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THE LIBRARY 



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\ C)L. I, No. 1 



Pi(bUslu'il hy The Kniployees' Benetit Association 
of The American Museum of Natural History 



FEBRUARY, 1937 



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PRICELESS 



The E. B. A. 



TiiK I'jni)l()yoes' I'eiiofit Association of The 
Aniorioan Museiiin of Xatuial History was 
organized twenty-nine years a<>:o "to create, 
maintain ami pro\i(le a fund" whicli would afford 
protection and relief to the beneficiaries of its members. 
In this respect it has been successful and for the in- 
formation of some of the newer members this brief 
summary is offered of its 

proceedings since Septem- i '~~- — 

her 26th, 1908, when the 
Association started. 

.\ group of Museum em- 
ployees, realizing the need 
for such a mutual benetit 
society called an informal 
meeting in 1908 to discuss 
this need and to formulate 
the necessary ])lans for 
starting the organization. 
The final result of this 
meeting was the adoption of 
a Constitution and By-Laws 
w hich set forth provisions, 
whereby a fund was to be 
set up by the payment of 
an initiation fee and the 
le\-ying of a fifty cent assess- 
ment at the time of the 
death of a member. The 
benefit jn-ovided, was the 
immediate i^ayment of SloO. 
to the designated benefici- 
ary of a (ieceased member. 



/ am extremely happy to be 
informed that the Employees' 
Benefit Association has com= 
pleted its plans to publish a 
monthly bulletin. The officers 
of the E. B. A. are to be congrat= 
ulated for sponsoring this pubfi= 
cation, and / am sure that all 
the Museum employees will look 
forward with interest to receiv= 
ing each successive issue. It will 
give me great pleasure to follow 
your progress, and I wish you 
success. 



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to adoi)t a resolution recjuesting the Museum officials 
to have these payments deducted through the Bursar's 
Office. This plan was approved and was an important 
stej) as all assessments are collected immediately and 
the recjuired balance in the fund always maintained. 

Three years later a change made in the By-Laws 
eliminated the initiation fee and a drive was started 

which brought the total 
membership close to 500. 

During these years the 
Museum had been steadily 
increasing the personnel of 
its \-arious departments 
and with the new interest 
shown by the employees in 
the I'lIVA., it was realized 
by the members of the 
Association that an op})()r- 
tunity was i)resenting itself 
to assist in bringing Mu- 
seum Fm])loyees closer to- 
gether. After careful con- 
sideration of this matter it 
was agreed that the scoj^e 
of our organization be en- 
larged and it was suggested 
that we hold occasional 
social gatherings which 
would bring together mem- 
bers of the Museum staff 
whohadlittleor no opportu- 
nity to know each other. To 
date we ha\e sponsored four 



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Director 



During the first three years of its existence the such affairs which have been both social and financial 
Association received cash gifts totalling $128.90 from successes. The i^rofits realized are ai)plied to the fund 
Profe.s.sor H. F. Osborn and Mr. Archer M. Huntington, in order to help reduce assessments and so by the sup- 
In 1914, when Mr. Smyth was President, he gave i)ort of tho.se attending, we ha\ e been able to omit 



unstinted support and worked hard until he had 
ostabli.shed the Endowment Fund. Through his 
efforts the As.sociation received from Mrs. Morris 
Iv. .le.sup a check of $500. which was the foundation of 
this fund. 

Duiing 1928 our Association had grown in membei- 
shi]) and the necessary increasing difficulty in the 
matter of collecting assessments promi)ted the Directors 



several of these in the last two j^ears. As a further 
stej) toward getting to know each other it was recom- 
mended some time ago that the K.B.A. undertake the 
publication of a monthly bulletin for its members and 
this has culminated in the present edition which we 
))resent herewith. The Association is deeply ai)in'eci- 
ative of the Museum's close cooperation and heljjful 

{Continued on {nnje 4) 



Mil}] (lane and Costnic Advice R. R. A Officers for 1931 



The Museum has guide leaflets, expeditions has 
maps, and street cars run on tracks. All of which 
l)roves that the best of us should have a guide to advise 
us. Through the medium of this column we shall 
attempt to give wise (?) counsel on any cjuestion which 
may be submitted to the editor. Inasmuch as such 
advice should be impersonal, we sagely omit his name, 
.lust send your problems to "The Sage" and his solution 
will be given in the next installment — that is if he can 
find a solution with the aid of the stars or his own wits. 
As we have no jn-oblems to solve for the first issue, 
we present for the misdirection of all the following horo- 
scope, which if given the attention it does not deserve, 
should prove of questionable benefit anfl probably not 
prevent catastrophes. 

FEBRUARY— Sign of Aquarius 

1st to 14th — Urst half of month. Tend to duties 
(carefully and you may expect exciting contacts and 
rich rewards. A\()id over-work. Do not talk too much. 

15th — T/i/.s should prove a good day for financial 
matters. Watch foi- mistakes. Smart piofits to quick 
thinkers. Money may be expected from odd sources. 

16th — Good day to seek solitude. Dark clouds obscure 
brightness. Might be attributed to collectors arriving 
after the 15th. Beware of everyone. 

17th to 21st — Period for vigorous action. Love and 
business do not Keep cool and you may expect fine 
res])onses. 

22nd — Personal, private matters predominate. Fine 
day for sleep. Avoid all anxiety. 

23rd — Good day to arrive on time. This applies to all 
days. A word to the wise is sufficient. 

24th — 28th — Give deep .study to .solve problems. Put 
your heart and head into everything you do. Avoid 
nefarious schemes. Maybe this will bring personal 
and public i)r()motion. 

DonU blame us if this doesn't work! 



FOUND IN OUR BOOKSHOP 

Spring Tonic for Dull Winter Days — Some Beautifully 
colored, imported Flower Cards 



lie famous little Insel Books 
flies, Shells, etc. 



all about Birds, Butter- 



A new dinosaiu- to add to your collection of models - 
Stegosaui'us. 



We strongly urge all members of the E.B.A. to 
attend the annual meeting each year. That is the time 
when the officers are voted for and all the business for 
the coming year and for the good of the organization 
voted on. For you members who did not come out 
this year, the following is your panel of officers for 1937. 

President — John R. Saunders 
Vice-President — William H. Wright 
Treasurer — Fred H. Smath 
Secretary — MARoricHiTE Nkwgarden 

Board of Directors 

Chairman — James L. Clark 
Irene F. Cypher Walter F. Meister 

Wayne M. Faunce Henry H. Ramshaw 



Watch this column foi 
month. 



additionol news about books each 



POP! POP! 

Did you know that we have a vevy august group, 
or should we say club, known as the Rifle Club of the 
American Museum of Natural History? They meet 
on the first and third Wednesday of every month, 
at the Rifle Range, which is opi^osite the Shipping 
Room. Moreover, their latest addition is a "Ladies 
Auxiliary". Watch your step, everybody! Anyone 
interested in acquiring a good aim, please don't apply. 

President — James L. Clark 
Vice-President — Robert H. Rockwell 
Treasurer — Walter F. Meister 
Secretary — John Orth 



THE NEWSHOUND 

Somewhere in the annals of your department, or in 
the memories of a co-worker, must be a recollection 
of an even better "Out-of-the-Past" then we have been 
able to unearth (See page 5). 

Somewhere in your dejiartment is a bit of news that 
the rest of us would like to hear. 

Somewhere in the museum may be a new specimen 
that the rest of us haven't heard about or seen as yet. 

Will you write it up and send it along to us, or find 
your department representative on the editorial board 
and tell it to him. 



r/ie E. B. A. (cofit.) 

assistance in this and all of the F.B.A.'s efforts. 

In closing may we remind you that membership in 
our Association is open to all Museum employees and 
it is our sincere hope that we may soon attain a full 
100% membership in all of the Museum Departments. 
Some have already leached this goal and others are 
very close. We urge your cooperation in getting 
your co-workers to join if they are not yet members. 



Out-of-tlie- Past . 



Atteri-sl/N}! ! ! ! 



Jlow many of j'ou as "Old Timers" remember the 
Museologist? A paper which was once issued by the 
then Dept. of PubUcity and which was our august 
ancestor. Just to refresh your memories, or, if you are 
a newcomer, to let you in on some interesting ancient 
history, we reprint excerpts from that publication: 

"The American INIuseum baseball nine will i)lay the 
Metropolitan team on Saturday, Oct. 9th [1920] at 
1:15 p. m. on the Central Park Sheep Meadow. All 
welcome. No admission fee. Team will leave here at 
12:30" 




"A CRUISING ICHTHYOLOGIST" 

"Mr. Nichols will spend the first three weeks of 
February cruising in southern waters." 

"On February 11th and 12th [1921], Dr. Gregory 
gave the Darwin Lecture at New York University, 
speaking on "The Evolution of the Human Face." 
Popular interest in this subject seems to be very strong 
just now." 

"The attendants are eager for information concerning 
the exhibits in their halls. Short, informal talks given 
to them by the members of the scientific staff ought to 
be very helpful." 

"The Department of Parks has greatly improved the 
appearance of our grounds by repairing the fences and 
sodding the bare spaces on the green." 

"It is an unwritten rule of the institution that atten- 
dants shall not force their attentions on members of 
drawing classes or on other visitors." 

"Henry Hundertpfund, as delegate of the Wallace 
A. Downs Post, No. 26, of the \'eterans of Foreign 
Wars, attended the national convention of the organi- 
zation recently held in Washington." 



Stop, Look and Listen! 

Have You Heard the Latest Humor? 

Pin Your Ears Back, Ladies and Gentlemen! It's True! 

Tlie E.B.A. will Welcome the Flowers of Spring, Tra-La 

With a South Sea Island Entertainment and Dance 

on the 10th of AjH-il. 
Swdiiiiu] Palms — A Smooth Orchestra — A Professional 
Review — Will Bring You an Evening of Fun and 

Enjoyment 
There will be A Moon (We hope)! 
Dancing Girls (Certainly)! 

Foot-Tapping Rhythm and Ear-Tickling Music. 
A 1 icket is all That's Necessary for A One- Way Passage 

to the South Seas. 
Gang-Way!— First Port of Call— Tahiti! 
For further details — Watch for the March Edition 



DID YOU KNOW THAT — 

]\Ir. Bernard F. Chapman has joined the Department 
of Preparation and will work on the construction of 
large habitat groups for the Roosevelt Memorial. 

Mr. Charles M. Bogert, formerly of the teaching 
staff of the University of California in Los Angeles, 
came to the Department of Herpetology the first of 
the year. Mr. Bogert is especially familiar with the 
wild life of the western deserts and has contributed 
many papers to the herpetological literature of these 
regions. 

Mr. Finest Deike and Mr. Ramiro Quesada have 
recently been added to the staff of Planetarium 
technicians. Mr. Deike comes to us with a splendid 
record of work done in the Chicago and Philadelj^hia 
planetariums, and Mr. Quesada has been making lots 
of people around here star conscious by helping them to 
construct telescopes. 

Dr. Alice M. Boring, head of the Biology Depart- 
ment of Yenching L'niversity, Peiping, China, s.ailed 
late in January for China after spending some months 
of a sabbatical leave in the Department of Herpteology. 
Dr. Boring is a specialist in Chinese amphibians and 
her study of the museum collections was a necessary 
part of the research for a projected \'olume on the 
frogs, toads and salamanders of China. 

Will Hassler is now supervisor of the group activity 
exhibition models on the fifth floor of the Power House. 

Important news from the Department of Experi- 
mental Biology is the recent staff recognition of Mrs. 
Katherine Kumpf Aplington and Mrs. Priscilla Ryan, 

now Assistants. 



^\ 6>;/ -sciefi tific Frisco vcrics . . . 

Mr. II. ('. Raven returned on February' 1st, from 
a semester of work at the Johns Hopkins MecHcal 
School. He was appointed Associate in Anatomy there 
last June, and this jiast semestei was teaching human 
anatomy and continuing the dissection of the gorilla 
which he began last spring. This is one of the gorillas 
he shot in the French Cameroon on the Columbia 
University- American Museum Anatomical Expedition 
of 1929-31. 

We are pleased to hear of another popular i/oinig 
man's intentions, Patrick Wallace, Assistant Siipervisur. 
{Paddy — ire irill be on hand April iOth to meet the lucky 
ifOHng lad])!) 




"OUR GEOHGi:' 

Since Mr. Tauber has a new "female" assistant, he 
has been wearing dark shirts, to blend irith the /r/.sr/.s7/r 
atmosphere of his office. (?) 

The Custodian's Department is going around with 
its chest out — and well it can, for it has 100% i)er cent 
membership in the E.B.A. As it is such a large de- 
partment, that is really something to b()ast of, and 
should be an inspiration to all other dejxu'tments. 

Some of us were a little worried, not so long ago, to 
see Mr. (i. Miles Conrad, Assi.stant Curator in the De- 
partment of Comparative Anatomy, busily engaged with 
an erector set and toy steam shovel in Mr. Raven\s 
laboratory. When the playthings finally turned up in the 
foyer as part of an cribit showing that vertebrate skeletons 
are nothing but walking bridges, we were not only interci- 
tcd, but relieved. 

Earl ( 'ai rol has nothing on our new Power Plant 
engineer Todd, with his famous picture gallery. If 
yoiu- curiosity is aroused slop around some time. 



We loonder who is ahead in the Slide Room triangle 
these days, when two young men and one blonde go to 
lunch together quite regularly. 

Someone has remarked that all entomologists smoke 
l)i])es; the admistrative staff boasts its cigarette fiends — 
but thank goodness Dr. Brown has remained a loyal 
cigar smoker. We were worried when Mr. Pindar left 
the fifth floor stain])ing grounds. 

Has anyone noticed our handsome John Saunders 
stalking through the halls these days with important 
looking people and beauteous iromen.' We understand 
he isn't seeking his fortune — but is telling FORTVNE 
a thing or two. What a man! 

Mr. (laynor Evans, volunteer worker in the Depart- 
ment of Comparati\e Anatomy, who was ill at home 
last fall, is back with us again. We're glad to see him 
here once more. He is studying, of all things, the 
evolution of the neck! 

Dorothy Edwards, Junior — One year old this month! 
{We mean the Junior Natural History Magazine, of 
cour.'<e). 

I have often been strongly tempted to make a i)uu 
of Irene Cy])her's last name, but can never make uj) mj^ 
mind whether I "Ought" to or not. Having said this 
nuich, I hasten to add by way of concili.ation that 
Ii'ene is also the name of the Roman goddess of Peace. 

Spring must be "just around the corner" {pardon the 
slogan), with so many departments moving to different 
parts of the building these days. How come? An issue 
of guide leaflets will certainly be in order if this keeps up. 

Flash! — If you see a certain young man by the name 
of Phil Duffy of the Printshop walking around with 
a broad grin on his face and his chest exj^anded above 
normal, remember there's a reason. "The hospital 
never lost a father yet." Congratulations, Phil, on 
the arrival of a baby daughter, your first born. 

The girl in gray whom you see slipping very quietly 
in and out of the Pish Department every morning, is 
Miss Elizabeth Ostrander. Elizabeth is a volunteer 
artist who is learning to do scientific Hh'st rations. 

We are happy to learn that the ijopular young clerk 
in the Custodian's office has "popped" the question. 
We understand that he is stealing a "Star" out of the 
Planetarium. 



WE WONDER— 

We are still wondering who won the fat man's race 
at President Davison's estate? 

We wonder if every employee knows just how good 
the E.B.A. can be? 

We wonder what has happened to Jack Scott's 
api)lication for membership in the E.B.A.? 

We wonder what your reaction is to this i)aper? 
If you like it, tell your friends. If you don't, send your 
suggestions to the editors. 



THE GRAPEVINE 

Puhlishcd hx The Employees' Benetit Association 
of The American Museum of Natural History 



\'()L. I, No. 2 



MARCH, 1937 



PRICELESS 



OUR NAME 



Ladies and Gentlemen and Fellow Workers, we give you the E.B.A. Grapevine. At last 
our periodical has a name, and the lucky winner of the name contest is Agnes K. Saunders, 
whose suggestion for a name was the one chosen. Congratulations Agnes and also two tickets 
for the great South Sea Island night, as your ]:)rize for a good suggestion. 

To be serious, this business of running a newspaper and choosing names is hanging heavy 
over the heads of the Editorial Board. Last week the sugar bowd on the Editor's table in the 
restaurant was filled with salt — which is not good seasoning for editorial coffee! We hate to 
suspect anyone — but, well enough for that. In addition, w^e print herewith a sample of 
letters being received by the staff: 

Dear Miss Editor: 

After due consideration and much coddling of the cranium, I move 
the checked name [for the paper] be my choice. 

Anonymous. 

P.S. — And if you don't use my selection I'll stage a sit-down strike and 
haimt you as w^ll! ! So there 

So you see, we hope you all like our name, for truly it's no fun to be haunted. But don't 
forget, the Grapevine is your paper. All suggestions for imi:)rovements, your ideas on any and 
all subjects, and your literary efforts, will all be welcome at our council table. Just send them 
in and w'e promise them a reading. 



Muscology . . . 

The Planetariuin jnescnts this 
month the shifting picture of the 
seasons, deahng with the changes 
tliat take place n(jt only in our part 
of the woild but also in the southern 
heniisi)here, as i)Ianet Earth circles 
the sun yearl}'. On the excursion to 
the south, visitors will have the 
opportunity to \iew that very 
beautiful sky tlisplay, the Southern 
Lights, with its streamers and arcs 
of all colors of the spectrum. A 
si)ecial mechanism newly installed 
will add to the Planetarium sky 
another and more familiar atmos- 
pheric phenomenon, the rainbow. 

On exhibition in the corridors are 
the original issues of the New York 
SUN for 1835, showing the famous 



"Moon II()ax",{)robably the greatest 
scientific fraud evev perpetrated 
upon an unsuspecting world. The 
articles (really written by an enter- 
prising reporter but signed by him 
with the name of Sir John Herschel) 
as well as the ingenious illustrations 
he included, described in detail the 
mar\'elous discoveries about the 
moon made by Herschel through an 
immense telescope, including its 
ciueer-looking inhabitants. This 
story was swallowed by e\'eryone, 
though it had no basis of fact. 
Also to be seen in the Planetarium 
is a recently installed "accelero- 
grajjh", a new type of seismograph. 
This instrument which recorded the 
earthquake at Helena, Montana, 
not long ago, is so mounted that it 
may be operated by visitors. 



Please note carefully the re\ised 
Planetarium schedule of hours for 
demonstrations, as i:)rinted on the 
new posters throughout the Mu- 
seum. 

The Department of Entomology 
is so preoccupied with the onus 
connected with moving into new 
quarters, that it has had scant time 
in which to segregate its net gains 
from its liabilities. Nevertheless, 
two extra-mundane things have 
recently happened. Dr. Lutz has 
departed on an expedition, the 
nature of which is shrouded in 
mystery, and Di'. Curran has so far 
departed from dipterology as to 
have written a book entitled 
"Snakes and Their Ways", in 

{Cuidiuutid oil p(igc 2, culuinii 2) 



THE E. B. A. GRAPEVINE 



March, 1937 



TH 1( (iRAPFAMNF 

EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor-in-Chief Ihkm. F. Cvi'ukh 

Advisory Board 

Wayne M. Faunck Waltkh F. Mkisteh 

Gkorgk C. V'aillant 

Managing Board 
Edward A. Birns Frank A. Rinald 
George H. Childs Jean Wiedemer 
William G. IIasslkr 

Editorial Board 

WENDELL BENNETT RACHEL H. NICHOLS 
LUCY W. CLAUSEN JOSEPH QUINN 

ARTHUR DRAPER GEORGE W. REUTHER 

ELIZABETH ERTEL JACOB W. SHROPE 

FRED HAHN HERMAN A. SIEVERS 

ROBERT SNEDIGER GEORGE TAUBER 
G. FREDERICK MASON HELEN WILMANN 
EDWIN C.MEYENBERG WILLIAM H. WRIGHT 
STEPHEN J. MURPHY 



E. B. A. Membership 
Campaign 

Here is our roll call of new members 
added to the membersliip list of the 
E. B. A. since our last issue : 
Adamson, Hans C. Patterson, George S. 
Butler, Albert E. Scherer, Fred T. 
Cooke, Richard H. Stevens, Arthur J. 
Federer, Charles A. Turner, Albert H. 
Federer, Helen S. Weeks, Henry O. 

The Membershi]) Coniinittee is doing 
good work and we are looking forward to 
the day when we can announce that they 
have achieved our longed for goal — lOO'/c 
employee membership. 



Why Librarians Stay Young 

Wc arc liappy to piint iicrcwith some 
learned (picstious asked of our librarians, 
in the ho])c that all may learn to ajjpreciate 
why they eventually assume that benevo- 
lent aspect towards humaiiitx-. 

1 . If COWS moo and cats meow, what do 

zebras and aard-varks do? 

2. W'iicre arc tiie hottest and coldest 

places in tli(> world, and how hot 
and cold are they? 

3. \\(M-e cattle of Biblical Times like 

Egyptian sculi)ture of the Indian 
sa(!rcd cow? 

4. How can you tell Leap Year? 
■). How iieavy is the earth? 

G. Did the Chinese wear pigtails in 

1700 B. C? 
7. I am looking for tiie false teeth of 

(ieorgc Washington the oiiginal 

ones. 



M useology — contin ued 
collaboration with Clark KauffieUl, 
who is now connected with the 
Staten Island Zoological Society. 
This interestinjily written book, 
which is well illustrated by ])hoto- 
fj;rai:)h.s, was published on February 
18th, and very favorably reviewed 
in the New York Times and the 
Bulletin of the Staten Island Zoolojj;- 
ical Society. 

A few new accessions ha\'e been 
added, since the beginning of the 
new year, to the Department of 
Minerals and Gems. Of these, the 
most noteworthy are a rock crystal 
seal which once belonged to Abd-ul- 
Medjad, the thirty-first Sultan of 
Turkey, and some beautiful jade 
figurines representing the eight 
Chinese immortals of Taoist tradi- 
tion. The latter date from one 
thousand A. D. at the very latest, 
and are perhaps of much earlier 
origin. Dr. Whitlock considers 
them the finest works of their 
kind within the last decade. Of 
scarcely less interest is a rare green 
sapphire from Ceylon and four 
pearls from the middle west. The 
Turkish seal and the sapi)hire 
were donated by Mrs. George B. 
De Long, and the Chinese immortals 
by a donor who wishes to remain 
anonvmous. 



Making time may be considered 
as the ])i-esent watch word of the 
Department of Lower Invertebrate 5. 
At least this is true as regards the 
present status of the Pearl Fishery 
Group now in course of i)reparation, 
since as an aftermath of the shipping 
strike the coral specimens collected 
by the Crocker Expedition are 
still languishing in Los Angeles. 
However, the sjjecimens i)reserved 
in alcohol and formalin ha\e arrived, 
and Mr. John Hope has finished the 
modeling of one of the pearl 
divers, and the groiuid plan for the 
grou]) has been c()mi)leted by Dr. 
Miner and Mr. Olsen. Thus, de- 
spite outside annoyances, hope 
s))rings eternal in the lowei- in- 
vertebrate "breast". 



Among many interesting matters 
now engaging the attention of the 
editors of NATl'HAL II I STORY 
is a certain i)artly melted shoe 
polish bottle labeled "Nubian" 
which Charles liernheimer ga\-e to 
Dr. Barnum Brown with the under- " 
standing that it is a relic of the 
1902 Mount Pelee eruption. I). U. 
Barton is now investigating the 
authenticity of this bottle and an 
interesting article on the same is 
promised for one of the future 
numbers of the magazine. 



Non-Scientific 

Discoveries 

An informal debating society 
meets every noon in Mr. Siever's 
office. Toj)ics of general interest 
and the latest developments in 
science and politics are discussed. 
The members include Jack Orth, 
Robert Snediger, Elwood Logan, 
Charles Bogert, Da\-e Crothers and 
Howard Cleveland. 

Ed Larcij of the old J'rinI Shop 
has only two hairs left, and his life 
is on one of them. 

It's all over, boys — the Joan 
Crawford of Comi)arative Anatomy 
is engaged. Barbara Sims an- 
nounced the event at a jiarty al 
her home on February 6th. William 
Bainbridge, the same \ery tall 1 
blond chaj) .you saw with her at the 
last Museum dance is doing the 
Clark Gable. And Barbara thinks 
that after marraige she will stop 
writing a book and de\ote her life 
to raising horses in Connecticut. 
Yoicks tally-ho, Jeeves, our pink 
coat! We're going visiting uj) at the 
Bainbridges. 

Mr. Al Pflueger, that genial fisher- 
man and ta.ridermid irhom ijoii all 
remember .so well from i/oiir last 
trip to Miami {chorus from us wage 
slaves: What trip to Miami?) has 
just been playing Fairy Godfather to 
the fish Department again. He sent up 



March, 1937 



THE E. B. A. GRAPEVINE 



a 3} 2 f (lot African poinpatio, which 
Mr. Xichols has been iranti)ig to see 
irhole for i/ears, and considers quite 
something. In short, Mr. N. is as 
e.vcited about it as Mr. X. erer gets, 
ft seems that this is not the common 
garden variety of pompano usuallg 
served on a platter with lemon, but 
the kind only served mounted on 
a panel on the wall. You nuv/ see it 
in the Fish Hall yet, and Irave your 
knife and fork home — see/ 

On February 9tli, a son was born 
to Dr. and Mrs. Edwin Colbert. 
Name: Cieorge Matthew Colbert. 
Xo wonder Dr. Colbert comes to the 
restaurant wearing a smile that 
can't be measured! 

We wonder if The High One's 
Gift of God has said the word, or 
hasn't he asked yet? — Of course we 
mean : 

* Dorothy Gift of God 

*Arthur High One 

The Mail Desk Pinochle Team is 
shaping up fine. All contestants 
should see Chris Michels, Manager. 

The Bachelors' Club we learn is 

losing one of its older members. 

Henry Hunderptfund is taking a 

tralk! 

\A'illiani Buckley has passed a 
(juarter century mark in the Custo- 
dian's I)ei)artment. Bill is going 
around looking for another good 
(juarter. 

The ■■<torL- visited the homes of 
Michael Gayer and William Somer- 
rille. Bill is now the proud father of 
a 0]/2 pound boy, and Michael is 
the father of a 9 pound girl. They 
are both on vacations. Congratula- 
tions boys, you need a v<u'aliou. 

The Custodian's Dei)artment ex- 
lends synii)athy to James Coyle on 
the death of iiis wife. 

An amusing iucideut occurred in 
Mr. Siever's room the other day. 
when a teacher phoned in and said 
she would cotue for an eagle, that 



she wished to use in her worL' in the 
classroom. When she irune in the 
uc.rt morning and u'as shown a 
moulded eagle, all she could say was 
'Wfy! Are they that big.'" Then 
she asked, "Haven't you any little 
ones.'". Finally she compromised 
on a screech owl, and everyone was 
happy. 

.lohnny McCormack is handling 
the tickets for the South Sea 
Island night in the Custodian's 
dejiartment, and confidently expects 
100% attendance. How about the 
other departments? 

Tony Carlossa is back on duty 
after a serious illness. "Little Tony" 
is popular iu the Department. He 
is Steve's right hand man. 

Our i)hone operators, the Misses 
McCioldrick and Scharf are seldom 
seen throughout the building, but 
always heard. We have one of the 
busiest two-position boards in the 
city. 

Arthur Schmidt has recently been 
added to the department of E.v- 
peri mental Biology, and is in charge 
of the men who are responsible for 
the Greenhouse and live stock. 

^\'ill IIa.ssler is now supervisor of 
the group constructing exhibition 
models on the fifth fioor of the 
power house. 

Jake Shrope, Foreman of the Ma- 
chine Shop, known in the p(t.4 as 
"The Pirate of Staten f.^laud", is 
enjoying a ivell earned vacation in 
Florida. We wonder if memories 
of .March 2ud, lOlJf-, when he was 
snowed iu ou the island were the 
cause of his departure to the laud of 
sunshine and luscious fruits. Sonte- 
ouc should have tipped him off that 
Georgia is the land noted for its 
"peaches" — but then he might have 
left friend n-ife at home. Herman 
Otto, a mechanic of the first water 
(even his worst enemy would admit 
thai) has been left iu charge of the 
Machine Shop during Jake's absence. 



The carpenter shop fioor, which 
once put the rocky road to Dublin 
to shame, is gi'adually assuming the 
smoothness of a new state highway, 
thanks to the cooperation of iho 
Mason's depai'tment. 

We heard that Dr. Reed was 
playing with building blocks, so we 
had to investigate. Then we learned 
that the Building Stone F.rhibii, 
ail mired by many architects, had 
been moved to the Third Floor. )'ou 
will be relieved to learn thai this 
accounts for that stony stare iu his 
eyes. 



ALOHA! . . . 

A welcome from the South Sea 
for everyone to the Entertainment 
and DANCE, given under the 
auspices of the E. B. A., Saturday 
evening, A])ril 10th. The lady from 




the southern isles (above) is one of 
the many entertaining personalities 
who will bring to you an enjoyable 
re\'ue. An excellent orchestra will 
provide the music for your feet 
antl ears. The evening begins at 
8:30 . . . and we are sure you can 
last until 1:30 . . . Floor show at 
11 o'clock . . . Informal. Buy 
your tickets . . . Toe each . . . from 



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March, 1937 



your department rei)re8entative or 
from Miss Lucy Clausen and Mrs. 
Elizabeth Emery. Make table res- 
ervations for your party now 
through Mr. Frederick Mas(jn. 

The Entertainment Committee 
of the E. B. A. is making "South 
Sea Island Night" the best entei'tain- 
ment ever given at the American 
Museum. Do your part l\v sup- 
porting the worthy i)ur))ose of the 
E.B.A. and our efforts to please you. 



On Friday, March 19th, 1937, the Mail 
Desk will give away thirteen two cent 
.stamiw for just a cent and a quarter. (!!!) 

The Lo.st and Found Department, 
lieaded by Mr. .Jame.-< .1. 8heeran will 
gladly start an auction sale (at the request 
of 12 members) of old caps, hats, gloves 
(all left hand ones), shoe strings, combs, 
pocketbooks (empty), scarfs, handker- 
chiefs, etc. If anyone is interested please 
communicate with James Sheeran at once. 



We are all deeply appreciative of the 
opportunity of receiving NATURAL 
HISTORY each month, and since the 
magazine has been cnlaiged it has proven 
even more interesting. Unfortunately, 
each month there are several employees 
who complain of not receiving their 
copy. Since the name of each employee 
appears on every magazine wrapfx-r, \\c 
take the liberty of asking that, when 
departmental copies are delivered in 
bulk, each employee be sure that he tak(>s 
the copy with his name on it. Tlii> will 
assure everyone of receiving a copy, and 
at the same time eliminate the expen.se of 
issuing duiilicates. 

Membei-s of the Museum SfafT and 
fellow-woi-kers, were grieved to learn of 
the death of Richard C. Raddatz on 
February 21.st, in Naiiohi, East Africa, 
at the close of a very successful expedition. 
Mr. Raddatz was a member of the ex- 
pedition led by Mr. and Mrs. Philip Plant, 
for the purpose of collecting ostrich and 
wart hog specimens for the .\kele>- 
African Hall group. 

Mr. Raddatz has been general assistant 
in the Museum's depaitment of Piepara- 
tion since 1924, and received his early 
training in the modern method of moun- 
ting animals for habitat groups under 
Carl Akeley. He did considerable field 
work for the Museum on several expe- 
ditions and was an active member of the 
Explorers' Club. 



GUESS WHO! 

Out-of-Town-Nisitor (To g\iard in So. 
Asiatic Hall) (Pointing to short, chubby 
guard who stands stationary): "I beg 
your pardon, sir, is that statue stuffed," 

Guard: "I hope not, he owes me $10.00' 

In "Poor Richards Almanac " we read, 
"If you would know the value of money, 
go and try to borrow some" .... 

Why not save your money by joining 
the Museum Fedeial Credit Union? 
Your extra dollars will draw interest for 
you, and at the same time provide funds 
for fellow employees who are in need of 
ready cash. We suggest that you discuss 
this matter with Miss Newman, Personnel 
Director. 



Out of the 

War Canoe 

(As we promised you last month, 
the Museum Sage, in the person 
of Chief Pot-Calls-the-Kettle-Black 
will be with us every month to give 
you wise counsel and answer any 
questions which may be troubling 
you. As the Chief rules the Haida 
War Canoe, on the hrst floor, he 
occupies a key position for observa- 
tions of museum "goings on". We 
give you for your own — Chief Pot- 
Calls-the-Kettle-Black. 




My boys are still a little tired 
after being looked over by that 
Washington's birthday crowd. Some 
of'em can't take it anyhow. The 
younger generation seems to lack 
stamina and pride. Foi- years 
we've being going nowhere in this 
boat and the kids have kei)t com- 



phiining about life being dull. Then 
when we did m()\e and got floated 
to a new dock at the rear of the 
hall, a couple of these git-and-go 
babies showed what they weie 
made of. They got seasick. If 
James Bell hadn't come down and 
jiatched them uj) they'd i)robably 
have gone completely to ])ieces on 
us. Well, it (juieted'em down a bit 
and we won't get through kidding 
the one that lost his oar for a little 
while. 

I'm just as glad he lost his oar. 
He was always being tempted by it. 
He's one of the easy insulted kind 
and the other day while the crowd 
was waiting to get into the concert 
he got in.sulted again, and was 
going to pop somebody with an oai-. 
I says to him ciuietly, "Wliat do 
you mean, you're going to pop 
somebod}'? You keej) still or 
I'll put a crack in yoiw plaster 
after the Museiun closes!" But, 
after he told me what he had 
heard, I sort of had to admit maybe 
he was right. This guy had sort 
of looked us all over hurriedly and 
grabbed a pal's arm. "Take me 
away!", he says. "Take me away!" 
"I was out last night and woke up 
in the morning with my insides 
feeling just like yon archaic aborigi- 
nal ark!" The friend squawked 
and said noborly could jiossibly feel 
as bad as we looked! The guy 
insisted that he could and had and 
was beginning to again — "just like 
I was full of dirty Indians, dried 
apples and bad whiskey!" And 
there's not a dried ap\^\o in the boat. 

S])ring is here — i)ratically — and, 
I sui)])()se, as usual, thoughts will 
tuin. The occasion of the EBA 
ball may be the start of .somebody's 
I'omance. Oi' the spoiling of one. 
With the idea of furthering the 
first and hindering the latter, I've 
dug into my Manual of FAi(iucttc and 
Polite Behavior and extracted a few 
l)ointers on jM-ojier ball room be- 
havior which may be hel])ful. 

1. Do not put in all the steps of 
the quadrille. The figures ai'e now 
excuted in a graceful walk. 



March, 193 7 



THE E. B. A. GRAPEVINE 



2. Do not (MifiUfio yovusolf for 
the last two or throe (hmces. It 
may keep you up too late. 

:]. Do not contend for a position 
in the (juadi-ille at eithei- head or 
sides. It indicates frixolity. You 
should be above it. 

4. Ladies shouKl not boast to 
others, who dance but little, of the 
number of dances for which they 
are engaged in advance. 

5. No gentleman should use his 
bare hand to i)ress the waist of 
a lady in the waltz. If without 
gloves, carry a handkerchief in the 
hand. 

6. Never eat your supper in 
glo\es. \Miite kids should be worn 
at all times through dancing. It 
will be well to ha\e two pairs, one 
for before supper, the other after. 

[Editor's Note: In our next 
issue, in addition to a little timely 
gossip. Chief Pot-Calls the Kettle 
IMock will edify us with a little 
essay on "The Language and Senti- 
ment of Flowers". Watch for it !] 



Parody on "The Sidewalks 
of New York" 

8t('vu Muri)liy said to Otto at the begin- 
ning of tlie day — Iwant no more delay — 
Tlien Otto called his men to him and to 
them he did say — Go get your rags and 
buckets, boys, for Steve wants no 
more i)lay. 

Chorus 
Inside, outside, all around the glass, 
riie boj-s were swinging right and 
l(>ft — then Scotty made a i)ass, 
( )tto he looked foolish at Timothy slinging 
the rag. 
The way the boys kejit running around 
the case, you'd think they wen- 
playing tag. 
The boys, oh, they wei'c good and mad — 
they didn't like the way 
That Otto gave the orders to clean the 
glass that day. 
So Otto cried out in desjjair — you boys 
will never advance! 
Tlien Scotty gave them a vicious look 
and Otto fell into a trance. 
Next day when Otto came to work he 
didn't feel so well! 



And as lie staggered on iiis feet, ujion 

tiie Hoor he fell. 
The boys they siiouted in delight they 

thougiit he threw a fit. 
Hut wiien the\- picked him off the floor, 

oh. Otto, he was ! 



Dinosaur Lullaby 

.\ Dinosaur old 
Once sagely remarked 
To his youngster upon his knee 
"It's true, 1 am told 
That we are embarked 
On a very queer destiny." 
"We are headed for" 
He slowly said, 

"A ])lace that is large and roomy 
No Dinosaur 
That keeps his head 
Need fear oblivion gloomy. 
A Barnum Brown 
A mammal small 
Our obscurity shall prevent 
He has renown 
He loves us all 
So, Dinosaur Babe, consent 
Let's find a s])ot 
Not far a\va>- 

Where blows the .sandstorm freelj' 
We'll die and rot 
Our bones will stay 
Till Brown hears Horace Greely 
And when he will 
He'll dig us free 
And send us off to town 
There will we fill 
A swell Musee 

And the heart of a Barnum Brown. 
J.R.S. 



News from the 

Museum Bookstore 

On iMarch 1st, at 9:0.5 A. M., on the 
south window ledg<' of the Roosevelt 
Memorial Booksho]), a set of homely 
yellow jjigeon twins were born. True, 
])igeon "blessed (>vents" are not unusual 
at the museum. But it is rumored that 
Mrs. Mack has sold pai)a pigeon a book — 
and he reads aloud to them. This rumor 
has not been ofHcially confirmed but it is 
definitely known that papa occasionally 
wears s])ectacles. 

There are some fascinating "At-A- 
Glance" charts of Europe, North and 
South America and the United States in 
the bookshop, which are so constructed 
that a simple movement of the index 



finger will siiow you the standing army 
of the coiuitry you happen to he in- 
terested in. the |)opulation per s(iuare 
mile, the form of govenunent, the coun- 
try's cajjital and its i)oi)ulation, what 
time it is in this country when it is noon 
in New York, the national colors, highest 
elevation, ])rincipal river and its length in 
miles, the area of tlu- country in sepiare 
miles. Its' cost is fifteen cents and the 
bookshop has been selling a gross of 
them every three days since they were 
placed in stock. There is also an "At-A- 
Glance" chart of the whole world, which, 
when it is noon in New York, will tell 
you just what time it is in any other part 
of the globe for that same simple (anybody 
can do it) movement of the index finger. 

Books about The Stars 

It is not difficult to choo.se an astronomy 
book to suit your needs, even though there 
are many published, if j^ou know some- 
thing about the various types of books. 

If you want a bocjk presenting general 
astronomy in popular style, Forest Ray 
Multon's CONSIDER THE HEAVENS, 
or ASTRONOMY FOR THE LAYMAN, 
by Frank Rch, will interest you. For 
an observer, Barton and Barton's GUIDE 
TO THE CONSTELLATIONS is splen- 
did for the beginner, and Kelvin Mc- 
Kready's BEGINNERS' STAR BOOK, 
for more intensive study, including 
telescopic work. 

Excellent lexis are of course available 
for the earnest student with a background 
of mathematics or astronomy. 

Many fascinating books keej) the 
interested laj'man ui)-to-date on spccinl 
fields. Harvey Brace Lemon's COSMIC 
RAYS THIS FAR; Edwin Hubble's 
THE REALM OF THE NEBULAE; 
THE ROMANCE OF THE CALENDAR, 
by P. W. Wilson, are examjjles of new 
works. 

Did you know that there are books for 
children even as young as six or seven? 
There are also Jig-saw puzzles of the 
heavens, and specimens of meteorites 
for sale. 

The Book Corner at the Planetarium 
has a list of these and many other publi- 
cations, and will be glad to let you have 
one. There is a discount for astrono- 
mically minded employees who wish to 
get books through the Book Corner. 



THE GRAPEVINE 



March, 1937 



News Flash 
IlufihS. Rico, Associate in Asti-oii- 
oiny at tlio Ilaydcii l*lan(Mai-iuin, 
and a specialist in the study of 
asteroids, becomes the first Xew 
Yorker to lia\e a minor planet 
named after him. Acconhnfj; to 
word just receixed from Oermany, 
this lionor was confei'red ui)on 
Mr. Rice by the Astronomisches 
Rechen-Institut, headtiuarters for 
scientific work on asteroids, in 
recognition of his great help to 
amateur astronomei-s and small 
telescope users throughout the 
world. Discovered by Dr. K. 
Rheinmuth of Heidelberg, (Germany 
in 1931, the asteroid has been 
nameless until the present time, 
when it was decided to designate it 
1£30 Riceia after the best-known 
American obser\er of these tiny 
members of the solar family. 

The Rice asteroid, one of the 
thousands in the great asteroid 
zone between the orbits of Mars and 
Jupiter, may be found at this time 
of the year in the constellation of 



Hydra, \ery clo.se to the celestial 
ecjuator. It is 164, 400, 000 miles 
from the earth and is believed to be 
about seven to ten miles in diameter. 
To see his namesake, Mr. Rice 
must u.se a lo-inch te]esco])e. 



John Burroughs Memorial 

In celebration of tlie one hun- 
dredth anni\-ersai-y of the birth of 
John Burroughs, a centennial me- 
morial meeting has been arranged 
for the evening of April 3rd, by the 
John Hurroughs Memorial Assoc- 
iation at the American Museum of 
Natiu-al History. At that time, 
a niche will be dedicated to the 
world-renowned poet and naturalist 
and a bust of Carrarra marble 
will be placed there. Prior to the 
dedication of the niche, the program 
will consist largely of intimate 
ti'ibutes to Mr. Burroughs through 
brief talks and letters by those 
who knew liim. Tributes from 
friends will be read by John Bur- 
roughs, the second, grandson of the 



LOOK ! 



LOOK 



LOOK ! 



Introducing the 

"Men or Mice'' Column 

How are you on tiie business end of a fountain pen? Do words 
fail you when an important problem ai'ises? Or do they jumj) 
thnuigh the hoop when you crack the whip? 

Each month a new topic will be chosen. This topic will be one 
of \ital interest to all fellow suffei-ers in this great institution. The 
best letter (chosen by the Secret Six) on the curi'ent topic will be 
l)rinted in full in the following issue of this paper. 

For the April Issue the Topic the Secret Six Suggests 

" Should Husbands Wipe the Dishes " 

Note: Archaeologists tell us that the broken condition of 
ancient ])ottery indicates the possibility tiiat men ha\e 
been confronted with this i^roblem for many centui'ies. 
If you don't believe us, then visit the Peruvian hall 
and see for yourselves. 

We anticipate you, you champions (of both sexes). Limited 
space forces us to request you not to write more than 150 woids. 
()nly one letter will be printed. So, ladies, rally around your 
knitting, and don't let the gentlemen "scoop" you. And to the 
men, remember your slogen "Out of the kitchens by Christmas". 

Send you lettei's to the Ivlitor, and may victory crown your 
noble efforts. 



natuialist, and son of .Julian Bur- 
rouglis. The lattei- will, through 
pictures made by himself, show 
something of tlie early life of .lohn 
Bunoughs. 

While the meeting in Xew York 
City will be, jjcrhaps, the one of 
outstanding importance becau.se of 
the ])i-esence of so many who knew 
John Burroughs personally or who 
are closely coimecte<l with his life 
and woik, it will be only one of 
many meetings scheduled for April 
3rd throughout the country. In 
Washington and other large cities 
centennial programs will be gi\en 
and many scientific organizations, 
schools and clubs are already ar- 
ranging for these memorial meet- 
ings. 

John Burroughs books on natural 
life and his philosophic writings 
ai-e world known, as are his i)oenis, 
the most familiar of which is one 
entitled "WAITING", the closing 
stanza of which reads, 

"The Stars come nighthi to the .s7>-//, 
The tiddl ivdve eonies to the sea; 

Nor time, nor space, nor deep, nor 
high, 
Can keep nnj own niroi/ from inc." 

Traveling Exhibits 

.\t tlic recent meeting ol' tlie Kind's 
County Dental Soeiety, lield [''ebruary 
17th to 2()tli at tlie Towers Hotel in 
Brooklyn, the Department of Education 
had an exhibit .showing some of its school 
loans. The exhibit consisted of cases of 
types of mammal skulls and al.so two 
cases sliowing the variation in the skulls 
and teeth of harmless and poisonous 
snakes. These cases had been prepared 
by ,Iack Ortli. The exhibit attracted so 
much attention that the Bronx County 
Dental Society has asked for them for 
their Better Health Exhibit to be held in 
the Bronx County Court House, Ajiril 
2()th to 2()tli, 

luir the first time in its history the 
De|)artment of Education has broken into 
a bank (altliough you never can tell what 
Mr. Sievcr.s is going to do next). The 
bank in question is the Lincoln Savings 
Bank in lirooklyn, where a tcmjxjrary 
exhibit of minerals has l)een installed. 
With it are publications of the Museum / 
and leaflets concernitig the Planetarium. 
This exhiltit will be followed by others. 



THE GRAPEVINE 

Ptiblishcd h\' The Employees' Benefit Association 
of The American Museum of Natural History 



VOL. I, No. 3 



APRIL, 1937 



PRICELESS 



GEORGE H. SHERWOOD 

1876—1937 



WITH the passing of Dr. Cieorgc II. Sherwood on 
March 18, the Museum lost one of its oldest 
and most devoted friends and benefactors. 
Since joining tlie Museum staff in 1901 Dr. Sherwood 
had fully dedicated his rare gifts of mind and si)irit to 
athancing the interests of 
the institution and its 
employees. For thirty-six 
years he gave himself with- 
out reserve, as assistant 
curator of invertebrates, 
curator of education, assist- 
ant secretary and assistant 
treasurer, executive secre- 
tary, as director, and honoi'- 
aiy directoi. 

Dr. Sherwood ))layed a 
\-ital i)art in the growth of 
the Museum. In the seven 
years of his directorshij), 
from 1927 to 1934, many 
new buildings were added, 
numerous cxi)editions were 
sent out, and the influence 
and prestige of the Mu- 
seum increased enormously 
throughout the world. One 
of his most signal ser\-ices 
to the ]\Iuseum was getting 

through the State legislature a bill that reliexed the 
city of the pay-as-you-go policy in connection with the 
erection of additions to the Museum buildings. As 
a result of this release, approi)riations were secured 
from the city for the erection of the Ilall of Ocean 
Life, the School Service Building, the African Wing, 
the Power House and Preparation Building, the South 




Asiatic Hall, and the Whitney Bird \\'ing. 

Especially is Dr. Sherwood's loss felt by the Dejjart- 
ment of Education, of which he had been the head for 
thirty-one years. Through the extensive school service 
which he developed, millions of New York City school 

children have benefitted 
from contacts with the 
Museum which they might 
otherwise ne\'er have en- 
joyed. Limited city liori- 
zons were broadened by 
glim])ses of nature's won- 
dei's in \-arious parts of the 
world. Dr. Sherwood was a 
patient and understanding 
teacher and delighted in 
children's society. He would 
often sto)) in the halls to 
talk to a young visitor 
and to an.swer childish ques- 
tions. 

Not only was Dr. Sher- 
wood a loyal defender of the 
Mu.seum as a whole, but he 
furthered and protected the 
interests of the employees 
both as a body and indi- 
vidually. He was ne\-er too 
bu.sy or too tired to lend 
ear to j)ersonal problems of fellow workers, and his 
sudden death is a tragic loss not only to the institution 
but a personal grief to hundreds of employees who 
loved him as a loyal, unselfish, and generous friend. 
The Mu.seum and its i)eoi)le filled his life. He died as 
he wished to die— on the job and in the place he lo\ ed 
so well, but we shall miss him, for he is irreplaceable. 



THE GRAPEVINE 



April, 1937 



THK GRAPF,VINE 

EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor-in-Chief Irknk F. Cvriii;u 

Advisory Board 

Wavne M. Fainck \V altkh F. Mk.istkr 

Georgk C. \ aillant 

Managing Board 
KmvAKi) A. BruNs Frank A. Kinai.u 
George H. Childs Jean Wiedemeu 
William G. Ha.ssler 

Editorial Board 

WENDELL BENNETT RACHEL H. NICHOLS 
LUCY W. CLAUSEN JOSEPH QUINN 

ARTHUR DRAPER GEORGE W. REUTHER 

ELIZABETH ERTEL JACOB W. SHROPE 

FRED HAHN HERMAN A. SIEVERS 

ROBERT SNEDIGAR GEORGE TAUBER 
G. FREDERICK MASON HELEN WILMANN 
EDWIN C.MEYENBERG WILLIAM H. WRIGHT 
.STEPHEN J. MURPHY 



E. B. A. Membership 
Campaign 

The E.B.A. roll cull is rapidly netting 
bigger and bigger. This month we are 
glad to add the following names to our 
membership roster: 

Emil A. Berg Margaret A. Hanhy 

Edwin H. Colbert Richard J. Joyce 
Robert E. Cox Ove C. Kaisen 

Albert A. Gagnee Harry Hawkins 
Thomas Grady Mary Sallmon 

Walter Grotyohann Arthur H. Schmidt 

With Spring and Summer not far off, 
we wonder if there aren't some of us who 
would be interested in outdoor activities. 
Perhaps you have a favorite sport or 
summer pa.stime which others in the 
E.B.A. also enjoy. 

Swimming, rowing, canoeing, baseball, 
tennis and fishing are but a few si)orts 
suggested thus far. Why not let the 
Membership Committee of the E.B.A. 
know what you would be interested in. 
If they can get sufficient support, commit- 
tees could be ajJiwinted and plans jjut 
under way for various field activities. 

Let us hear your reactions to efforts to 
make the E.B.A. a real social organization. 
This is but one stej) for 100' ; m(>mbership. 
We feel sure that our goal will be reached 
much faster with more attractive i)ro- 
gi-ams. By sending in your suggestions 
and partici])ating in these activities, 
you will gain for yourself many i)lea.sant 
hours, and you will also assist the work of 
the Membership Committee. 



Headlines Wanted 

AI'h'/L >Olh\ Batter'up! Play Ball! 
(How many aunts and uncles will be 
buried on this date?) 



Out of the 

War Canoe 

wen, I'd never have belii-\-ed it if 1 
lia<hrt seen it, but St. Patrick's passed off 
all ([uiet and none of the ixns with any- 
thing to show for it. Excepting mayb(> 
Tony Gerrity, and still, all in all, that 
bandage of his had none of the proper 
look of having been come by in a legitimate 
and sociable fashion. There's something 
satisfying and plea.sant in the look of 
a nice black eye, and it gleaming with 
greens and purples antl all manner of 
sunset hues. \\'lien 1 think of the ones 
we used to jiass out on potlatch nights up 

on the old homestead in .\laska ! 

beauties, boys, positively beauties! I 
miss 'em! 

Old Mr. Bering(>i in the CJorilla Ciroup 
is a gentleman with a highly original point 
of view. \ bit too formal for my taste — 
he says he wouldn't think of not dressing 
for dinner— but quite a thinker. He 
prides himself on his logic and a rational 
way of figuring things out. We were 
taking a little stroll around the other 
night and went down into the Hall of 
Ocean Life. He'd been talking about 
logic and the prevalent lack of it and, as 
we stoi)i)ed on the .stairs, slai)ped himself 
on the chest and said, 

"There, my dear Chief, there's a .sample 
of it. Indeed a clear case of lack of logic. 
Most transjjarent — most flagrant!" 

Not (]uite getting his drift I hemmed 
iind hawed a little and finally had to 
come right out and ask. 

Punctuating his expl.'inatiou with 
whacking big booms on his chest, he 
went on to philosophi/.e. "That air])lane 
— that Lindbergh plan(\ I'tterly illogictd! 
Very imposing and a splendid example of 
20th century .\inerican craftsmanship. 
But out of key with the intention! The 
idea was ap()arently to i)ut in an honored 
place in this hall something that had h(<en 
around — something that had seen the 
world in many tumultuous and tempestu- 
ous phases — something that had cheerfully 
stood up under great stress and .strain — 
something that could take it! This 
airplane — after all, it only went around 
the world once. Logically considered, my 
dear Kettle, when you think of the 
vici.ssitudes suffered by headgear belong- 
ing to some of the .staff', season after 
season, i!i rain, in stiow, in hail and in 
subways, how much inure rational and 
fitting to hang a few staff hats here. For 
-service, stand-up and travel, my dear Pot, 
the .sturdy Homburg belonging to Dr. 
Nichols, the fedoi'a of Dr. Smith, or even 
the black toui)ee-cheater of Robert 
Snedigar, have the Lindbergh plane beat 
a mile. .\ny of ' hem dc'.serves the place 



of honor more than this mere globe 
rounding flitter mechanism." 

.\t the present writing, it looks as if 
we're going to be lucky if summer comes 
on Sunday this year, but just in case 
wild flowers bloom and the boys fancy to 
make up bouipiets for the girl friends, 
here's a few tijjs taken from my (Uiide 
to the Language and Sentiment of Flowers. 
Space doesn't i)ermit of aii\- ext;'nsive 
ex])osition of this dainty and delicate 
manner of correspondance, but important 
communications may be made by means 
of single flowers, bouquets, leaves or 
even, if the gentleman is obtu.se, by means 
of a chunk of wood. To illustrate: 

.\ declaration of feeling between a lady 
and a gentleman may be ex|)resse(l by 
single flowers, as follows: The gentleman 
l)re.sents a Red Rose — "I love you!" 
The lady admits a partial recipnx-ation of 
the sentiment by returning a Purple 

Pansy "Vou are in my thoughts!" 

The gentleman presses his suit further by 
an Everlasting Pea — "Wilt thou go with 
me?" The lady replies by a Dai.sy twined 
with Poverty Grass, by which she con- 
veys — "Amscray ouyay oorpay ishfay!" 
Chief Pol-Calh-lhe-KetlU'-BUick. 




News Flashes! 

In the spring, tra, la, the liirds are on 
the wing! Bees buzz, and Entomology 
satisfies an age old desire to move. In 
other words, "Insects" are invading tlie 
.\frican Wing. 



I 

I 



Spring Tonic 

A lot of us are going around in circles 
trying to make ends meet. .\ little 
.systematic saving in the Museum Federal 
Credit l^nion will start you on the right 
tangent leading to |)rosperity. Get the 
habit — and (i'c, which is not to be sneezed 
at these days. Think it over. 

The Museum Smith 

Under the si)reading chestnut tree. 
The museum smith now stands, 

For Charlie, a contented man is he 
As he surveys his lands. 

For five and twenty years worked he. 

Now to his farm retired. 
And "Cj'clone" Turner now we see, 

His understudy, hired. 



April, 1937 



THE GRAPEVINE 



Non-Scientific 

Discoveries 

Mr. \';m Canipcii Hciliicr, well known 
lisliiTnuiii :inil research Associate^ in the 
Fish Department, lias just hrou^lit "ut 
a very thrillinj; hook on "Salt Water 
Msliinj;". It gives the low-down on 
evervthinf;; from swordfish to sea serpents 
(■ imi)lete with pictures, and if this doesn't 
j;et you excited about fishing, notlung will. 

.1/ one of llic Tuesday afternoon lectures 
for teachers we dropped in to hear Irene 
Cypher give a tail; on the "Historical De- 
I'dopiiicnl of Maps". We had heard vague 
rumors prior to this concerning Miss 
Cypher's mania for collecting maps, but 
even this failed to fully prepare us for the 
vast number of maps adorning the sides of 
the room. If she look them all home again 
irith her our sympathies are extended to 
licr family. 

Yes, sir! Spring is here, and to prove 
it, all one has to do is to stop by th(> Print- 
sho|) in the early morning and see a 
certain young man with a contraption 
called a watering can going over his 
garden cro)). From Printer to Horticul- 
turist — (piite a jump, eh, Phil?. 

Dr. (ludger is at present away on his 
(utnual ivinter vacation in Florida, visiting 
a former pupil of his in Sanibel. He 
.<rnils a picture postcard of palms and 
tropic skies to these frostbitten halls, via 
the I'. S. mail, and whispers suH'et tales of 
tarpon fishing into our envious ears. 

One of our chief ])lcasures in life is 
trying to make Mr. Draper, of the Plane- 
tarium Drai>ers, unb(>nd. Con.seciuently 
we delight to report the following items. 
1 . Did you know that quite a while back 
a mouse got into the cosmic ray machine, 
and was electrocuted? This ])layed havoc 
with the cosmic rays and had the Plane- 
tarium staff i)retty worried trying to 
subdue the odor of Burnt Mouse. 2. One 
of the People for whom this muscnim is 
int(Mided ("For the People, for Education 
for Science") asked the Planetaritmi 
ticket-seller, "Is there any charge?" 
"Twenty-five cents". He turned away 
i)itterly, comi)laining, "I knew there was 
a catch to it." When we get too awed by 
the imi)ressive things the Planetarium is 
doing, playing with time and space and 
Einstein's laws, it cheers us to hear such 
different news. 

Tli<rv's a Long Trail! Yes, into the 
Land of Mammalogy Dreams. It's that 
fierce A rrow trailer parked in the carpenter 
shop, to be equipped for a land cruise 
(better known as an "expedition") to collect 
material for Dr. Anthony's department. 
.Many envious eyes have been cast upon it by 



qypsy-minilat museumili s, who stood aghast 
and troiidercd irhol il was nil about. He 
pnilict that this ultra-modern model travel 
will revolutionize expeditions — too bad it is 
not amphibious. 

Note for Charley Rice: Ben l''alvey 
wants to buy a t tulle. 

William Shropv is sporting a new (?) 
lieo special. It is whispered, however, 
that he will not send his wife for the next 
license plates they cost too much where 
she gets them] 

We have been told that a diet of 
coconut milk and bananas, together with 
plenty of Florida sunshine, is the best 
treatment for one whose dentition has 
suffered a major reduction. But Jake 
Shrope will be back with us again soon. 

'Little Jake' Stephens has had us all 
guessing as to his nationality. He seems to 
talk all tongues (hands too), so we finally 
decided that he must be a little "League of 
Nations." 

All the last half of March a swordfish 
has been eyeing us from one corner of the 
lobby with the grimmest look we have 
ever seen in a fish — and he's only a model 
too. This together with the photographs 
of the fish(>rmen in action, and the dozen 
or so swords taken from the 601 pounder's 
fellow-swordfish, give us a good idea of 
the more thrilling side of the exi)edition 
that went to Ca|)e Breton last summer and 
collected this material. 

The plot thickens! One of our sojourners 
in Florida reports seeing a certain entomolo- 
gist on the edge of a roadside canal with 
what looked like a fishing pole! 

We are wondering why ,Iohn Healy is 
making so many week-end trii)s to 
Boston. The old answer. A New England 
Blonde. After April 10th, we will give 
you further reports. 

Do you know the fastest stepper in the 
.Museunt'! It's noni other than Rril, Ilnt 
and Green, IStephen .J. Murphy. 

Who is the Latin from Manhattan who 
on his day off takes the long trij) on the 
Subway to the cold, cold walls of Ebbetts 
Field? " 

Dan Banks and Fritz Petranowi.tz, two 
natives of Islip, L. I., do most of their 
sleeping on the Long Island Railroad, and 
amuse themselves by trying to trap un- 
suspecting flies in their oral buz saws, we 
wondered what Dan could see in that far-off 
town urith its squirrel ranch (nut house), 
but soon learned that chickens, as usual, 
were the real attraction. 

The late.st South American cocktail 
has just arrived at the Museum, as 
a gift from Mr. Orlando W(>ber and Mrs. 
(Jladys Gordon Fry. Birds, mammals and 
fishes, in native rum from Venezuela and 
Trinidad, are the ingredients. 



.U/.s-.s I'termehlc has been looking a bit 
tired of late. "Timmie" has had a slight 
and sleepless case of indigestion from 
eating loo many cream puffs. Congratu- 
latory mes.-iages have been received on her 
recovery. 

Miss Mary Sallmon, latest recruit to 
the Membership Department, |)ulled 
a strong oar in the Vassar Crew of '2S, 
and Miss Betty Cotter was coxswain of 
the Sweetbrier splasherettes. There's 
material right away for these events \\w 
E. B. A. membership committee is 
sponsoring. 

We expect to see Bob Snedigar riding up 
and down all day in the African Freight 
elevator now. He can — we saw it in print! 
If you don't believe us, go look at the sign 
in the aforetnentioned elevator (now for- 
bidden ground to us mere mortals), which 
ends as follows, " . . . and Mr. Snedigar who 
may use the car at all times." 

Are you acquainted with the Museum's 
"Finest"? We mean Sergeant Gilmore 
and Privates Hynes, Shanley and Phelan. 
They are performing excellent Police work. 

What we want to know is. Who is the 
Coffee Fiend at the Mail Desk? 

Miss Celia Murphy and .Miss Edna 
Kelley have signed articles for the next 
ladies' match. .Mr. O'Connor refrreed the 
la.^t bout anil was counted out in the first 
frame. 

We undenstand that Mi-. .Mbert (Jioin- 
paoli was so vinfortunate as to lose 
a ])erfectly bceootiful pair of shoes which 
he had recently purchased for his working 
hours. Anyone seeing a pair of shoes 
walking around without an owner, please 
communicate at once with Albert. 

The members of the F>ick Lab. are 
making a collection for a hungry dog. 
(For those who are not in the Know.) 
One of the lab. boys has his new store 
teeth and his poor dog goes hungry now. 

Special Notice 
Please .save all cigar remains for Frank 
Miller's indoor garden in the Frick Lab. 



999i>999<>9 



Visitor: How do the Dinosaurs, being 
such large animals, lay such 
small eggs? 

Guard: I don't know, m'am, uidess they 
ran out of plaster of Paris. 



More ????????? 

A V^isitor, having received his Photo 
Permit, stopped at the Mail Desk and 
asked, "This Roy C. Andrews is a man, is 
he not?" "Why of course", Ben rei)lie(l, 
"Well," the visitor said, "the lad>- inside 
is after .sigiung R.C.A." ! ! ! 



THE GRAPEVINE 



April, 1937 



Men or Mice 

It is with f;rc;it joy, tliat we arc able to 
present the wiiiniiig letter in tlie April 
"Men or Mice" contest, tiic answer to the 
question "Should Husbands W'i]H' the 
Dishes?" 

Dear Editou: 

I beg to enter the following as 
a contribution to the April contest 
advertised on i)age 6 in your cx- 
cell(>nt publication. 

It is possible, as suggested, tiiat 
prehistoric man at times laid aside 
his dignity and assisted his spouse 
in household tasks, but to my mind 
tiuit is not an adequate explanation 
of the jjresence of broken dislies in 
the ruins. My private opinion is that 
she broke them over his head in sheer 
Exasperation at his airs of masculine 
superiority. 

In this modern age the question 
submitted is scarcely a controversial 
one. When wifie comes home from 
a hard afternoon of bridge, or an 
equally trying experience in choosing 
a ntnv hat, with the added mental 
strain of selecting delicatessen food 
calculated to satisfy hubby's hyper- 
critical taste, no real man will sit 
idly by while she struggles on alone. 
He just naturally grabs the tlish towel 
and "plays ball". 

The question is, therefore, jjurely 
academi<^ To wipe? — of course! To 
wipe, i)erchance to ivash, aye, there's 
the rub! 

A CuK.\Tou's Wife. 

That is what we call real response. 
Also it cheers us to think of many of 
our best loved curators wiping the dishes. 
It lends that human touch, which niak(> 
the whole world kin. 

For May the Comnuttee of the Secret 

Six gives you the following topic : 
SHOULD WOMEN STAY OLT OF 
BARBER SHOPS? 
NOTE: Early eave relics show many 
nice weapons for the subjugation of the 
fair sex. .lohn Q. Caveman knew how 
to keep his women in check. Shall 
modern man i)lay second fiddle? What 
say? As usual send your letters to the 
Editor, who will forward them to tiie 
Secret Six for consideration, and the best 
one will be printed next month. 

Overheard in the Cafeteria 

Old Campaigner: (Recalling the World 
War Days) "Yes, th(> flower of this 
Country was sent over to I'raiicc in 
1917. 

Cynical Twerj): "Well it must have 
stayed tliere, because these rolls 
seem to have been made of rubber. 



Eggs 

to 
Frogs 




There is no way of telling where Mr. 
Sievers will jjop uj). This time his name is 
linked to that of a frog. In case you don't 
believe us, may we quote from the 
Herald-Tribune of March 31st, as follows: 
"I'rog eggs week started yesterday at the 
American Mu.seum of Natural History. 
135,000 eggs of the Eastern wood frog 
were held ready for di.stribution among 
educational institutions and a mu.seum 
exi)edition was combing the i)onds of 
Westchester county for more. It was 
estimated that by the time- the week is over 
350,000 of the eggs will have been delivered 
to science laboratories and nature class- 
rooms One reason for anxiety this 

this year is that the frogs have been late in 
laying their eggs. The weather has been 
a little too chilly for them. Herman A. 
Sievers, of the museum's de|)artnient of 
education, said he now had the situation 
w(-ll in hand and that deliveries were 
being made just as fast as the trucks 
could make their rounds." 

All of which goes to prove what a 
versatile gentleman he is, efjual to any 
situation, and capable of handling any 
problem. We wonder if the frogs will 
serenade him this summer? Or doesn't 
a frog remember? 



True Story 

Once u])on a time, not so long, there 
were three or four little "gentlemen of the 
streets" who ])layed on Columbus Avenue 
and frequently took walks through the 
Museum halls. One day they appeared 
carrying a large dead cat, which they said 
had been their playmate, and which they 
wished could be mounted instead of being 
consigned to an ash barrel grave. True to 
his role of Chief Consolator, Mr. Sievers 
promised to see what he could do. The 
Museum taxidermist set to work and, lo 
and behold, the r(\sult was so beautiful 
that one of the girls in Education has been 
tying a blue ribb(jn around its neck. 
I'lU'thermore, it is often asked for in the 
schools, and all the children now enjoy 
seeing the one time playmate of a few 
little boys who believed they could count 
on the Museum in time of trouble. 



Visitors 

The Dcpai-tment of C(im|)arative .Anato- 
my is at i)resent h<>ad(iuarters for two 
distinguished scientists from over the 
seas. Dr. Robert Broom of the Transvaal 
Museum at Pretoria, South .\frica, brought 
his siK'cimcns of Auslralopilhecus to the 
Symirosium on Early Man in Philadeli)hia, 
and is now lecturing through the country. 
He will lecture in this Museum on Ajjril 
22, on "Primitive Races of Man". Prof. 
D.M.S. Watson of University College, 
London, is also here, to deliver the 
Silliman Lectures at Y'ale. 




Museum Bookshop Notes 

A recent visit to the Roosevelt Memoritd 
Bookshop reminded us once again that 
among the many good things accr(>dited 
to Sjjring one of the best is the ap])earancc 
of new books. There are so many to 
report this month that to name them all 
would require more space than is at oiu- ■ 
dispo.sal. Especially appropriate for this I 
time of y<'ar, however, are the garden 
books and there are some excellent new- 
ones now on the shelves. It is good to 
learn that "Snakes and Their Ways", 
a book recently i)ublished, and written by 
Dr. C. H. Curran, and Mr. Carl Kauffeld, 
is selling very well. 

The Bookshop also has a colorful section 
devoted to a new menagerie of china 
animals, which is proving popular. 



Preparation 

When the feud of rhyme and rli\tlun 

Waxes warm in 209; 
When each thought that seeks expression 

Is indited line by line; 
When the gentle muse is tempted 

With an offering sublime; 
When the air seems tense and teeming 

And forgotten is the time; 
Then you need not fret or worry 

Need not sc^ek an anodyne; 
It is simjjly i)reparation 

For another month's "Grai)cvine". 



Museum Wives 

The Museum Staff Wives have been 
holding .some very intersting meetings 
this year. The programs this season are 
mider the direction of Mrs. .1. T. Zimmer, 
and have included talks by Mrs. W. C. 
Bennett and Dr. George Yaillant, as well 
as a cleverly acted play by members of 
the Society. The final get-together will be 
a lawn party, probably some time in May. 



April, 1937 



THE GRAPEVINE 



Important Flash ! ! ! 

Althou<ih we have to wait until tlie May issue of The (Irapevine 
to <r:i\e you a c()ni{)lete financial statement concerninfjj South Sea 
Island Night, we have been given permission to tell you this: — 
All exi)enses were i)aid, and sufficient funds raised to cover an 
assessment (which all good members of the IvB.A. know means 
•SloO.OO.) 



Dance Postscripts 

Alolia! And we really mean "mitil we 
inc'-t attain"! Tlio annual cntcrtainmont 
• A the Emi)l<)yoos Benefit Association 
has truly bec'ome sonietliing; to look 
forward to each year. We salut(" tlu" 
Committee and ollicers for their fine work. 

Our reporter was stationed at an ad- 
vantafieous spot right at the edge of the 
dance floor, and he srtH ploil'j] 

\\ hat we would really like to know is, 
do all the girls in Hawaii resemble Aloma? 
(We should also like to know why .so 
man J' managed to he looking at the 
photographs in the alcoves next to the 
dressing room when slie went home!) 

It was truly enlightening to see the 
efifeet of party clothes on one's fellow 
workers. Of course nil the girls looked 
lovely in their spring prints and chifTons, 
which we will not describe in detail, but 
when the boys started ai)iiearing one 
after another in their tuxedos, we began 
to sit up and take notice. One would 
almost have thought that they were 
attending the opening of a swanky new 
night club. (Did anyone hear that 
( ;(>orge Tauber said that was wiiat it was?) 

Robert 8nedigar, that rival for Fred 
.\staire, had all the feminine hearts 
aflutter with liojjes. One fair maiden 
even wejjt softly into her hankie beeau.se 
she missed a chance at a last waltz with 
Bob — and can he waltz! .\l.so swing, swirl 
and gallop througii all tiie known terpsi- 
corean stei)s extant. 

South Sea Island Xiglit was a great 
occasion for at least two Museum workers. 
It was Harry Farrar's first wedding anni- 
versary (and Mrs. Farrar is our idea of 
a very lovely bride). It was also Mrs. 



'rimonicr's birtiiday. The nnisicinns jiro- 
ceeded to serenade both of them, and 
Mrs. T. had a petite birthday cake. .\s 
Will Oakland would have said, we take 
tins auspi<-ious occasion to wish them 
many more anniversaries. 

When tiie .\mes sisters came out to do 
their mmiber, we sat back and watched. 
When they started to do those cart- 
wheels all arotmd the hall we .sat uj). 
When they finished, we stootl up and 
ai)|)lau(led. Do you folks realize that tiie 
floor in Education Hall is stone — which 
made it doul)ly liaril for cartwheels? 
All of wliich made us a|)prcciate a good 
act even more. 

Thanks are certainly due to tlie Carpen- 
ter Siioj) and tiie Electrical Department 
for tlieir share in decorating the hall. 
For once it actually looked attractive, 
and lost some of its resemblance to a barn, 
and even Mr. Maxwell seemed to be 
smiling his ap))roval. 

Tile languid dancing of Siierman 
\'oorhees was entertaining to watch. We 
hope he never has to catch a train on 
short notice, for it would be a pity to 
disturl) tiiat rintiim. 



We undcMstand Ciiarles Coles iiad 
a candid camera witii iiim. If lie caught 
shots of Aloma, or even of certain otiier 
peo])le, at certain moments, it shouldn't 
be hard for him to make a nice little 
profit. Xuff.said! 



Little Sidelights to Remember 

Those tables assigned to Herpetology — ■ 
that department certainly did turn out. 
And they also seemed to be having a vcri/ 
good time. 

.Steve Murphx- was even nicer tiiaii 
usual. Steve is our idea of the perfect 
Host. He welconietl everyone with his 
mile long smile, and then seated them at 

the nicest tal)Ies. 

That comedy team could lie put to 
good use .sometimes rigiit iiere in the 
Museum. Tiie way they could dispen.se 
with anyone annoying us witii |)eskj' 
questions would be a gift from heaven. 

.loiilmy McCormick told us lie had to 
g<j out to Long Island! That is a .sample 
of true love for you — trains to Long Island 
don't run any too frequently, either. 

The Mail Desk turned out in force 
but they never noticed anyone. Tiiev 
were having such a good time tiiey just 
walked right pa.st us — wait till we liave 
a chance to send out a nice iieavy load of 
extra mail. We understand Henry 
\'oeImy went around taking the food from 
other people's tables. 

There are loads and loads of other 
things we will all remember. From our 
reporter's observations we know tiiat 
everyone was having a good time — so we 
leave you to your own memories, and 
hojie that we see you again next year. 



fVe Thank You 



Why thank the Committee? They did a marvelous piece of 
work — e\eryone agrees to that ! E\eryone is willing to give them 
an extra special vote of thanks. U> xviah to thank our guests. 
For their response in the piu'chasing of tickets. For the nice 
things they said about the entertainment we provided. And for 
the friendly spirit which pervaded the hall and made e\eryone 
feel at home. 



THE GRAPEVINE 



April, 193: 



Cooperative Buying Reduces 
Cost 

The iniUtcr of cooporativu huyiiifi for 
im-inl)<'rs of the Credit Union luis Im'ch 
iHuler conMideratioii for sonic tinio. 
Then' is an enormous economic waste to 
the consumer in our present distribution 
system and it is hoi)ed that Credit Ciiions 
will i)lay a great i)art in correcting some of 
these abuses. 

An arrangement has been made with the 
CENTRAL CREDIT INIOX PIRCH- 
ASING AOENCY at 280 Madison 
Av(>nue, near 40tli Street, whcreljy 
discounts ranging from 20' ; to 30' ; can 
be had on most types of standard mcrchan- 
daise, such as ELECTRIC WASHING 
MACHINES, REFRIGERATORS, MIX- 
ERS, CLOCKS, VACUUM CLEANERS, 
TOASTERS, RADIO SETS, JEWELRY, 
CLOTHING, TOYS, AUTOMOBILES, 
FURNITURE, RU(;S, ETC. 

Whenever a member of the Credit 
Union wishes to purchase household items 
or other materials, he should consult with 
the Treasurer of the Credit Union who 
will make the necessary arrangements and 
furnish the proper identification card so 
that the discount may be had. 



Highlights Culled From 
Old Museology 

Early in October (1920) the members of 
the Long Island City Chapter No. 410 
of tlie Order of Eastern Star made a visit 
in a body to the Mu.seum, and spent an 
afternoon among our exhibits. (Did tlicy 
do .some ))review work for tiie plane- 
tarium?) 

We ho])e that wc may .some day all 
have the i)leasure of listening to tiic 
Messrs. John I'lnii, John O'Neill, .lohn 
Larsen and Henry Ruof. (Siiades of 
Socrates, if they had known in 1!)21 of 
the famous entertainments to l)c i)ut on 
in 1937!) 

Dr. Barnuni Brown is in London. 
(July 1920). Now why didn't Dr. Brown 
wait till 1937 — then he could have been 
there for the coronation.) 

The new editorial room of Natural 
History has been comi)]eted, including the 
installation of a number of very neat 
cabinets. The office is a great imjjrove- 
ment on the former editorial room. 
(How are you going to keej) track of 
what they mean by "former" rooms, if 
offices keep changing at the present rate.) 

The auditors are busy on our books 
again! [19211 

Mr. Miner and Mr. (irangcr arc in 
a fair way to become moving jiicture 



idols. Tiiev figured recently in films made 
in th(> Mu.seum by the Bray Studios. 
(1921) Mr. Miner shared the honors with 
some radiolarians, in one film, and, in 
the other, Mr. Granger and the ground 
sloths in our laboratory and Age of Man 
Hall were featured. 

Mr. Clarence A. Hough, who on behalf 
of the Chicago .A.rt Institute is investi- 
gating various methods of propaganda for 
institutions of art and scicMice, vi.sited the 
Museum in September [1920] and was 
given a comph^te survey of the publicity 
methods employed here. He ex|)ressed 
great surprise at the sco|)e of the work in 
which the American Museum hoius the 
po.sition of jjioneer. (Perhajjs we should 
invite him for another visit to-day!). 

Mr. Harry Ramshaw has been observing 
union hours .since beginning work on his 
own hou.se. (1921 1 (We hope; Harr\- has 
continued the good habits .started back in 
those days.) 

With Apologies to R. K. 

\\'li('n the last group-background is 

l)ainted, and we've mounted the workl's 

la.st bird, 
When the oldest digger has fainted 

collecting the last lone sherd, 
^^"e shall rest, and call it a tiay, boys — 

and lay down the book and the pen. 
Till the Master of all Directors shall jiut 

us to work again. 

And those that were gootl shall be happy; 

they shall sit on a cloud-built throne, 
.•\nd i)lan the Ideal Museum, taking no 

ones advice but their own. 
With never a care about monev, with 

never a bid for fame, 
What need to consider the Public when 

only the Master shall blame".' 

.\iid no one shall drag himself homeward 

at the end of the day, dead beat. 
There will be no annoying callers, there 

will ))(• no Museum Feet; 
But each with a corps of assistants, and 

and each in his own separate Hall 
Will arrange all his truck as he likes it, 

or else not arrange it at all. 

Overheard in the Restaurant 

1. .\ man paying his bill in the restaurant 

])ut this ])oser to Ethel Fisher — 
"Do you remember the gorilla they 
had here about thirty years ago? 

Where is it now?" .\nd our 

fair Ethel not even thinking of life 
thirty years ago ! ! 

2. Woman with broken accent i)okcd her 

head inside the restaurant door. 
She then hopefully propounded this 
question, "You give to eat in here — 
free?" ! ! ! 




Planetarium Book Corner 

Have you a little Planetarium in your 
home? Believe it or not, you can have 
one. Many people who like terrestrial 
globes do not know that they can have sky 
globes too. There are globes made which 
show the whole celestial .s|)here, with 
yellow stars on a sky blue background, 
and the mythological figures traced in 
lighter blue. With one of these globes 
you can do as amazing things as the 
Planetarium itself, finding for yourself 
the ai)i)earance of the sky from any place 
on the earth at any hour. 

Come over and see what stars the 
Hayd(>n Planetarium ec]i])se expedition 
will see ilown in Peru this siuniner. They 
are verj' upside-down comi)are(l to our 
own northern stars, but of cour.se it's 
all in the point of view. For those who 
are interested, may we whisper softly in 
conclu.sion, that the globes range in price 
from $3.50 to $15.00. 

Bughouse Blues 

(With apologies to Lucy) 

How would you like my "lousy" job? 

Nursemaid to a flock of bugs, 
I feel l(jw and so would you, 

I'ixing grub for insect mugs. 

Chorus 
Come my ])retty cock-a-roach. 

May I |)lease the subject broach - 
Eat your meal worms (>very one, 

.\nd wipe your mouth when you are iloiic. 

Keeping house for a swarm of Hies 
Boy! Do I get sick and tired; 

Icky, sticky, fat and juicy. 

Up to my neck 1 find I'm mired. 

( 'horiin 
Come my [jrctty ccnti|)ede. 

Let me not your health imi)ede. 
Eat your meal worms, never linger. 

Say! Stop chewing on my finger. 

Mopping uj) for .sloijjiy beetles. 
Dusting off the fruit Ry suite — 
i Some reporters burn me u]), 

"These your bugs?" "Gosh, aren't they 
sweet!" 

Chorus 
Come my crawly, six-legg(>d pest, 
Don't you think I ever rest? 
' Best behave, or el.se I'll rub, 
' Co(!kroach paste upon your grub ! ! 



THE GRAPEVINE 



Pi//)//s/u'(/ h\' The Employees' Benefit Association 
of The American Museum of Natural History 



VOL. I, No. 4 



MAY, 1937 



PRICELESS 



New Trustees . . . 

I'^i\(> new incmljcrs were added tn tlu' 
Hoard of Tnisteos of The Aincrican 
.Museum of Natvu-al History at tlic sjiring 
meeting of the Board, hold on Monchiy, 
May 3rd, 1937. Two, .lames Rowland 
Angell, President of Yale, and Li\ingston 
I'arrand, Pn^sideiit of Cornell, are world 
famous in the realm of education; three, 
Mr. Lewis W. Douglas, Mr. William Lloyd- 
Smith and Mr. Robert Earll McConnell, 
have distinguished themselves in jjublic 
service, business and conservation. 

The Museum's Constitution was also 
amended by increasing the numb(>r of 
Trustees from thirty-three to thirty-eight. 
Due to the death of Mr. Charles Hayden 
there were six vacancies on the Board but 
only five were filled. "The ri-ason for 
increa.sing the number of Trustees at this 
time", .said I'. Trubee Davison, "is that 
there is general feeling on the |)art of 
the Trustees that it would be wise to 
widen the scojie of interest rei)r(>.sentod by 
the membershi]) of the Board. 

Mr. Lewis W. Douglas, former Director 
of the United States Budget, has a 
distinguished record as a public servant. 
Wv will give to the Museum the benefit 
of his experience in |)ublic life and will 
aid in extending the influence of the Mu- 
seum in wider fields of national service. 

Mr. Wilton Lloyd-Smith and Mr. 
Robert Earll McConnell have both had 
notable ex))erience in business, and in 
several fields (jf natural history. Their 
background and associations will be mcjst 
helpful in the Museum's immetliate 
jirogram of development. 

