Fun find at an antique store in Napa … they have manufacturer’s marks, but they’re really hard to make out. 1920s? 50s? 60s?
And … palindrome for the day: Able was I ere I saw Elba. Since Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled to Elba, an island off the coast of Tuscany, following the failure of his Russian campaign, some folks have attributed this palindrome to him. This site here clears that up (the banished french emperor had other things to do, it would seem, than to write a palindrome–in English–while in exile) quite amiably. As this site here explains, the date of Napoleon’s banishment was April 11, 1814, which was itself a palindromic day (4/11/14), so a really good day for remembering this palindrome would have been the two-hundredth anniversary of the date last year: 4/11/14! Rats that I didn’t think of that … but in the mean (or post) time, the orange pinpoint in the map below marks Elba!