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I just got a recommendation on the TXBASTRO List for a 10 minute animated (audio narration) US Map that is somewhat interactive. It provides a really outstanding overview of the Growth of our Nation. If you want to give it a try, the link is http://www.animatedatlas.com/movie.html .
If you're like me, it's nice to occasionally be able to quickly step back and remind myself of the big picture for my genealogy work in the US. And I think site this does that extremely well in a short period of time.
Yesterday I received this e-mail with a JPEG image attached:
>From: "Trena" <trena48(a)nts-online.net>
>Subject: Early Texas Painting of your area
>Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 11:56:15 -0600
> I just acquired a (28x34 framed) painting by Warner Hoople. It is a
> watercolor of an oil rig spouting oil. On the frame is a little metal
> plaque that says:
> J.M.C. Ritchie
> TXL "17" No.1
> East Txtension, Ford Field
> Reeves Co., Tx
> June 22, 1958
> Attached is digital pic of the painting. Do you have any information
> about this painting or artist? Or know of anyone who is interested
> in the painting?
I have uploaded the JPEG image to
Please contact Trena with any information you might have about the artist
or the oil well shown in the image -- and post the information here to the
list for the rest of us to read.