By enli.sting the direct and active co- 
op(-ration of such notable educators as 
Dr. I'arrand and Dr. .\ngell, the Museum 
liopes to reach new heights as an educa- 
tional factor. 

.\mong action taken by the Trustees 
was the adojition of a resolution of 
regi'ct in regard to the death of Dr. 
(ieorge H. Sherwood, who, during more 
than thirty-six years of service with the 
Museum, contributed extensively toward 



its gi'owth. .\ similar resolution was 
adopted in regard to the death of Profes- 
.sor William Morton \\'heel(M', Research 
.\ssociate in the Department of Entomo- 
logy, who died on .\pril 19th. Mrs. 
Antoinette K. Oordon was appointed 
.Associate in .\siatic Ethnology. 



Bust of Dr. Sherwood 

.\t a meeting of all the museum em- 
ployees called recently by Dr. .\ndre\vs, 
it was decided that as an expression of the 
love and respect felt for Dr. Sherwood, 
a bust of Dr. Sherwood was to be made 
and i)laced at the entrance to Education 
Hall, k motion was made and seconded 
that the funds to ])urchase this bust be 
collected from among the employees 
th(>mselves, as they wished it to be their 
own tribute to Dr. Sherwood. 

Dr. .\ndrcws is very hai)i)y to report 
that the fund has been oversubscribed, 
and that the money over and above the 
amovnit to pay for the bust itself, will be 
used to piu'chase a pedestal worthy of the 
bust. Dr. Andrews appc^inted a Com- 
mittee consisting of Dr. Wissler, Dean of 
the Scientific Staff, Dr. Chai)man and 
Dr. Shapiro to consider who was best 
fitted to make this bust, and this Com- 
mittee, after also consulting with the 
Council, chose Mrs. Sally Clark. Mrs. 
Clark's \\ork is well known and she has 
already made busts of Lincoln Ellsworth 
Amelia Earhart and Dr. Andrews. 



NOTICE TO EMPLOYEES 

FROM ADMINISTRATION 

Ecsolved: That in accordance 
with the recommendation of the 
President and in conformance with 
the custom of the hist six years, the 
Trustees hereby approve of closing 
on Saturdays from Jtme 5th to 
September 2oth, 1937, all depart- 
ments of the Museum e.xcept those 
reciuired for the necessary ()])eration 
of the Museiun to keep it open for 
the public. 



Eclipse Expedition 

^^'ith bantls playing appro])riate South 
.\merican rhumbas and flags waving, the 
the first contingent of the Hayden 
Planetarium Grace Expedition including 
Profc'ssor and Mrs. liarton, Mr. and Mrs. 
Adam.son, and Miss Sarah Van S. Pyle, 
embarked for the long voyage to Lima, 
Peru, on Fridaj' afternoon .\pril 30th, 
aboard the Grace Liner S. S. Santa 
Maria. 

The st'nd-ofT for the i)arty was made 
even more stirring by a coast-to-coast 
farewell broadca.st over the Columbia 
Broadcasting Network in wliich President 
Davison, Vilhjalmiu' Stefan.sson, Dr. 
Fisher, Senor Pedro de Zela, W\v Peruvian 
Consul General, and Mrs. Blair Niles, 
author of "Peruvian Pag(>ant", extended 
best wishes for the success of the ex- 
])e(lition. 

On their arrival in Peru, Mr. Barton 
and Mr. Adamson will make the neces- 
sary arrangements for the main body of 
the expedition which will arrive at 
a later date. These arrangements will 
include the selection of the exact sites 
from which the expedition's big camera 
guns will be aimed at that ])oint in the 
sky where the "moon will swallow the 
sun" at 5:21 o'clock on the afternoon of 
June 8th. Chimbote, an imjwitant 
seai)ort on the coast of Peru, is in the 
center of the eclipse i>ath, but it seems an 
almost foregone conclusion that the 
expedition will have to take to the hills 
at altitudes over 3,000 feet in order to be 
well above any interference caused b}' 
fog and low-hanging clo\ids. 

Arrangements will also l)e made for 
microphone positions for radio-broad- 
casting, as a description of the cclii)se 
will be given over the Columbia Network 
in cooperation with members of the Ex- 
pedition. 

Dr. I'isher and other members of the 
lOxpetlitioii will sail uji the S. S. Santa 
1 Lucia on Mav 7tli. 



THE GRAPEVINE 



May. 193 7 



THK GRAPFA'IiXE 

EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor-in-Chief Ikknk F. Cypheu 

Advisory Board 

Wavnk M. Faunce Walter F. Mkister 

Gkorok C. \'aili,ant 

Managing Board 
Edward A. Burns Frank A. Rinald 
George H. Childs Jean Wiedemer 
William G. Hassler 

Editorial Board 

Wendell bennett rachkl h. nichols 
lucy w. clausen joseph quinn 
arthur draper george w. reuther 

elizabeth ertel jacob w. shrope 
fred hahn herman a. sievers 

robert snedigar george tauber 
g. frederick mason helen wilmann 
edwin c.meyenberg william h. wright 
stephen j. murphy 



Our Membership Campaign 

^\'ith a mcmbershii) fommittee like 
ours, j-ou are bound to get places! Look 
where we are this month — we have passed 
the five hundred mark on our membership 
roll. That is oin- idea of good work. The 
names added to our list this time are: 
Charles M. Hogcrt Arthur L. Draper 
I'rauia D. Fuller Michael .J. Higgins 
War(> L}-nch Edwartl T. Malley 

Hazel L. Miller Arthur S.liarf 

Ramiro Qucsada Ethel J. Tinumier 

If the Committee keeps on at this rate 
we shall soon reach our long desired aim — 
100 per cent membership of every em- 
ployee in the Museum. Then we shall 
celebrate with a grand i)arade, or some- 
thing equally appro])riate, for good work 
always deserves a celebration. 

That Planetarium Again 

\ lady came into the Planetarium the 
otlier day and .said to Mr. Lacey, "I .see 
they made a few changes since the last 
time I was here," and Lacey .said, "Yes, 
we allow the peoi)le in free of charge on 
the first floor." So the lady .said, ''You 
even changed that ticket taker; the other 
fellow was baldheaded. Mr. Lacey took 
his iiat off— and the lady said "I'm sorry." 



Just a Lament 
I strive, I sweat, I strain, 
I push my .s<iueaky pen in vain 
I think, I dream, I contemplate, 
I scratch my weary hairless ]mte 
The editor I try to delight. 

But all in vain I work .so hard, 
What's the use of being a bard 
When all my gems of verse depart, 
Since the Editor has no heart! 



Out of the 

War Canoe 

That lady weigiit lift(T that tossed the 
boy friend around the night of tiie 
E.B.A. dance — j-ou know — that Tenth 
Avenue babe — would make a lovely wife 
for an Eskimo. She's strong like plenty 
too much, .\fter her man throwing num- 
ber, she came out i)a.st us, looking tough 
and tougher and talking out of the 
corner of her mouth. I could see by the 
glint in her eye that .something was up 
and whis|)ered to the boys, "Stand by!" 
"Hang on to your seats'. I think we're 
in for a sciuall" And wc were. With 
a wave of her arm that sent her little 
tossee into two half flip-flops and one 
complete Brodie, she yelled, "So — you 
don't think I could. Well, bozo, the.se 
Kwakiutl comics still look depressed and 
in need of a lift. I ain't got a Camel, so — 
here goes!" And with that she puts 
a heave under the bow of the boat and 
gives it a boost. She certainly would have 
been a big hel]) when we shifted to our 
new moorings. I haven't got over the 
jolt she jarred us down with yet. What 
do you suppose she would have made of 
that bunch of wild pigs that chased 
Tommy Gilliard up a tree down in 
Barro Colorado? Cocktail snacks is 
my guess — nothing but cocktail snacks. 

Spring got here and with it a lot of 
things. Spring hats, for instance. The 
lady editor of this sheet (she doesn't 
dare cut this out for fear I'll take mj' 
column to another paper — I've had 
offers) showed up with one that looked 
like it ought to b(> served with butter 
and maple syrup on the side. If the 
present style trends keep up America is 
going to be in a bad way for flower pots 
and cookie tins. 

Another thing 1 trust Spring has 
brought is that |)lea.sant and romantic 
old custom of taking a walk with the boy 
friend. Just in ca.se some of our young 
folks arc a little uncertain about the 
proprieties of street behavior, Mr. Dodo 
from u|) on the second floor, has graciously 
set down a few precei)ts for their infor- 
mation and betterment: 

1. Running acToss the street in front of 
carnages is dangerous and shows a want 
of dignity. 

2. A gentleman may take two ladies 
upon his arms, but on no account should 
a lady swing on the arms of two gentlemen. 

3. Allowing a dress to trail on the 
street is in exceedingly bad taste. Such 
a co.stume calls forth criticism and con- 
tempt from more sensible peo|)le. 

1. When crossing the pavement, a lady 
should raise her dress with her right 



hand a little above the ankle. To rai.M> 
the dress with both hands is vulgar and 
can only be excused when the mud is very 
<lecp.— ( hirf-rol-CaUs-the-Kettk-Black. 



Sand Bag Carter 

T'was in the rifle range, boys, 
The air was filled with smoke 
The empty shells fell round about 
.\nd Dead-shot Donald spoke. 

"Now did I ever tell you boys 

The time I shot tliat sheep 

T'will warm the cockles of your heart 

.\nd make the .strong man wee])." 

"Buffalo Bill may have been fair, 
.\nnie Oakley, good in her day, 
But I'm the boy that bagged a sheep 
Three hundred yards awaj'." 

"It was in far off Indo-China 
On a misty, murky morn 
I shot the biggest mountain shee|) 
That ever had been born." 

"My sights were dim and dirty 
My i)owder dam)) and wet 
The clouds were i)ouring rain-drops 
I can hear that thunder yet." 

"I drew a bead, like this, boj's. 
The bullet true and tried 
And if I'm lying, so help me, 
I hojjc I'm cooked and fried." 

Then spoke a sturdy gunman 
Standing in the rear 
"Listen Dead Shot Donald, 
Why not try it here?" 

Donald took the rifle 

He knealt down in the dark 

We saw nought but tiie smoke and flame 

As Ills gun began to bark. 

The target showed five shots, l)oys. 
Right thru the bulls-eye spot 
Carter rose and ])roudly said, 
"Say boys, am I Hot!" 

"But wait", the gunman shouted 
And Donald's knees did sag 

No wonder he's so good, boj's," 
And then — we saw the bag. 

There on the dirty floor repo.sed 
A SANDBAG! '(Vhat a shame! 
\\'liich Dead Shot Carter had just used 
To fortify his aim. 

I''or shame, for shame! ^'ou scurly knave! 
Your fame has flown away 
So you had to use a sandbag 
You sure will rue this day. 

No more the dead-shot Donald — 
It's SANDBAG CARTER now 
From the sunny Bronx and Boonton 
To the shores of old Han Kow. 

And w lien he tells his story 
About the mountain sheei) 
No more will peoi)le wonder 

No more will strong men weep. 



May, 1937 



THE GRAPEVINE 




Museum Bookshop Notes 

ill (Jucst of (iorillas", a n-cciitly 
|)ul)lisliod book by Drs. Raven and 
(in-fjorv of the staff, is tlio story of an 
expedition to Africa in 1929. It is on 
sale at the Roosevelt Memorial Booksliop, 
and very ixipular, too. 

'rh("re is also a shelf of cliiich'en's 
l)ooks selling at ten cents i)er copy which 
are well worth investisjating if you are 
ever up against the problem of selecting 
an inexpensive gift for a boy or girl. 

Then, too, the Osage drums! They are 
good-looking affairs with a "bom-bom" 
sound, when you beat them rhythmically, 
that is excellent for whoojiing and stomp- 
ing. They have also been used, more 
conservatively, as dinner gongs. A noble 
calling for which they are distinc'tly 
worthy. 

Perhaps the most ornamental as well as 
instructive objects in the bookshop are the 
handsomely colored globes. Selling, ordi- 
narily, at .?3.")0 each, the discoimt for em- 
ployees, which as most of you know, is in 
effect on nearly all the merchandise handled 
at the bookshop, brings the jirice down to 
S2.60. These, if .\-ou have a special 
hankering for a globe, are sincerely reco- 
mended. If you don't have the hanker- 
ing now, you'll ])rol)al)Iy get it when you 
see them. 



Timely Observations 

Mr. Howard Taylor, a tail, conscien- 
tious, dark haired young man who tends 
strictly to business, has at last, in sjnte 
of his modesty, become ensnared by the 
Graix'vine's publicity tendrils. Here's 
the do|)e about him. He is a \n\\n] of 
I'rank J. Meyers, Research A.s.sociate in 
Rotifera, and i.s engaged at the Museum 
in working out .some very interesting 
technical methods of preserving and 
sectioning rotifers for microscopic study. 

Dr. Austin L. Riind, ornithologist and 
a.ssistant leader of the 1936 New Guinea 
Exi)edition led by Richard Archbold, re- 
turned to New York on the Conte di 
Savoia briglit and early Thursday morn- 
ing, April 22nd, 1937. 

Mr. David Nichols arrived in New 
Yink on the Berengaria .\pril 30th, and 
came directly to the Museum. He has 
bec!i in England studying specimens at 
the British Mu.seum, and has a paper 
in the course of preparation which is to be 
called "The Transatlantic Mitt; Problem." 



Lend Us Your Ears ! ! ! 

II ( (ill knoir (iittl (III mil liint l)r. Andrews 
is a gnat riian (itid a great explorer, hut tre 
unsh lo offer another tribute to his greatness 
this month. The other day he let us see 
some of his "fati mail" received from time to 
time, and ire in turn are giving you some 
of the choice excerpts from this pile of 
e pistil. t. After reading tin in ire hope you 
will realize why Dr. Roy Chapman Andreirs 
looks worried. 

(They are all addressed to "My dear 
Dr. Andn-ws): "The enclo.sed picture 
resembles strikingly a man I knew ;i long 
time ago. Foolishly enough, we never told 
each other our real names. Sometimes 
you do things like that when you arc 
very young. He was very interested, 
also, in man's I'volution from mammalian 
life, which is rather a coincidence. Do 
you, l)y any chance, liave i-ed or sandy 
hair which quite refuses to lie flat — and 
are you about forty years of age? Please 
forgive these personal questions if you 
are not the man. If you are, I knew you 
would be glad to hear from me." 

Excerpt No. 2: "Instead of supporting 
a second trip to the South or North Pole, 
I would ask you to supjwrt my plea to 
Mr. Rockefeller, to start a movement to 
dig a shaft 50 square feet towards the 
center of the earth. According to my 
oi)inion there is more to be learned by 
going towards the center of the earth 
than to the poles, and this work could 
easily be made self-sup])orting in time if 
pro|)erly handled." 

Excerpt No. 3: "Please write and let 
me know if there are any women and 
thunder storms at the South Frigid Zone 
or South pole." 

Excerpt No. 4: "I am a bachelor, 
()■") years of age, and have lived .57 years 
in Chicago, have a clear record and I can 
furnish $100 bond anil references. I will 
pay you .f 100 if you find me a wife, but 
not a negro, she must have .$1000 cash. 
I am a temperance man and 1 will join 
your Club [the Mu.seum) also the wife 
may be from 16 to 60 years of age. I have 
.'i;2.')0 in three banks, they are closed. 
I carry ."JIO.OOO insurance. 

Excerpt No. .5: "Mr. Andrews 1 want 
to ask, nay plead, to accompany you on 
your dangerous trip. I say dangerous 
because the risk of being killed by wild 
cannaballs and animals and as I will be 
21 years old the 17 of .lanuary I sliall 
have to a.sk no one exce])t you for I have 
been my own boss for 5 years. Now 
Mr. .\ndrews think twice before j'ou 
answer and count 10 and see if you can't 
possibly find a i)lace where you will need 
me on your trip as it would be the chance 
of a life time and would mak<' a new man 
of me \\'ho knows I might even 




Planetarium Book Corner 

Have you ever made a telescope 
mirror'' If you have, you will know that 
there is a remarkably helijful book all 
about what to do and how to do it. 
This is AMATEUR TELESCOPE MAK- 
ING. For those who know everything in 
this volume, and have mad(> a mirror, 
two or three, there is a newer book, long 
awaited among telesco))!' making brethren, 
known as AMATEUR TELESCOPE 
MAKING, ADVANCED. Thes.> you 
maj' see at the Planetarium Book 
Corner. 

We have also, a fine mirror on display, 
made by one of the members of tiie 
Optical Division of the .\mateur Astrono- 
mers Association. If you have fifty 
dollars, and not enough elbow greas(> or 
time to make your own instrument, you 
may buy this eight inch Pyrex disc, which 
is corrected to one-half a millionth of an 
inch. Come and look at it anyway. 

(Personal note: Mrs. Federer's (-n- 
thusiastically started .six inch minor was 
accidentally dropped and brok(>n last 
week. When this happens, you just 
start over again.) 



Little Known Facts About 
Museum Animals 

We tried to keep it (juiet, but the other 
day she moo-ed and now the story is out. 
We'll warrant few know that Tom Potter 
in addition to being No. 1 timekeeper 
also takes care of Sophronia, the Museum 
Cow. The enterprise started about 
seventeen years ago and has withstood 
many trials and tribulations. .\t first 
there were only three inveterate milk 
drinkers. Now — the habit has spreail to 
include eleven imbibers of the white fltiid. 

Disdaining all manner of bribes we 
felt our first obligation was to our dear 
l)ublic eagerly awaiting the outcome of 
our investigation. AVe give you tlu; 
staunch milk i)atrons — Misses Clau.sen, 
Olsen, Guinan, and Voter. Messrs. 
Hoffman, Rooney, Sherer, (Don ,Iuan) 
Tauber, Walsh, W(>aver and Vitolo. We 
think it mighty nice of Tom to go to all 
the trouble necessary to ordering and 
l)aying for the daily delivery of eleven 
bottles of milk. Thanks Tom! 

save your life, of course probabij' I 
wouldn't but I would if I got the chance." 

(Xext month we shall give you a further 
glimpsi into this Inliresting file of docu- 
ments.) 



THE GRAPEVINE 



May, 1937 



Non-Scientific 

Discoveries 

Evcryoiu' slioukl know that the vcrj- 
successful and efficient Chairman of our 
dance committee is now a proud father — 
and her name is Cynthia Fay Mason. 

We listened in xvith great interest to Dr. 
Weyer and Mr. Voorhees in their fasci- 
nating broadcast on Friday evening, April 
30th, over the Columbia Broadcasting net- 
work. We certainly hope there icill be more 
of the XATUR.XL HISTORY MACA- 
ZIXE "Stranger Than Fiction" programs, 
for they are as interesting to us Museumers 
as they are to the public. But really Mr. 
Voorheesl ! ! "stranger than fiction" is 
being strained just a little too far when you 
addressed Dr. Weyer as "Dr. Fish"\ I ! 

Noticing a huid buzz of excitement in 
the neighl)orh()()<i of Entomology \vc 
decided the matter should i)e investi- 
gated. We were therefore i)leasently 
surprised to see Ethel Olsen back on the 
job again after a serious illness. 

Mr. Bums isn't the type to let Anthro- 
pology put anything over on him. When 
he saw the Pierce Arrow trailer in the 
carpenter shop, he just up and bought 
a new Dc Solol 

Mr. Junius Bird, field assistant in the 
De])artment of Anthropology, has ju-st 
returned to the United States with Mrs. 
Bird, after two and a half years s])ent in 
the far southern regions of South America, 
during which time they covered almo.st 
10,000 miles by boat and automobile. 
In .studying the native Indians of Tierra 
del Fuego, the Straits of Magellcn, the 
island of Chiloe, and the Alachalufs of 
western Chile, Mr. Bird has obtained 
extensive material on the primitive canoe, 
and land tribes in this remote part of the 
world which promises to be of great \alue 
toward further knowledge of these iso- 
lated, ])rimitive peojjles. 

H'r have two hand Imll courts now, 
located to the north side of the Ilall of 
Ocean life. Come around between twelve 
and one o'clock some day and see some 
action. .Mr. Broderick is captain of the 
Custodian's Team. 

In addition to hand ball, we also have 
a tennis court — it too is locatetl to the 
north side of the Hall of Ocean Life. 
We understand that it might be jxjssiblo 
to get in some good play there if Mr. 
Kinzer and Mr. Johnson ever finish that 
set they started a week ago. 

The Department of Advertising is growing 
rapidly these day.'f. We welcome Mr. W. 
Ware Lynch (from .{rlhur Kudrr, Inc.) 
whose is now the S(Ui.s Rcprcscntnlirr of the 



department, and assistant to Mr. Voorhees. 
[We think his greatest task is going to be 
to keep track of Mr. Voorhees, and check 
up on his speeches.] This same department 
also has a publishers representative in 
Chicago now — Mr. Frank S. Whitman. 

Many of you remember Jane Turner, 
secretary in Mammalogy, and will be 
glad to hear that after a period of almost 
years she is decidedly on the road to 
health. Several of us i)ai(l her a x'isit 
the other week, much to her joy. Even 
though she has only been home from the 
hospital about .six weeks, she is as ener- 
getic and as in love with life as ever. 

We wonder if it's really .lunior Xaliirfd 
History that brings Miss Edwards to the 
print shop so often. 

This was heard in the Muscimi Yard: 
Freddie Weir (To Ed Burns in a stalled 
Ford): "What's the matter Ed, are you 
broke? Riding in an old thing like that ! ! ! 
"How dare you insult my car!" yelled 
Violet Whittington, indignantl^y, "Mr. 
Burns is merely trying to start it." 

// has been brought to our notice that 
a man is needed to take the squeak out of 
a pair of new shoes. Replies may be 
addressed to Tony, ^ Steve Murphy. 

Having read some of Otto Eckholm's 
articles in "The Elm Beacon", a well 
known church paper, we report that lie 
sounds like another Arthur Bri.sbane. 

Why is it that one very active mcinb< r of 
the Editorial Board is always late for 
meetings' Say, Bill, wc loo know some 
restaurants where they serve good things] 

Mrs. Cotter has definitely settled in 
New York now. Her furniture has all 
been moved here and we luulerstand 
she is completely settled. 

Birds go south in the unntcr and north in 
the summer — and true to form, so does the 
Department of Ornithology. In other words. 
Dr. Frank Chapman is hack again from 
Barro Colorado Island, and so is Tom 
(lilliard. Once more we can be sure that 
winter is over and the spring migration 
under way. 

The Bronx was the scene of an im- 
portant bowling contest the other <'vening 
between the attendants of the Plane- 
tarium. .W Patterson, after scoring 40, 
was tiiere with his cogibundity of co- 
gitation. 

Dr. Roy W. .Miner attended the Annual 
meeting of Ihr American Association of 
Museum held at .\'ew Orleans this year. 
He spoke on .May oth on "I'nder-sea Field 
Work for .Marine Croups." 

Wc are sorry to report tliat Mrs. 
Marion Jellicorse ile Roos is no longer 
with us at the Museum, but wc also wish 



to take this occasion to welcome Mrs. 
Dorothy Scott (Jillam to our public. 
You can meet Mrs. CJillam any day in the 
Museum restaurant, wlu-rc she will 
escort you to your table, and give you 
a very lovely smile. 

Flash.'! — Ju.'it as we were going to press 
we received the news that Dr. Robert Cush- 
man Murphy is now a grandfather. His 
first grandson was born on .May 6th, and 
is already planning to help his grandfather 
in the Bird Department. 

Mrs. Helen \'oter is lea\iiig on May 
loth, and while we don't wish to say 
anything yet, wc just wish to tell you that 
there will be a further announcement in 
a future issue. 

.lolin Saunders was at home sick for 
a week, and the first day he reappeared 
a small but blossoming moustache appeared 
with him. The next day it disappeared. 
Can anyone tell us why.' 

We regret to announce the ilcath of 
Mrs. Alice K. Frazer on May Gth in Pasa- 
dena, California. 



Brighten the Corner 

Where You Are 

For many years a calm and sedate 
looking gentlemen .sat on a marble 
pedestal in the l''oyer, paticntlj* watching 
the main entrance on 77th Street, as if 
scrutinizing all who dared to enter its 
portals. But alas, the jwwers that be 
decided to bar those historical old doors, 
through which many noted personages 
had passed. The marble gentleman 
became sail; he thought of the many 
years he had devoteil to our worthy 
institution — and now he was deserteil. 

No longer did the cheery, exjiectant 
youth flock i)ast his gaze. They seemed 
to sneak in behind his back, as if to 
avoid his glance. So the kindly hearted 
old gentleman, Morris Ketchum Jcssup 
(yes, it is he of whom we si)eak) decided 
to do something rasli. Yes, he decided to 
take a back seat, where he could see 
things from a different angle. He would 
go where he could "ketchum" coming 
and goin<i. It seems others noticed his 
plight also, and it was decided to re- 
decorate and modernize his surroundings, 
and ease the strain on his eyes with in- 
direct lighting. Who knows, we may yet 
see him smile, when he sits, resplendant in 
his new surroundings, gilded as the 
proNcrbial lil>-, and basking in the light 
diffused softly o\-er the gleaming new 
paint. Should you wish to see the effect 
for yourself, wc luiderstand the foyer 
will be ready to be seen about Maj' 10th. 



The First Aid Room is now in The 
Roosevelt Memorial basement. Mrs. 
Emery and Mrs. Dunn are both in at- 
tendance there. 



THE GRAPEVINE 

Published by The Employees' Benefit Association 
of Tlie American Museum of Natural History 



VOL. I, No. 5 AND 6 



JUNE, 1937 



PRICELESS 



Sparkling Gems . . . 

No matter Iidw far back tlic historian 
may delve into tlie seerets of tiie i)ast 
there lui.s not been a time when women of 
all raers elimates and cultures failed to 
revel in adorning; themselves with gems. 
Their lure is older than tin- ijvramids, 
older than bronze age and in all ])robabilit y 
older than fashion in dress. 

The famous Morgan Gem Collection 
in the Museum devotes two of its e.x- 
hibition eases to the "Antique Use of 
Gems", and now, through the courtesj' of 
an anonymous friend of the Museum, 
there has been placed on exhibition a 
small but very interesting group of 
jewelry pieces which show how gems were 
combined in jewelry forms a century ago. 
Some of them date even further back 
than that, and take us well into the jewelry 
of our great grandmothers. 

"In this loan collection of old jewelry 
fashions" says Mr. Whitlock, "are to be 
found diamond necklaces and brooches 
that might easily have winked across the 
glittering horseshoe when the lights went 
up on the first performance in the Metro- 
politan Ojjera House. There is a memorial 
ring that marked the death of a lady who 
lived through the American Revolution. 
Florentine earrings, which if they could 
speak, might tell of glamorous romances 
when men wore swords not merely for 
decorations. 

There arc French betrothal rings with 
diamonds and surmounted by tiny coro- 
nets, that were worn some hundred and 
fifty years ago. And in this same senti- 
ment belongs a curious ring that dis])lays 
a little masked face, done in black and 
white enamel with jewels set in the eyes 
and mouth. On the back of this mask, 
next to the finger, and invisible imtil the 
ring is taken off, is the sentiment of the 
giver, also done in enamel, "Je cache mon 
amour". This ring b(>longs to the period 
of Louis Phillippe. 

Picked up here anil there in the curio 
shops of Europe, when trav(>l was still 
a matter of leisure, these old jewels give 
a veritable cross section of the life and 
culture of a time when that nnich over- 
worked word "cosmoi)olitan" r(>ally meant 
one who had seen the world, not merely 
dashed through it. 



Reflection on 

Member's Day 

(By one of the Guides) 

Members' Day — the tall bronz(Hl good- 
looking man who seemed so ai)preciative 
of everything you (female) said, flutter, 
flutter, of course it turned out he had 
a wife and kiddies -the little girls who 
seemed so enchanting until they wanted to 
know what that little hedgehog-looking 
thing was, which you had entirely over- 
looked up to that moment — the peace 
that passeth all understanding as you 
realized that your group wouldn't know 
the difference — the Fidgety One who came 
to see Preparation and nothing but Prepa- 
ration, and j'et would neither leave you in 
peace and depart to see Preparation, nor 
stay with you and stop asking questions, 
"How long are you going to stay here?". . 
"Are you nearly finished here?". . "What 
other i)laces did you say we were going to?''' 
"What is in them?" — the elderlj' ladies 
who couldn't tear themselves away from 
the masculine beauty in the Whitney 
Bird Hall and were seen in my grouj), 
Nevermore! — the enthusiastic lady in 
another group who thought it was so 
nice of the Museum to have such charming 
young men to take them around — the 
relief as you herded your flock back to 
green pastures and refreshments, all 
responsibility lifted from your shoulders, 
and realized that they were really all nice, 
friendly people and you loved them, every 
one. Members' Day, you thought, is 
really getting better every year. 




Off the Tennis 

Racquet 

The Tennis I'\'ver has certainly gripped 
the athletically inclined of the Museum. 
More so than any other sport and before 
long, who knows, we may develop a 
Tilden or a Vines. 

That 'ooy, Patsy Saulina, swings a mean 
racquet, in fact he broke one right in half 
the other day. 

Those two boys from the Bursar's 
Department (Charlie Kerr and George 
Decker) are a combination which we 
think will b<> hard to beat. 

The Custodian's Dejjartment is also 
well represented in the persons of Mr. 
Kinzer, Frank Bacon, Johnny McCormack 
and Bernard Moore. 

Tom Voter, Henry Ruof and Bill 
Wright are three of the regulars seen on 
the court, not forgetting a certain heckler 
from the Storeroom who is always present 
with his sun glasses, nose awning and 
Bronx cheer. (How are you Frank?). 

Confidentially, the boys from the 
Print Shop have brought their racquets 
and have been getting in s(jme early 
morning practice, so beware ! 

We understand that the court is pretty 
well occupied after five o'clock. Will try 
to get the low-down on some of these 
players for a future issue. 



Singers Wanted 

Museum employees who enjoy singing 
and would like to join a glee club will be 
interested in knowing that a Museum 
male glee club is being formed. For 
further details see Bernard Moore. 



" Scotch " 

Overh(>ard at the Mail Desk — really 
and truly: "Let me have a three cent 
stamj), ))lease. Here's two cents — and 
you owe me a cent from last year when 
you had no change." 



Vacation Days 
The Cirai)cvine is being i.ssued 
at the end of the month this time 
so that you may all take it on your 
vacations with you, and so that our 
staff may have a vacation too. We 
wish you all a happy summer and 
will see you again in September. 



THE GRAPEVINE 



June, 1937 



THE GRAPEVINE 

EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor-in-Chief — Irene F. Cypher 

Advisory Board 

Wayne M. Faunce Walter F. Meister 

George C. Vaillant 

Managing Board 
Edward A. Burns Frank A. Rinald 
George H. Childs Jean Wiedemer 

Editorial Board 
wendell bennett rachel h. nichols 
lucy w. clausen joseph quinn 
arthur draper george w. reuther 

elizabeth ertel jacob w. shrope 
Thomas Gilliard herman a. sievers 

FRED HAHN GEORGE TAUBER 

ROBERT SNEDIGAK HELEN WILMANN 

G. FREDERICK MASON WILLIAM H. WRIGHT 
EDWIN C.MEYENBERG STEPHEN J. MURPHY 



E. B. A. Membership 

\Vc take this ojiportunity to say a few 
words eoncerniiiK the important item of 
assessments, an all important ciuestion 
always to the assoeiation. It was not 
neeessary to levy an assessment for the 
death benefit i)ayments for the late 
George H. Sherwood and George B. Dill. 
Money on hand in the treasury and the 
proceeds from our recent dance covered 
these payments. The assessment for the 
late John H. Scij) had to be met by tlie 
usual method. 

Our increased membershi|) will tend 
in the long run to reduce assessment 
obligations jjer member. With five 
hundred members we can assume the 
payment of five death benefits with only 
three actual asses.sments. 

Don't forget our goal — one hundred jier 
cent emj^loyee membership and one 
hundred per cent participation in all of 
the organization activities. This is your 
organization — make it really yoius by 
taking an active part in all of its affairs. 



Of Rabbits and a Man 

Most things like rabbits and like iiares, 
Are very timid and subject to scares. 
That's why I think it strange and funny 
That Bunny should be known as "Bunny". 

The only likeness that's six'cific 
Is that his hobbies arc prolific, 
For all his sjKiretime he beguiles 
Collecting stamjis and ])ainting tiles. 

Collecting guns and making ])la(iues, 
There's only one tiling that he lacks, 
And that is finding time enough 
In which to do and keep his stuff. 



Out of the 

War Canoe 

wen it certainly does my lieart good 
before I sign off for the summer months to 
know that my readers really read my rav- 
nigs — or do they? Maybe they don't read, 
but just look. At any rate this note was 
depo.sited in our bark, and wiiile the boys 
were a little set uj) over being ])ublicity 
material, .so to sjjcak, I told them not to 
get excited, we could leave the worrying 
to the editor. Here's the note: 
"Dear Editor: — 

You may say about your big chief in tlie 
war canoe whatever you like, but in my 
opinion he is a bum executive. For a 
coons age now he has been watching his 
beauties paddle the boat in one direction, 
and the two guys up front i)ole it in the 
opposite direction, and he lias done 
nothing about it. 

Or could it ])ossibly be that the paildlers 
are Democrats and the i)ol("men Re])ubli- 
cans? Or is the chief just waiting for the 
Suiweme Court decision as to which 
direction is the constitutional one? 

In that case my ajjologies to the chief. 



pointers on how to handle the boys the 
next time they get restless. I wish some- 
body else around iiere would get married. 
Chief Pot-Calh-thc-Kettle-Black 



Things have been i)retty dull around 
here and the boys were getting low in 
sjHrits when one of them overheard a 
passing whis])er all about "I do . . etc.", 
and then we heard another whis])er about 
jiarty, so I just quietly slijjiied out for 
a few minutes and followed the whisper. 
Of all places it led straight to the natviral 
history advertising offices. It seems that 
that nice Frederick Hahn had been foolish 
enough to decide to get married on June 
12th and they were giving him something 
they called a "surprise jjarty". I'll say 
it was a surprise! It was a gathering of 
the clans — for every one of the museum 
publications was amply represented, from 
the junior of the family right down the 
line to the scion of this sheet. I'm not 
mentioning any names you notice, but the 
I)ublicity department wouldn't have to go 
far to get information. They certainly 
gave that bridegroom a send off. It did 
me good to see so many people enjoying 
them.selves at the expense of one man's 
downfall. The refreshments restored my 
faith in humanity, and it was such a nice 
friendly crowd they made me feel right at 
home. Even the little alligator they were 
all excited about didn't bother me (but 
it is strange how the female of the human 
si)ecies objects to the most harniiess 
animals). They gave Mr. Hahn some- 
books to start filling up the gaps iti his 
new bookshelves, and they all seemed to 
be having a good time over one about the 
struggle for j)owcr. I must try to get 
ahold of it some quiet night and get some 



Museum Sidelights 

(This sliould really be sung to "Side- 
walks of New York") 
As the chain gang at tlie Museum their 

daily task began 
They had one member in tlieir group, his 

name was Martin Dvum. 
Now the boys that day worked very hard, 

they all were on the run. 
They tried to finish up tiieir job, but 

Martin he was Dunn. 

There's okl Hugh McCullen, upon the 
ujiper floor with those prehi.storic an- 
imals they call the dinosaurs, 

•And at the little children you should hear 
him loudly roar 

Don't dare ye touch tho.se skellitins, 

Or you'll get old dino-sore. 

A visitor at the Mu.seum, to the guard he 

said, 
I'd love to see the co|ii)er man, of him 

so much I've n^ad. 
The guard tried to su|)i)ress a smile and 

slowly shook his head, 
"I'm sorry, sir," was liis rejily, "the 

copper man is dead." 



Reporters' Guide 

[Again iriih npolog.cs to R.K.) 

Now this is the law of the Press-World — as 

old and as true as the sky; 
.And those who would be of this Pack and 

prosper must keep it trulj' and try. 

As the cable that circles the ocean, the 
Press carries news forth and back — 

For the .strength of the Press-Pack is 
freedom, ami freedom's the strength of 
this Pack. 

Watch closely from morning to night 

for news that's of interest to all in your 

fold— 
And remember as long as no malice is 

teiulered, real news sliould always be 

told. 

I"or tiie Lair of a Paper's its own field, 

where it has made its home. 
There shall it be left to do its work — to 

do it unfettered, alone. 

Now these are the Laws of the Press- 
World, and many and mighty are they; 

Keep these, bank your presses on time — 
and you may truly .say these are the 
laws vou obev. 



June, 1937 



THE GRAPEVINE 



On Your Toes 

One of the time consunniiK duties of 
;i Museum Curator is to answer, or 
attomjit to answer, questions of a most 
varied nature. 

For instance, the correspontlent asks, 
"How many toes lias the African ele- 
phant?" It was evident from the coni- 
niiniication that his interest was not 
osteolof^ical hut rather pertaining to the 
external ai)peaninee of toe-nails, which is 
variable. 

To answer this very important (juestion 
ill a scientific manner it became necessary 
for Mr. Cluibh to travel by a quadru!)edal 
methoil of progressive locomotion, flash 
light in fore i)aw, among thirty-two 
pillarlike supports of a mild and indulgent 
herd of elephants. 

It is to be hoped that this earnest 
"seeker after the truth" was much 
gratified to learn that toe-nails of the 
African elephant range from 2 to 4 per 
foot. 



Our Planetarium 

The Planetarium show for the month of 
June centers approjjriately ui)on eclipses. 
Ecli])ses of the moon, which occiu' when 
that body enters the cone-shaped shadow 
of the earth, are interesting, of course. 
Eclijises of the sun, however, which occur 
when the moon is placed precisely between 
our planet and the sun, far excel those in 
grandeur and for that reason are given 
prominence in the demonstrations. The 
longest total eclipse of the sun in 1200 
years, lasting for over seven minutes, 
fell on the 8th of this month. Planetarium 
visitors are projected by means of the 
versatile magic lantern that is respon.sible 
for the celestial spectacles of the Plane- 
tarium to the latitude and longitude in 
which this eclipse was visible, down to 
Peru, location of the Hayden Planetarium- 
Grace Line Exiiedition. The beautiful 
thrilling display of the total solar eclipse 
is vividly reproduced on the artificial sky. 

While in the southern hemisjihere the 
audience will have an opportunity to view 
another outstanding and striking spectacle 
of the sky, the Southern Lights. This has 
jiroved so popular to visitors that it is 
being held over as a special feature. For 
,July the topic will be "Circus Time in 
Space", and for August, "Cosmic Ghosts 
( lalore". 

Recently i)ut on disjilay on the first 
floor of the Planetarium is a large modern 
reflecting telescope, with a mirror 12 inches 
in diameter and equii)petl with electric 
drive for following automatically any 
h(>avenly body under observation. This 
instrument was presented to the Depart- 
ment of Astronomy by the maker, Mr. 
J. W. Fecker of Pittsburgh. 




W^hat's Your Guess ? ? 

(Ti'ue to ciur promise made last month, 
we r(>print a letter received in the Museum. 
Our suggestion is that we shall probably 
ultimately be driven to establishing a 
correspondence department to cope with 
just such situations. .\i)i)licants need not 
aiiply unless qualified to answer any 
(luestion under any circumstance.) 

"How to write this letter without you 
thinking me some weird fn^ak and recom- 
mending a visit to a physicologi.st, I do 
not know, so I shall simply state the 
facts as they hapjiened to me. 

Som(>time ago I had a dream or vision 
of spending a day and night as a cave 
dweller. The method of living, warmth 
of the soil and strange texture of the skin 
was s(j different from anything I have 
ever thought of, that I am interested in 
knowing whether it coincides with your 
theories of life of early man. 
The following is a brief outline: 

Our series of eaves were located on the 
side of a cliff overlooking a small open 
valley, with a stream flowing close to the 
ojjposite bank. It was a habit of the 
jjcople to doze beside this stream, some of 
them with the lower half of their bodies in 
the water. The earth itself was warm. 

The skin covering the outer part of the 
body was odd in the extreme, it had 
a rough, salty texture, perhaps half an 
inch in thickness. The inside of the arms 
and legs were soft and smooth. We were 
amazingly sure footed. W^e ran down the 
side of the cliff, jumped from rock to 
rock, without a thought of falling. 
Contrary to popular opinion, we wore no 
animal skins. 

The tribe was comi)osed of t\\enty or 
thirty people. There seemed to be no 
laws. The strongest took what he wanted. 
Their dead were dropi)ed through a 
crevice in the rock floor at the back of 
one of the caves. This cave was made 
of smooth red rock. A tree overhanging 
the river had pointed leaves and a red 
trunk. 

If my letter is not too absurd to merit 
an answer, I should appreciate knowing 
whether this agrees with facts known of 
])rehistoric man. Perhaps I should add 
that I have arranged to have an answer 
delivered to me under the name signed 
below, as my husband is a doctor, and 
I should not like to cause him any em- 
barrassment." 



Reward ! ! ! 

Admirers of the Junior Zoo (that 
collection of miniature animals belonging 
to The Junior Natural History Magazine) 
will be grieved to learn that, on the night 
of June 7th, that office was entered and 
thieves made away with a number of the 
choicest creaturi's of the collection. 
Dorothy Edwards was se(>n for several 
days thereafter going around with a 
daz(>d (expression muttering "and they 
took the tiger — and giraffe — and manx 
cat — ." The Junior Natural History is 
offering a reward of a year's subscrijition 
for information leading to the recovery of 
any or all the kidnapjied creatures. 



Expeditions in the Field 

Dr. Barnum Brown, Curator of Fossil 
Rejjtiles, is at Rock Springs, Wyoming, 
where the American Musevim-Sinclair 
Expedition of 1937 will dig for the bones 
of a mystery dino.saur whose tracks Dr. 
Brown has been following for many years. 
Other members who will join the Ex- 
pedition sometime in June are Dr. Erich 
M. Schlaikjer, Instructor in Geology and 
Palaeontology at Brooklyn College; Mes- 
sers. Gilbert F. Stucker, Roland T. Bird 
and Robert G. Chaffee of the Museum's 
staff; G. D. Guadagni of Boston and G. 
Edward Lewis of Yale University. It 
is expected that the party will be in the 
field throughout the entire summer until 
the first of October. 

The Snyder (Canadian) Mountain 
Exi)edition arriv(>d at Edmonton, Canatla 
on June 2nd. From there the expedition 
will fly and go by power boats to the 
Snyder Mountains, collecting at various 
camps along the rivers in the mountains. 
George B. Goodwin, Assistant Curator of 
Mammals is in charge. 

The Krech-Solbert Expedition will 
collect small and large mammals in North 
British Columbia during the summer. 
James Dillon will be the Museum repre- 
sentative. 



Currents Exhibits 

These are the exhibits you ma.v want to 
watch for, coming to Education Hall in the 
next few months. 

Museum Teaching Aids — Exhibit of the 
Circulating Collections and Museum 
Aids for Teachers, for Biology, Nature 
Study, and the Social Studies, July 7th 
to August 13th 

A(iuarium Societj — .A.nnual Exhibit of the 
Aquarium Society, September 10th, 
11th and 12th 

Fisher Body Exhibit Exhibit of Model 
Automobiles, made by boys in compe- 
tition s|)onsored by the Fisher Body 
Crafts Co., July 12th to July 26th 



THE GRAPEVINE 



June, 1937 




Non-Scientific 

Discoveries 

Mr. Chrif; Olscn will .spfiul a throo 
month's holiday in Denmark, wliero he 
will lectin-e at the University of Coix-n- 
hagen on the activities of the Department 
of Lower Invertebrates for the benefit 
of the eombined Danish Natural History 
Societies. He sailed June 9th on the 
Drottningholm accompanied by Mrs. 
OLsen. This trip marks their first return 
to their native heath. 

Ernest Deike, Plandariuin technician, 
left in June for a two month's sojourn in 
Europe, to visit his parents in Hanover 
for the first time in fifteen years, and also 
to visit the Zeiss Planetarium at Jena. 

That ]irosperity corner has been found 

we caught Bobby Burns of the 

Bindery rounding it in a new Plymouth 
sedan. 

The other Saturday afternoon we were 
one of a small gallery watching the Museum 
tennis fans. A certain tall dark young man, 
wearing classic spectacles, and closely 
affiliated with advertising, was one of the most 
energetic of the players. All of a sudden 
one of his lovely blue braces (suspenders to 
some of us) gave way. This did not daunt 
him. But then the other half also gave up the 
ghost, and we beg to report that he blushed, 
(we leave you to imagine why). Then he 
bravely tied the offending articles tightly 
around his mardy girth and finished in 
a blaze of glory. 

T>a.st month this colunui rejjorted that 
one of our readers had moved to this city 
and w-as now c()m]>letely settled. The 
lihrase "comi)!etely settled" conveyed to 
several i)eo|)le the lamentable notion 
that the editors were writing an obituary. 
The editors, shocked and grieved at having 
this homely collo(|uialism thrown back 
at them horribly punned, wish to announce 
that great effort will now be taken to 
wit |)roof all notices Ix'fore publishing. 

Xot to be outdone by her confreres who 
globe trot, Miss Lucas has also decided 
to join the ranks of those who are traveling 
this summer. She and her sister are sailing 
in August for a trip to England. 

Help Wanted: Dick Joyce is collecting 
Red Ants who can help him. Ho is also 
interested in the wild ducks in Central 
Park Lake. He spends his lunch hours 
feeding them. 



Among a lot of other things, Museum- 
ites play checkers. And the checker fans 
want to know why Frank Bray won't play 
Freddie Weir, when all the other boys are 
around. {They say that perhaps Jim 
Philburn can tell us). 

This item should really be under ex- 
])editions in the field, foi it is an expedition 
if there ever was one. Mrs. Ramsey is 
taking her vacation to make a tour of 
museums in the middle west and along the 
coast, to study the t.yi)e of work they are 
doing in education. Her itinerary is 
one to reckon with, for it includes Chicago, 
St. Paul, Minneapolis, Glacier National 
Park, Portland, Ore., Mt. Ranier and 
Crater Lake, San Francisco, Los Angeles, 
Salt Lake City, Denver, Kan.sas City, 
St. Loui.s, and then home. 




If any of you happened to be listening in 
on Station WOR on the evening of June 
1st, you probably heard Dr. Childs. He 
spoke for the Hobby Programs — and what 
do you think his hobby is? "Making 
Miniature Animalsl !" 

We saw Michael Beeth the other day 
proudly escorting a fine, upstanding young 
gentleman through the Museum halls, 
and so we had to find out what it was all 
about. It was none other than his .son 
Joseph, home on vacation from Ft. 
Meyer, Va., where he is stationed with the 
machine gun troop of the 3rd cavalry. 
Michael also inform(>d us (you know 
these proud fathers) that Jos(>])li had won 
five medals for sharjjshooting. 

Charles Bogerl is growing a new mous- 
tache. He states that they grow best in the 
warm weather — hence he always starts 
anew when summer comes around. You 
know the old adage "faint heart, etc. . . ." 

She walked so slowly that we Ijccame very 
much worried — for who of us had ever seen 
the agile, fleet-fotted Miss Newman going 
along at a sedate pace.' To see her dashing 
down the halls one imagines her saying 
"Awake my .souZ.' stretch every nerve, and 
press with vigor on." It is no wonder then 
that we noticed with affright her "measured 
beat and slow". .\o sooner had we ex- 
pressed our concern to this spriest Museum- 
ites than we were completely taken by 
surprise. RU Good heavens no! — it was 
only the discomfort of a new pair of shoes. 
When she walked fast, friction made them 
uncomfortable, but when she slowed her 
pace, everything was ease and peace. 



This is offered mcTcly as a tij) to 
Mu.seum motorists. Miss Lucy Clausen 
is said to be an expert auto mechanic. 

The serious looking attendant in Roosevelt 
Memorial took his bar exams the other week. 
If everything is all right we will identify him 
in a later issue. 

David Nichols enti-aincd on June 21st 
for the Pacific coa.st en route to Alaska, 
a-a-all alone, on a collecting tri]) for the 
Mammal Department. He lias carte 
blanche to bring back everything from 
mice to moo.se, and maybe even a big brown 
or grizzly bear. He says they're both 
eci\ially dangerous, so don't be disap- 
pointed if it's only a big brown one. He 
expects to hire a cook (and a good thing 
too, as we understand that one of his 
]:revious trips landed him in an apple 
orchard on a steady diet of apple butter 
and bread.) After that he expects to go 
it on his and the cook's own for about four 
months, or until the weather drives him 
home, and to get well into the interior 
of Ala.ska where less collecting has been 
done than near the coast. Wants to do it 
without a guide if possible. Good luck, 
sour-dough. 

Dr. William Lord Smith, back from 
vacation in Henryville near Delaware 
Water Gap, reports a young couple who are 
putting cooperation into trout fishing, as the 
Johnsons did for aerial exploration. The 
young wife was running along a stone wall 
some feet above the bank, directing things. 
"Darling", she kept calling, "there's one 
rising right over there ! No no, you're 
casting in the wrong place — over there, 
where I'm pointing!" 

Speaking of vacations — those iiretty 
Roscommon widows had better look out. 
Our genial Mike Lennon is going to spend 
his vacation in the Emerald Isle. 



1 




Several members of the I'ish Depart- 
ment are off again .lune 30th for a jaunt 
to Bimini with Michael L(>rner, who took 
them to Nova Scotia last year for sword- 
fish. This time they are out for data on 
the local reef fishes and the marlin.s. Dr. 
Gregory, Miss LaMonte, Mr. Conrad and 
Mr. Ferraglio are The Elect, while we 
sit home and look pickled fishes in the 
eye, baleful glare for baleful glare. 
Yah, fish-face! 



THE GRAPEVINE 



Published by The Employees' Benefit Association 
of The American Museum of Natural History 



VOL. I, No. 7 



OCTOBER, 1937 



PRICELESS 



The Grapevine staff in solemn conclave 
assembled started to get U[) a story along 
the lines of "Returning prosperity brings 
many marriages to the Museum." One 
of the staff immediately objected that 
this would give the Administration the 
wrong slant entirely — if they would only 
give out some raises think how many 
marriages there would be then! (Dear 
unbiased reader: is this or is this not 
prompted by personal motives? If your 
verdict is yes, we will try to blast this 
young man's secret out of him by the 
next issue.) And then think how the 
Grapevine could break loose with news! 
.\nd just when we're so hard pressed for 
material! Puh-lease, gentle Administra- 
tion it's up to you! (Anyone interested 
in a raise will please consult with our 
Raise-getting Bureau, Co. P. O. Box 0000.) 

All in the same spirit of bettering the 
lot of our employees, the same young man 
suggests that Saturdays off all year round 
would enable the married people to enjoy 
their marriages so much more, and would 
give the unmarried peojjle more time to 
ilevote to getting married. (It might also 
give Sherm \'oorliees a chance to get 
both hands burned on the kitchen stove 
instead ot the one he now show>.) 




Paging Publicity 

On Saturday, September 4th, 1937, the 
hea\('ns opened and it jwured! ! ! Two 
girls (small), however, were so interested 
in astronomy that they braved the ele- 
ments, came to the Planetarium, and 
arrived as wet as the proverbial drowned 
rats. Whereupon the Planetarium pro- 
ceeded to lend them a couple of their own 
ticket girls' old uniforms, and hung the 
damp garments up to dry. 

We nominate that for the courtesy de- 
luxe award. The jMiblicity de|)artment 
should advertise the planetarium as being 
etjual to any emergency — think what 
a .sales ixiiiit that wt)uld be! 



From a School 

Dear Mr. Davison: 

We have been trying to get a mascot 
for our class here at school and have, so 
far, been very unsuccessful. Would it be 
possible to get a lion cub through the 
Museum? It cannot be more than three 
feet long at the most and light enough for 
a girl to carry easily. 

We have to have it by Saturday 
morning, June 5. Do you think you could 
send one uj) on ap])roval? If its a lion, 
Heaven be praised because we have hunted 
so hard with no luck. 

Thank you 



Bang ! Bang ! Bang 




Tiic Ann\ial Meeting of tiie X. R. A-R. 
Club will be lield on Oct, 1.3th at 3:00)). m. 
inRoom 20S. .\i! those interested in joining 
this association (and this means hi)lh men 
and womiMi) may obtain complete" infor- 
mation from the club Secretary, Mr. Jack 
Orth. 



The Hospital Fund 

Will the employees desiring to enter the 
.\ssociatetl Hospital Fund give their names 
to the Personnel Officer as soon as possible? 
These names will be accepted only in 
groups of fifteen. A group is now forming 
and nine more iiulividuals, or family 
units, are needed. 

(By the way, how many people know 
there is a Personnel Officer in the Museum 
to receive ai)plications for po.sitions? 
You really should all begin to look around 
and get to know your Museum. When 
you see someone day after day in the 
elevator, why not find out liis name, 
and what department he is in.) 




Non-Scientific 

Discoveries 

\\e are about to petition the Board of 
Directors of the E.B.A. to appoint a new 
officer with the title of "Adviser to House- 
holders," and the logical candidate for 
office would be Mr. S. P. \'oorhees, who in 
case you didn't already know it, was 
married on his vacation to Miss Mar\- 
Mandevillc of Elmira, X. Y. Mr. Voorhees 
is well ecjuipped to give advice on the 
handling of strikes of i)lumbers, painters, 
paper hangers and electricians (he has had 
experience with them all). He will also 
tell you what to do when your furniture 
van collides with a truck and your furni- 
ture becomes hash. Miss Kendall and 
Mr. Lynch will a<'t as his assistants, and 
handle all <iuestions on wedding eti(iuette. 

The Grapevine is pretty plea.sed with 
two of its editorial staff. Robert Snedigar 
and William Hassler are somewhere in the 
interior of British Guiana with the 
American Musevmi-T(>rry-Holden ex])e- 
dition. Mr. Hassler is official photo- 
grapher of the expedition, and we sure 
do hope that maybe he'll bring us back 
a picture. We don't know of two people 
we would rather go on expeditions with 
than Bob and Bill (they wrote some of 
the best stuff we ever i)viblished.) 

\\'e heai'd a nunor that .\nthropology 
had a new member, so we investigated — 
and what do you think we found? ? It 
was only Dr. Vaillant J/wasa Moustachel 

Dr. Frank E. Lutz won 2nd prize in the 
Herald-Tribune Garden Contest recently. 
Dr. Lutz's garden is in Ramsey, N. J., 
and we wonder what he, as a good entomo- 
logist, does with his insects. 

They tell us that the official tennis 
season is pretty well ended, but Miss 
Bradley, in Dr. Gregory's department, 
tells us that she would like t(j play teimis 
if she could only find someone to play with. 
Won't some of you tennis fans connnuni- 
cate with Miss Bra<llev. 



THE GRAPEVINE 



October, 1937 



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EDITORIAL STAFF 
Editor-in-Chief Ikknk F. Cyphkk 

Advisory Board 

Wayxk. M. F mnck \V ai.tkk F. Mkistkk 

(iKORGK (". \' AII.I-AN'I' 

Managing Board 
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Editorial Board 

WENI)KI>I. BKNNKTT KACHK.L H. NICHOLS 
LUCY W. CLAVSK.N .lOSKPH (JUINN 

ARTHUR DRAPKU OKOHGK W. KEUTHEH 

ELIZABETH ERTEL JACOB W. BHROPE 

THOMAS GILLIAKI) HERMAN A. SIEVERS 

FRED HAHN OEORGE TAUBER 

ROBERT .SNEDIOAR HELEN WILMANN 
G. FREDERICK MASON WILLIAM H. WRIGHT 
EDWIN C.MEYENBERG STEPHEN J. MURPHY 



.Some pcDplc iikc \>> wofk wliiU' on 
vacation. To prove our point, look at 
EstliiT Morton, who spent lier vacation 
pushing a bicj'cle all over Bermuda. 

While visiting Canada on vacation this 
summer Dr. and Mr.s. C. H. Curran (the 
former Miss Ethel King.shury of the 
Education Dei)artment) looked in at tiie 
Dionne (|uintui)lets. 

Most of tlie Lower Invertebrates have 
now wriggled their way back to the 
Museum after ])assing through their 
yearly period of vacational dormancy. 
Did I say dormancy? The term is hardly 
applicable to Mr. Chris Olsen's vacation, 
however, foi- he not only delivered three 
lectures and a radio talk in Denmark, but 
also toured Denmark and Sweden, 
liesides all this he joined the Haverlee- 
Handley Exix'dition in Lajjlantl in the 
capacity of an entomologist and returned 
to the Museum with a very creditable 
collection of insects and photographs. 

Mi.ss Margar(>t Handby, Dr. Miner's 
.secretary is back with pleasant, if wistful, 
memories of a .sojourn at Mr. Oscar 
Seagle's camp in the Adirondacks. Her 
most div(>rting experience, she .says, was in 
attending a marriage ceremony where 
Miss Lyda Selnian (alias Boots) was 
converted into Mrs. William Wright. 

Dr. ChiM's holiday was divided between 
the wilds of Maine and the civilization of 
Boston, Fhiladel|)hia and Washington. 
While not putting too fine a |)oint on it, 
he is convinced that Philadel]ihia is not 
such a bad place after all. 

host, strayed, .stol(;n or kidnapped — one 
School Service F^levator. Finder please 
conununicatc with Mike Ciayer. 

I'Vee Cigars I ! ! ! See Mr. Holternian, 
.\sst. Engineei' who is now the vi'ry proud 
father of a bouncing baby girl. 



.\side from holiday experiences, the 
most outstanding invertebrate news item 
is the depart iM'e of Dr. Willard \'an Name 
to the I'hilipi)ines, where he intends to 
collect isopods and other invertebrates. 

Mr. .loseph (iordon fireman of the 
Heating and Lighting Dept. decided to 
get right into style. During his vacation 
he had his ap])endix removed and is on 
his way to rvi-nxrvy . Best wishes, .loe, 
from us all. 

Prosperity must be here. That surely 
must ai'count for Dr. Lutz's purchase of 
a new Plymouth. 

We know that this is a natural history 
museum, l)ut i'\'en at that there is a limit 
to things, and we protest when they 
begin to have too many live specimens 
around. The other day we had a frantic 
teleiihone call, and the voice at the other 
end said, "You know that big table down 
in Nat\u-al History Office?" We said yes, 
we knew the table. "Well", the voice 
continued, "Fred Hahn was reaching 
under it to i)ick up something, and a live 
cat jumped out at him". Now, what we 
want to know is, wh<j is trying to find a nice 
warm home for a deserted jiussy? 

It has been nunored that Mr. Saunders 
also went to Bermuda this year. He is 
telling about all the glories of the island, 
its tropical foliage and fruit, and the 
grandcnir of its sunshine. B>it what he 
should tell us about is the grandeur of 
ocean \-ovages and the apixuil of food at 
sea. (P. S. Mrs. Saunders went too.) 

In the merry month of Jidy, Mr. Henry 
Hunderi)tf(nid, the world famed operator 
of the School Service Elevator, also 
joined the ranks of the hai)i)ily married. 
Now we hope Henry has a very happy 
life, and that he continues to be master 
of his domicile for many a year, but we 
should like to enlist the services of Mrs. 
Hunder])tfund in training Henry to be 
alert and swift when he hears the sound 
of a bell. 

.hist to make this wedding irsue really 
comi)lete, we give you the last announce- 
ment. Mr. .\rthur Naylor is announcing 
his mairiage to Miss Dorothy HefTernan. 
Congi'alutations. 

During one of the recent floods in the 
Roosevelt Memorial and the .\frican 
Building, our illustrious Membei'ship 
Secretary was :<rn\ literally "carrying them 
out'. Yes, we mean carrying them out. 
The flood waters of the Subway iruuni- 
dated the Membership Office so rapidly 
that most of the ladies were stranded. 
But. . . not for long. One by one Hurricane 
lifted them in his brawny arms anil 
brought them to the safety of his office. 



Museum X-Word Puzzle 












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mr° 









24 1 25 26 



!^l^ 









36 37 



mri m 






28 29 



40 









ACROSS 

L Powder 

4. Jewish month 

8. Dipthong 

9. Exclamation 

10. Spin around 

12. The Attendant-philosopher 
14. Educate 

13. Congealed water 

16. Post meridian (At)bi-.) 

18. Sure (ColkKp) 

19. Article 

20. Tall, dark and handsome (A bool 

keeper) 

23. A popidar book of a few years asto 

24. The Riverside Flier 

27. A President's nickname 

30. Tier 

31. Negative 

32. Wheel maik 

33. Group of three 

36. Avoid 

38. Masculine name (Fr.) 

39. Vulgar Latin for the Greek Z 

40. Continent (Abbr.) 

41. Old 

42. Places 

DOWN 

1. Instruct 

2. A medusa producing hydroid 

3. A world famous ornithologist 

4. Able 
.j. Expire 

6. Nautical term 

7. Mr. Smyth's "Little .Joe" 

8. Leave out 

11. God of War 

13. Tribe of the Arikara Indians 

17. Cantalouijc 

21. .\dvances in 

22. Continent (Abbr.) 

23. June (Abbr.) 

24. School Service tennis star 

25. .\siatic Emjiire 

26. Due 

27. Exi.st 

28. A smiling printer and joll>- binder 

29. Girl's name 

34. 100 Square meters (Var.) 

35. Performed 

37. Contest 



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October, 1937 



THE GRAPEVINE 



Aid For Postal Card Writers 

Mr. ^^'ar(• Lynch, an admirable j'oung 
scribe and advertising man, spent liis 
vacation in Martha's Vineyard, and the 
cards he sent his fellow office workers 
should go into the "Postal Writers' 
(iuide." We present samples to substan- 
tiate our claim (Without permission of the 
author): 
Written to Fred Hahn: 

I'uii Sun 

Sink Drink 

Hail Sail 

Cinch Lj'nch 

\\" lit ten to Don Barton and Mary Ford: 

Gloat Boat 

Sun Fun 

Miss Heat 

Dirt Street 

Salt Water 
Really Oughter 

Sail Race 

From "Ace" 

Written to Edith Kendall: 

Fish Smell 

Sun Swell 

Artists Models 

Wliiskey Bottles 

Weather Fair 

I'rom Ware 




Wire 

Jamer Halbucf 



1. — WHY is mistletoe hung at Christmas 

as a pastime for kissing? 
2. — WHY is a gratuity called a tip? 
3. — WHY is a burden or difficult task 

frequently referred to as a "White 

elephant"? 
4. — WHY does a ])ound of sugar weigh 

more than a pound of gold? 
o. — WHY" did General Grant, who was 

christened Hiram Ulysses, change 

his name to Ulysses Simpson? 
(Answers will be found on page 4) 

Copyright 1937 — James Xalbud 



A Snapshot of Mr. O'Connor 
taken at noon, 8-17-37 

He stood in the doorway, 
Hands upon hips, 
And silently surveyed 
The work already done. 
His face was flush 

With recompense 

Before he turned around 
.\. new task was begun! 

Anna R. Maskel 



o^useum cyilphabet 

A is for Andrews 
Of Gobi fame 

B is for Bushcll 

^^'llo oft signs his name 

C IS fur Chapman 
His son's ([uite a singer 

D is for Davi.son 

Well known as a winger 

E ;.- for Emery 
Three as irins —twice 

F is for I'aunce 
The director — v:ce 

G is for Granger 

The man, not the smoke 

H is for Hill 

He's ver\- soft spoke 

1 is for me 

Who scribbled this theme 

J is for Johnson 

His forehand's a dream 

K is for Kinzer 

He's insi)ector, oh My 

L is for Lockwood 
She i)lays with the sky 

M is for Miner 
Diving's liis dish 

N is for Nichols 
The big man in fish 

O is for O'Connor 

As members know well 

P is for Pougli 
Crystals won't tell 

Q is for Quinn 
Tommy and Joe 

R is for Ramsey 

The teachers all hiow 

S is for Sievers 
His pets make a hit 

T is for Tate 
Who travels a bit 

U is for Uncle 

Have Y'ou had enough 

V is for Vaillant 

Who digs Mayan Stuff 

W is for Wissler 
Dean of the staff 

X is for Xylophone 
Just for a laugh 

Y is for You 
That suffer by now 

Z is for Zounds 

Eve finishefl and how 

John R. Saunders 




All about Dogs and Cats 

"Once upon a time, when the world was 
yjung, to each and every kind of animal 
I duty was assigned. The dog and the cat 
■ven> relieved of menial duty because of 
the faithfulness of one and the cleanli- 
ness of the other, and a written document 
was given them in attestation thereof. 
The dog took charge of the document and 
buried it where he kept his .stock of old 
bones. This privilege of exemption so 
roused the envy of the horse and the ox, 
that they bribed the rat to burrow under- 
ground and destroy the charter. Since 
the I0.SS of this document, the dog has 
been liable, on account of his car(>lesness, 
to be tied or chained up by his master, 
and the cat to this day has not forgiven 
him." 

.1 Fable from I'alestine 



SEATS 

Eve dreamed of an easy "Cogswell", 
At my club, with a .sign, "Don't 
di.sturb", 

And in musing's brighter moments — 
Eve visioned a "seat on the curb'. 

And oh, what boundless joys were mine. 
When I visioned a throne-like "chair", 

Drawn at the festive board, to dine 
On lob.ster, cai)ons and caviar. 

And 1 have quite decided that 

A leather "lounge chair" fills my plans, 
For the deu — while round my flat 

Ell strew a dozen ottomans. 

These seats I .see in sweet reverie, 

But what boils me to white-hot heat — 

Es when Em the odd, of an even crowd 
And have to ride the "rumble .seat". 
Gwynne V. Paige. 

The many friends and former associates 
of Mi.ss Mae Hubbard are shocked and 
saddened to learn of her sudden death, 
at Colorado Springs, on August 4th. 

Miss Hubbard resigned her work at the 
Museum because of ill health, in 1935, 
after ten years of loyal, concientious 
service. During that time her unselfish- 
ness, kindliness, and her reatliiuiss always 
to help others, endeared her to everyone 
who knew her. 



THE GRAPEVINE 



October, 193/ 



Answers to Wise Y Y Ys 

1.— Tlic iiistuin is dcrivcil from the 
Saturiialiiis or fi-asts of the anciout Pagans. 
It was used as a decoration at these 
festivals, which were noted for tlieir 
kissing antl merry-making, and its use 
since then lias always been associated with 
kissing. 

2.— 'I'lie origin of the word is dubious. 
Tliotiglit to be derived from the word 
"tip" or toucliing of the elbow is a private 
hint that some reward was expected. 
.\notlier exi)lanation, which is not authen- 
ticated, is that tlie word was formed from 
the first letters in the phrase "To Insiire 
l'romi)tness". 

3. The white eleiiiiant is considered 
sacred in Siam and has an enormous 
a|)petite. It is reported that when the 
kings of Siam desired to ruin anyone, 
they made him a ])resent of a white 
ele])hant. As it was a crime to let it die, 
the i)resent generally entailed ruin on the 
recipient. Hence, a proposition good but 
costly. 

4. — Sugar is weighed by avoirdui)ois 
weight, which has 16 ounces to the pound; 
gold by troy weight, which contains only 
12 ounces to the jjoinid. 

.5.- When (irant registereil at West 
Point, he learned that his Congressman 
had rei)()rted his nam(> as Ulysses Simpson 
Grant. Fearing that the initials of his 
christened name, Hiram I'lysses Grant, 
would make him an object of ridicule 
among his classmates, he accei)ted the 
change in nam(^ 

Cofiyright 19S7 — James Xnlbiitl 



Answers to the 
Museum X-Word Puzzle 



.v(;uo.ss 


DOWN 


1. 


Talc 


1. 


Teacli 


4. 


.\<!:ir 


2_ 


Lar 


s. 


Oi' 


3. 


Cliapiiiat 


y. 


.\li 


4. 


Apt 


11). 


Pivot 


o. 


Die 


12. 


M;ur;i 


0. 


Avast 


14. 


Tea.-li 


7. 


Uoclic 


1.-.. 


ll'O 


S. 


Omit 


Hi. 


l>.M. 


11. 


riioi 


lb. 


Slid 


l.i. 


Kuf 


I'J. 


Tho 


17. 


.Melon 


20. 


-Meistor 


21. 


Iiiruads 


•-'3. 


.IriliKi 


22. 


S.A. 


21. 


1 >'('oinu>r 


23. 


.In. 


27. 


.\1h' 


21. 


Orlh 


30. 


U.>» 


2.*). 


Corca 


;n. 


No 


20. 


Owint; 


32. 


Hut 


27. 


An; 


33. 


Triri.l 


2s. 


Utirii.^ 


30. 


.VvcTt 


2'.l. 


Etla 


3S. 


llciiii 


34. 


.Vie 


39. 


Di 


3.'). 


Did 


40. 


X.A. 


37. 


Vic 


41. 


.Vgcd 






42. 


Sets 







Our Charlie 

"Did \()ii hear? Charlie's in to-daxl" 
Whereupon Mr. Charles W'uiider is 
besieged by all his old Museum friends 
wanting to say hello and wish him well. 
In all his twenty-five years of service it 
is doubtful if anyone meeting him in the 
halls was not con.siderably cheered by his 
hearty laugh and friendly smile. Now, 
.starting on his fourth year of retirement 
he is as fidl of life as ever. Long may he 
smile! 




City Planning Exhibit 

The largest and most luiique jig-saw 
inizzle in the world — a faithful miniature 
of the city of New York, consisting of 
over 20,000 pieces — will be on view in 
Education Hall Monday, Oct. 4th to 
Oct. 17th. 

Built on a scale of 300 feet to the inch, 
the model — which is 22 feet wide and 37 
feet long — shows the boroughs of New 
York as they would look from an altitude 
of three miles over Manhattan. It was 
constructed by the Cartographic Study 
of the WPA of New York City as a practi- 
cal visual aid to city planning. All of 
the ])rominent landmarks, and many that 
are not so |)rominent, appear on it. The 
diminutive skylines of down-town and 
mid-town Manhattan show towering 
sky-scra))ers that are all of four inches 
high. The Washington Bridge, the Tri- 
Borough, the Worlds Fair Grounds, parks 
and piers, industrial and residential 
sections stand out with startling clarity. 

Impressive as it is, the Metroiiolitan 
Model is only one of the many interesting 
times in the first nation-wide exhibit of 
the City Planning Committee of the U. S. 
■Junior Chamber of Commenie designed to 
lift the curtain upon Citie.s of the Future, 
when long-term planning and .slum 
clearance will have enhanced the beauty 
and li\ing conditions of cities througliout 
the land. 

The show which contains exhibits from 
more tlian a dozen cities ranging from 
Boston to Portland; from Philadelphia 
to Los .\ngi'les and San l'"rancisco — is 
sponsored by the New York Young 
Men's Board of Trade. It is technically 
supervised by the Municij)al .\rt Society 
of New York. 




We Wonder Why ? 

It can hai)p('ii Room 209 in 

Education always has been held in awe by 
us (a mer(> newsgatherer), as we gently 
tip-toed past. It signified the Holy of 
Holies where infcjrmation accumulated 
and issued therefrom in a certain jiaper. 
As we walked i^ast THE ROOM some 
little time ago we were shocked into 
speechlessness, because its occupants had 
been dispossessed bag and baggage and 
were sitting in the hall. All because some- 
one decided that the office was due 
for a Cleaniiigl 



Gratitude 

(This being busy season, the editorial 
staff worked nights and days to get this 
issue on the press — and then look what 
the mailman brings us!] 

Dear Editor: 

Up to now I wus counting on subscribin 
to yewer Grapevine agin. I had the 
bushel of pertatoes all put aside fer yew 
to swaji like we has done but I wunt dew 
it! There ain't no sheet as late as yewerin 
that wuth a bushel of my tubers! I kin 
send for the Sears, Roebuck catalog and 
git as much downrite enjoyment and a 
durned site more use and git it here no 
more than three days late ! Seems tew me 
you'd better quit this fussin and stevvin 
around and make u]) yewer mind to be 
a writin pusson or a school teacher and 
I ain't so sur you cud be so good at either 
won! I'll belt B'gosh, you kant cook 
a tuber no how! Shuck! 

Grover Cleveland Stebbins 



********************* * * ** 

I V\^hat's Your Hobby? t 



If you have a hobby that others 
might enjoy sharing with you, let 
the editor know. We are planning 
a hobby corner and are interested 
in getting your reactions for next 
month's issue. 



;^it.!(i^4.^4-*4f'4-*********** ** *** 



News item 

Its strange how Mr. R. P. .lohnson 
shouhl hv ill on Yom Kii)i)ur. W'e wonder'.' 



THE GRAPEVINE 

Published by The Employees' Beneht Association 
of The American Museum of Natural History 



VOL. I, No. 8 



DECEMBER, 1937 



PRICELESS 




WK are beginning to feel that subtle something in the 
air that always means Christmas is lurking around 
the corner. The Grapevine felt that we ought to find 
out something about celebrations in other parts of 
the world, so here is the result of our investigations. 

The following account of Christmas in Krin is given 
us by Timothy O'Sullivan, who recently made a visit 
back to his own section of the country, County Wick- 
low, and other places. "It begins on the eve of Decem- 
ber twenty-fourth and lasts until January sixth, 
usually called the twelve days of Christmas, and is 
given over entirely by all the pe()i)lc to devotion and 
reverence to the Christ-child. .All the homes in the 
country are lavishly lighted with decorated wax 
candles as a token of homage to the Babe of Bethlehem." 

"Christmas Eve is the biggest part of Christmas. 
In the country they start their festivities then, and 
beginning at midnight [it is a fast day] they have all 
kinds of refreshments such as turkey, steaks, and all 
kinds of home-made cakes, and keep on eating and 
drinking till morning. On Christmas Day the presents 
are all delivered by mail; the j)ostman is going around 
all day. The people confine themselves to their homes 
and enjoy all the luxuries within their means. On 
December twenty-sixth, St. Stephen's Day, all the 
games and sports of (lael are in evitlence. The exer- 
cises consist of feats of skill and prowess — honse-racing. 
fox-hunting matches, wrestling, foot-racing, country 
dances, military exerci.ses, games at che.ss, contests in 



music and poetry. The victors of these games are 
rewarded with valuable prizes. Their names and fame 
are sung by the bards and echoed throughout the land." 

"The Christmas .season in Erin is generally mild and 
genial. The people, young and old, enjoy it entirely 
at leisure; all laborious work and manufacture cease. 
The sons and daughters of the race visit if possible 
their home and parents and come from far distant parts 
to enjoy the native customs, the old scenes, the old 
home, and the old friends." 

Inquiring still further among our employees, to see 
what ancestral tales of different celebrations we could 
unearth, we came upon some more strange customs. 
In Italy they make much more of Christmas than we 
do here, according to a resident of a typical small town 
in the southern part. In the darkness before dawn two 
weeks before Christmas Day the town is awakened 
from its sleep by the ringing of the bells, caUing the 
good people to mass, and from then on an entirely 
different spirit can be felt everywhere. The people are 
gay and light hearted and enjoy themselves thoroughly. 
I'A-ery home is "open house" to relatives and friends 
and there is a great deal of jovial eating and drinking 
and exchanging of presents. The adults give each 
other mostly the best of the year's yield — their finest 
wines, cheeses, dried fruits, nuts, and fancy cakes, of 
which they make a great variety. They ha\e no 
Santa Claus, but an old woman whom they call La 
lirfana goes from house to house, and the children look 



THE GRAPEVINE 



December, 1937 



THK GRAPFAINE 

EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor-in-Chief Irene F. Cypher 

Advisory Board 

Wayne M. Faunce Walter F. Meister 

George C. Vaillant 

Managing Board 
Edward A. Burns Frank A. Rinald 
George H. Childs Jean Wiedemer 

Editorial Board 



WENDELL BENNETT 
RUTH CAMPBELL 
LUCY W. CLAUSEN 
ARTHUR DRAPER 
THOMAS GILLIAhD 



GEORGE W. REUTHER 
JACOB W. SHROPE 
HERMAN A. SIEVER8 
GEORGE TAUBER 
HELEN WILMANN 



G. FREDERICK MASON WILLIAM H. WRIGHT 
EDWINCiMEVENBERCf STEPHEN J. MURPHY 



to their elders for piesents. At a 
relativefs house they will go around 
the room kissing the hand of each 
grown-uj), and from each they re- 
ceive a little mcney. F^ach child 
will collect the equivalent of perhaps 
one and a half to two dollars. 

They have no ( hristmas tree, but 
in every home the family builds 
a miniature scene of the Nativity. 
The entire ( "hristmas is more closely 
linked up with religion than is ours. 
The people start the two weeks of 
celebration by going to five o'clock 
ma.ss every morning, and there is 
a great deal <-f church celebration 
during the entire period. The 
grown-ups are fiee of their usual 
pursuits and schools for the children 
are closed. 

( hristmas in .Japan is of course 
observed only by the ( hristians, 
and is celebrated just the .same as it 
is here. Ihe festival is fairly new to 
.Japan, having been introduced by 
the missionaries, .so the customs are 
all borrowed; none has originated in 
.Japan. The ( hri.stians take a holi- 
day but not the liuddhists. The 
children are told about Santa ("laus, 
a i)ine tree is .set up and decorated 
with gay colors, piesents are ex- 
changed and there is a big feast. 

The Tarahumara Indians in an 
isolated region of Chihuahua, Mex- 
ico have departed a good deal from 
the u.sual idea of ("hristmas. 1 heir 
main contact with Christianity and 
Chri.stnias cust(n)s came fnuu the 



Catholic j)riests about a hundred 
years after the Spanish con(|uest. 
The priests don't get around to this 
group of Indians any more, .so the 
Indians have kept up a celebration 
at Christmas time though they no 
longer know why they do it. They 
call in Noce Buene, the Spanish for 
Christmas Eve. 

The women make a great batch of 
corn beer and .set it next to the 
church. On ("hristmas Eve the 
men all dress up in fancy costumes — 
straight red capes with white border 
and lining, a little cone-shaped head- 
dress with mirrors, feathers, tin-foil 
from cigarette packages, all sorts of 
cdds and ends sewed to it, and any 
kind of white man's boots or shoes, 
no matter how battered, on their 
feet, looking very brilliant and 
picturesque — and start the dancing. 
P'irst they dance twelve dances very 
much like our .square dances inside 
the church. The music is turned out 
by home-made fiddles, all playing 
the same tune, pretty trying to the 
unaccustomed ear. At intervals 
during the dancing and also during 
the preceding day the sacred pic- 
tures are brought out and paraded 
around the church yard by a pro- 
cession. Then the dancers come out 
and drink t he beer and get gloriously 
tight. The women, who up to the 
celebration have been staying at 
home making the corn beer, akso 
come out and get tight. Platters of 
food are passed around, and the 
dancing and drinking keep up all 
night, (hristmas Day they spend 
sleeping it off. 

From her memories of ("hristmas 
in Hungary. Mi.ss Henee Stri.soff 
tells of the festivities and customs 
celebrated in the village of Szepes- 
Olaszy (pronounced, Se-pesh-ola.see), 
which was noted for its community 
chcir. 

The Christmas tree was the most 
important part of the .season to the 
children. Cut from the forests near 
the village the tree was decorated 
with so many good things to eat, as 
well as ornaments, that the branches 
fairly bent. I'"niits and little cakes 
wore .suspended by bright ly-rolon^l 



ribbons and wools, and candies of all 
kinds and shapes covered with choco- 
late or wrapped in tinsel hung from 
the twigs. 

All the peoj)le in the village at- 
tended the midnight services at the 
Church on Christmas Eve, after 
which there were always the family 
parties. From long custom a special 
cake was served at this time, a 
poppy-seed cake over which honey 
was poured. Miss StrisofT tells us 
that she was esj)ecially fond of the 
honey. The beverage that accom- 
I)anied the season's feasts and .servetl 
to all visitors was tea with lemon 
and rum. Christmas Eve was not 
complete without a visit from the 
minstrels singing their way from 
house to hou.se. At the end of 
their carols the singers were always 
presented with gifts by the mistress 
of the hou.se. 

With this bird's-eye view of what 
they do on Christmas day in odd 
corners of the globe, we leave you to 
pleasant dreams of your own Christ- 
mas, and may your stocking be 
filled to the top! 




Christmas Cards 

Have you sih-ii tlic Animal Christ mas 
Cards the Book Sliop is sliowiiifi? It's 
a grand collection, fcatiirinf; animals from 
Moo.se and Mice to Panthers and Pomer- 
anians. The prices are ."> and 10c. 



Wire 

Jamer flalbucl 



1— ^WHY is a barber pole striped 
red and white? 

2— WHY is a bad actor called a 
"ham"? 

:i WHY is food placed between two 
|)ieces of bread called a sand- 
wich? 

4 — WHY are theatrical passes nick- 
named Annie Oakleys? 

5— WHY did Benjamin Franklin fly 
a kite during a thunder .storm 
with a metal key at the end 
of the kite string? 



December, 1937 



THE GRAPEVINE 



>-o;.u 




rACirs 



(A Place in the Sun for Modest 
Museumers) 

Among those of us who have been 
content to wait until "greatness is 
thrust upon them" Mr. Herman 
Mueller certainly comes \ery close 
to being Public Friend No. 1. It 
would be out of place here to re-echo 
his wide spread fame as an artist in 
glass or to quote the expressions 
of wonderment which ha\e come 
from the interested throngs who 
have watched his miracle workings. 
More to our purpose is the man 
behind the fame and flame, whtse 
personality makes his work what 
it is. 

lie was born in Neuhaus, 
Thuringia, of a family in which glass 
blowing had been an heriditary 
calling. At the age of fifteen he 
emigrated to the United States and 
for many years worked with his 
father in making ornamental glass- 
ware for the Tiffany Studios and 
other well known New York con- 
cerns. Finally, in 1904 he came to 
the Museum. 

