restaurant, The Modern, run by Alsace-born chef Gabriel Kreuther.

The idea for The Museum of Modern Art was developed in 1928 primarily by Abby Aldrich Rockefeller (wife of John D. Rockefeller Jr.) and two of her friends, Lillie P. Bliss and Mary Quinn Sullivan.[4] They became known variously as "the Ladies", "the daring ladies" and "the adamantine ladies". They rented modest quarters for the new museum and it opened to the public on November 7, 1929, nine days after the Wall Street Crash. Abby had invited A. Conger Goodyear, the former president of the board of trustees of the Albright Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, to become president of the new museum. Abby became treasurer. At the time, it was America’s premier museum devoted exclusively to modern art, and the first of its kind in Manhattan to exhibit European modernism.[5]

Goodyear enlisted Paul J. Sachs and Frank Crowninshield to join him as founding trustees. Sachs, the associate director and curator of prints and drawings at the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, was referred to in those days as a collector of curators. Goodyear asked him to recommend a director and Sachs suggested Alfred H. Barr Jr., a promising young protege. Under Barr’s guidance, the museum’s holdings quickly expanded from an initial gift of eight prints and one drawing. Its first successful loan exhibition was in November 1929, displaying paintings by Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne, and Seurat…."

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The Decline of 63rd and Halsted #2
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Image by artistmac
Looking west from 63rd and Union, just past Aldi (the former site of the Southtown Theater). The red-brick buildings of Kennedy-King College are at the left and right, the Halsted Green Line Station is to the left out of the picture. The fabled 63rd and Halsted intersection is in the near distance; the beige three-story building on the southwest corner was once home to Kresge’s, a Woolworth’s competitor and the ancestor to K-Mart (it was gutted by fire over the night of August 27-28 and will likely have to be torn down); beyond it, past the tall building with the flag, was the Englewood Wieboldt’s department store. Sears occupied an Art Deco building on the northeast corner, which, by the way, opened in 1934, in the middle of the last Great Depression.

In the 1950’s 63rd and Halsted was the second-biggest shopping district after the Loop. Sear’s, Walgreen’s, Kresge’s (a Woolworth’s 5 and Dime competitor and ancestor of K-Mart), and Wieboldt’s anchored the intersection, and dozens of smaller stores radiated in all directions. A few blocks east of the intersection was the elegant Southtown Theater, which had swans swimming in a pool in the lobby and where my mom’s 1936 Englewood H.S. graduating class saw "Mutiny on the Bounty" as their class outing. Next to Sears was the Englewood Theater; Hillman’s grocery store was in the basement of Sears, an Art Deco jewel whose giant clock had a minute hand that stayed stationary and then visibly moved to mark the minutes.

Decline came with the building of Evergreen Plaza and Ford City. Store owners responded by turning the shopping district into a mall, complete with awnings over the sidewalks, creating huge parking lots by tearing down houses and stores, and routing car traffic around the intersection and making it a pedestrian and bus only mall.

These Band-Aids failed to arrest the decline. Sears and Wieboldt’s closed in 1976, and most of the other stores followed. Today, the new buildings of Kennedy-King College rule this intersection, but you can’t buy a lawnmower or a flat-screen TV at Kennedy-King College. A few rickety sidewalk awnings remain, the stores whose entrances they sheltered having long since been demolished.

I doubt that this shopping district or the Englewood neighborhood can ever be revived; the tipping point both with housing and retail has been reached. It’s over.

The giant shopping area west of the Dan Ryan between 83rd and 87th has brought a new player to the game. Among the big names: Jewel, Food 4 Less, Home Depot, Lowes and at 83rd and Stewart… Wal-Mart, the Sears of the 21st Century.

Interestingly, the Sears stores in Ford City, 61st and Western, 71st in South Shore and on State St. in the Loop have all closed for lack of business. Sic transit gloria?

UPDATE: I wondered why this pic suddenly had 109 views on September 4 after months of 2, 3, 4, 5 views a day. Turns out the city has this cockamamie idea to open a Whole Foods. In Englewood. Englewood! I’ve seen Whole Foods’ prices, and they’ve got a loooong way to go to equal Fairplay, Food-4-Less and Wal-Mart Market in the low-priced department.

Perhaps this is the city’s appeasement gift, after taking a chunk of Englewood’s eastern edge (and several hundred homes) to expand a railroad intermodal yard. Or maybe it’s the city’s way of telling Englewood that gentrification is imminent. In any case, Englewood residents would be wise to examine this gift horse’s teeth. Closely.

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