During the career thus briefly 
outlined, Mueller acquired many 
fine traits of character. His pa- 
tience, deep .sense of obligation and 
genial humor are the kind that 
inspire true admiration and love, 
and his equanimity is almost un- 
believable of anyone who has to live 
in this hectored world. Heing hu- 
man, we assume that he must have 
some weak points, but, try as we 
ha\e, we have not succeeded in 
bringing them to light. In all 
l)robability they are hidden behind 
some subtle ductless gland, some- 
where within the reces.ses of this 
remarkable man. 



Remember the Eighteenth! 

Several weeks ago we all received a pair of very attractive 
tickets announcing an K.B.A. Christmas Party and Dance to be 
held on December 18th, of this year. Let us hope that we still 
have those tickets and intend to use them, for this is an event 
which should cast, not a shadow, but a mellow glow of Christmas 
cheer both before and behind it. Like the dances, minstrel shows 
and revues that have preceded it, its main object is to raise money 
for the E.B.A. but, more than that, it is the first Christmas party 
ever undertaken by the museum employees and promises to be as 
informal and friendly in spirit as any social 'get together' of its 
size could hope to be. 

Among the many diversions in prospect is a real, old fashioned 
Christmas tree and an equally real turkey to be raffled off to the 
one whose ticket bears the lucky number on the reverse side. 
After much difficulty, including official permits from the C.LO. and 
A.F. of L., we have persuaded Santa Claus to be with us in person 
and, in accordance with his usual prodigal habits, he will give us 
all s(,mething for nothing. The gifts in question, to be quite 
frank, will lack the high intrinsic of a .Junker Diamond or the 
Brooklyn Bridge, but will be fully as valuable as lots of things 
people take home from the museum as souvenirs. There will also 
be dancing to the accompaniment of a first class orchestra until 
2 A.M., singing for those whose vocal cords need stretching and 
movies, such as pictures of the Museum Outing on President 
Davison's estate and 'The Story of Louis Pasteur' for the non- 
dancers. Refreshments will be served at very moderate prices 
and table reservations may be had through Mr. Wright, extension 
393, on or before I^^ecember 15th. 

But the piece de resistance of the entertainment is yet to be 
mentioned. Unknown to most of us, a Museum Glee Club was 
organized last sjiring with Mr. Sherman P. Voorhees as chairman. 
Through the able coaching of Joseph Coca, pianist, it has now 
reached a truly professional standard of excellence and will make 
its first public appearance at the Christmas Party. The personnel 
of the Glee Club is as follows: 



Tenors 

Stephen Klas.sen 
Michael Power 
Bernard Moore 

Baritones 

Walter Mc. (irath 
Victor Badaracco 
J oh n Shea 




Second Tenors 
Frank Bacon 
Phil Horan 
Wilbur Sharkey 

Basses 
George Reuther 
Lambert Pintner 



.Joseph Coca., Conductor 



We should need no urging to attend this party, for in doing so 
we will be killing three birds with one stone (with all due apologies 
to the Audubon Society). We will aid the E.B.A. financially 
and indirectly, oursehes. We will further an already growing 
cooperative spirit in the mu.seuin and, last but not least, give 
ourselves a rare treat. 



THE GRAPEVINE 



December, 1937 




Museum X- Word Puzzle 



Know Your Museum 

Department of Anthropology 
Next Issue, Department of Birds 



(Wo arc going to get ac(|uaint('d with 
our Mu.sfiini, aiui find out just liow each 
department has conic to he what it is 
today. Our history is going to proceed in 
alphabetical order, and as our first 
Chapter, we present the Department of 
Anthropology.) 

The Department of Anthropology of the 
.\mcrican Museum has in some four 
decades grown from extremely .slender 
beginnings to be today a major and 
indispen.sable part of our institution. 
The familiar dictum that "the j)ro|K'r 
study of man is man" ha.s been taken so 
.seriously by our mu.seum's Anthro|)ologists 
that their rather formidable collections of 
st\idy material illustrating man, ancient 
and modern and his dev<>lopment in all 
sections of the globe present a serious 
problem. These collections have reached 
such mamnioth proportions that the avail- 
able exhibit .space is inadecjuate to display 
[mblicly more than a [jortion. And thi.s, in 
spite of the many large halls which house 
at j^re.sent the infinite variety of tools, 
weapons, and clr)thing which so vividly 
tell the story of man. 

It is hardly necessary to .say here that 
much of this story has been jjieced to- 
gether by the Anthropologists of this 
museum. The scientific world is only t<K) 
well acquainted with their signifi(;ant 
discoveries, mad*' possible largely by the 
numerous expeditions sent into the four 
corners of the world. 

The Department was really organized in 
!8«"). l''or It was in that year that 
President Morris K. .lessui) invited the 
man who ha.s later become famou.s a.s the 
"builder of museums", K. W. Putnam, to 
take charge. 

I'nder the' direction of Putnam worked 
many able men whose names will have 
a. familiar ring to all — Marshall H. 
Saville, I'Vanz Boas, H. J. Smith, .Adolph 
Bandelier and Charles A. Meade. 

Putnam was succeeded by Franz Boas, 
tater to join the staff of Columbia Uni- 
versity. And at this time it is interesting 
to note that one of the a.ssistant Curators 
was Livingston Farrand, who was destined 
to become finally President of Cornell an<l 
an educator of international rejiutation. 

In 1905 Boas in turn was succeeded by 
the present department head, Clark 



VV'issler. The entire staff as it stands 
today has been brought in by Dr. Wissler. 
.\nd |)erhaps it might be rememben'd al.so 
that two-thirds of the exhibit material 
now in the Dejiartment of Anthropology 
ha.s been added since the year in which 
Dr. Wissler came to the Museum. 

Let us glance at the present nuniber.s of 
the staff, who.se researches continue day 
by day to make more understandable the 
fa.scinating story of man, the story which 
will never grow old and which perha|)s is 
so intriguing becau.se it may never be 
quite complete in every chapter. 

Clark Wissler, head of the department. 
Dean of the Scientific Staff, and as well 
a member of a Plains Indian Tribe. 

N. C. Nelson, Digger in Southwestern 
Ruins, who also enjoys frying flap-jacks 
on a 1000-year old slab of stone. 

George C. Vaillant, collector of dolls, 
from ancient ruins in the Valley of 
i Mexico with which he reconstructs the 
I culture of a vanished iM'ople 

I Harry L. Shapiro, who travels to the 
Orient with microbmetric calipers to 
measure the skulls of humans. 

Margaret Mead, keen-eyed observer of 
man and maid in far-away Samoa and 
authority on the jvsychology of adole- 
scence. 

W. C. Bennett, who clothed in a smock 
covered with the dust of ages, tuiravels 
the .sixty layers of a Peruvian mummy to 
build a i)icture of a civilization antidating 
the Spanish culture by many centuries. 

Bella Weitzncr, faithful custodian of the 
priceless collections which cover the whole 
of the globe and the people of every land. 

William W. Howells, whose bent turns 
him to the collecting of skulls. 

Clarence L. Hay, not only an enthusias- 
tic .student of peojjle unearthed but a very 
generous benefactor. 

Milo Hellnian, who gauges the age of 
man by examining molars and incisors. 

George E. Brewer and Federerick H. 
Osborn, whose generous help as volun- 
teers further greatly the wide-spread work 
of the Department. 



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A bird 


9. 


A Mu.seum carpenter 


11. 


Period of time (abbr.) 


13. 


Tested 


14. 


Father 


15. 


An American author 


17. 


Collection of facts 


18. 


The Sun 


19. 


A volume 


21. 


Festive 


22. 


Charlie and Walter 


23. 


Hindu myth 


24. 


Scorch 


26. 


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27. 


Endeavor 


29. 


Biblical charai-tcr 


31. 


Ozone 


32. 


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33. 


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36. 


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38. 


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1. 


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2. 


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10. 


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16. 


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18. 


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33. 


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December, 1937 



THE GRAPEVINE 




Hiivt" y<Mi a hohhy? Your first uiiswor 
vvoiikl probably bo "No" and tlicn on 
second thought you might say, "Well, 
I have always liked to hike, to follow 
baseball, to send questions to Professor 
Quiz, or to eolleet records of swing bands." 
In other words, anything in which you are 
really interested is a hobby from collecting 
stamps to i)laying the luunbcrs. 

What with the Hobby Lobby hour on 
the radio, hobby columns in the news- 
I)a|K>rs, a hobby room at the Book Fair, 
and hobby clubs everywhere, our Gra|je- 
vine rej)orter decided to do a little sleuth- 
ing in the A.M.N.H. to discover the 
"other side" of our associates. Statistics 
of how many liked to knit, travel, reread 
favorite books, or have a farm with barns, 
the apple tree, etc. would involve more 
space and time than is allowed for such 
extra-curricular "investigating." 

We decided to take Mr. Southwick first 
who hides in a far corner of the building 
over there near the Sixth Avenue "L". 
Much to our surprise, we learned that he 
has nineteen hobbies (stamps, guns, 
autographs, i)ets, curiosj a.sk him what are 
the others) and then as a twentieth hobby 
he encourages others to cultivate an 
interest in anything from shells to beetles. 
He ha.s started many children collecting 
various things, some having nuiseums in 
their own homes and getting their friends 
in on their new interest. A couple of Mr. 
Southwick's proteges have made their 
hobbies their life work, one now being 
with the Park Service aiid another at 
Cornell, .\nother protege, a little closer 
to home, is Dr. Childs who first helped 
Bunny (his name in the .\rniy) Southwick 
make filings for a miniature group of his 
apartment ; afterwards Dr. Childs branched 
out kyT himself and is always making very 
small figurines as an outside interest. 

Mr. Chubb, hidden in another corner 
way over in Pre[)aration, has many 
hobbies, but on being questioned told how 
he heliH'd young people. He belongs to the 
Big Brother Movement, the purpo.se of 
which is to reduce the "criminality" of the 
population. Thus the members try to 
be friends of under privileged boys who 
are most likeh- looking up to .\1 Capone or 
Dillinger as heroes. Since Mr. Chubb 
does not follow the sjiorts, he does not 
take his boys to football games or hockey 
matches, but boys who do not seem to 
fit in their homes because they are in- 
terested in insects, minerals or .some other 



such aspect of nature not understood by 
the parents are shipped up to Cluibb at 
the Museum. .\sk Bennie at tlu' Mail 
Desk. Whenever he sees two or three 
disreputable boys, he quickly decides 
that "they are looking for Mr. Chubb." 
All tools are put away on their arrival, 
but every so often some article di.sap- 
pears with their departure. However, the 
important factor is that these boys leave 
with a new interest, a new pride. They 
.soon bring back their gang to show them 
what their friend at the Museimi pointed 
out. 

A great many poopl(> do not wish to 
"collect" but would rather do .something 
with their hands. For instance, Mr. 
Falvey, and certainly many others, likes 
"tinkering" around the hou.se and in 
this way he has fixed many screens, loose 
bolts, etc. during his thirty years of 
married life. 

Mr. Smyth is one of our amateur photo- 
graphers. H(! is evidently an ex])»'rt in 
taking outdoor pictures. He was written 
up in 'The Sun' the other evening after 
he had received a request from a magazine 
for the \is<> of an excellent fire engine 
picture. 

And .so-o-o-o- it goes; now what is your 
hobby? Even if you won't tell us, figure 
out for yourself, and if you haven't one, 
get one. Have you heard of the man who 
collected .samples of earth from all over 
the world and has now made a business 
of it? Or the man who collected all the 
World War posters — for wheatless days, 
meatless days and even the original one 
that started the war? The latter poster 
wa.s cut into thirty odd pieces to get it 
out of the country and then eventually 
pasted together again. Maybe these don't 
interest you; you may prefer to gather 
unfinished jokes or pointles.s jokes (one 
laugh from a listener and the joke is out 
of the collection). Or you may be crazy 
about gliding, collecting po-stcards, match 
books, clij)pings, going places in trailers, 
or .skiing. If we have h'ft out your pet 
hobby or those of your friends, forgive us, 
for there are probably as many hobbies in 
the A.M.N.H. as there are people. After 
all a hobby is just .something we can get 
all excited about and thus become more 
interesting to ourselves and to our friends. 

Now's the time for all good men to give 
ideas on the hobby question. If you 
won't send in what your "mania" is, 
tell on somebody else. Would you like 



A Success Story (?) 

Again and again he bucked the line 
hard. Heavy, bitter tears of rage and 
frustration trickled down his cheeks. 
He bit his lip with determination. Just 
two .scanty yards .separated him from t he- 
goal. This time he was going to get 
through or die in the attemj)!. Someone 
next to him moved and lie realized he was 
in the game for the final play. He -stiff- 
armed, dodged, reversed and drove his 
17olbs. through the opposing wall of 
manflesh. He was through at la.st. He 
could hardly believe it. He .stood, panting, 
gasping for air and slowly a smile of 
victory crept over his flushed face. He 
settled ba<'k on his heels and with an air 
of supreme achievement and contentment 
he watched the electric train go whizzing 
around the track in Macv's window. 



Sonnet to an Editor 

A call, a call for the Royal (Juards 
The pikeman and the bows. 
I'd give one half my kingdom 
To know what Irene knows. 
I am the president, 
But no one gives a hoot, 
They told the plot tf) everyone 
But me — and Idisiiutc. 
This rank and awful perfidy 
This insult to my fame, 
I'd give a chocolate .soda 
Who will reveal the name? 
I'll call a sitdown strike, 
I'll rant and rave and shout, 
I'll call my loyal cohorts 
We'll rout the beggars out. 
We'll put'em all to torture. 
We'll twist off all their toes 
Until we wring the secrets forth 
The ones that Irene knows. 
J.R.S. 



to know who collects the .same thing you 
do? And would you be actively interested 
in a Museum hobby show? ( Vou probably 
know that the Annual Art exhibit will not 
take place this year). Please send in 
answers to any or all of these questions; 
also all suggestions or questions are 
welcome. This applies to all you philate- 
lists, photographers, handymen, hikers, 
sportsmen, knitters, writers, travellers, 
bicycle riders, or WHAT IS VOIR 
HOBBY? ? ? Send all suggestions, ideas 
or other hobby information to "The 
Hobby Editor", % The Grapevine. 



THE GRAPEVINE 



December, 1937 



Adventures of a Museum Curator 



By a Veteran Curator 
(Hkhbert p. Whitlock) 



Tlic |)ul)lic ill gfiicral doos not know 
anytliing about the functions of a curator. 
Tlie worii itself often makes one inclined 
to rush to the dictionary shelf, and I have 
even had the unique experience of meeting 
up with the simple soul who said "So you 
are a curator. What do you cure?" 

I can assure you, however, that the 
activities of a museum curator are 
(listinc-tly NOT all covered by a dictionary 
definition, even if one were to refer to the 
very newest and finest one that only came 
out a month or .so ago. An unkind critic 
once said that a museum curator should 
combine the acquisitiveness of a rag-jHcker 
with the moral outlook of a second story 
man; but this I think is rather stretching 
the truth. 

In the course of a fairly long career as 
the curator in charge of several mineral 
colhutions, it has been my lot to happen 
upon a luunber of odd circumstance.^. 

,\ number of j^ears ago I had charge of 
-a mineral collection in which the disi)layed 
specimens were ranged on white painted 
ste])s under inclined glass lids, a very 
admirable arrangement, since everything 
could be seen with the minimum of back 
strain. One day I noticed a spot on the 
white .step among the quartz specimens 
where the |)aint had been (rharred exactly 
as though one had left a lighted cigarette 
to burn itself out while lying on the 
painted shelf. But I knew that no 
cigarette of mine had marred the virgin 
whiteness of this .shelf, and how could the 
casual cigarette-smoking student who 
sometim(\s wandered into the mineral 
collection burn a hole through a plate of 
glass. It seemed to be ju.st one of the 
un.solvable my.steries. Finally I thought 
of good old .sol and the three-inch rock 
crystal ball, and the emigma was .solved. 
The rock crystal ball was of just the right 
size as it rested on the shelf to focus the 
rays of the early morning sun on the 
burnt spot. The combination might even 
have started a fire, .and then we would 
indeed have had a headline thriller such 
as ''Crystal gazer's ball fin's famous 
collection." 

Another experience that I encountered 
happened later in connection with the 
.same type of museum exhibition case. 
A colleague came to me with a harrowing 
tale about heaps of graphite flakes which 
he was exhibiting in a line of glass, 
saucer-like dishes. The heaps of graphite 
would not stay in the dishes, but insisted 
on getting out in some mysterious way, at 
least .some of the grajjhitc did, and spread- 
ing in dirty little cre.seents in front of the 



gla,ss saucers exactly where it would be 
most easily noticed. Here was a real 
my.stery, no draught of air, such as would 
be eau.sed by the opening and closing of the 
ease lid, could possibly spread the stuff .so 
evenly and in just such a pattern. The 
thing worried us for days, and there 
.seemed to be ab.solutely no way in which 
it could happen. But there was. One 
morning I looked at the graphite case ju.st 
after the floorman had chianed the glass 
for the day, and, believe it or not, the 
graphite had been i)\illed right out of its 
saucrer by the electric charge communi- 
cated to the gla.ss lid by the wet chamois 
leather rag wielded by the brawny arm of 
the janitor and was sticking to the under 
side of the gla.ss. Of course it did not 
"stay put" on the glass, for, as soon as the 
electric charge dissipated, it collai)sed onto 
the shelf, but not on the place it started 
from. Since the glass w^as .s(>t at an angle, 
gravity laid it down in exactly that neat 
crescent that had puzzled us in front of the 
original heap. 

Ev<'ry mineralogist has one or more 
meteorite stories like the two-hundred 
poimd mass of granite, which falling from 
the skies upon a two masted schooner, 
passed through the deck but was provi- 
dentially arrested by .some unknown 
cosmic force, from also going through the 
bottom of the ill fated "hooker" and 
ultimately stopping only at the bed of the 
St>ft. 

One of my most .satisfactory exjjeriences 
in connection with an alleged meteorite 
began when a rural veterinary arrived in 
my office with a roundish object, in size 
someW'here between a golf ball and an 
ai)ple. His story was circumstancial but 
unconvincing. He was standing just 
inside his barn door when he heard a 
distinct rap upon the roof, and stepping 
out found the messenger from the stars 
lying on the ground at his feet. What 
what else could it be but a meteorite? 
I suggested that the outside of the thing 
looked organic and that I had heard of 
s\ich things as calcui formed in the insides 
of animals. I did not tell him that 
I suspected his cow as a meteorite pro- 
ducer, but I had that thought. .4fter 
some debate we decided that the matter 
should be .settled by cutting the object in 
question in two, and before turning it 
over to o\ir machinist, I drew a line around 
it with a red pencil for him to follow with 
his saw. I was lucky, for when the two 
halves were returned to me, it was found 
that the band saw had exactly divided the 
wire nail in the middle of the suppo.sed 




In the Planetarium 

Decemher—TYiY. FIRST CHRISTMAS 
What was the Star of Bethlehem? The 
subject has been discussed by many 
.students of the .sky. Throughout Decem- 
ber we can ob.serve comets, novae, fire- 
balls, and the striking combination of 
planets that .some believe attracted the 
attention of the Magi, the astronomers of 
that day. The wheels of time will be 
rolled backward to see the sky as it was in 
Palestine on the first Christmas. 

./aw««rv- STARS OF A WINTER 
NIGHT 
Ancient constellations are not only fa.sci- 
nating to know but they are an indispen- 
sable guide to an understanding of what 
hai)pens in the sky. If you know the 
stars, you can find the planets, follow the 
moon along the zodiac, discover double 
stars and clu.sters and nebulae. Ciet 
ac(iuainted with them in the Hayden 
Planetarium. 

Gifts 

The members of the Museum all re- 
ceive an attractive circular explaining th<' 
many advantages of Chri.stmas Gift 
Memberships. . . No crowds, no packages, 
no mailing, etc. Then, too, it does make 
an appro|)riate gift. . . one that will last 
through the year. We pass this suggestion 
along to the employees. Why not give 
a Membership to a friend or relative this 
year? It's bound to make a hit and will 
assist in the work of the Museum at the 
same time. 

Things We Can't Imagine 

Harry Hawkins dressed in overalls. 
Hugh McCallian hanging around the 

locker room talking after .'> j). m. 
The locker room with over-.st uffed leather 

lounge chairs and ping-pong tables. 
The Mail Desk having a .sale of .stam;.'.. 
S. J. Mur[)hj' without his usual handshake. 
The library staff without its afternoon 

ceremonial tea. 
Dr. Chubb working on an automobile 
Jean Wiedemer walking sedately down the 

hall, in.stead of whizzing by like two 

hurricanes. 

meteorite. As I subsequently pointed out 
to my friend, the veterinary, if the thing 
was not a stomach calculus, but a meteor- 
ite, why then the gates of Heaven must 
be put together with wire nails. 

(With thanks to "Rocks and Minerals", 
who were the original source for this 
material). 



December, 1937 



THE GRAPEVINE 




Hear }%! .... Hear ) ( ! ! . . . Citizens 
of New York . . . The .sea.soii of gaiety and 
good <'lieer offers entertainment and 
interesting events for all according to 
ta.ste and fancy 

Throughout (he month of December, 41 
countries are participating in the exhi- 
bition called "Dance International" on 
the Mezzanine floor of Rockefeller Center. 
Movies, edited by Lowell Thomas and 
Lawrence Stallings, depicting dances in 
all i)arts of the world, as W(>1I as an exhi- 
bition of selected paintings, sculpture, 
photographs, prints and books dealing 
with the dance. The films are continuous 
from 11 a. m. to 10 j). m. daily, and from 
2 p. m. to (» !>. ni. on Sundays. The 
exhibits are open from 10 a.m. to U) p.m., 
daily, and from 2 p. m. to 6 p. m. on 
Sundays. .Admission to the exhibits is 
25c to 4 p. m.; 40c from 4 p. m. to 10 p. m. 
and 2r)c all day, Saturdays. 

The Metropolitan Museum of .Vrt will 
tlisplay a larg(> grouj) of objects describing 
the "Christmas Story in Art", which 
includes i)aintings, .sculi)ture, prints and 
drawings, stained gla.ss, tapestries and 
enamels. This collection is on exhibition 
in (Jalley E. 1."). thr<)\ighout the Christmas 
sea.son. 

Beginning Christmas night, To.scanini 
will conduct the NBC 80-piece Symphony 
Orchestra concerts in Radio City's largest 
studio. The broadcast will be over the 
W'EAF coa.st-to-coast network on ten 
successive Saturday nights from 9 to 
10:30 p. m. The .same concerts will be 
conducted on December 4, 11 and 18 by 
Rodzinski. 

Louise N. (jfiicc will exhibit her murals 
of .\rizona in the Roof (ialleries of T>a 
Maison Francais<>, Rockefeller Center, 
durii\^ Christmas week. 

The Brick Pn\sbvterian Church will 
[)re.sent special music through the Christ- 
mas Week. 

The following is a calendar of events 
from Dec(>mber l.')tli to December 31st, 
arranged acording to date: 

Dee. 15— Shan-Kar Hindu Ballet (eve) 
Town Hall. 
Winter Sports Frolic Radio 
Program (Station WNEW, 
8:15 p. m.) 

Dec. Hi — Philharmonic Orchestra, (eve) 
Carnegie Hall. 
Hockey (.Americans vs. Rang- 
ers), Madison Sfpiarc (Jarden. 



Dec. 17— Mt. Holyoke College Cdee Club 
Concert (eve) Town Hall. 
Boxing matches, Madison Square 
Garden. 

Dec. 18 — Ortambert (Quartette from Paris 
(eve) Town Hall. 
Auction of I'Vencli ISth Century 
Furniture, Paintings and Iron- 
work, American Art Associ- 
ation, in the AndcTsou CJal- 
leries. 
College Basketball (eve) Madi- 
.son Scjuare (iardcn. 

Dec. 19 — Stradivari Commemoration Con- 
cert ((>ve) Carnegie Hall. 

Mary (Jalc Hafford (cv<') Town 
Hall. 

Hockey (Rangers vs. Canadians), 
Madison S(iuare (Jarden. 

Dec. 20 Ice Follies (through Dec. 24.) 
Madison Square (iarden. 
.Ian Smeterlin, Town Hall. 

Dec. 21 — Oratorio Society of New York, 
"The Messiah" , Carnegie Hal I . 

Isador Gorn, Town Hall. 

t i 

Dec. 22— The People's Chorus of New 
^'ork, Carnegie Hall. 

Dec. 23—^ Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall. 

Dec. 24 — Carols at (Jrand Central Termi- 
nal and at Municipal Trees; 
Midnight Christmas Eve Ser- 
vice at Little Church Around 
the Corner and other churches. 
Philharmonic (afternoon), Car- 
negie Hall. 

Dec. 25 Children's Concert and Play, 
Carnegie Hall. 
Hockey (.AnKTican vs. Boston) 
Madison Square Garden. 

Dec. 2G— Free Gall(>ry Talk, 2 p. m. "The 
Christmas Festival", Metro- 
politan Museum. 
Hockey (Rangers vs. Chicago) 
Madiso!) Stpiare Garden. 

Dec. 27 Exhibition of Paintings and 

Watercolors of Rural Mass. 

by Charles Aiken (through 

.laiuiary 8). 
Maurice Ei.senberg (cellist), 

Town Hall. 
College Basketball, Madison 

Sfpiarc Garden. 



Dec. 28 — "Aida" with Cigrie, Wettergren, 
Tibbett and Martinelli (Child- 
ren's Aid Society Benefit) 
Metropolitan Opera. 

Hockey (.American vs. Toronto), 
Madi.son Square Garden. 

Dec. 29— Mikhail Slieyiie (pianist), Town 
Hall. 

"Walkure" (Near East College 
.A.ssn.) Metro|)olitan ()i)era. 

Colleg(> Basketball, Madison 
Scpiare Gard(>n. 

Dec. 30 Philharnioiiic (eve), Carnegie 
Hall. 

.America's Town Meeting of the 
.Air, Town Hall. 

Dec. 31 — N(>w Year's Eve entertainment 
at all hotels. 

Watch Service, Brick Presby- 
terian Church. 

Hockey (Rangers vs. Boston), 
Madi.son Square Garden. 

During the winter, outdoor skating may 
be enjoyed at Rockefeller Plaza regardless 
of weather. Hours are: 10:30 1 p. m.; 
2—4:30 p. m.; 5:30 7:30 p. m. and 
8:30 — 11 p. m. .Admission to skating 
pond is 99c. 

Those who enjoy winter sjxjrts far from 
the traffic roars of the Big City will be 
glad to know that New York Central .snow 
trains will start December 26th. In one 
of the most extensive programs for winter 
sports ever undertak(-n, the line will 
inaugurate its fleet of snow trains with an 
all-Pullman dc luxe trij) to the Laurentian 
moimtains in Caruida on December 26th. 
Snow trains will start New Year's Eve 
for Gore Mountain at North Creek in the 
Adirondacks, and Phoenicia in the Cat- 
skills. Regular Tiake George and Ticon- 
deroga trains leave New York at 1 1 :50 
on Friday night. The Vermont .section of 
the Snowland Special will operate to 
Manchester o!i the week ends of January 
7th and 31st and February 11th. The 
Lake Placid snow train serving Lake 
Placid, Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, Lake 
Clear and Raybrook will run every week- 
end from January 7th to March 4th, 
leaving New York at 8:15 P. M. Fridays, 
returning to New York on Monday 
morning at 7:30 A. M. 

Now all we need is a little snow front 
the Weather Man! 



THE GRAPEVINE 



December, 1937 



NON-SCIENTIFIC 

DISCOVERIES 

Rocciitly wc were iioii-ijhisscd at the 
many fijiun's tlic W.F.A. workers were 
talking about. At fir^st wo thought they 
were trying to memorize the telephone 
book, but later we found out they were 
just trying to figure out what work had 
b<>en done for the week. With the new 
re[X)rt sheet.s to be filled out, those in the 
membership department were up a tree. 
Thou.sands, someone .said, when he filled 
out his slip. Cif)od luck, and don't go 
nuts over your r(>iM)rt! 



Shortly after the last election Bernie 
Moore was heard proudly telling the one 
about the staunch Republican who, on 
election day complained that Tammany 
had lined uj) the police force for Mahony, 
Taylor and Schneider. This particular 
(i.O.P. enthusiast was relieved when his 
friend explained that the M.T.S. on some 
of the co])s stood for Midtown Traffic 
S<)ua<l. 

We extend a welcome to the new em- 
ployees in the Custodian's Department. 
We also ho])e that they will soon become 
active members of the E.B.A. Not tliat 
we wish to do any hinting! 



John McCormack has resigned from 
membership in the Bachelors' Club. Why 
so serious .lohnny? We wish Mrs. 
McCormack and you the liest of luck! 



Anyone interested in Handball ought 
to visit the courts on the south side of the 
Hall of Ocean I>ife. Perha|)s some 
interesting tournaments could be arranged. 



cyMuseum Program for 
Christmas W^eek 

Christmas week usually means 
out-of-town friends and your little 
nieces and nephews visiting you. 
If any of our fellow museum workers 
have a i)roblem on their hands of 
what to do with visitors of this type, 
we wish to call to their attention 
that there will be "something doing" 
most every day in their own 
nmseum, and present herewith the 
schedule: 

Special Motion Picture Programs 
— Auditorium 

Monday, Docentber 27th-3:()0 i).m. 
— "Simba, the African Lion" 

Tuesday, December 28th 3:00 p.m. 
— "The Silent hvnemy" 

Thursday, December 30th-3:00 p.m. 
— "Trailmates" 

Wednesday, December 29th 2:.30 
p.m. — the u.sual Wednesday after- 
noon concert 

And of course, there is the Star of 
Bethlehem program at the Plane- 
tarium every day. 



.\nd speaking of indoor sjwrts, wc 
heard .something the other day about the 
way they wc^re playing Badminton in the 
basement of the Hayden Planetarium. 
So far this reporter has not been able to 
watch any matches, biit we understand 
that Mr. Fauncc could give us q\iite 
a little information on the subject. 



Some iK'ople follow the tradition of 
"In the spring, a yoimg man's fancy . . . ." 
Wouldn't you just know Ware ]>ynch 
was too impatient to await the coming 
of bees, biitterflies and little green leaves. 
This proves (as if any proof were needed!) 
that gentlemen prefer blondes. Do we 
rate an introduction at the Christmas 
Dance? 

What ho for a Happy Thanksgiving! 
We went sheepishly to the first aid room 
the day after the harvest fi-ast, seeking 
relief from "indigestion" and were greatly 
surprised to find that practically everyone 
else w.is gathering there in a similar 
plight. Must have Ix-en .some Turkey! 



Answers to the 
Museum X-Word Puzzle 



H()}IIZ()N r.vi. 


1. 


Clark 


.'». 


Stork 


9. 


neither 


11. 


Yr. 


l.J. 


Triwl 


14. 


Pa 


1.-). 


I'oc 


17. 


.\na 


18. 


Sol 


19. 


Tome 


21. 


Gala 


21i. 


Kerr 


T.i. 


Haiiwi 


->4. 


Sere 


20. 


Yore 


28. 


Try 


29. 


.\hi 


31. 


.\ir 


;j2. 


Ay 


33. 


.-Vgiiie 


3j. 


St. 


36. 


Hrunncr 


38. 


Thyme 


39. 


Small 



\i;UTUAI, 


1. 


Crypt 


2. 


Ar 


3. 


Hct 


4. 


Kura 


.*>. 


Shea 


0. 


Ted 


7. 


Or 


8. 


Koala 


10. 


Tine 


12. 


Rookery 


14. 


Polaris 


10. 


Kniery 


IS. 


Samoa 


20. 


Kre 


21. 


Gay 


24. 


Start 


25. 


Chin 


27. 


Ertel 


29. 


.\gue 


:«). 


Inns 


33. 


.-Vriii 


34. 


Gem 


m. 


By 


37. 


Ita 



E. B. A. Membership 

If there arc any employees among n.-- 
who have not received an invitation to 
join the E.B..\. and wish to know more 
about its pur|)oses and benefits, we sug- 
gest that they get in touch with Wiliiani 
Wright who will be glad to enlighten them. 
There are a lot of new faces seenfllately 
and we feel all have not been inforified of 
the existence of this organization. \ 

Sin(;e the Grapevine la.st apjK'ared the 
E.B.A. ha.s added some new names to its 
membership rolls. We welcome the 
following: 

.Vndrews, Francis T. 
Bird, Roland T. 
Cassero, Reginald R. 
Coca, .Joseph 
Co.socil, Edward 
Farrell, .Fames 
Gurau, .Jacob 
Hackett, .John .1. 
Hawkins, William 
Enright, .John \. 
Lambert, Thomas 
Morton, Eugene I'". 
McLaughlin, .loiin E. 
Riordan, Timothy 
O'Hara, William 
O'Halloran, Patrick 
Sharkey, Wilbur 
Shields, Frederick 



Answers to Wise Y-Y-Ys 

1 In early times when (K'ople were bled 
for minor ills, barbers practiced bleeding. 
The red striping on the j)oles symbolized 
the blood; the white, bandages. 

2-.\ term of ridicule from the difinition 
of curing a ham, i.e. "to smoke out", 
also conn(>cted with <'arly theatrical 
audiences, who desired to drive the batl 
actor "ham", an old .\nglo-Saxon word 
meaning "home". 

3 Named after .John Montagtie, 4tli 
Earl of Sandwich, England, who re<iuire(l 
that food be .served to him in this manner 
at the gaming table to enable liiiy to 
play without stopping. 

4 After Annie Oakley (18t>0-192()) noted 
markswoman and shooting machine of 
the .\merican stage. She would |)erf orate 
a i)laying card flung in the air a half 
dozen times before it fluttered to the 
ground. I'a.xses, meal tickets, etc. bearing 
punch hol(>s were nicknamed after her 
punctured targets. 

5 To demon.strate that lightning and 
electricity were identical. The lightning 
traveled down the kite string and sparks 
fl(!W from the metal key. This ex|M'riment 
led to the devi.sing of the lightning rod to 
protect life and property. 

Copyright 1937 .James Nalbn.l 



THE GRAPEVINE 

Published by The Employees' Benefit Association 
of The American Museum of Natural History 



VOL. II, No. 1 



FEBRUARY, 1938 



PRICELESS 



WE GIVE You-<S/. Valentine 







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St. Valentine's Day! We bet there isn't a person 
reading this article who didn't peek quickly into the 
mailbox to see what that well beloved patron saint hatl 
deposited there. Of course, we reahze that dignified 
adults are shy about doing research work on this 
subject, so we did it for you 
and present the results. 

St. Valentine's Day is now 
lightly thought of as a day 
devoted to the "tenderest 
emotion" with red j^aj^or 
hearts and sentimental 
verses. At one time it 
ranked with Christmas and 
the New Year in impor- 
tance. 

The customs of the festi- 
\-al of February 14th origi- 
nated way back in the third 
century. Just how no one 
knows precisely. And 
though it is generally 
agreed that the festival is 
named for St. Valentine, 
the "lovers' Saint," one 
can find waiters who even 
doubted the existence of 
such a person as St. 
Valentine. 

There appears ample 
jjroof, however, that he was 
a Christian Bishop in the 

third century after the death of Christ and that he 
suffered martyrdom under the Emperor Claudius on 
February 14th, 271. 

Lillian Eichler, in her book "Customs of ALankind" 
offers this not definitely authenticated story: Alai-ried 
men were loath to leave their families to go to war. 
This annoyed Emperor Claudius and so, in the interests 
of good soldiery, he issued a decree forbidding marriage. 

This saddened the good priest Valentine. He invited 
young lovers to come to him and secretly married them. 
When the Emperor heard of this he dragged Valentine 
off to prison. There Valentine died, a martyr to love. 




^brate 



First Anniversary 

with 

This Issue 



The Church made a saint of Valentine and allotted 
the day of his death, February 14th, to him. The 
Roman youths and maidens for whom he ga\e his 
life set apart the day in which to do him honour. And 
so St. \'alentine's Day came to be known as "the day 

for all true lovers." 

There is an old tradition, 
still prevalent in some rural 
sections, that "birds choose 
their mates on St. \'alen- 
tine's Day." Chaucer said 
it this way: "For this was 
on Seynt Valentines day, 
when e^-ery brid cometh 
ther to chese his make." 

In the Middle Ages there 
was the following custom 
recorded by Bourne: "It is 
a ceremony never omitted 
among the \ulgar to draw 
lots which they term ^'alen- 
tines on the evening before 
St. Valentine's Day. The 
names of a select number of 
one sex are, with an equal 
number of the other, jjut 
into some vessel and after 
that every one draws a 
name which, for the present, 
is called his Valentine." At 
first this custom was con- 
fined solely to the peasantry 
but later it was taken up by the upper classes and be- 
came very popular. 

Gradually the exchange of sentimental verses copied 
on scented paj^er decorated with love tokens became 
l^opular as St. Valentine's Day approached. Books of 
verses appeared which were laboriously copied out by 
hand and presented to "My Valentine." These valen- 
tines were highly treasured by the recipients. 

The following is a sample from an early nineteenth 
century volume "The Gentle men's Polite Valentine 
Writer:" (to be sent with a drawing of a church) 

— iContiuited on page S) 



THE GRAPEVINE 



February, 1938 



THE GRAPEVINE 

EDITORIAL STAFF 
Editor-in-Chief — Irene F. Cypher 

Advisory Board 

Wayne M. Faunce Walter F. Meister 

George C. Vaillant 

Managing Board 
Edward A. Burns Frank A. Rinald 
George H. Childs Jean Wiedemer 

Editorial Board 

WENDELL BENNETT GEORGE W. REUTHER 

RUTH CAMPBELL JACOB W. SHROPE 

LUCY W. CLAUSEN HERMAN A. SIEVERS 

ARTHUR DRAPER GEORGE TAUBER 

THOMAS GILLIARD HELEN WILMANN 

CHARLES J. KERR WILLIAM H. WRIGHT 

G. FREDERICK MASON STEPHEN J. MURPHY 



E. B. A. Activities 

By this time pleasant memories of 
Christmas have usually vanished, crowded 
out of the picture by the rather unpleasant 
realities of bills that still have to be paid. 
However, one fine memory w(> hold is 
that of the grand time we all had on the 
evening of December 18th. You remem- 
ber! — tlie Cliristmas Dance. What an 
evening that was! We thrilled at the 
scientific exploits of a Frenchman named 
Louis Pasteur; we laughed at the not so- 
scientific exploits out at Peacock Point 
(those goofy clowns) and we swayed to the 
music of a good orchestra, and we listened 
to the dtilcet tones of our able Glee Club. 
We dcjdged Santa in his Museumobile, we 
nearly won the great big turkey and we 
then drowned o>ir sorrows. We gazed at 
tlie soft lights and fancy drapes, took 
a last look at the Christmas tree and 
went home. Vn'e thought, as we are sure 
that mo.st everyone thought, that we 
had a swell time. 

I^est we forget — there were those, and 
a good many too, who worked hard to 
make this dance j)ossible. We think that 
tliey deserve a unanimous vote of thanks, 
so on b(>half of tiie officers of the E.B.A. 
and the Dance Committee, we wish to 
tliank tiiem all. 

Since the last issue of the (Jrai)evine, 
the following liave been added to our list 
of members: 



Byrnes, Petr-r K. 
Corcoran, George 
Doyle, William J., .Jr. 
Feldman, Robert R. 
I'ord, Mary 
Gallagher, William P. 
Hogan, Jose|)h 
Horan, Phillip R. 
Hughes, Thomas 
Keegan, .Joseph 
Killalea, John I. 



]>eiuieus, Charles A. 
Monte, Andrew 
Murray, Robert K. 
Pintner, Lambert 
Potenza, Albert 
Power, Michael C. 
Rj'an, John J. 
Scott, John E. 
Severn, George E. 
Sullivan,TlH)ma.s_F. 
Tappen, Harry J. 



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{X Place in the Sun for Modest Museumers) 
The next candidate to take the sun cure 
which we so freely and generously ofifer is 
Madam Helen Zi.ska. It is not that she 
really needs the cure, for her general 
disposition is quite sunny enough without 
it, but it is rather ourselves who may well 
profit by knowing som(>thing about her 
and her pleasant ways. 

It may surprise many of us to learn 
that Madam Ziska was born in New 
York, .since her German accent, which she 
acquired later through spending a large 
part of her early life in Vienna and 
Munich, would naturally lead one to 
suppose that she was of German or 
Austrian birth. She is, however, French 
on her mother's side, while her father, 
Joseph Beck, a famous baritone connected 
with the Metropolitan Opera, was Aus- 
trian. From her father she inherited 
a very decided talent for acting and 
singing, and though her scientific art 
work comes first, she still keeps up with 
the other two pursuits, as anyone who has 
attended any of her jolly parties can well 
affirm. She is especially resourceful in 
getting up vaudeville skits for parlor 
entertainment, but she wisely keeps her 
serious side and her humerous side in 
two sejiarate mental compartments and 
never allows the one to overflow into the 
other. As an examjile of the former, we 
might mention her excellent illustrations 
of Dr. Gregory's "Our Face from Fish to 
Man", and of the latter, her Halloween 
party role as "The Witch of Valley 
Stream", or perhaps her hobby as a 
trainer of snails and scorpions, which she 
.stoutly insi.sts are just as susce|)tible to 
luiman influences as dogs and cats. 

All in all, we f(>el that Madam Ziska is 
a museimier well worth knowing and 
that in spite of her efforts to keep her 
light and serious veins distinct, she is much 
more of a jewel than a dual personality. 

Newly Elected Officers 
For 1938 

I'icsidcnt: Ber.n'ahd Moore 
Vice-President: Stephen Klassen 
Treasurer: Fred Smyth 
Secretanj: Marguerite New(jakden 

Board of Directors 
Irene F. Cypheh Walter F. Meister 
Wayne M. Faunce John R. Saunders 
W'li/LIAM FT. Wright 



NON-SCIENTIFIC 

DISCOVERIES 

Several Museum employees resjionded 
to the suggestion that membership in the 
Museum makes a good Christmas gift. 
More membershii)s might be taken out 
by employees and in view of this we take 
the liberty of suggesting that such gifts 
serve well for birthdays, too. 

For the maii>- employees who are still 
W(jndering why they did not receive their 
December issue of Natural History, we 
hasten to (-xplain that the Christmas gift 
membershii) d(>mand was so great that 
the su[)i)ly of this particular issue was 
exhausted. In the face of such a successful 
membership drive, we feel certain that 
()\ir fellow emi)loyees will not feel too 
dee))ly the loss of this one issue. 



Since the daily inspection of the atten- 
dants, we note with pride the fine aj)- 
liearance of the uniforms, etc. This great 
Museum can now pride itself on the 
appearance of this force, which really 
comes in contact with and leaves an im- 
pression on the vast army of visitors who 
come to our halls. Another innovation 
worthy of note is the visit each month of 
the attendants to the Planetarium show. 
Having seen the presentation, they are 
in a better i)osition to advise visitors who 
question them about the planetarium. 

When someone always greets you with 
a smile, you miss that smile when it is 
absent for some time. Mrs. Anne 
Schaeffer, in the Publicity Department 
has been ill since Christmas time, and 
is now in the Post Graduate Hospital. 
We understand that she is progressing 
nicely, and we look forward to hearing 
her cheery greeting again very soon. 



Incidently, did you know that Mrs. 
Grace Ramsey is now Doctor Grace F. 
Ramsey? W(> send her a bushel basket of 
congratulations and best wishes. When 
we get an item like that to announce, we 
sure do like to sit up miuI shout it from the 
housetojjs. 



Word came just before Christmas of the 
marriage of Miss A. Katharine Berger, 
former Associate Editor of Natural 
Histor'i, to Mr. Felix Melwin, an acquain- 
tance of her post-Museum days. They 
are at present living in P^lorida. 




THE GRAPEVINE 



SPORTS 

hy 
Charles J. Kerr 




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Greetings and best wishes for the still 
recent New Year from your Sports De- 
I>artment. ■ — 

With the many sports activities that 
may be sponsored in the Museum we 
felt that news of this kind should be 
featured in a column exclusively by it- 
self. May we request the cooperation of 
any or all members who feel that they 
would like to contribute articles of a 
sporting nature. If the members will 
address their news to this Deiiartment, 
we will endeavor to present them with due 
recognition to the contributor and sport 
mentioned. 



We urge the members to participate in 
any of the sports jjrograms mentioned in 
this column and hope that some may take 
the iniative and form new teams to chal- 
lenge those already being formed. 



With such a large group as we are here 
at the Museum, we are sadly lacking in 
team representation in sports of all 
natures. This lack of individual interest 
on the part of the majority of us is not 
easily understandable. It is not as though 
sports were taboo, for all of the "Biggies" 
of the Museum, beginning with our 
President right on down the Executive 
Staff to Harry Hawkins, Jr. are all 
sportsmen in their own right. 



How about it? Ladies and Gentlemen. 
Will you bj' your participation in various 
forms of sport furnish us with copy for 
our column? Who knows but we may 
have a few "Babe" Ruths or "Dizzy" 
Deans, etc., right here in our midst. 



SPORT FLASHES: 

A bowling team is now in the jjrocess of 
formation in the Custodian's department, 
and they plan to begin practice next 
week. Judging from the number of 
bowlers who are planning to come out 
for the team, that Department should 
have a representative group. The mem- 



bers of the team are Bernard Moore, 
John McCormack Jr., Frank Bacon, 
Francis Kerrigan, Andrew Monte, Ray 
Cassaro, Harry Tajiix-n, Walter Carroll, 
Al Potenza, and George Severn. Anyone 
wishing to join the gang is invited to get 
in touch with B. Moore or G. Severn. 



Always a harbinger of Spring — the 
boys in the same department are planning 
to organize a .soft ball team and expect to 
enter a team in a (dty wide tournament 
conducted under the auspices of one of 
the New York newspapers each summer. 
More about this later. Meanwhile anyone 
desirous of trying out for the team should 
contact W. Carroll or F. Kerrigan. 



And speaking of sports don't let us 
forget that tennis has proven to be one of 
the major pastimes of the Museum. 

Better look over that racquet of yours 
and see if it needs restringing, for the time 
is not far off when you'll have a chance to 
limber \\\i those muscles that have been 
lying dormant all winter. 

We would like to have a few participants 
from each department so that we may 
have a series of inter-departmental 
ChamiHonship matches. We also jilan to 
have a tournament of singles and doubles 
sometime in June for the Museum 
Championship for the year 1938. 

So get in touch with the writer of this 
column and let him know your reaction on 
this plan. This includes the ladies as 
well as the men. 



Don't forget, the next i.ssue of the 
Grapevine will be out in April, and we 
hope at that time to have a list of sched- 
ules, etc. So be sure to mail your ideas, 
suggestions or articles in time to make 
that issue. Send them to the writer of 
this column. 

We thank you. 



St. Valentine — Continutd, 
My love, in yonder \-ale there peeps 
The village church's tow'ring spires; 
There let us haste, and i)ledge our 

vows, 
Since lo\e this day our heart in- 
spires. 
I've here the ring — oh! then let's 

haste 
And taste the joys of wedded Hfe; 
I trust, the hai)i\y day's arri\ed 
On which I call thee, dearest, wife. 

With the advent of manufactured 
valentines, men purchased their 
valentine favours instead of writing 
them by hand. CJradually the 
valentine lost much of its dignity 
and much of its true significance, 
until now the custom of sending 
valentines is rarely observed. 

This may appear to some too sad 
a note on which to end an article on 
the customs of St. Valentine's Day. 
The holiday, though often too 
sentimental, was always one of 
gaiety and fun. There is one conso- 
lation, however, and that is it's loss 
of significance has put an end to 
much bad poetry. These few lines 
of Shakespeare's come like a breath 
of fresh air after an hour devoted to 
"The Gentlemen's Polite Valentine 
Writer:" 

"Tomorrow is St. \'alentine's day. 
All in the morning betime, 

And I a maid at your window 
To be your Valentine." 



THE FEDERAL CREDIT UNION 

At the monthly meeting of the Board of 
Directors of the Federal Credit Union, 
Miss Margaret Fish was unanimously 
chosen Treasurer, to succeed Miss Ethel 
Newman, who will retire on April loth, 
1938. 



THE GRAPEVINE 



February, 1938 



Know Your Museum 



Department of Ornithology 




(To follow our i)olicy of having you 
know what the various departments are 
like, we give you the seeond in our Know 
Your Museum articles, we give you the 
Department of Birds [Ornithology, to be 
seientifie]. 

There is an awful lot more to the Bird 
Department than you'd think before 
going into the subject. For one thing 
there are now twenty-four people in 
a department that not so many (only 
about fifty) years ago was only a gleam 
in a certain Mr. Chapman's eye. In 
1869 when the Museum was founded with 
a staff of four i)eople, there was no Bird 
Dejiartment but the mammals and birds 
were grouped together in charge of the 
"Superintendent." Gradually a Depart- 
ment of Mammals and Birds evolved, as 
Darwin might say, headed by J. A. Allen, 
a little man who was a great scholar in 
both fields. Known for his accuracy in the 
laboratory as well as on collecting trijjs, 
he is said to have been one of the best 
shots in America in his early days, and 
later with chewing tobacco. The regular, 
soft "plop!" of the latter as it hit the 
exact center of the receptacle caused much 
bewilderment to workers near him until 
they found out where it came from. 

A young man named Frank M. Chap- 
man gave up his job in a bank and in 1888 
came to assist Dr. Allen. Ever since, 
bird work in the Museum has expanded 
like a golden flower under his touch. 
Exiieditions have gone out to the four 
corners of the globe, world-famous col- 
lections such as the Rothschild in England 
have been accjuired, exhibits have multi- 
plied like rabbits and become more 
beautiful each year like Snow White. 
The Department of Birds became an 
entity in 1920 and in the last few years 
moved from the parental roof in the 
North Wing to its own quarters in the 
new Whitney Wing; an able staff has 
come to the Museum and thousands of 
pages flow from their erudite pens. 

They have sort of split the birds of the 
world up among them. Dr. Chapman 
going in for So\ith America, which Mr. 
Zimmer has been carrying forward of late. 
North America has been pretty well 
worked over and there is not so much 



new work to be done there, but infor- 
mation on it would come in the range of 
these two. James Chajiin, whose first 
contact with the Museimi in 1907 was 
as a young student on an expedition to the 
Belgian Congo, has kept up his work in 
this field and perhaps his greatest con- 
tribution to our knowledge to date is his 
studies on "Birds of thi^ Belgian Congo." 
He also has Asia and Eurasia and Euroi)e 
on his hands, though no work is being done 
in the Museum on European birds at the 
j)resent time. 

Dr. Mur])hy has taken oceanic birds for 
his province, and if you have been a 
landlubber like us it may surprise you to 
know that there are other birds besides 
gulls and Mother Carey's Chickens on and 
over the waters. (If this does not sur- 
jjrise you, you can sit back and feel 
sujjerior for the next few minutes, after 
which you'll have to run like hell to catch 
up.) There are noddies, penguins, terns, 
shearwaters, albatrosses, cormorant.s — Dr. 
Murphy in his "Oceanic Birds of South 
America" describes rivers of cormorants 
streaming overhead for hours darkening 
the sky, like the plague of locusts in the 
movie" of "The Good Earth." The 
cormorants of Peru are the messiest and 
the most valuable birds in the world. 
They make nests of guano and never 
sweep out the front jtarlor. Then the 
Peruvian Government shovels up the 
guano and sells it to the world at one 
hundred per cent jirofit, minus the cost 
of the shovel. 

A gannet is also a sea bird. It is heliiful 
when reading the Irish i)oets to know that 
"while gannets fish" does not refer to 
a fisherman. 

Mr. Zimmer came here from the Field 
Museum in Chicago after he was already 
established in the scientific world. He 
had been also in government service in the 
Philippines on economic zoology — plant 
insect pests and their enemies such as 
birds, and in this way came to make 
a study of Philippine birds. Besides his 
research work here he handles much of the 
administrative routine of the department 
and is a connecting link between the other 
specialists. 

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By William H. Wright 

ACROSS 

144 

Peer Gynt's Mother 

Test 

Unit of weight (i)l.) 

Misplace 

Rise and fall of the ocean 

Avoids 

In a line 

Biblical jjronoun 

R.C.A. 

Ea.stern Standard Time (abbr.) 

Employ 

To see the difference 

Note of scale 

Particle 

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Editor of Osborn Memoirs 

Doctor of Laws 

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refreshments 
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Puzzles submitted for use in this column 
must be 11 boxes wide by 11 boxes long. 
Full credit will be given to the author. 

To date we have used puzzles submit- 
ted by William H. Wright, Membership 
Dept. and Edward A. Burns, Printshop. 



February, 1938 



THE GRAPEVINE 




What's Your Hobby? 



Hobbies, hobbies and more liobbies! 
It looks now as if the Museum possessed 
within its walls more hobbies than you can 
"shake a stick at". In fact, we have just 
begun to scratch the surface and have 
enough potential material at our disposal 
to continue this column far into the dim 
vistas of the future. 

But, bef(M-e we start telling you about 
a few more of them, let us i)ause for a 
.second to consider just what a hobby is. 
The dictionary says it is derived from the 
Middle English word "hober" which 
means "to move about". Later it came 
to be associated particularly with horses 
because they move about, and finally 
with wooden horses that move on rockers 
— hence the expression "riding your 
hobby". To-day any favorite occuiiation 
persistently pursued with delight could be 
called a hobby. Thus even vices, so 
long as they are pursued with delight, 
could be considered as hobbies, or a coal 
miner with a desire for cleanliness could 
make a hobby out of washing his hands. 
No wonder our field is a large one. 

We learned that the Hobby Guild of 
America was designed to expand the 
cultural horizon of hobbyists. The Guild 
serves as a central organization to coordi- 
nate information on modern hobbydom. 
Any hobbyist can join this society, without 
charge or obligation. You simply write to 
The Hobby Guild of America, 11 West 
42nd Street, N.Y.C., indicating your 
preferred "leisure-time" interests and 
activities. You are then enrolled into 
membershi]) and you receive literature 
about your particular hobby. There is 
also at your disposal certain services which 
all hobbyists will apjireciate. The Guild 
acts as a "hobby exchange" where those 
who wish to ride their hobbies with 
"friends along to keep one company" 
may find a common meeting ground with 
like-minded enthusiasts. A list of books 
on any subject can be obtained from them, 
and if you wish the Guild will hunt up 
the book for you, they will sell it to you, 
or even exchange it for some book that 
you may have that others have inquired 
about. 



Let us now get back to personalities, 
which in a paper like the Grapevine, we 
should never abandon for long. To begin 
with there is Lee Jacques, who builds and 
runs miniature railroad trains when he is 



not painting birds. Often of an evening at 
home, the entire floor space of his apart- 
ment is covered with a comjilex ramifica- 
tion of railroad tracks, much to the 
chagrin of Mrs. Jacques, who in failing 
to side track him, must side track the 
trains instead. 



Chris Olsen, as a pursuer of hobbies, is 
probably Bunny Southwick's closest rival 
in the Museum. Besides collecting stamps 
and old books and painting undersea 
pictures, he is well recognized among 
entomologists as an authority on leaf 
hoppers, tiny green insects commonly 
found flying about lamps in the summer 
months. He has identified several new 
species of the genus, Cicadella, and 
l)ublished a large number of scientific 
])apers on the grou]). 



Hobbyism has also invaded the Natural 
History staff. There is, for instance, Don 
Barton, who draws whimsical "Thurber" 
sketches, which are said to be good, and 
Dr. Weyer who makes mai)s and workable 
radios. Fred Hahn designs small country 
houses, while Mary Ford collects im- 
portant items from newspapers. 



For the benefit of the uniniated hobby- 
ists, we conclude this installment by 
announcing that Dave Elman's "Hobby 
Lobby" radio ])rograms take place every 
Wednesday evening at 7:15 and 10:30 
p. m., over Station WABC, Columbia 
Network. We would also like to add that 
we are considering the possibilities of 
a Museum Hobby Show, to be held in the 
Museum next Fall, and we would like to 
know what you think about it. So please 
write us or let us hear from you. 



OUR PLANETARIUM 

Arrangements wer(> made for the 
attendants to see the demonstration at the 
Planetarium, in order that they might be 
able to answer inquiries. That they will 
be well equipped to do .so is shown by the 
following poem, which one of them com- 
posed : 

To the Hayden Planetarium 

The visitors all love to go, 

To see the beautiful stars and planets 

In the evening twilight glow. 

And if you're sad and lonely, 

And in spirits very low, 

Visit the Hayden Planetarium 

And see the all star show. J. S. 



Know Your Museum — Cont. 

Dr. Mayr is resiionsiblc for New Guinea 
and the Pacific Islands, and has the Birds 
of Paradise, the most beautiful of all, all 
to himself. Mrs. Naumhurg is working on 
the birds of Eastern Brazil. Mr. Brand is 
a i)ioneer in recording the .songs of wild 
birds on j)hon()grai)h records. Mr. P. B. 
Philipj), for many years an enthusiastic 
collector of bird eggs, joined the staff 
this past fall, bringing with him his 
splendid collection. It contains many 
rarities which we laymen would probably 
not understand, and includes eggs laid by 
nearly every North American species. 

Charles O'Brien has the charge and care 
of all the collections. Every first-class 
Euroi)ean Museum has a man who devotes 
his time solely to this. It is akin to the 
job of an engineer — to keep the engines 
running, whereas in America we tend to 
run almost exclusively to captains of the 
ship. 

Tommy Gilliard is on Mt. Auyantepui, 
Venezuela making up a collection. Dr. 
Rand is at ])r<>sent after birds in New 
Guinea with the Archbold expedition, 
Dr. Chapman is in Barro Colorado for the 
winter. Outside of that the tleiiartment 
is all quietly at home. 

The eyes of .so many boys and girls 
turn toward the Museum as their ideal 
of a career that it is interesting to know 
how some of the younger memb(>rs of the 
department came here. Mr. O'Brien, 
like many a boy interested in birds, used 
to come to the Bird Department for 
information about them. When he was 
just out of high school Dr. Chapman 
offered him the job of assistant in the 
department, and so he has been here ever 
since 1924, and is now on the staff. 

Tommy Gilliard has always been 
interested in natural history and his 
great ambition was to work in the Mu- 
seum. He has always done his own field 
work, collecting, observing, etc., and took 
the trouble to master thoroughly the 
literature on the Great Auk. This led to 
his rich find of auk bones on Funk Island 
where the experts said it couldn't be done. 
Hugh Birckhead and Charles Schell both 
started in the Museum as volunteer 
workers and were eventually taken on, 
on salary. Mr. Schell took the pre-medical 
course in Yale, not the science course as 
you might suspect, and the next year 
went to the South Pacific on his own hook, 
working part of his way, just to travel. 
(Continued on page 6) 



THE GRAPEVINE 



February, 1938 



In the Planetarium 

Februanj The Changinc; Calexuak; 

Throughout Fobruary in the Haydcn 
Phinotarium you will have a chance to 
study one of man's most ingenious de- 
vices, namely the means by which he 
keeps track of the swift flight of time. 
He has reckoned the days by the rising of 
the sun, the months by the passage of the 
moon, and the year by the return of the 
seasons. To follow the calendar around 
throughout the year and down throtigh 
the centuries is a most exciting adventure. 
Savages and savants, catastrophes and 
Caesars, revolutions and religions have 
all left their mark upon the calendar. 
Men have slaved, sacrificed and died to 
find the answer to the question: "What 
day is it?" 




PISCES 



Numerous special exhibits will illustrate 
the development of the calendar and 
almanac from early times to the present. 
Visitors will see a Siberian calendar pole, 
notched to mark the days; a large col- 
lection of ancient and modern calendars 
and almanacs, including the very oldest 
calender in existence; and a series of 
religious objects connected with the 
Jewish ceremonies around the vear. 




ARIES 



March — I'hom Pole To Pole: 

From Peary's Pole to Byrd's Little 
America — all in seven minutes — that's 
the story of a magic ride over the earth's 
surface that can be taken in the Hayden 
Planetarium during March. From New 
York the spectator will journey to the 
North Pole and watch the .strange night 
in which the stars circle ceaselessly and 
never rise or sink. From the jjolc we 
travel swiftly southward, cross the ecjuator 
until, out of the white Antarctic, rise the 
stars which hang over little America. 
On the way we see the lovely Southern 
Cross and other stars that never light the 
night in our latitudes. 



Know Your Museum — Cont. 

He started here in December, 193") 
I)utting collections of sea birds together 
under the direction of Dr. Murphy. 

Dr. Chapman had stressed the im- 
jjortance of the relation of birds to man so 
we asked Mr. Zimmer what aspects of th(> 
deimrtment's work the public is most 
interested in. 

"What is the most common question 
asked?" 

"What is a four-letter word meaning 
a bird of the Andes?'" he replied. That 
made him laugh. The Bird Department 
always answers the cross-word i)uzzler if 
the latter will own up to his purpose, 
quite contrary to the policy of some other 
departments who turn the fan down im- 
mediately they worm that confession out 
of him. 

Next in frequency to the above question, 
people want to identify a bird they've 
seen which can be done surprisingly often 
depending on how carefully they observe. 
Too often, however, it's "somewhere 
between the size of a sparrow and a robin 
with brown stripes," and then you just 
control yourself and try hard to be 
polite. This also ai)i)lies when they ask 
"Can a bird fly witli one wing?" The 
answer is no, no, a thousand times no ! 

"What birds are most frecpiently asked 
about, or of most interest?" we wanted to 
know. 

"No particular birds," was Mr. Zim- 
mer's answer, "the inquiries cover such 
a wide range." 



Peoj)le are constantly asking what bird 
has the largest wing-sjiread. This is the 
Wandering Albatro.ss with a wing spread 
of eleven feet, four inches. Then how- 
old do birds live to bo? The Mute Swan 
has been .«aid to live to one hundred 
years, and the goose and some cockatoos 
to r(>ach seventy and eighty. Mr. 
Zimmer is extremely wary, however, and 
sa3-s these figures need confinnation. 



New Appointments 

We note the api)ointment of some new- 
scientific staff members and take this 
opportunity to welcome them to the 
Museum family. They are: 

Wyllys R. Betts, Jr.,— Field Associate, 
Dei)artment of Living Invertebrates. 

Prof. T. D A. Cockerell, Research As- 
sociate of Fossil Insects and Dr. 
Alfred E. Emerson, Research As- 
.sociate in T(>rmites, both to the 
Department of Entomology. 

Dr. Charles R. Russell, Curator of the 
Deimrtment of Education. (Dr. 
Russell is a brand new member of the 
Museum family, and we hope he 
likes us.) 

Dr. Fisher's title has been changed to 
Curator-in-Chief of the Department 
of Astronomy and the Hayden 
Planetarium, and Prof. Barton is now 
Executive Curator of the Hayden 
Planetarium. 



English as She is Spoke 

Should any of our fellow w-orkers ever go to England, here is a list of ex- 
jjres.sions to help them along, so that they will not feel totally at a loss in 
a strange country: 



What We Say 

trolley car rails 
candy store 
apartment 
two weeks 
room vacant 
cracker 
biscuit 

sandwich spread 
sweet butter 
whole-wheat bread 
elevator 

elevated railway 
subway train 
boardwalk 
storage battery 



Whal Our English Cousins Say 

tram lines 

sweet sho]) 

flat 

fortnight 

apartment to let 

bi.scuit 

scone 

])ott(xl meat 

fresh butter 

brown bread 

lift 

overhead train 

tube, or underground 

promenade 

accumulator 



February, 1938 



THE GRAPEVINE 




For tlioso who arc beginning to think 
about seeds, bulbs, fertilizer, tnuisj)lanting 
and "what shall I do with the garden this 
year?" the series of si^ecial lectures on 
outdoor gardening at the New York 
Botanical (iarden may be of special 
interest. Such subjects as lawn construc- 
tion and maintenance, year-around care 
of roses, culture of hardy aquatics, 
preparation of rock gardens and other 
|)ractieal gardc^ning i)roblems will be 
discussed. The lectures are available 
tln-oughout February and March. 

The annual Wagner cycle has started 
the Metropolitan and the Hippodrome 
popular-priced opera will extend into 
March. 

Indoor polo every Saturday, 8:30 P.M. 
Squadron A Armory, 9-ith Street and 
Madison Avenue. Admission 25c, 50c 
and SI. 00. 

The New York Museum of Science and 
Indu.stry, Rockefeller Center, is continu- 
ing into February, a series of motion 
pictures, daily schedule of talks, and 
demonstrations on the processes and 
fvmctions of th(> human body; 10 A.M. — 
10 P.M. daily. Admission 25c 

The Whitney Museum of American 
Art has opened an exhibition entitled 
■'A Century of American Landscape 
Painting, 1800-1900," which offers a 
survey of landscaix' painting from its 
beginning to the end of the 19th centiuy. 
Excellent examjiles from the four ])eriods 
will continue on view through February 
25th. 

PEDAC, lOtli floor of the RCA Build- 
ing, is disjjlaying items of interest to the 
ladies — antifjues, lampshades, wedgewood, 
metal furniture, fireplaces of brass and 
glass, j)icture rugs and many other 
novelties. Exhibition free on week-days. 

At the Metropolitan Museimi of .\rt 
special exhibits such as. Accessions of 
Prints, Italian Renais.sanco Prints and 
Illustrated Books Exhibition will be on 
view throughout February. 

The following is a calendar of events 
from February 15th to February 28th, 
arranged according to date: 



Feb. 15th — Philadelphia Orchestra, Car- 
negie Hall. 

Hockey (Americans vs. Cana- 
diens), Madison Square 
Garden. 

David Holland, Town Hall. 

l*\'l). Kith- .loiui Cliarles Thomas, Car- 
negie Hall. 

Colleg(> Baski-tball (N.Y.U. 
vs. Fordham, and St. John's 
vs. Manhattan,) Madison 
Square Garden . 

Harold Bauer, Albert S|)alding 
and Gasjjar Cassado, Town 
Hall. 

Feb. 17tli — Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall. 
Town Meeting of the Air with 
Florence Easton, Mme. 
Rosanoff, Samuel Dushkin, 
Beveridge Webster and 
Schola Cantorimi, Town 
Hall. 
Hockey (Rangers vs. Bo.ston), 
Madison Square Garden. 

Feb. 18tli— Guila Bustabo, Carnegie Hall. 

Lake Placid Club's 2nd Annual 
Invitation Ski Tournament 
for Women, Lake Placid. 

National Sportsmen's Show 
(through Feb. 26), Grand 
Central Palace. 

Boxing, Madison Square Gar- 
den. 

Feb. 19th — National Orchestral Associ- 
(Sat.) ation (aft.) Carnegie Hall. 

Figure Skating Carnival 
(through Feb. 20), Lake 
Placid. 

N.Y.A.C. Track Meet, Madi- 
son Square Garden. 

Alex Brailowsky (aft.) . . . 
Mailamm, Chamber Music, 
Town Hall. 

Feb. 20tli— Philharmonic (aft.), Carnegie 
Hall; 

North American Bob-sled 
Champions (Through Feb. 
22), Lake Placid. 

Hockey (Americans vs. To- 
ronto), Madison Square 
Garden. 

Feb. 21st^Gorodnitzki, Carnegie Hall. 

17th Annual Washington's 
Birthday Ski Tournament 
for Men, (through Feb. 
23rd), Lake Placid. 



Feb. 21st — Continued 

Exhibition of Recent Water 

Colors of Herbert B. 

T.schudy (through March 

5th), Fifteen Gallery. 
Golden Gloves Tournament of 

Ciiamijions (through Feb. 

22nd), HipjMjdromc. 
Nathaniel Peffer, "New Ex- 

j)losives in the Far East," 

Town Hall. 

Feb. 22nd - George Coix'Iand, Carncgi'' 
Hall; 

Heinz and Robert Scholz 
(duo-pianists — eve.) Town 
Hall. 

Hockey (Rangers vs. Canadi- 
ens), Madi.son Square Gar- 
den. 

Feb. 23rd— .Joseph Szigeti, Carnegie Hall. 

Kathryn Meisele (eve.) Town 
Hall. 

Boxing, Madison Square Gar- 
den. 

Feb. 24th — Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall. 

"Siegfried", Metropolitan Op- 
era House. 

America's Town Meeting of 
the Air, Town Hall. 

Hockey (Rangers vs. Chicago), 
Madison Square Garden. 

Feb. 25th — Max Rosen (eve.) Carnegie 
Hall. 

Military Ball, Hotel Roosevelt. 

College Basketball (St. Fran- 
cis vs. Brooklyn and N.Y.U. 
vs. Notre Dame,) Madison 
Square Garden. 

Feb. 26th -Toscha Seidel (aft.) and Phil- 
(Sat.) harmonic Orchestra (eve.), 

Carnegie Hall. 
Alex. Brailowsky (aft.) and 
Gladys Avery (eve.). Town 
Hall." 
National A.A.U. Track Meet, 
Madison Square Garden. 

Feb. 27th — Philharmonic (aft.), Carnegie 
Hall. 

New Friends of Music, Pas- 
quierTrio, Arthur and Karl 
Schnable, Town Hall. 

Hockey (.Americans vs. Mon- 
treal), Madison Square 
Garden. 

Feb. 28th— National Orchestral Associ- 
ation, Carnegie Hall. 
Ania Dorfmann (eve.) Town 
Hall, 



THE GRAPEVINE 



February, 1938 



INTERESTING FACTS 

(George Washington s Birthday) 

February 22iul may he universally 
eolebrated as the birthday of CJeorge 
Washington, but February 11th is really 
his birthday, and any Doubting Tliomas 
will find jiroof of that in a 1790 almanae 
now on exhibition in the Hayden Plane- 
tarium. 

This oUl almanac records the date of 
General Washington's birth, as it is 
carried in the Washington family records, 
as February 11th, with the annotation 
"O.S." This means "Old Style" and repre- 
sents the calendar used prior to 1752, 
when England changed from the Julian 
to the Gregorian calendar. Under the 
former, the New Year started on March 
25th instead of on January Lst. According 
to old records George Washington always 
celebrated his birthday on February 11th. 

One of the interesting features of the 
1790 almanac, which is one of the famous 
editions i)ublished in Worcester, Mass. 
by Isaiah Thomas, is the motto that runs 
down tlie page. It reads: "Peace, 
industry and economy, make a nation 
rich; but war, idleness, and luxury are 
a curse to a peojile. Let us unite in sup- 
porting the laws, and the laws will support 
us. Copy not after the vices of Europe; 
remember we are Americans." 

"George Washington was actually born 
on February 11th, 1731 and not on 
February 22nd, 1732, as generally be- 
lieved", explained Prof. William H. 
Barton, Jr., Executive Curator of the 
Hayden Planetarium. "The reason for 
this goes back to 1582 when Pope Gregory 
i.ssued an edict that the day following the 
4th of October should be called the loth. 
This change was necessary to kee]) the 
Vernal Equinox falling on March 21.st 
where it had been established in 325 
A.D. by the Nicean Council. It had been 
slowly creeping around the Calendar and 
had moved up to the 11th. Several 
covmtries, including England, did not 
make the change immediately 

"In 1751 England decided to get in 
step and by an act of Parliament decreed 
that September 2nd, 1752 should be 
followed by Sej)tember 14th instead of 
3rd. At the same time, they changed 
New Year's Day from March 2.5th to 
January 1st. By changing New Year's 
Day, I'Y'bruary, once at the end of the 
year, moved up to the early part of the 
year. That is, February, 1731 really 
became 1732 by our present reckoning." 




Wire 

Jatner tlalbuci 



1 — WHY is a journey after a wedding 
called a honey-moon? 

2— WHY were the letters S.O.S. selected 
as a distress signal by radio? 

3 — WHY is a quarter called two bits? 

4 — WHY does coffee grow stale? 

5 — WHY is the United States known as 
"Uncle Sam"? 
Copyright 1937 — James Nalbud. 



Museums Now and Then 

The other da.\' we were reading with 
interest an old volume "The General 
Contents of the British Museum, with 
remarks" (Serving as a Directory) jiub- 
lished in 1761, and it gives us great 
pleasure to call to j'our attention the 
following: 

"Nothing can conduce more to i)re/erve 
the Learning which this latter Age 
abounds with, than having Repo/itories 
in every Nation to contain its Antiquities, 
/uch as the Museum of Great Britain; 
But, in order more effectually to prevent 
our falling back again into a State of 
Ignorance and Barbari/m, it were to be 
wi/hcd that the Plan of it were to be 
enlarged, that the buildings were more 
exten/ive, and that a Fund were e/tab- 
li/hed, /ufficient to an/wer the Purpo/e of 
encouraging ingenious Men in every 
u/eful Art, in every Science; and I know 
of nothing that can be done that will 
tend more to the Honour of our Countrj', 
when it /hall plea/e God to give us the 
Slewing of Peace, than to have /uch a 
large Fund appropriated for the En- 
couragement of Ingenuity and Learning." 
(Which makes us think that even in those 
davs Muscnmis had their i)roblems.) 



Answers to the 
Museum X-Word Puzzle 





ACROSS 






DOWN 




1. 


Gross 


22. 


Use 


1. 


Grove 


19. 


Dunn 


o. 


Ase 


23. 


Discern 


■) 


Rose 


20 


Estill 


8. 


Prove 


26. 


Fa 


3. 


Over 


21 


Seated 


9. 


Tons 


28. 


Iota 


4. 


Se 


23 


Diet 


11. 


Loso 


29. 


Encore 


o. 


Attars 


24 


lodal 


12. 


Tide 


32. 


Edit 


6. 


Soiree 


2n. 


Re 


n. 


Averts 


33. 


Lair 


7. 


Endow 


26. 


Frick 


IB. 


Arow 


34. 


Tale 


8. 


Play 


27. 


.\ery 


17. 


Ye 


■Ao. 


Percy 


10. 


Sews 


:«). 


Cleo 


18. 


Andrews 


36. 


Lid. 


14. 


Tate 


31. 


Oars 


20. 


Est 


37. 


Kiosk 


15. 


Sn 


35. 


Pi 



Answers to Wise Y Y Ys 

l-From an ancient Teutonic custom of 
celebrating a mouth or moon by drinking 
a liquor made of honey. From this 
cu.stom comes the expression "to speed the 
honey moon". 

2-The letters have no verbal sig- 
nificance. The signal-thrcH' dots, three 
dashes, three dot.s — was adopted by tiie 
Riidio Telegraphic Convention in 1912 
because they are easily sent and least 
easily mistaken. 

3-The term "bit" as ai)plied to small 
silver coins originated in the West Indies 
during the 17th Century in connection 
with Spanish money. From there it 
spread to New Orleans and the Southern 
States. When Spanish dollars were 
withdrawn from circulation in this country 
"bit" svirvived only in connection with the 
C}uarter or two bits and the half dollar or 
four bits. 

4-Because of the action of oxygen (air) 
on the aromatic fatty substance in the 
coffee beans, which is resi)on,sible for its 
delicate flavor. 

5-A nickname which probably origi- 
nated during the War of 1812. B. 
Ander.son, a contractor for the United 
States commisary had his store house in 
Troy, N.Y. Samuel Wilson, who superin- 
tended the examination of provisions 
there, was known to workers as "Uncle 
Sam". As each case of provisions was 
marked, it bore the letters EA-US. A wag 
among the longshoreman being asked 
what the letters stood for said: "Ebenezer 
Ander.son and Uncle Sam". The joke 
spread throughout the country and soon 
became the personification of the United 
States. 





We 


Saw 


it 


in 


the Movies 






Stroll along Broadway .some 


day, ; 


ml t; 


ke your clioice of title conihinat 


ions. 


H 


Tc are some interesting combinations 


the iiKiuiring reporter .saw si( 


e by 


si( 


ie not so long ago: 

It Pays to 
Stand Up 


Advertise 
and Cheer 






The Crime of tiie Century 
The Magnificent Brute 






Shall We Dance 






Behind the Headlines 





THE GRAPEVINE 

Published by The Employees' Benefit Association 
of The American Museum of Natural History 



VOL. II, No. 2 ^ 



APRIL, 1938 



PRICELESS 



(L^IPRIL 30th 



117(0 among us is a natural horn comic? 

What handsome young attendnnt has a really swell baritone voice? 

What attractive young lady has a devastating charm when not seen behind a desk? 

Wheir will you have more fun than anywhere else on Saturday Evening, April SOthf 

THE ANSWER: By Witnessing 

"MUSIC AT THE CROSSROADS" 

A one-act farce, the entire cast being members of the E.B.A., under the di- 
rection of Mrs. Ella B. Ransom. The curtain rises at nine o'clock shar]), in the 
Auditorium. 

At ten o'clock dancing begins in Education Hall. We have procured a good 
dance orchestra. . . . Buy your tickets now so that we may know how large a quaniti- 
ty of refreshments to order. . . . Phone William \^'right, extension 393, for table 
reservations. 

This Annual Spring Entertainment and Dance commemorates the Thirtieth 
Anniversary of the Employees' Benefit Association. We are all i^roud of its long 
existence and fine record. Do not wait until you go on the expedition into the 
"Great Beyond" to receive any benefits. 

This is YOUR dance and twelve of YOUR friends have been rehearsing for 
weeks for YOUR pleasure. . . . We'll be seeing you. 

The Committee. 

P.S. You can obtain your tickets from a representative in your department or 
from Jim McKeon. Price Fiftv Cents Per Person. 



JUST ARRIVED 

So many thiiis-s happcMi around thi.s 
place that nobodj' hears about, that we 
don't want certain very important events 
to go unannounced. We are thinking of 
starting a "'Fathers Chib" and electing 
to membership .Johnny McCorma'^k, 
Lambert Pintiier and Bill Baker — j'ou've 
guessed it the first time. Each of the 
aforementioned gentlemen is now the 
jjroud father of a brand new son! Johnny 
and Lambert arc working (of course they 
can be forgiven if thej' take a minute or 
two now and then to expound on the 
latest theories of bringing up children) and 
the glow of their smiles warms everyone 
who comes near. Mr. Baker of course is 
etpially, or should we say doubly proud, 



for it is his second experience. We extend 
oiu' (•<)ngnitulations to the proud fathers. 



SHADES OF HAMLET 

Renee Stri.soff antl .Jean Wicdemer gave 
performances in an evening of amateur 
theatricals at the Roerich Museum 
Theatre on March 8th, and if you ask us, 
they have what it takes. Renee looked 
very glamorous as a well-known actress 
who takes a sick woman out of her dreary 
surroundings on the wings of make-believe, 
and Jean did a Lorelei Lee — the snappy 
blonde. There were a number of Museum 
fans in the audience, but all you who 
mi.ssed this revelation will have a chance 
to see Miss Wiedemer again in the Mu- 
seum show on April 3()tli. 



SPECIAL SPORTS ITEM 

(The demon office boy Harry Hawkins 
was astounded to hear the below reports 
of his idol Charley.) 

Who is Charles J. Kerr, Sports Editor 
of the Grapevine? Oh, yes. We remem- 
ber Charley, all around athlete. Soft Ball 
Batting King of the Museum. 

He also had ambitions to be a major 
league player without Minor League ex- 
perience. We remember seeing Charley at 
the Polo Grounds wearing a Cincinnati 
uniform. The ambitious boy had a bat- 
ting average of . 02.^. 

CH.\RLEV, CHARLEY. 



THE GRAPEVINE 



April 1938 



THE GRAPEVINE 

EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor-in-Chief — Irene F. Cypher 

Advisory Board 

Wayne M. Faijnce Walter F. Meistee 

George C. Vaillant 

Mana^ng Board 
Edward A. Burns Frank A. Rinald 
George H. Childs Jean Wiedemer 

Editorial Board 



WENDELL BENNETT 
RUTH CAMPBELL 
LUCY W. CLAUSEN 
ARTHUR DRAPER 
THOMAS GILLIARD 
CHARLES J. KERR 



GEORGE W. REUTHER 
JACOB W. SHROPE 
HERMAN A. SIEVERS 
GEORGE TAUBER 
HELEN WILMANN 
WILLIAM H. WRIGHT 



G. FREDERICK MASON STEPHEN J. MURPHY 



E. B. A. Activities 

On April 12tli, 1938, a .Si)ecial Meeting 
of the E.B.A. was called b\' the President, 
Mr. Bernard Moore, to vote upon the 
proposed amendments to the associatic^n 
Constitution and By-Laws. A complete 
set of the new constitution and by-laws 
has been sent to each member, .so we need 
not reprint them here, for we know that 
by this time you are all familiar with them 
(you should be if you're not). One of the 
new provisions increases the number of 
directors from five to nine, with three new 
directors to be elected each year. In 
order that this i)rovision might be carried 
out the following sets of directors were 
elected: Miss Irene F. Cypher, Mr. Wayne 
M. Faunce and Mr. John R. Saunders for 
three years. Mr. W^alter F. Meister, Mr. 
Patrick Wallace and Mr. William Wright 
for two years. Mr. Charles Lang, Mr. 
George Tauber and Mr. Sherman P. 
Voorhees for one year. 

All the remaining additions and amend- 
ments were voted ujx)!! and adopted. 
This means tiiat a new edition of the 
famous little book of rules will be printed 
in the near future — so be on the watch for 
it. 



SHS! ! ! SHS! ! ! 

Dame Rumor has it that the General 
Rules and Regulations are being revised 
at last! Don't get too excited about 
it, but we suspect an element of truth in 
the rumor (considering the source of our 
information). It will appear .sooner or 
later, so just wait (juietly. 



FDJLU 




FACilS 



One of our most mode.st Museumers is 
Dr. George Henshaw Childs. He de- 
serves a front seat in the sun, and there is 
no doxibt that quite a few do not know the 
hidden treasure in Dr. Childs' mind and 
able sculptor's hands. 

Dr. Childs was born in Miiuieapolis 
where he attended public and high schools. 
After graduation he visited Fishkill and 
joined the University of Minnesota, where 
he received his Doctor of Philosoi)hy de- 
gree. Cornell University claims him 
a graduate also with several degrees. 
During the World War Dr. Childs joined 
the Medical Corps. By his gentle and 
kind character, it is not surpri.sing that he 
.served his country by experimental work 
and studies in the medical staff labora- 
tories. His "killing" went as far as cats — • 
an ardent student of medical research to 
save life! 

Nevertheless, he developed a great 
liking for tho.se creatures — and one of the 
finest members of their race is "Titus" 
now a member of the Childs' household. 

Everyone who did not read the articles 
in the Herald-Tribune on the Readers 
Digest, mussed some very interesting 
stories, which dealt with Dr. Childs' ador- 
able models of Lilliputian animals, trees 
and comiilete landscai)es. Dr. Childs' 
work at the Museum is well known and 
nobody equals him in accuracy and deli- 
cate details of his minute models. 

Dr. Childs reached the mo.st astonishing 
climax of perfection in his miniature work 
in the figure of a dancing girl. The grace- 
ful pose, the perfect anatomy of this little 
masterpiece which is not higher than an 
inch, reminds one of the "Fairj' of the 
Ros(>" of (Jrimm's Fairj'tales. Poetry in 
form is i)erhaps the best description. 

Dr. Chikls is an ardent lover of out- 
doors, and as artist and scientist is, of 
cour.se, always on the lookout for some- 
thing new to discover. It may be whispered 
that in the mists of the Catskill Moun- 
tains where the memory of Kip Van 
Winkle looms at every corner, and where 
the Childses including Titus, spend their 
summer months — in one of the hidden 
lakes — Dr. Childs "almost discovered a 
seaserpent!" 

If you don't believe it just ask him! 



Museum X- Word Puzzle 




1. 
(). 

7. 
9. 

n. 

13. 
16. 
18. 
20. 
2L 
23. 
25. 
26. 
29. 
31. 
32. 
35. 
37. 
39. 
40. 
42. 
44. 
45. 
47. 
49. 



1. 

2. 

3. 

4. 

5. 

8. 

9. 
10. 
12. 
14. 
15. 
17. 
19. 
22. 
24. 
27. 
28. 
29. 
30. 
33. 
34. 
36. 
38. 
41. 

43. 
46. 

48. 



By William H. Wright 

ACROSS 

Presiilent's Secretary 

Girl's Name 

Toper 

Scoriated Lava 

First ^^'onlan 

Seep Through 

Church Cup 

Affirmative 

N(>ither 

A Prei)arator 

Fish Eggs 

Conjunction 

Exjjerts 

Sun God 

An overflow of water 

— Lang Syne 

Ball 

Worm 

Prefix (New) 

Guest Relations Chairman 

Pronoun 

Half Em 

Part of Circle 

Eon 

Window-Cleaning Paul 

DOWN 

Note of Scale 

Hail! 

Marine Defense 

Bon(^ 

Low, as a cow 

2000 lbs. 

That Old Extinct Bird 

Eucharistic Wine Vessel 

Most Weird 

Collection of Live Animals 

Sin 

Collection of Facts 

Distress Call 

Mistake 

CJreek Letter 

Small mound 

Center of Solar System 

Steal 

Exist 

Sheltered Side 

Natural History Tennis Ace 

Towels ! 

She is (Cont'r.) 

Initials of a Bookkeeper in the 

Planetarium 
Monk 

Charles Kerr 
Abe Kaplan 



Puzzles submitted for use in this column 
must be 11 boxes wide by 11 boxes long. 
Full credit will be given to the author. 



April, 1938 



THE GRAPEVINE 



Sports 

by 

CHAS. KERR 




Men 



I'LA y B-A-L-L .' 

For the past week it seems cvcrywlK'n' 

our turned, this old familiar cry eelioed 

announcing to sport lovers that tlie long 

awaited outdoor season had at last arrived. 



This brings to mind that heiiiimiiig this 
week with the arrival of daylight saving 
time our tennis "Bugs" will start emerging 
from their winters liibornation. Many of 
us had many pleasant twilight matches 
last season. 

I think it fitting at this time to issue an 
invitation on behalf of our Tennis Associ- 
ation welcoming new employees and also 
reminding those of you who did not avail 
themselves of the oiJjjortimity to play 
last season. Come out to the court and 
meet the gang. You will find someone 
nearly everyday during lunch hours and 
often directly after work. I understand 
several "Bugs" actually arrive hours be- 
fore work mornings to settle their matches. 

We plan a tournament later on in the 
season, meanwhile challenge matches are 
in order. We expect to have a list of 
members posted soon and arc sure you 
will find a match among them. Better be 
careful we have a i)retty good lot of 
players. 

We'd especially like to have more 
players in the womens' division in order 
to stage a separate series of games for the 
girls in the tournament. 

Congratulations are in order to the 
victorious members of the girls "True or 
False" team on their splendid showing 
over station WOR last Monday night 
when they defeated a team of National 
Guardsmen. The members were Cajjt. 
L. Clausen, D. Edwards, E. Emery, 
M. Newgarden, E. Stetzer and last but 
by no means least "The Winnah and 
Champion" Jean Wiedemer who brought 
down the grand ])rize of .^2.3.00, all other 
members of the group received .S.5.00 
each. Nice going girls, and say Jean 
have you a five spot to spare until pay- 
day. 

Walter Carroll reports a lack of material 
for the soft ball team. How about it 
fellows? 

Bernard Moore, Prexy, has suggested 
forming a baseball team. Anyone interest- 
ed kindly communicate with him. 



Men arc wliat women marry. Tliey 
hav(> two feet, two hands, s;)metimi's two 
wives, but never more than one idea, or one 
dollar at a time. Like Turkish cigarettes, 
men are all made of the .same material; 
the only difference is that .some of them 
are a little better di.sguistul than others. 

Generally speaking, men may be divided 
into three classes — husbands, bachelors 
and widowers. .\n eligible bachelor is 
a ma.ss of obstinacy, entirely surrounded 
by suspicion. Husbands are of three 
different varieties — |)rizes, suri)rises and 
consolation prizes. Widowers are rem- 
nants with possi))ilitics. 

Making a husband out of a man is one 
of the highest pla.stic arts known to 
civilization. It requires science, .sculpture, 
common .sense, faith, ho])e and charity, 
especially charity. 

It is a i)sychologicai marvel that a soft, 
fluffy, t(-nder, violet-scented, sweet thing 
like a woman should enjoy caressing a big, 
awkward, stubby-chinned tobacco and 
bay rum-scented thing like a man. 

If you flatter a man, it frightens him 
to death, and if you don't you bore him to 
death. If you permit him to make love 
to you in the beginning, he gets tired of 
you in the end, and if you don't, he gets 
tired of you in the beginning. 

If you believe him in everything, jou 
soon cease to interest him, and if you 
argue with him in everything you soon 
cease to charm him. If you believe all he 
tells you, he thinks you are a fool, and if 
you don't he thinks you are a cynic. 

If you wear colors and .startling hats, 
he li(>sitates to take you out, and if you 
wear a little brown toque and tailor- 
mades, he takes you out and stares all 
evening at a woman in gay colors, roug 
and dashing hat. 

If you join him in his gaieties and aj)- 
prove of his smoking, he swears that you 
are heading him to the devil, and if you 
don't approve of his smoking and urge 
him to give it up, he vows you are driving 
him to the dogs also. If you are a clinging 
vine type he doubts whether you have 
a brain, and if you are a modern, advanced 
and independent type, he dotibts whether 
you have a heart. 

If you are silly he longs for a briglit 
mate, and if you arc brilliant and intel- 
lectual, he longs for a jilaymate. If you 
are ijojjular with otluT men, he is jealous 
and if not he liesitates to marry a wall- 
flow(>r. 
WHAT IS TO BE DONE ABOUT IT ? 

SPORTS ITEM 

The Print Shop has closed it's hand- 
ball .season with a 3 to score over the 
Custodian Di^partnicnt. "Better luck 
next 3' ear, boys!" 




HOBBIES 



The (Jrai)ovino is actively inter- 
ested in si3()nsorin<>; hobbies anion^ 
the nniseuni emi)loyees, and for 
some time now has been giving yon 
a clue to the many hobbies rejjre- 
sented. Recently this letter came 
in to the Hobby I'xlitor: 

"Dear : 



I ha\-e just been looking again at 
the December issue of the (! rape- 
vine, and remember that I have 
hitherto forgotten to answer the 
queries regarding hobbies. If not 
too late for the ne.xt issue, may I 
contribute my quota by saying: 

1. I think a INIuseum Hobby 
Show would be (or should be) 
quite thrilling. 

2. My own chief hobby is, I 
think, photography, especially of 
trees and reflections, and I htwe 
a few ratlier nice enlargements. 
Collecting ])liotographs()f cats (wild 
or otherwise) is a special line." 

In order that we may see how 
many would be willing to partici- 
pate in a Hobby Show, we would 
like you to fill out and send in to 
The Hobby Editor, the coujxju 
which you will find at the end of 
this article. Probably the show 
would be held sometime next Fall, 
but if we are to do anything about 
it, we should at least know what we 
may expect in the way of entries, 
and the number. It would be 
terrible not to ha\'e room enough for 
everyone's pet contribution. So 
take your pen or pencil in hand, tear 
off the coupon, and LET US HEAR 
WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT 
THE WHOLE THINC! ! ' 



1 



MUSEUM HOBBY SHOW 



I would be interested in the 
Museiun Hobby Show. I 

Nature of II()bl)y to 1)(^ Exhil)ite(I I 

I 



THE GRAPEVINE 



April. 193S 



The New Discipline 

Once \i|)()ii a time, not so very long jifjo, 
tilings were diffcrciit on tlic fifth floor of 
tlic Museum. Our random otj.scrvations 
cxtciui from Dr. Zimmcr's office near the 
corner of 81st Street and Central Park 
West around Manhattan Square f)v way 
of 77th Street, to Dr. Miner's office at 
the corner of Columbus Avenue and 79th 
Street; but we shall confine our pre.sent 
remarks to the c(>ntrally located Book- 
kee])ing Department and the T..ibrarv. 

BookkcM'ping, as some of us know, is 
often tedious work, and exasperatiiiji. too, 
when accounts won't balance. When in 
des|)air this way, the dollar chasers used on 
occasion to go to the washroom to smoke 
a cigarette while searching their minds for 
the erroneous figures. Then one day 
something — well, anyway, the boys now, 
it seems, have a secluded smoking room all 
their own. But, with the Depression 
holding on, the Budget, and the fact that 
dollars are round and tend to wear more 
and more slippery, unintenu])ted quiet 
was deemed necessary. Mr. James Clark 
was — presumably — consulted, and the re- 
sult is that the entire staff is now enclosed, 
like a labeled habitat group, and can be 
viewed — and interviewed — by hall pedes- 
trians only through a small window. 

The Library transformation is even 
more radical. Time was when tlie girls, if 
not visible in the catalogue room or in the 
room ojjposite, were in the hallway, either 
going or coining. Occasionally they used 
to parade the length of the halls, singly or 
in pairs, perliaj/s to exercise, i)erhaps to 
clear their lungs of bookdust, perhaps to 
explore. Possibly they were merely look- 
ing for strange birds, mammals, or even 
anthropological curiosities. Who can .say? 
But exploring, as we all know, has ever its 
dangers. At any rate it i)roved disastrous 
in this case. Two of the librarians sudden- 
ly disappeared and now that the offices 
are — temporarily, let us hoi)e — all but 
empty of uninstalled "curiosities," so are 
the hallways. Whatever the ex|)lanation, 
we now have most of the staff permanently 
"installed" from nine to five in the 
Librarian's iimer sanctum; and, sad to re- 
late, this "habitat grouj)" has no window 
at all to the hallway. 

Time was, the historians tell us, when 
the ladies in question served informal tea 
every afternoon. Now, it seems, they 
emerge only once a week — Saturdays to- 
wards twilight, it is said — for .such re- 
freshment. On such occasions, rain or 
shine, Curators, young and not .so young, 
are known to appear as if by magic from 
different i)arts of the building and old 
ac(iuaintanceships are renew(>d over the 
cups. 

Progress is a fine thing, we all say; but, 
as usual, it has its drawbacks. 



STORK VISITS THE SOUTHWICKS 

We take great pleasure in aiinouiiring 
that the Southwickian Menage has been 
blessed recently by the arrival of two 
bouncing babies. These heirs, thougli 
I perfectly normal in all resi)ects, are oidy 
three inches long (crown-rump measure- 
ment) and are in complete p(iss('s,--i()n of 
well developed tails. 

Gentle reader, you've guessed the 
answer. No, thes(> are not himian babies. 
They are intact marmosets and marmo- 
sets have been known to breed in captivity 
only at very rare intervals, thus showing 
that their natural parents, Mamie and 
Fifi are exceptions to the rule. Mr. and 
Mrs. South wick feel that they have every 
rea.son to be ])rou(l of what they have got, 
for they not only have a mama and a i)apa 
marmoset, a thing that very few cati boast 
of, but babies besides, a piienomenon 
which should turn the most reputable 
zoos green with envy. 

The Southwicks have converted the 
whole of their dinette into a sort of marmo- 
set haj)py hunting ground be.sides pro- 
viding a snug little hou.se for marmoset 
privacy. What is more, the babies have 
arroused such widespread interest, that 
Mrs. Southwick has to spend most of her 
time turning the curious multitude from 
her doors. 

We delight in picturing to ourselves, the 
domestic scene of the Southwicks watch- 
ing in rapt contemplation the anti;-s of j)a, 
ma and the twins and ever and anon 
turning to one another and ('Xil.'iimiiig, 
"Ain't nature grand!" 



Answers to the 
Museum X-Word Puzzle 





ACROSS 




DOWN 


1. 


H.Tnsom 


;. 


\'.e 


(1. 


Kva 


•> 


Ave 


7. 


Sot 


3. 


Navy 


!l. 


Aa 


4. 


(Js 


11. 


Eve 


.1. 


Moo 


i:i. 


Oozo 


8. 


Ton 


10. 


I'lna 


9. 


Auk 


IS. 


Yps 


10. 


Ama 


20. 


Nor 


12. 


Eeriest 


21. 


Kane 


14. 


Zoo 


23. 


Hop 


1."). 


Err 


2.^). 


Or 


17. 


.\na 


2(i. 


.\itists 


19. 


S.O.S. 


29. 


H» 


22. 


ICrr 


M. 


Hee 


24. 


Eta 


32. 


.\ulfl 


27. 


Tee 


35. 


Orb 


2.S. 


Sun 


37. 


K.ss 


29. 


Rol> 


39. 


Neo 


30. 


Are 


40. 


Hers 


33. 


Lee 


42. 


The 


34. 


Don 


44. 


En 


3fl. 


Hra.v 


4.5. 


.'Vrc 


38. 


She's 


47. 


Era 


41. 


CI.K.A. 


49. 


V.'ikiisiU 


43. 


Eri 






4i\. 


O.K. 






48. 


A.K. 



ANTHROPOLOGY MOVES 

The other day sixteen W.P..\. painters 
appeared on the fifth floor. Then five 
carpenters walked down the hall. Two 
telephone men descended from regions 
unknown. Professors Nalty and Little- 
field, of the illustrious department of 
anthropology next api)eared upon the 
scene. Came sounds of hammers, saws, 
whiskbrooms, mops, moving vans, crashes, 
bangs, squeaks, groans, .strains of operatic 
whistling and singing, buzzing and bust- 
ling. Someone .said a couple of electricians 
also started wires hummitig. Strange 
looking men bobbed up, carrying bulky 
boxes down the lia.l, and then carried them 
back again. Even strang(>r looking men 
picked the .same boxes up and carried them 
across the hall. THE REASON? Why, 
the dawn of the Reign of Cleanliness! (To 
put it plainly, Messrs. Vaillant, Hay and 
Shapiro hav(^ moved into bright, clean 
new offices, down at the end of th(! Fifth 
floor. Visitors are welcome to come and 
inspect and comment.) 



MORE ABOUT OUR DANCE 

The thirtieth aiinixersary of the foumUng of The I'.inployees' 
Benefit Association will be celebrated by an entertainment and 
dance at the Museum on Saturday eveninjj; A))ril 30th. 

The committee has received a few complaints from those who 
would like to brin^ another couple with them. Please be assured 
that this is encouraf>;ed and a limited number of your friends are 
most welcome. The committee is striving however to have as 
near a 100 i)ercent "employee attendance" as ])ossible which has 
been defeated in the past throug;h the j)ublic sale of tickets that 
resulted in the objectionable influx of too many outsiders whom no 
museum employee knew or sponsored. This i)ractice has possibly 
kept away a considerable number of our fellow employees that 
would like to attend. April 30th is to he a real "Museum Night" — 
come and hel]) us make it one. 



THE GRAPEVINE 

Published by The Employees' Benefit Association 
of The American Museum of Natural History 



VOL. II, No. 2 



■> 



JUNE, 1938 



PRICELESS 



HEAR YE!! HEAR YE!! 



For the Cause Of ? 

Museum cmijloyccs may woiulcr who 
those people were hn-khig in the halls in 
"uneasy groups of three" with their 
various faces buried in large sheets of 
paper mumbling to themselves and casting 
quick glances at exhibits. 

A prominent New York new.spaper 
( a four letter word beginning with P and 
ending with T) didn't know the trouble 
they were causing one John Saunders who 
reported two hundred calls a week from 
members, when they started a picture 
puzzle contest thirty percent of which 
dealt with animals. Eight thousand, five 
hundred "first prize" eligibles took a run- 
ning start equipped with puzzles and 
pencils and descended on the Museum. 
It speaks well for the i)ublicity department 
as well as the intelligence of the Museum 
members but it had extension 255 pretty 
busy. Take it away Saunders! 



TREES 

(Inspired by the cover on the May 1938 
issue of the magazine, "Natural History") 

There is a strength in trees 
Mankind does not possess — 
A deep, cool quietude, 
An ancient peacefulness. 

Though branches stir and i)attern 
The deftly quilted ground 
With swift traceries 
Of thin, melodic .sound. 

So .soft and yet so elo(}uent ! 
And, overhead, the whir of wings 
Undoes the inward strength 
Of hidden, shy and silent things! 

Anna R. Maskel 



Baseball, swimming, tennis, races, 
soda pop, beer and sandwiches — 
gentle autumn breezes — soft green 
grass — gay laughter and hours of 
dancing on a Hudson River Day 
Liner to and from Indian Point. 

Does this picture appeal to you? 
Would you and your family enjoy 
such a day with your fellow em- 
ployees? If so — we suggest that 
you read carefully the following. 

The E.B.A. Of^cers feel that 
many of our fellow Museumites 
would welcome the opportunity of 
jointly bidding farewell to the sum- 
mer season at a picnic and boat ride. 
All employees and their families 
(youngsters included) are welcome. 
A program of games, races, etc., 
with prizes is being planned and 
box lunches will be furnished if 
desired. 

For your information the follow- 
ing steps have been taken: 

THE DAY 

Saturday, September 10th 

THE PLACE 

Indian Point on the Hudson 

THE PRICE 

Adults $L50, Children $1.00 

THE LIMIT 

A group of 700 

THE THEME 

A good time for all. 

Now Friends, let's hear YOUR 
suggestions on this event in order 
that YOUR ideas may be incor- 
porated in the general set-up. We 
want EVERYONE'S opinion so 
that it will be EVERYONE'S 
Party. A card on which you may 
indicate your reactions and opinions 
will be sent to you shortly. Be sure 
to fill it out and let us have it back. 



Times Change 

Dear Editor: 

Your roving correspondent spotted 
something that is worthy of your con- 
.sideration. A Museum wag with a pe- 
culiar sense of humor had inscrilx'd on 
one of the cases sent in for the Childs 
Frick collection these words, "Hen's teeth 
— good condition." 

The Museum is definitely slipi)ing as 
your still roving rejiorter noticed that the 
curiosity of the children these days carries 
them to elevators and not dinosaurs. 
A large growd of children stood awed in 
front of the elevator man asking pertinent 
questions regarding the speed, starnina and 
habitat of this peculiar creature, (the 
elevator I mean) and seemed to see in it 
something worthwhile, perhaps more anti- 
quated and a much better exhibit than 
anything else we have to offer. They 
actually had to be herded back to more 
Indians and such and thus it tends to 
show that kids these days are still full of 
wonderment at "These new f angled in- 
ventions." 



NEW REDUCED RATE TICKET TO 
THE HAYDEN PLANETARIUM 

The Guest Relation Bureau of the 
Hayden Planetarium have printed an 
exchange ticket, which will enable Mu- 
seum employees, as well as their families 
and friends, to take advantage of the 
Group Rate reduction now offer(>d to 
members of Educational, Social and otlier 
Associations. 

The bearer of this grouj) rate ticket, will 
be entitled to a reduction of fifteen ('ents 
on the purcha.se of tickets in the reserved 
seat section, and a reduction of five cents 
in the General Admission section. 

Tickets can be obtained from Mr. E. A. 
Berg or Mr. Bernard Moore. 



THE GRAPEVINE 



June, 1938 



THE GRAPF.VINE 

EDITORIAL STAFF 
Editor-in-Chief — Irene F. Cypher 

Advisory Board 

Wayne M. Fadnce Walter F. Meister 

George C. Vaillant 

Managing Board 
Edward A. Burns Frank A. Rinald 
George H. Childs Jean W^iedemer 

Editorial Board 

WENDELL BENNETT STEPHEN J. MURPHY 

KUTH CAMPBELL GEORGE W. REUTHER 

LUCY W. CLAUSEN JACOB W. 8HROPE 

ARTHUR DRAPER HERMAN A. SIEVERS 

THOMAS OILLIARD GEORGE TAUBER 

CHARLES J. KERR HELEN WILMANN 

WAKE LYNCH WILLIAM H. WRIGHT 



E. B. A. Activities 

All members of the E.B.A. will he ghid 
to iiear that our finances are in very good 
contlition. It was unnecessary to levy 
assessments at the time of tiie deaths of 
Harry F. Beers and Earnest A. Lurcli 
because sufficient funds were on hand to 
cover these amounts. 

These jiayments were made possible 
l)ccaus(> of our large membershi]) (520), 
and the success of our various entertain- 
ments and dances. 

Tlu' following new members have been 
adilcd to our membership roster: 
Robert R. Coles 
Edith R. Derljy 
Thomas E. Hogaii 
Richard V. Kunder 
Gertrude V. Lurch 
Harold E. V'okes 



ASSOCIATED HOSPITAL SERVICE 

If there are any Museum employees 
who wish to join the Associated Hospital 
Service, it will be necessary for them to do 
so on or before June 23rd, 1938. After 
that date it will only })e i)ossible to join 
this service in Jaiuiary and July of each 
year. Anyone interested may apply to 
Doiothy Bronson for membershij) cards 
and information. 



THE FEDERAL CREDIT UNION 

Due to the fact that Credit Conuuittce 
members are not at the Museum on 
Saturdays now, to pass on loan ai)plica- 
tions, no Credit Union loans will be grant- 
ed on that day. 




Non-Scientific 

Discoveries 

They say that June is the month of 
brides- we also add bridegrooms. Our 
whole column should really be headed 
"Matrimonial News", for Cui)id has 
certainly been bu.sy around here, \\itness 
the following: 

Esther Morton of the Library staff left 
on May 14th, and she will also be married 
in June, to Mr. Dan. C. Anderson, a writer 
of feature articles. 




Patrick Wallace, 
Assistant to th(> Cus- 
todian was married 
on May 28th to a 
charming Brooklyn 
p, girl. At i)re- 

/_\^0 sent they are 
honey m oon- 
ng in Ber- 
muda. 



Thane Bierwert, one of our famous 
photographers was married on May 
28th, in Maplewood, New Jer.sey. 

Frank Rinald, that i)ride and joy of our 
E.B.A. show "Music at the Cro.ssroads" 
decided to join the ranks of the ben(>dicts, 
and he too has left to be married to Miss 
Helen Hunt, formerly of t\w Dei)artment 
of Mammology. Before h(> left a group of 
his confreres gave him a "tea" and i)re- 
sented him with a radio. Now we expect 
to hear that Frank has l)een tuning in on 
heavcMdy music instead of bearing up 
under the dulcet tones of the village 
songsters. 



Miss Althea Warren of the Museum 
booksho]) is also joining the ranks of the 
June brides, for on Saturday, June 11th, 
she gave her charming smile and pi'omised 
to love, honor and obey. 

On Thur.sday, May 20th, Dr. William 
K. Gregory was married to Miss Angela 
DuBois, in St. Paul's Church, Brooklyn. 
The Gregory's sailed on their honeymoon 
trip to Africa, on Saturday, June 4th. 



Congratulations of another sort are in 
order to Maurice Bchan of the Heating 
and Lighting Department. He recently 



received his license from the City of 
New York as a 3rd Grade engineer. Nice 
work Marty — and good luck. 

Michael Broderick, the serious looking 
attendant formerly stationed in Roosevelt 
Memorial |)asse(l the examination for the 
bar. He has resigned from the Museum 
and is now connected with th(> legal de- 
partment of an insurance firm. Congratu- 
lations, Michael, and we hope your am- 
bitions will carry you to the Supreme 
Court. 

Do you know that we have a ventrilo- 
(piist team here in the Museum? Someday 
when little Jake Stephens and Frank Tini 
of the construction department are around 
your corner of the building, get them to 
talk for you. We would even be willing to 
l)ay admission to hear theni. 

His many friends will be interested in 
hearing that Mr. Robert Snedigar is ex- 
l)ccted home sometime late this month. 
At present he is sitting in the Tower 
Hotel (the best to be found in British 
Guiana for they wear evening clothes every 
night) waiting for the next shii). A certain 
gentleman in the D(-i)artment of Ed- 
ucation is in ])osscssi()n of a jiicture that 
should be worth money someday. It 
shows Mr. Snedigar in full ])()ssession of 
one of the most beautiful, curly beards it 
has ever been our good fortuiH- to gaze 
upon. If Bob ever appears in the Museum 
with that beard, you can exj)ect a small 
stampede among the ladies —it looks .so 
distinguished ! 



If our congenial printer, Mr. Burns, 
seemed a little chesty during the Childrens 
Science Fair, there was a big reason for it 
— his son, Edward .Jr., representing P.S. 
147, Queens, took I'irst Prize, and also 
Honorable Mention for Complcten(>ss in 
the Physics Class. Congratulations! It 
looks as if we have another Scientist in the 
making. 

No wonder Heiny Pinter of the De|)art- 
mcnt of Education has been wearing an 
unusually triumphant smile these past few 
days. Did you know that Henry is 
a first rank i)layer of water jjolo? He is — 
and to prove it he won a perfectl.N- beauti- 
ful medal ju.st recently in the Indoor 
Junior Nationals, as a member of the (i.jtii 
Street Y.M.C.A. Team when they played 
at the New York Athletic Clui). 

*^^ A nttle bn-dtold us that Lambert 
Pintner was playing handball these days 
to keej) in form. Form for what? The 
Golden Gloves, or our next Broadway 
production ? 



June, 1938 



THE GRAPEVINE 




SPORTS 

hy 
Charles J. Kerr 




The month of June finds tlic Muscnim 
witli a cl('i-i(l('<l sports comijlvx witli liand- 
ball, Softball gam(-s and tcjinis uU furnish- 
ing relaxation during the noon hour rei-ess 
periods to a goodly i)ortion of the em- 
ployees. This is a very good thing, for 
exercise makes for healthy bodies anil 
sound minds, all of which results in an 
increased efficiency at our daily tasks. I 
hope the boss agrees with me and tabs me 
as an athletic type — rating a hand when 
finally the Museums' deficits are cleared 
up probably A.R. 

Softball 

To get back to sport news; On May 
I6tli a Museum team recruited hastily of 
the following members, Bacon, D. Barton, 
Caggana, Carroll, Duffy, Kerr, Lange, 
Lewis, Moore, McCormack, Potenza and 
Schmitt accepted a challenge to play 
a .Softball team the "Nomads" who are 
currently pla.ying in the N.Y. Mirror 
League. I am hajjjjy to reixjrt that the 
Museum "All Stars" trimmed them very 
handih' taking the first game 13 to 2 in 
a rout and also a second game which was 
more closely contested by a score of 5 to 3. 
It really was a revelation without any 
practice or jjreparation our gang clicked 
together and ])laye(l as though they had 
been playing together for months. To 
single out an individual would be unfair 
to all. The team was sen.sational. . . . 



Baseball 

\\ lii''li again brings to mind, \\'hy doesn't 
the Museum have a baseball team? Th(>re 
(•ertainly arc enough |)]aycrs and good ones 
too. Walter Carroll tried to g(>t the ball 
rolling several tim(>s but met with only 
indifTerent replies. It should not be 
difficult to card a few twilight games after 
hours. How about it fellers? 



Archery 

Charley Federer and Bob Cox would 
like to hear from anyone interested in 
archery. If enough are interested a target 
will be bought and a range planned for 
members. 

Badminton 

I learned only recently that the Museum 
has a Badminton Court. As to who plays 
I understand Messrs. Adamson, Carney, 
Faunce, Federer and Patterson are active 
players. 

Tennis 

This game has caught on so that it has 
been necessary to stagger the noon hour 
from 12 to 1 and schedule matches a week 
in advance. All of the [jlayers names were 
ptit in a hat and teams selected for the 
first round. Matches to be best two sets 
out of three, the pairings and scores are 
tabulated below: 



Decker k Orth 
Lewis & \\. Wright 



Tennis Results To Date 

1 6 9 

() 1 7 coniplctcd The last game was a tough one 



Edwards & Schmitt ."> 1 1 (i 

D. Barton & McCormack 7 9 3 

Caggana & McDermott 1 2 7 

Navlor & Burns (i 9 



Sallmon & Bacon 
L. Wright & Duffy 



9 3 6 
7 6 3 



This was a scries of battles 

We're off our game. 
Nice going boys. 

Whev\! That was close. 
Out of breath. 



After all teams have played three 
eomjjlete .sets the boys will swing their 
I)artners. The biggest surprise of the 
matches has be(>n the fine game shown by 
the girls members and we think that if the 
girls should be paired in the n(>xt series 
they would make things pretty hot for 
some of th(> boys. Anyway it would be 
interesting to see. And by the way have 
you noticed the increased gallery since the 
girls have been playing regularly. Peojile 
seldom seen ordinarily. 

The games all were |)lay('(l in vei-y 
orderly style and we are sure everyone had 
a good workout. All players seeming to 
play better after they had loosened up 
especially the girls who are sort of out- 
numbered on the courts. 

While we are on the subject we should 
like to request the onlookers to refrain 
from commenting while a game is in i)lay. 
And no Bronx cheers either. Those of you 
who are guilty will plea.se stop with 
a warning. If any think they can do 
better they may challenge any of our 
players and give the rest of us a chance to 
get even. R-.'member no heckling, Please. 

Notice 

Any of the members wishing to purchase 
Si)orting goods may take advantage of 
a 25% discount at A.G. Spalding & Bro. 
105 Nassau Street, N.Y.C. by mentioning 
the Mu.seum Sports Department. 



OUR ANDREW 

And the Big Brown Bear went woof\ 

Newcomers to the Museum might, in 
their ignorance ask who was the owner of 
that low gruff vocal apparatus and view 
with alarm the possibility of an encounter. 
But we who knew .Andrew J. Mutchler 
knew that all his grufTness of voice did not 
keep away the throngs who came stream- 
ing into his office — some to ask advice 
(entomological and otherwise), others just 
for the warmth and understanding they 
were sure to receive. 

As a slight gesture of their great regard 
for him, the New York Entomological 
Society tendered a testimonial dinner in 
his honor on May 17th, at the Hotel 
Franconia. No less than eighty guests 
arrived to .sing his praises. 

The New York Entomological Society 
is going to miss his presence, so at their 
meetings that they voted him a Life 
Membership. 

On his completion of forty-three years of 
devoted atid successful service in the 
American Museum of Natural History we 
all wish him many years of happiness and 
continued good health. 

He will still be one of us, however, for on 
June 9th, the Museum Board of Trustees 
voted him a Life Membership. 



THE GRAPEVINE 



June, 1938 



The Tragedy of Being a Man 

ByEMILA. BERG 

(This isby u'di/ of refutation to .sonic remarks printed in theApril "(Irapc- 

vinc — which the author says tnust have been written bij a woman. 

We are giving him space to present the Man's Viewpoint.) 



Museum X- Word Puzzle 



lie is horn with hut one frioiul, and after 
a lifetime of trying to make more, doesn't 
liave that many when he dies. 

The first thing lie learns, is that mother's 
kin is far superior to father's. In his 
boyhood days, if his complexion and 
clothes and pleasures suit his mother, he 
is missing the fun that is rightfully his. 

He finds as much joy in drowning 
kittens as his sisters find in hunting 
violets, and is called heartless and .soulless, 
when he indulges in it; when he goes away 
on a visit, the kitten has its first chance to 
grow ujj. 

If he is given a red wagon all his own, 
his mother and sisters find fault with it 
every time they see it, because of the 
scratches on it. If he catches a fish and 
triumphantly takes it home for his mother 
to admire, she sees his soiled clothes 
l)efore she sees the fish, and any attempt 
to love her when she is dressed uji, and he 
is proud of her, is met hy a scream about 
his dirty hands. 

All his amusements lose their fascination 
if he has anyone's permission to in- 
dulge in them, and no one can convince 
him that the time will ever come when he 
will think more of a girl, than of a dog. 

From the time he plays marbles on the 
sidewalk, until he is old and toothless he 
has to account to some woman as to why 
he did not come home earlier. 

When he is a grown man, and thought- 
lessly tells a girl he enjoys being with her, 
he wakes up to find himself engaged, and 
in a brief jjcriod he hears the wedding 
march the women think .so sweet, and it 
rings in his ears like a warwhoop. 

If he doesn't hold the baby he is a brute, 
and if he holds it, and it cries, his wife 
looks at him with suspicion, as if he had 
purposely pinched it. 

His children are dissatisfied with him, 
because he docs not keej) a candy store, 
and when he comes home at night to 
forget the worries of the day, he hears so 
many new worries, that he is glad to get 
back to his work at the office next morning. 

He discovers early in his married life, 
that he says the wrong thing at the wrong 
time, and after his daughters have been 
in school a few years he also discovers 
that he says it the wrong way. 

To be an ideal husband he must go home 
on i)uri)osc to kiss his wife, the meals are 



only an incident, and if he is as jjolitc in 
carving and serving the turkey as his 
wife demands he starves to death. 

Most of his troubles are caused by an 
imagination too active, or a liver that is 
not active enough, and all his life from his 
boyhood days up, he has to tie a mighty 
big rag around a mighty little sore, in 
order to get any sympathy at all. 

All he gets out of Christmas is the bills 
to pay; all the glorious Easter tide means 
to him is that he has his old suit cleaned 
and pressed, and after the children are 
grown, and the wife does not have to stay 
home evenings to put them to bed, he is 
left alone so much, that he feels as friendly 
to anyone who is kind to him, as if he 
were a lost pup. 

If he tells his wife of an increase in 
.salary, she doesn't at once congratulate 
him; she gets that far-away look in her 
eyes, as if trying to remember where she 
saw that cute little hat, and if he tells 
her that they must economize, she im- 
mediately reminds him, that lately he is 
smoking more cigars than is really good 
for him. 

All the broken furniture in tlic house is 
put in a room called his "Den" and he 
has so little room in any of the closets for 
his clothes, that Blue Beard becomes his 
ideal of a really great man. He at least 
had closets in which he had room to hang 
things. 

If he does something noteworthy and the 
world applauds, his wife's relatives look 
wise, but say nothing. They know who 
gave him his insjnration. 

Every time he jiulls his money out of 
his pocket he misses a dollar, and in the 
same way as he grows older, every time 
he counts his friends he finds he is one 
short, and he never knows how he lost 
either of them. 

If in a loving, but bewildering sjjirit, he 
enters a lingerie store to buy his wife 
a present, all the apjireciation he gets 
when he proudl}' presents her with his 
I)urcha.se, is her desire to know, what on 
earth possessed him to "Buy a thing like 
that." 

He suffers and fights and his reward is 
that the figure of ])eace is represented by 
a woman; he never satisfies his wife be- 
cause he lacks the ai)preciation of what 

Continued on payc 




By William H. Wrioht 
ACROSS 

1. A game fish 

4. Yam (Malav var.) 

7. Edge 

10. Kecretarv to Presid(>nt (Initials) 

11. Remit 

12. Pronoun 

13. Tailless amphibian 

15. Roman bronze 

17. Note of scale 

18. To jien or write 

20. Noted 

22. Close relative 
24. Year (L) 

2.5. Beam 

27. Assistant Curator of .\nthropology 

(Initials) 

28. Sylvia of Education 

32. Much read of in Natural History 

34. The hornj- scale or plate on the uj)per 

surface of the end of the fingers 
and toes of man, apes and other 
animals, [Pl.l 

3(). Mistake 

37. Steamship (Abbr.) 

38. A son of Jacob 

40. Therefore 

41. Cioddess of Healing 

43. Recent 

45. Swetlish measure 

46. New South Wales (Abbr.) 

47. Scotch River 

48. Skill 

DOWN 

1. .\n artist 

2. Rare animal (\'ar.) 

3. Large dogs 

4. Above 

."). Bleat of a sheep 

6. Espies 

7. High School (Abbr.) 

8. Planetarium attendant 

9. Dr. Ciregory's secretary 

14. Emmet 

16. Mineral spring 

19. Deer (Obs. var.) 

21. Within 

23. Sun God 

2(). Sweet potato 

29. Combining form - condition 

30. Chinese measure 

31. Degree 

33. Earth 

35. Ground stone 

39. Born 

42. "Bob" Wright's initials 

44. Pronoun 



Puzzles submitted for use in this column 
must be 11 boxes wide by 11 boxes long. 
Full credit will be given to the author. 



June, 1938 



THE GRAPEVINE 




MUSIC AT THE MUSEUM 



Time: 

April 30tli, 1938 

Place : 

The Aini'iicaii Musniiii of Natural 
History 
Event : 

Tlu' celebration of the 30th Anniversary 
of the Em])lovees Benefit Association 

At 9:30 P.M. the lights in the main 
auditorium went up on the playlet, 
"Music at the Cros.sroads." This one act 
play wa.s jiicked out as it gave the glee 
club as well as our more able thespians an 
opportunity to "give forth." Such old 
timers at the game as Frank Rinald, 
Jean Wiedemer and Fred Christman stej> 
jied right in and gave excellent jierform- 
ances. In fact, it was an ideal cast. The 
scenerj', thanks to Mary Schuman, who 
also saves string and paper bags, gave the 
right background. Other than Irene 
Cypher's testing the (luality of the cake by 
dij)i)ing an elbow in it and a few unforseen 
accidents to Frank Rinald who took a neat 
tumble no accidents occured. 

The ob.s(Tver may well wonder liow such 
a well run off play could have b(>en ex- 
ecuted in such a short time and hats and 
plumes are off to Mrs. Ella B. Ransom who 
gave her time and exiK>rience to wiii|) 
a very willing cast into shai)e. 

The action of the play took i)lace in 
a country store, owned by Silas Pettingill 
(Frank Rinald) assisted by ids wife 
(Irene Cy])her) and daughter (Betty 
Ertel). The latter was our heroine. Silas 
has had his troubles with such creditors as 
Mr. Hobbs (Fred Christman) and Mr. 
Dunham (Ware Lynch) until our liero, 



the gay and charniing Lionel Lc CJrand, 
a fugitive from the theatre, (Lambert 
Pintner) comes in and with music and 
a grand manner entices the rich Mrs. 
Carr (Jean Wiedemer) to buy out the 
store, the shed and most of the surround- 
ing country. "How perfectly charming" 
says Mrs. Carr as she gets stuck with 
a chair from vertebrate palaeontology. 
Some furniture took an awful beating and 
some mighty harsh words were spoken but 
all ended well and Silas celebrated by 
doing the best "buck and wing" seen this 
side of the Hudson. There must have 
been at least one Broadway scout in the 
audience, making note of lines with an 
appeal. In one of his more (H'-static 
moments, our liero exclaimed: "Where do 
I come from Bal^y dear? Out of the 
everywhere, into iiere!" 

The current Broadway hit "I Married 
An Angel" is using these very same words, 
and audiences are applauding just as we 
did. Which proves that we must have 
been good, if we could show Broadway 
a thing or two. 

After tlie Jilay, James McGrath and 
orch(>stra in Education Hall foxtrotted 
into "Your an E(hication," and f()\n' 
iumdred people began to have a good time. 
The tallies were full and the floor busy. 
The music and food good and a casual 
observer would have said, "I never 
thought you could have .so much fun in 
a Museum." Those who stayed late have 
many a .story to tell and our advice is to 
get it from them. The staff of the 
Grapj'vine did their share of j'clling and 
wc had a gooil time. 



A Message from the President 
of the E. B. A. 

Tile E.B.A. has jjassed another m 
stone with our 1938 Annual Spring Dan 
This was part of our Thirtieth Y^ 
Anniversary program and was a succ 
and a credit to our Association. 

In behalf of the Board of Directors of ' 
E.B.A. and myself I wisli to thank all 
you who attended and I feel certain j 
enjoyed your visit. I ahso wish to tj 
this opportunity to thank all those w 
worked on Committees, especially i 
Chairman, Mr. Charles J. O'Connor, M 
Ella B. Ran.som and the cast of her ]> 
who gave us a grand preformance to e; 
and to everyone of you, a vote of thai 
for making this affair a real social succ( 

You can readily .see from the finan( 
report printed on p. 6 that we just ab( 
broke even. The E.B.A. is not run 
a monetary basis. We strive to sati 
our members by si)onsoring a n-al E 
phiyees' affair for our immediate fami! 
and friends, and we feel our Sjiring afi 
was an example of just that. \\'e hope 
carry on in the same manner, but w c nc 
the su])port of our entire membersiiip. 

Let's all make a resolution to attend ' 
next E.B.A. affair. This is Your Ass( 
ntidu. Come out and sui)port it. ^'ou \ 
be well n>paid for your loyalty to i 
E.B.A. 

Tiiank you! 

BERNARD T MOOl 
Fresidcn 



THE GRAPEVINE 



June, 1938 



iitcrtaiiimcnt Committee of the E.B.A. 
Receipts and Disbursements 
April 2oth— May 24th, 1938 
eceipts 

Cash (Sale of Tickets) $224.50 

isburiiciiienls 

Orchestra SI 10.00 

Services and otlier 

Expenses 110 74 

Iransferred to E.B.A. 3 . 70 224 . 50 



JUST QUESTIONS 

If anyone would lilie to know why 
lembers of the teaching .staff of the 
lepartrnent of Education look tired at 
ines, [jcrhaps the following will exjjlain 
1. They re])resent some of the ((uestions 
■nt in by children, and for which they 
cpect a complete series of answers when 
icy come to the Museum. 

(Questions sent in before attending a 
ilk on "Daniel Boone") 

How did Daniel Boone escai)ed from 
tlie Indians? 

Did he esca|)e on the grapevine? 

^\';ls the hlockliou.se really made of 
Blocks? 

How does a pioneer blockhouse? 

Did Boone had anyone to play with 
and what did boone had to play 
when he was little about 4 or 5? 

I wotdd like to know who it is that 
when the Indian were here said 
that wood would not .sink? But its 
funny that boats sink. Since they 
say wood would not sink whow is it 
that the somarin(! (submarine) .sink? 

How did trees grow when knowbody 
l)lant them? 



' '(> II I i It ucd Jro III 1)11 gc 4 ) 
lie calls art. There is no one to see, 
hat he has worked .so hard and endured so 
luch, that the artistic temperament in 
im has been smashed flat as if a rock 
rusher had rolled over it. 

He never gets any credit. If, as a boy, 
e is good to his mother, everyone .says: 
He ought to be. She is his mother." 

If he is kind to his wife, they say: "He 
uglit to be. Isn't she his wife?" 

.\nd if he is good to his children every 
ne shouts: "Why shouldn't he be? 
sn't he their father?" 

If lie on his deathbed should talk of 
ceing the pearly gates, there would be 
suspi<'ion thati he didn't see them; that he 
ulked that way to fool his wife to the last. 



MEMORIES OUT OF THE PAST 

In the dim past, believe it or not, we 
remember .something like this that hai>- 
j)ened about twentj'-five years ago: Dur- 
ing the huich hour, on the old baseball 
diamond back of the North Wing, Dr. 
Ciiapman stopi)ed a hot grounder and 
threw out speedy Andy .Johnstone at 
first ; Fred Kessler raced back for a one 
hand catch in center field; Dr. Anthony 
threw the fadeaway; Charley Lang made 
a one hand catch at third; — and the Art 
Museum was once defeated 32 to 2 in 
Central Park (they tell us Joe Coiuiolly 
knocked out four home runs). 

What's the matter with the |)resent day 
sport fans? They got us all excited in the 
last issue, but when we tried to finil out 
what they were doing, they seemed to 
have faded into the dim regions of subter- 
ranean caverns. Maybe its just Si)ring 
Fever — but we'll be kind and give them 
another chance. 



AN OPEN INVITATION 

Jack Orth and Ehvood Logan will again 
spend the summer months directing the 
affairs of the Kanawauke Regional Mu- 
seum in Interstate Park (near Bear 
Mountain). We understand they are only 
a .stone's throw from the lake and the 
water is fine. Their cooking cannot 
always be relied upon, but you can always 
bring your own lunch and they will hel]) 
you eat it. Don't come in groups larger 
than fiftv at one time. 



The Fish Department was grieved to 
learn of the death on April 24, of Mr. 
Serge S. Chetyrkin, their W.P.A. prepara- 
tor. He had been suffering from heart 
trouble for a long time, but the Dei)art- 
ment did not know he had gone to the 
hosi>ital when suddenly the news of his 
death came. Mr. Chetyrkin attended the 
Imperial Archaeological Institute of Mos- 
cow. His positive genius for collecting 
made him a member of expeditions to 
many far lands — Mongolia, Turkestan, 
Siberia, and many others. He fought in 
the Ru.ssian Army during the war and was 
decorated with the very high honor of the 
Cross of St. George for distinguished 
military service. During the Revolution 
he came to America and took out citizen- 
ship papers here. William Beebe took him 
on the Arcturus cruise as pre])arator and 
collector extrai>rdinary, and in some 
mysterio\is way lie always managed to 
bring back a bag full of specimen.' when 
other members of the party turned up 
empty-handed after a day's himt. In his 
thrrc years at the Museum he has pre- 
pared an excellent series of skeletons for 
use in the Fish Department and in the 
Columbia courses giv(>n by Dr. Gregory. 

He is survived by his .sister living in 
Harbin, Manchoukuo. 



"WHAT A LIFE" 

To us suffering sons and daughters of 
"Depressionitis" life seems to be a const- 
ant battle of trying to make ends meet. 
But at rare intervals the toil of struggle is 
forgotten and our sense of humor is given 
a refreshing workout. 

Such a stop-gag presents itself by the 
opportunity afforded through the co- 
operation of the E.B..\. to procure tickets 
for the current Broadway comedy hit 
"WHAT A LIFE" at a special cut-rate 
price. 

Your reviewer has seen the i)lay and 
heartily endorses it as a grand evenings' 
entertainment and a joyful tonic;. 

The story jjortraj's the trials, tribu- 
lations and loves of a high-school student. 
His nickname should be "double-trouble". 
The scrapes and fibs he tells would make 
Peck's bad boy a rank amateur. Among 
other things someone steals the band and 
our hero is slated for a trip "up the river" 
but then everything rights it.self. 

It is a plaj' that your children of the 
"teen" age would rave over. It is quite 
a bargain to i)rocure a .$3.30 ticket for 
$1.30. Balcony seats can be had for as 
low as $.75. Send your reservations NOW 
to the Social Committee of the E.B.A. 

Remember the reservations are for the 
performance of 

THURSDAY EVENING 
JUNE 23rd. 

Biltmore Theatre 

47th St. West of Broadway 

Curtain rises at 8:45 p.m. 



Answers to the 
Museum X-Word Puzzle 



ACROSS 




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1. 


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8. 


I'jhlenbcrgor 


17. 


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9. 


MeadowcToft 


18. 


Ipeiitl 


14. 


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20. 


Spied 


16. 


Spa 


22. 


Sister 


19. 


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24. 


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21. 


In 


2J. 


Kay 


23. 


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27. 


B.W. 


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28. 


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29. 


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Nails 


31. 


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MS. 


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33. 


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39. 


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THE GRAPEVINE 

Published bv The Employees' Benefit Association 
of The American Museum of Natural History 



VOL. II, No. 3 



NOVEMBER, 1938 



PRICED 



THE HODGE-PODGE PARTY 




American Museum, Nov. 19th. On this night the Employees Benefit Association will hold its 
Fall Dance and Entertainment, for Museum Employees and their Family. It will be a Hodge-Podgc 
Party which means you wear anything you want from evening clothes to costumes. Floor Show at 
10:30 P. M. Those who feel the urge and have the ingenuity to make up and wear costumes will 
find it to their advantage as there will be 6 prizes given, 3 for women and 3 for men. Prizes are for 
"The most beautiful", "The funniest" and "The most original" costumes. Here is your chance to 
dig out that old curtain or those childrens clothes and make yourself a costume. A good orchestra 
has been engaged and there will be entertainment as well as the judging of the costumes. See Mr. 
Connors (ext. 209), or your department representative who will supply you with tickets. Appro- 
priate 50 cents and join in the fun. We'll all be there .... The date, November 19th .... It's a 
Saturday .... The place. The American Museum of Natural History. For further information 
speak to Mr. O'Connor — Extension 320. 



CREDIT UNION NEWS 

Manj^ members of the American 
Mu.seum of Natural History Em- 
ployees Federal Credit Union ap- 
parently do not realize that they 
can invest smaller amounts than 
five dollars, (the price of one share), 
at a time, in their shares accounts. 
It is true that in order to borrow 
money from the Credit Union, one 
must own at least one share, and 
pay a membership fee of twenty-five 
cents. However, it is not necessary 
to wait until one has another five 
dollars to spare before adding to the 
amount in his shares account. 
When a member is also a borrower, 
it is seldom possible for him to keep 
his interest paid up, make a pay- 
ment on his loan, and buy even one 
more five-dollar share. But it is 
possible occasionally, if not every 
pay day, to pay 25 cents, 50 cents, 
or a dollar into shares. One member 



who opened a shares account with 
ten dollars, when the Credit Union 
was first organized at the Museum, 
has had several loans. Each time 
she made a payment on the loan, 
she also paid one or two dollars 
into her shares account, and in this 
way has accumulated $75.00. 

It is a mistake to regard the 
A.M.N.H. Employees Federal Cred- 
it Union solely as an organization 
from which to borrow money. It 
is for every member to invest in as 
well as to borrow from. It was es- 
tablished to encourage thrift among 
its members, as well as to loan 
money for emergencies. Only if it 
performs both functions can it 
survive and become the real co- 
operative measure it was intended 

to be. 

JOHN R. SAUNDERS, Prts., 
Federal Credit Union 
.'\merican Mu.seum of Natural History 



FROM AN OUTSIDER'S 

VIEWPOINT 

Museum employees are an ada{ 
able group. You don't consider 
unusual to see the American Legi 
toot its way through the halls o 
day, to slide through a long line 
teachers from Oskalusa bound i 
Education Hall, or to wait wh 
P.S. 65 collects its trays and c 
scends on the cafeteria the ne: 
Seven foot Texans with ten gall 
hats, bearded gentlemen with f 
away looks, the farmer and 1 
wife, and the travelling salesman ; 
form a varied scene in the Museii 
halls. They say that half the fun 
life is the changing scene, and wh 
the world passes on display befc 
you, there are others who must jc 
the Navy to see the world ! We s; 
join the Museum. 



THE GRAPEVINE 



November, 1938 



THE GRAPEVINE 

EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor-in-Chief — Ikene F. Cypher 

Advisory Board 

Wayne M. Faince Walter F. Meister 

George C. Vaillant 

Managing Board 
Edward A. Burns Frank A. Rinald 
George H. Guilds Jean Wiedemer 

Editorial Board 



WENDELL BENNETT 
RVTH CAMPBELL 
HXY W. CLAUSEN- 
ARTHUR DRAPER 
THOMAS GILLIARD 
CHARLES J. KERR 
WARE LYNCH 



STEPHEN J. MURPHY 
GEORGE W. REUTHER 
JACOB W. SHROPE 
HERMAN A. SIEVERS 
GEORGE TAUBER 
HELEN WILMANN 
WILLIAM H. WRIGHT 



E. B. A. Activities 

We are glad to report the follow- 
ing additions to the ranks of mem- 
bership in the organization: 

Charles W. Bender 

Arthur Heineman 

Otto M. Lambert 

Charles Russell 

Harry L. Shapiro 

The time is once more rolling 
around to think of elections for 
officers and trustees of the E.B.A. 
As you know elections take place at 
the annual meeting in January. 
However, we do have a nominating 
committee, whose duty it is to go 
into this matter carefully and 
present a slate for your consider- 
ation and vote. If you have any 
suggestions for them, now is the 
t ime to begin sending them in. The 
committee members are listed here 
for your l^enefit, and you may 
communicate with any one of them : 

William Wright 

James A. McKeon 

Irene F. Cypher 



NEWS ITEM 

If any of you tennis enthusiasts 
are interested in keeping your equip- 
ment in good shape over the winter, 
we know a Museumite who wants 
to sell her racket-press. You can get 
her name by calling us up. 



HOW TO KEEP FROM 
GROWING OLD. 

1. Always drive fast out of 
alleys. You might hit a policeman. 
There's no telling. 

2. Always race with locomotives 
to crossings. Engineers like it. It 
breaks th(> monotony of their jobs. 

3. Always pass the car ahead on 
curves and on turns. Don't use 
your horn because it might un- 
nerve the other fellow and cause him 
to turn out too far. 

4. Demand half the road — the 
middle half. Insist on your rights. 

5. Always lock your l)rakes when 
skidding. It makes the job more 
artistic. Often you can even turn 
clear around. 

6. Always drive close to pe- 
destrians in wet weather. Dry 
cleaners will erect a monument to 
your memory. 

7. Never sound your horn on the 
road. Save it until late at night for 
a doorbell. Few homes have guns. 

8. Always try t(j pass cars on 
hills when it is possible: It shows 
your bus has more power, and you 
can turn somewhere surely if you 
meet another car, at the top. 

9. Take the shortest route a- 
round l)lind left hand turns. The 
other fellow can take care of him- 
self if you can. 

10. Never look around when you 
back up. There never is anything 
behind your car. 

11. A few shots of booze will 
enable you to make your car do real 
stunts. For permanent results quaff 
often and deei)ly of the flowing 
bowl before taking the wheel. 

12. Drive as fast as you can on 
wet pavements. There is always 
something to stop you if you lose 
control, — often a heavy truck or 
a plate glass window. 

13. Never yield the road to the 
car behind. The driver may be 
a bootlegger being pursued. 



14. New drivers should be 
shown how to drive fast in traffic. ] 
It gives them the experience every 
motorist should have. 

15. Always speed! It looks as 
though you are a man of pep even 
though an amateur driver. 

16. Never stop, look or listen at 
railroad crossings. It consumes 
valuable time and besides, nobody 
believes in signs. 

17. In wet weather always drive 

in troll(>y tracks. It's smoother 
going. 



YE GLEE GLUB 

The Museum Glee Club is plan- 
ning a fall and winter schedule of 
activity. This fall it is planned to 
have members study music reading 
and theory. Under the leadership 
of Joseph Coca, the Club was very 
active last year and took part in the 
winter dance and spring play. New 
members are being sought. It is 
open to any of the men in the 
various departments. The plans 
this fall offer a fine chance to get | 
voice training and enjoy the Club's 
program. Those who are interested 
are asked to get in touch with Mr. i 
Coca or Steve Klassen. Both are 
anxious to recruit a club of at least 
twenty-five male voices. If you are 
interested and do not know either j 
Joe or Steve, ask someone how to 
reach them. 



HELP WANTED 

To those fellow work(>rs who may 
be interested in getting better 
living quarters, we offer the follow- 
ing information, which appeared 
in a recent mc'tropolitan newspaper 
(complete information will be sup- 
plied to those requesting it) 

....th St.,... .West. ATTRAC- 
TIVE ROOMS. Bath with twin 
beds, radio for three or more 
persons. Reduced rental. Weekly 
rates. Supt. 
(No wontler they say the housing 
situation is acute!) 



November, 1938 



THE GRAPEVINE 



A Voice Heard 'Round The World 




^Marshal Montgomery, the great- 
est ventriloquist of all time, will be 
the headliner for the E.B.A. show 
on November 19th. Mr. ^lont- 
gomery was a headliner long before 
the present vogue for ventriloquism 
came into being. He has appeared 
before the crowned heads of Europe, 
as well as many of the Presidents of 
the United States. "Teddy" Roose- 
velt really gave him his start when 
Montgomery gave a command per- 
formance which so pleased the 
President that Montgomery's fame 
became nationwide overnight. As 
a member of the secret service dur- 
ing the war, as an aide to the Royal 
Northwest Mounted Police, as a 
prizefighter sponsored by Jim Cor- 
bett, as a world traveller appearing 
before royalty, and as the most 
famous of all ventriloquists in vaude- 
ville days Montgomery has lived 
and experienced more in his lifetime 
than do any 10 other people. His 



long run at the old Hammerstein 
Theatre after a world tour climaxed 
his career. "The theatre gets in the 
blood", they say, and Montgomery 
came out of retirement a few years 
back to find the vaudeville stage 
gone and radio sponsoring the 
Bergens of today. Through the 
medium of night clubs and hotels, 
Montgomery again attracted the 
attention of the press and public. 
Now the movies and radio are after 
him, and with his knowledge of 
what the public wants and a full bag 
of tricks up his sleeve Marshal 
Montgomery can no longer hide 
his light under a bushel. So don't 
fail to be there, with Marshal 
Montgomery the E.B.A. show can't 
fail to be a success. We also have 
been given to understand that our 
esteemed Dr. C. Howard Curran is 
going to present a Broadcast that 
night, right from the hall. (Come 
and find out what it's all about). 



PAGING THE SURF CASTERS 

Did any of you "Deep Sea 
Fishermen" ever see the news item 
to the effect that Avery H. Kimmel, 
a member of the staff of the 
American Museum of Natural His- 
tory, caught a 43-inch muscallonge 
in the St. Lawrence River near 
Morristown? Well it was right 



there in prim and we understand he 
has pictures to prove it. Why 
don't you get him to tell you about 
it someday. 



FLASH 

Raoul Nadeau, of Radio Fame 
will also render selections at our 
E.B.A. Dance on Nov. 19th. 



THE GENTLE ART OF 
DANCING 

Whether you're interested 
dancing as a form of exercise or 
a key to popularity — here is 
opportunity to enjoy it at a barg^ 

Though the Coordinating Coui 
of the E.B.A. the Bassoe's Dai 
Studio of ()() Fifth Avenue is oft 
ing a special group rate for ; 
course. With 20 pople in the grr 
the price is, per person, $5.00 
10 one-hour lessons, which is o 
half the regular rate. If there 
less than 20 in the group a discoi 
of 25% is given. 

Mr. and Mrs. Bassoe will be 
membered as the attractive cou 
who gave several exhibition bi 
room dances at one of the fi 
social functions of the E.B.A. 

Anyone interested in taking ; 
vantage of this proposition shoi 
see Dorothy Edwards, JuniorNatu 
History office. 



INSIGHT 

(After walking through the Deep ^ 
exhibit in our Hall of Ocean Lif 
Somewhere the sea is calm, 
Below the stirrings of the outer s 
And underneath the pull of tides. 
Below the weight within the ci 

rent's drag, 
Below the range of naketl, hum 

sight — 
Yet even in this tranquil deep 
That rises from the ocean floor, 
Life glides in sudden flashes 
Along steep runways of bleechi 

death. 

Anna R. Mas; 



NATURAL HISTORY (?) 

It is interesting to note that th( 
seems to be a future promise 
a new habitat group or special ( 
hibit for the Museum, according 
the following footnote in the Ji 
"Natural History":— "Major Wi 
Robertson's Select Committee 
the Conservation of Wild Life 
the House of Representatives". ! 



THE GRAPEVINE 



November, 1938 



Tennis Results 

Close to lib -Museuinites watcluMl 
vith anxious joy the Tennis Cham- 
pionship finals played recently 
K'tween Doniinick CagS'ina and 
)u(lley ^'ess in the west court and 
Vlary Sallinon and Al. Greenwood 
n the east, havinij; climbed to the 
op after thr(>e weeks of eliminations 
vhich the full match was required, 
'aganna and \'ess were victorious, 
he final score being 6-4; 5-7; 8-6. 
!^otable among the upsets were 
McDermott & W. Wright defeat- 
ng L. Wright and Moore, 6-0; 
J -5. 

Those starting were: 

Dudley Vess, Nick Caggana, 
Donald Barton, William H. Wright, 
Henry Ruof, Edward Burns, Lyda 
Wright, Bernard Moore, John Mc 
l])ermott, Frank Kerrigan, Frank 
Bacon, John McCormack, Arthur 
Naylor, George Decker, John 
^chmitt, Bailey Lewis, John Orth, 
Philip Duffy, Henry Voelmy, John 
Hackett, Charles Rose and Charles 
bVderer, Jr,. Al. Potcnza, Dorothy 
L. Edwards, Mary Sallmon, Al. 
jreenwood. 

This was the first time that such 
1 tournament was ever att(Mnpted on 
:he Museum Court and, with the 
"xception of a few oversights at the 
start, waxetl into a fairly accurate 
elimination series. Anyone who 
night have been interested enough 
;o follow the progress of the Tennis 
players from the beginning, could 
thoroughly appreciate the improve- 
ments shown by our own enthusi- 
asts. 

This innovation on the part of the 
Ailministration is deeply appreciat- 
'(1 by those who play and, in many 
instances by those who find recrea- 
tion from the sidelines. 'Earlaps' 
Murphy of the Storeroom was, by 
far the most fierfect personification 
uf 'Shadow' for, like that funny 
little fellow in the comic strip, he 
could get in anybody's haii- without 
causing the least anger. Others 
who could be observed on the side 
lines were, the old standbys Bob 



Stitzel, Steve Murphy, Ben Falvey, 
Tony Cartossa, Bill Baker, George 
Schroth, and Pat Wallace. Dorothy 
Naylor, quietly rooting for Arthur 
and not saying a word; 'Boots' 
Wright, or Dorothy Etlwards, be- 
tween their scheduled matches, 
bringing lunches to Helen Willman, 
Betty Cotter. Others of the fair sex 
munching sandwiches and drinking 
milk or pop from containers or 
bottles. W"e sugg(>st Miss Gillam 
erect a hot dog and lemonade stand 
next year. 

Aluch credit for conducting this 
tournament goes to the following: 
for active, and doing a good lot of the 
details was Mr. Philip Duffy whose 
coolness and anxious desire for 
a fair elimination contest was made 
for much of the interest. To Al. 
Greenwood, Bill Wright and Ed. 
Burns, we are indebted for the 
proper layout and the drawing of 
byes etc. 

Those of us who are inclined to 
like athletics rejoice in the use of the 
courts and sincerely hope that, 
through the IvB.A. these activities 
will develop into steady recreation. 
We hope many more will join in 
these sports and see for themselves 
the fun which can be had. 

NON-SCIENTIFIC 

DISCOVERIES 

Dr. (Jrace F. Ramsey, associate 
curator of the Depai'tment of Edu- 
cation is the author of a new book 
entitled "Educational Work of 
Museums in the United States," 
just published by H. W. Wilson 
and Co. 

William H. Barton, executive 
curator of the Hayden Planetarium 
is co-author of a book "Starcraft" 
just published by McGraw-Hill. 

Dr. William K. Gregory and Dr. 
Milo Hellman, who were in South 
Africa this suimner making a study 
of casts and molds of Australo- 
pithecus afi-icus, received degrees of 
doctor of science from the University 
of \\'itwatersran(l at Johannesburg 
foi- tlu>ir contributions to anthro- 
pology and dental science. 




Sports 



Basketball:— 

The boys would like to get a game 
going during the noon hour. Any- 
one who would like to play should 
get in touch with John Schmitt. 
Football: — 

Nov. 8. Coach Frank (Slip) Bacon 
reports that altho he is bringing the 
team along slowly pointing for 
later games on th(> schedule the 
"Turtles" defeated the Potenza 
coached "Polecats" at the Plane- 
tarium parking field by a score of 
12 to last Thursday. Look! 
Who's that down again? not Coach 
Bacon, Oh well, can't bench a coach. 

Miscellaneous : — 

We are not going to mention 
names but two of the Attendants 
stationed at the Presidents' Office 
are being considered for the "Kibit- 
zer's Club". The boys claim this pair 
are the greatest second guessers in 
the Museum at handball, football, 
tennis and baseball. Altho they 
will never risk actual participation 
they know all the answers. 

MERRIE ENGLAND 

Going c'.n vacations is one of our 
long, established customs. But not 
everyone can boast of having sp(>nt 
her vacation being right on the spot 
where hisiory is IxMng made as can 
our co-worker, Jean Wiedemer. 
Midst all the conferences and mak- 
ing of treat i(>s duiing the I<]uro})an 
crisis in Seplembei', ovu' undaunttnl 
Jean blitherfully visited the his- 
toric points of London and the 
Shakespearean country. She had 
two extra vmexpected days to spend 
in London because of the cancel- 
lation of her ship's sailing. No, she 
firmly maintains she never once 
(Oh! Well, maybe just a wee bit,) 
was lost in a fog. 




Published by THE EMPLOYEES' BENEFIT ASSOCIATION 
OF THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 




VOL. II, Xo. 4 



FEBHUAHY, 1939 



PHICl 



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Withheld From the Press 



Dr. (leorge CJoodwin, a little hesitant 

about assuniinfj; the role of hero, tells of the 

younfj 10 yP'ii" old Russian refag;ee crii)i)lod 

in both legs and one arm, whom he ^•olun- 

teered to take with him from Rome to Paris. 

This amazingly intelligent girl speaks Italian, 

French and English as well as her native 

Russian. Her blonde head shaven due to 

a high fex^er and her legs in braces, it was 

impossible for her to reach the Paris hosjiital 

unless someone were to take her. Dr.Goodwin 

took her \-ia bus to the Im})erial Airways 

Airjjort and then to Marseilles where the 

weather forced them down. After a short 

delay, the Nice Exjiress took Dr. Goodwin 

and his ward to Paris, and the hospital for 

infantile paralysis. Dr. Goodwin seems to 

have a nack of helping refugees, for his 

experiences on the ship which brought him 

home are worth listening to. Orchids to you, 

George, for your continual help to those less 

fortunate. 

..•* ^* <* 

When Rowland Meyer flew down to 
Poonton, N. J., with Ware Lynch aboard, 
Don Garter was at the airport to meet them. 
Don has often expressed a wish to see his 
hometown from the air and Rowland iVIeyer 
with the aid of a Stinson afforded him the 
oi)i)ort unity. Re says ncnv it was, "a darn 
sight Letter than anything he ever saw," but 
his trij) 400 miles uj) the Zambesie River in 
Northern Rhodesia would s lit many a taste 
for beauty. Starting a little below the 
Victoria Falls the expedition "barged" up 
the river, 17 natives paddled, rowed, or 



poled this mammal collecting expedition on 
their way. 4,950 mammals were collected 
although the Gaffrarian Museum of King 
Williamstown will get half of the specimens. 
While in Barotseland they visited the 
Paramount Ghief, Yeba 2nd. Re told 
Don all about his trip to London to see the 
Coronation. The natives do a little telling 
too and relayed by him. Garter can tell 
you why Rippopotamii have no hair on 
their hide. A natix-e legend states that one 
time hijjpo's had the most beautiful coat of 
any animal in the world. Then one day 
there was a big forest fire and all the animals 
but Jerry Rippo went into the river, but 
Jerry was too proud of his coat to get it wet. 
After a while it got so hot it singed the hair 
off this beautiful coat and Jerry had to jump 
into the river. Now he is so ashamed of 
himself that he just stays there. Don 
Garter says this isn't scientifically correct 
but the natives like it. Don didn't miss the 
E.B.A. Dance much this year, he says, 
because the natives showed him a new "towel 
dance" which sounds pretty exciting. Row 
about a demonstration at the next E.B.A. 
dance, Don? 

^* ,a ^a 

liichard Archbold, Research Associate in 
Mammalogy, and leader of the New Guinea 
Exi)edition sent a story to the newspapers to 
the effect that the expedition had obtained 
kangaroos that climbed trees and rats three 
feet long. Now ordinarily such a report 
would arou.se interest and bring aclaim to 
]Mr. Archbold. {Continued on page 2) 



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February 



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GEORGE TAUBER WILLIAM H. 


WRIGHT 



E. B. A. ACTIVITIES 

The Ainiuiil Meeting of the Em])l()yec.s' Benefit 
Association was held on Tuesday, January 10th, and 
the following slate of officers elected for the coming 
year: 

President — Bernard Moore 
Vice-President — Stephen J. Klassen 
Treasurer — Fred H. Smyth 
Secretary — T.ucy W. Clausen 
Directors; Edward A. Burns 
Cicorge Tauber 
George C Vaillant 

DIRECTORS 

The Board of Directors now consists, therefore, of 
the following members: 

Walter F. Meister, (liainttan 
Edward A. Burns George Tauber 
Irene F. Cypher George C. Vaillant 
Wayne M. Faunce Patrick Wallace 
.lohn R. Saunders William H. Wright 
The following employees of th(> Museum hav(! also 
been elected to membership in the E.B.A.: 
Annette Bacon Robert Marston 

Rudolf Freunce Madeline Scanlon 

Carlton E. McKinley 



PAGING OLYMPUS 



We have always had the highest regard for 
Dr. Nelson. In fact he stands pretty near 
the to[) on our list, and he went a few steps 
higher the other day by proving that he had 
a sense of humor — for he showed us the 
following excerjit from a letter he had: 

"Dear Dr. N , [j^ersonal remarks 

omitted] I have always looked up to anthro- 
pologists and archaeologists. In fact I must 
admit, rather sheepishly perhai)s, that I 
almost believe them half-gods, half-men." 
(This is i^rinted with some misgi\ings, for our 
anthrojKjlogists might read it and get ideas!) 



Withheld From the Press (Cont.) 

Down in Tennessee, howe\er, an edito- 
rial with flaming headlines cried, "Heaven 
Forbid, No!" and went on to say that if a 
pair of these three foot rats should escai^e 
and breed in the United States a fate 
worse than death would await us all. No 
word was said about tree-climbing kan- 
garoos or what would hapjjcn if they, too, 
should breed here. We can assure the 
Tennessee i)aiier that no such calamity 
will ha))i)en. Lest the Museum bring down 
another Orson Wells panic. 

Dr. (i. H. II. Tate gives us this news that 
never reached the papers: It seems there 
were two kinds of men that went on the 
Phelps-Venzuela I'^xpedition. The ultra- 
exclusive-dress-for-dinner-"sha\'ers" and the 
lower type of man, the "non-shaver." The 
shaver, obviously the man who shaves every 
day including his head as well as his face in 
the process, keeps cool, clean and collected. 
Also he is the man who is a "traditional- 
shaver" or one who does not feel right other- 
wise. Then the "non-shaver" is the man who, 
obviously, doesn't touch a hair. The ex- 
pedition was in the field for 4 months. 
Theory of not shaving embraces the old 
idea that it keejis you warm, free from 
insects, and is nnich easier. Jim Dillon, 
who we hear straddled the fence and shaved 
just now and then, says that his existence was 
much the happier one. Tom (lilliard was 
a non-shaver. Mr. Wm. II. I'iielps was 
a non-shaver and Wm. V. Coultas was 
a shaver. Anyone that would like to get 
a first hand impression of a 4 months job of 
NOT shaving will find various photographs 
on file in the Museum. Suggestions as to 
the advantages or disadvantages of shaving 
while in the field will be gratefully received 
by the editor. 



LOST AND FOUND 



LOST — The .Mcnibcrsliip Dcpar I nii-iit icpoil.s to us that at one 
time they had two hand trucks. Nos. Ary-X and :j.")-IJ.j Said 
trucks have not been seen in lliat department for soijic time, 
and they woidd creatly appreciate any assistance anyone might 
lie able to ijivc towards locating tlicm. If you liavc information 
whidi miglit i)rove heliifiil in this matter, just <'all the Member- 
ship Dept. and tliey will send someone to follow up tin; clue. 



1939 



THE GRAPEVINE 



Sports Page 



The activities in the Hue of sports are 
varied here in this institution. For example, 
we have ice skatinji (when the boys aren't 
phiyinji hockey) ; then we lia\e those demons 
of the dart over in the ])ower house; then, 
loo, if you can call it a sport, every lunch 
hour finds se\eral enthusiastic checker games 
in progress. 1 he chess fans are busy in the 
men's room since Max Wagner started 
seeking an opponent. There hasn't been 
much news from the badminton court in the 
Planetarium but we jiresume they are still 
'batting it out'. 

This being the first issue of the year 
resolutions are still in order: 

Be it hereby resolved tliat we the i)eople 
(sports ?) duly appreciate the action taken 
by the Trustees and Administrative Staff 
(Good Sports) by their restoration of our 
salary contributions for 1938. 

Also a vote of thanks for permission to 
pro\'ide a skating rink for our pleasure and 
recreation, with a palm going to Mr. Faunce 
for his wholehearted sujiport of the project 
and to Messrs. Johnson, Kinzer, Ramshaw, 
the various members of the Custodians' and 
Mechanics' Depts., and to lastly but by no 
means least to Tom Gilliard who nominated 
himself as a sort of rink caretaker, and 
a good one too, often coming back after 
hours to flood our pond. 

At this time, it's difficult to produce any 
definite scores from any of the many sports 
activities. However, casual observance here 
and there reveal some startling re\-elations. 
Now, take for instance Irene Cypher scram- 
bling around on the ice trying to act 
nonchallant just before a 'Board Meeting'. 
Then, too, our eyes were opened when 
Ernest Dieke, of the Planetarium Staff began 
his figure skating. He is a\ailable for in- 
structions any time there is ice in the yard. 
'Phone him if you're interested. Miss 
Wilmann cuts a sweet figure on the ice, 



notice her? Many other ice enthusiasts are 
to be seen a\-ailing themselves of this new 
found sport. \\c could mention a score or 
more at this i)oint but feel that some at- 
tention should be given to the hockey teams. 
Although they ha\'e not taken definite sides 
as yet, it does seem that a true rivalry be- 
tween some of the players is taking form. 
We cite: — 

The first hockey game of the season was 
between Gilliard's Bears and Kerr's All- 
Stars in which Captain Gilliard, taking the 
puck from center, succeeded in sinking the 




Why so serious Jack ? 

first goal in the first minute and a half of 
play, jumping between Orth and Lang. This 
advantage lasted for a short time, howe\'er, 
as Captain Kerr quickly seized an oj^por- 
tunity and, after a little rough going, tied 
the score with a very pretty shot. We must 
say that Bacon was exceptionally good at 
times especially when he had the support of 
his team. All in all there were some fine 
flashes of hockey on the part of both teams 
and it looks as if the boys may lead to a few 
outside games. The final on that i)articular 
game was a tie 4-4. We are looking to 
seeing George Decker in the line up for the 
next game as we see he can jilay a nice game 
of hockey. What do you say ( ieorge? 

0\er Power house way, CJeoT'ge Tauber 
seems to be ha\ing a difficult time passing 
Andy's scores. While visiting them recently 
we noticed that ]\Ir. Todd has a very keen 

(Continued on page 7 ) 



THE GRAPEVINE 



February 



Queer Queries 

Many members of our scientific staff 
receive the strangest letters! — ranging from 
odd questions to offers to sell ancient 
Norwegian washboards, water from the 
.lohnstown flood and Ri]) ^'an Winkle 
horseshoes to the Museum. The following 
excerpts come from Dr. Brown's and Dr. 
Andrew's "Believe It Or Not" files. 
One gentleman iingaUantly osks: 

"Please write and let me know if there are 
any women and thunder storms at the South 
frigid zone or South pole." 
Dcjinitehj, no! We like him too well ourselves. 

"I am a student at New Utrecht High 
School and as reptiles is a part of my 
studies I would ajjpreciate it very much if 
you will send me the "Curator of Fossil 
Reptiles." 
Whaddayeca Hum .s ? 

"Please answer the following ((Viestions. 
I know that a male brontosaur is called 
a rooster, but what is a female called? 
And the young? Are they Chicks? And a 
herd of brontosaurs? Are they a flock? 
A bevy?" 

We've always known thai Dr. Brown could 
reconstruct the prehi.storic past — but to have 
created it too ! 

To Dr. Brown, Creator of Fossil Reptiles 
American Museum of Natural History." 

Should we enlist the services of the Insect 
Department to "exterminate" the gho.sts'^ 

"Centlemen: At the above house there 
are spirits roaming around. What can you 
do about it?" 

Step right up ladies and gentlemen and .sec 
the living pin cushion] Or trhat to do with a 
unusual husband — 

". . . . My Husband — a good, fine man — 

had an awful sickness and when he came out 

of it, he had no sense of feeling. You can 

stick i)ins, needles or any sharp object in 

him and he just laughs. He is a lot of helj) 

to me around the grocery store and I hate 

tolose him, but tliis is my idea. Put him in 

a sort of cage in one of your rooms and let 

(Continued on page 8) 



The Social Whirl 

Should you see Mr. William Wolfe backing 
around corners — don't get excited — gum- 
shoe William found one typewriter, lost ten 
years — no cap, no ])ipe, no magnifying gla.ss. 

W(dlcr Mcister, the bonc-crushcr, has 
tickets for all the wrestling bouts. He goes to 
everyone of them. He knows all the holds. . . . 
look out. Iddiesl 

R(jbert Siebert closed his ledger one noon- 
day only to discover that his lunch had 
disaiipeared. Relieve it or not, the sandwich 
turned up in the safe, between the images of 
the ledger where he had left it ? ? ? ? ? 

There's a party every day in the Administra- 
tion fde room. If you like cake and candies, 
breeze in some time. 

Anyone losing a cap, hat or vest, etc., see 
No. 1-CJ-man, Paul Richard. . . the Fabric 
King. . . . mounting threads on .slides for the 
microscope fits him for looking for lost 
treasures. Brush the long hairs off your 
shoulders, gents. 

Sir Edward Wilde has just added a new tea- 
cup and saucer to his collection of old China 
and antique furniture. Sir Edward says cut 
glass is coming back. 

(iirls, take a look at Miss lOdith Marks' 
new hat. Snappy and cute, we all say. 

Dr. (Ico. Valliant is .s//// king of put-and- 
tuke. Has a million of 'em all from Me.vico. 

Adolphe Menjou may be the best dres^d 
guy in the movies but we have him stoi)ped. 
I<](1 Meyenberg has all the latest secrets on 
fashions. Look him over when next you see 
him. Also ask him the trick about his 30 
gallons of hard cider that turned into 
\inegar. Invite him to your kitchen, 
ladies. . . Ed's bowl and spoon all in one. 

Did you all see Fred Smyth doing the 
Land)cth Walk at Bu.shell's party'! On Fred's 
ne.rl trip over the }>ond, he's going to look for 
a new figure dauce. 

Joseph Schoefiler iias more mercliandise in 
his desk than you can find in the 5 and 10c 
store. Ask him for a thimble and he'll find 
a monkey wrench. 



1939 



THE GRAPEVINE 



Non-Scientific Discoveries 



Hiawatha oufjht to drop in on Hob ("oles *' 
some tlay to learn the "art of the bow antl 
arrow." Walking into his office the other 
(lay on a prosaic matter of business we were 
greatly surprised at seeing Hob jiosed at the 
window with drawn bow taking aim at Dr. 
Valliant and Paul Richard of Anthropology. 
Evidently a scientific institution does have 
its lighter moments. 

The Younger Generation 

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Federer announve 

the arrival of a son, Charles A., the 3rd. 
Mr. and Mrs. C. Bogert are also justifiably 

proud parents since January 2Uth when 

their daughter Dareth was born. 

We are glad to see that Helen Voter is 
once again able to get around — e\-en thougli 
it still is a painful and slow process hobbling 
along on one foot. 

Granted, this is an i)isfitution where in- 
genuity is given its just due but where oh, 
ichere did Frank Bacon ever get the idea for 
his latest pastime — playing "screwy"jokes on 
his co-workers. 

The medal for non-chalance is unani- 
mously awarded to Dr. Grace F. Ramsey. 
Upon receiving a check for $100.00 as first 
prize in a photographic contest she made 
light of it saying that se\'eral of her ):)ictures 
happened to be entered and one of them 
apparently met with the aiipro\'al of the 
judges. The prize was gi^•en upon the basis 
of composition, shading, depth of focus, and 
detail. Taken with a Contax 1, F. 3.5 lens 
the scene is a view between two cornices 
of two Mayan nunneries. 

Hut as so often hapj^ens, Dr. Ramsey lost 
no time in using the check, plus turn-in 
value, plus $$$$$ in order to become the 
proud owner of a new Contax 2, F. 2 lens 
capable of shots at 1/1250 second. 

L'sing our nose for news we unearthed this 
bit of information which tve wager you didn't 
know — that Harry Hawkins was at one lime 



a full-fledged jockey. Ask hitn to shou^ you. 
his cap, suit and whip sometime. 

^^'c understand that Steve Murphy's 
office boy is very cute, but bashful. Steve 
will be glad to introduce him to everyone, if 
they will just call at the office any day. 

One of our spies noticed an interesting 
article in the American Woman's Association 
News Bulletin. He cannot recall the exact 
wording of said article, but assures us it went 
somewhat as follows: "Dramatic Group Pre- 
sents New Play — . . . . Members will find the 
play a wonderful diversion, worth the price of 
admission just to see our own Frank Rinald 
give a marcelle, manicure and finger wave, all 
in the course of the eveningl" (What now little 
man.' Don't you think you had better start 
crplaining — our own Frank.) 




Everytime a stray dog sees Fen C'unnoily 
coming down the street it runs away. 
Reason — Ben is an addict of the frankf arte/, 
and may be seen every day at lunch time at 
Joe's Hot Dog Stand on 77th Street. We 
suggest calling him Frankfurter Franklin. 

Dick Howland found SloO in the Plane- 
tarium, and received the munificent reward of 
SLOO. That's what we call high finance. 



SPECIAL NOTICE 

The Administration, due to a general 
curtailment of expenditures, has discon- 
tinued the free distribution of Natural 
History Magazine to Employees. How- 
ever, Employees may subscribe at the 
reduced rate of $2.40 per year. 

Subscriptions will be accepted at the 
Membership Department. 



THE GRAPEVINE 



February 



Hobbies Meet 



Though public interest in liobbies merely 
as hobbies seems to be declining, real hobbies 
continue to ])lay their time honored part in 
human lives quite unabated and unaffectetl 
by publicity. As true expressions of in- 
dividuality, thej' should be sharjjly dis- 
tinguished from fads and, while fads are 
born only to die, a true, honest to goodness 
hobby is killed off by nothing short of the 
extreme poverty, illness or death of its 
devotee. 

Fortunately, we who conduct this column 
of the (Jrajiex'ine are not qualified to pass 
judgement on the relative merits of the 
particular museum hobbies we unearth. 
Our aim is only to help the museum person- 
nel toward a more complete understanding of 
itself and it's up to the reader to decide 
whether this is for better of for worse. 

Getting down to cases at last, the first 
name that greets us is Edward A. Burns, 
'the print shop boss'. That he is an excellent 
printer has been common knowledge for 
low these many years, but how many of us 
have a mental picture of Burns as a builder 
of miniature ships? This, however, has been 
his chief passtime for a long while, and we 
have learned on good authority that he is 
a 'hum dinger' at the job. What's more, he 
is also an amateur horticulturist as well as 
a collector of books and first day covers. 

Dr. Willard CI. \'an Name needs no intro- 
duction to us as a well known in\ertebrate 
zoologist and ardent conservationist. Ikit 
believe it or not, he's a very able figure 
skater as well, though he modestly admits 
that he falls somewhat short of the Sonya 
Henie class. 

James P. Wilson, fametl for his landscapes 
and back grounds in Akley Hall and else- 
where, has two hobbies which color his 
daily thoughts as much if not more so than 
his i)ainting. These are amateur astronomy 
and i)hotography, in both of which i)ursuits 
he has attained professional skill. He also 



is doing his best to raise punning to a fine 
art, both by punning himself and encourag- 
ing others to do likewise. But, as the writer 
of this column has learned from sad ex- 
jjerience, they've gotta be good to come up 
to his standard. 

Last but not least, let it be said that 
Charles H. ( 'oles, our brilliant chief photog- 
ra])her, is also an amateur astronomer of 
conspicuous abihty. In addition to this, he 
has recently become an enthusiastic fre- 
(juenter of exotic wining and dining estab- 
lishments. It is his proud boast that he will 
ne\er rest until he has visited every foreign 
restaurant in (heater New York. 

If you have or know of any museum hob- 
bies, please inform the (Jrape\'ine. 

INTRODUCING - 



Dr. Richard E. Blackwelder, Assistant 
Curator of Coleoi)tera of the department of 
entomology. Dr. Blackwelder comes to us 
from California, Leland Stanford Universi- 
ty. ICn route he has si)ent a year doing 
research in the National Museum, three 
years as holder of the Walter Hathbone 
Bacon Tra\elling Scholarship with two of 
these years sjjcnt in the West Indies study- 
ing the Staphylinidae (a family of beetles 
resembling earuigs and which are found 
chiefly ui)on tlecaying \egatation and animal 
materials.) 

Since e\'eryone is hobby-conscious these 
days we asked the conventional (luestion of 
Dr. Blackwelder who replied without a 
moments hesitation, "well, entomology is my 
hobby as well as my work." Upon more 
intensive questioning, howe\er, he admitted 
to a moderate interest in collecting pennies, 
street cai' tokens and marine shells. 



FROM OUR SCRAPBOOK 
"Nothing Comes From Doing Nothing" 



J939 



THE GRAPEVINE 



Sports Page (Cont.) 

eye. When he points thai dart at '8' it hits. 
Amon^ the sharj) shooters, we can include 
Neil JNIacCallum, Herman Neuman and 
Oscar Shine (who should shine better than 
he?). 

Oh, yes, what liai)i)ened to our Pistol 
Club? At one time we thoufijht this coidd 
be anticipated as a really represent at i\e 
club for competition purposes. They seem 
to be competing; for the prize as most 
inactive! What happened to them? If you 
still exist, send some scores to the Editor for 
the next issue. 

Now to mention that invigorating sport, 
checkers. It seems that for the last se\'eral 
months Fred Weir has been looking for an 
easy partner. Everybody seems to have 
him buffaloed. It ap]ieared that Fred met 
just that person when Ben Fah'ey walked 
into the room one gloomy lunch hour, 
but alas, Fred is still looking. Mc Badaracco 
is one of those who delight in ])laying Ben. 
Ben is in many senses of the word a 'sjjort'. 

Well, if you ha\e read this article and 
think it's fair, thanks. However, if you read 
it and think it's terrible, then find some good 
material yourself and sentl it in. Belie\'e us, 
when we say this is the toughest place to get 
copy. By the way, there's another edition 
coming out in a month. Let's have some 
sport activities. For instance, we hear that 
John Corcoran is quite a basketball i)layer, 
or is it football? ^laybe we can have a 
basketball team. The Coordinating Com- 
mittee has been working for it. W^hy not 
cooperate with them if you want it? Guess 
that's all for now. See vou next issue. 



A FUNNY FISH STORY 



NOTICE 

Any of the members wishing to purchase 
Sporting Goods may take advantage of 
a 25' f discount at A. G. Spalding & Bro. 
105 Nassau Street, N.Y.C. by mentioning 
the Museum Sports Department. 



{From Funny River, Alaska) 
Fred Mason (Preparation Dept.) loves 
fishing. He had been told that fishing would 
be great in those Alaskan waters. I3ut no 
matter what bait Fred used, he would always 
return to camp "sans fish". He said that 
the ri\-er was full of large salmon — he could 
see them by the hundreds, yet, they would 
not bite. This would drive him wild. So, 
one night due to sheer desperation, Fred 
donned his boots, and provided with a pen- 
knife went wading. After a few moments of 
struggling, he returned to camp \'ery much 
elated over the large catch. He told every- 
one they would cook it immediately and 
have fish for a change. But upon close 
examination Fred discovered that his catch 
was not fit to be consumed. The salmon 
was spawning and ready to die. 
(Now we ask you is that sportsmanship?) 
Fred (the same P>ed of the fish story) was 
continually ribbing Mr. Rockwell for firing 
three shots to kill a cow moose, to make sure 
of the kill. But here's a secret folks — it 
took our Fred five shots to kill his caribou. 
This accounts for all the shooting these last 
few nights in our Rifle Range. 



A WORD FROM THE EDITOR 

The Grapevine is published once a month 
for the employees of the American Museum 
of Natural History. Its aim is to foster the 
mutual interests of all employees, to bring to 
their attention items of museum interest, 
and to promote a feeling of friendliness and 
cooi)eration. 

The columns of this paper are open to 
receive items of employee news, cartoons, 
suggestions for improvement, stories or 
articles or any information that might prove 
helpful, beneficial or just plain interesting to 
us all. The Editorial Staff will welcome 
contributions, and they may be addressed to 
The (irapevine, or left in Room 2C9 of the 
School Service Building or at the Mail 
Desk on the 5th Floor. It is your paper and 
we ask your assistance. 



THE GRAPEVINE 



February 



CREDIT UNION NEWS 



ADIOS, FRANK 



In 1938, seventy-seven new members 
were received into the American Museum of 
Natural History Employees' Federal ( "redit 
Union, making a total of 279. In the three 
years since its organization, memlers have 
paid into shares accounts, the sum of 
$23,163.55, and have received loans amount- 
ing to .1111,307.30. 

The directors are particularly gratified 
that so many employees are using the Credit 
Union as a means of saving money, and not 
simply as a source of borrowing. A constant- 
ly increasing number of members are 
reguarly paying .25 cents, .50 cents, $1.00, 
or more, inlo shares, when they make pay- 
ments on their loans. Another good 
practice is for a member who has been 
jiaying regularly on a loan, when his loan is 
paid up, to pay the same amount into 
savings that he has been paying on his loan. 
This seems like an easy plan for getting the 
saving habit started. 

John Sdioiders, J 'resident. 

THE CASE OF THE MISSING HAM 



Walter Joyce the Museum plumber, 
sometime ago, (a Friday mind you) was 
expecting a large ham to be sent to him at 
the Museum. He never received it, but 
instead received the bill for the ham a few 
days later. In the interim, the ham was in 
Dick Joyce's locker. He could not under- 
stand why anyone should want to gi\'e him 
a ham. Dick Joyce has been getting into 
Walter Joyce's hair anyway. Let alone the 
ham. For instance: — A basket of assorted 
li(iu()r was I'afRed off for New Years'. At the 
drawing, the name of Joyce was called as the 
winning ticket. Well, Walter Joyce, very 
much excited stepped up and said "Well, 
I cold you so". You fellows won't get 
a drop". But, nmch to his disappointment 
the stub he held and the winning ticket 
did not jibe. Sure enough Dick Joyce held 
the winning stub! 

{dash, doesn't that get a giuj sore). 



On January 10, 1939 Mr. Bushell was 
given a fare-well party by some of his co- 
workers. After 38 years of service in the 
emi)loy (,f tlie Museum F.X. has decided to 
rest on his laurels and enjoy the fruits of 
retirement. As a result of the mental 
machinations and deftness with pen and 
brush of several artists, Mr. Bushell was 
given a handsome broachure profusely 
illustrated (gra])hically and poetically) con- 
taining the signatures of his many friends. 

It was a wonderful party and a good time 
was had by all. 

A WHALE OF A STORY 



One day a museum attendant was aj)- 
proached by a woman \'isitor, who said, 
"I should like to tell you what a wonderful 
Museum this is. However, there is one thing 
that I should like to know, as I intend to 
exi)lain all about this visit to my nei)hew 
back home in the West." 

( )ur attendant gallently offered his ser\'ices 
in the quest for information. The lady 
pointed uj) to the suli)hur bottom whale and 
dais, "I know it is made out of rubber, but 
for heaven's sake, how do you blow it up?" 



Queer Queries (Cont.) 



the visitors stick pins in him at twenty-five 
cents each. This will be, I know, a big 
money-maker for you Museum people and 
for me, as I would, of course, expect a 
certain percentage. I know the public will 
flock to see this human pin cushion. Let me 
hear from you (juick, as I know you will 
never regret it. . . . P. S. He has a find appe- 
tite and will eat anything." 
Now don't tell us that the ery of "The Shadoiv" 
rang through those primeval forestsl 

"Dear Sir: — We desire photographic prints 
of drawings or art restorations of thunder 
lizards and swamixlwellers of Mesozoic 
Time; of tiie carnivorous tlinosaurs of 
Paleocen time such as Tyrannosaurus Rex; 
of the horrified ('oryi)hodons whose fossil 
remains arc found " 





Published by THE EMPLOYEES' BENEFIT ASSOCIATION 
OF THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 



VOL. II, No. a 



MAHCII, 1939 



PRICELESS 



Heigh-Hol Come To The Fairl 



(irovcM- W'haleii may have his ^^'()l•l(^^< 
Fair, but the members of th(> Emphn-ees' 
I'eneHt Association are fioinji to a Fair of 
their own, with a lot less worry and jnst as 
much fun, a S))rin<i 
Fair on A})ril loth 
from 9 1). m. to 2 
a. m.! We don't 
expect 50 million 
visitoi's from Eu- 
rope, Asia, the 
south sea isles and 
other ])()ints north, 
south, east and 
west, but we do 
want a record 
crowd made up of 
our Museiun people 
and friends. 

Several members 
of the administra- 
tive and scientific 
staffs are organiz- 
ing firoujjs of 
friends for dinner 
parties before com- 
ing to the dance 
and we beliex e this 
is such an excellent 

idea to get in the mood for a gala e\ening 
t hat we ])ass t he suggest ion along to you and 
your friends. 

Frank .Muri)hv will be glad to supi)iy you 
with table reservations (he can ha reached on 
extension 207) and I'.mil lierg is at your 
immediate service with the ticket supply, — 




JUMP A LITTLE HIGHER GIRLS! . . . Dorothy Naylor, 
Helen Wilmann. Betty Ertel. and Mary Ford are reaching high, wide 
and handsome for the first tickets to the Spring Fair Dance which Ed 
Berg < Chairman of the ticket committee j is holding above their heads. 



you'll ha\ e lots of fun at oOc i)er person. 
Xeil McCallum is working hard and long 
as the head of his committee to find a nim- 
ble orchestra and good professional enter- 
tainment for you. 
Miss Margaret Fish 
and Miss Preston 
will see that tic 
hungry ones among 
you are well-fed. 
Mr.s. Ethel Tim- 
onier and Otto 
lu'kolm intend to 
surround us with 
breezy decorations 
and atmosphere of 
springtime(wit hoiit 
daffodils) and I d 
Burns will supj)ly 
his usual artistic 
programs. Posters 
and messages of 
great inii)ortance 
will .soon ajjjjear at 
the instigation of 
Dr. Harold \okes. 
Miss Dorothy 
l*]dwards has her 
steadj' and experi- 
enced hands on all widespread acti\ities as 
head of the coordinating Dance ( 'ommittee. 
All of the committee members are work- 
ing hard FOK VOl'H EX.IOYMEXT— 
show your ajjpreciation and interest in 
the Museinn's social ;icti\ities by ;il tending 
the SPKIXC FAIR! 



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March 



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GK.ORGi; T.AUBKU WILLI \M II. 


WRIGHT 



A 1939 FAIRY TALE COME TRUE 

Contrary- to general opinion tiiat fair>- tales are 
confined solely to hooks we wish to cite proof ajrainst 
this erroneous belief. Once npon a time (to keep in 
character with tlie story) the Hookshoj) was so 
situated in one of the main tliorouglifares of the 
Museum, tliat the casual ])asserhy felt impelled to 
stop, look and inevitably buy. Then it was moved 
to another location, which, while still very inviting 
was somewiiat off the beaten path. 

Then it came to pass one day, s;'V( ral weeks ago, 
that two mode.st and .soft-spoken ladies visited the 
sho]). Dvu'ing the course of conversation with Mrs. 
Mack and Mi.ss Warren they v<"iit\ire(i to express 
their oi)inion - namely they felt the shop sliould be 
in a more conspicious place. To this Mrs. Mack 
readily agreed but cited as tiie obstar-le the fact that 
a goodly sum was unfortunately necessary to 
finance the propo.sed decorating and moving of the 
establishment, .\fter browsing about a bit more, 
they inquire<l about the sum iinoKcd and then 
(iui<>tly took their leave. 

Then followed a |)eriod during w hicii letter^ fairly 
winged their wav between lu-re and ( Jreat Harrington 
where they were snowed in. I'pon their return to 
the city they invited Mrs. Mack to <liniier with the 
purpose of [)resenting her with a certified check for 
tlie amount needed to re-establish the Bookshop in 
its original corner. 

And so, let there be no doubt in your mind liiat the 
davs of fairv tales are still in existence. 



Social Whirls 

Hobby coUectors, look up Mi.-s Sally Pyle, just 
returiK'tl from Havanna and Xassjiu. She is stuck 
w ith a lot of Cuban money; will exchange. Sally met 
Hrenda Frazier and some swell gentlemen. Hoo-hou! 

Hans .\danis()n is theda(ld.\- of radio broadcasting. 
A\ e suggest he carry a pocket set so we can hear him 
at all times. 

W liat goes around a button hole? I.iicy Clausen 
pi<-ks up nuts of all kinds and makes buttons. 
Look out, Hellevue! Lucy may visit you .soon. 
Button, button, wiio has??? 

'\\v have a long-distance w;dker in t)W Mrs. Ella 
Hansom, just returned after si)ending three days at 
Atlantic City, where she walked and walked and 
walked. Where Ella was going we cannot find out. 
The Salvation .\rmy should get a lot of worn-out 
dogs. 

Don't call Do<- Curian "Charlie". If you do he 
will put on his war paint and mow you down 
(Canadian .\rmy. World War, fly cha-ser; enough 
references). He prefers "Howard." 

"Please i)ut me to work where my hair grows 
ba<-k," cries Harry Farrar, Foreman mason. 

Notice the I'oreman Painter's working clothes. 
(leorge W. Couglilin, the Foreman Painter 
anti(|ucs is his hobby girls, take a look at his hat. 
C;et the idea? 

Jake ((Jravy) Shro|)e misses all the gravy shots at 
))ool. .lake blam(>s it on his two-trip sea voyage 
going to and coming from Staten Island every day. 
He .say.s it makes him dizzy. 

Ask Herman Mueller why he was made a member 
of the Put-and-Take Club. Herman will answer 
"choanocytes". Look it up folks. 

.\iui Schafer is colleiting lamps. \\ C tmderstand 
she is walking around the house all night with 
a n<'w sun lamp. Says it's a cold, but Ann likes 
biscuits. 



E. B. A. MEMBERSHIP CARDS 



FROM OUR SCRAPBOOK 
'Well Done Is Better Than Well Said" 



Very shortly you will receive via the mail cards 
which are being issued to all members of the E.Fi..\. 
Printing and (list ril)ut ion of these cards was decided 
upon at a recent meeting of the Directors of the 
E.B.A. It is felt that they will sup|)ly a nnich needed 
means of identification for the members of this 
organization. Steps are al.so l)eing taken to |)rovide 
another u.se for them and complete information on 
tills, we hope, will be reaily for vou in the .\pril issue 
of the Crapevine. 



THE GRAPEVINE 



§>t. ]patrirk mxh titr Jrtalt 



RICHARD HOLLAND 



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Aliniist twi) tlidi siiul ycniv liiivc passed since the 
Kedeemer t>f inaiikiiid aseeiuled to liis lieav(>nly 
Inline from tlie Mount of ()li\-es; and on that oc- 
casion He addressed tlie followini; words to liis 
disciples: "tio ye forth and teach all nations." 
Nearly five hundred years after, the Master addres- 
sed the same words to a lowly shp])herd hoy on the 
dreary hut beautiful hillsides of Ireland. That 
lowly shepherd was none other than the saintly 
Patrick, the future redeemer of the Irish race. 

l^itrick is honored in e%-<'rv land under the sun on 
March 17th as the apostle of Ireland. It is an un- 
dying name, i)louj;hed into the history of three 
continents. I.ookintr back acro.ss the centuries, we 
.see the youthful Patrick herding his .sheep, for he 
was a captive and a slave. Patrick was not an 
Irislunan; he was brought to Ireland by the Pirate 
King Niall from the coast of France. He later 
escajjed to his native land and from there jeurneyed 
to Rome resolved to bring Christianity back to the 
Irish whom he learned to love with a dee|) devotion. 
On his arrival in the Eternal City after due i>repara- 
tion he laid the matter before the supreme Pontiff, 
Pope Celestine, from whom he receivetl in the year 
132 .\. D. his commission to evangelize Ireland. 

.\gain we find him in Ireland, this time, instead of 
the sheiiherds crook, he carries the Crozier of a 
Bishop. He thought and workeil in heroic mould 
and his achievements were on a giant scale. He 
transformed that island from an abode of paganism 
to a land of Saints and Scholars. Ireland, in the 
years that followed, won for itself the jiroud title of 
the "University of Euroj)e." Tapers of learning 
were lighted thnaighout the land and students from 
all jiarts of tlie known world journeyed to this 
isolated western isle. The Irish Monks were keen 
.students of the classics. When their wanderlust 
took them across the seas they founded schools 
tlu^oughotit the continent of Europe. They kept the 
.sacred flame of learning in a blaze, the reflection of 
which can still be .seen in the institutions of l(>arning 
in EuroiK- to tlii-s day. 

But lo, in the distance hovered the dark clouils of 
persecution which were soon to overtake this happv 
peoi)le; long and much they suffered as a, result of 
their d<'votion to the teachings of St. Patrick which 
pn-pared them for the long and tedious journey 
they were destined to pursue. With the freedom of 
religious worship banned at home, the Irish nobility 
with their inherent marshal spirit cro.ssed the- seas 
an<l distinguished them.selves in the armies of 



Europe during tile .seventeenth and eighteenth 
centuries, making the Irisli name illustrious on all 
its battlefields, "For on far foreign fields from 
Dunkirk to Belgrade lie tiie soldiers and ciiiefs of the 
Irish Brigade." 

.\nd now a new hope tlawns in the great land of the 
west, the smoldering fire that was lighted by Patrick 
blazed anew and the Irisli exile knelt and jirayed 
without molestation. But this new jieace, and 
freedom was soon to bo threatened, hut patriots 
arose and denounced the decrees of the tyrant; 
jirominent amongst them were the Irish exiles and 
their .sons, sevent(>en of whom signed the Declaration 
of Independeni-e. Tiiey shan-d Washington's 
sufferings at \'alley Forge and cheered his victory at 
Yorktown. High on the roll of fame are such names 
as: Brig. Gen. Richard Montgomery, the first to fall 
in battle; Commodore John Barry, father of the 
.\niericaii Navy; Gen (Mad) .\ntiiony Wayne; Gen. 
Movlan, Major Sullivan, who fought and won the 
first battle of the Revolution, Generals Stuart, 
Knox, Thomp.son, Irvine, Hand, Stark, Butler, 
Molly Pitcher the heroine of Monmouth and Count 
Dillon wiio commanded tlie I'reiich at ^'orktown 
were all Irish. 

.\gain in 1861 tli<' green Hag of St. l';itiick is seen 
(lying alongside the Stars aiul Stripes over the 
legions of Meagher and Corcoran. .Vn English 
observer at th(> battle of l''redericksburg writes 
thus: "'Jsovcr at Fontenoy, at .Mbuera, or at 
\\'at(Tloo, was more undoubted courage displayed 
by the .sons of Erin than during tho.se .six frantic 
dashes whi(;h they directed against the almost im- 
pregnable position of their foe. The bodies, which lie 
in den.se masses within forty yards of the muzzles of 
Colonel Walton's guns are the best evidence of what 
manner of men they were who pre.sseil on to death 
with the <launtlessness of a race wiiich has gained 
glory on a thousand battle-fields." 

\"eiy trul>' Colon(>l Donovan calltul Father Duffv 
the real Colonel of the (i9th Regiment and he might 
have added "A true disciple of St. Patrick." Who 
can read of Aisne-Marne, St. Miliiel, and Meusf- 
.\rgonne, without thinking of the fighting priest and 
such others as Donovan, McCoy, Meany, .\iuler.son 
anil Moynalian. Theirs was the faith and courage 
preached by Patrick on the hill of Tara fifteen 
hundred years ago, and it was tiie faith of ^^'aslling- 
ton as he knelt at Valley Forge. Let it continue to 
be oiu-s, that "The Star Spangled Banner in triumpli 
may wave o'rc the land of the free and to hnme of 
the brave." 



THE GRAPEVINE 



March 



Withheld From the Press 



Out: piece of news that surely will not appear in 
jjiess releases on the new Panda (Iroup in Asiatic 
Hall is one about the many trials and tribulations of 
.loe Guerry. Before the last "Okay" is f;iven and 
the glass fitted on a new exhibit, many things occur. 
Joe has been working on the Panda (Jroup for some 
time and there is a general feeling that he may be 
left in the ease for general effect when it is sealed up. 
Last week Joe was way up in the mountains in the 
left hand corner of the grouj) |)utting a finishing 
tou<'h on an unruly bamboo stalk and completely 
hidden from view when two venturesome visitors 
got behind the screens and gazed at the group. 
"It's lousy!" said one. "I could do better with 
my watercolor set and my eyes blindfolded." The 
other one looking more carefully and .sensing danger 
.Slid, "I think it looks unusually lifelike and wliats 
more I could swear I just saw .something move!" 
That's all Joe heard for by then his bare face was 
hanging out and the two had hurriedly left for less 
active exhibits. There's a little bit of the whim.sey 
about Cuerry. "I was riding North to i)aint the 
background for the mii.><k(g swamp" .starts I'red 
Ma.son. I'"rom then on the dignity of our Museum 
artist was lo.st for Fred had trouble with a bull 
Moose. It seems the "guide" was not a guide but 
a "hoss-wrangler" and didn't have a gun. And it 
seems that when tlicy saw that old Moose staring 
them in the face Fred to.s.scd his .4.") to the "guide" 
and .started to take pictures. "The old fellow came 
towards us tho', circling around and making funny 
grunting noi.ses but I ju.st kept taking jnctures." 
said Fred. "As he came nearer we both realized 
that something was wrong and the guide yelled out, 
'Let's get out of here, he thinks you're a she.!' 
I didn't think I looked much like a cow Moose, but 
if tiie hi. 11 thought I did that was enough for me, 
and we turned around and raced away with that 
Moose hot on my trail. The guide couldn't shoot 
him because 1 was between him and the Moose. 
But when the Moo.se got up to windward of me he 
must have smelled turpentine and oil i)aints for he 
stopi)ed short and beat it off just as fa.st as he'd 
come!" 

I'^red .says the rea.son why it took him five shots to 
kill his Moo.se was becau.se the guides have a ruling 
all their own. ^'ou fire one shot ai-ross his bow to 
slop him, one across his st(-rn to keep him there and 
and the rest to kill him. AKso Fred .says that the 
tlraix'vine got the fish story wrong. The salmon he 
shot may have been si)awning but it was a "dog- 
■salmon" and bit him first. 

Last Fall, Gardell Christensen, Perry \\'ils()n and 
George Petersen were out in the Grand Canyon 
Camp on the Yellowstone River to collect some 



grizzly bear for the North .\incrican Hall. "Chris" 
tells us that they had to wait three days to shoot 
grizzlies although they .saw them every day. l'"or 
the tourist the bears are allowed in the Cam)) to eat 
from the refuse |)ile while the tourist .sea.son was still 
on. Now if the Mii.s<'um representatives had shot 
a bear that was placidlx' eating before an awed group 
of tourists it would have brought di.sgrace indeed 
ui)()n our heads. Imagine some jM-rson in later 
years standing before the grizzly group turning to 
a companion and saying, "I saw them shoot that 
bear while eating from a garbage |)ile'" The first 
bear they saw was the night that Chris and (!corg<' 
had found excitement at the General Store and 
on their way home noticed in-ojilc running down the 
street with a grizzly in hot pursuit. They hurri(>(i 
back to their cabin to tell Perry \\'il.son about it, for 
Perry had never been West before, and after 
awakening him they peeked out of the cabin door 
which they had closed in a hurry, f(<r the bear was 
five feet away and looking in their direction. All this 
may lead you to believe that oiu' friends had an 
unlucky trip but a beautiful grouj) of four grizzlies 
are being mounted now thanks to Chris, Peter and 
George. And in all they had a much more com- 
fortable time of it than did Chris on his Alaskan 
goat-hunting expedition unpublished incidents of 
which will he in the (Irai)cvine in the next i.ssue. 



SWING 

We realize that swing is the pojiular rhythm of this 
age — but the C!rai)evine would like to call to the 
attention of all its readers that there is a time and 
a place for <"\('rything, and swing do(\s not belong to 
revolving doors. If >()u were to .stand at the subway 
entranc<' to the Museum of a morning and watch the 
peo|)le coming through the turn.stiles and the re- 
volving doors, out" fact would .soon become apparent . 
Th(> majority .seem to Ix" interested in getting 
through .said doors as fast as jw.s.sible, and they never 
stop to look back to se(> how long it is before the 
person immediately after them has to wait before 
he dares to vetiture through. Just a gentle push will 
cause the.se doors to turn, and if they are giv(>n a 
really hard turn the next person going through is 
((uite likely to get his ankle or elbow caught, and 
a nasty bruise results. Courtesy and thought fulness 
are still appreciated in this world, and w(- ask you 
to join our campaign for slower motion for revolving 
doors. Think it over, and we are sure you will 
agree with us. 



1939 



THE GRAPEVINE 



Non-Scientific Discoveries 



We :trc not merit ittniiifi any names l)ut would tlie 
initials II.O. mean anytliinK when connected witli 
tlie following story? It seems that due to tlie wear 
and tear on the cement in front of tlie hasement 
elevator landinj;, orders were ^iven to have it re- 
e<>m<'nted. .lust as one of the masons was jiuttiii}; 
the finisliinf; touches to this masterpiece some one 
playfully inserted a iienny in the still-soft cement. 
You've no idea how much fun could he hail hy 
ohservinft how many unsus))ectinj; peoiile Ix-nt down 
to try to pick up this lowly coin. .\nd did they feel 
silly when they realizcil it was firmly anchored. 

Hut lo! the other inorniii}; it disaiipcarcd and 
while we're not actually mentioning any names do 
you supiiose n.O. really did \ny it loose? 

If yon want to meet Imixv (Irandpop, pi to the 
Mail Desk and ask for Mr. John McCraw. 

For the iiifonnation of Mikr Beetli "DinKh at to" 
in (iaelic means "I understand" 

This is printed as a fjcntle reminder, and is for the 
cars and eyes of Dr. Andrews alone. We have been 
a.skedto remind him that March 17th is St. Patrick's 
Day, and it would he b(-st for him to leave his car at 
home. It will save time and trouble. 

\N'e have often wondered why M(\ssers. Sommer- 
ville, Pliillburn and .loyce \\<rc rummaging around 
the large waste cans at the incinerator every 
morning, and now we lunc the answer stamp 
collecting!! (Page the hobby hounds.) 

Recently at one of the usual three o'clock gather- 
ings of the attendants down at the cafeteria, where 
everything is discussed from photography to the 
Einstein theory, the subject under discussion hap- 
pened to be the well known E.B.A. and during 
a heated argument over E.B.A. activities the S|)ring 
Dance was mentioned. One of the attendants 
turned to Bernie Moore and in all sincerity asked 
him, "Did you ever attend one of our E.B.A. 
dances?" I'or a minute Bernie looked at him, and 
then in a very dignified manner replied, "Young 
man, if it means anything to you, I am the jircsident 
of the E.B.A.!" 

Mrs. E<lwanl Ross, the former Ethel Olsen of the 
Department of Entomology, is now the jiroud 
mother of Beverly. Congratulations may also be 
sent to (Irandpa (Jlsen who has been going around 
with a smile which is completely incMadicable. 

Our writer who .so generously contributed the 
article about the Patron Saint of Ireland informs us 
that his name is H-0-I,-I.-A-N-D and not Ilowland, 



as apjicarcd in the last issue of the (Irapeviiic, and 
furthermore, the dollar rcw;ird he icccived for 
returning the .S 1 oO.OO he fomid was NOT a I'.S. 
dollar at all, but a Canadian dollar and he received 
only 9Sc at the present rate of exchange. Sorry 
about tiie typographical error, Dick, but we <'an't 
do anything about the !)8e-dollar. 

W (' are not mentioning any names, but we wish 
to offer as the latest of "l''amous Last Wortls" the 
following: "I wouldn't be so particular only this is 
for the Director". 

By the WAV, if you read your New ^'orkcr, b(> sure 
to look ill till' issue for March 4th. In the "Profile" 
section of that issue is a very nice write up about our 
Dr. I'"raiik Chapman. \\'rite-ups like this only 
confirm our ojiinion, which we have always had, 
that he is a pretty fine man. 

Notice: E. Thomas Gilliard is the proud author 
of his first American Museum Novilalcs, No. lOUi, 
on ".'1 Siw Race of GrUaria excclsa frntii Vcmzucln." 



BUY SELL OR EXCHANGE COLUMN 



// Ikis Ixcn siiggixicd lo us thai tncuiy .\fiis(iniiites 
liun <irlicl(!< of siindni and varied tiaturr that tliri/ 
iroiilil lilci lo sill or i xcliniigc for sotiK thing ilsr. Too 
laic ire ourselves have heard of an offer that ire would 
have been glad lo act on, if only we had known aboul it. 
Therefore ur have determined to do something about it. 
ff any Museum employee ivishcs to let his fellow work- 
ers Iniow of articles that he has, or knows of, which are 
nvailnhle we shall be glad lo publish it in this column, 
Tlie (Irapevine goes lo press on the third of each month, 
and all notices which arc to be inserted should reach 
the editor not later than that date. Simply send i/our 
information to The ICditor, (Irapevine, and we will 
take care of Ihe rest. 

As the first offerings for our column, we present: 



All KLIX'THOIAX lUCFKJICRATOR, in good roiulitioii. 
Any roasonahlc pxchanye will be consitlorpd, altlioii^h the 
owner [ircatly <lp,<iros to aiciuire a riarinct for it if possible. 
Owner is in neetl of the spaee so even if clarinet is not available, 
he is willing to eonie to an agreetnent W M I' The (Irapevine. 



\ THII'Or). with ease, in cxeellent eondition. All offers 
considcr«l. l-.W.t". The Grapevine. 



W.W'TED: To \Uiy. a ear in |U!00<l eondition, sedan or 
eoui)C, not earlier tliaii l!i:{ I model. \.C The ( iraimvine. 



THE GRAPEVINE 



March 



Hobbies Meet 



Tlii.-< is just auotlirr one of tliosc (x-casions wlicii 
\\f liavc to call upon tliat most ot)li<;iii>; Hard of Avon 
to liclp us out. ^\'(• arc concerned at jiresent with 
llie <|uestion of wlietlier the tliiiifjs that Shakespeare 
has saitl about greHtn<'ss can not also he applied to 
hohbics. Are we horn with hol)hies? Here is 
a problem which we painfully admit will have to l)e 
reserved for a future number of the Grapevine. 

Do we a<'quiro hobbies? An overw helming "yea" 
drives this (pie-stion completely out of discussion. 
Do we have hol)bies thrust u])0!i us? Believe it or 
not we do — and here is an example. 

Mr. Hermann Muller of world wide repute as 
a profes>ional glass blower, has allowed his kintlly 
and heli)ful dis|)osition to so far get the better of 
iiini that he lias become an involuntary hobbyist. 
I lis hobby is re|)airing damagi-d and broken glass- 
ware and, while it is far from our intention to burden 
Mueller with extra work, it must be admitted that 
he can nieiid anything from a leaky whisky l)ottle to 
a glorified radiolarian. When you inadvertently 
droj) a ))recious vase on the floor, don't ciu'se your 
luck, .hist give a sigh of relief and say to yourself, 
•'Muller will fix it for me". 

Among many w\\ interests now fermenting in the 
Museum, is a wide-spread dis|)o.sition on the part of 
hobbyists to organize hobby clubs. Of these, t he- 
one that has received th<' greatest impetus so far is 
an amateur camera club whicii is more concerned 
with i)romoting jJiotography as an insi)iring social 
pastime than as a stepping stone toward a future 
career. Pr<>iiminary steps toward founding a well- 
organized amateur chib for both still and motion 
picture enthusiasts are now underway an<l in the 
following column Mr. I.ouis Monaco will tell you of 
the plans for the dub. 

We have discovered several devotees of the 
ancient "game of kings" —chess, to you - namely. 
Max Wagner, Michael I'owers, I.ouis Monaco and 
.Jean \\ ie<l( nier. 'l")i( y are anxio\is to round uj) ail 
Kindred Mu.M-um .s<!uls who injoy tlii- age-old game 
of wit and tenacity. 

Another organization, still in the germ stage, is 
a stamj) club. Since there are so many stamp col- 
lectors in the Mu.-icum, such a ch.b might be said to 
exist already in theory if not in fact. It only re- 
mains to band them together ;ind this is what 
Kdward liunis and Hinuiy Southwi<-k would very 
much like to do. 

Cn-tting away from clubs and back once more to 
IH-rsonalities, let us conclude this column with 
a sidelight on the artistic life of Lucy Clausen, 
which we felt should not be kept from public 
knowledgi- any longer. Be it known, then, that 
Lucy's concerns are not entirely wrapped uj) in 



insect.-. She has bei-oinc a skillful silversmith and 
has thus proved her metal outsidi' of entomological 

firl,]. 



AMERICAN MUSEUM EMPLOYEES' 
CAMERA CLUB 

.Vt last steps for forming ••in amateur camera <-lub, 
i-omposetl of Museum employees with professional 
photographers excepted, have Iwen taken and the 
preliminary |)hascs of organizing are out of the way. 
The club is still in the formative stage, however, so 
all (Muployees who are •■amera or motion picture 
enthusiasts and who wish to learn the whys and 
w herefors of photography are invited to join. 

The credit for forming this club, it would seem, 
does not belong to any one individual or group of 
individuals, becau.se for years many employees have 
discussed and advocated .-in amateur camera club. 
Hut in the i)a.st .sev(>ral weeks ui)ward of thirty em- 
ployees took part in discus-ions on this sul)je<'t, at 
one time or another, disclosing the fact that interest 
in em])loyees wanting to learn more about |)hoto- 
graphy was excei)tion;dly keen and that sometliing 
-liould be done about it. So a few of the more rabid 
camera bugs took the initiative, wrote up and adopt- 
ed a constitution, elected officers and the. ncce.s.sjiry 
committees were ajipointeil. A formal notice wa.s 
not practicable imtil all this neccssitry i)reliminary 
work was out of the way, so if you happen to be one 
of the ailvocators of a camera club and did not know 
anything about wliat was going on, don't feel 
slighted, we just didn't want to go off half-cocked. 

Tiiere will be an exhibit in the Hrd I'loor Corridor 
of the .School Service Building, Ix'ginning Marcir21s1, 
for about two weeks. This represents the unpre- 
meditated ofTering> of some of the Club Members. 
If you think you can offer better prints, you certainly 
should be a mcmljer of the Club, .so come along and 
join! 

Till Olliar.": Walter I". Meister, President 

Wayne M. I'aunce, \ ice PivsidenI 
Ceorge L. .">chroth. Treasurer 
Louis Monaco, Secretary 

'/'/(( hiiriifiri < tiiiiinilli i : 

.lean Wiedemer 
Irene 1'. Cypher 
.John R. Saunders 
Stephen L. Kla.ssen 
.lohn Orth 



1939 



THE GRAPEVINE 



Sports Pao;e 



BOWLING: 

FollowiiiK the mooting, roport(>(l olsowlioro in tliis 
issue, Iwolvo of the boys jounioy<'(l nj) to Thompson's 
Alloys and ])n)coodotl to sliow their ability (and 
inability) to down the ovasi\c 'pins'. Tho Print 
Shop, represent cd by two teams, made aTi impressive 
showing, beating tlu- ofiiee workers in a challenge 
game. The challenge came after liernard Moore 
scored that 208! The boys thougiit they had 
something there but, alas, 'twas to no avail. Tho 
Bowling team is now fairly well organized and, with 
the election of officers etc., the select itm of definite 
t(>ams, and a little more pracitiee, shoulii present 
a team good enough for outside games by next 
soa.son. Thos<> of you who do not bowl such a good 
game should not bo timid about showing out to the 
games. Many of tho.so on the ])re.sont teams, as the 
scoro.s will show, are far from (-xjjort and most of 
them have a lot to learn before they will bo export. 
Now, fellows, if you roally want .some good, clean 
fun with regular follows, get in touch with Mr. R(-rg 
anil arrange for a place in the line-u(). 

Wo are still waiting to hear from the girls. How about 
it Girls? A little bowling is groat for that girlish 
figure. Mrs. Bron.son is trying to got a team to- 
gether. Please call her and lot's see you go after tho 
men. (Confitlentally, the boys are ea.sy to take ov(>r) 

The following are the bowling scores from our 
first mooting. 

OPEN GAMIi MATCH 



Team No. 1 

U. Uiiof J. r(M)k .1. MrCoriiiurk K. H<r- Totals 

Ibl (laiiR- IL'2 lis 171 i:?t .')».-) 

2ud " 127 ll.'> ItiO \M> XiS , 

:{ril •• 17S 101 127 10!n .'yji 



















1657 










Tc 


am N 


o. 2 






A. 


lla.l<lon 


1! 


Lewis J. 


Schmitt 1'. Cariu'.v 


Totals 


l.>l (iaiiic 


i:{' 


> 




129 




148 


IM 


.•)»;:< 


I'lid " 


1(19 




111 




IJ2 


142 


.■■>74 


:ird ■ 


1.-) 






121 




lis 


13S 


.■)t>4 




1701 




I). 


CaKg 


ana H. 


am N 


o. 1 
.1. 


Srhmitt 






I.ewit. 


T-.tal- 


l.st C;aiiR- 




•12 






107 




i:n 


:i:{0 


2ml •• 




1 .■>(■. 






ins 




1110 


4. VI 


:5r.l ■■ 




sr, 






i:m 




201 


421 


Itl. •■ 




l.V) 






III 




l.V.t 


423 


.-)tli " 




117 






lOS 




ISO 


40o 




2033 










r< 


am N 


o. 2 








r. 


J).itT\ 




I'. 


C'ariu 


.V A 


lla<l<loi> 


Totals 


1>I Caini- 




III ' 






i.->o 




12.-> 


:f!t2 


2iul •■ 




100 






127 




127 


3()0 


:{r<l ■• 




112 






i:m 




i:m 


3S0 


4tl. ■■ 




i:{.-. 






i:{N 




i:sti 


409 


.-)tl, 




121 






I7li 




MS 


443 



1986 



ICE SKATING: 

'i'his sjjort, evidently, has gone tho way of all 
s))orts. It's season .seems to be definitely closed. 
Old Man Winter, weakening from ago, no longer has 
the strength to freeze the ice. Wo suspect tho rink 
will soon give way to 

TENNIS: 

This s])()rt, which seemed, |)rior to the formation 
of the bowling club, to be the biggest attraction for 
the athletic minded, will blossom anew in a few 
weeks. We hoi)e you all have your raquots readj-. 
If not, don't forget to tune them up. Last year the 
growth of the sport doubled the demand for the 
court and wo b(>lievo that this <()ming season will 
bring even greater demands. 

DARTS: 

The boys in the power hou.se are going groat guns 
with their now Dart Board. It .seems a couple of the 
follows, we won't mention any names, got their 
eyes on tho high numbers and made their 26 in two 
trios. Sooooo, they changed the board and raised 
the score to 28. Now a coui)le of them seem to have 
found the secret of that, too. Mr. Todd, a Iittl(> off 
this past week or so, seems to be hlf)\\ing up. 
George Tauber, either disgu.stod or having a touch of 
inferiority com])lex, has temporarily dro|)ped out. 
Vou should try to get a dart board for practice. 
It really is an exciting game, when |>la>((l in 
earnest. 

BILLIARDS: 

Nothing has been said so far about the games that 
go on in the machine shop pool tournament. (Or 
hasn't it reached the tournament stage yot'O W(> 
are not able to ])resent any .scores or information 
relative to tho merits of tho many ])layers for this 
is.suo. However, we hope to bo able to aiuiounco 
some real news of this world famous sport for April. 

BADMINTON: 

As .soon as the court in the Planetarium has been 
cleared, Badminton will once more coiiu! in its own 
in tho Museum. I.,ack of si)ace for .storing some 
collections made it necessary to cover uj) tho court 
but we are assured that it will not be long bofonr 
this harrier to the siiuttic cock fans will be rcmo\-e(l. 

CHECKERS: 

Last issue a short item relative to this game was 
included in the sport columns. Tiiere .seems, how- 
ever, to be a little doubt as to wlietiier this is a .sport 
or a hobby. Perhaps .some of you folks can help us 
decide. It has been decided, though, to gatiicr 
together Ilie chess fans for a short discussion on the 
game. 



THE CRAPEViNE 



March 



BASEBALL: 

A lot of cliatfcr can be licartl tlicsc days relative to 
till' local American and National League teams. It 
seems there is considerable discussion on the part of 
Benjamin (drandpop McGraw) Connolly and Ben 
I'alvey in behalf of the National League gentlemen 
from tlie Polo (Irounds. Antiiony Cartossa, vainly 
rooting for the N.L. floorboards from Brooklyn, still 
says they can win a pennant. Even if they d<), 
such an ardent Yankee Rooter as Steve Murphy is 
quite confident that his hoys can re|)eat this year. 
All this leads us to the thought of forming our own 
team for the sake of a good time now and then. It 
shouldn't be hard to get talent in this great institu- 
tion with so many young fellows throughout the 
buildings. Surely there should be no obstacles in 
the way of getting a diamond. We suggest, before 
the season opens, those who care to |)lay baseball get 
togetlu'r and talk things over. Many recall in 
yesteryear when such men as Dr. .Antiiony, .lake 
ShroiM', John Schmitt, .Joe Connolly, Cliarles Lang, 
Fred Kessler, and Andy Johnstone were jjretty good 
at rei)re.senting the Mu.seum on the field. Perhaps 
tlie .\|)ril issue of the (irapevinc will sec tiie seeding 
of a good team for tiiis season. 

\\'e seem to iiave covered most of the activitii's in 
this line, but, since this colunui is prejiared on such 
little definite news, there ma>- have been some 
oveilooked. Please excuse the erior. Hcmember, 
we have another issue coming out on .\pril loth. 
The Editor is always glad to receive any news 
relative to scores, teams, club formations or plans 
etc. Drop licr a line whenever >'ou think of some 
item of interest, .""ilie'll take care of it and see that 
it's published. This latter item applies to any 
department of the (lrape\ine. .lokrs, inteicsting 
IK-rsonalities that ciop up from time to time, e.xtra- 
ordiiiai>' news items of any subject, some E.li..\. 
problem or tojiic for discussion, any of these can 
make good co|)y. That's what we have a pajier for, 
so let's all be s|)orts and cooperate with the staff 
in putting out a magazine to be proud of one tliat 
every emploxce will look forward to. 



CREDIT UNION NEWS 

I'"()ur new members were received in I'"ebruary, all 
of whom intend to build up substantial sliai'cs 
accounts. The total membership now is 2S0. The 
sum of fl, .')!(). SO was i)aid into shares during the 
month, a large proi)ortion of which was made u]> of 
small sa\ings; i.e., sums ranging from .2.") cents to 
.¥1.').(K) i)ut aside on pay day. This prailicc is 
exactly in line with true Credit I'nion polic\'. The 
Directors hope the practice, begun b\- a few, will 
become the hahil of inanv. 



KNOW YOUR CITY 

Every New ^'orker should know his or her own 
city- -how will he be able to take .Aunt Susan and 
liicle Ned around when they come to see the Fair, 
if he doesn't know where to start? We have the 
answer to the problem all .solved for you. Mr. Berg 
has informed us that he has about .")00 sets of tickets 
a\ailable which entitle the holder to reduced rates to 
.1 Radio City N.B.C. To\ir, a Television Tour at 
.N.B.C. Studios, a tour of the Observation Roofs at 
Rockefeller Center and a guided Tour through 
Rockefcllei- Center, and a visit to the Hall of Motion 
at the MM.setuii of Seienc(" and industry. Anyone 
who is interested in sec\n-ing the.se tickets may get in 
touch with Mr. Emil Berg for further details and 
for tickets. 



ODDS AND ENDS 

From Dick Cooke 

Dick sits where he can .see all that goes on in the 
IManetarium during the show and in this position he 
notices everything. Littl(> wonder the other day 
that he saw a man walking around and around 
apparently lost. The fifth time around the man 
stoppeti in front of his desk looked at him hopelessly 
and said, "How the II .. . do you get out of this 
catacomb?" 

Peggy Work goes him one better for she was asked 
by a very al.'irmed woin;ui for "the fastest way out of 
t his place." 

Won't those Planetarium guides look nice when 
that last signature is put on the recjuisition and the 
new uniforms ai'e ready. The coats will be dark blue 
double-breasted and the trousers will be pearl 
grey, silver stripes and silver buttons for high- 
lights. Women visitors Ix-warel 

Mrs. I'"\illcr who is near the meteorite called 
"Woman", due no doubt to it's .--liape, was indig- 
nantly askeil the other da\', "How in the worlil do 
\'ou determine it's sex?" 

The whole Planetarium was in a furor the other 
day beeau.se a woman called up and wanted to 
know how many moons travelled around the Earth. 
When Miss Lockwood told her, "One" she refu.sed 
to believe it for she had seen three! 



NOTICE 

Any of the members wishing to purchase 
Sporting Goods may take advantage of 
a 25' ; discount at A. G. Spalding & Bro. 
105 Nassau Street, N.Y.C. by mentioning 
the Museum Sports Department. 





Published by THE EMPLOYEES' BENEFIT ASSOCIATION 
OF THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 



VOL. II, No. 6 



APRIL, 1939 



PRICELESS 



More about Our Spring Fair Dance 



Before your eyes, ladies and gentlemen, is 
a photograph of the beautiful Lafayette 
phono-radio combination that someone is 
going to win next Saturday night at the 
Spring Fair Dance! 

What am I bid! What am I bid! Step 
right up and get your tickets for the dance 
and that little stub on the end entitles you 
to a chance on this marvelous 5-tube AC- 
DC superheterodyne radio and phonograph ! 

According to Emil A. Berg ticket sales 
are increasing by leaps and bounds. A few 
tickets have been returned from fellow- 
employees who are unable to attend, by 
virtue of the fact that they are away on 
expeditions and other Museum business. 
One note that came back with the tickets 
stated that "I hate to miss this grand get- 
together, but the imminence of Fatherhood 
forbids my attending." Well, being a fatlier 



is quite a strain, but anyway, we ho])e to see 
Mother and Dad and the off-spring at some 
future dance. 

Many members of our "Museum family" 
are buying extra tickets to increase their 
chances of winning the Door-Prize. That in 
itself is worth the ])rice of admission, and of 
course it is not necessary to be present at the 
actual drawing. As long as you see to it 
that your stub is deposited with the ticket 
committee before the drawing, your chances 
are as good as anyone's. 

The entertainment, which will start at 
10 o'clock sharp, begins with The Conti- 
nental Review, colorful, attractive and full 
of pep — Don Tranger, Novelty Instrument- 
alists, featured by "Believe It or Not 
Ripley" — The Skating Carters, whirlwind 
family on roller skates. And last but not 
least, Joe Keden's WOR orchestra will keep 
your feet tapping all evening. 



Lafayette 
Phono- Radio 




L>oor Prize 
At The Dance 



THE GRAPEVINE 



April 



Archaeological Discoveries 

The grapevine recently jirintcd :i brief excerpt 
from a Museum corrcsi)ondent's letter stating that 
he had "always looked up to Anthropologists and 
Archaeologists as half gods, half men" etc. That, of 
course, simjily means that he never saw us, covered 
with dust and sweat, wielding the i)ick and shovel, 
and in general behaving all too humanly. 

Through the years, however, there have been 
brought to our attention a long list of much more 
interesting discoveries, believe them or not. With 
malice towards none and with charity for all, allow 
me to mention just a few : 

There was, some time ago, the clergyman in New 
Brunswick who had found a whole buried city with 
])avcd streets, inlaid with mosaic d(\signs, carved 
writing etc. 

There was also the gentleman in St. Louis (a Yale 
graduate) who knew of a whole s^^stem of xmder- 
ground passages (catacombs as it were) lined with 
splendid buildings — in short, a great tmderground 
city. 

There was the lady in Arkansas who, endowed 
with second siglit, offered to tell us the exact i)lace 
where we could find Noah's Ark, still preserved. 
She asked only .110,000 for her services. 

Two or three years ago there was a Frenchman, 
formerly a resident of Pittsbvugh but then a maimcil 
ex-soldier in France — who for .$1.5,000 and exi)cnscs 
would come over to show some verj- ancient human 
foot prints somewhere in the Alleghany Mountains. 

More recently there was the gentleman in Port- 
land, Oregon, who for years had collected boulders 
of a certain foot-like shape from gravel deposits, 
both ancient and modern — boulders which he 
maintained were shoela.sts. 

Last year we were bombarded with letters and 
photos from two tliffercnt sources telling of the 



ANNUAL MEMBERS' DAY 

Not to be outdone by Clrover \\'halen, the- 
Museum is i)laniiing its annual Members' 
Visiting Day Ajjril 28th. ^^'ith many out-of- 
towners coming in for the opening of the 
World's Fair on the 30th, we can anticii)atc 
an even greater attendance than last year. 
It is an opportunity for many members who 
might not journey to New York for one day to 
.sec the Museum, to visit this institution. 
Elaborate i)lans are being made to afford them 
a ])leasant afternoon. 



THE GRAPEVINE 

EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor-in-Chief — Irene F. Cypher 

Advisory Board 

Wayne M. F.\rxcE W.\lter F. Meister 

George C. Vaillant 

Managing Board 

Edward A. Burns Frank A. Rinai.d 

George H. Childs .Jean Wiedemer 

Editorial Board 

LUCY W. CLAUSEN STEPHEN J. MURPHY 

CHARLES J. KERR HERMAN A. SIEVERS 

WARE LYNCH W. H. SOUTHWICK 

GEORGE TAUBER WILLIAM H. WRIGHT 

ED. WRISSENBERG 



discovery in New Hampshire and Massachusetts of 
several great stone structures erected, it was 
alleged, about the year 875 A. D. by certain Irish 
monks who were supposed to have been driven out 
of Iceland by the then arriving Xorse settlers. 

Yes and just the other day there was a column- 
length article in the New York ijajx-rs quoting the 
Scotsman who has just found some j)rimitive stone 
implements in Central Park which he declared were 
some 80,000 years old. 

I might go on, but the above may suffice to show 
what a Curator of Archaeology is constantlj' up 
against, and how some of the Museum's time, paper 
and stamps are spent. Some of the cases, not here 
mentioned, are even little short of tragic. But all 
have to be dealt with courteously because, for one 
thing, there is always the possibility that the finder 
really has something — if not actual si)ecimens, ])er- 
hai)s something more important to give away. For 
instance the archaeologist is always ready to accei)t 
a handout of cash. And that leads directly up to the 
last item. 

There is now a letter resting on my desk which has 
to do with the ever grand-and-glorious subject of 
treasure hunting. It is written in fine style by a hale 
and hearty Los Angeles man who has been a prospec- 
tor all his life and who is now eighty years old. He 
claims to have devised a delicat(> ai^paratus by means 
of which gold and other buried treasures can be 
located. The general idea is not new but this 
contrivance is unique. All you have to do is to 
unfold a map of the world on the table, go over it 
carefully with two pointers, attached by wires to 
the instrument, and when you hear a click, there's 
your trea.sure! You have onlj^ to journey to the 
s])ot and dig it out. If anyone is really interested 
the old gentlemen will cheerfully supply additional 
information. 



1939 



THE GRAPEVINE 



Non-Scientific Discoveries 



Joo Coniu^lly lias a ri'inarkahlc memory. He 
rcco<;iiizc'd himself as he looked twenty years ago 
in uniform (308 Field Artillery, Co. 3, Div. 78 to be 
explicit). As a due and just reward for this mental 
feat he has been offered a ten dollar bonus, which, of 
course, he promjjtly refused to accept (???). 

Dr. Harry Shapiro has recently been seen with an 
attractive cloth bag in which he carries his books. 
The question at issue is whether he is proud of the 
bag or ashamed of the books. 

The saying has always been "tell it to the Ma- 
rines". We have it on vcrj' good authority that on 
a beautiful moonlight night, on a steamer chugging 
along in the China Sea, Don Carter not only told it 
to the Marines, but took it from them. "Ahem" — 
four aces, Don. 

We suggest that j'ou visit the Cafeteria some 
afternoon and listen to some of the members of the 
Camera Club. Probably by September they will be 
having an exhibit in Education Hall, just to give 
other people something to live up to. 

Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Wallace are now a "three- 
some". The blessed event arrived at 10:30 A. M. on 
Sunday, March 28th. Mother and daughter 
Catherine are doing very well, — also Pat. His many 
friends in the Museum send their congratulations 
and best wishes. 

Have you seen the Editor-in-Chief of the Grape- 
vine in that eyeblinding shirtwaist made according 
to the best gyp.sy traditions? Oh boy, it's a knock- 
out. 

Shoidd you in your wanderings through Central 
Park chance upon a person busily engaged examin- 
ing refuse cans or looking on or under seats, don't 
say to yourself "Poor soul". Why? Because it 
might be Adrian Ward in search of emptj' Planter's 
peanut bags. These he exchanges for stamps and 
it is his proud boast that bj- this means he will 
eventuallj- amass the best stamp collection in the 
Museum. Isn't this a "nutty" way of collecting 
stamps? 

'Tis said that Jimmj' MeKeon not only owns but 
also plays a cornet. Let us hope that the i)itch of 
the instrimient will not be out the window. 

Bob Stitzel is giving noon time automobile driv- 
ing lessons to some of the Museum gals. See Bob in 
person for appointments. We cannot tell just how 
long }-ou will have to wait- you know these Don 
Juans! ! 



A very impressive lecture was given recently in 
the auditorium for the benefit of school children. 
The subject was "Foods Around the World". 
Slides showed different iiarts of the world and the 
foods cultivated there. After a time one little boy 
whispered to the boy next to him, "Bet'cha all those 
countries get their cats where we get ours! "Where's 
that?", asked the other little boy. "Down the block 
from our house, in the A & P". 

The jjaint shop seems to run to things decorative 
these days. Al Bell is very much interested in 
things oriental. George Coughlin has a year one 
washing machine, which he .says he is going to lend 
to the World's Fair. 

The other day a woman called up "Don't call me 
Charlie" Howard Curran and wanted to sell him an 
Egyptian scarab. "I'm sorry" said the bugologist, 
"but the market is pretty low on scarabs, and besides 
we don't buy them". "I'm .sorry too", said the 
Ladj',"I bought it in Cairo and it is supposed to be 
unlucky — I've had terrible luck ever .since I bought 
it — won't you take it"! "No", said Howard, "send 
it to the Metropolitan, we've had a tough time too. 
Don't wish anything like that off on us. Goodbye". 
(Is that a nice way to treat ])eople or is it?) 

Patty O'Grady got five dollars, with the able 
assistance of John Larson, the other day. Ask him 
about it some day. Such information can always 
be u.sed. 

They tell us that the other day a loud squeek was 
heard, and when the noi.se was traced to its sources 
what do you think it was — Chubby Contessa's shoes 
doing a dance! 

Sherman Voorhees, our advertising tycoon, spent 
a few uncomfortable days in the New York Hosintal 
last week. Early reports were to the effect that he 
was in for an appendectomy which later i)roved 
a false rumor. Now that lie is back with us again 
it seems his only contribution is to the new Photo- 
graphic Club in the form of a beautiful jucture of 
a liver. 

Herman Sievers tells us that his annual visits from 
the religious woman have been renewed again this 
year. She feels that his snakes should be kept 
within the fold and donates fresh filets of fish for 
their u.se during Lent — and we are serious. 

Members of the Camera Club are by no means 
infallible. Take Jean Wiedemer for instance — we 
understand she received the disappointment of her 
photographic life recently when noi cvvri one teeny 
little picture out of a whole role of film turned out. 



THE GRAPEVINE 



April 



THOSE CHRISTMAS GIFTS 

Out in Tuscaloo.sa a ilcvotcil liu.sband the otlicr 
day, .smoked up the last cigar of a box of fifty, wliich 
liis loving wife gave him for Christmas. Then he 
ki.ssed her goodbye, and was hauled away in an 
ambulance to a sanitarium, where he is now i)ass- 
ing his last days in a erif ical condition. 

Which merely goes to show, to what length a 
husband, who loves his wife will go to please her. 
It also shows the deleterious effects which rojies have 
on the system of mere male, who lias been accustom- 
ed to smoking cigars. 

Many a man would have distributed these 
"cigars" among his enemies, where they would have 
done the most harm. But not so with this model 
husband from Tuscaloo.sa. Day after day, he sat 
.smoking himself to death, suffering unt(jld agonies, 
to prove that he loved the dear little woman, who 
bought him his Chri.stmas present, with his own 
money. Yea, he sat there enveloped in a great fog, 
which smelled to high heaven like .skunk cabbage 
and burning leather, and with watering eyes and 
a choking voice assured his little helpmate: "Mary, 
my beloved, these cigars have the fragrance of 
roses and violets." Proving, that a man can be not 
only a cheerful liar, but a cheerful lover as well. 
P.S. The dear little woman is now knitting a tic 
for his next Christmas. 



SPEEDING THE GUESTS' 
DEPARTURE 

8ome sen.sitivc guests go home after the host 
stret<;hes gently. Others need a yawn or two. 
Winding a wri.st watch or setting the thermometer 
sends most of them away. A pointed remark about 
getting down to the office early disposes of all but 
the most determined. Occasionally you are obliged 
to go upstairs and go to bed while your wife makes 
the best of the adieus; and thus you not only gain 
some sleep but .some prestige as an eccentrii — try it 
the next time vou need this tvpe of counsel. 



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MUSIC HATH CHARMS 

Pleast! don't be alarmed one of these days if you 
suddenly hear dulcet tones floating through Akeley 
Hall — the exhibits have not actually come to life. 
No, this is what it's all about — 

A new de])arture in tlic interpretation of tiie 
dramatic antl strikingly life-like habitat groui)s in its 
various halls, will be inaugurated on Monday, 
April 10th when the Museum starts the first of 
a series of experiments in music, under the direction 
of Dr. Charles Ru.s.sell, Curator of its Department 
of Education. So far, tiirough its exhibits, the 
Museum has ai)pealed mainly to the eye, hut now, 
with the ac(iuisition of recordings of various types of 
native and background music, as well as animal and 
bird calls, the Muscimi will be ai)le to a|)peal to the 
ear as well. 

The first of tliis series of experiments with music 
will be staged tiiroughout Easter W'eck iti Ak(>ley 
African Hall. The program includes mu.sic and 
dances of the Congo as well as the sounds that 
accompany life in the jungle. The music sch(>dule 
for African Hall will be divided into three daily 
l.'j-minutc periods starting at 3 o'clock in tiie 
afternoon. 

An interesting ex])eriment in interpretive back- 
ground music will be jiresented in the Dino.saur 
Halls during the week of A]>ril 16th. For the first 
time in history, the Thunder Lizard and other 
creatures of the Nightmare Era will api)ear against 
a musical setting in keejjing with their times. 
Other exhibits which will he set to music during .\pril 
and May include the Mexican Hall, Indian Halls, 
and tiie Hall of the Birds of tiie World. 



JUST QUESTIONS 

We sometimes bow our heads in deepest lumiility 
when we realize what the. school-teacliers have to 
])ut up with. .loim Saunders had a slight ta.st(; 
recently- of tiie wit and brilliance of the streamlined, 
1939 schoolehild. In a class on Rocks and Minerals 
he pointed out with some care, the fact that the 
precious metals are not found in any great abundance 
around N(>w York City. Wiiereupon, one bright 
little o])timist in the class suddenly raised his hand 
in i)rotest. Drawing himself up to iiis full lieigiit of 
four and one-half feet, the wouid-l)e f'red .Allen 
dryly remarked, "Izzat so? Well, (!old is where you 
find it, every cloud has a .silver lining, and Tij)])}', 
Tippy 'Tin'." ^^'e are told that John went around 
with a peculiar glazed look in his eyes for the rest of 
the day. Incidently, the ixst way to get a rise out 
of Mr. Saiuulers these da>s is to ask liini wliat lie 
thinks of talking dogs. 



1939 



THE GRAPEVINE 



Withheld From the Press 



"We Are In Alaska Now" 

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Benjamin Clark, Miss 
Abhcv T. Kcsscl, Mr. John I>ynian and Mr. (Jardcll 
Dano Christ (Miscii (Chris to us) and Mr. Joscjjh M. 
Guorry (Joe to us) went to Alaska for the Museum 
in 1937 to collect specimens of Rocky Mt. Goat 
(Oreamnos americanus to us) for the new North 
American Hall. Mr. Clark wrote what he calls 
a doggrel diary during the trip; beautified it on 
his return by naming it "We Are In Alaska Now" 
and published it jirivatcly for the members of the 
expedition and friends. He has given The Grape- 
vine his permission to print parts of it for the enjoy- 
ment of the Employees of the Museum. We are 
sure that this will be a welcome addition to "With- 
held from the Press" for these amusing sidelights to 
a Museum exi)edition are rarely made public. 



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AS WE SAILED FROM KETCHIKAN 

From Seattle town we made our start 

At nine they told us we should depart 

But we never started till four P. M. 

Because of the worthless Longshoreman. 

Forty pieces of baggage and rods and guns 

Filled up to the ceilings our small staterooms. 

We found ourselves in the oldest boat 

That in annals of seafare been known to float 

But Alaska's wonders soon were seen 

While Beebee fell for a tall Marine. 

All day and night it rained, and how, 

But we sang — "We are in .-Maska now"! 

For our hearts were high, as the deck we i)aced, 

For we dreamed not then what we had to face! 

Two days we sailed in fog and rain 

And at eve to Ketchikan we came. 



We found our Captain, and found ovir boat, 
.'-!() snugly moored to an oil dock float, 
We found her tidy and snug and trim. 
And we slept midst the odors of Ketchikan. 

But we pulled out in a ro.sy dawn 
And from that day forth our fight was on. 
Our Captain, he was a mariner bold; 
He feared not ice, and he feared not cold. 
He started at four, bj' the "Westward" clocks 
And he taught his boat to climb the rocks; 
For we found a friend and we found a man 
When we picked up our Captain at Ketchikan. 
Our chef was Jack, and our cabin boy Ed, 
Who found grandpa Crochcty over his bed. 
At meals we played our childhood games. 
Of numbers, and letters, and cities' names, 
As we sailed from Ketchikan. 

Our chef was a wizard at this art, 

His goodies were bad for wind and heart, 

For his hotcakes daily Beebee fell, 

Though she knew with her slimness they would 

play hell. 
As we sailed from Ketchikan. 

Oh Dale, our mate, helped Granny's swimming, 
A dark adonis, God's gift to women. 
He left girls sad in Ketchikan. 

With our portholes open, we faced the storm. 
But Granny and Beebee just wouldn't be warned, 
Till a plaj'ful comber one day jumped in, 
'Twas the only time Beebee went for a swim. 
All the way from Ketchikan. 

Each of our staterooms in fights took sides 
And we called them after the Indian Tribes; 
Gran and Beebee were "Hoostole Myes", 
After their most frecjuent cries, 
Chris and Joe were the Tas.so-Snoro Tribe, 
As Chris' night and day habits were thus de- 
scribed. 
Grandpa and Johnny were Untidoes, 
For the floor was the place where they kept their 

clothes! 
The clothes that we bought in Ketchikan. 

Dr. Clark had said to our Tasso Chris, 
"There's a little matter and it is this. 
Please gather small mammals wherever you are 
Aye enough so the hides fill a big freight car 
Such as marmots and squirrels and rats and mice 
The Museum stops when you get to lice". 
There are no mice in Kitchikan. 



THE GRAPEVINE 



April 



Withheld From the Press, Cont. 



Museum Crossword Puzzle 



THE HAYDEN PLANETARIUM ECLIPSE 

We all rcmembiT when the Hayden Planetarium 
Eclipse Expedition went down to Peru in 1937, but 
a few of the items did not hit the i)apers. Of eourse 
Charlie Coles, Museum ace ph()t(){<rai)her, took some 
beautiful ])ictures and the movies were shown in the 
"better" movie houses. Dr. Barton, who left a week 
in advance of the main party reported a rough trip 
and some trouble with a vase full of flowers sent no 
doubt by some ardent admirer. Dorothy Bennett 
doesn't speak fluent S[)anish, you know, and before 
she left she didn't even s])eak that. Supplied with 
"Siianisli-iSelf Taught" she was to be seen learning 
catchy i)hrases for her speech to be given (in 
Spanish) to the scientists of the Academy of Science 
of Cuzco. The lecture on "The Nature and Causes 
of Eclipses," by Dorothy Bennett was given in Yz 
Spanish % French and )i English. They say she 
wowed 'em ! And if it was as good a lecture as those 
she gives in 100% English at the Hayden Plane- 
tarium we are sure she did. One sentence in Si)anish 
that she still mumbles to herself is, "The river flows 
over the rocks turbulently". Dorothy Bennett, 
Te Ata, and Charlie Coles took a little trip to 
Areciuipa by i)lane. There are two trains a week 
from Lima and two trains a week from Arequipa 
but they don't connect so they chartered a plane to 
go the (JOO miles for about $50.00. If the pilot 
hadn't been an amateur photographer Charlie 
would have missed many a fine picture for there is 
a little law down there about taking ])ictures from 
a j)lane. The i)lanes never go up at night due to the 
natural fear of thi" Peruvians of a possible crack- 
up, something which we Americans are becoming 
accustomed to, and also due to the mountains that 
reach up 20,000 feet. Speaking of heights, Charlie 
tells of a trip they took in a train that went up 
15,000 feet in 8 hours. This sort of a climb brings on 
"mountain sickness" so the conductor goes around 
with a cushion like container of oxygen and sticks 
the tube in the iiassengers mouth. "Mountain 
sickness" makes your li])s and nails go blue and your 
face gets drawn and, although you may not be up 
very high, comjjarativel}' sju-aking, the air is 
peculiarily thin there. Up on the 14,000 ft. station 
the doctor .su])i)lic(l them with yellow and white 
l)ills for headaches and to make them sleej). We are 
hai)py to say that no ac'cidents liai)i)ened and the 
members of the exi)editioTi may be seen aroimd the 
Planetarium and the Museum any day no wor.se for 
the expedition and supplied with many a story to 
tell vou. 



FROM OUR SCRAPBOOK 

"He who can take advice is sometimes 
superior to him who can give it." 



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ACROSS 

1. Sto]) 1. 

4. Astronomical Term 2. 

8. Renumerates 3. 

12. Yale 4. 

13. Ensnare 5. 

14. Melee 6. 

15. Solid 7. 

17. Standing Room onlv 8. 

18. Roman Dat(> " 9. 

19. 12 to 20 10. 
21. Astronomer 11. 

23. Perform 16. 

24. Mammalogist 20. 

25. Time (Abbr.) 22. 
27. Acted as Chairman 24. 

31. Article 25. 

32. Yes 2(). 

33. Chinese Measure 57. 

34. Exists 

36. Roman Bronze 28. 

37. Permit 29. 

38. Substanceusedfori)re- 30. 

veniive inoculation 31. 

41. Masculine nickname 35. 

42. Work 39. 

44. Bone 40. 

45. Fine gravel 42. 

46. Frank Bacon 43. 
50. First Man 45. 
52. Shade Tree 47. 

55. Alone 

56. Pastime 48. 

57. Trim 49. 

59. Row 50. 

60. Espies 51. 

61. Extinct Hirii 53. 

62. A Grain 54. 

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Abundant 

Nearby 

Railroads (Abbr.) 

Part of Head 

Sei)arate 

B(>okkeei)ing Joe 

Assistant 

Hew (Eng. Dial.) 

Streets (Ai)br.) 

Terminates 

The Good Earth 

That Thing 

Note of Scale (Var.) 

Biblical Pronoun 

Military rei)ast 

Memlx-r of Endow- 
ment Staff 

Coarse Grass 

Devour 

PaynKMit 

Light Brown 

Flat Bottomed Boat 

Short for Albert 

(ioddess 

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Period of Time 

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these instruclioHs: 

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1939 



THE GRAPEVINE 



Hobbies Meet 



Can hobby clubs be organized in the Museum? 
The recent successful foundation of the Museum 
Employees' Camera Club shows every indication 
that this question can be answered in the affirmative, 
and it is to be hoj)ed that the success of this venture 
will act, especially now that spring is at hand, as 
a growth stimulus to other potential hobby organi- 
zations, such as the chess and stamp clubs. 

Though still in its infancy, the Camera Club now 
has a membership of tliirtj'-five and, if they keej) uj) 
the good work they have so ably started, we may 
well expect to see a continuous and progressive 
growth. 

But the most favorable portent of all for the 
future of the Camera Club is to be found in the 
character of its recent exhibition in the Educational 
Building, where was shown a variety of treatment, 
technique and subject matter worthy of an exhibit 
three or four times its size. In counting the number 
of photographs presented we found that it came to 
exactly twenty-three, but though twenty-three is 
considered almost as unlucky as thirteen, the 
photographs tliemselves were good enough to drive 
the jinx out of the most ominous of numbers. 

Since, as art critics we are but rank outsiders, we 
have left the delicate task of passing judgement on 
the specific merits and demerits of the exhibition to 
others bolder and more competent, and will conclude 
this column with a program of the entrants. 



Title 
"Disappointed" 
"Baby and Dog" 
"Baby xnth Toys" 
"Daughters" 
"Just Two Years Old" 
"Volendam, Holland" 
"Seagram, V. 0." 
"Leopard Group Leopard" 
"White-Tailed Deer" 
"Prickly Poppy" 
"Grotto Geyser" 
"Freda Mohr {Orchids)" 
"The Capital" 
"Central Park" 
"Larg's Glen" 
"Reflections" 
"Cloisters" 
"Jose and Jesus" 
"Shadows" 

"Arlington Memorial" 
"French Canadian" 
"Billiken" 
"Lake Side" 
"Afternoon in Oxford" 



By 

— W. T. Baker, Jr. 

— Charles A. Lenaeus 

— Frank A. Beach 

— Joseph M. Guerry 

^Philip Duffy 

— Ware Lj'nch 

—Sally Pyle 

— Louis Monaco 

—John C. Orth 

—John E. Hill 

— G. H. Meyer 

— Edward Logan 

— Edward A. Burns 

— Emil A. Berg 

— D. F. L. Bradley 

— Irene Cypher 

— Frederick H. Pougli 

— John Saunders 

— William H. Wright 

— Lucy Claussen 

— H. Lange 

— George Schroth 

— S. Klassen 

— Jean Wiedemer 



CAMERA CLUB MEETING 

The next meeting of the Museum 
Employees' Camera Club will be held at 
5:00 P.M. on Friday, April 21st, in Room 
129 Roosevelt Building. An interesting 
program has been planned. 



WHAT'S IN A NAME? 

This Museum is a great place, but certain items 
are lacking. We have for example, two cooks but no 
broth. We have a fine beach but no shore. Then 
there are two birds but no bush. We have wood, 
coles, a stove, but no fire. We have a fisher, and 
a fish, but we have no bait. Wc have a pile,& hill 
and a berg, but not a mountain in the whole gol- 
darned place. We have a big, bad wolf, but no 
little pigs, unless you want to count bacon. We have 
the raven, and even Poe, but not a single quoth. 
Though the ransom be high, we have the price, but 
we haven't any cash. We have the tailor, the draper, 
but we lack the cloth. Watson is quick but there 
isn't anj' needle. We have the hay, but we lack the 
loft. The potter but no pots. A root but no tree; 
a ford but no packard; the hull and shell, but no 
kernel. We have a pinto but no saddle, and a roof 
but no walls. Whatever we lack, we can .still be 
grateful, we do have a gay friend. 

A LONG(?) LIFE AND A MERRY ONE 

(Owe of our eminent curators sent the following in 
to us. All you have to do, dear Reader, is apply it 
where you will. We give it to you for your use whenever 
you need it.) 

The horse and mule live thirty years 
And nothing know of wines or beers. 
The goat and sheep at twenty die 
And never taste of Scotch or Rye. 
The cow drinks water by the ton 
And at eighteen is mostly done. 
The dog at fifteen cashes in 
Without the aid of rum or gin. 
The cat, in milk and water soaks 
And then at twelve short years it croaks. 
The modest sober bone dry hen 
Lays eggs for nogs, then dies at ten. 
All animals are strictly drj' 
They sinless live and swiftly die. 
But sinful, ginful, rum-soaked men 
Survive for three .score years and ten. 
And some of u.s — the mighty few — 
Stay pickled 'til we're ninety-two. 



THE GRAPEVINE 



April 



Non-Scientific Discoveries, cont. 



Edith Kendall, who holds the fort when Mr. 
Voorhees is away, reported a falling off at good 
Elmira stories and that if Mr. Voorhees was suppos- 
ed to be sick she would like to know beeause he 
seems to be one of those fellows who won't stop 
working and answers letters if there is a l)reath left 
in his body. 

The picture that Elwood Logan entered in the 
exhibit held by the Museum Employees' Camera 
Club proved his right to be called a photographer. 
But then, guess what we found out! A friend of his 
(so he said) a.sked him as a special favor to take 
pictures of a fashion show out on Staten Island — and 
j'ou should see the pictures El snapped of the lovely 
ladies in even lovelier costumes! This business of 
amateur j)hotograi)hy has its advantages after all. 

Ed Wrissenberg is about to celebrate one of the 
most important events in his career — his 25th 
Wedding Anniversary. This all star event takes 
place on April 11th, and we understand that Ed is 
really doing something in the way of a celebration. 
We extend our congratulations, and hope we are 
able to write up his 50th anniversary. 

Dots and Dashes from down Machine Shop Way. . 
Cyclone Turner, notwithstanding his size, seems to 
have outdone himself this time. If anyone would 
like to see what apparently is a i)roduct of Omar the 
Tent Maker, we invite them to view the new overalls 
Cyclone sprung on us the other day. Those things 
are so big, Barney got in one leg and had plenty of 
room for running. 

Speaking of the many pool pla>crs down this end 
of the building, Jake Shrojie .saj's that, as a i)ooI 
Player, Al the painter is a good surf caster. He also 
wants to know why Larry always closes his eyes 
each time he shoots. It seems to assi.st a lot. How 
about it Al? 

We were sorry to learn that Adoli)h DeLuca has 
been seriously ill for the past two weeks. We are 
glad to know that by the time this issue is published 
he will have returned fully recovered. 

Carlton Nenning, one of the W.P.A. force in the 
Membershii) Department became the proud father 
of a healthy daughter a few days after publication 
of our March issue. Congratulations, Carl. 



NOTICE 

Any of the members wishing to purchase 
Sporting Goods may take advantage of 
a 25' f, discount at A. G. Spalding & Bro. 
105 Nassau Street, N.Y.C. by mentioning 
the Museum Sports Department. 



CREDIT UNION NEWS 



We advise all members of the Federal Credit 
Union to note the adoption of a schedule of Credit 
Union Office Hours. Persons with business at the 
Credit Union Office will find Miss Fish available on 
Mondays through Fridays, inclusive-, from 9:00 to 
10:00 a. m. and from 4:00 to 5:00 p. m. The office 
will be open all day on pay days. Please note that 
tlie office will not be open on Saturdays. Persons 
making ai)i>lications for loans in the morning will 
be able to get their checks the .same afternoon; 
those making apj)lications at the afternoon hours, 
will get their cheeks the next morning. The rush of 
Credit Union business has made it nece.s.sary to 
adoi)t this schedule. We ask all members to co- 
ojicrate. 



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47. 


Moor 


(J. 


Ear 


27. 


Pyle 


48. 


Play 


7. 


Sporadic 


28. 


Reed 


49. 


Yore 


S. 


I'riee 


29. 


Eat 


50. 


Age 


n. 


Ak\e 


30. 


Dividend 


51, 


Day 


10. 


Yoe 


31. 


Tan 


53. 


Leo 


11. 


Sts. 


3,5. 


Scow 


5t. 


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Hi. 


Ends 


39. 


Al 


58. 


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Message : 












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play s 


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me. 




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pays the best divic: 


end. 





MAN WHO WORKS MIRACLES 



Everyone who has seen Bruce Brunner's pictures 
must admit that he is right here as a colorist, but 
the wonder of wonders is how he keejjs his wavy 
hair so permanently blonde. Of course Brunner 
has an cxijlanation which he thinks should .'satisfy 
tlic lay mind, but like lOinstein explaining relativity 
to someone he knows cannot grasp it, the exi)lana- 
tion seems a bit nebulous and vague. He attributes 
the phenomenon entirely to Hawaiian exi)osure, and 
especially to that mysterious "Wiki Waki" influence 
w iiich has lured so many i)eoi)le to the Polynesian 
Isles and kept them there. True enough Brunner 
has been exposed to Hawaii for at least seventeen 
years, but we nevertheless feel compelled to surmise 
that th(^ root of the my.stery lies in the root of the 
hairs rather than the "hair of the hatmosphere." 




VOL. II, No. 7 




Published by THE EMPLOYEES' BENEFIT ASSOCIATION 
OF THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 



MAY, 1939 



P1U('F.L1<]SS 



The Memory Lingers On 



( lone l)ut not f(irt;()tt('ii is tlic S])riii{5 Fiiir Dance of 
tlu- E.B.A. And, lest \vc forget, luTc is a final woid 
of ai)])rcciation to tlic .\1, Blup Ribbon Committee 
that made its great snecess pos.sible. 

Those ultra, ultra decorations which so skillfully 
combined a feeling of Spring with the World Fair's 
motifs and colors, revealed the creative artistry of 
Ethel Timonier and Otto Eckholm. Not only ditl 
they originate the ])lans for d(>coration, but worked 
untiringh^ to carry them out. .\nn Schafer, Kay 
Moglin, and Edith Marks helix^l sew together mile.s 
of blue, orange, and white crepe fringe as Mrs. 
"Tim" .sujiervised, at the .same time manufacttu'ing 
with her own hands dozens of giant "Oriental 
jHippies." Steve Klassen and William Somerville 
scaled dizzy heights to hang trimmings around 
Education Hall, while James Philburn, Walter 
Carroll, and George Schneider gave Mr. Eckholm 
a.s.sistance in creating the trylon, jjerispherc, and 
large vases. Mr. Eckolm's son, Wesley, designed 
the airplane which "fiew" around the trylon through- 
out the evening. 

For the .snappy floor show and orchestra thanks 
are due Neil MacCallum who wa.s a hard working 
talent scout, attending many affairs in order to 
pick out the most enjoyable acts that could be found. 

Harold Vokes proved him.self a clever jjublicity 
director, and worked up a lot of enthusiasm for the 
dance with the help of his committee of beautiful 
blondes: Salh' Pyle, Jean Wiedemer and "Boots" 
Wright. Of course there was Tom Voter, too, to 
take care of the poster work. 

Margaret Fish, with Blanche Preston, arranged 
for the services of the Acme Catering Com|)any, 
thereby taking care of the food and drink problem 
with great efficiency. 

Emil Berg handled the huge job of ticket distri- 
bution and selling with a thoroughness and com- 
petence that could not be surpassed. The financial 
success of the affair can largely be attributed to his 
check-up on every ticket that was printed. 



I'rank Murphy, new to the job of being in charge 
of table reservations and seating problems, handled 
it like a veteran. Harry Hawkins, Richard Kunder, 
Henry Voelmy, and Joseph Roche were on hand to 
guide gue.sts to their proper places. 

Ed Burns, as usual, turned out a beautiful 
program for which Fr(>d Mason drew an original 
cover design. Mary Ford and Phil Duffy were the 
"hel])ing hands" in putting the material together. 

These, with those unsung heroes — the ticket 
sellers, were the people responsible for the social and 
financial success of your E.B.A. dance. So let's 
give them a big vote of thanks! 



Receipts and Disbursements 
April 6 to May 1, 1939 





Receipts 






\\n\\ (i-21 Cush 


«.3G7..50 






Donations 


2.20 


mm 








70 




DishurscmetUs 






Itadio 


.«20..50 






Decorations 


20.00 






Entertainment 


17.5.00 






I.inen 


n.Oli 






Rental-LishtinK 


9,00 






Refreshments, MiisiciuMs-wor 


icrs (I.IO 






Piano tunini; 


4.00 






.Services 


41.31 


$285 








57 



Cash l)ahiMcc, .M;ij- 1, l'.i:i'.) 



!«!84 13 



In connection with the profits remaining from the 
E.B.A. dance, it was moved and carried by the Board 
of Directors that the sum of $84.1.3 be transferred to 
the General Fund of the E.B.A. It was al.so moved 
and carried that the sum of $15.87 bo transferred 
from the reserve entertainment fund to the General 
Fund of the E.B.A. This in effect means the 
transfer of $100.00 toward reducing a.ssessments for 
death benefits. 



THE GRAPEVINE 



May 



The Story of the Month 

Tlu- fii-cat iimsoim mystery, hul)l)liiif; ii\rr witli 
human interest and intrigue. 

"THE DISAPPEARING POOCH." 

or 
'•WHO BURGLED THE BEAGLE?" 

By S. S. VAN IODINE. 

Early one recent bright spriTif? morning a young 
carefree but cute pup evidentally in seardi of higher 
learning, nonchalantly drifted into the museum. 
Now wc cannot honestly describe this dog as a blue 
blood nor will we say he was of "Cafe Society," nor 
could we have called him a "Glamour Boy", but he 
was gentle, i)os.scssing a rather soulful look in his eye 
that won the heart of his captor, our assi.stant 
supervisor (Custodian Dept) James (Bring-em back 
alive) Harris who incidentally captured him single 
handed. 

Mr. Harris being a true lover of dumb animals 
woiikl have liked th(> idea of making .said i)ooch 
a member of his family. Mrs. Harris did not care to 
share his affections with the dog— different arrange- 
ments had to be made. Our as.sistant supervisor 
arranged for the lovable animal's adoi)tion by a 
prominent Swedish family in Brooklyn. 

Until such time as the dog could be transferred to 
Brooklyn, Mr. Harris tried to make the i>up as 
comfortable as possible at the rear of the supervisor's 
office by preparing a temporary bed, setting up 
a bowl of drinking water, i)urchasing a half i)<)und of 
choice, chopped steak and then further arranged to 
have one of the special officers take the animal for 
the necessary walk. 

Our animal lover thorovighly convinced every- 
thing possible had been done to make the pooch 
happy went about his regular duties, only to return 
a short time later to find the lovable animal and his 
steak dinner liad completely disapi)cared. 



/^:f 




^\■h() (lisapi)cared witli the jjooch? 
Who stole tlic chopped steak? 
Who burgled tiie "BEACiLE"? 



The following clues liave been received with Ihr 
li()l)e of bringing an early .solution. 

Witnesses state the six-i-ial officer returned from 
the walk alone. 

Other witnesses state a certain curly haired 
Brooklynite on the evening in (lue.stion was seen to 
h-ave the building with a large black grip that 
"barked". 

In the meantime Mr. .lames Harris is com|jietely 
my.stified not to say disgu.sted with animal and 
human nature, to say notiiing of tlie members of the 



THE G R A P K \ I N F 

EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor-in-Chief Ikknk F. Cvi'mch 

Advisory Board 

Wa'^.m-: M. Fau.nck W.\lti:ii F. Mkistkr 

Gkokge C. V.mllant 

Managing Board 

lunv AiU) \. Bi KNs Fhank .\. Rinai,i> 

Gkoiujk H. Chh.d.s .Ji;a.\ ^^'I^:I>I•;M^;u 

Editorial Board 

LUCY W. CLAl SK.N STKI'HKN J. MTHPHV 

CHARI-ES J. KEHK HERMAN A. SIEVERS 

WARE LYNCH W. H. SOUTHWICK 

GEORGE TAUBER WILLIAM H. WRIGHT 

ED. WRIS.SENBERG .STEPHEN KLA.SSEN 



promincMit Brooklyn swedish familv who are com- 
l)letely heartbroken. 

The case has been placed in the capable hands of 
the Chief of Police, Robert Gilmorc who |)romised 
immediate arrest and conviction. 



MEMBERS' VISITING DAY 
STATISTICS 

April 28, 1039 

.\nticipatecl attendance as shown by acceptances 

1,7.')9. 

Estimated attendance on Members' Day 1,21(). 

Number of members and guests actually regist<Ted 

913. 

I'un on Member's Day 

Prejjaratory to Members' Day, Dr. Chapin was 
pointing out to a groui) of volunteer guides the 
salient f(>atures of the Whitney \Mng. Coming in 
due course to the art gallc-ry he sjjoke at great 
length of bird i)aintings by Smith. When it was 
gently called to his attention that they were all 
signed "Wolf" he could but stamm(M- "Wolf, Wolf — 
of course, not Smith." 

P.S. And then somewhere in the crowd a voic(> 
pi|)ed ui) to say "If he calls Wolf a third time, 
we'll all run." 

No Members' Day is complete without a few boys 
in a grou]) who have (in anticipation of the Great 
Day) spent weeks reading uj) on Mu.seum exhibits 
just to i-atch the narrator at the fir.st faint suggestion 
of a sli]). 

Then, too, there was the woman who was all 
agog. She had heard so much about the new sound 
venture in our exhibition halls and could hardly 
wait to see the "Talking Dinosaurs." 



1939 



THE GRAPEVINE 



Social Whirl 



Cliris E. Olscii turned iron \v<)rk(>r, l)Ut frax'c it up 
in (IcsiKiir. Tried sitting on a box 2x1 drcssinj; the 
|)earl-(ii\in.;; srroup with wax dressin'^. We su;;K('--t 
a morris cliair. 

lUesscd Event. — Mniiria Wiill'in, our iwjjiiliir 
)l(valor opcraior, is going nroiintl irilli his clicsl 
(.rimiidcd. 11'/'//.' He ?'.< Ilic proud pa p'l of a bid);/ ho;/. 



Rex P. .loluison is all tanned up from tlic collar 
down. Answer — Sun baths on the roof of the west 
side "\'.M.C.A. He says tiiat the .sumnKT lieat is 
too slow in coming. 

AshloH Lilllfficld is having a lot of Irouhlc irilh his 
pansics at Frog's Xeck. Can sonwhodij help"! 

Dr. Marjiaret Mead has returned from New 
Ciuinea with .50,000 photographs. Ex|)ect a rush of 
eandid camera hobhj- collectors to look the col- 
lection over. 

,1 young student wrote to Dr. Roi/ Chapman 
Andrews that he dug up his great grandmother's 
grave who was dead 200 i/ears and found a bunch of 
rocks. He wants to know does the human body turn 
into rock forms. 

Fred Smyth and Ed. Meyenberf^ hot-footed it out 
to the Fair to look over the City building exhibits. 
After walking ten miles they both returned home 
with feet covered with blisters. Next time boys 
wear skates. 

Charles Kerr has an assortment of rubber boots, 
seed catalogues, mismated rubbers, trick cards, etc., 
that he prizes very highly. Anyone with mismated 
rubbers can exchange. 

Joe Roche is prett.y sweet on an Italian girl. Has no 
use for red meats. Seems Joe has gone spaghetti mad. 

The Key King: — Dr. W'illard (!. Van .Xame had 
a long hunt under bookcases ami desks for a lost key 
and it was not "The Key to Heaven". 

Edward Wilde has added two horseshoes found in 
Central Park to his antique collection. 



This time we proffer congratulations to the eminent 
president of the E.B.A. For he too is now a proud 
father. Barney's daughter was born on April 30th — 
the day the World's Fair opened, so it was a record 
breaking event day all around. Our congrntukttions to 
Barney and to Ethel. 

Don Barton of our Natural History staff is als(j 
on the schedule to receive congratulations, for he is 
now the father of a son. If this keeps up, we shall 
have to be running a "Junior" Column, ju.st for the 
members of our Museum "family". 



Twenty Years a ^Shrinkin' 

In spite of the depression many p(>ople, including 
some at the museum, are still baffled by the problem 
of how to reduce. Twenty years ago Bunny South- 
\\ ick was confronted by just such a problem, but at 
that time his rotundity was such that he couldn't 
bend down far enough to see it. Nevertheless it was 
finally held up to him .so he could face it, and since 
then — what a change! In 1919 Bunny weighed 257 
l)ounds. By 1930, it had gone down to 20S. Today 
he is but a shadow of his former self, tipjiing the 
scales at a mere 172 pounds. 

What is the secret behind all this shrinkage? 
Bunny is inclined to attribute it to a change in his 
dietary habits and a careful comparison between his 
1919 menus will convince the most skeptical reader 
that Buiuiy's got something there. 

1919 MENU 1939 MENU 

Breakfast Breakfast 

12 meat balls 2 ]jieces of toast 

6 slices of bacon 2 poached eggs 

2 cups of coffee 1 cup of coffee 

Lunch Lunch 

1 steak 2 ])iecesof toast with 

1 double order of French cream clieese 

fried potatoes 1 ju-ar 

2 vegetables 1 cup of coUl coffee 

1 small apple pie 

2 cups of coffee 

Dinner Dinner 

1 five pound chicken 1 lamb chop 

cleaned to the bone 1 baked potato, string 
1 drcs.sing l)eans, ap])le sauce 

1 double order of French 1 cup of cold coffee 

fried potatoes 
I can of corn, tomatoes 
1 pint of ice cream 

3 cups of coffee 

Midnight Midnight 

1 quart of milk G saltine crackers 

1 box of .saltines 1 glass of cold coffee 

1 box of Camembert cheese 

Speaking of reducing, diets, etc., it seems that 
Emil B(>rg, in the ho|)e of losing some excess avoirdu- 
])ois, asked Bill Wright to stay last Thursday night 
and play a little tennis. The purpose, of course, was 
for Ed to work up a good sweat. That was all well 
and good, but w(> have it from reliable sources that 
both these young men ended up in a spaghetti house 
on 42nd St. for a session which included three 
heaping jjlates of the elusive strings with, of all 
things, meat balls. Not bad for reducing. — not bad. 



FROM OUR SCRAPBOOK 

"If you can't be a winner--tfien make 
tfie fellow ahead break a record." 



THE GRAPEVINE 



Mai 



Non-Scientific Discoveries 

We uiidcnstaiid Steve Kiiapp has a new ear with 
everything on it but tlie kitelien sink. Many of the 
boys are quite happy over tliis fact for it is much 
l)etter than the subways. 

Paddy Cartosa, better known as little Tanti, llie 
(iiant rooter, says he saw something nice in Mr. Todd's 
Office last week. He is very angry when he wasn't 
asked to lead the Grand March with Edith on the 
night of April lo, 1939. Things could be made more 
cheerful for w.s" handy men in the E. H. A. Ask Tini. 

John Healy .says lie knows it is a long way to 
Boston, but when you get there it is wortli all the 
sufTering. There you will be greeted with open arms. 
It brings back the joy to your heart that I thought 
was long forgotten. (More Beans .John.) 

I'aul Schroth is very busy trying to make connections 
with sonn' trucking concerii to bring his spare bed from 
Astoria to his new headquarters in the .Museum. Paul 
doesn't like the 8th Ave. Subway where one train pushes 
the other. Paul says he doesn't like the Hospitals, only 
the \ ur.'^es. I don't blnme you, Paul. 

Bob Murray, of the Custodian's dei)artnient has 
been in Mount Sinai hospital for several weeks as 
the result of a severe abdominal operation. It 
became necessary for Bob to have blood ti-ansfusions, 
and Charles Cirannis, Tommy I'^ord and Al Potcnza 
willingly came forward and gave tran.sfusions to 
Bob. We salute them as gallant gentlemen — the 
kind you are proud to have as f(>llow workers. W(> 
are also glad to report that Bob is on the road to 
recovery now, and we sure will be glad to welcome 
him back, we hope in the near future. 




Just as we went to jiress we heard of another 
candidate for our Mu.scum family-. Charles O'Brien 
has also joined the rank of "Father", yes — h(" has 
a brand new son. Congratulations. 



THINGS WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE 

Ben Comiolly on a bike. 

Charles Kerr on a dance floor. 

Jack Scott in a prize ring. 

Chris Hundertjifund in a bathing suit. 

Little Tony as a water boy for the Dodgers. 

Eddie Wilde as a master of ceremonies. 



Withheld from the Press 

Unheralded Expedition to Return Soon 

Little known expedition sponsored by the "Cafe- 
teria Society" left during the late eclipse under 
sealed orders. From members who went on the 
expedition it was learned that they intended to 
bring back some specimens for the Hall of Jurrasic 




Faleantology which will be opened in 1070. On the 
trip went such gastronomical explorers as actor 
Rinald well known raconteur, Casanova Bacon, 
organizing tycoon Schroth, and big ojjerator 
Gayer. Purpose was to bring back a Fuzzy Foo, 
a Side Hill \\inder (Thus named for its one wing 
causing it to fly in circles) and a dhastly Cioon 
(which flies backwards instead of forwards not 
thinking of where it is going but of where it has been). 

Not much word has been heard from the Exjiedi- 
tion but we hope that Louis Monaco is getting that 
nnich needed rest. Mr. Nichols of the Accounting 
Department tells us that he is in constant touch 
with Klasscn for an 18 cent telephone bill to Floral 
Park. The American Embas.sy reports from Algiers 
that .some members of the i)arty were .seen entering 
the Casbah last fall. No word has been heard of 
them sinc(>. Scooi) Meyer equipped with camera 
and flash bulbs has .sent back to Charlie Coles 
18,000 feet of what he calls "interesting shots". 
Coles reports they must have been taken in a coal 
pit at night. These films will tiot be exhibited under 
the sponsorship of the Camera Club. 

Late Flash! (Before the Crapevine went to |)ress 
word was received from the leader of the expedition, 
Sherman Voorhees, who took his car in case of 
emergencies.) 

"Island of Bali, April 2.")th, 193!). We thought 
you might like to know that the boys are all safe. 
Have sold double sjjread to "Islander Bar" tell 
Halm to hold space. We decitled the expedition 
needed a little rejuvination .so here we are. Have 
collected interesting specimens here on island. 
Gerry doing well on hills and valleys of Bali. Met 
Clarence and Stanley through Rinald. Stanley 
recovering from recent wound. 

Have some good stories for magazine tell Ed. Tell 
Irene she has exclusive on all photos taken of men 
in Bali by Meyer. Tell Lynch to tell Nichols that 
Steve will pay that bill when he gets back. Can't 
he wait till pay day? What is a Fuzzy Foo? 



1939 



THE GRAPEVINE 



Hobbies Meet 



CAMERA CLUB 

The Camera Club of the Museum lias certainly 
fjotten off to a flying start. Groups of amateurs 
may be seen huddled around some new gadget or 
prints that a jiroud member disjilays and words 
such as "panchromatic", "8ui)ersensitive" and 
"emulsions" through the halls. 




The fully c(iuii)i)ed dark-room includes an enlarger 
and contact jmnter. Financed by the charter 
members, this dark-room has been much in use. 
Vou will find it on the basement floor of Roosevelt 
Memorial Building where a few weeks ago Bill 
Baker, Steve Klassen and Dick Joyce worked nights 
to prepare it for the Club. They have done an 
(excellent job and the members are proud of it. 

Tins month's exhibit was on nature subjects and 
running in comiietition with the exhibit of the 
Pictorial Photograjihers of America is our own 
Museum (>xhibit on the ba.sement floor of Roosevelt. 
I think the employees of the Museum will agree 
that it is a mighty fine showing. 

Committees have been formed under the able 
tutelage of the president, Walter Meister, and things 
are popping. There is talk of a Club magazine, and 
promotion outside of the Museum is under way. 
The following have helped by disjjlaying th(>ir ably 
taken jihotograjjlis in the May exhibit : 



TITLE 

'Antelope" 

'Tiiainotu — Archipclagd 

■Rex" 

'Forsythia" 

'Buff" 

''Any OM Port" 

"Tabby" 

"Passion Flower" 

"Oscar" 

"Winter Morning" 

"Ocelot" 

"Grasshopper" 



BY 

—Bill Baker 
— George Schroth 
— Irene F. Cypher 
— Ed Burns 
— Leverett Bradley 
— Frank Beach 
—Philip J. Duffy 
— R. Edward Logan 
— L. W. Clau,sen 
— M. L. Zacuto 
— E. T. Gilliard 
—John C. Orth 



There are 41 members and Louis Monaco is the 
man to see about joining. Dues are low (.13.00 
a year) and all members may use the flarkroom and 
enjoy the companioiishi|) of an enthusiastic grouj) 
of museum jihotographers. All who own a camera or 
use one are invit(>d to join. Here is a chance for 
those of ynu who wish to learn a little more about 
photography to associate with ytmr friends in 
learning the game, attending meetings, iicaring 
lectures by authorities, devclo|)ing and printing 
your own pictures and enjoying fickl trijjs with this 
young and active Camera Club. 

Now that we have mentioned the Camera Club, 
let us add that this organization is jjlanning the 
publication of a monthly paper and is also arranging 
another exhibition which promises to be at least as 
successful as the finst. Due consideration of the 
latter, we hope, will be forthcoming in tlic next 
issue of the Grapevine. 

SPECIAL NOTICE 
From the Museum Camera Club 

In oriler that we may have for you a very well- 
known speaker and i)hotograi>her at our next meet- 
ing of the Camera Club, we are calling the regular 
monthly meeting for Friday, May 2()th, at •') o'clock. 
in Room 129. 

Mr. Eugene Hutchinson, on the staff of Under- 
wood and Underwood, is noted throughout the 
United States as an eminent artist in the field of 
commercial illustration as well as in i)ortrait 
photograph}-. Photographic magazine articles 
often carry examples of his work to illustrate 
methods in picture-making. He is an amusing as 
well as a canny speaker in addressing both advanced 
photographers and beginners such as we have in our 
Club. 

We are extremelv fortvmate in having Mr- 
Hutchinson speak to iis on "INTERIOR PHOTOCi- 
R.\PHY", which will be of great help to us in taking 
))hot()grai)hs for our June-July exhibition. This, by 
the way, will be an exhibition for awarils. So be 
sure to i)ut this date on your calendar to pick up 
some imiiortant pointers. 

You are welcome to bring guests with you to this 
meeting. Let's make it a record turnout. 



INDIVIDUAL HOBBIES 

Mus(nun hobbies both intliviihial and organized 
arc still being pursued with an undiminished in- 
tensity. In fact .so well have hobbyists established 
their claims to recognition that they have now been 
granted a three dimensional museum space to serve 

as a club room. To be more specific, Room 129, 

(Cont. on Page 8) 



THE GRAPEVINE 



May 



Sports News 



STICKBALL 

Oil 'I'licsdny A|)ril 2.")tli before the largest fiiiH'TV 
of tlic sca.son, Walter Carroll's "Old Timers" 
Stiekball team defeated the "Newcomers" led l)v 




Capt. " Wimpy" Bacon in a chaileiige match. 
Scoriii}; early wlieii Tappeii doubled scoring two 
runs the "Newcomers" were away in front. How- 
ever their period of gloating was short lived as the 
"Olil Timers" .soon forged to th(> front to lead o to 2 
in the sixth inning. Behind Cook's careful |)itching 
they made this lead stand up for the balance of the 
game, allowing hut one more run to the N.C.'s 
Final .score "Old Timers" 5 "Newcomers" 3. 

Prominent for the O.T.'s were Tumillo wlio 
.starred for years previously witli tlie old Print slioj) 
team. Tony lacked the old power but still retains 
plenty of "cla.ss" and Cook formerly a mediocre 
player has developed into a good all around player. 
Walter Carroll unable to ])ark his drives over the 
Ocean Life Bldg. had a bad day at bat. However lie 
came u]) with several scintillating catches to steady 
his team at critical moments. For the N.C.'s 
Patterson ])layed up to his usual form and with 
M. Duffy shared fielding honors for the losers. Hcaly 
too showed improvement having gotten over his 
iiabit of stepping on his own feet. I'ord and 
Scluicider both i)layed a steady game. "Wimjn" 
pitched well enough until the O.T.'s jjowcr began to 
ass<>rt itself. The lineups: 

"Xcwcoinerft" 
T. lM)rd 3r(l 

.\. Patterson 1st 
M. Duffy rf. 

II. Tappcn If. 

.1. McLaugiilin C. 
I', iiacon P. 

C. Hundcrptfund 
Stick-bail Flics: ^^'ith the recent good weallici' 
the gallery at the noon hour games has siiown a 
steady increase the "Hecklers" are again in full .song. 
(Razzing noises). We have had good reports on 
"Strike-out Cartos.'<a sometimes called Van I-ingle 
by his mates. "... ." M<'Louglilin who made his 
first hit of the sca.son the other day and became .so 
excited he tried to make .second on it sliding on his 
stomach "ala Frisch". The boys called I'ord 





"OW rimtrs' 




w 


. Carroll 


3rd 


J. 


McCormack 


1st 


A. 


Tumillo 


If. 


(i. 


Schneider 


rf. 


J. 


Healv 


C. 


R. 


Cook 


P. 



Umpire in Chic 



"Tcnible Turk tiic King of Swing" the inference 
1)( ing three strikes and out, Xo hit, no runs but what 
errors. John "Moo.se" Hoffman .still thrills with iiis 
towering drives soaring far over the roof tops. We 
nominate him for the h()m(> nm title. One of our 
readers has advi.sed us that the rea.son for Umpire 
nini(lcri)tlund being tardy on .some of his deci.sons 
is due to the fact that Ciiris is mu.scle bound. 

BADMINTON 

I'lash- For thos(^ intcrestctl in badminton, the 
court in the Pkuictarium basement is now available. 

GOLF 

\\alter Joyce informs us that th<>re is a golf club 
here in the Museum and adds that several matches 
have been i)layed in tiie past altho he didn't mention 
who's th(> Champ. Those- partici])ating were R. 
John.son, W. Joyce, L. Kinzer and T. Voter. I know 
Ed Meyenherg also plays because we played once, 
and yours truly wa.s .so awful Ed has not invited me 
to ))lay sinc(>. .\nyone interested in this ancient 
game siiould get in touch with Walter Joyce. 
TENNIS 

Tiicre is not nuicli to report about this item except 
that tlie players are having some trouble witii a sit- 
down situation on the part of the stick-ballers. The 




boys with the iiats.so far have retained the courtyard 
by siiecr numbers not to mention those murderous 
looking sticks they wield. However with the advent 
(if good weather we look for a swarm of "temiis Bugs" 
wiiicli in tiie past outnumbered the i)all players. 

Readers please note : 

You i)robably noticed the absence of a sports 
column in the precceding issue. This was cau.sed 
by lack of interest on the part of our readers, aside 
from the .same few who time after time take an 
interest in their jiaper and submit reports or notes 
on sports activities, .\ftcr all this is your publication 
and we depend ujion you to furTii.«;ii news items. 

\\'e do not ha\(' an\' sports reporters. So we 
iicrel)\- appoint \i>u, the readers "S|)ort N(>ws 
Hounds". .\ny little briefs submitted will be grate- 
fully apjircciatcd and duly iiublisluHl. Thank you. 



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1939 



THE GRAPEVINE 



EMPLOYEES' BENEFIT ASSOC. 




DISCOUNTS ON PURCHASES 

(Hy this timo yoii luivc all prohahly received the 
followiii}; letter, and tlu' Griipevine merely wishes 
to call to your attention anain this very worth while 
aeeomplishment on the i)art of a connnittec- of your 
Board of Directors.) 

"Some time ago the Board of Diicctors decided 
that it would be to tlu- advantafje of the members of 
tiie Employees' Benefit Association if a canvass 
could be made of local retailers concerning the 
question of discounts. 

Wc arc happy to rejiort that such a canvass was 
made and that we have received many favorable 
replies. 

For you convenience we are enclosing a confidenti- 
al li.st of the firms which offer discounts to members 
of the Employees' Benefit Associati(;n. This list is 
by no means final and eomplet(\ When more 
business houses express their willingness to offer 
discount service, you will be notified. 

All you have to do is show- yotir Employees' 
Benefit As.sociation card to the salesman, at any of 
the listed firms, to receive discount." 

(A list of firms granting discounts was attached to 
the letter. From time to time as further names are 
added to this list, the Grapevine will print these 
additions.) 



A SAD TALE 

This is the sad tale of two Pork Chops — two 
missing Pork Chops. Little Rose DiBlasio, of the 
Planetarium Box Office fame, the other day bought 
from the butcher man, two jrork chops, raw, intend- 
ing to cook them for her supper. However, the poor 
little ijork chops were frozen stiff, so Rose put them 
out on the window sill to thaw out, in order that 
they might cook ea.sier. Well, that would .still be 
alright, except that Rose i)icked the wrong window- 
sill. She put them out on the one in the Planetarium 
ticket office and lo and behold — when Rose got 
hungry — somebody harl swiped the pork chops. 
Well, this might sound funny to you, but ask Rose 
how it feels to have your heart set on pork chops, 
and then have to eat crackers instead. 



INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS 

One (if the attendants in the cafeteria came in the 
other noon anil said, "There's a man out h(>re whom 
no one can iniderstand. Can we bring him in here 
and se(> if you can find out what he wants?" 

When he came in, he told us that he was a 
Cz(H'hoslovakian and had been a brew-master in 
one of the large breweries in France. He had taken a 
three months vacation and had gone to France and 
was in Paris when Hitler took over Czechoslovakia. 

He had been very anti-German and did not dare 
go back for fear of being sent to a concentration 
camp so he came to New York from Cherbourg. 
H(> had a three months vise from Czechoslovakia 
and the immigration authorities sent him to Ellis 
Island where he spent five days while they investi- 
gated. Then they asked him to post a .$500 bond, 
and this was his first day in the city. 

As he had heard a lot about the Mu.seum of 
Natural History, he came right up and was looking 
for a paid guide to take him around for as he said, 
"Li all the cities I have been you can always hire 
someone to explain and guide you. 

He had been through most of the Museums in 
Europ(> but acknowledged that there was none as 
beautiful and interesting as our Museum. 

To him it was wonderful and that it was all free 
seemed to astound him. 

His ])arting words were, "This experience and 
what I have seen in your building I sliall n<'vcr 
forget and no one can take from me. 

NUMBER PLEASE 

Recently the telephone rang and a voice asked 
Mr. Sievers, "Can you speak foreign languages?" 

Of course, we asked what language — and the reply 
was, "We don't know, we can't understand him." 

So we said send him down and soon a gentleman 
walked in and asked "Sprecken sie Deutsch?" 
and we found ovit that he was a doctor on board one 
of the German boats and that it was his first trip to 
New York and he did want to see the Museum but 
had found no one who could explain to him the best 
way to see everything in the shortest possible 
time. We gave him a start and after four hours he 
came back and thanked us and asked us could we 
tell him how to get to the Bronx Zoo so that he 
could also see that place. How is that for service? 



WOMAN HATER SUCCUMBS 

For many years .lack Orth has maintained a kingly 
po.sition among the ranks of the confirmed bachelors, 
but (>ven the strongest fall eventually. Yes— you 
gu('ssed it! Jack was married on May 20th, and we 
scoop all |)a|)ers in announcing it. You can present 
your congratulations in |)erson. 



THE GRAPEVINE 



May 



Hobbies Meet. Conl. 



Roosevelt Memorial, has been reserved as a general 
hobby mcotiiig ])lace with the proviso that hobby 
activities will d('i)eiul on any meetings whieii may 
have been assigned to this room. Further news 
about this very important matter will be supplied 
at a not too distant date. The individual hobbyists, 
however socially inclined they may be, will simjjly 
have to remind themselves of I^)rd Dundreary's 
famous remark — "Birds of a feather flock together. 
It would be a damn fool of a bird that would go and 
flock all by himself". 

I'here are still many nooks and crannies of our 
individual hobby store room as yet unexjjlored, and 
here are a few scraps of information which our 
jx'rsistcnt efforts have brought to light. 

John Cicrmann, whose ready wit and tongue could 
easily (pialify iiim as ])ublicity victim No. 1., has 
somehow managed to escaix- so far. But 'them days 
is gone forever', for we now take pleasure in intro- 
ducing him to you as an ardent landscajK' artist, 
a skillful constructor of miniature sailing craft, 
a courageous yachtsman who dares to tackle the 




sea in boats he has made himself and, last but not 
least, an honest fisherman who never nicntinns the 
size of the one that got away. 

Frank Rinald must certainly believe that all the 
world's a .stage. Otherwi.se, how could he pos.sibly 
combine mammalogy with amateur theatricals? 
Yet this is precisely what he does, and it is said 
that his happiest moments arc wlicii he is telling 
other peo])le how to act. 

Finally, Dr. Roy \\'. Miner, while vocationally 
much concerned about the remote genealogy of 
invertebrates, is avocationally interested in tracing 
his own family genealogy. Could this help to ex- 
jjlain wh}' he is always so genial? 

SATURDAY CLOSING 

W'e are not Injiitg lo prove how many of our em- 
ployees read the "General liegulations", but from the 
riiimher of inquiries received, we hesitate to try ami 
guess. Which is why we call your attention lo Section 
12, page o, which reads ns follows: "Through the 
months of June, July, August and September depart- 
ment offices unll be closed all day Saturdays ami em- 
ployees not required on duty to k'eep the exhibition 
lialls open to the public may i)e granted the privileges of 
the full Saturday lioliday." 



JUST AN INCIDENT 

They walked into Mr. Sievers' office, four of them. 

Dirty, torn si)ecim(-ns with hands in their jjockets. 

Four gentlemen from Harlem — age nine to twelve. 
"This Mist' Siev's office? 're ya Mi.st' Siev's? 

C!ot somethin' fo' j-a." 

"What is it boys?," asks Mr. Sievers. 

A brown hand sli])s behind its owner's coat and 

l)ulls out a woodcock. 

"Found 'im on the street. Don' ya use 'im?" 
The woodcock is a<'cepted. It had a broken neck, 

by the way, but we would not accuse th(> boys of it! 
■'Well guys," says Mr. Sievers in the friendliest 

tone "Thanks a lot, and if you find anything else, 

ju.st bring it over." 

The "guys" don't move. One seems to be 

suspended from the window, so that he is hanging 

above Mr. Sievers' neck. There's a black and brf)wn 

huddle i)erched on the tlesk. Another one's nos(> is 

dangerously near the telci)liotic. 

"My maw gave me a dime an' I payed his carfare." 

"Yea, an' me maw gave me a nickel." 

"'An me maw .says ah gotta git home fer dinner." 

"Yea, and that's twenty cents carfare." 

The fourth sums the three "hints" into a direct 

.statement. They look dangerous. Hands stuck 

deep in the pockets. Caps down the foreheads and 

teeth stuck out — to bite. They got him — . 

"Here guys, her's your carfare, and divide it 

among yourselves." 

They give him a (?) look and start to go out . 
"Say boys, who's boss, I'd like his name so that 

we know who the bird is from" 

"Take mah name Mistuh, Cleveland " 

"Mall name Mistuh, Freddy " 

Stanley, Freddy, Douglas, Clevchunl, Jones, Smith. 
"Now which is which?" 

'They leave solemnly, these four gentlemen — 

Stanley Jones, Douglas Mathews, Freddy Williams 

and Cleveland Smith, who pokes the dead bird with 

a finger — "Sho' kin use 'im Mistuh'" 

E. B. A. BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

The Board is tlu' governing Ijody of the E.B.A., 
and at a meeting held on May 11th, it was decided 
that in order to keep all our members in touch with 
affairs of the E.B.A., we would, from time to time, 
give you news of what goes on in a directors meeting. 
At the aforementioned meeting on May Ilth, the 
Board received and accejjted the report on the dance 
which was held on .Vjjril loth, 1939. This report is 
])rinted elsewhere in this issue. 

The following new members w<>re also voted u|)on 
for membership in the E.B..\.: 
Mi.-^s Edith Kendall Mr. Raymond H. De Lucia 

.\ny points you think should be taken ^\]^ for the 
good of the association- tell your Boaril members 
about it. 



I 

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VOL. II, No. 8 



ntUMrivi 



Published by THE EMPLOYEES' BENEFIT ASSOCIATION 
OF THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 




t;- o U C- 



JUNE. 1939 



PRICELESS 



SNAPSHOTS 



Ed Berg is to he congratulated on his 
fine editorial job on MUSECAM. Wo 
welcome the new publication. We are 
told that he would appreciate any Camera 
Club members' contributions and that the 
editorial staff is still incomplete. 
We can appreciate the amount of 
work that goes into such a 
publication and hojie that those 
employees who really have their 
heart in th(- Camera Clul) will 
give him all the coo])eration 
possible. 

There are some 40 members 
in the Club now and while some 
of them are far from "active", 
the ])ictures that hav(> been 
hung so far show good work can 
be done and those who own 
a camera should not feel that 
they cannot compete due to the 
stiff competition. There are ex- 
perts ready to help on all prob- 
lems, committees are doing their 
be.st to sec that lectures are 
held, the darkroom is being used 
and new members are more than 
welcome. The Exhibition Com- 
mittee would like to see more 
pictures submitted. They want 
all the members to feel that it 
does not mean that they should 
wait for that "good" picture 
before thev submit one. 



with amusi:d regard, catologuing us as 
hicks in the Big City. 

The high light of the trip came, however, 
as we were standing pensively in front 
of the Aquarium. A man, i)ompous, self- 




THE GENTLE ART OF 
SQUELCHING 

On Saturday, Jime 3rd a few of 
the hardier camera fiends met at 
Fulton and Church Street at 
9:30 A.M. to record .some of the 
phases of life in lower Manh;ittaii. 
New Yorkers on tlieii' way lo 
work eyed our impromptu poses 



WINNING ENTRY 

Whenever the monthly exhibit of the American 
Museum Employees' Camera Club is one for 
which there is an award, the Grapevine will 
print the winning picture. That shown above 
is tlu! winning entry for the month of May. 
The subject for that month was "Portraiture", and 
the i)ictur(' was sul)niitte(l l)v Dr. I'^rank A. 



^>* 



Beach. 
A.ssistant Curator of Experimental Biology. 



satisfied and with a monstrous ear-phone 
projecting from his one. ear (without doubt 
one of the "nuts" of the vicinity) came up 
to us, laid a hand patronizingly upon the 
shoulder of Louis Monaco and thereupon 
launched upon what promised to 
be a long harangue ui)on the 
historical background of the Bat- 
tery. As a proud New Yorker 
he bemoaned the fact that New 
Yorkers knew so little about such 
a famous site as the Afpiarium. 

Louis, realizing that this could 
go on indefinitely unless someone 
put a stop to it, asked in a very 
sm-|)rised manner, "Do you 
mean to tell us that New Yorkers 
don't know that the Aquarium 
was once a fort and that .Jenny 
Lind sang there?" (He acknowl- 
edged to us later that this was 
all he remembered and he had 
^ forgotten thai until the man 
reminded him.) 

■^ Our .self-elected informant and 
"was-going-to-be" guide indig- 
nantly replied," "Why, no they 
don't!" But before he could go 
any further Louis remarked, 
"Well, well, we certainly are 
surprised! You see, we are 
official historians from Washington 
looking things over around here 
know everything then- is 
about any of the histt)rical 
jKiints hereabouts." — Whereupon 
^e startled man immediately 
betook him.self away, with never 
a backward glance — impres.sed 
speechless (by what we knew to be 
the tall-story telling ability of our 
fleet-brained Secretary). 



lookmg ti 

^and we k 

Vo know a 



THE GRAPEVINE 



June, 




Non-Scientific 

Discoveries 

By the time this issue comes out, Miss 
Dorothy Heniiett will have reached tlie 
State of Minnesota, to assume lier i)()st 
with the liniversity of Minnesota Press 
as Sales Promotion Manager. We are 
sorry to see her go, and we wish her lots of 
success. It is a new undertaking for 
Dorothy, but not in new settings, for she 
returns to her home town of Minneai)olis. 



Sununcr always brings its supply of fish 
stories — some good and some not so good. 
This is a good one. Mr. Burganan, of our 
painting and decorating staff went fishing, 
and brought home a grand catch of por- 
gies. What did he do but bring them in 
with him, and his brother decorators 
were all invited to a tasty and delicious 
lunch. Why can't more fish stories have 
a nice ending like that? 

It is also our sad duty to report another 
departure from our ranks. Mr. Ware 
Lynch, of the Natural History advertis- 
ing staff, has left to assume the iwsition of 
Ativcrtising and Publicity Manager for 
tlie H(jtcl Pierre. We have always wanted 
to make fac( s at the regal and austere 
doorman over there. New we think we'll 
do it, and then call on Ware to protect us 
from the consequences. 



Tlicre is a magnificent new poster in all 
the mu.seum elevators, advertising the 
new bookshoj). Mr. Charles Bogert is 
pictured dee])ly <'ngrossed in one of the 
many fascinating books for sale there. 
A fellow mu.seumite seeing said poster for 
first time remarked, "My, doesn't he 
look liki' Lowell Thomas!" 



Dr. (Iracc Ramsey will (le|)art in .July 
for Alaska and jwints along the West 
coast. That is our idea of a trij), and we 
wager she will return with some grand 
"shots" for the camera club exhibits. 



We are more than glad to report that 
Bob Murra.v and Pete Canavan are im- 
jjroving and will seen be back at work 
again. Hattie Hawes has returned after 
a .serious opeiation, ;iii(l s(( has Bill 
Somerville. it is good to welcome folks 
back again to health. 



The recent tension over the Kiuopeaii 
situation had its effect even here in the 
Mu.seum, and some of our fellow workers 
are very thankful that the strain is easing 
up a bit over there, for perhaps the strain 
here too, will ease slightly. Daily discu.s- 
sions on the Euroi)ean situation and the 
solution of the various jiroblems involved 
were the cause of heateil discussions 
between Me.sscrs, Sullivan, Feldman and 
Marra in the attendants locker room. If 
a peaceful settlement has been reached in 
Euro^M", ])erhai)s it will be jjossible once 
more to snatch a (piiet cat-nap in said 
locker room. 



We wonder how much it cost Jim Turner 
to get his name in the headlines of a certain 
local newspai)er! 



Among the ways in which fellow Mu- 
.seumers are going to spend their vacations 
is that of Mr. Charles (Chuck) Bogert, 
who is leaving in Augu.st for several 
European centers. He has been awarded 
a special grant from Carnegie In.stitution, 
in order to do research on African snakes. 



Hugh McCallion, of the Custodian's 
Department, departed on a visit to the 
emerald shores of his native land. The 
department is hoping that he may be able 
to do something about the dispute between 
the North and South ov(>r the boundary 
line. 




Just as we were going to press we were 
told a very imi)ortant bit of news. 
Charles Coles, of Mu.seum [jhotograpliy 
fame, was married on July 1st, and is 
now in England on his iionevmoon. 



INTERIOR DECORATORS 

BEWARE 

If tlicre is anyone who is (■(jnteniplating 
painting his domicile, and is in need of 

I exjM'rt as.sistance, we suggest that they 
call in the services of one Mr. (leorge 
Schroth. We understand that he wields 
a mean paintbrush and does a thorough 
job. In fact he sjK'nt a week of his vaca- 
tion with Walter Mei.ster, at the Mci.ster 
summer domain, and they tell us that the 
house simjily gli.stens with the most 
thorough coat of i)aint ever i)ut on 
a mansion. In addition he took :i set of 
pictures - .so you see h<' is an all round 

1 technician. Why not engage his services. 



THE GRAPEVINE 

EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor-in-Chief — Ihk.nk F. Cvphkr 

Advisory Board 

W.WNK M. F.MTNCB Walter F. Meistkr 

George C. Vaillant 

Managing Board 
Edwaiu) .a. BiRN.s Frank A. Rinai.d 
George H. Chu.ds Jean Wiedemer 

Editorial Board 

LUCY W. CLAUSEN STEPHEN J. MURPHY 

CHARLES J. KERR HERMAN A. SIEVERS 

WARE LYNCH W. H. SOUTHWICK 

GEORGE TAUBER WILLIAM H. WRIGHT 

ED. WRISSENBERG STEPHEN KLASSEN 



OUR VACATION 

Just like all our otl#>r hard working 
friends, the Grapevine too likes a vacation 
now and then. The next issue will not 
ap])ear until September, when we all 
return nice and brown from the summer 
.sun. It is hard at times for the Grai)evine 
staff to get in touch with everyone to learn 
the interesting bits of news, so if you are 
doing something exciting over the summer, 
or visiting one of the far corners of the 
globe — let us know about it in September 
so that we can tell the others. Also if 
you come across items of interest around 
the Museum, send them along, the edi- 
torial staff will be glad to print them. So 
goodbye for the summer, and pleasent 
vacations! 



IDEAL FOR A Ml'SElM WORKER 

is what Dorothy Bennett says of the 
apartment she would like to sublet be- 
cause she is leaving the city. It has 
a living room 22' 4" x 11' 8", a bedroom 
16' 9" X ir 8", dinette 7' 10" x 9' 4", 
kitchen S' (>" x 7' ()", 3 large closets, 
foyer, GARDEN, and attractive tile bath. 
It's a real bargain to sublet or to lease. 
The building is modern and well cared for, 
320 East 83rd St. Walk acro.ss the park 
or ride the crosstown bus. 



VIEWPOINT 

Manuna ant was strolling along the 
street with her two children. The two 
baby ants frolicked along the edge of the 
curb.stone, i)laying tag. \ 

Suddenly, one of the baby ants lost its 
balance and fell off the curbstone into the 
gutter. The brother ant .started to cry, 
and tugged unhappily at its mother. 

"Mamma, mamma," it cried tearful- 
ly, '•come (luick! Junior just fell over 
a cliff!" . . . 



nuuuic^ iviccL 



Hobbies are making a steadily increas 
iug claim on current literature and, as 
a result of this poi)ular trcnii, tiie Museum 
Book Sho]) has aln-ady accumulated 
a large number of volumes dcvotetl to 




natural history hobbies. Of these, the 
majority relate to fishing and gardening, 
though many deal with other subj(>cts, 
such as bee keeping, tropical fish breeding 
and private bird sanctuaries. A few of the 
most outstanding works in question are; 
■Atlantic Game Fishing' by S. Kip 
Farrington Jr., 'Sea Fishing' by Percival 
Lea Birch, 'TroiMcal Fishes as Pets' by 
C. W. Coats, "Tiie Rock Garden' by Louise 
Beebe Wilder, Garden Ciuide (one of the 
De la Marge Garden Book Series) and 
"Bees in the Garden and Honey in the 
Larder' by Mary Louise Coleman. Time 
and space do not permit us to give this 
topic the attention it deserves, but we 
strongly urge every hobbyist who has 
a natural history hobby to avail himself of 
the opportunities offered by the Museum 
Book Shop. We are sure that he or she 
will be more than likely to find just what 
will meet the requirement. 

We now resume our quest for individual 
museum hobbyists from the point where 
we left off last month, and the first victim 
of this our latest drag net is Margaret 
Hanby, Secretary of the Department of 
Lower Invertebrates. To offset the death- 
like quiescence of lower invertebrate 
associations as well as the monotonous 
hum of the typewriter, she has taken to 
singing. By this we do net mean mammy 
songs or crooning but real classical music 
of a high order, and those in the "know'' 
claim she does it most enchant ingly. 

Victim Xo. 2. is Ernest Neilson of the 
AnthroiKjlogy Department who not only 
collects ivories, jades, swords, coins and 
pictures, but also has a shop in Westfield 
X. J. where he sells them. Through his 
close association with archaeological arti- 
facts, he has develoi)ed a very critic-al eye 
for antiques and woe to the person who 
tries to give him any wooden nickels! 

Our third and fourth catches are two 
fine si)ecimens from the museum library. 
One is Betty Ertel who is an inveterate 
ice skater during the winter and the other. 
Hazel Gay who hokls the library record 
as a World's Fair attender. She has been 



T there five times but will have to go fifteen 
times more if she wishes to equal Bruce 
i Brunner's score. 

At the bottom of the net we find Hazel 
de Rerard, Dr. Frick's secretary, who has 
so many hobbies that memory fails her 
and she is obliged to resort to an itemized 
I list. Chief of these, however, is seeing and 
climbing mountains as well as making 
hooked rugs depicting mountain scenes. 
She has also drawn a very beautiful and 
jiicturcsciue ma]) of the Hut System of the 
••^lipalachian Mountain Club of which she 
is a devoted member. Besides this, she is 
a rhythmic dancer, an embroiderer and 
a gardener who is very anxious to see 
a garden club organized at the museum. 



BERMUDA, THE BLISSFUL 

\\ c are not trying to tell you where to go 
on your vacation — but the other day, 
when we were particularly under the 
influence of that "wanderlust" feeling, 
Miss Levett Bradley came into our office 
and started to extol the virtues of Ber- 
muda. She was so enthusiastic, that we 
thought all of you who might be seeking 
a place to go for your vacation might like 
to know her reactions, and we herewith 
present them, just as she wrote them down 
for us: 

"The above name (Bermuda) speaks 
for itself when I say that my planned visit 
was for ten days, and I only eventually 
tore myself away after three and a half 
weeks. 

It certainly is the most ideal spot for 
a vacation that I ever staj-ed in, bar none. 
The day I arrived, Friday, May 19, I 
immediately went in for all the sports 
available on the spot; the "spot" being 
Harrington House, on Harrington Sound, 
into which we went swimming. Also we 
rowed on the same blue-green waters. 
Later we played tennis on the gra^s court 
of the garden and then cycled back into 
St. George's to see the boat "Acadia" 
start off on its further voj'age to Havana. 
Xot having been on a bicycle since I left 
England nearly ten years ago, some slight 
•stiffness was to be expected, but none 
manifested itself — (jwing, I sup])Ose, to mj' 
being such an olil cyclist ! 

Harrington Hous(> being opposite the 
(Quarry, we had the pleasure of hearing 
the occasienal blasting go Bang, and of 
seeing some of the convicts conveyed to and 
from their work in one of the two or three 
trucks which are extant on the island — not 
even the Governor being allowed a car. 
This exem])tion was a great boon after 
Xew York. The air is full of the fragrence 



T of flowering frees and pines everywhere, 
I and it was quite tiu-illing to be able to pick 
bananas oneself, even though they were 
still green, and to allow them to riix-n in 
the sun. The different fruits grown tiicrc 
are numerous. The small garden of 
a friend at Hamilton contain<'<l almost 
everything in the way of fruit trees — 
oranges, wild cherries, paw-])aws, bananas, 
tomatoes, grapes, etc. 

For cycling most of the roads are 
distinctly bad, aiul include many accident 
traps for the reckless and unwary. 
However, one can get occasional long 
stretches of good surface, and always 
there are wonderful views of colored 
water and tree-covered hills. The follow- 
ing verses give a fair, though brief de- 
scription of the particular locality of my 
stay in that delightful spot of "English 
country" in the midst of the Atlantic: 



An Appreciation 
by D. F. Levett Bradley 

Where the waves of the Atlantic 
Wash Bermuda's fragrant shore 

You may find a peaceful haven 
Where you need not ask for more. 

There between two waters standing 

Is an ideal i^lace of rest 
Having all the sports you're wanting 

And where food is of the best. 

All the house is light and cheerful 
Guests, I've met, a jolly crowd- 

What to say of hosts and hostess 
Could not be expressed aloud! 

Gardens fair and green surrouniling 

L^.S.A. now spreads its fame; — 
Where you dock you'll hear on landing 
"Harrington Hou.se" the well-known 

name. 
[May be sung to the tune of "Clemen- 
tine" ] 

In Bermuda: — 

You do not run to catch the mail 

There are no mails to catch 
Except the males (or females) met 
Beneath the same roof-thatch! 

D.F.L.B. 

PAGE OSCAR WILDE 

Arthur Olilnian, a former member of the 
Preparation Department, on a recent 
return %'isit to the museum voiced this epi- 
grammatic utterance: "The members of 
this institution are like the inhabitants 
of Shangri La. Tiiey never grow older 
but simply expand." 



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THE GRAPEVINE 



JUNE 



Social Whirl 



Ed. Lyons Pills- Line uj) boys, pills for 
every iiilmciit, stiff joints, fallen iirchos, 
flat feet, etc., make a date with Lyons, 
his pills are pills and how brother? 

"Who knows their sections," cries Steve 
ALn-ph>- to everv man he meets. Some 
of the bo\s have bought a compass. 

.lake Schrope took the boys to see the 
I''air, but no i''air did they see. All the 
ffirl shows were the main attraction. 
In the ])arty were Chas. Groff, H(>rman 
Otto and I''red Christman. HlueKhisses 
were worn on the way home. 



.Ask Herman Otto alxnit his fishing trij) 
with three museum friends at Long 
Island. Twelve hours in the sini, — 
the catch three small floimdcr.s — no 
ruler needed. 



Harry Larrar has his fishing license thanks 
to W il.son Todd's letter of reference. 
With majis and fishing rod Harry is 
going up New \'ork State to cast his 
luck. 



The new collectors hobby: Pails and mops. 
Chas. Nevins can find them no matter 
where they hide. 

The ex-l()() mile king is thinking of soft 
ju'ddling the old two-wheeler again. 
Two bronze medals were won by our 
Ben Connolly. 

Chri.s. Hunderpfund, back in 1922, 
modeled for bathing suits. Must have 
a hidden figure, girls. 



.\t the mail desk still licking his stamps 
Henry V'oelmy licks and licks. Henry 
should not lick (Jeorge Washington, the 
l''at her of our country. 

THINGS WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE 

Dick Kunder on a kiddie cai 

llai'rs' Hawkins I'iding a winner in the 
Kentuck\' Derby 

Charles Kerr making out a will in fa\dr of 

H.n. 

Bill Sherman cashing a check with a smile 
Jim McKeon without the crxing towel 



A TRIP TO THE FAIR 

{Or "Flushing Meadows Can Take it") 

Little ".Junior" left Dorothy Edwards 
and its fond parent, Natural History, and 
wandered over to the Fair the other week, 
and his adventures were sur|)rising indeed. 




Little .I\mior was getting bored with 
"our small animal fri(>nds" and wanted 
bigger and better things. .\nd the I'^iir 
seemed the logical place to go. 

And what do yoii think was the first 
thing .Junior .saw when he had paid his 
admission fee and gone inside? .John 
Saunders!. There was .John sitting in the 
middle of a great big wonderful New York 
City building comi)letely surrounded by 
dioramas of museum exhibits and a big 
chameleon blinking at him! .Just when 
little Junior was about to go up to him 
and .say "Hello", a man i)usheil through 
and tiiaidly asked John how you kn(>w 
wliat you had, even if you did dig it \\\y 
out of rocks. Little Junior discreetly 
left! When he came back a little later he 
spied his old friend Irene Cyi)her and 
rushed uj) to meet her, but not soon 
enough to save her. She had been ex- 
I)laining at length to a group of five people 
what the dinosaur exhibit was all about. 
In fact she had been talking for an un- 
earthly long time, or so it seemetl to 
.Junior, when suddenly the group smiled 
sweetly at her and began to gesticulate in 
the deaf and dumb sign language. Junior 
di.sapi)eared, for he really hated to be an 
onlooker at a laily's distress. Still un- 
daunted he returned the next day, and 
there was his i)al Elwood Logan. "El- 
wood" cried Junior .... I)ut he never 
finish(>d, for two bearded Frenchmen 
.stepp(>d ui) to Elwood and started to ask 
him in French if it w(Te possible to buy 
tho.se things in the cases. "Nicht sprechen 
Sip French" answenvl Elwood . . and the 
fight was on! With that little .Junior made 
a dash for the door and he is now i)eace- 
fuUy residing in his own little domicile, 
l)ack in the nir'e ix'aceful Museum, far 
from those maddening incjuiries. 

ViM' those of you who would like to see 
what Little Junior saw, the Museum has 
a large exhibit in the New ^'ork City 
Building, which is right next to the |)eris- 
phere. Seven dioramas, a large model of 
a chameleon and a backgroimd of winking 
stars constitute the (>xhibit. The dioramas 



show the Seminole Indians, birds of the 
Pacific coral islands, a group of dinosaurs 
and their eggs, Mt. Vesuvius, pearl 
divers, and polarized light. Fifteen or so 
members of the Department of Education 
are on duty there one at a time, answering 
questions and giving information about 
the Museum and the Planetarium. 

On the l.")th of .hme the "Time and 
Space" Jiuilding al.so opened. Sjjonsored 
by the Museum, this exhibit will take you 
on a rocket trip to the moon, and give you 
your share of thrills. The Longine- 
Wittnauer Company, maker of watches, 
l)ut som(> .|7."),000 into this exhibit, and 
Tom Voter won the competition for the 
design of the front of the building, 
comiieting against many of the well-known 
designers. 

So you see the Mu.seum is offering (luite 
a lot to the sight.seers who come to the 
Fair. Wh(>n(>ver you are out that way, 
.stop in and see the exhibits for yourself. 



MUSICAL NOTES 

Tlui other day a guide from one of the 
bus companys of this city had a party in 
the building showing them the wonders of 
th(> Mu.sevuii. In the course of time they 
came to the hall where the musical 
I)rogram of the day was being oflfered. 
The bus man stepped over to the Museum 
staff member and asked the name of the 
composition then being played, and he 
was told that it was the "Siamese;" suite. 
Where>ii)on said bus man went back to 
his grou(), looked around imjiortantly, 
and then announced in a loud voice, 
"Now folks, the number you hear is 
known as 'The Simonized Suit' "!!! 




LOCAL COLOR 

The folks in Education were really 
(]uite excited lately — the School Service 
Elevator was painted, the floor, sides, top, 
even the telephone and hand rails were 
given a high |)olish. .\nd then what 
happened? Henry Hun(leri)tfund rea])- 
peared from the I(>ss decorative main 
elevators to take \l\^ his duties in the new, 
glorified lift I Ju.st w hen we thought he 
had deserted us. It just goes to show- 
that some men w ill sell their birthright for 
a coat of paint. 



Dishing the Dirt 

about 

The World's Fair 



or 

DAILY REPORT 

by 

ERNEST G. DUFFY 



Dear Diar_v: 

The other day (one of those 48 liour 
days) Mr. Adamson asked me if I could 
dig up about three pounds of soil over at 
the World's Fair. It seemed like an 
unusual request but it has never been my 
policy to dodge dirty jobs .so I promised to 
try. The idea was that the dirt was to be 
used in balloons we were releasing from the 
Time and Space Building and the balloons 
were going to fly over the Fair. You've 
heard that song, Moon over Miami. This 
was World's Fair dirt over the moon and 
if the balloon broke, it was going to be 
east side, west side and all around the 
town. 

First I called the hcatl gardener. He 
seemed like a logical i)erson to call. This 
was my first mistake. He referred me to 
the operations department. I told him 
I didn't want an operation — that I 
needed tlie stuff they used in gardens. — I 
finally called the operations department. 

Apparently thej' don't wash the patients 
before they operate and the thumb was 
pointed in tlie direction of the Supervisor 
of Pleasant Relations with Exhibitors at 
tiie World's Fair or something. In spite 
of continued discoiHiections and due to an 
extremely agile dialing digit, it was 
possible to maintain a FAIRIA' intelligent 
conversation with an under under as- 
sistant assistant secretary. After a 15 
minute broadcast from the Haytlen 
Planetarium featuring This Wonderful 
World brought to you tiirough the 
courtesy of the Museum of Natural 
History in connection with their 10 year 
development program, etc., Mi.ss Blank, 




Ernest Digging the Dirt 



or rather Miss Blankety Blank said, "Oh 
— you want three pounds of dirt." 
Success .seemed imminent. I learned 
then and there to never count your 
chickens in front of yoiu- wife. When 
she told me to call the Head Gardener, 
I related my previous experiences with 
this uprooter of all evil. Miss Blank 
l)romised to call me back and I promised 
not to call her anything. About this time 
I started talking to myself. This is 
something that all good Guest Relations 
employees do. I .said, "Oh, Duffy dear, 
I Perisphere you'll never get the .soil! 
Then I was reminded of that old slogan — 
If at first you don't succeed, Trylon, 
Try Ion again. About this time, the phone 
rang antl the glad tidings were received. 
Miss Blank had delivered tlie onions. 
The dirt would be waiting for me. The 
instructions she gave telling when to go 
and how to get it would have ])ut Rube 
Goldberg to shame. My itinerary in- 
cluded a side trij) to Saturn and Jupiter 
with a 3 day stopover at Horses Head 
Nebula, but success and three pounds of 
dirt were to crown my jjcrsistant efforts. 
After finally finding the head gardener and 
meeting his various assistants and their 
wives and families — after kissing a few 
dozen sciualling infants and passing out 
about three boxes of crooners crooners 
(they're the cigars that lull you to sleej)) — 
after accejiting 3 lbs. of sand, fertilizer 
and gravel in con.secutive order, I finally 
emerged triiunphant with not one not 
two but three pounds of gi-and glorious 
golden World's Fair soil. 



One day Miss Warren and Mrs. Mack 
got out one of tho.se wishing lamjis, rubbed 
it good and hard, and made a mighty wish. 
A kind genii answered their wishes in the 
form of a check and now we have a new 
Book Shop. 

On th(> first floor of the main building, 
near the elevators, is now a new, modern 
and "browsy" book shop. Work was 
speeded to get the shop in readiness for 
the cxiK'cted Fair visitors and with the 
hel]) of the Museiun Paint, Electrical, and 
Carpenter Shops it o|)ened officially on 
June the fifth. Shelves are of blonde 
walnut and hold about twice the number of 
books. Better display and indirect 
lighting with doors wide open near the 
elevators attract the customer. We wish 
you luck and advise the employees to 
drop in .some time and spend .some time 
for there are books to meet any taste and 
two very nice peojjle to help you pick 
them. 

DANCING FEET 

For the benefit of those of our fellow 
workers who may be interested in the 
gentle art of dancing we are happy to 
print the following information. A repre- 
sentative of the Arthur Murray Dance 
Studios stopped into our offices the other 
day to tell us that they were organizing 
groups for dance instruction and would be 
glad to give our peo])le the opportunity of 
takwig advantage of these special offers. 
We give you their rates: 

For a group of five to ten persons — 
$10 forten lessons (Duringthe summer 
months, twelve les.sons are given in 
this course) 

For a group of twelve or more, $7.50 for 
the above course. 

You may have these lessons in the 
studios, in j'our own home, or in any 
place of your choosing. (The instruc- 
tors bring an electric phonograph 
and records with them) 

If you wish t«) have the lessons in your 
own home, the charge is twenty-five 
dollars for the evening, no matter 
how many persons are in the grouj). 

The studios are air conditioned — an 
extra inducement for the summer. 

If you are interested you can get in 
touch with Miss Schotield, or with Mr. 
Tannhauser, at the Arthur Murray Dance 
Studios, 7 East 43rd Street and 10 East 
44th Street, New York City. 

Why not take advantage of this offer — 
think of the next E.B.A. dance, and what 
a .sensation you can be, executing all the 
latest steps with th(> greatest of ease. We 
call it a most opportune hapi)ening. 



THE GRAPEVINE 



JUNE 



"FAIR" SUMMER 

yuninicr hriiiKs witli it, Saturdays off 
and the last issue of Natural History till 
I'"all, the opcniiif^of WliitiK'v Bird Hall and 
a now Book Shop location, World's Fair 
tours behind the scenes, more Planetarium 
shows, tennis games and that lazy feeling 
when the sun shines, and the last issue of 
the Grapevine till Fall. Vacation time is 
hei-e and we have seen the calendar and 
jjicked our time. Wc have welcomed 
a new Museum publication called Muse- 
cam and seen a camera club grow. We 
have watched while .\lthea Warren and 
Peg Mack scurry around with books in 
their arms running to the new Book Shop. 
We have compared notes on the World's 
Fair and bidded departing employees of 
the Educational Department a fond fare- 
well on their trip to Flushing Meadows. 
Signs by Tom Voter and .staff have s))rung 
uj) and ijamjjlilets have been distributed 
on the Planetarium shows. \A'alter 
Meistcr and Dick Cook are ready with 
blue ink for the receipts to come in and 
music is heard in some of the Halls. But 
wiiat w(> want to know is WHERE are all 
those World's Fair visitors? 



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JUST A MEMORY 

There is an organization, closely 
alliliated with, this august institution, 
which is known as the "Staff Wives", 
and which meets at varied and sundry 
times for purely social purjioses. Recent- 
ly, one of these meetings was held at the 
Trailside Mu.seum home of Mr. William 
Carr at Bear Mountain. Many of our 
staff members departed in their Rolls, 
\' 8's, and just ])lain flivvers, for .said 
destination, .\mong them was one Mr. 
S. P. Voorhees, who blithely rolled along, 
and in t he course of events also rolled past 
a stop sign (Inadvertently, of course and 
unintentionally). Ensued a ticket for 
aforementioned offense. The culprit was 
the victim of an unfortunate lapse of 
memory, and completx'ly forgot about 
said ticket, until after court had adjourned 
on the day on which he was to api)ear. 
The court, being rather mean about these 
things, jiroceeded to issue a warrant, the 
culjirit proceedc'd to do some tall explain- 
ing and paid a fine, and is only (juite 
recently breathing normally when the 
word "jail" is mentioned. Which all 
goes to show wliat an important thing 
a good memory is. 



FROM OUR SCRAPBOOK 

"I hate to see a thing done by 
halves: if it be right, do it boldly: 
if it be wrong, leave it undone." 

— Gilpin 

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Calling : : 
' ENdicott 2-8500 

Have you ever taken time off to consider 
through what highways and byways that 
question from Mr. and Mrs. John (J. 
Public arrives on your telephone ex- 
tension? 

In an effort to get a good idea of the 
communication .sy.stem of the Museum, 
a visit was made to our telephone switch- 
board. There, midst green, red and white 
lights popping on and off, cords being 
jHilled and pushed, sit the two "Voices 
with Smiles," Miss Margaret McGold- 
rick and Miss Johanna Scharf. Between 
them they keep an ever watchful eye on 
the two-[)ositi()n switchboard. 

The board has fourteen trunk lines — 
which means that fourteen outside calls 
can be handled at one time. To give you 
an idea how seldom these fourteen main 
.stems are idle, statistics comiiiled during 
the winter check-up show that 4000 calls 
are cleared through them in an ordinary 
working day. This number, of course, 
does not include calls made on tiie ititer- 
office system. 

Ten years ago there were about 100 
ext(>nsions. Now there are 4.")0. Usually 
Monday is the busiest day. Since, how- 
ever, offices are closed on Saturdavs (the 
o])erators, nevertheless, arc on duty every 
Saturday as well as holidays) I'\iday will 
run a dose .second as far as telei)hone 
traffic goes. Come summer, winter, 
spring or fall, the calls per day are nearly 
even the year around. 

Both Mi.ss McGoldrick and Miss 
Scharf act to great extent as an infor- 
mation bureau and clearing house. Each 
call that comes in has to reach a suitabl(> 
destination. When the dear Public calls 
and wants to speak to Ihr Curator it is 
up to them to find out just what they 
want and try to keep them peaceful until 
they are connected with the right depart- 
ment. 

After many years of having jjcculiar 
questions thrown at them they are eciual 
to any request and meet any situation 
without batting and eyelasli. One day an 
excited woman called to ask that the 
Curator be sent to her house immediately 
in order to capture a large, weird animal 
in her ajiartijient. Then by adroit 
questioning it was found to be nothing 
more ferocious than a |)rayiiig mantis. 

When calling an outside number and the 
operator asks who's calling, hold back that 



temper. The reason for asking is two-fold. 
In the first i)lace anybody in the exhibition 
halls has access to phones and often try 
to chisel free calls. Secondly, the number 
of your extension does not show up on the 
board and considcTing that there are 500 
emi)loyees in the Museum you can realize 
that the operators have no way of know- 
ing where the call is coming from. 

Both Miss McGoldrick and Miss 
Scharf know the voices but not tlie faces 
of Museumites. They can easily recog- 
niz(>, without a moment's hesitation two- 
thirds of the voices of the regular staff. 
It has happened time and again that they 
recognize a voice in the elevator and so 
connect the voice and the personality 
behind it for the first time. 

It might also interest you to know that, 
even with a twenty-five per cent discount 
allowed because of its affiliation with the 
City, the Museum's monthly telephone 
bill is usually between eight and nine 
hundred dollars. So you see what a mam- 
moth undertaking it is to keep this com- 
plicated and ( ssential part of our business 
life running smoothly. The next time 
you take your receiver from the hook, 
think of the "voice with a smile" and put 
a smile in vour voice too. 



A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME 

Mr. Saunders was recently asked to give 
a talk to the boys of the Madison Squan; 
Boys' Club. It seems that they are 
erecting a new club house with mon(>y given 
flieni by the Ilayden '^'outli Foimdation, 
and they wanted to know something about 
the rock formation over which the new 
club Ihiusc is to be built. .John went over 
for u view of the excavation. His guide 
was a serious young East sider, quite 
enthused over the new building. When 
asked how hv liked the idea of having a 
brand new building, he answered in good 
New Yorkese — "Chee, it's swell — and 
think of the Hayden Planetarium giv'n us 
four hundred grand to put it up wid!!" 



SHADES OF BYGONE AGES 

C^uitc recently a weary father, from 
points outside New York, in the course of 
a long tour of .seeing the city's sights, 
brought his young son to see the Museum. 
Wearily they dragged th(>ir heavy feet 
into the Jurassic Hall. Sonny's questions 
came (piick and fast, and at last in desper- 
ation the father came ovct to one of the 
guaiils .'ind asked, "Please, mister, is it 
lironx Park or C<'utral Park you have 
tho.se animals in?" 





Published by THE EMPLOYEES' BENEFIT ASSOCIATION K| 

OF THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 



VOL. II, No. 9 



OCTOBER. 1939 



PRICELESS 



MAY WE PRESENT 



(The Grapevine is of the ojiinion that there are many among us w ho, unnoticed and in their own quiet 

ways, have served the Museum well for over a quarter of a eentury. We therefore intend to present 

them tc you, in the order of length of service, and to tell you a little about their work, their life, and 

their "Museum story". We begin with our first in point of length of service, our own Dr. Chapman, 

and we g've you his impressions in his very own words.) 



Dear Grapevine: — 

Replying to your recjuest for 300 words on the 51 
years of my Museum life, I ajjpend a carefully 
culled selection which within these verbal limitations 
will best present a picture 
of my past half century. 
Looking backward, I see 
a desolate - looking field 
bounded by Central Park, 
the E V e r e t Apart ment 
House, vacant lots and 
goat inhabited cHffs. Near 
its southern border stood 
an ungainly brick building 
connected with 77th Street 
by a wooden causeway and 
with the w(;rld by a path 
which crossed the field dia- 
gonally to the 81st Street 
"L" Station. This build- 
ing contained a Haida Ward 
canoe, a camel-riding Arab 
being attacked by lions, 

some geological specimens and the suiierb collection 
of mounted birds which still adorns the second floor. 
On the fifth floor there was a room occupied by 
Curator J. A. Allen and 300 bird's skins. The two 
combined constituted the Dei)artment of Birds. 
There were other rooms and four other curators 
but I cannot spare them any of my 300 words. 




I arrived just in time to see the beginnings of the 
transformation which, starting with the front facade 
and a carriage entrance used by men and horses, has 
found its present resting place in the Planetarium 

and the Whitney Wing. 

With an even more mar- 
vellous development the 
300 birds have grown to 
nearly 800,000, and Dr. 
Allen's family has increased, 
if not proportionally, at 
least in a manner credit- 
able to so distinguished 
a sire, dividing, by the 
way, into a department of 
mammals (Consult Curator 
Anthony). 

Beyond museum walls I 
recall a series of camps 
and cruises from Canada to 
Chile, from sea-level to 

| | snow-line. Under the wand 

of a one-room taxidermy 
shop, which itself has grown to the Department of 
Alts, Preparation and Installation, the resulting 
collections have become Habitat Groups to which, 
having exhausted my space, I refer the inquiring 
reader. 

Cordially your colleague, 

Frank M. Chapman 



THE GRAPEVINE 



October 




No one was more k(>(-ly disappointed thun we, the 
Arrangements Committee, when the heavens opened 
up on September 27th and dropped buckets of 
water on Ol'R DAY! With wails and a gnashing of 
teeth we realized that all our hard work and plans 
for a good holiday together had come to nothing 
through a cruel and jM-rverse fate. The only way we 
could console ourselves was by thinking of Bobby 
B\irns' old panacea "The best laid schemes o' mice 
and men Gang aft a-gley; and leave us naught but 
grief and pain for promised joy." 

However, it was certainly encouraging to learn 
that almost all of you went to the Fair in spite of the 
rain and from many reports enjoyed it very much. 
At least we had a chance to see the General Motors 
exhibit without waiting in line for houns! And the 
writer couldn't help hoping in a glum sort of way, 
while looking out over the bright, sunny "World of 
Tomorrow", that science would have worked out 
some method of controlling rainfall by 1960. 

Lowell Thoma.s and his "Nine Old Men" are still 
counting on a game with Dr. Anthony and his 
"Headhunters" team, if not this fall, next spring 
when the Fair re-opens and the weather is more 
trustworthy. The softball game was a good idea 
with possibilities for ))lenty of rousing fun and we 
hope you will keei) it in mind for future use. 



DID YOU SAY FOOD? 

Dozens of camera fan.s in the building, and not 
a one around when Henry Hundertpfund started to 
blow bubbles!! Knowing Henry's weakness for 
food, a few wags decided to have some fun. They 
sliced some yellow soap thin, placed it between two 
slices of whole wheat bread, addend lettuce and 
a little mustard and placed it on the bench in the 
ba.sement of School Service. After eyeing the lonely 
.sandwich about five minutes, Henry grabbed it and 
retired to the seclusion of the elevator to devour his 
find. Three-quarters through he realized it didn't 
taste right, so down \w came for a drink of water. 
My, he does blow a mean mouthful of froth! 



Vapid Vacationals 

BARREL OF FUN 

Yi's! It really did iKijjpcn, and in the good old 
traditional way. Bunny Southwick's bathing suit 
was stolen by a malicious wave in Marnorinac Bay, 
and he, Bunny, had to return home in a barrel. If 
you don't believe us, ask Dr. Harold Freund. 

INVERSION IN THE CATSKILLS 

The Kingston electric power had been shut off, 
and Herman Mueller slipped into his pyjamas, 
enshrouded by darkness. The morrow's sun brought 
a startling revelation. Mueller had mi.staken the 
sleeves of the uj^iier jiart for the pants of the lower! 
Here's to the return of the good old fashioned night 
gown. 

IN TRANSIT 

George Childs witnessed one salesman baiting 
another in a Burlington parlor car. "Hyc, Joe", 
.said the first .salesman. "So, Frank", replied the 
other, "I suppose yovi think you're one of the 
'chimney rock' boys." The first salesman having 
then departed, the second turned to Dr. Childs 
with a wink and said, "I suppose you heard me 
mention 'chimney rock boys'. Well, I don't know 
a thing about 'em, and don't even know if there are 
any. But I think I'm wise in making that guy 
think I know something he don't know!" 

OFF THE RECORD 

Said Southwick, "My adipose tissue, has lost 
weight as a humerous issue. I have grown so thin, 
That I really begin, Oh, adijiosc tissu(>, to miss you. 



THE GRAPEVINE 

EDITORIAL STAFF 
Editor-in-Chief — Irene F. Cypher 

Advisory Board 

Wayne M. Fauncb Walter F. Meister 

George C. Vaillant 

Managing Board 
Edward A. Burns Frank A. Rinald 
George H. Childs Jean Wiedemer 

Editorial Board 



LUCY W, CLAUSEN 
CHARLES J. KERR 
WARE LYNCH 
GEORGE TAUBER 
ED. WRISSENBERG 



STEPHEN J. MURPHY 
HERMAN A. SIEVERS 
W. H. SOUTHWICK 
WILLIAM H. WRIGHT 
STEPHEN KLASSEN 



1939 



THE GRAPEVINE 



Social Whirl 



On Tuesday evening, October 3rd, 1939, the 
Custodian's Department sponsored a dinner to five 
men upon the occasion of their retirement. The 
men were John F. Clark, William Bucklej-, James 
Coyle, James McGrath, Frank Wippert. 




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The Custodian's Department was not alone, 
however, in paying tribute to these veterans. The 
Power and Electric, Mechanics, Ma.sons, and 
Carpenters Shops as well as the Business Office and 
Preparation were well represented among the 180 
gathered at the dinner. 

Many anticipated long s]>eeches, but under the 
guidance of Bernard Moore that after dinner spectre 
was ciu-tailed. The committee on arrangements, 
consisting of Otto Eckholra, Ed Hawkins, Pat 
Wallace, Tim SuUivan, Barney Moore, Steve 
Murphy, Joe Schoeffler, Jim McKeon, and James 
Sheeran are to be congratulated upon the success of 
the party. Since it was a stag the following men 
volunteered as waiters: R. Cook, W. Somerville, 
W. Carroll, A. Monte, T. Sullivan, J. Philburn, 
S. Klassen and J. McCormack. 

Things not to be overlooked were: Harry Farrar 
doing a "Helen Morgan" on the piano to the tune of 
anything that came to mind; Bill O'Hara beating 
out a mean drurnmer-boy act on one cf the trays; 
Mike Gayer and Jim Harris doing an Irish jig or 
sumpin'; heart-rending rendition by Arthur Naylor, 
Ben Connolly, Bill Wright and Ed Malley of 
"Smile A While" .... but they were out in the hall, 
not having the courage to face the guests; Jimmie 
Philburn, the fashion plate, with an apron cm and 
his hair mussed. 

Barney Moore acted as toastmaster. His English 
was poifect. 

Ed Hawkins did an excellent job of handling the 
entertainment. Hollywood please take notes. 

Charles Kerr, after drinking three beers had 
difficulty in finding a marked exit. 

Tony Gerrity the "Fire Eater" stuffed his mouth 
full of flaming papers apparently without any ill 
effects. Jim Harris however, who only handed him 
the lit papers, got his fingers burned. 

Ed Wilde left for home at the usual time, 5:00 
P. M., because he forgot his baseball mask. 



Without the least bit of ceremony Jake Shrepe was 
ducked (head and all) in the sawdust bin. P.S. No 
tombstone needed. 

When John Clark first came to the Custodian's 
Department he was the only Republican. One 
against two hundred. 

Ash Littlefield and Joe Orr gave an exhibition of 
all the pansy dances danced in the 1860's. The 
imitation Joe did of ex-Chief Engineer Harry 
Langham was accurately humorous. The voice and 
gestures could not have been more characteristic 
than if Harry were there himself. 

When Dick Joyce recited "Jake the Plumber" 
twenty-four men fell flat. 

Buckley came in only two and a half hoiu^s late — 
he forgot where the Museum was and had to be 
directed by a policeman. 

Highlights of the evening's entertainment in- 
cluded the trio made up of Pat Whalen, piano, 
Finton Breen, accordian, and Ben Marshall, banjo. 
Frank Hennesey sang "We've gone A Long Way 
Together". 




Nice Going Frank 

The Biscuit shooters plaj'ed their first game of the 
season at the dinner. Harry Farrar lost the game. 

For the first time in years Joe SchoefHer stayed 
out late — he didn't get home until 9:30 P. M. 

Otto the "bun-i)icker-upper" .said his throat was 
sore and the yelling had to go on without benefit of 
his flute-like bellow. 

May we extend our sincere best wishes for many 
happy hours at the radios each guest of honor re- 
ceived. 



THE GRAPEVINE 



October 




Non-Scientific 

Discoveries 

Our photographrr, Charles Coles, has been regal- 
ing us with stories of left-hand driving in a British 
Austin, which he hired during his reeent honeymoon- 
vacation trij) in the "tight little isle". Asking fcr 
gasoline was of no help until he remembered to ask 
for petrol. And confidentially, he never took a 
picture during his entire trip. His only purchase 
was films from a well-known concern with an office 
in Liverpool. 

Floorman Fcldnian, of Akeley Hall vicinity, is one 
of the "Guided Tours" best boosters. 



Another Whopper: — On September 2, 1939, tlie 
I'^ceport Tuna Derby announced that Ed Wrissen- 
berg was the winner in the Tuna Tournament 
conducted by them. Ed walked off with the $10.00 
prize for the largest tuna caught — 8o jiounds. 

Ask Joe Nullet if getting stuck in one of the 
Roosevelt Memorial elevators is any fun. Especially if 
it is on one of those hot, blistery August days, and if 
there is no way of getting out. 



Entomology sadly announces the dei)artiire of 
another of its staff. Mr. Frank Watson who has for 
twenty-five years been the Lepidopterist (butter- 
flies and moths to you), has decided to resign and 
settle down to enjoy life. 



Anent Fire Prevention Week: — Oscar the electrician 
vms testing the fire alarm bells one afternoon. He 
kept ringing one of them, and after a while a party 
came out of one of the offices and asked, "Are you 
ringing for ice water?" 



The mc^n would all like to know why "Baldy" 
Al tiie Painter is so glum these days. It has been 
rumored that it is because a certain i^arty of 
Swedish extraction .said to him at the Fair (in the 
|)resence of his wife), "Tiiis iss your vife, Al? I don't 
dank she haf red hair last time I see you togedcr." ! ! 



The Department of Geology has gone far afield 
for its vacations this year. Dr. Harold V'okes and 
Mr. Charles Bogert of the Department of Herpetolo- 
gy are now in Sonora, Mexico. Dr. Vokcs is collect- 
ing invertebrate fossils, and Mr. Bogert is studying 
there under a Carnegie grant instead of going to 
Germany as had originally been planned. Mr. Bert 
Zellner went to P( rtland, Oregon, Hollywood and 
then to Texas, whence he returned home by way of 
boat. 




In fact, speaking of vacations, the whole Museum 
spread to the far corners of the world this year, as 
witne.ssed by the following summary: 

Dr. Frank Beach spent his vacation in Colorado. 

Charles Coles combined honej-moon and vaction 
in England. 

Jeanette Lucas managed to get back by the skui 
of her teeth after hostilities broke out in Euroiie. 
(P.S. Does this prove America's appeal is in the 
ascendency over England?). 

Farida Wiley and Ehvood Logan went witli a 
])arty of friends to Gasjjc. (the Camera Club ought 
to i)resent some good offerings at its next exhibit.) 

Dr. Grace F. Ramsej' covered Alaska, tiie West 
Coast of the United States and a fair section of 
Western Canada (Some mere good Camera Chib 
material). 

Mrs. Margaret Mack i)roved very unpatriotic by 
going to the San Francisco Fair (or maybe she just 
wanted to be able to convince jx-ople how nnich 
better the New York one was.) 

Mrs. Ella Ransom went to the West Indies — ^and 
to prove it she can show .some of the loveliest color 
movies we have yet to sec. 

Fred Smyth really went places — down to Rio de 
Janeiro. He really went down on a special secret 
mission to see if there is any truth in what we hear 
about South American pulchritude. 

On Oct. 21, Robert Adlington and Rose Di Blasio 
of the Planetarium bcx office staff were married, 
thus adding an element of romance to that habitat 
of the starry regions. 

Tnni and Helen Voter are receiving congratulations 
on the arrival of a brand new son. Junior Natural 
History please copy — we think we ought to do some- 
thing about forming a junior scientific staff pretty soon. 



THE GRAPEVINE 



Narrow Escape 

A certiiin scientist on a trip to Africa was busily 
skinning birds ho bad collocted during th(> day. 
Evening fell. Dog-tired, he slejit the sleep of the 
just. 

Arising early on the morrow, he was nnuly fcr 
another heavy day, but be had not yet iiad his 
indispensable coffee, and put a i)ot on to simmer. 
Reaching into one of the jars on the improvised 
shelf above him, he took down a si)oonful of what 
seemed to be sugar. However, the spoon seemed 
abnormally heavy. On closer inspection he found 
that the substance was not sugar, but arsenic! ! 



PET NEWS 



Jt iV 




INVISIBLE MAN 

Tess Higgins had a snowser, or snowsercss, to be 
more specific. Though very fond of the pet, 
circumstances forced Tess to dispose of her, and 
with this idea in mind, she approached one of the 
best known employees of the Museum whose 
initials are B. S. 

B. S. immediately and gallantly came to her rescue 
and found a mother for the dog in the person of 
Lillian Utermehle. But, acceptable as the dog was 
to Lillian, the latter was unable adequately to care 
for her in her apartment. So, as the next best thing, 
she prevailed upon her negro superintendent to keej) 
the pooch in his bedi(X)m. 

It was then that, to the surprise of all, the snow- 
seress revealed herself as an aristocrat of the deep 
south, and started drawing the color line very 
sharplj' indeed. But the sujxrirtendent finally 
solved the problem by keeping the lights turned ofif 
so that nothing but the whites of his eyes could be 
seen. 

All of which would seem to prove that the friendli- 
ness of the dog is directly proportional to the 
obscureness of the superintendent, and one might 
almost say that herein we have proof that invisibility 
lends just as much enchantment as distance. 



I 



FROM OUR SCRAPBOOK 

"Life is not so short but that there is 
always time enough for courtesy." 



Ca 



mera 




News 



Now that the summer is over the American 
Museum Emjiloyees Camera Club will renew its 
monthly exhibitions for awards. Prints will be 
displayed in the third floor corridor of the School 
Service Building during the first two weeks in 
November. The subjects to be submitted are 
Interiors, Children, Night, Flowers, and Landscapes. 
Camera Club members are requested to send prints 
to Mr. John Orth by October 31st. 

Mr. Herman Hesse of the Pictorial Photogra- 
phers of America spoke before the members of the 
American Museum Employees Camera Club on 
October 20th. He talked on how to judge jirints 
for exhibition and points to consider in judging 
good prints. After giving the major points he clari- 
fied each point by referrals to illustrations and Salon 
prints and his talk was extremely enlightening and 
interesting. 




PHILHARMONIC-SYMPHONY 
ORCHESTRA CONCERT TICKETS 

Inexpensive tickets for Philharmonic- 
Symphony Society concerts are now avail- 
able to Museum employees through a 
Group Ticket Plan. A reduction of about 
50/0 will be given to group orders for a 
minimum of six tickets for concerns on 
Thursday evenings, Saturday evenings and 
Sunday afternoons. 

For further infoiTnation consult the 
Bulletin Board on the south wall 
of the Fifth Floor Corridor, near the 
Bursar's office. 



THE GRAPEVINE 



October, 



Excerpt From '^Ichtherps" 



[At the second Meeting of the American iSociety of 
lohthylogists, and Herpetologists, held in Chicago, 
September loth, 1939, tliere appeared a little book- 
let entitled "IchtherjjS, A Cold-blooded Journal of 
Vertebrates, Published by the American Society of 
Fish Prevaricators and Reptile Fabricators". The 
Grapevine extends greetings to a sister publication, 
and reprints with special permission some excerpts 
from this journalistic gem, scientifically siieaking. 
The editors of Ichtherps have made the following 
mention in a foreword: "All situations and charac- 
ters portrayed are purely fictional and any similarity 
to actual i^ersons living or dead is entirely coinci- 
dental.] 



© 



On Regeneration of Lizards by Tails 

It is curious indeed that in the innumerable 
regeneration experiments that have been conducted 
on lizards the shed tail is invariably discarded and 
the lizard retained for study. It occurred to me that 
the reverse experiment — throwing the lizard away 
and k('e];ing the tail — might have interesting pos- 
sibilities. Accordingly I .secured a lizard and grasp- 
ing it firmly by the tail, made a noiselike a herpetolo- 
gical collector. This cau.sed the terrified lizard to 
scoot awaj', leaving its writhing tail in my hand. 
The tail was placed in a sand box and fed with daily 
injections of gluccse. As I had anticipated, by the 
end of the third day growth had appeared at the 
broken surface, which .soon became identifiable as 
the snout of a lizard. Growth was rai)id, and at the 
end of six weeks a i)erfect lizard, complete with 
limbs, had been regenerated from the tail. This 
simple experiment is so obvious that 1 cannot under- 
stand why it has never been tried before. A more 
detailed study is being conducted and the results 
will appear in a future publication. — Hezekiah 
Jigglesides. 

A Note on the Remarkable 
"Sundown Effect" in Snakes 

As is well known, the extreme vitality of snakes 
prevents serpents from dying before sundown, no 
matter how badly injured. Important information 
bearing on this remarkable correlation with the 
diurnal rhythm has recently been supplied by Mr. 
E. C. J. Falck, who was able to save the life of 
a valuable specimen through his knowledge of this 
characteristic. Mr. Falck's interest in practical zoo 
management is widely known. 



A large rattlesnake in his charge was badly 
poisoned when it struck a visitiiig politician. Efforts 
to .save it by transfusions of blood from its cage 




mates gave some jjromise of a cure, hut the fatal 
sundown hour was too near at hand, and its life 
was despaired of. Mr. Falck fortunately entertained 
some doubts as to the genuinely inherent nature of 
the relation of the death of the snake to the setting 
of the sun, and hoping against hope, set up a battery 
of daylight lami)s in the snake's cage. Thus the 
.snake was unable to distinguish the approach of 
night; time was available for another transfusion, 
this time from the cold-blocded Mr. Falck; and the 
snake was .saved. 

It appears from Mr. Falck's experiment with day- 
light lamps that the dying of snakes at sundown is an 
environmentally induced effect, and not due to any 
anti-nocturnal rhythm in the organism of the snake. 
K.P. von S., (Homewood, 111., and p.oints South) 



A SABER LAW ? 

In Pennsylvania the test for sobriety is to make 
the defendent say "Suzy sat in sou])". But then, 
even a sober person would hesitate to make such 
a statement (we think the lawmakers who jiassed 
the above must have been slightly daffy themselves?) 



STRANGE - BUT TRUE 

It is strange but : 

There is no i)ork in pig iron 

no butter in a buttercup 

no cream in cold cream 

no milk in milk of magnesia 

no |)ockets ill Dutchmen's britches. 





FOR 


SALE 


1934 Ford 


Convi 


rtililc Coupe. Good 


condition. 


Any re 


asonable offer con- 


.-iidcrcd. 




Junius Bird 





VOL. II, No. 10 



Published by THE EMPLOYEES' BENEFIT ASSOCIATION 
OF THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 



DECEMBER, 1939 



PRICELESS 



(Tii^ QUrrtBttttHB ianr? 



Plans for tlie Christmas Dance on 
Saturday, December 9th have moved along 
swiftly since the first notices were sent to 
you. 

Neil MacCallum has signed u]) three 
excellent entertain- 
ment acts which we 
know you will all 
enjoy. Don Ricardo 
the famous boy 
juggler will amaze 
you with his skill 
at tossing what- 
nots around. Six 
lovelies, known as 
the Don Grant 
Dancers, represent- 
ing the finest type 
of musical comedy 
revue, A\-ill perform 
in four attractive 
routines, the Rhum- 
ba,Toe,East Indian 
and Tap rhythm. 
Grant and Rosalie, 
specialty and com- 
edy dancers, who 
have appeared in 

well known clubs, will give us their satiric 
interpretations of ballroom dancing. Last, 
but not least, Joe Keden and his popular 
radio orchestra will make the music for 
our own feet to dance to. 

The entertaimnent will start promptly at 



* 10:30 and last for an hour and a half. Be 

sure to come in time to see the entertairmtient 

and the drawing of the door prize tickets. 

Don't forget, two lucky people will each 

I receive a $10.00 gift certificate from James 

McCreery & Co. 
Dorothy Edwards 
is general chairman 
of the Christmas 
Dance committee 
and she will aj)- 
preciate any sug- 
gestions you may 
have for making 
this night an even 
better one than any 
we've had before. 

Fred Mason and 
Ethel Timonier are 
in charge of the 
decorations (you 
will remem])er that 
t he decorations were 
so attractive last 
year that they were 
taken home as sou- 
veniers!) Margaret 
Fish will handle the 
refreshment end ; 
Edward Bvu-ns will supply the usual colorful 
programs; Dr. Curran is anxious to sell you 
tickets for all your friends and relations and 
Frank Murphy to make your table reser- 
vations. Help us to make this the best affair 
the E.B.A. has ever had. 




THE GRAPEVINE 



DECEMBER 



MAY WE PRESENT= 



(The Grapevine is of the opinion that there are many among us who, unnoticed and in their own quiet 

ways, have served the Museum well for over a quarter of a century. We therefore intend to present 

them tc j'ou, in the order of length of service, and to tell you a little about their work, their life, and 

their "Museum story". We begin with our second in point of length of service, our own Dr. Walter 

Granger and we give you his impressions in his very own words.) 




Dear Grapevine: 

Last month Frank Cluii)maii described Manhat- 
tan Sciuare jiretty much as it was when I first saw it 
on October 1st, 1890. I am not sure that I remember 
the wooden causeway at 77th Street, but do I re- 
member that diagonal path from the then main 
entrance at the northeast corner of the Bickmore 
wing to the 81st Street "L" .station? That board 
walk was lighted by eleven kerosene lamps on jwsts. 
I was on the staff of Mr. Wallace, the Superin- 
tendent, and while 1 was loaned to the taxidermy 
sho]) for most of my time it was necessary for me to 
do something for the Superintendent and that 
something was to clean, trim and re-fill those lamps 
twiec a week aft(!r open nights at the Museum — a 
nasty job during a bitterly cold winter and at the 
salary of .^20 a month. To help meet my board bill 
I was allowed to put on my best suit in the evenings 
and on Sunday afternoons and stand about in the 
exhibition halls and try to answer all the fool 
questions asked by the visitors. In the taxidermy 
shop my task, aside from keeping the i)lace clean, 



was to skin and preserve the birds, mammals and 
reptiles which died in the Central Park Zoc and 
elsewhere and I have never since then been squeam- 
ish about odors! 

All this time I had visions of future field work. 
My chance came in 1894 when I was sent to the 
West to collect mammals and used the fossil col- 
lectors camps as a base. Two years later, on the 
advice of Dr. Chapman, I changed from the Dept. 
of Birds and Mammals to that of Vertebrate 
Palaentology, i)rincii)ally because of the opportuni- 
ties it offered for field work in which I was getting 
more and more interested. During these 45 years 
I have been absent from the field but very few 
seasons. 

As with Dr.Cliai)man I too have watched the growth 
and development of a museum department frcm its 
infancy to a dominant position in the scientific 
world of today and it is a matter of much personal 
satisfaction not only to have watched this growth 
but tc have contributed the better part cf a lifetime 
to it. 

Cordially yours, 

Walter Granger 



ACTIVITIES OF THE AMERICAN 
MUSEUM EMPLOYEES' CAMERA CLUB 

The winner of the November print exhibition was 
Joseph Guerrj' with "Glacier Fields", who will 
receive the prize for .submitting the best print. 
Second place was taken by Emil Berg with "Peri- 
sphere Silhouette", and third place went to George 
Schroth with ".\11 American". 

The last regular meeting of the camera club was 
held in room 319 of School Service at 5:00 P. M., 
on Nov. 28th. Fifteen minute talks were given by 
three of the members: Dr. Eric Hill, Mr. Ellwood 
liOgan and Mr. Chris OLsen. 

The December meeting will be held on the 18th 
of the month at 5 P.M. and Mr. H. A. Smith of 
Agfa will give a 45 minute talk on "Fundamental 
Princii)als of Processing Films". This will be an 
illustrated lectun^. 

Prints for the December exhibition must be turned 
over to Mr. John Orth by the 30th of November. 
The winner will receive a jirize to be awarded by the 
Camera Club. 



1939 



THE GRAPEVINE 



Non-Scientific Discoveries 



Dr. Brown's ostocmcd secretary lias a new name 
these days. The boys of tlie camera chih nicknamed 
him "Two Point Lew". Ask him about it. 

Coming upon a hilarious group iti the men's room 
of the custodian's department this reporter fought his 
way to the center of the group and found, of all people, 
Tom Ford acting like he had a had case of the jitters. 
After some inquiry yours tridy found Tom had been 
to the Hawaiian Room the night before ami was 
giving a demonstration. "Oloha Tom"\ ! ! 

"Eureka"! Dick Joyce is going off on a new 
tangent in photography; he went out and i)urchased 
a book on portraiture by "Mortensen" and is 
going to follow his system to the letter. These 
days Dick is very busy with reflectors, lights, back- 
ground screens, and above all a special two hour 
developer. "Boy! it better be good Dick! ! ! ! 

Otto Eckolm came to work the other morning very 
much perturbed. It seems Otto was very much late 
and when asked how come, he explained he had fallen 
asleep in the subway and landed in Jamacia, L. I. 
He seemed very much upset because the boys xrould not 
believe him. {Better get a better one next lime Otto) 

A few of the hardier devotees of tennis may still be 
seen out on the court even during these chilly days. 
Ask Henry Rouf about his "A La Henry Shots" 

We understand there is a great amount of rivalry 
between Ben Falvey of the Custodian Dept. and Al 
Haddon of the print shop. Their particular feud is 
checkers and the field of honor is the print shop every 
noon hour. So far we have not been able to find out 
who the victor is for it seems to be an endless affair. 
We are rooting for Ben however. 

Has anybody noticed George Schroth's gorgeous 
new suspenders? We wonder if he is finally getting 
around to last year's Xmas presents. 

A troup of midgets appearing at the World's Fair 
visited the Museum the other day and upon reaching 
the fourth floor asked our Eddie Lacey who reaches the 
stupendous height of five foot two, the correct way to 
the gem room. Eddie's only comment, after they had 
left was "Boy, did I feel big." 

A certain young woman who is an exponent of low 
angle camera shots was taking such a shot at 
Shadow Lake, N. J. la.st summer, and it was just our 
doggone luck not to have film in our camera at the 
time. Giosh you looked funny Lucy! ! ! ! 

// anyone would care to have any information on the 
present crisis in Europe call Phil Duffy of the Print 
Shop. He's an authority on the subject we hear. Ask 
Nick, John, Bill or Eddie. They will verify this 
statement. 



Suggest(>d themes for Dr. Russell's Atmospheric 
music : 

Bird Hall — If I had the wings of a swallow 
Wood Hall — In the shade of the old a))i)le tree 
Fish Hall —Three Iddy Fishes in the Iddy Bitty 

Pool 
Geology — Never throw stones at your mother 
Planetarium — Some where over the Rainbow 
Dinosaur Hall — Lazy Bones 

One of the visitors waited an hour or more for the 
Museum to open for the Flower Show, and finally 
arrived at the line forming in the Foyer to overhear the 
attendant say "This way to the flower show". "Flower 
Show" said the visitor — "/ thought they were giving 
out Calendars]" 

George of the G. O. is holding on dcs))orately to 
his Batchelor Club nK^mbership despite all the boys 
trying to make him their brother in-law. 

Frank Murphy was not only lucky winning the 
turkey on the Thanksgiving Raffle but did not even 
have to carry it home. It was brought to his desk by 
a good natured soul; another good natured soul offered 
him a ride home; and to cap the climax Frank said 
"Do you mind carrying it into the hou.se". Oh! Frank! 

To continue talking turkey. Miss Summerson 
won the second turkey in this famous raffle (we 
are told that her sister won a mine? pie, thereby 
completing the Summerson family dinner). After 
the turkeys had been purchased, a twenty cents 
surplus remained, and it was given to Jo(> Hazucha 
for a con.solation prize. We have been informed 
that he is saving it towards another new suit. 

Ed Malley of Custodian Dept. is checking keys in 
buildings for the past few months. He lost his house 
and auto keys. Don't let it gel you, Ed. 

The last day of the show saw a record crowd to 
view the flower show and the surprising thing was 
the efficient handling of the crowds by the Custodian 
Dep.t. Out of 30,000 people there was just one 
complaint. The attendant who handled this par- 
ticular person, tried very hard to get him to go on 
the line, but no good. Finally the attendant in despair 
said, I am sorry sir, but if you do not go on this line 
you will not be able to see the flower show, and the 

man's answer was "Who the h wants to see 

flowers, I want to hear music." 

An attendant who had an important station at the 
flower show was in a discussion on his blow time. In 
the middle of the conversation one fellow turned to the 
attendant who held the important po.st and asked, 
"what do you think of this show.' "Well, I can say 
this much for it, when I die, I am going to leave 
"Please omit all rowers." 



THE GRAPEVINE 



DECEMBER 



Non-Scientific Discoveries — (Continued) 

D;ini clever tli(>se Swedes. \Miat priiminont 
member of a famous Brooklyn Swedish family made 
an unexpected visit to the Worlds' Fair to find it 
closed for the winter, of course. He had t(, fall 
asleep in the train (on his way to work) i)ass the 
81st St. station and be an hour late reporting for 
work, to do it but it still was — a very clever stunt. 

Mr. Saunders ami Misa Cyphrr have parted office 
companij. Anyone ivishing to know what offices should 
look like ought to pay a visit to the second floor of 
school service and see what they have done wtth their 
model offices respectively. If anyone hears of a 
rug floating around unattached or a really good looking 
lai/ij), they might send it to the ^'office U'arniing". 

Watch the expression on the face of Sergeant Tom 
Pat. Kiernan when the colorful Rainbow spans the 
Planetarium Sky. We wonder if it brings back 
memories of the fighting 69th. "New York's own" 
and the "Rainbow Division" of which it was a part. 

SERMONS IN BONES 

Said Dr. Brown to a boney beast 

"Yoin- ribs dc show you need a feast" 
The beast replied in injured tones 

"You should know why you see my bones 
If I had come upon the ark 

I'd have been stuffed by Dr. Clark 
But since I earlier saw the light 

The only one can jjut me right 
At this late day is Charles R. Knight " 

by Charlie Coles 

HITCH YOUR WAGON 

Said Wil.son to Coles the aerial 

"Though at lunch we've |)roved not so etheral 
Since we both have an eye 

On affairs in the sky 
"May we not at least claim we're sidereal?" 

Replied Coles "You are too optimistic 
Which is strange in one who's so artistic 

Since we both like to eat 
I affirm and repeat 

We must be mateiialistic." 

by (ieorge II. Childs 

THE MAN WITH THE CAMERA EYE 

The Camera Eye is a more or less i)oetic de- 
scription for a large group of mn\, perhajjs too large, 
who claim to see all and know all. Not a small 
percentage cf that class are directly or indirectly 
connected with the Police Dei)artment, but there are 
many others who are not and the Museum can claim 
a few of them. Among the most outstanding of the 
latter is Bruce Brunner, whose iniiul, if carefully 
examined by a iihrenologist, would be found to 
consist of two maps — one of Honolulu and the other 



oi the \\'orlds' Fair. He can even tell you without 
the slightest hesitation, the pattern of the wall 
pajx'r in the bedroom he last occupied neai Waikiki 
beach, and is no less hesitant abcut the exact .status 
of Flushing in the World of Tomorrow. 

THE SOCIAL WHIRL 

Three round Tony Cartossa will fight anyone his 
weight at any time. His last fistic go was with 
a member of the Irish clan. He knocked him out in 
two rounds. 

John Healy is packing uj) boxes and taking trains 
to Boston. He is now getting ready a big Christmas 
box. He expects to take a trip to Bo.ston to see his 
girl — can only stay one hour. Ain't love grand! 

Henry Tap])in, known as "Harry" (-xpects to be 
one of the shining lights of the New York City 
police force very soon. 

WTiat has hapjiened to the Museum "Diggers"? 
The last big banquet was held down in the Village, 
attcMided by three hundred or more. The last one 
was held at the Pejipcn- Pot. Why not another? 

Steve Murjihy has one of the finest flower gardens 
on his estate to be fovnid en Long Island. People 
stop and g(>t out of their cars to come in and ask 
about the flowers. He is known as the Long Island 
authority on botany. 

Alan McLean paid us a visit. The men were all 
glad to sec; handsome Al. 

We nominate for the girl with tli(> most pleasing 
telephone vo'ce Alma CJermatin. \\'hat an as.set to 
charm! 

The jxiny boys, James McLaughlin and Tom 
Hogan are trying to pull down their weight to be- 
come jockeys. All summer you can .sec them any 
day in Central Park on the merry-go-round. They 
can pick a sure winner by less than a no.se. 

Tess Higgins was looking at the owl. A woman 
l)assing by claimed the owl was not alive. After 
waiting for half an hovu', he winked one eye. Even 
then the woman claimed it was done by Electricity. 
Then he winked tlu^ other one and moved his head. 
By this time the woman was convinced it was alive. 
Leaving the exhibit she left by the Roosevelt 
Memorial and noticed a beautiful chow dog without 
an apparent owner. .\t this point a man who had 
been an interested spectator at the above argument 
came out and offered to drive Tess anj'where she 
was going. This was very nice until she discovcired 
he was the driver of an A.S.P.C.A. car! Comi)letely 
miffed, Tess snatched the stray chow and rather 
than let him take it, marched over to the police 
station and turned it in to await claim by an owner. 

W. H. S. 





Published by THE EMPLOYEES' BENEFIT ASSOCIATION 
OF THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 



VOL. II, No. 11 



FEBRUARY, 1940 



PRICELESS 



Annual Meeting of tlie E. B. A. 



The tliirty-first Aniuuil Mooting of tlio Employers 
Bonofit Association of tlio A.M.N.H. was hold on 
January 9tli, 1940 in Room 201 of the School 
Soivico BuilclinK. Piosidont Barnard Moore 
prosidod and 232 ni( nibors woro present. 

The Treasurer's report on finances, the Vice- 
Pi esidont's report on mcmbershii) and the Enter- 
tainment Committee report were road and placed on 
file. Election of officers then took place, and the 
following were elected officers of the association for 
the year 1940: 

President — Charles O'Connor 
Vice-President — John Hackett 
Recording Secretary — James Williamson 
Financial Sec-Treasurer — Fred H. Smyth 
Class of 1043 Directors— Wiihvr Meistor, Edwin 
Mcyenberg, William Wright. 

(Remaining directors of E.B.A. are — Class of 1941— 
Irene F. Cyi>her, Wayne M. Faunco, John R. 
Saunders; Class of 1942 — Edward A. Burns, 
George Tauber, George Vaillant). 

At this meeting a motion was made to amend the 
constitution of the association, Article 9, to include 
Section 5, to create a Grievance Committee as one 
of the standing committees. This was referred to 
the Board of Directors for consideration and 
recommendation. At this meeting it was also 
suggested that a semi-annual meeting bo held, in 
order to discuss Association affairs, and that the 
Board of Directors instruct future Entoitainment 
Committees to plan well in advance for any [jossible 
entertainments, so tliat they migh tbe well publicized. 
The meeting adjourned at 1:50 P.M. 

The first n'giilar meeting of the Board of Directors 
was lield on January 19th, 1940. At this meeting 
^^'altor F. Moister was elected to serve as Chairman 
of the Board for the year 1940. The following 
employees wore ai)i)roved as m<'mbcrs of the as- 
sociation: 



Betty Cotter 
George B. Decker 
Teresa DiBlasio 
Alma Germann 
Joseph Hazuclia 
Charles Kerr 
John E. McGuiro 
Anthony Meyenbcrg 
G. H. Meyer 
Dorothy Naylor 



Jo.sei)h Price 
Sally Van S. Pyle 
John S, Ramshaw 
William Richardson 
Robert Schneider 
Morris Silverman 
Isabella Sonntag 
Michael Sullivan 
John Vicat 
John Vilovac 



The Board of Directors decided to meet regularly 
each month, on a date to be set at the convenience 
of the members, during the third week of ovory 
month. The committees chosen by the President 
of the E.B.A., Charles O'Coiuior, wcu-o a])provod as 
follows : 

Auditing Committee: Bernard Moore, Oiairman, 
George L. Sehroth, Helen Willman 

Membership Committee: John Hackett, Chair- 
man, Richard H. Cooke, Ciiarlos Russell, 
Henry Voelmy, Arthur Naylor 

Nominating Committee: Edward A. Burns, 
Chairman, George C. Vaillant, Georgiiie 
Mastin, Wilson Todd, Thomas Voter 

Coordinating Committee on Social Activities: 
Charles OBrien, Chairman, Neil McCallum 
John McCormack 

The Board of Directors then discussed the matter 
of amending th<- constitution to include a grievance 
committee, referred to it by th<> Annual M(u'ting. 
A committee consisting of Messrs, Saunders, 
Wright and Hackett and Miss Cypher w(m-(> ap- 
pointed to consider the matter fiu'thor and rejiort in 
writing its findings to the next meeting of the Board. 

Other matters i)ertaining to the conduct of the 
affairs of the association were discussed, and will bo 
reported on at a later date wlien definite action on 
them has been taken. 



THE GRAPEVINE 



Febr 



THE GRAPEVINE 

EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor-in-Chief — Irkne F. Cypher 

Advisory Board 

Wayne M. Faunce Walter F. Meister 
George C. \'aillant 

Managing Board 
Edward A. Burns Frank A. Rinald 
George H. Childs Jean Wiedemer 

Editorial Board 



LUCY W. CLAUSEN 
CHARLES J. KERR 
GEORGE TAUBER 
ED. WRIS.SENBERG 



STEPHEN J. MURPHY 
HERMAN A. SIEVERS 
W. H. SOUTHWICK 
WILLIAM H. WRIGHT 



STEPHEN KLASSEN 



PRACTICAL EDUCATION 

We have wondered lately why Office 208 of the 
School Service Building was the mecca for so many 
])eople. And then when we ventured to cross the 
threshold we found out why. John Saunders is 
about to put into practice some of the latest and 
best educational theories — for John you see is now 
the proud and doting father of one young Miss 
Nancy Saunders. He has already started a i)ictorial 
record (which aforementioned mademoisselle will 
])robably try to relegate to the family attic some 
day) ; he can demonstrate the making of the square 
fold, taking not more than an hovu* to achieve suc- 
cess; he can balence a bottle in one hand and test 
the degree of warmth of a kettle of milk with the 
other, while at the same time delivering a lecture on 
the dire results of thumb sucking. With it all he 
manages to get a lot of work done, and wc are sure 
that he and Mrs. Saunders, who was formerly 
a member of the Dept. of Education Staff herself, 
will he able to show some of the theorists of today 
what can really be accomplished when you bring uj) 
a baby according to good old Museum methods. 

THE MUSEUM YOUNGER GENERATION 

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Duffy 
on the safe arrival of a bouncing baby boy on 
January 17th, 1940. From the last rei)ort we 
understand that the father is doing very well. 

We also add to our growing list of young Museum- 
ites Carol Elizabeth Whittington, born on November 
13th, 1939. Her mother is Mrs. Wentworth 
(Violet S.) Whittington, formerly of Membership 
and Anthroiwlogy. 



The Social Whirl 

Since Mayor LaGuuidia oju'iied the LaGuardia 
IHying Field, Dr. S. Harm.sted Chubb got to think- 
ing that on account of this being so close (we mean 
the Museum) the window panes in the hall (which 
hall is liis?) should be painted black in case of an 
air raid. And he keeps humming "I'm the Siiadow" 
- Slierlor-k Holmes. 

Jolui Cam])bell, attendant in the Bird Hall, has 
Joe Miller's Jok(>book beat a mile — he's getting his 
material together for a book and he's asking all the 
artists to do tiie illustrations. 

Lost- on(^ pair of teetli in a sandwich! ^\'inifrc(l 
Cullcn the waitress was in charge ot a recent hunt 
(onducted in tlu; restaurant. After diving into 
cans of all sorts for over two hours, the molars were 
still unlocated. P.S. Look in the Dino.saur Hall. 

George Schroth is still a bachelor— and tliis is 
Leap Year. 

What well-known editor of a well-known Museum 
publication thought she ])assed a lead dime at the 
Quh Avenue change booth? She stopped dead in her 
tracks when the man yelled "Hey this dime is no 
good!" (It turned out to be Canadian). 

Robert Siebert, known as the Big Shot, is wishitig 
Santy Clans had rememberd to bring him a loud 
speaker in order to call our orders. 

Timothy O'Sullivan is lOO'^i that Tammany won 
in the last election. Tim is going to start stumjiing 
all over the neighl)orhood for the next Mayor. He's 
the only one who knows but won't tell. 

G( orge Schroth forgot to get married. 

Helen Rhubenak is known as the singing nightin- 
gale. Her next concert will be at Carnegie Hall. 
Ask the lady for some tickets. 

Jimmy ^^'illiams()n got a fire man's outfit for 
Christmas (a toy one). He is still waiting for his 
a])pointment to the Fire Deiiartment. 

Harold E. Yokes just returned from Mexico. He- 
knows the secret about the Mexican Jumping Bean. 
Chuck Bogert was with him so he {)robably is in 
on the secret too. 

George Schroth never got married. 

Walter Meister, we understand, on good reliable 
information is a star cook. Oscar of the Waldorf 
may be king pin, but Walter is the rolliiig ])in. 



FROM 


OUR SCRAPBOOK 




"Mistakes 


have their value. The 


man 


who never makes a mistake never makes j 


a discovery." 







THE GRAPEVINE 



Non-Scientific Discoveries 



VERSIFICATION 

A lu>l))cr over in tlic Mason's Depart iiicnt, naiiicly 
line Wliitcy Payne, was assisting the niarhli-man in 
tlic erection of two marble eolumns to hold the busts 
(if William C. and Harry Payne Whitney, on the 
m second floor of the Whitney Building. Si)oculation 
arose as to how long the cohuiins would occupy their 
respective places, f^omeone remarked that in all 
probability the marble man and his helper would 
long since have iiassed over to the pale realms of 
shade. This insi)ired Payne to write an inii)romi)tu 
verso, which was sealed within the column. Then 
came the closing of the second column — and it was 
suggested that a second verse be left for the edifi- 
cation of posterity, and that those workers, as yet 
possible unborn, might reail Whitey Paj'ne's 
philosophical lines — which read as follows: — 

Wc wrote a note, 'neath Harry's bust, 

We could not slight his "Pater". 
We've joined both Bill and Harry since, 

We'll be seeing you boys later. 
P.S. D. .n clever, these mason helpers. 

ATTENTION MARKSMEN ! ! 

The Naturalists Rifle and Revolver Club, Inc., 
was organized on Man'h 26, 1935 and offers an op- 
portunity to our Dead- Eye Dicks and Annie Oakleys 
to show their skill on the rifle range of the Museum. 

If you are interested in becoming a member of 
this select group please contact the President, 
G. F. Mason for information. A meeting will be 
held in the near future, at which time applications 
for membershi]) will be acted upon. 

BY WAY OF EXPLANATION 

(When the Grapevine receives comments on 
articles printed in its column, we always like to 
share them with all readers — they clarify so many 
situations.) 

Dear Editor: 

^^^len reading tiic Nonscientific Discoveries in 
tliis month's Grapevine, I happened to notice 
a comment on the inlaying of checkers by Mr. 
Ben Falvey and myself. 

Let me say, there is no rivalry between us, no one 
pays any attention to us, and there is no feud, as 
it is too one-sided (ask Ben). There is no field of 
honor, because Ben's coat sleeves are the darndest 
sleeves for moving checkers in his favor. 

If your roving rejwrtcr has not found out who the 
victor is by now, then let mc say the score usually is : 
Ben— 1 
Al — From then on, 

Very truly yours, 
Al. Haddon. 



SPEAKING OF TAXES 

In view of the fact that taxes are a subject of 
interest to the major portion of the adult population 
of the coimtry at present. The Grapevine prints the 
following — it seemed to express so well the senti- 
ments of everyone we came in contact with. It is 
a cojjy of a letter actually received from a business 
man. 

Gentlemen: 

I wish to inform you that the jn-esent shattered 
condition of my bank account makes it impossible 
for me to send you my check in response to your 
re(iu( st . My i)resent financial condition is due to the 
effect of the federal laws, state laws, county laws, 
corporation laws, by-laws, brother-in-laws and out- 
laws that have been foisted ui)on an unsuspecting 
])ublic. Through these various laws I have been 
held down, held up, sat on, walked on, flattened, 
squeezed and broke until I do not know what I am, 
where I am or why I am. 

These laws compel me to pay a merchant tax, 
capital tax, excise tax, corporation tax, real estate 
tax, property tax, auto tax, school tax, syntax, 
liquor tax and carpet tax, and when I am dead they 
will look for an inheritance tax. 

In addition to these laws I am requested and 
required to contribute to every society and organi- 
zation that the inventive mind of man can invent 
and organize — to the society of St. John the Bajitist, 
the Woman's Relief, Navy League, the Children's 
Home, the Policemen's Benefit, the Dorcas Society, 
the Y.M.C.A., the Gold Digger's Home, also to 
every hos]iital and charitable institution in town, 
the Red Cross, the Black Cross, the White Cross, the 
Flaming Cross and the Double Cross. 

The government has so governed my business that 
I do not know who owns it. I am suspected, in- 
si)ected and disrespected, examined reexamined, 
informed, required, commanded and compelled 
until all I know is that I am supjwsed to provide an 
inexhaustible supi)ly of money for every known and 
unknown deed, desire or hope of the human race and 
becuase I refuse to donate to all and then go out and 
beg, borrow or steal money to fire away, I am 
ousted, cussed, discussed, boycotted, talked to, 
talked about, lied about, held up, held down and 
robbed until I am just about ruined. 

The only reason I am chnging to life at all is to 
see what is coming next. 

STRIKE 

The Bursar's Rollibowlers wishes to announce 
that they will accei)t any open competition within 
the Museiun. Arrangements can be made by 
calling Mr. Arthur Naylor, ijin boy, Extension 437. 



THE GRAPEVINE 



February 



FEDERAL CREDIT UNION 

Tlio Annual Meeting of the A.M.N.H. Employees 
Fedonil Credit I'nion was hold Tuesday, January 
16th, 1940 at 12:30 P.M. in Room 201 of the 
School Service Building. There were about fifty 
members present. According to the Treasurer's 
report at least 55% of the regvdar Mu.seum em- 
ployees belong to the Federal Credit l^nion, whose 
share holdings amount to S24,f)79.67. During the 
year 430 loans were made. A G% dividend was 
declared for the fourth conse<'utive year. Then^ 
was general discussion about reducing the interest 
rate %% during the ensuing year, with the ])os- 
sibility of future reduction of the dividend i)aid up 
share holders but it was strongly recommended that 
the Board of Directors be urged to take such action. 

At the annual meeting the reelection of directors 
Coughlin, Hill and Bronson took place. Credit 
Committee memb(>rs elected were Mr. Frank 
Rinald, and Mr. Charles Kerr for two years. 
SuiK'rvi.sory Committee members elected for one 
year were Mr. Charles Groff, Mr. Jacob Shroi)c 
and Mr. Herman Sievers. 

At the meeting of the Board of Directors held on 
January 22nd, the interest rate on loans was 
lowered }i%, making the interest charg(> %% of 
one i)ercent per month on uni)aid balances. The 
Board of Directors was increased from five to seven 
members. Election of officers took ])lace, with 
George Coughlin, President, Dorothy Bron.son, 
Vice-President, Margaret Fish, Treasurer-Secretary, 
Benjamin Connolly, Assistant Treasurer. The 
SuiMTvisory Committee consists of Mr. Charles 
CirofT, Chairman, Herman Seivers, Jacob Shrope. 
The Credit Committee has three members, Mr. 
St<-i)hen Muri)hy Chairman, Frank Rinald and 
Charles Kerr. They will meet twice a wei^k as 
a body to pass upon loans, on Tuesday and Friday. 
Everyone making a loan will sign a wage assignment 
form. This will be held in the office of the Treasurer, 
but in ca.se of failure to i^ay after reasonable al- 
lowances are made, it will be forwarded to the 
the Bmsar's office. New Hours for making loan 
ai)plicati<)ns are to be from 10 to 11a. m. and 3 to 
4 p. m., but loans will oidy be granted twice a week. 
The DinH'tors of the Credit Union are Mr. George 
Coughlin, Mrs. Grace F. Ramsey, Mrs. Dorothy 
Bronson, Dr. J. Eric Hill, Miss Margaret Fisli, 
Mr. Jacob Shrope, Dr. Nels C. Nelson. 

NATURAL HISTORY 

Musinun employees who so desire, are imi)owered 
to solicit subscriptions to Natural History Magazine 
among their friends and thereby be enriched with 
a 20 percent commission for each $3.00 subscription 
recjuired. This does not ai)ply to memberslii|)s. 

Subscriptions thus ac<iuired are to be directed to 
the Membership Secretary. 



CAMERA CLUB NEWS 

The Annual Meeting of the Mu.seum Employc-cs 
Camera Club was held on Tuesday, January 23rd 
at 12:45 P.M. It was the first annual meeting of 
the club, and the annual report showed tiiat in the 
course of its first year the camera club lias evidenced 
considerable activity and ])roven of great bcMiefit to 
those musevmiites interested in photography. 

Th(> camera club was organized on February 24tli, 
1939, and .since that time eleven meetings of the 
club have been held, at many of whic^h interesting 
lectures on various phases of i)hotography, were 
given both by club members and by guest lecturers. 
The club also sponsors a monthly magazine "Mu.se- 
cam", which any camera club might be proud to 
acknowledge. It is under the editorshi]) of Miss 
Lucy Clausen. The club dark room and its facilities 
for developing, enlarging and iirinting were constant- 
\y in use during the year and it has indeed j)roved 
itself one of the most valued |)riviliges of camera club 
membership — especially to those who live in typical 
apartments where a well e(iuipi)ed dark room is 
sometliing to dream about. 

The officers elected for the year 1940 were: 
President— Walter F. Meistcr 
Vice-President — Wayne M. Faunce 
Secretary — Irene I'\ Cypher 
Treasurer — George L. Schroth 
Executive Committee: 
William J. Baker, Jr. Louis Monaco 

Richard J. Joyce John C. Ortii 

Stephen Klassen 

ARE YOU A NATURER? 
Watch the March "Grapevine" for startling 
revelations on how to be a naturer. 

HEAR YE ! ! 

Can you read Music? 

Can you play a musical instrument sLilIiciently 

enough to make a noise? 
SplcMidid! You are eligible for a barrel of fun. 

A Mus(Him Orchestra is being formed and you 
are urged to join. Please confc-r with Ciiarlie 
O'Brien, Chairman of tiie E.B.A. Co-ordinating 
Committee and you will be advised of the first 
n>hear.sal date. 

CONCERNING BOB WRIGHT 

To the many friends wiio have been iniiuiring 
about Rutherford H. (Bob) Wright's condition, we 
are happy to re])ort at this time that he is now 
convalescing at the Presbyterian Medical Center, 
and like the good soldier that he is, we ex])ect him 
to come through witii flying colors. Bob expresses 
his thanks to the many fellow employees who have 
inquired about him and exi)ects to retin'n home 
sometime in March. 




VOL. II, No. 12 



MARCH, 1940 



PRICELESS 



ANNUAL SPRING 

Entertainment and Dance 



Have you heard the news? Spring is in the air — and there are whispers 
and rumors of a gala evening of fun and entertainment! What is it all 
about? Why the SPRING DANCE, OF COURSE ! ! 

THE TIME: Friday Evening, April 26th, 1940. 

THE PLACE: Hotel Taft Grill Room 

7th Avenue and 50th Street, New York City 
Easily accessible to all subways and bus lines. 
Parking lot located in the rear of the hotel. 

THE MUSIC: Entertainment and dance floor will satisfy the severest 
critic. 

THE PRICE: One dollar per person. 

THE EXPECTATION : That the Museum Family attend as near 100% 
as possible. This social function is for the enjoyment 
of our employees and to promote good-fellowship. Do 
not be conspicuous by your absence, for you are 
denying yourself an unforgettable evening of fun and 
pleasure. 

RESERVATIONS: Call Frank Murphy, Ext. 207. 



TICKETS: Call William Wolfe, Ext. 517. 

THE TICKET SALE IS LIMITED 
SO PROCURE YOUR TICKETS IN ADVANCE 




THE GRAPEViNE 



March 



THE GRAPEVINE 

EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor-in-Chief — Ikenk F. Cypher 

Advisory Board 

Wayne M. Faunce Walter F. Meister 
George C. Vaili.ant 

Managing Board 
Edward A. Burns Frank A. Rinai-d 
George H. Childs Jean Wiedemer 

Editorial Board 



LUCY W. CLAUSEN 
CHARLES J. KERR 
GEORGE TAUBER 
ED. WKL'^SENBERG 



STEPHEN J. MTTRPHY 
HERMAN A. SIEVERS 
W. H. SOUTHWICK 
WILLIAM H. WRIGHT 



STEPHEN KLASSEN 



IN THE SPRING 

A little bird sends word via the Gra;)('viiK' tliat 
Mae Singer of the Planetarium announeed lier 
eni^agement on St. Valentine's day. We offer our 
congratulations, for Mae is one of the hrigiitest 
stars in tlie Hayden Collection. 

To continue, Jack Cook and Alma Germann, 
l)otli of the Museum were married on March 17th. 
Now that is what we call a date which should he 
easy to remember when you are trying to recall your 
anniversary. 

And to continue still further this account, we 
announce that one Mr. Thomas Gilliard is about to 
abdicate his eminent position as President of the 
Bachelor's Club. He is being married early in April, 
and he assures us that from now on his claim to fame 
will rest on his fame as a mod<'l husband. 

SO BIG ! ! 

Bob Siebert is learning things these days. One 
of our spies (rejiorters to you) saw Bob standing in 
front of the map of the world outside of Mr.Smythe's 
officer Bob had the most astonished look on his 
face. It was the look, half terror, half surprise, the 
kind of look one sees on a childs' face when it first 
learns the truth about Santa Claus. Our corre- 
spondent edged closer and heard Bob whisper to 
himself, "My, My, will you look at ho.v BIG Russia 
is." At the moment Bob looked like a sure thing 
for a nice, fat contribution to {'"inland. 

Wanted Badly But Fair 

A Cornet ist and a Violinist for the E. B. A. Or- 
chestra, consult with Harr}' Bruckner of the 
Paint Sho]). 



The Social Whirl 

c) 

There will be no loud-si)eaker in the mechanics 
dei)artment. Herman Otto says NO. 

Mother M. DuiTy and Max Giraud read the notice 
in the last Grapevine concerning Helen Rhubenak's 
forthcoming concert in Carnegie Hall, and sent 
flowers for the occa.sion. They went down to hear 
the concert but forgot to take the towels off tiieir 
arms. P.S. The flowers originated on a neighbor- 
hood door knob. Helen also states that she is 
a high-class whistler and dancer. Watch tiiis 
column for advance notices of future performances. 

Pat Grady the jilasterer has graduated and has 
entered the class called Terrazzo. It reminds him 
of the World War — ask him why. 

Neil MacCalliim calls up the Museum on his 
days off. He ju.st wants to be siu-e it's still here. 

George Schrotli was heard whistling "Hearts and 
Flowers" ius he walked down the hall. 

Chris Chri.stman is jumiiing all around like an 
electrical monkey since he has been working on the 
installation of sound ('(piipment. Th(> woodpeckers 
have also been emitting here-to-fore unheard sounds. 

Mike Bi-eth and Chris Huiulerti:fund (?) each 
got one vote in the E.B..'^. election. They are 
going to demand a recount. 

W^ilbur Sharkey is off biscuits for life. He |)ut 
his money on Sea Biscuit and is still looking for the 
horse. 

Dan Banks exchanges' tips and if you win you 
])ay him. He calls them hunches. 

G< orge Schrotli says there's a crack in the Liberty 
Bell. All bells don't have cracks, George. 

Charlie Kerr .sailetl March Sth for Miami, I'lorida. 
^\^)ile there he will call to see old Bill Hegeman and 
four i)ensioners. 

Mauriiio Zacuto was seen photograi)hing his 
lunch in the restaurant the other day. 

A Batchelors Club inaugurated recently, elected 
as president George Schrotli, Vice-President Ed. 
Wilde. Ed is complaining and plans to write to the 
Mayor about the heavj* trucks passing along 1st 
Ave. Their rumble knocks all his anticiue glass 
ware from tli' shelves. He wants i>o!ice |)i'otec'tion. 



1940 



THE GRAPEVINE 



How to Love Nature 



(In 1912 one Mr. J. W. Mullcr piiljlishod a hook 
entitled "First Aid to Natiirers". His observations 
and advice seemed so pertinent to the needs of 
many of our fellow Musoumitcs that we have 
decided to reprint some of it for you from time to 
time. We thank the publishers, Piatt and Peck 
Co., for ]>ermission to do tliis, and Miss Alma 
Germann for bringnig it to our attention.) 

Nature can be loved face to face, but it is much 
easier to love her at a distance. The best way to do 
it is by books. This form of Naturing can be prose- 
cuted in a hammock. 

The leaves of Nature's book when on a tree are 
much harder to turn. There also are better pictures 
in Book-Nature. Almost any artist can draw 
a better bird or beast tlian Nature. 

For this rea.son, Book-Naturers know the most 
about Nature. A great deal of what they know is 
denied, however, in the next Nature book that comes 
out. 

This is because Nature has not kept pace with the 
improvements in the author business. Nature still 
insists on spending months in making some in- 
significant Nature-article such as a mole-hill, where- 
as a genuine Nature author can make a mountain of 
it in a minute. 

There also are Naturers who reconstruct extinct 
Nature monsters. Some of these Naturers reproduce 
the monsters from a fossil bone and others reproduce 
them from a modern horn. The former are known 
as ])aleontologists and publish their monsters in 
books. The Naturers who reconstruct Nature 
monsters from a horn are known as alcoholists. 

The best and most reliable Nature-books are 
those that call the beasts by their Indian names, 
such as Waddle-Quak-Quak for the duck, Hearum- 
Holler for the owl, Holy-Stickum for the porcupine 
and Gurgle-My-My for the pocket flask. 

WTien the Book Naturer has po.sted himself 
thoroughly on the altrui.stic theories of Whoop-Her- 
Up, the bull frog, or the tender poetic inclination of 
Hot-By-Gosh, the hornet, he is a gi-aduated Naturer 
and is entitled to write a Nature Book himsdf. 

The most important part of this book is the front- 
ispiece. It must dei)ict the Naturer in a wide- 
brimmed hat with his arm around the neck of a 
horse. 

The horse must wear a cowboy saddle, and there 
must be a lariat coiled around the horn. In private 



life this lariat is used to tie the author to the horse, 
but in the book it is used for la.ssoing mountain 
lions. 

Book Naturers are so accustomed to lasso moun- 
tain lions that sometimes they try to do it to a lion 
who is not in a book. Almost immediately subse- 
quently to this attempt, they accejjt a permanent 
position as a corpse. 

The grizzly bear also hampers Naturers by violat- 
ing the printed rules. In books, grizzly bears 
collaborate with the author by sitting down in 
easy range and presenting their vital spots. In 
Nature they often have an entirely differcMit habit. 
They bring this habit to the Naturer with such 
speed that they ruin his literary style completely. 

The best branch of Naturing to know in a big 
game coimtry is a stout tree branch. An cxi)ert in 
this branch can often spend days studying the 
habits of wild animals. The most noticeable habit 
of a wild animal that is sitting imder a tree is 
patience. 

More reliable books for the Naturer to study are 
technical books. These do not mislead him so 
much, because they are entirely made up of Greek 
and Latin i oots that he can skip. 

In Nature, however, the roots are not Greek, but 
wood. If these are skipped carele.s.sly, the Naturer 
is in danger of losing something of importance, such 
as his life. 



HOW TO SNUGGLE UP TO NATURE 

To be a truly observant Naturer, a Naturer must 
know precisely what it is that causes Nature. This 
knowledge is concealed by a vested interest known 
as science. 

Viewed in a scientific light. Nature is formed by 
geography, astronomy and meteorology. 

Meteorology is not so called because it measures 
the weather with a meter. It is the science of 
predicting the weather, and thus is related to the 
more yiractical science of fortune-telling. 

It is the most important accomplishment that 
the Naturer can possess. Its elementary princijile 
is that the weather is never bad enough to justify 
going to work instead of fishing. 

Geography and astronomy are exactly like each 
other, except that one is a night job and the other 
is day work. 



THE GRAPEVINE 



March 



Tlie.sc two .sciences are worked with globes. By 
tiiniing the globes swiftly, the Naturer produces 
celestial phenomena. 

Astronomy can be worked also by a tube with 
a window at each end. It can be identified because 
it exactly resembles a city apartment. This is 
a telescope. 

By pointing the telescoije into the air, the proces- 
sion of the equinoxes and other historical characters 
can be seen passing in front of the window. 

The line of march of this procession is along a well- 
lit road known as the Milky Way. New York 
Naturers believe that the Milky Way is an aimi- 
tation of Broadway, but this is incorrect. The 
Milky Way is lit by stars and Broadway is lit by 
beer and whiskey signs. 

The Milky Way is full of corpulent, prosperou.s 
looking bodies known as i)lanets. Their chief habit 
is to revolve gravely in their orbits. 

The most important planet is the earth. This 
planet consists of the United States. 

The earth can be distinguished from the other 
planets by the fact that a vast system of phenom- 
enans revolves continually around it at terrific 
speeJl. These phenomenans are cliauffeurs. 

The sun also revolves around the earth, but it 
does not get as much for it. 

The sun is chiefly noticeable in the summer when 
it consists of an enormous mass of molten fire. It 
is not known what the sun consists of in i\w 
winter. 

There is also the moon. The moon is the earth's 
.satellite. It is the only thing belonging to the earth 
that has not been declared uncon.stitutional by the 
United States Supreme Court. 

All the other important parts of astronomy and 
geography are imaginary lines, s\ich as the zodiiic 
and the equator. 

The most imaginary of these lines is the temperate 
zone. 

In geography the temperate zone is a thick line of 
delicious weather which encircles the earth. In 
Nature the earth is encircled by the Tropical 
Regions in Summer and the Icicle Regions in 
Winter. 

Winter and Summer are the natural divisions 
which are suppo.sed to divide the earth into sea.sons, 
such as the baseball season, the oyster season and 
the chilblain season. 



The sea-sons are ])roduced astronomically by the 
passage of the sun through the zodiac, but in Nature 
they are produce d by a little gla-ss tube scientifically 
known a-s a thermometer. 

Some Naturers divide the earth into four seasons, 
the two additional ones being a doughy mass known 
as Sjjfing and a rusty material called Autumn. 
Neither of these is of economic importance except 
for making almanacs. 

Almanacs are the best illustrated of all Nature 
Books. Among other important features they 
contain authentic portraits of the four sea.sons and 
the zodiac. 

Almanacs also contain the famoiLs pictiu-e of the 
open-work man with arrows pointing to his organs. 
Almanacs believe that tliise organs make the music 
of the spheres. 

The almanacs control the weather by a branch of 
science known as reaaing the signs. Tluse signs 
consist largely ot a goose Ixme. 

There are innumerable weather signs tiiat never 
fail. These innumerable signs are two in number. 
They are : 

Leaden clouds mean heavy weather. 

If there is a hard metallic look in the sky, pTei)are 
for chain lightnuig and thunaertjolis. 

There is another form of thunderbolt which is 
launched in Congress. These thunde rbolts produce 
small ])otatoes. 

Thunderbolts are often accompanied by funnel- 
shafKid clouds. The funnels are for convenience in 
pouring rain. 

Rain comes both wet and dry. Tlie wet form 
occurs when it rains buckets and the dry form when 
it rains pitchforks. 

There is a zoological form when it rains cats and 
dogs. The dogs are skye terriers. 

Sometimes rain occurs in a petrified form known 
as snow. The only value of snow is to enable trans- 
]:ortation companies to suspend traffic. 

The city Naturer can differentiate snow from soot 
by .saving some in a box. If it is still there in July it 
is soot. 

There also is a very important kind of weather 
invented by the Weather Bureau distinguished 
from other weather bj' the fact that it is entirely 
different. 



THE GRAPEVINE 




Sport News 

Well, the Museum finally has a basketball team. 
Thanks to the efforts of Ed Meyenberg, Joe and 
Een Conolly of the managerial staff and the splendid 
cooperation of the E.B.A. the oft diseusscd idea is 
now an actuality and the schedule has been started. 
Ben Connolly obtained the use of the 69th Regiment 
court where the squad had several practice sessions. 
Members of the team are Jim Williamson, Wilmer 
Donerly, Walter Carroll. George Decker, Bernie 
Moore, Frank Bacon, Alex Patterson, Art Naylor, 
Rowland Meyers and Jack Corcoran. 

J. Connolly, Conch 

B. Connolh', Field Manager 

E. Meyrnberg, Manager 

The season began on February 16 with an easy 
victory over the Hilton A..\. 30-11. 

On Monday, February 19th, the Museum 
([uintette again emerged victorious, this time de- 
feating Aj^iierson & Cox, 22-6. 

March 4th the boys travelled to 168th St. and 
played "Co. D" Regimental Champs of the 102nd 
Engineers. The game resulted in the Muslim's 
first defeat to the tune of 40-36. It was a fast, 
exciting game with the outcome in doubt up to the 
final whistle. The superior condition and larger 
scjuad of the .soldiers proved the deciding factor as 
our boys tired in the la.st i)eriod after leading for 
three quarters. 

The game proved so interesting that a return game 
was arranged by Lieutenant Fred Darningkiller, of 
the 102nd Engineers, who also is a member of the 
Mammal Department, set for Friday April oth. 
It will be a gala occa.sion as refreshments and 
dan( ing will be held in Co. "D" headquarters aft( r 
the game. The Regiment is on 168th St. oi)j>o.site 
the Medical Center and is only a half block from the 
Broadway and Eight .\ venue subways. 



FEDERAL CREDIT UNION 

Sixteen new members have been added to the 
Federal Credit Union since January fir.st, bringing 
the total membership to 323. The most favorable 
indication, however, is the steady effort now being 
made to save regularly. Members have found it 
a good plan to put at least twenty-five cents into 
savings every pay day, even when paying off loans. 
Not oiily does it give a member a feeling of self- 
respect to have a healthy growing Shares Account, 
but there is another advantage that does not occur 
to one until some emergency makes it necessary to 
take out a loan. The idea of asking a fellow-worker 
to act as co-maker is so distasteful to many indi- 
viduals that they will use this means of securing the 
loan only as a last resort. With a substantial Share 
Account as collateral, no member need suffer this 
embarrassment. Also, in considering loan aj> 
plications the Credit Committee is influenced in its 
decision by the manner in which a member conducts 
his affairs. An applicant whose Shares Account 
indicates that he is thrifty, will receive more consid- 
eration than one who has used the Credit Union 
only as a means of borrowing, but has made no 
effort to save. 

The major reason for reducing the interest rate on 
Credit Union loans was to encourage members to 
.save, and that so many have responded is highly- 
gratifying to the Directors. In fact it has been 
found necessary to limit the share deposits accepted 
from any one member to $50 a month, otherwi.se 
there will be too large a surplus of idle funds. 

Credit Union Bj^-Laws state that "Delinquents 
shall be fined at the rate of one cent a week on each 
two dollars of arrears." The Directors did not 
exact this fine when the old interest rate was in 
effect, but beginning Ajiril first, fines will be imposed 
according to regulations. 

The officers take this opportunity to thank Credit 
Union members for their cooperation in adhering to 
the new office hours of 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. and 3P.M. 
to 4 P.M., as well as the new loan schedule, Tuesdays 
and Fridays. 



FROM OUR SCRAPBOOK 
"An ugly dog is better to have around 
than a rrouchy man because you can 
shoot the dog". 



THE GRAPEVINE 



March 



A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME 

Roquefort fhoese is made in France from the 
milk of a certain breed of sheep which are fed on 
wild thyme, and the cheese has a wild time trying to 
keep from stinking itself to death from infancy. The 
wild thyme grows on the banks of the Lot, Tarn and 
other rivers in the Department of Avoyron in 
France, and after it has first been besheeped and 
then becheesed it generates a lot of the darndest 
smells that ever perambulated down the i)ike. 

Thyme is a kind of aromatic plant with a pungent 
odor, and after it is converted into Roquefort cheese 
it is the pungcntest thing known to man. After 
this cheese is made it is put into solitary confinement 
until its whiskers begin to turn gray and gangi-ene 
sets in, when it is taken out and chained to a post. 
Before it is served it is chloroformed or knocked in 
the head with an ax. It is then brought to the table 
in little square sections about the size of a domino. 
It is served at the close of meals together with black 
coffee. It usually has a rimning mate in the shape of 
a round cracker that has to be broken with a maul. 

Roquefort cheese is of a dull white color except in 
spots, where mortification has set in. Some claim 
it to be inhabited, but this is not true. Even the 
intrepid and mehpitic microbe flees from it as we 
flee from a pestilence. We have seen Limburger 
cheese strong enough to shoulder a two-bushel sack 
of wheat, but a piece of Roquefort the size of a dice 
can carry an election. Limburger is a rose geranium 
when compared with Roquefort. There is as much 
difference between them as there is between the 
purr of a kitten and the roar of a lion. Some people 
who claim to be civilized say they like Roquefort 
cheese, but they only say it becuase it is imported 
and expensive. A man who will eat it is an open 
sepulchre and should be quarantined or driven into 
the wilderness and never allowed to look into the 
face of a human being. 
[What have all the cheese fans to say to this? Or 

does the above represent the oi)inion of all our 

readers?! 



NO RESTAURANT AD 

"You wouldn't believe it", said Winnie 
But I'm really so terribly shinny 

I only contain 

One dimensional plane 

And polish my bones when I shinny" 

As a rejoinder to this flip and flighty versification, 
Winnie maintains that, in spite of her alleged boni- 
ne.ss, she has no hard feelings for the poet. 

Bunny Southwick stoutly avers that the worst 
feature of The Social Whirl is going 'round' inter- 
viewing people. Could this be how he got that way? 

Lucy Clausen is beginning to doubt her ability 
to outlive Susie, the immortal spider. She is 
especially perturbed because it has long been her 
pet idea to write a biographical sketch of Susie. 

SLIPS THAT PASS IN THE NIGHT 

What young lady, exclaimed upon seeing the 
famous hawk that has been frequenting the Belve- 
dere Towers lately, "Oh, I can see him j)erfectly, 
why, right now he is PRUNING his feathers." 
Page the Da vies Tree Surgeons somebody, quick! 

They say a certain member of the Custodian's 
Department has a weakness for the new colored 
unmentionables — and when we say colored we 
mean colored! If you are interested stop in tlie 
locker room some day and ask for "Fancy Pants." 



Attention ! ! ! 

Have You bought ydiir tickets 
for the E. B. A. Dance. 

Bill Wolfe will be glad to see you. 





"ISMS" 




SOCIALISM: 


If you have two cows, you give your neighbor one. 




NAZISM: 


If you have two cows, you give them to the Government, and the Govern- 
ment gives you some milk. 




FASCISM: 


If you ha-ve two cows, you keep the cows and give the milk to the Gov; rn- 
ment, and the Government then sells y'oy some of the milk. 




NEWDEALISM: 


If you have two cows, j'ou shoot one and milk the other and pour the 
milk down the drain. 




COMMUNISM: 


If you have two cows, the Government shoots you and keeps the (o.vs. 




CAPITALISM: 


If you have two cows, you sell one and buy a bull. 





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Published by THE EMPLOYEES' BENEFIT ASSOCIATION 
OF THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 



VOL. Ill, No. 1 



,MAY, 1940 



PRICELESS 



cAmerican Museum Daj^ 
at the N. Y. i World's Fair 




"See you at the Fair!" Of course you're set for the Museum expedition to 
the Fair on June 4th! Put on your most comfortable shoes, and join your 
fellow Museumers for a visit guaranteed to be just the Spring tonic you have 
been looking for. 

The Administration has generously granted the employees a half-holiday, 
beginning at 12 Noon on that day and we hope that everyone who can will 
take advantage of this opportunity to have a rip-snortin' good time. In 
spite of the rain last year we had a good time and, if it is fair and sunny on 
American Museum Day this year, we'll have a lot more fun. Bring your 
kinfolk, and see the sights. 

As you already know, the arrangements committee has succeeded in 
getting a Special Day Combination Ticket for 50c and worth $1.25 to you in 
admission to the Fair, plus 50c in discount coupons, plus free admission to 
one of three popular attractions — "Winter Wonderland", "Morris Gest's 
Midgetown" or the "Perisphere". Let's make this a big day! 

CAMERA CLUB, ATTENTION! Your historic camera-party at the 
Circus proved how successful these special events can be. We hope you 
will turn out en masse for this field day on June 4th — your fellow employees 
should certainly appeal to the candid-fiends, and the pictorialists couldn't 
carry enough film to get all the beautiful artistic shots the Fair itself offers. 



THE GRAPEVINE 



May 



THE GRAPEVINE 

EDITORIAL STAFF 
Editor-in-Chief — Irene F. Cypher 

Advisory Board 

Wayne M. Facnce Walter F. Meister 

George C. Vaili.ant 

Managing Board 
Edward A. Burns F^rank A. Rinai.d 
George H. Childs Jean Wiedemer 



Editorial Board 

LUCY W. CLAUSEN 
CHARLES J. KERR 
GEORGE TAUBER 
ED. WRISSENBERG 



STEPHEN J. MURPHY 
HERMAN A. SIEVERS 
W. H. SOUTHWICK 
WILLIAM H. WRIGHT 



STEPHEN KLASSEN 



E. B. A. DANCE 

TIr- 210 iXTisoiis who attciulcd the Annual Spring 
Entprtainment and Dance of the E.B.A. at the 
Hotol Taft on Friday evening, A|)ril 2(>th were 
unanimous in their sjMjntaneous apjiroval that the 
affair was a grand social success. Any misgivings 
tiiat it would be a costly venture to tliem for an 
evenings, fun were <iisp(-lle(l. The si)irit of good 
fellowship that ])revaile(l added to its success. Altlio 
the attendance was the .smallest of any dance lield in 
recent years, it was noted that there were a greater 
number of the museum family i)resent than has been 
.seen at any jnirty. It is regrettable tiiat there were 
not more of our fellow nienibers jjresent and it is 
earnestly hoiied that they will ))arl i(i].ate in the 
future .social events. 



FEDERAL CREDIT UNION 

The Directors of the Credit I'nion advise those 
members who have loans to take advantage of the 
moderate rate for which th(\v can have their loans 
insured. The protection afforded his dependents 
far outweighs the cost of coverage. Tlie schedule is 
as follows: 

.1100.00 loan .')() weeks (iO cents 

2.") " .")() 

12}^ " 1.-. •■ 

.$100.00 loan 12 months (iO cents 

10 " .")0 

,-) " 2.-) " 

A pro-rata charge for any other period or amount 
can be arranged. The minimum premium is .') cents. 
The Treasurer will provide full details upon reiiuest. 



The Social Whirl 

A fellow by tiie name of Larry Kelly and (?) lost 
his two weeks .salary and wasn't aware of his loss 
until Ray Cas.saro returned it to him. All Larry 
.said was, "Where's the rubber band." 

We are told that Ccorge D(u-ker i)lays better 
basketball for the "V" than for the Museum (At 
least we luipe so). 

A new !)( j] has been discovered in Tibet by I". S. 
.scientists. The bell is .said to bring good luck at 
weddings and a man cannot go wrong if he owns one. 
(Calling George Schroth). 

Adrian Ward is moving again. And all because 
Ills w ife likes a new house every year. 

Around 3 A. M. or 4 A. M. in the morning when 
everyone el.se is sleeping, Benny Santhroids Zeiira 
fisli hears the fire engines answering their alarms. 
The minute he hears a bell he begins to chirp. 
Peculiarly enough, this .state of affairs resulted only 
after the Zebra fish killed his bride of a short six 
months. .As .soon as lie was bereaved he r(>si)onded 
to every ringing bell. Maybe Bachelor Schroth 
has one right idea- no bells. 

.After the tJame: 

Jim Williamson— Tho, he hurt his leg in the g-ame 
it didn't .seem to affect his dancing later on with 
a gorgeous blonde. 

B. Moore and \. Xaylor are looking for a good 
correspondence school for basketball. 

Richard Kunder led a Museum cheering contin- 
gent when he wasn't watching Henry Voelmy. 

Michael Gayer and Maurice Wallace a|)pointed 
themselves custodians of the barrel and you can be 
sure no one got away with anything. 

Among those in attendance were (the Edwin 
Meyenbergs' also Wally Meisters' with their very 
lovely daughter "Dagma" — batchelors please note. 
Bert Zcllner and his frau, Tom Ford, jjrobably 
scouting for material for the Yankees. Phil and 
Matt Duffy, and Mrs. Naylor ch(>ering "Art". 
.John McCormack, W. Summerville and a raft of 
fellows from the Custodian's Dept. Mrs, Emery was 
t here just in ease. A grand crowd and a noisy loj'al 
hand of supporters. 

.\ bit of intrigue involving 11. \'oeliny antl R. 
Kunder and a blonde. Henry had the girl and 
evidently Richard liked her. As soon as the game 
ended Henry and friend got up from their seats and 
apparently went home. Dick lookcnl around for 
a while then headed home. It seems to us Henry 
outfoxed Dick for a few minutes later we .saw him 
dancing with his hard won friend. 

W.H.S. 



THE GRAPEVINE 



How to Operate the Garden 

(M'c continui: our Si'iics uit "First Aul to .\fitur(rs") 

No Naturcr is consichMccl to lie a }!;i''>i'''i<' oi' 
A numbi>r 1 Brother of tlic A\ ild unless he is an 
expert on modern agricnlture. The best lal)oriess 
way ti) h'arn tiiis is to make a garth'n. 

Gardens are of three kinds— formal oi' Italian 
gardens, informal or Ameriean gardens antl vegetable 
gardens. 

The American oi informal garden is the hardest to 
make. The first step is to sketch the outlines 
roughly with an art-instrument known technically 
as a spade. The easiest way to use it is Xo attach it 
to an agricultural labor-saving device known as 
a Ginny. 

The Ginny will not work automatically, but re- 
quires close watcliing and continuous acceleration. 

During the course of this pre])aratorv sketching, 
the Naturer will establish the truth of the geological 
claim that the earth is only a thin rind. This rind is 
from one inch to one foot deep. X^nd(T it is a com- 
jiact layer of minerals hortic\ilturally known as 
bowlders. 

If the Naturcr has no Ginny attachment, he 
should bear in mind that these bowlders were placeil 
in position by an all-wise Providence and that any 
interference with them may disturb the well-known 
and justly celebrated Balance of Natvn-e. If, how- 
ever, the Ginny attachment is at hand, the bowlders 
should be removed and jiiled in the most prominent 
i;art of the garthni. 

This pile then becomes known as a rockery. The 
rockery is one of the most beautiful and naturalistic 
features of every suburban garden. It is more artistic 
than wild rocks, which are jaggeil and irregular. 
A well-made suVjurban rockery does not look wild, 
but jierfectly tame. 

When the outlines are sketched, the Naturer goes 
over the garden with another instrument known as 
a hoe, and tajis all the clumps of earth continuously 
till they break into tiny fragments. This is, jirobab- 
ly, the most passionately intoxicating ])art of 
gardening, and persons who are disposed to form 
habits easily should be extremely cautious not to 
let the habit of hoeing get a hold on them. 

Hoeing may be continued indefinitely, but the 
average suburban estate rarely will recjuire moie 
than a fortnight of eleven or fourtcTU hours a day. 
The garden then would be ready for the rake. 

The rake is a large iron comb on a long pole. The 
Naturcr clings to the end of this i)ole and combs the 
garden with a free, full-arm movement. Gradually 
the soil will become finely ])ulverized. The gradual- 
ness of this beautiful natural process must be seen to 
be api)reciated. 

The gardening periodi<'als, such as "Our Subur- 
ban Countrj- Heats" and "Beautiful Bungalows for 



Indigent Inhabitants" I'arely give space to this ilry 
technical matter. They ])refer to hasten feverishly 
to the half-tone stage of the garden, when it is full of 
hunks of vegetation, more commonly known as 
bosky masses of verdure. Naturers who read these 
articles dispassionately and with the n(^ces.sary 
amount of suspicion, often discover an unobtrusive 
line modestly hidtlen in the very begimiing, which 
.says: "First turn the garden over." This, however, 
does not convey the proper meaning to them. They 
hurry into the garden, seize it by one end and try to 
turn it over by main strength. 

Thisattemjjt always fails. 

\\'hen the garden is thoroughly combed, the plants 
may be inserted. This should be so done that they 
may be removed again readily by the Naturer's 
wife. No wife's garden is a true garden unless she 
can move the jjlants aromid on the days when she is 
not moving the furniture. 

Plants are of two kinds — flowers and shrubs. 
Flowers arc injected into the garden in the form of 
1 ittle pills known as seeds. These grow in little pai)er 
l)ackages with pictures on them. Some Naturers 
believe that these pictures show into what the 
seeds will sprout. 

Shrubs come ready made. They are little 
bundles of sticks held together by a root, and have 
tags attached with Graeco-Roman names illegibly 
written on them with a hard leadpencil. The tags 
are attached by lot. The Naturer should endeavor 
to stick these bundles into the earth with the root 
down. 

Every plant is provided with a comi)lete outfit of 
bugs. They are perfectly hardy and rcciuire 
l)ractically no care. 

The vegetable garden, like the flower garden, is 
made out of seeds. It is scientificallj' estimated 
that out of one thousand vegetable seeds only one 
hundred sprout. The paper packages contain the 
other nine hundred. 

The Natiu'cr's most imiiortant task in making the 
vegetable garden is to discourage his wife's desire to 
dig up the seeds each day to see if they are doing 
anything. 

The vegetable garden must be spaded, hoed, 
raked, sprinkled, sprayed and jjowdered each day 
and should be hand-i)icked for unnecessary bugs 
every evening. This is known as intensive garden- 
ing, and some Naturers have been known to carr^' it 
to such a degree that the neighbors wear cotton in 
their ears throughout the gartlening season. 

By .June a small patch thus treated will be covered 
with a i)rofusion of vegetables too incredible for 
belief, while the informal or flower garden should be 
one vast glory of roses ranging from American 
Beauty to shad roses, pinks, hay, black-ej'cd 
Susans, red-headed Susans, silos, morning glories, 

CunliHucd un payt 4 



THE GRAPEVINE 



May 




Yeh! Team ! ! 

April ()th: PlayiiiK :i rcfiini ciiKaKcinciil in an 
att(im])t to wipe out a previous s<-1back tlic Museum 
baskotball s(iuad was ilcfcatcd by Company D of 
the 102nd Regiment Engineers by a eount of 56 to 
50, in a very interesting game before a large and 
enthusiastic crowd. However the beating, our gang, 
deserved a better fate. Tliey went out and lost not 
to a suix-rior team but to a larger one. The army 
boys were three deep in every position making tlieir 
substitutions in whole team lots. They simjjly wore 
our boys out with their continuous stieam of fresh 
players. Our sciuad numbering nine in all were 
further liandicai>i)i'd thru the 4th (piartcr by the loss 
of .1. \N'illiamson who ])ulled a leg muscle in the game. 

Coach ComioUy started his best (juintet of 
Corcoran, Williamson and PattcT.son up forward 
with Decker and Carroll at the guard ])ositions. 
The game started off at a fast clip with the Museum 
drawing first blood wIkmi "I'lash Corcoran"sank one. 
Play continued at an even level thru this ([uarter 
showing a score of 8 to 7 in favor of the Army. 
A slight edge for the Army in this period. The 
second iiuartcr was all Museum in spite of Army's 
shock troops. They started an entire new team as 
the period .started, l-ed by the two leading scorers 
of the. evening, Corkie and Decker, our boss went 
in front t<j lead at half time 14 to 13. 

Obviously tiring in tlu^ third (piartcr our boys 
increased their lead still further with our l>oar(l of 
strategy jockeying their reserve strength, Moore, 
Donerly and Naylor to spell the regulars a bit. 
Moore and Donerly liel])ed s])ark the boys a bit witli 
a basket a piece. Naylor came close on several 
tries. The third quarter ended with the score: 
We 33, Tlu^y 29. The boys from home were hitting 
on all fours. 

In this ((uarter the Army boys came back with 
their fresh nimibcr one line and just about romped 
thru our tired but game outfit. The period had just 
started when "Long Jim" \\'illiamson went down 
with a crash aft(T making a swell .set-up near the 
enemy basket, twi.sting his leg muscle and was 
forced to retire from th(> game. This weakened our 
gang no end as Jim had becMi a ixiwerhouse all night. 
To make it brief the Army came back in the 
fihal minutes to win 50 to 50. 



SACRED MEMORIES 

We have learned that on Tuesday night, \\m\ 
l()th, Ben and Joe Coiuiolly were guests at lie 
.second n-union dinner of the Old Timers Profes- 
sional Basketball Players. Among the more notable 
present were former Congressman William V. 
Brunncr, Dr. .Si)aetli and A.s.semblyman Wliitty. 
They had an excellent chicken dinner with all the 
requisite trimmings and it would be .strange indeed 
if those chickens failed to call others to mind. But, 
when tliey got on the subject of what they did with 
the l)asketball, Memory Lane mu.st have been as 
wide open as Reno and what they couldn't tell 
about chickens they could tell about 'fouls'. At any 
rate it is certain that, by the time the party 
broke up, i^veryone was fully convinced all over 
again that theirs was the greatest basketball team 
that ever was and that basketball today "ain't 
what it was in them days." 

THIS WORK PAYS YOUR 
COMMUNITY 

During the week of May 20 to May 25, the WPA 
Professional Project here in the Museum will hold 
an exhibit in the Bird Biology Hall, 1st floor, 
\\hitney Building. The i)roject and its workers 
have a.ssisted A.M.N.H. in all its departments for 
over 5 years. Come and see the scope of WPA work 
here and its actual accomplishments. Vou and your 
friends are cordiallj- invited. 



How to Operate the Garden— Cont. 

snow balls, moth balls and in the background the 
luxuriant masses of h.\(lrangea and hydrophobia 
grandiflora. 

The formal or Italian garden is nnuh easier to 
make than the informal garden. The first step is to 
remove the house. This must be done in order to 
give scope to the vista. ,\ well-made scope is 
absolutely es.sential to the vista in ev(TV good 
Italian garden. Indeetl, few ganlening periodicals 
call print a single article without it. 

The formal garden must then be laid out so as to 
have a long perspective. The iiersjM-etive is easily 
found with a piece of string. Some formal gardeners 
lay the garden out with a rake, but any other heavy 
weapon will do if ai)i)li(Hl with sufHci(>iit force. 

While the garden is still laid out, fasten the scope 
and the vi.sta together i)ermaneiitly and jilace them 
in jiosition. Now fasten the jxTspective firmly to 
the tail end of the garden. 

Your formal garden will then be practically 
finished with the exception of some trifling work that 
can be done in odil moments. It w ill recpiire merely 
three or four marble terraces and a few hundred 
Lombardy or skin-tight jioplars. If the size of your 
suburban lot i>ermits, a mountain should be adjusted 
ill the background. 




VOL. Ill, No. 2 



JULY, 1940 



PRICELESS 



Red Cross Work 

Many women employees of the MuscHim have expressed the dcsife to furl her 
tile work (jf the American Red Cross through their p(>rsonal services. 

At a r(>cent meeting the directors of the E.B.A. approved the suggestion that 
a unit he organized under the ausj^ices of the Association and appointed a committee 
of three (Ella B. Ransom, Grace Fisher Ramsciy and Jean Wiedemer) to gatlu>r 
information on the requirements of the American Red Cross and to formulate 
a plan for the beginning of this work. 

The first meeting, on July 3rd, was attended by 40 E.B.A. women and Mrs. 
Ransom informed the membei-s that the director of the New York Chapter welcom- 
ed us as workers in this splendid cause. Mrs. Ransom is Chairman of the Unit; 
Mrs. Ramsey, Mce-Chairman; Miss Van Miet in charge of knitting and Miss 
Wiedemer in charge of machine sewing. 

Room 319 Roose\'eIt Memorial has been assigncnl for meetings, instruction and 
distribution of materials. Those in the knitting division will meet every Wednesday 
{>vening, beginning at 5 o'clock; those in the sewing division will meet every 
Thursday evening at the same time. Members will be notified as soon as the first 
sui)i)lies come from Red Cross headquarters. 

The committee would appreciate knowing as soon as j)ossible just what kind 
of work members would like to do — those who want to knit notify Miss Xan \'liet 
(ext. 447) and those who want to sew notify Miss Wiedemer (ext. 444). 

The Administration has generously offered the use of a sewing machine to l)e 
used in the Unit room by those who do not own machines. IF ANYONE HAS 
A SEWING MACHINE WHIC^H IS NOT USED AND THEY ARE WILLING 
TO LEND IT TO THIS RED (TU)SS UNIT FOR WORK IN THE MUSEUM, 
WE WILL SEND A TRUCK TO CALL FOR IT. 

Members may obtain work materials from Miss Van Vliet and Miss Wiedemer 
on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday (>venings from 5 to 5:30 o'clock, in Room 
319 Roosevelt Memorial. 



THE GRAPEVINE 



July 



THE GRAPEVINE 

EDITORIAL STAFF 
Editor-in-Chief — Irene F. Cypher 

Advisory Board 

Wayne M. Fauncb Walter F. Meister 

George C. Vaillant 

Managing Board 
Edward A. Burns Frank A. Rinald 
George H. Childs Jean Wiedemer 

Editorial Board 



LUCY W. CLAUSEN 
CHARLES J. KERR 
GEORGE TAUBER 
ED. WRISSENBERG 



STEPHEN J. MURPHY 

HERMAN A. SIEVERS 
W. H. SOUTHWICK 
WILLIAM H. WRIGHT 



STEPHEN KLASSEN 



NOTES AT RANDOM 

Walter Carrol's specialty is {^iviuf; a lecture on the 
Desert Rose and Star Sai)i)liire — esi)eeially if it's 
a i)retty girl. 

Sarkis Afarian sjjeiit his three weeks vacation iij) 
in the Catkills observing the hens and roosters. 
When asked why, he ex))lained it this way: "Chick- 
ens pick ui)st(jnesand i)erha|)s I'll find some precious 
stones in their gizzards." 

Joi)n Enright has just returned from a vacation in 
his home town in Peiuisylvania. While tiiere he 
sjient his time sitting on a .soap box in the general 
store telling tliem all about the World's Fair. He 
promi.sed to send them all "Pitcher Post-cards" 
upon getting back to the Big City. 

We have no June brides to i)re.sent, but we do 
have a June bridc'groom. None other than Joe 
Huzacha of the bookkee])ers' office. Yes, indeed, 
shy, retiring Joe decided to take the fatal stej). He 
is back from his honeymoon now, and any one 
wishing to offer congratulations or advice may stop 
in to see him. Dean Amadon also desi rted the ranks 
of the batchelors. It all ])roves that chivalry still 
reigns. 

For the ])ast year or so, two young men of the 
Museum famih' have been ob.served with interest 
bj- their fellow workers. In fact they have recently 
been nominated for the title of "Best Dressed Men 
in the Museum". Of course, by this time you have 
realized that we are speaking of Messrs. Harry 
Hawkins and James Williamson. Why even Lucius 
Beebe, the best dressed man in \(>w York could get 
pointers from our Beau Brummels. 



The Social Whirl 

When the mechanics go on iiarade each division 
will have a diffcTcnt uniform and carry their re- 
.si)ective banners and insignia. Won't the girls call 
it grand! Electricians Weinacht and MacCallum are 
competing for first place in the current contest 
"What the Well Dressed Mechanic will Wear." No 
fooling, have you seen the delicate white ro.se each 
has in his lapel? 

Otto .still .says no loud speakers in the workshops- 

Timmy Sullivan (or is it O'SuUivan???) is all 
upset over th(> discovery that Ben Connolly buys 
eggs from a blind farmer for 10 cents a dozen antl 
then sells them for 36 cents a dozen. Tim says Ben 
needs a lot of |)rayers. 

Jim Trimble bought some German Marks. Now 
he has the laugh on the boys. 

John Gallagher bought pound sterling and he's in 
tears. 

A.sk Kinzer about the Turkish rugs he was 
going to b\iy? 

Cla|) hands here comes Ciiarlie — I beg your 
l)ardon, Mr. Coles to you. 

Rudy Weinacht is exjjert amateur broadcasting 
bug. He i)ulls in Africa and all the fon-ign countries. 

George Tauber is collecting French po.sters in 
color to tiecorate his living room. 

Ed Wilde, .Jim McKeon and Joe Schoeffler usually 
go out to lunch together. The other day Joe led the 
trio to a little place with red decorations, silk ribbons 
on the forks and knives and even frills on the chojis. 
But Ed balk(>(l and refused to go in — he demanded 
a man's restaurant. Says Ed, "Don't forget boj's, 
I'm a man.'' 

George Schroth was introduced to a lady by the 



name Bes.sy Bell — no ring. 



SAFETY FIRST 

.\t the last monthly Safety Meeting it 
was suggested by the Members of the 
Safety Committee that we advertise the 
work of the Safety Committee through the 
GraiK'vine. It was also suggested that we 
con.stitute a method of contact between 
th(> committcH' and mu.scnim employees to 
promote safety work and encourage safety 
suggestions by means of a suggestion box 
which will be inserted in a later issue of the 
Grapevine. 



1940 



THE GRAPEVINE 



Sport News 



The last few fiaiucs tlir American Museum Soft 
Ball team has ])layed have been notable for one 
vmfortunate thing. It secerns that every team they 
play has from seventy-five to one hundred 'fans' 
as their cheering section, but, poor, A.M.N.H. only 
has about six or seven. (.^nil \v(> don't mean 
hundred) 

Now, these boys have been doing a swell job, 
entering the Inter-Museum League and beating the 
League leaders, to say nothing of other teams in 
their grouj). They also went out and beat the 
National City Bank. A team with such promising 
material should be worthy of more of a cheering 
section, so they look forward to having a greater 
attendance at their next game. 

Notices of the games, which are played on Mon- 
days and Wednesdays, are posted at various points 
throughout the Museum, and, since the team has the 
good wishes of the Administration as well as the 
E.B.A., it is no more than right that we should get 
out there and root for them. 

Anj'one doubting the ability of our team, can 
refer to the official standing of the Clubs: July 8th. 

Clubs Won Lost 

American Museum 4 1 

Museum of City t)f N. Y 4 1 

(They must have met Brooklyn) 

Metropolitan Museum 2 3 

(League leaders 'til we came along) 
Brooklyn Museimi 5 

Players who have distinguished themselves in our 
many games include Charlie Kerr, Walter Carroll, 
Bob Cook, Johnny McCormack, Mathew Duffy, Gil 
Anthony, Artie Nay lor, Wilmer Donely, Ray 
Gilmoer, Di Lucia, O'Connell, Eddie Doskocil, 
Henry Ruof, Harry Tappen, Martin Buckley, Sam 
Redman, Dominick Caggana, Bailey Lewis. From 
a glance at the names above, it is plain to see that 
this team has drawn material from all parts of the 
Museum, Anthropology, Custodian's De])art- 
ment. Print Shop, Preparation and School 
Service, Bookkeeper's office and Bursar's office 
being among those represented so far. This is 
a good sign and bids well for Museum-wide support 
at the games. The boys have the ability and wil- 
lingness but they need the moral support. 

Further, there is j-.lenty of room for anyone who 
wishes to join in with the team, inasmuch as 
vacations will soon begin to take a toll of j)layers, 
and new blood will be required to fill the ranks. All 
players desiring tryouts, call John Schmitt, extension 
499. 



This is just a note to tell everyone in the Museum 
what the Team has done in the past and to ask that 
some of thrir 'rooters' get out to the games more 
often. Incidentally, our official Score-Keeiier is 
Frank (Goggles) Mur])hy of the Store room, assisted 
bv Jimmie Escobar of the Cafeteria. 



BATCHELOR CLUB 

or-llow Id gd the Jolloiriiig to J'orsiiki li(tlch( lorliddil. 

I'rank Murphy — by confessing to being a Yankee 
rooter. The acme of patience, 
he sits through all the double 
features twice. 

Henry X'oclmy — is an connoisseur on the cor.set 
ads in the magazine section of 
the Sunday papers. He's also 
a good tennis jalayer and when 
he helps his mother at home he 
never breaks a dish. 

Tommy (Juiini — A little cagey but bait in the form 
of a trip to Bermuda might do 
the trick. 

Jim Trimble — knows how to cook corn beef and 

Joe Roach — there's a rumor he is slijijjing, so hurry 
u]) girls. 

Tonj' Cartossa — the girls have to be in the genius 
class. He's a die-hard and he's 
used to all the tricks. But his 
best girl is the Brooklyn 
Dodgers. 

Paul Richard — the handsome Paul Richard can 
always be seen with a blond, 
brunette or red head. But 
nothing ever happens. Did he 
miss the bus? 

Ed Wilde — one of the qualifications of his pros- 
pective bride is that she care 
for his antique glass and 
furniture. 

Vincent Marra — Ravioli. He's an expert cook. 

George Schroth — it can't happen here. His is 
hopeless case. Even Ben Con- 
nolly failed. 
Any girl with a bankroll and who likes to li.sten to 

poetry, apply to Harry Hawkins. 

A REMINDER 

Credit Union business hours are from 10 a.m. to 
11 a.m and 3 i).m. to 4 p.m. Loans are made only 
on Tuesdaj^ and Friday. Get your loan aijjjlica- 
tions in on Mondaj' or Thursday during the hours 
noted above. Plea.se do not interrupt regular 
Museum work by asking for Credit Union service 
at other than the hours scheduled. 



THE GRAPEVINE 



July 



How To Undergo a Vacation 



[We continue our scries on "How To Re A Xalurer''] 

The iJiomincnt Nature fart about vacations is 
tliat tlicy occur in the two short est weeks of the year. 

This is due to pressure brought to bear on Nature 
by the emiiloying class. 

Every year the great thinkers among the wage- 
earning class invent valuable improv(>ments design- 
ed to counteract this by devices for lengthening the 
two weeks into two weeks and a half. The venomous 
enmity of financiers prevents these useful ideas from 
being perfected. 

Owing to this fact, the Naturer is forced to rely on 
the crude and old-fashioned method of spraining his 
ankle just as he is starting back to work. 

This injury, however, is attended with great 
danger. It often causes an inflamed stat(> that ends 
in a painful discharge. 

There are restful vacations and strenuous vaca- 
tions. The restful vacations are the easiest to take. 
They also are the easiest to give \\\i. 

A very restful vacation can be had by sitting 
beside a hard clam for two weeks and doing exactly 
what it does. 

Brain workers can give their brains a still more 
complete vacation by talking jjolitics. 

There also are summer novels. These, however, 
often result in the vacationist mislaying his brain 
entirely and thereafter wandering around without 
noticing that it is lost. 

Strenuous Naturers do not rest during vacations. 
They rest in offices during the remainder of the year. 

The most strenuous form ol vacation is taken in 
the form of exploring trii)s. In theory this trij) is for 
the purpose of exploring the wilderness, but in 
Nature the Naturer confines his exploration mainly 
to ex|)loring himself for bruises. 

The ideal outfit for an exploring trip is one that is 
as small as possible. A really small outfit must 
consist of absolutely nothing except a tent, bedding, 
clothes, cooking utensils, a fishing rod, a gun, an 
axe, a side of bacon and a bag of flour. 

The great advantage of such an exjjloring trip is 
that it makes every bit of the vacation count. By 
carrying the small outfit as far as ])ossible each day, 
most Naturers succeed in making each week seem 
like a year. 

The ideal exploring trips are one-day exploring 
trips. They are done on trolley cars. They take 
the Naturer to big game resorts where he can shoot 
the chutes. 

Another form of vacation is a walking tour. It 
is done scientifically by getting lifts from i)assing 
drivers. 



Some Naturers try to acc()mi)lish a walking tour 
with their feet. This, however, is made difficult by 
natural obstacles known as roads. The chief 
topographical feature of roads is that it is always 
two miles to the next stop. 

If the Naturer is determined to walk, he should 
lay special stress on .selecting a road that passes 
through good scenery. The finest scenery for 
a walking tour is a continuous line of hotels. 

Other tours are railroad tours. They are exactly 
like walking tours excc|)t that they have more 
cinders. 

There also is fishing. It is valuable mostly for its 
reminiscences. 

An ordinarily skillftil fishing vacationist can catch 
enough reminiscences in two weeks to stock him 
for the ensuing fiscal year. 

The best reminiscences are those that are different 
every time they are told. Having these remin- 
iscences is the favorite Nature sport during working 
hours. The only rule of the sport is for each Naturer 
to get his own in first. As soon as a Naturer begins 
to speak, the other Naturerers must respond by 
exclaiming: "That reminds me." 

Anti-vacationists make offensive noises during 
this Nature sport. All antivacationists, however, 
surrender their i)reju(lice against vacations after 
a few years, and go to the country themselvcns. The 
part of the country that they go to is technically 
known as a cemetery. 

A species of anti-vacationist is known cntomolo- 
gically as the New-York-City-Vacationi.st. This 
species arises in every vacation season and adver- 
tises that New York City is a fine summer n-sort. 
He'll then retire in discouragement from all lying 
contests. 

The chief object of a vacation is to return to town 
as brown as a berry. This berry does not grow 
naturally, but is raised art ifically as a flower of 
speech. 

Fake Naturers also come to town in the autimm 
as a berry. They can be detected by touching them 
with a wet rag. 

Very red-blooded Naturers are not cont(-nt to 
return brown. They do not consider a vacation 
successful unless they return boil<>d red. They 
achieve this by sitting in a cooking utensil in the sun. 
The utensil is known as a rowing shirt. 

This form of vacation must be ai)i)lir(l externally 
until the. NatunM- peels easily. 

More thoughtful Naturers take their vacations 
internally. Instead of returning to work boiled, 
these Naturers return stewed. 




VOL. Ill, No. 3 



SEPTEMBER, 1940 



PRICELESS 



Special Notice 

Do YOU want a Christmas dance? 

Would you prefer to have the dance held within the 
Museum or at an outside place similar to the Hotel Taft Grill 
where the last Spring Dance was held? 

The Board of Directors of the E.B.A. believe that it would 
be better to hold one dance and entertainment a year, prefera- 
bly during the month of December and conduct an annual 
outing and picnic during the spring. 

It is necessary to learn the consensus of opinion of the 
entire Museum family; therefore will you please fill in the 
questionnaire enclosed and mail it to Neil MacCallum, 
Power Plant, to be received not later than one week from 
today. An addressed envelope for your convenience is 
enclosed. 

Your cooperation in this regard is urgently requested and 
appreciated. 

Neil MacCallum 

Chairman Co-ordinating Committee 

Employees Benefit Association 



THE GRAPEVINE 



Sep tern ber, 



THE GRAPEVINE 

EDITORIAL STAFF 

Eilitor-in-Chicf — Irene F. Cypher 

Advisory Board 

^^'AY^■E M. Faunce Walter F. Meister 

George C. Vaillaxt 

Managing Board 
Edward A. Burxs Frank A. Rinald 
George H. Childs Jean Wiedemer 

Editorial Board 



LUCY W. CLAUSEN 
CHARLES J. KERR 
GEORGE TAUBER 
ED. WRISSENBERG 



STEPHEN J. MURPHY 
HERMAN A. SIEVERS 
W. H. SOUTHWICK 
WILLIAM H. WRIGHT 



STEPHEN KLASSEN 



NEW E.B.A. MEMBERS 

We are glad to announce that the following 
Museum employees are now members of the E.B.A. 

James Carmel 

Louise K. Danielson 

Reuel Estill 
• Thomas W. Hull 

R. W. Kane 

William F. Kirk Jr. 

Waddy Me Fall 

Arthur Ohlman 

Robert Seherer 

Mildred V. Seiz 

Dorothea Siegle 

Frank Tini 

John F. Webber 

Paul M. Wright 
The Membershij) Committee is (loing splciiilid 
work to aehieve our goal of 100' ^ membership in the 
E.B.A., and anyone who is not yet a member had 
better watch out. 



It is with profound sorrow tliat we 
publish the recent deaths of three mem- 
bers of our association. 

Marie Garrison 

on September, 16, 1940 
Charles C. Groff 

on September 18, 1940 
Francis J. Kirkland 
on September iS, 19.',0 



The Social Whirl 

Miss Clara McDermott inciuired at the mail 
desk whether a letter would reach the Bronx that 
afternoon if she would send it air mail. Some grey 
matter rides high! 

The boys in the Museum are calling Miss Fish — 
Mrs. Papi)y Madison. Listen to the MadisDn Loan 
Co. broadcasts some day. 

Otto Eckholm is editorial writer for a church 
newsjiaper in his neighborhood. Now he has to 
read the Bible from cover to cover. 

Dorothy Edwards' game of t<"nnis shows evidence 
of her "night owling." 

Dr. Nels Nelson couldn't make any wine on his 
summer vacation this year because the grapes 
weren't ripe enough. He got jjceved and resorted to 
chopping wood all day. 

Everything that goes wronj^ in the Museum comes 
to the attention of Fred Hahn. In his oiiinion thej' 
should have a man to take care of such matters. 

Edward Weyer had a pet skunk at his camp cot- 
tage in Canada. One evening Mrs. W^eyer saw the 
skunk smelling her husband's trouser leg. Said she 
"When a skunk smells a man — that's news." 

Rudoli)h Weinaeht is lecturing on temperance. 

Ed Mcyenberg will have a tough time keeping the 
girls away from him on the boat to Boston where he 
is going to the Legion meeting for a week. He has 
a new suit and a dandy Sam Brown belt and when 
he's all togged out looks like a General. But he'll 
find out he can't collect jwst cards in Boston. 

Adrian W^ard is all settled in his new apartment. 
He is getting a new car in October and wants to get 
a chauffeur — but not of army age. 

Harry Hawkins keeps his mind a blank when 
l)a.ssing the mail desk — There's a mind reader there. 
Practically any other time he may be seen looking 
into his ever handy mirror to give that final pat to 
his shiny locks. 

Constance Paradise resigned from the department 
of Invertebrates to get married. They hired John 
Eden. Now all they need is a little heaven. 

The two Museum Romeos, Harrj' Hawkins and 
Dick Kunder have the hajjjjy faculty of running 
after the same blonde. But in stepped a third 
j'oung man and walked off with the prize. 

We understand that Walt(>r Joyce is an autliority 
on Smorga.sbord. No one ever thought he had 
Swedish ancestry. 

W. S. 



1940 



THE GRAPEVINE 



* 



RED CROSS WORK 

Chairman Ella B. Ransom had the 
following good roi)ort to give concerning 
the Red Cross work being done by the 
women of the Museum. 

Since our organization in July we have 
received and distributed over 100 bags of 
wool to be knitted into sweaters and 1") 
bundles of material which is being made 
into women's dresses. This work is 
being done after working hours in the room 
assigned to us in the Roosevelt Memorial 
and at home. 

We have already returned over 50 
sweaters, nicely made, and th(> dresses are 
about finished. Work will then begin on 
baby clothes. 

The new material has now arrived and 
much of it does not require machine 
sewing, but may be done by hand. Those 
who are interested in securing these 
garments should call Miss Jean Wiedemer, 
Extension 444 before 5.00 P.M. any after- 
noon and she will arrange all details with 
them. 

Headquarters for the Museum Red 
Cross Unit has been changed from Room 
319 R.M. to the 4th floor Mezzanine R.M. 
To reach the new headquarters take the 
R.M. elevators to the 5th floor and then 
walk down one flight to the Mezzanine. 
All .sewing and knitting materials are to be 
secured and returned here. 




LET'S GO— BASKETBALLERS ! 

Anyone wish.ng a tryout for the Museum basket- 
ball team should see Ben Connolly. Practice begins 
in two weeks. Ben is working on the formation of 
a Museum League taking in all the boroughs. 



THE CROSSROADS OF PETS 

Most wild animal collectors must go to consider- 
able expense and efforts to 'bring 'em back alive'; 
but not so Bunny Southwick whose modest 79th St. 
apartment is rapidly changing from a menage into 
a m(>nagerie. Through no api)arent effort of his own 
(at least that's what h<> says) marmosets, dogs, 
parrots, canaries and tropical fish have flocked to 
his abode as to an asylum and anyone who has visit- 
ed the said abode would be compelled to admit that 
they are perfectly right in so regarding it. The 
latest arrivals aie a pair of North Carolina toads, 
Iffy and Glob by nam;^, that earn their keep by 
eating meal worms and changing color in a very 
entertaining way. Where it will all end is a matter 
of conjecture, but Mr. and Mrs. Noah are not 
kidding themselves that it will end with the toads. 




Joseph (luerrji 

CALLING ALL FISHERMEN! 

When it comes to wanting to know about fish — 
habits, bait, tackle — you've got to be mighty careful 
where you seek your information. It seems that 
Dr. Andrews has been coming down to the machine 
shop to listen to Avery's sage advice on fishing. 
Now Al, in the paint shop and Herman Otto are 
jealous because they are the real experts on such 
matters. And then you're likely to hear Harry 
Farrar (member of the I?aak Walton League) 
mutter to himself things about. . . . 'the most im- 
jiortant consideration is to preserve them — not 
catch them." 

The Green Demon rides in the machine shop! 
Hi ho Jealousy. 



NEWS ITEM 

Recently one of the women left a dollar with 
Fred Weir the elevator operator with instructions 
to take delivery on a dress she was expecting. 
Shortly thereafter someone came in with a paper 
bag and Freddy parted with the dollar in return for 
said i)ackage. His face is still red, for wheii he 
examined \\\v package it contained nothing more 
than a huge mechanics glove. 

P.S. Someone else had already ])aid for and re- 
ceived the bona-fide dress. 



THE GRAPEVINE 



September 



Safety Committee 

Ono of the really good internal Museum agencies 
is the Safety Committee. Little is heard of its work 
and activities, nevertheless, it functions constantly 
and continuously in finding and correcting unsafe 
conditions, both as to fire and accident, in and 
about the Museum buildings. 

The personnel of the Committee is as follows: 

R. P. Johnson — Chairman 
J. M. McDermott — Secretary 
P. W. Wallace — Inspector 
J. E. Paradis — Inspector 
W. L. Todd 
L. W. Kinzer 
8. J. Murphy 

A thorough inspection of unsafe conditions is 
made by the inspectors every week, and a report 
thereon made for the use of the Committee at its 
monthly meetings. A re])resentative of the State 
Insurance Fund, Mr. J. Allen, attends all meetings 
of the Committee in an advisory capacity. 

The cooperation of all Museum employees with 
the Committee in promoting safe practices and 
maintaining safe conditions is appreciated. When 
you see an accident or fire hazard, please report the 
condition to one of the Safety Inspectors or to the 
Secretary of the Committee in the General Superin- 
tendent's office. 



Have you any Suggestion for preventing Accidents? 
Send in your Safety Suggestions 



A WORD REGARDING THE 
E.B.A. SHOPPER'S LIST 

A large number of our members have 
made good use of our Shopper's List, and 
many favorable comments have been 
received about the amount of savings made 
through patronizing the firms we have 
listed in same. 

Sometime in thv near future this 
valuable little booklet will he rejjrinted 
and some additions and deletions will be 
made. Members knowing of any good 
leads may forward them to the committee 
who will be glad to contact them. 

We are especially desirous of adding to 
our list the names of firms dealing in 
wearing apparel of all kinds, smokers 
articles, toys, perfumes, cosmetics, etc., 
or any item not already listed. 

Edward A. Burns ] 

Joseph Schokffler ^Committee 

John R. Saunders 



TWO UNUSUAL COURSES 

The Museum announces two unusual courses to 
interested friends, during Fall and Winter of 1940. 

I. Natural History FOR THE Layman 

A Splendid Ojjportunity to Study Nature In 
and Near New York 

Course Leader: Farida A. Wiley, Staff 
Assistant, Department of Education 



SAFETY SUGGESTION 

Send to the Secretary of Safety Committee 
Mr. J. M. McDermott 

/ would like to make the JoUowing Safety Suggestions 



Location: 



Name: 



Dept:_ 



II. The S O S OF The Americas 

Natural Science is the Key to our Eco- 
nomic Security 

Course Leader: Waldo Walker, Former 
Staff Correspondent on New York City 
Newspapers 



I'^)r details get a Leaflet at th( 
Desk. 



Information 



Do Not Fail to Send in Questionnaire 
Regarding the Christmas Dance 



FROM OUR SCRAPBOOK 

"Keep company with good men, and 
good men you'll imitate." 



V. 3 ^ 



3 ^^ 





Published by THE EMPLOYEES' BENEFIT ASSOCIATION 
OF THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 



VOL. III. \o. 4 



NOVEMBER, 1940 



PRICELESS 



ylnnual Christmas Dance 



AND 



Entertainment 



DECEMBER 14th 



AT THE MUSEUM 



Other engagements on t/iis date 
PROHIBITED 



Call Ext. 393 for Fable Reservations. 



rickets Now on Sale. 



THE GRAPEVINE 



No 



vember 



THE GRAPEVINE 

EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor-iii-Cliii'f — Irkne F. Cypher 

Advisory Board 

Wayne M. Faunce Walter F. Meister 

George C. Vaillant 

Managing Board 
Edward A. Burns Frank A. Rinald 
George H. Childs Jean Wiedemer 

Editorial Board 

LUCY W. CLAUSEN STEPHEN J. MURPHY 



CHARLES J. KERR 
GEORGE TAUBER 
ED. WRISSENBERG 



HERMAN A. SIEVERS 
W. H. SOUTHWICK 
WILLIAM H. WRIGHT 



STEPHEN KLASSEN 



SNIFF! 

Dr. Edward ^^>yel•, Editor of Natural History 
Magazine, spent his vacation at Muskoka Lakes in 
Canada. He did cinite a liit of wild-life .study there, 
but he was particularly interested in two baby 
skunks who wcjultl come out ont(j his hiwn every 
evening and play with each other ju.st like ordinary 
kitten.s. One evening he wanted to see how they 
would react to theii' first sight of man, and so he 
slowly walked out on the lawn. They stopped 
playing, watched him a mimite or two and then, one 
at a time, crept forward and sniffed of his trouser 
leg. As Mrs. Weyer says: "When skunk smells 
man, that's news". 

(\\ ith thank.s to the Herald-Triliune, Nov. 17, 
1940) 

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FEDERAL CREDIT UNION 

The .\.M.N.H. Enipioyecs Fetleral Cicdit I'liion 
is nearly five years old. There ai'e 337 nicinlicrs 
whose Shares Accounts total .1!;28,87fi.3f). .\u Aunu.il 
Report, giving a full picture of its activities during 
1940, will be publishcil in an curly issue of the 
GRAPEVINE. 



The Social Whirl 

Hariy Hawkins' birthday was on the same night 
as the "dinner" and Sharkey asked his .audience to 
give the little boy a hand. P.S. They responderl with 
a Bronx cheei'. Broadway Harry was telling the 
boys how good an M. C. he is i)ut when he took over 
the mike all that was heard was a slight sciueak. 

Love me. love my dog. What dapper young 
curator's assistant was seen walking a cafeteria 
ca.shier's dog recently? 

Beauty notes — Jack Scott has given up his col- 
lection of W^illkie buttons and gone in for daily 
calisthenics — which he says accounts for his hand- 
some physiciue. 

Football Foney — What certain red-headed gent 
though highly regarded as supervisor has shown 
hunself a poor football prognosticator? 

A talent scout from Radio City has been up 
looking at Shai'key. 

\'ic. Badaracco has ])ut his ^^'illkie buttons in 
camphor for 4 years. 

L. Hillyard is going to have the English coat of 
arms put on his china. 

John Fogarty has a big 2 lb. steak for lunch. 
Been looking at magazine pictures of cows and bulls 
in dairy magazines. 

A bab}' boy arrived in the home of ,Iohn Harris. 

Sir Asht: II Littlefield is collecting "Phillies" 
bands. Naulty is collecting the same brand. The 
joke is that Littlefield tops him by about 3000. 
Soon he's going to paper his bathroom. 

Hairy Lange of the Bookkeeper's has also joined 
the ranks of the proud fathers and is now talking 
about "his daughter." 

By the way, if any of you drive up to South 
Harwicii on Cape Cod ne.xt summer, drop in on the 
.\ndrcw Mutchlers. Their "Marijiosa Cottage" is 
a mighty fine place and Andy a mighty fine host. 

W. H. S. 



FROM OUR SCRAPBOOK 

"Kindness is lost upon an ungrateful 
man." 



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CHRISTMAS STAR 

interpreted in the Hayden Planetarium 



With the newly iliscovered Cunninsli;im Comet, 
expected to be visible by Christmas, and a ])hase of 
a I'are triple eonjuiiction of the planets Saturn and 
.Fupiter attracting considerable attention through- 
out the country, the Christmas of 1940 will be an 
unusual one, from an astronomical viewpoint at 
least, according to Professor William H. Barton, .Jr., 
Executive Curator of the Hayden Planetarituii of 
the American Museum of Natural History. 

"The uniciue feature." said Professor Barton, "is 
that we will have in the night skies that spread 
across the United States these two possible expla- 
nations of the agelong and still unsolved mystery 
of the Christmas Star, a comet and a close proximity 
of two bright planets. These astronomical adorn- 
ments to the season's sky will make more vivid the 
presentation of the Christmas storj' in the Hayden 
Planetarium. 

"The Christmas Star may not have been a star at 
all as we think of a star, but rather something un- 
usual in the sky that attracted a great deal of at- 
tention. If you go outdoors tonight just after dark 
and look toward the southeast, you will see the 
plants .Jupiter and Saturn close together and shining 
brightly. These two separate objects become 
definitely associated together in the observer's 
mind. We have had hundreds of inquiries about 
them at the Hayden Planetarium, and even in 
comi>etition with the bright lights of the city they 
attract the attention of the man in the .street. 

"This proximity of the two bright planets," 
continued Profe.ssor Barton, "is part of a triple 
conjunction that last took place 2.58 years ago, in 
1682 and 1683, and before that in the year 7 B.C. 
The great astronomer Kepler was so impressed by 



a conjunction of these two planets, Saturn and 
Jupiter, in 1604 that he figured back and found that 
in the year generally accepted as the Nativity, 
these two planets were not only close together as 
they are at {)resent, but had been joined by the 
planet Mars, to form an extraordinary sight in the 
sky. Perhaps that was the "Star" the Wise Men 
followetl to Bethlehem." 

The appearance of a comet in the sky has always 
stirred the imaginations of men, and, as will be 
demonstrated in the Hayden Planetarium, the 
comet of 4 B.C., recorded by the Chinese to have 
been visible for 70 days, may have been the "Star" 
of the Wise Men. 

"On September 18th," said Professor Barton, 
"a new comet was discovered by Mr. Leland E. 
Cunningham of the Harvard College Observatory 
staff. Although not yet visible to the naked eye, 
Comet Cimningham has been rapidly growing 
brighter, and by Christmas should be visible in the 
westein sky after sunset. No one can say for sure 
how bright it will be, as different formulas give 
divergent values for the computeil biightness, but 
there should be a noticeable comet of some sort to 
adorn the Christmas sky." 

These and other interpretations of the Christmas 
Star will be reproduced in the man-made sky of the 
Hayden Planetarium by means of specially con- 
structed projectors, during the December presenta- 
tion of "The Wise Men's Star," beginning this 
afternoon (SUNDAY), December Lst) and continu- 
ing throughout the month. There will be special 
Christmas music and carol singing at each per- 
formance. 




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November 



Testimonal Dinner 

to JOHN J. KELLY and BEN FALVEY 



On Tuesday evening. October loth the men oi' the 
Custodian's department tendered a dinner to Mi'. 
Benjamin Falvey and Mr. .lohn Kelly who were 
retiring after thirty years of service. The dinner 
was held in the Museum Cafeteria. Ai)|)roximateIy 
two hundred men attended, including representa- 
tives of all the departments, and William Sharkey 
acted as Toastmaster. An element of sadness per- 
meated the affair, as John Kelly had |)assed away 
just two days before, and the Toastmaster began 
l)y asking for a minute of silent prayer in his mem- 
ory. 

Re.\ Johnson presented a gold watch and a scroll 
to Ben Falvey. A similar gift was at the vacant 
place of John Kelly and it was later sent to his wife 

The Big Shots at the speakers table were L. 
Kinzer, C. H. Curran, C. O'Connor, P. Wallace, 
S. Murphy and Ed Hawkins, Sr. 

Otto Eckholm .and Ed Haw kins were in cliargc of 
arrangements and everyone said the dinner was 
a knockout. 



The Committee in charge consisted of W. Som- 
ervilie. J. Philburn, \V. Sharkey. R. Oilmore. H. 
Voelmy and \'. Badara<'co. 

During the diiuier tlic Tiunillo brothers played the 
fiddle. Banjo, and the sax and after the dinner came 
the funny stuff. 

William Sharkey, who was a Fred Allen and .lack 
Benny wrapped up in one, started the entertainment. 
Dick Joyce's singing called for a lot of encores. 

Tom Ford sang Pennies from Heaven and collect- 
ed 7.") cents in pennies which he put in his pocket 
and then thankeii the crowd for their generosity. 

Littlefield anil Oit danced fancy dances -toe 
dancing was their specialty, but they had a spill at 
the end which causetl a big laugh. 

Ed Tuohj' and Mike Lennon danced some Irish 
jigs. The audience was also delighted to hear Jim 
Roacii play the bagpipes. 

We append herewith some of the literary high- 
lights which were offered at the dinner: 




1940 



THE GRAPEVINE 



A TRIBUTE TO THE BOYS 

We extend a welcome to j'oii, .loliii aiul Hen 

With heavy hearts we cheer 
For yon are dear to all ns men 

Of many, many a year 
No more we'll see your sunny smiles 

And your winning waj's 
May j'our path of life have many miles 

May you enjoy many happy days 
J. S. 



A LETTER 



630 W. 13oth St. 
N. Y. City 
October 21. 19-10 



To mv Co- Workers: 



I wish to express the appreciation not onlj- 
of myself but of my familj' to my co-workers for the 
thoughtfulness shown me upon my retirement. 

The gifts which I received will not only add 
enjoyment to my leisure hours but will keep their 
kindness and friendship with me always. 

I have sincerely enjoyed my association 
with these men and women and hope for a continu- 
ance of that friendship in the future. 
Sincerel}-, 

Benjamin F. Falvey 




ARE WE CORRECT? 

Wo are indeed fortunate to have amongst oiif 
Museumites the following outstanding qualities: 

The personality of P. Wallace, S. Knapp 

The smile of W. Sharkey, M. Duffy 

The pep of Tony Cartossa 

The charm of J. Philburn, M. Silverman 

The love of R. Joyce, V. Badaracco 

The attractiveness of. . Henry Hunilertpfund 

The voice of Tom Gratly, B. Shanley 

The poise of W. Jensen, R. (Jilmore 

The faithfulness of. . . .G. Stoutenberg 

The diction of Al Potenza, H. Tappen 

The sincerity of C. Edwards, Tim O'SuUivan 

The youth of J. Scott, G. Murray 

The friendliness of. . . .Tom Sullivan, Bob Murray 
The cheerfulness of. . . . V. Marra, Al Hynes 

The generosity of. F. Mariamui 

The loynlity of. E. Hawkins, O. Eckholm 

The greeting of Ben Connolly 

The vivaciousness of . . . Ed Malley 

The earnestness of O. Lambert, L. Hillyard 

The hospitality of S. Murphy, W. Somerville 

The kindliness of. Ben Falvey, P. Keating 

The courtesy of H. Voelmy, W. McGrath 

The thoughtfulness of. . E. Morton 
The laugh of J. Harris 

Several members of the museimi have retired from 
their jobs. Those boys were very active — everyone 
performed his part. After thirty years of service. 
Bill Buckley remarked, "I knew it wasn't steady 
the day I took the job." 



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SHEEPSKIN PARADE 

Out of a scientihc staff including research and 
field associates of 122, 83 hold a grand total of 91 
degress, honorary and otherwise. 

The Ph. D's lead the list with 41 
We have 19 Doctors of Science 
Nine are Masters of Art 
Eight are Bachellors of Art 

Two each of the following— M.S., M.D. and C.E. 
One apiece of the following— D.D.S.. M.L, Ph.B. 
L.L.B. 

If you estimate that it takes 4 years to procure 
a Bachellor's degree, five a Master's, and 7 a Docto- 
rate, it means that our illustrious have been in 
schools of higher learning an aggregate of a mere 
545 years. 



THE GRAPEVINE 



November 



CAMERA CLUB EXHIBIT 

Wituicrs and Hoitorahle Metitmis 








A SYMBOL OF AMKKH \ 




"A CHEST" 
.Second Prize 




Honorable Mention 
by Irene F. Cypher 


".JOE" 
Third Prize 


William J. Haker, Jr. 




"SANCTrARY" 


(leorge L. Sehroth 


\ HIT OF HOI.LAXD AT 


THE 


First Prize 
by I.ucy W. Clausen 


"HOLD EVEKYTHIN( 


I- AIR' 

Honorable Mention 

Edward k. Burns 




"KNOTTED PIXE ■ 
Honorable Mention 


Honorable Mention 
William .1. Haker, .Ir. 



by Walter V . Meister 



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THE GRAPEVINE 



Camera Club Exhibit 

The first public rxliibition of photosniphs imule by 
the Amoricaii Museum of Natural History Employe- 
es' Camera Club was held in Maxwell Hall during 
the week of October 20tii to 28th. 

For this exhibit ninety-nine i)rints were submitted 
by seventeen members of the club and the following 
were voted as prize-winners and for Honorable 
Mention: First Prize, "Sanctuary" by Lucy W. 
Clausen; Secontl Prize. "A Crest", by William 
Baker Jr.; Third Prize, ".loe", by George L. Schroth; 
Honorable Mentions: "Hold Everything", by 
William Baker, Jr., "A Bit of Old Holland at the 
Fair", by Edward \. Burns; "A Symbol of America", 
by Irene F. Cypher, and "Knotted Pine" by Walter 
F. Meister. 

Besides the display of Club Members' prints the 
exhibit also contained forty-one prints made by 
Charles Coles, Thane Bierwert and Elwood Logan, 
official photographers of the American Museum of 
Natural History, 

All members of the club acted as judges and in 
this respect we wish to call attention to the fact 
that each person attending the meeting tried 
sincerely and honestly, to the best of his ability, to 
be im|)artial and yet critical in his ratings of each 
print. We also wish to emphasize that it was by no 
means an easy task to rate the prints submitted on 
a comparative basis. The final count bears out this 
fact since there were at least a dozen prints within 
a few points of one another. Consider these points 
well before criticizing oui' ch(jice. 

The Club feels jileased indeed, however, that 
their finst public exhibit does credit to the member- 
ship. It shows the progress members have made in 
the past year and gives promise of excellent things to 
come in the future. 



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SHOPPER'S LIST 

By this time you have probably I'eceived your 
copy of the new edition of the E,B,A, Shopper's 
List, The Committee is to be congratulated on the 
fine work they have done in compiling this list, and 
we think you ought to read it carefully. You 
know Christmas is just around the corner, and 
))eriiaps those gifts you are thinking about i)uying 
may be available at one of the firms listed. Savings 
intlicated are really substantial, and we pass this 
little hint along to you for ,serious consideration. 



Accidents Can Be Stopped 

ARE YOU DOING YOUR PART TO 
STOP THEM? 

The idea behind our little safety suggestion box 
appearing in each issue of the "Grapevine" is to 
get YOU up to bat on the side of safety, 

A lot of us participate in various games in con- 
nection with the Museum but this is the biggest and 
greatest game of them all, a game where the greatest 
score can be made, a score which may mean Health. 
Happiness and perhaps Life to one of 3'our co- 
workers or yovu'self. That score can be chalked up 
by keeping your eyes open, having a little interest 
and sending in your Safety Suggestions. Everyone 
is invited to participate, there are no standards of 
((ualification and every suggestion submitted will 
receive the fullest consideration and attention of 
each and every member of the Safety Committee. 

"SAFETY IS NOT THE OTHER FELLOW'S 
JOB. IT'S EVERYBODY'S JOB:" 



Have you any Suggestion for preventing Accidents? 
Send in your Safety Suggestions 



CUT HKUK 



SAFETY SUGGESTION 

Send to the Secretary of Safety Committee 
Mr. J. M, McDcrmott 

/ would like to make Ihe followinq Safrti/ Suc/gcfitions 



Location: 



Name: 



Dept:_ 



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November 



O 



RED CROSS NOTES 

It is most unfortunate that today there are so 
many unfair, unfounded rumors being circuhited 
that the Red Cross funds and suppHes have been 
confiscated by Germany and gotten into the hands 
of others than those for whom they are intended. It 
is impossible to find the source of such baseless 
gossip and to refute such irresponsible stories. 
When individuals are personally contacted and told 
the true facts they are easily convinced of the 
unfairness and injustice of such loose talk. National 
Chairmati Norman H. Davis assured the generous 
contributors to the War Relief Fund that there was 
no foundation whatsoevei' for such reports, that the 
Red Cross does not intend to engage in any relief 
program without adequate c(jntrol over its opera- 
tions and that the distribution of the American 
Red Cross relief supplies is imder the general 
supervision and personal direction of trained Red 
Cross workers assigned to duty in Eiu^opc. He also 
declared that not one cent of Red Cro.ss funds has 
been seized nor a single item of Red Cross supplies 
confiscated by any belligerent government. In 
other words, not one cent or one article has gone to 
anyone except the war victims for whom intended. 

Based on its past record in disasters and war, the 
American people have faith in their Red Cross, and 
its magnificent relief work for war victims in the 
pre.sent emergency, justifies a continuation of that 
faith. 

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NEW E. B. A. MEMBERS 

Since the Grapevine last went to print the rolls of 
the E.H..\. membership have added the following 
employees to their list: 

Dominick Caggana 
Albion Haddon 
Richard Holland 

We are sorry to have to report that there have 
also been two deaths during that siime period: 

Peter Canavan 
John Kelly 



A TALE WITH A MORAL OR 
DON'T BE TOO SHOESY 

One of our educators (initials J.R.S.) has been 
boasting a pair of pedal protectors known to the 
trade as "scows". The color of these magnificent 
shoes was a very light pigskin. Our hero was about 
to teach a class of little i)ovs and girls, some of whom 
had been in the museum before. Upon entering the 
classroom, one of the pupils, a mischievious little 
vixen of some nine years took one look at our fashion 
plate and began to laugh in that hysterical, nerve 
racking outburst that only a little female can 
produce. The embarrassed teacher struggled to 
regain control of the situation, but nothing could 
induce the laughter to stop. I''in;illy the teacher 
frowned a most awesome frown and demanded of the 
culprit the reason for her glee. The vixen stood up 
and still laughing pointed to the teachers shoes and 
cried, "You've still got those funny yellow Dutch 
shoes". With wounded pride the teacher retorted, 
"the.se are not funny shoes, they are not yellow, and 
they are not Dutch. . . There ensued a gale of 
scornful laughter and the final numbing remark from 
the amused one, "I know they're Dutch, they turn 
up at the front." 

Let \is now draw tiic kindly shade of tolerant 
oblivion on this sad, sad tale. 



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OUR BOOKSHOP 

Why anyone bothers going to tlie crowded, noisy 
stores to do their Christmas shopping is more than 
we can imderstand, when they have the Museum 
Bookshop right at hand, so to speak. The atmos- 
phere in the bookshoj) is friendly, the service 
sj)lendid and the stock — well just drop in for your- 
self and see. We suggest that you examine the 
following items: 

Reproductions of Mexican jewelry (ancient 
Mexican motifs). 

Osa Johnson's stuffed animals 

Indian dolls 

Christmas cards that are really worth while 

Shells and games in an infinite variety 

Outstanding recent books 

There is something to please any member of the 
family, or the most critical of relations. Why not 
save your strength so that you will be able to enjoy 
the Christmas festivities, and do all your shopping 
at the Bookshop. 




VOL. Ill, No. 5 



FEBRUARY, 1941 



PRICELESS 



BASKETBALL GAME 

For The Museum League Championship 
Tuesday, March 4th, 1941, ^p-m. sharp 



to be held at the 



Goddard Neighborhood Center 

599 First Ave., Cor. 34th Str., N.Y. C. 

Tickets can be secured at the Mail Desk, Ext. 442 

Proceeds to so for uniforms for Softball Teams for 
both Museums 



S ubscription : 

25 CENTS 




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THE GRAPEVINE 

EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor-iii-Cliicf — Ikene F. Cypher 

Advisory Board 

\\ayne M. Faunce Walter F. Meister 
George C. Vaillant 

Managing Board 
Edward A. Burns Frank A. Rinald 
George H. Childs Jean Wiedemeh 

Editorial Board 



LUCY \V. CLAUSEN 
CHARLES J. KERR 
GEORGE TAUBER 
ED. WRISSENBERG 



STEPHEN J. MURPHY 
HERMAN A. SIEVERS 
W. H. SOUTHWICK 
WILLIAM H. WRIGHT 



STEPHEN KLASSEN 



E. B. A. Active 

The Annual Meeting of the E.B.A. was held on 
January 14th, 1941, with elections of officers for the 
year the main oveiit of the day. Just in case you 
want to refresh j'our memory at any time duiing the 
year, here is the complete list of officers: 

President: Xcil MacCalluin 

Vicv-PrcHiiUitt: . . . .W'illmr Sharkey 

Treasurer: Fred H. Smyth 

Secrelanj: James Williamson 

Board of IHredors: 
Cla.ss of 1942: Edward Burns, Cieorge Tauher, 

(icorge Vaillant 
Class of 1943: Walter F. Meister, Edwin C. 
Meyenberg, William H. Wright 
Class of 1944: Otto Eckholm, Dorothy 

Edwards, Wayne M. Faunce 
The riillowiiig employees have been atlded to our 
membership rolls since the last issue of the Cirape- 
viiie: 

William Burns (Dejit. of Education) 
Andrew Cordiei' (Dept. of Heating & Lighting) 
Theodore Pedersen (De])t. of Heating & Lighting) 
II;irve\' Tr("acv (Administr;iti(iii") 



Since our last issue, we are sorry to icport 
that the following members iiave died: 

.John (iallagher 
Frank McCaffrey 
(!. Kingslev Noble 



Annual Report of the 
A. M. N. H. EMPLOYEES FEDERAL 
CREDIT UNION, 1940 

The .^mnial Meeting of the A.M.N.H. Emi)loyees 
Federal Credit ruioii was held on January 21, 1941. 

In January, the interest rate on member.s' Loans 
was reduced from 1' ; per month on unpaid balances 
to S of one per cent. It is estimated that a .saving of 
approximately .fSOO.OO to bori'owers was thus effect- 
ed. 

Fifty-seven members were elected in 1940, making 
a total membershii) of 341. 

$10,124.17 were paid into Shares, thus increasing 
the total Shares from $24,()79.()7, at the end of 1939, 
to .S30, 107.32 at the end of 1940. 

.j()6 loans, representing the sum of $48,117.08, 
were made to members during the year. On 
December 31, there were 408 outstanding loans to 
members, amounting to $26,2.j9.1G. In its five 
years of o[jeration at the Mu.seum, the Credit 
Union has loaned to members a total of $216,046.92. 

Interest j)ai<l i)y members for loans in 1940 was 
$2,131.23. 

In addition to member loans, two loans were made 
to other Credit Unions, one for $4000.00, the other 
foi- $000.00. Income derived from these loans 
amounted to $117.00. 

Twenty units of shares at $100.00 each were 
bought by this Credit Union in the First Federal 
Savings and Loan Association of Philadelphia in 
April. Dividends, |)aid June 30 and Decemlxn- 31, 
at 3)^7c, amounted to $52..50. 

Total income for 1940 was $2,300.73. Total 
expenses were $783.27. Net income, therefore, was 
$l,ol7.46. This was tiistributed as follows: 

207o, or $303.49, transferred to the Reserve for 
Bad Loans. 

80%, or $1,213.97, transferred to Undivided 
Profits. 

The Reserve for Bad Loans now is $1,277.86. 

Total Undivided Profits arc $1,816.39. 

Three major improvements in methods of opera- 
tion were effected in 1940. First, regular business 
hours, for receiving loan applications and interview- 
ing ajjplicants, were adopted by the Credit Union 
office. Second, the Credit Committee established 
the practice of meeting as a group, twice a week, 
to confer upon loan applications and, when neces- 
sary, to interview api)licants in person. Third, an 
adequate collection system was instituted. 

Progress is indicated by the growing numbei', and 
size, of Shares Accounts. Many Museum employees 
are saving money regularly in Shares who never 
before had formed the habit of saving money. 
Several (>mployees were spared the disagreeable and 
expensive necessity of resorting to "loan sharks". 



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Camera Club Newsj 



Tlu" Annual Moctini; of the Museum 
Employees Clul) was held on i''i'i(la\', 
January 17. ami the followinji siioup 
of officers eleeteti for the year 1941: 

I'lcsi'lcnl: Raymond Lewis 

\'ia'-l'resid()il: Lewis Monaco 

Treasurer: CJeorge Schrotii 

Sccrclary: Irene F. Cypher 

E.cccntii'( ('o)iuniik'c: 
\\ illiam Burns \\'nyne M. I''aunce 

Lucy \V. Clausen Waiter F. Meister 
John Orth 

February Club Exhibit 

Jacob Dcsciiin, A.R.P.S., well known photogra- 
pher and writer and judge on photographic subjects, 
wa.s guest at a luncheon given by the Executive 
Committee of the Camera Club. After luncheon 
judging of the prints submitted for the February 
E.xhibit took jjlace. 

MOTHER'S LOVE by Louis Monaco, received 
the first award. Second award went to PORTRAIT 
by Raymond C. Lewis. The third awarti was won 
by Lucy W. Clausen for her WINTER SETTING. 
Honorahle Mentions were given to Raymond Lewis 
for MOONLIGHT OVER RIO and to Mauricio 
Zacuto's WINTER SUN. 

The exhibit, in Education Hall was open to the 
public from February 1st to 7th inclusive. It 
included a variety of subjects ranging from table top 
l^hotography to portraits, scenic pictures, antl a ork 
based on natiu'al history. 



LIMERICK LOBBY 

*Tow-Tographic" 

I 

There is a young fellow named Coles, 

Whose business is peeping through holes. 

But! Though after exposures, 
I'm sure his disclosures 

Reveal only high moral goals. 

II 
An eccentric young fellow, McKeon, 

With Southwick doth strongly commune, 
By snorts and by grunts. 

But these aren't affronts, 
Foi- Southwick antl he are in tune. 

Ill 

An erring assistant curator. 

Assumes he's a limerick creator. 

As a poet he tends 

To make rhymes of his friends 

But he reallv should act more sedater. 



Another Scrap of Paper 

Tliougli lie has not said so in so many words, it is 
(fuite apparent that Ruiidy Southwick thinks Bessie 
Southwick attaches altogether too much importance 
to money matters. The facts of the case are these. 

Bessie Southwick received a Credit Union 
dividend check and no sooner had she laid said check 
on her living room table, than Ruddy seized upon 
it and tore it to bits. (They asked the Museum to 
stop payment — as though Ruddy had not already 
taken care of this matter!) Bessie's injured feelings 
have now been assuaged by the receipt of another 
duplicate check so that it may now be truthfully 
said she has been double checked both by Ruddy and 
the Museum. Ruddy, by the way, is not a human 
member of the Southwickian menage, but, like 
Bunny and Bessie, he can talk and how! 

This being true, what else could Ruddy be but 
a parrot? 



Military Service 




Did you know that four of our boys have already 
left for military training? We are going to try 
sending them copies of the Grapevine to keep them 
in touch with the news back home — so watch out, 
when they return they'll know just what has been 
going on, and you will not be able to tell them any 
stories about your escapades. James A. Boyd is at 
Fort Dix, Robert Lawrence is at Fort Jay, John P. 
McAvoy is at Fort Hancock, and Waddy McFall 
has just left, assignment not known definitely as yet. 
If you want to get in touch witii them we'll be glad 
to let you have their addresses. In the meantime 
watch this column for further news of assigiunents, 
exploits reported, or details of current happenings in 
the military world. 

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FROM OUR SCRAPBOOK 

"Whatever is worth doing at all, is 
Worth doing well." 



THE GRAPEVINE 



February 



Safety Committee 

To further familiarize all employees of the 
Museum with the work and »qo\k oi the Safety 
Committee, the following are suggestions of various 
types of hazards and unsafe conditions whieh when 
foimd should be reported to the Safety C(jmmittee: 
Loose stair treads, loose hand rails, protruding 
nails, etc; l)roken toilet fixtures, electric wiring in 
bad condition, broken or very weak huUlers, broken 
glass in windows or exhibition cases, badly sticking 
windows or drawers, water leaks, gas leaks, slippery 
floors, loose or missing floor tiles, loose ceiling plaster, 
heavy materials placed insecurely above one's head 
and broken handles on tools. 

Accident prevention in the Mu.seum is on a 
twenty four hour a day schedule with no days off and 
and it is the purpose of the Safety Committee to 
anticipate and correct any unsafe condition which 
MIGHT cause injury to employees or the public. 

Knowing that five hundred pairs of eyes are far 
better than seven pairs, we therefoi'e urge you to be 
alert and report to the Safety Committee on the 
blank provided below, any condition in and about 
the Museum buildings which you believe to be 
unsafe. The Safety Committee will greatly ap- 
preciate your active cooperation in this work. 



Have you any Suggestion for preventing Accidents? 
Send in your Safety Suggestions 



CUT HF.Kf: 



SAFETY SUGGESTION 

Send to the Secretary' of Safety Committee 
Mr. J. M. McDcrmott 

/ would like lo inukc lli_p following Sofrtij Suggestions 



Location :_ 



Name: 



Dept: 



Welcome News 




We aie glail to report that President F. Trubee 
Davison has completely recovered from his recent 
illness and will soon be back in the Museum with 
us. It will certainly be good to see him again, and 
everyone will be on hand to give him a hearty 
welcome. 



PUZZLERS 

At various times during the past weeks it has been 
possible to see large groups of peo])le going around 
the halls mumbling to themselves, intiuiring of 
anyone who hai)pened to be in the halls what the 
names of certain animals were— usually the animals 
were described as looking like a mo().se, with no tail, 
or looking like a fish but climbing like a monkey 
and harking like ;i frog. In ca.se there is anyone in 
the Museum still in the dark as to what it was all 
about, a certain newspaper offered large prize awards 
for completion of .a set of puzzles — and in ortler to 
find the answ(>rs to the puzzles most of the city 
came to the mu.seum. How's that for increa.sing 
attendance at a nniseum! 



RED CROSS 



* 



Mrs. Ella B. Ransom, in cliarge of Red Cross 
activities at the Museum told us the other day that 
there were still recruits needed for sewing. If anj' 
of our museum workers are interested in obtaining 
garments to be put together and machine sewed, 
jilease get in touch with Miss Jean Weidemer, and 
she will give you all details, instruction sheets, 
information about putting the garments together, 
antl when and where to get them. Wool is still 
available from Miss Van Vliet. 



THE GRAPEVINE 



The Social Whirl 

Tlic other ilay Sir A.shtou T. Littk-field hrouslit in 
a picture of himself when only four. Everyone 
looked and then said "Some kid." 



Tlurv were tlircr kegs of beer for the Christnuis 
parly — only tiro of them were opened. Kinzer has the 
key. 

Who is it that spends all his spare time feeding the 
pigeons in and around the Museum? He claims to he 
studvinK the "Life of the Pigeon". 



EXTRA — Thi fashion plate No. 1 of the Museum 
was discovered at a dinner of the Museum Diggers the 
other evening. None other than Fred Smyth ivas 
voted the best dressed man. 



Ed Wilde is about to move into new (juarteis. 
The new location of the stockroom will be on the 
Central Park West side — not the 8th Avenue side! 
He claims that the decoration will be perfectly 
plain. There will be no bows on the wastei^aper 
baskets. 

The boi/s at the Mail Desk presented Ihnry Vodiny 
with a brief case when he left recently. We wish Henry 
good luck in his new job as Mechanical Engineer in 
the airplane industry. 



Mike Gayer is the proud owner of a champion 
maltese cat. Why is he always taking the cat on 
visits? Ask Mike — he knows. 



For Sale — One keg of beer left over from the (lirist- 
mas parly. Believe it or not! 



Pat Maher is working on the third volume of The 
Life of the Drake. He's already boiled the one he 
has for two days and still is not able to pierce it 
with a fork. 

Jack Scott moved from 56th Street to South of 
Albany. 

Broadway Harry has been rejected, on account of 
his right "listener." (They gave him a gun and it 
was too heavy — he said he would need a valet to 
carry it.) 

Steve .Murphy was asked why he preferred to buy 
a 1.940 Dodge rather than a 1941 model. He insists 
that the 1941 has too many gadgets. 



Louis Kinzer sold his baby carriage to the Museum 
for $ ',.00. They say that the stork got stuck in the 
chimney of his new house and got mad and flew away. 



John Ramshaw in The Business Office is strong 
for England. 

Jerry Hymun is now giving fatherly advice to Mike 
Beeth. Jerry answers to the name of Counseler. 



Pat Keating is missed by the fourth floor men- 
thev miss his fish stories. 



/''/■(-(/ Weir who used to have his ups and downs in 
the Roosevelt Memorial elevators was transferred to the 
Department of Invertebrates for a short span — but his 
smiling countenance is back with us again. What 
atifelW 

Atlrian Ward "Pop Ward" has been busily engag- 
ed looking through a lot of catalogues on baby 
carriages? ???!!! 

W. H. S. 



Pat Wallace is now the father of twin girls. Score 
to date: Wallace, 3; Cantor, 5. 



BASKETBALL 

The Museum's Basketball Team are giving a good 
account of themselves this season against strong 
opponents. They have won 4 and lost 4, opening 
the season against the Champion Metropolitan 
Life Insurance Company Team. They lost a hard- 
fought game in the last minute of play: 43 to 39. 
In their second game they won over St. Mary's 
Ravens: 30 to 2L In the third game they lost out to 
the Sultan Big Five, a colored team: 32 to 27. In 
their fourth game, they handed the St. Luke's 
Chapel Big Five their first defeat of the season: 
44 to 38. Ray De Lucia, Walter Carroll, Joe O'Niell, 
Al Patterson, Jimmy Williamson, George Decker, 
.\rtie Naylor, Wilmer Donnerly. Tony Serge, Ben 
C(jnnolly, Manager and Joe Connolly, Coach 
compose the team, and they are all looking forward 
to playing the Metropolitan Museum of Art Team 
in March to decide who will be the champions of the 
New York Museums. 

The Basketball Team on January 18th lost to 
Mt. Carmel Seniors of the Bronx: 50 to 38, but on 
January 22, defeated the St. Mary Ravens: 41 to 32. 
Joe O'Niell, the new member of the team, scored 
nine baskets. To date he is the leading scorer of the 
team, with 53 points in 4 games. Ray De Lucia is 
second with 52 points in 6 games. The team has not 
been able to muster their full strength on account of 
sickness, but Ben is whipping them into shape for 
the big game with the Art Museum on March 4, 
1941, ate P.M. 



THE GRAPEVINE 



February 



A NEW RECORD 

/// t/?e Custodian'' s Department 

A largoi' iiuml:)cr of employees of the Custodian's Department have estal)lislie(l a pc-rfect 
record than ever before. This means that a substantial award has been won in the form of 
a time-off bonus by 115 members of the department who have not been absent during the last 
six months. 

The Administration can well be proud of the employees whose names appear below as bonus 
winners. Those who have had a perfect attendance record for the entire year or years shown. 



1 


1 


1 




1 


1 


1 




1 


1 


1 




9 


9 


9 




9 


9 


9 




9 


9 


9 




3 


3 


4 




3 


3 


4 




3 


3 


4 




8 


9 







8 


9 







8 


9 











* 


V. Amodio 




~ i ~ 
* 


•J. Healy 




* 


T. McNamara 


* 


J. Bourclonnay 


* * 


F. Hennessy 




* 


A. O'Connell 


* * 


F. Bray 


* 


J. Hickson 




* 


A. O'Connor (Mrs.) 


:!= * * 


T. Brophy 


* 


M. Higgins 






tP. O'Halloran 




fR. Butler 


* 


.1. Hoffman 






tW. O'Hara 


* 


jH. Carmody 
W. Carroll 


* * 


T. Hogan 






tT. O'Siillivan 


* 


.\. Cartossa 


* 


C. Hundertijfund 






tA. Patterson 


* * 


R. Cassaro 


* 


H. Hundertpfund 






tJ. Phelan 




tA. Collins 


* * * 


A. Hynes 






tJ. Philburn 


* * * 


B. Connollj' 




fW. Jensen 






tL. Piutner 


* * 


R. Cook 


* 


R. Joyce 






tM. Power 


* 


E. Creigle 


* 


k. Kaplan 


* 


* 

* 


T. Rcurdon 




jF. Dardingkiller 


* * * 


P. Keating 




J. Riley 


* * * 


M. Davock (Miss) 


* 


M. Keegan 




^ 


J. Roesner 


* 


C. Diiiklemj'er 


* 


W. Kerr 


* ^ 


* 


J. Ryan 


* * 


M. Duffy 




tJ. Killelea 






tT. Safrauek 


* * 


G. Dunn (Mrs.) 


* 


W. Kirk 






tJno. Scally 


* * * 


M. Dunne 
to. Eckhohn 


* 


S. Knajjp 
to. Lambert 




* 


J. Schmitt 
tG. Schneider 


* * 


E. Emery (Mrs.) 




tW. I>ambert 






tJ. Scott 




tJ. Enright 


* * 


E. I^yons 




* 


G. Severn 




tW. Everis 


* * * 


E. Malley 






tB. Shanley 


* * * 


.1. Farrell 




tP. Manning 






tW. Sharkey 




tR. Feldman 


* * 


F. Marianna 




* 


J. Sheeran 


* 


J. Flood 


* * * 


V. Marra 






tM. Silverman 


* 


T. Ford 




tB. Marshall. 


* 


* 


G. Stoutenburgh 


* * * 


Jas. Gallagher 


* * * 


F. Molinaro 


* 


* 


M. Sullivan 


* 


Jno. Gallagher 




tA. Monte 






tH, Tappeii 




tM Gayer 


* 


S. Mooney 




* 


J. Trimlile 




tW. Germuine 


* * * 


E. Morton 






tA Tumillo 


* * * 


R. Gilmore 


* * 


S. Murphy 


* * 


* 


E. Tuohy 


* * 


T. Grady 




tA. Murray 




* 


G. Van Ne.st 


* 


K. Griggs (Mrs.) 


* 


R. Mvuray 




* 


J. Vilevac 


* * 


J. Guiuan (Miss) 


* * 


H. McCallion 




* 


M. Wallace 




tJ. Hackett 




tJ. McCormack Sr. 


■}(. * 


* 


^^^ Watklns 


* * 


J. Harris 


* 


M. Mc-Goldrick (Miss) 






tF. Weir 


* 


H. Hawes (Mrs.) 


* * 


^^■. McGrath 




* 


P. Willhardt 


* 


E. Hawkins 


* * 


* 


R. MfMorran 






tT. Zeugin (Miss) 



tTndicates those with perfect record for psist six months. 





Published by THE EMPLOYEES' BENEFIT ASSOCIATION 
OF THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 



VOL. Ill, No. 6 



APRIL, 1941 



PRICELESS 




Inter- Museum 

Basketball Game 
and Dance 



Everybody is looking forward to attending the second game of 
the season of the series for the Inter^Museum Basketball Champion- 
ship. It will be held at the Hotel Diplomat, 108 W. 43d St. Our 
boys are out to even up the series, having lost the first game to the 
Art Museum team. 

There will be dancing between and after the game. Lights out 
at 2 a. m. There are two tiers of boxes all around the hall — each 
box with seating arrangements for eight. A good view of the game 
may be had from these boxes. First come, first serve. 

The combination Basketball Game and Dance will take the 
place of our usual spring affair. Tickets 50c. a person. Game 
starts 9:00 p. m. sharp. Date; Thursday, April 24th, 1941. 

Buy Your Ticket Now ! 



THE GRAPEVINE 



April 



THE GRAPEVINE 

EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor-in-Chief — Irene F. Cyphek 

Advisoiy Board 

Wayne M. Faunce Walter F. Meister 

George C. Vatllant 

Managing Board 
Edward A. Burns Frank A. Rinald 
George H. Childs Jean Wiedemer 

Editorial Board 



LUCY W. CLAUSEN 
CHARLES J. KERR 
GEORGE TAUBER 
ED. WRISSENBERG 



STEPHEN J. MURPHY 
HERMAN A. SIEVERS 
W. H. SOUTHWICK 
WILLIAM H. WRIGHT 



STEPHEN KLASSEN 



MUSEUM 
RED CROSS NEWS 



* 



Miss Dorothy Van Vliet who iuis been in charge of 
the knitting work leaves the Museum on April 1st, 
and all those who have been working along with her 
in this activity wish to thank her for her splendid 
work and the cooperation she has given. Over one 
hundred and fifty sweaters, socks, and mittens have 
been turned over to the Red Cross to date, and she 
has taken care of all the details of this phase of the 
activity. She will certainly be missed. 

Miss Ruth Campbell of the Depaitment of Ornith- 
ology will take over the knitting section of the 
Museum Red Cross work, and those who wish to 
obtain materials may get in touch with her. 

Chairman Ella B, Ransom reports that there is 
still a need for workers to assist witli gjuinents, 
both hand .sewing and machine sewing. Those 
wishing to participate in tiiis work may get in 
touch with Miss Jean Weidemer, and she will give 
them full details. 



First Aid and Safey First 

The First .\id Station in the Museum is there to 
serve you in case oi accidents, however slight. 
Many jjcople have the idea that a little cut is not 
worth bothering about, but President Coolidge's 
son died from an infection caused by a neglected 
bruise on the heel. 

Infection may be caused by slivers of metal, 
splinters of wood, pins driven beneath the skin, 
neglected cuts and biiiises, and by attempt to re- 
move particles from the eye by means of soiled 
hankderchiefs, matches, lead jiencils etc. 

If you have a cinder or some other painful thing 
in your eye, never allow .some amateur "shop doctor" 
to fool with it. Go at once to the First Aid Station 
in the basement of the Roosevelt building. 

The Safety Committee has had its attention called 
to some potential hazards by several men of the 
Custodian's Deiiartment. Keep up the good work. 



Have you any Suggestion for preventing Accidents? 
Send in your Safety Suggestions 



CUT HERE 

SAFETY SUGGESTION 

Send to the Secretary of Safety Committee 
Mr. J. M. McDermott 

/ would like to make the following Safeti/ Suggestions 



Location: 



Name:_ 



Dept: 



THE GRAPEVINE 



Social (j) Whirl 

Broadway Harry Hawkins has rec(Mitly taken to 
tap-daiiciiif!;- But his main trouble is that he can't 
hear the taps on afcoiuit of his hum ear. 



Tim O'Siillivan rcniewed the Sniril Patrick's Day 
Parade and complained that the wool from the sheep of 
the nine green hills of Antrim, Ireland, wouldn't have 
been enough to keep him warm. 



Eddie Lyons is busily engagetl rolling new pills for 
colds. His first patient. Frank Henderson swears 
that after a few cold pills he's positive he's coming 
down with whooping cough. 



Maurice Wallace likes the neic mens room. He 
says it has more than enough light and jloorspace for 
exercise. No more Central Park for him! 



Count William Nalty found a watch in an old 
trunk of his great great grandmother's. It's rather 
large and has a key winder but he had it made into 
a wrist watch that he consults 300 times a day. 



Bill Shermait of the drnernl Office is known as 
a Harvard Bny. He sprend.'i his A's. 



Sir Austin Littlefield has lately been walking thru 
the transverse road at 79th St. from Lexington Ave., 
because of the strike. He was found looking for 
a pair of crutches when he finallj' reached the 
Museum. 



Patty Maher started to mop up one morning in his 
pajamas having forgotten his overalls. With one 
accord the boys all shouted, ''(lood ad for awnings" . 



\l Kinzer is ever top Sargent in the army and 
Bunny Southwick a buck private under him — boy, 
what a life. 



Jim McKeon received letters from Florida from all 
the boys taking trips. Are they teasing poor .Jim.' 



George Stoutenberg has the be.st days in the 
Museum. He holds the record for being able to 
stand on his feet longer than any other man on the 
floor. Maybe it's because he's such an authority on 
feet powder. 



Evidently "1 nformation Please" is unfamiliar with 
the diet of the Eskimos, and with the diet of the in- 
habitants of Africa, for Dr. Harry Shapiro won a set of 
Encyclopedias and twenty-five dollars for a question 
dealing im'th just that information. Perhaps food isn't 
as universal a subject as we have been led to believe — 
there )>iay ,^till he something to find out in this field. 



Mr. Bernard Chapman of the Department of 
.A.rts and Preparation will sooi. be leaving us for the 
position of a teacher of art in the high schools of his 
native state. 



Bruce Brunner has two dogs, Buttons and Boy. 
When Bruce leaves in the morning, the dogs are left all 
alone, and they .start singing — one soprano and one 
alto. The tenants summoned Bruce to court (to stop 
the singing of the pooches). The judge heard both sides 
of the .ftory and then said, ^'I'm a dog owner, and my 
dog barks and sings. Complaint dismissed." Mr. B. 
now puts an old dress of his wife's in the dog's basket 
before leaving the studio mornings, and the dogs no 
longer practice singing while he is away at work. 

W.H.S. 



LIMERICK LOBBY 

Class Reflections 

Mr. Mueller whose first name is Hermaim, 
Is at sea when one calls him a merman. 

And he's also appalled, 
Whenever he's called, 

A jellyfish or marine worm man. 

Can't Wriggle Out of This 

Dr. Gudger's now turning his zeal, 

To the .slippery, slithering eel. 
Says he, "Though at grips. 

With a subject that slips, 
I still feel the eel has appeal." 

A Much Traveled Man 

Fred Smyth's trips and travel arc more, 
Than enough to make explorers .sore. 

You can't stick a pin. 
Where he hasn't been. 

And he's only held back bv the war. 



® 



FROM OUR SCRAPBOOK 

"It is better to understand little than 
to misunderstand a lot." 



THE GRAPEVINE 



April 



Saga of a Modern Crusoe 

George E. Peterson, of the Department of Arts. 
Preparation and Installation has returned from 
a memorable South Seas saga as thrilling as any 
movie. 

Ju.st previous to leaving the Museum the boys of 
the department had a get-together in which one 
predicted that Mr. Peter.son would be jailed as 
a spy, another drew a shipwrecked bedraggled 
traveler. Strange as it seems both predictions came 
true! 




Leaving the friendly shores of San Diego, he 
headed for Hawaii. Peterson was due to meet the 
Fahnestoek yacht in the Fiji Islands. At Pago-pago 
our traveler saw the last Samoan shore, his last 
view of the stars and stripes until the return. 

At Fiji he met the yacht. On the island, however, 
he was lost for a time, wandering aimlessly until 
picked up by natives. They turned him over to the 
local police. As in "The Long Voyage Home" too 
many lurid spy tales in the newspapers made the 
local authorities lock him up in the "hooscgow" the 
aroma of which was far from roseate. 

After this little matter was "adjusted" to mutual 
satisfaction our modern Crusoe had a chance to 
watch the witch doctors do their "hexing", the 
tatooed women their dance and the beaux perform. 

At Noumea, he plunged smack into the very 
midst of New Calendonia's miniature "civil war", 
part of the natives tleclaring for Petain's govern- 
ment, the rest following the banner of De Gaulle's 
"free French". 

The next i)ort of call was the Solomon Islands. 
Here, in crossing a stream on the back of a native, 
(the local taxi service) Peterson was accidentally cut 
by a knife. The wound ulcerated and had to be 
cauterized, laying him up for some time. 

Passing on to Nauru through belligerent waters 
was harrowing. Each night, the blackout; — as the 
ship that carried him was British. 

But wait, his troubles had only begun! Arriving 
in Australia the Fahnestoek yacht was dashed upon 



the Great Barrier Reef, a total wreck. Precious 
photograi)hs and equipment was luckily mostly 
saved and our hero proceeded on his way. 

A long dusty journey from Gladstone to Cairms 
on a local train, a far cry from the de luxe specials 
that tourists to .\ustralia are accustomed to use 
along the coastal cities. Othei' stops were made at 
New Zealand and New Guinea. Two groups were 
collected; two others, also collected are still on their 
wa}', subject to the fortunes of war, and which by 
circuitous routes ought to reach here in the near 
future. However, despite his innumerable vicissi- 
tudes Mr. Peterson's smile is as cheery as ever, and 
he has api)arently gained weight and seems none the 
worse for wear. 

Anthony Adverb 



Who Knows the Answer? 

Ask "Little Jake" how he broke the engagement 
to the rich girl. 



Baby Column 

The "Younger Museum Generation" is certainly 
increasing its ranks. We thought it best to start 
itemizing the members of this group, and we present 
the latest additions: 

Mr. and Mrs. Erich Schlaikjer (Palaeontology) — 
a daughter. 

Mr. and Mrs. G. Miles Conrad (Comparative An- 
atomy) — a son. 

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Addicott (Education) — 
a son. 

Dr. and Mrs. .John Thomson (School Nature 
League) — a son. 

Mr. and Mrs. .John Ramsliaw (Bookeepers') — 
a daughter 




Miss Lucy Clausen sailed recently for New 
Orleans. The Camera Club members are awaiting 
her return anxiou.sly, for when the last news bulletin 
was received she was said to have bought out the 
entire stock of Camera Way and was still trying to 
get some extra rolls of film. 



1941 



THE GRAPEVINE 



"Not So Musty" 

Before a must atitoiiishiiig large Museum con- 
tingent of "Rooters" our basketl):ill team the 
"Headhunters" met the Metropolitan "Mummies" 
at the Goddard house. What a game this tiuiied out 
to be! It was easily the most exciting contest the 
writer has ever been jiriveleged to sit in on —and 
should have been staged at Madison S((uare Garden. 
I am sure that those of you who .saw it will agree 
and to those who were not present — Shame on you. 
Wliere is that old Musty spirit? 

After our Director Roy Chapman Andrews, who 
we understand used to be some shucks him.self as 
a polo player, tossed the ball to the Met's Director 
Mr. Francis Taj'lor to start things going. The boys 
got down to cases and played one another to 
a frazzle, for from the opening whistle right up to 
the overtime neither was able to relax for a minute 
so close were things. At no time was there more 
than four points sepiuating these friendly, hard 
playing traditional old foes. 




The "Mum's" forcing the play from the beginning 
led by Manager Herb Riordan and Capt. "Farry" 
Pflum scored first on a pip by Riordan sending them 
away winging, "Dandy" Decker evened things up 
a minute later only to have Pflum score, then 
O'Mara. However, not to be outdone ovu' boys came 
right back and then it was "Pegg}'" O'Neill ilropping 
one in. At the bell for the quarter we had them 
hanging on, tho leading 8 to 6. Second (juarter — 
great excitement, scores by Ward and Bulger Mums' 
our side "Delicious" thats Ray DeLucia and 
"Chubby" Carroll plus some splendid plugging by 
our reserves "Flash Patterson", "Smily" Donerly 
and "Adonis" Artie Naylor. Score at the half — 
17 to 16 and by gum — we're losing. 

The second half started at a blistering pace and 
the score jockeyed to and fro while tongues started 
to hang. Pflum, Ward and Riordan were great for 
Mums and Decker, DeLucia and O'Neill were 
equally good for scores to make the scoreboard 
read 2o to 22. We were behind but not beaten by 
a long shot. — As the fourth and final period started 
one felt the tetiseness in the atmosphere, the fiercely 
partisan rooting sections went completely mad as 
our gang waging a brilliant uphill battle drew clo.se 
then caught up and finally went ahead in the 



waning minutes of the game. Directors, Profe.ssors, 
Doctors, Curators and the darn bunch of "Musty" 
Museumites [junched the fellow next to him in the 
ribs or shouted himself hoarse, as with two minutes 
remaining Carroll tied things up and DeLucia put 
us out in front for the first time all evening. It was 
then a "Merriwell" character named Ward, with 
seconds remaining made a dazzling play to score 
thru a liioken fiekl and tie things up tighter than 
a gnat's shoelace and send the boys into overtime 
with the score 29—29. 

Overtime Really an anti-climax after the thrill 
soaked hour proceeiling it. Mr. Ward however 
was not to be denied scoring twice more to send our 
boys down to a very creditable defeat. 

Thanks boys -for a pleasant evening. The box 
score : 

Field Goals 



"Mummies" 
Ward LF 
O'Mara RF 
Bulger C 
Pflum LG 
Riordan RG 
Brcelanil 
Hogan 



o 
2 
1 
3 
2 
2 


15 



Fouls 
1 



2 





Total 
11 
4 
2 
6 
6 
4 


33 



"Ileailhunters" 


Field Goals 


Fouls 


Total 


Decker LF 


3 


3 


9 


DeLucia RF 


3 





6 


Naylor RF 











Donerly LF 











Williamson C 











Patterson C 











O'Neill LF 


5 





10 


Carroll RG 


2 





4 



13 



29 



At the game: Messrs. Taylor, Kent and Green, 
Jerry O'Neill, Basketball Mgr., along with a couple 
of hundred other fellows named Joe and a raft of 
good looking gals among them Misses Garafalo, 
Feldman, Kempter, Naramore, Doyle, Clark, Howe 
and Grier lent colorful and lots of vt)cal sujjport to 
the Met. For us: Dr. Andrews escorting his lovely 
wife, Vice-Director Faunce, Rex Johnson, Mrs. & 
Mr. Emery who brought their son along to get some 
pointers. Jay Bird, J. Ramshaw, Lewis, Caggana, 
baseball coach Schmitt and his assistant Frank 
Murphy. Wernersbach and Ainaudo with a bunch 
from Repairs and Heating and Lighting not to 
forget "Nifty" Hawkins who was obviouslj' im- 
pressed with the girls from the Met. The place was 
so full of Museimi people and space so scarce that if 
you were there and we haven't included you in our 
who's who register for our many loyal supporters to 



THE GRAPEVINE 



Apilr 



Museum Tennis Club 




A Museum Tenuis Club complete with dues, 
rules and regulations is in process of formation. All 
those interested in using the tennis facilities in the 
courtyard this season may communicate with 
Charles J. Kerr in the Bursar's Office for information. 

In order to defray e.\i)enses of purchasing a new 
net and re-marking the court an initiation fee of one 
dollar will be charged. At present it is planned to 
apply any surplus to a general maintainance fund 
the allocation of which will be decided by vote. 

As sooti as seems advisable officers will be put up 
for election and rules and regulations established in 
open meeting. If you wish to join the club you are 
urged to apply immediately so that all preliminaries 
may be expedited in short order and the ground 
cleared for action. 



Our Softball Team 

As you all must know we had a "Head- 
hunter" Softball team last season and finished first 
in the inter-muscum league only to lose out in the 
play-offs. This year the league is going to be larger 
and our boys, thanks to oursuj)i)orters, will be sport- 
ing brand new uniforms. Spring practice will start 
about April l.jth. Anyone ivishing to come out for 
the team please inform Coach Frank Miirj>bij. 



Safety First ! ! ! 

We are not quite certain as to whether to take 
this seriously or not. Some weeks ago, the Safety 
Committee received a coupon filled in as follows 
(with a suggestion for their consideration and recom- 
mendation to the Grapevine Board) : 

"Have this magazine made of a soft tissue paper, 

so that people will not scratch themselves using 

it thereby preventing any source of infection 

that may be caused." 

(We always hoped that the Grapevine was read 

and digested- but we never exi)ected it to cause any 

infection. Which just goes to prove that you never 

can tell.) 



'Not So Musty" (continued) 



sign. We almost forgot Mildred Seiz who was 
sciuired by guess who? (Answer next issue). 

On behalf of both clubs, Herb Riordan, Joe and 
Ben Connolly coaches we wish to thank all of 
those who attended for helping to make this game 
the success it was. Also tho.se who were unable to 
come, for their subscriptions. 

A vote of thanks to the Members of the Depart- 
ment of Education, each of whom subscribed for at 
least one ducat. 

Second guessing: — It may be that our boys were 
self conscious and a bit surprised before the biggest 
audience ever to attend a sports event at the Mu- 
seum. 

SPECIAL EXTRA — Both sides were anxious to 
arrange another game before the end of the season. 
A Basketball game and dance has been suggested to 
be held early in April. The date to be announced. 
We think it will be at the Hotel Diplomat. Plans 
are being formed now. Ducats will probably be 
50 cents. We Guarantee it will he the biggest 50 cents 
since the boom days. Better make plans to be there. 
Don't say you weren't warned in time. 



Charles Connolly 
Memorial 

At a Board of Directors Meeting of the E.B.A. 
held in 1940 a motion was passed to erect a memorial 
tablet to the memory of Charles A. Connolly a 
museum employee who died in action in the last 
World War. The cost of the tablet was $32.00, 
which amount is to be subscribed by his friends who 
want to share in this tribute to our formcsr co- 
worker. Anyboily wishing to contribute may do so 
by getting in touch with Ed. Moyonberg in the 
Bursar's Oflice. 



IN MEMORY OF 
SGT. CHARLES A. CONNOLLV 

who died in action at 

(Jun\ River, France 

July 28, 1918 

This tablet i)re.scnted by Employees of The 

American Museum of Natural History 




V^OL. Ill, No. 7 



MAY, 1941 



PRICELESS 



CAMERA CLUB 

Tzvo Years Old 

Bi'lievc it or not the Cameni Club is celebrating its Second Birthday! Two years during 
wliich the members have liecome such expert j)hotographeis that tiiey not onlj- take pictures, 
but they actually know the difference between paiiatomic and orthochromatic film, and how to 
make salon prints out of almost hopeless negatives. Having reached this state of exalted 
knowledge they decided to celebrate their anniversary with a Birthday Dinner n la Chinois. 
So on May 22nd the club betook itself to Chinatown and j^artook of a family stjde Cantonese 
dinner which included as chief feature Watermelon Soup, followed by Wor Shue Duck, Shrimp 
with Lobstei' Sauce, Chinese vegetables and a lot of other things they are still trying to identify 
(if they can!!). There were -a Jew pictures taken, but the ardent film fans seemed too absorbed 
in food to care much about cameras. Several were seen ti'ving to balance three grains of rice on 
a chopstick, but they gave up after the fiftieth attempt. By the time they reached kumtjuats 
and rice cakes they were just about able to read and appreciate a note from Pre.sident Davison 
which .said: "To The Museum Camera Fans: Greetings and best wishes on this your first 
get-to-gether. May all of your pictures be prize winners and your future gatherings bigger and 
better." 

Aftei' about three hours devoted crdinhi to food, they decided to pick up their choi)sticks, 
wend their way down Mott Street and so- home. Thci-e is no tloubt as to the success of the 
party, and now they are busily making plans for theii- third birthday. 



Those who attended were: 
Mr. & Mrs. Thane Bierwert 
Mr. William Burns 
Miss Lucy Clausen 
Mr. Charles Coles 
Miss Irene Cypher 
Mr. Raymond DeMaison 
Mr. Matthew Duffy 
Mr. Philip Duffy 



Miss Etta Falkner 

Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Faunce 

Miss Ethel Fisher 

Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Cilliard 

Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Lewis 

Mr. Walter Meister 

Mr. Louis Monaco 



Mr. & Mrs. Chris Olsen 
Mr. & Mrs. .John Orth 
Dr. Grace Ramsey 
Mrs. Ella Ransom 
Mr. Henry Ruof 
Mr. George Schroth 
Miss Jean Weidenier 
Mi.ss Farida \\'iloy 



THE GRAPEVINE 



May 



THE GRAPEVINE 

EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor-iii-Cliicf — Irenk V. Cvthek 

Advisory Board 

Wayne M. Faunce \\'ai,teii !•'. Meistek 

CIeoikje C. Vailt.a.nt 

Managing Board 
lOinvAKD A. Burns Frank A. Rinai-d 
CJeorge H. Guilds Jean Wiedemer 

Editorial Board 



HTCV \V. CLAUSEN 
CHARLES J. KERR 
GEORGE TAUBEK 
ED. WRISSENBERG 



STEPHEN J. MrRPHV 
HERMAN A. SIEVERS 
\V. H. SOUTHWICK 
WILLIAM H. WRIGHT 



STEPHEN KLASSEN 



New Vice-President of E. B. A. 

Due; to the fact that the oHicc of X'ice-Presidciit of 
the E.B.A. was left vacant after the resignation of 
\\'ilbur Sharkey, the Board of Directors has ap- 
pointed Mr. Edward Hawkins to fill the une.vpired 
term. 

LIMERICK LOBBY 

Inside Dope 

\Mieiiever competitive strife. 

Takes its toll of some poor creature'.s life. 
Ilariy Raven's riglit tliere. 

And all set to lay hare, 
With a hiisiness-like scalpel or knife. 

Hitting the Male on the Head 

Ben Connolly once said, as he frowned. 

"Here's something I think is profound, 
it isn't the girls. 

With their lip sticks and curls 
But the 'Mails' that give me the run round." 

SmelHng'em out 

As a memory exjiert Joe C^uinn. 

Ail the Pulitzer prizes could win. 
And they say he can tell, 

Eveiy gem by its smell — 
Leaving experts aghast with chagrin. 

Safe, though up to Scratch 

Said the Grapevine, "I strongly oi)ject. 

To assertions which cl.iirn 1 infect. 
I'm ju.st the contrary, 

Of ))oor Typhf)id Mary. 
I sufTer the most from neglect." 



"Any Day Now" 

Studio Theatre, (ili We.<t 12th Street. New York. 

Erwin Piscator. director of the Studio Theatre. 
aiHiounces the third production of the 1941 sea.son — 
•AXV DAY NOW", a comedy, by Philip Yordan. 
a young American playwright. This is Mr. Yordan > 
first |)roduction on any .stage and marks his intro- 
duction a.s a playwright. 

".^ny Day Now" concerns a simple, earthy 
Polish-American house-hold, with a deep-rooted 
feeling for family, and a hospitality that extends to 
unfortunates who drift in. 

■'.Any Day Now'' with a professional cast headed 
by Bert Kelton and Gharles DeSheim. well known in 
Hollywood and Broadway, is being directed by Dr. 
Robert Klein. Herbert Andrews, who designed the 
setting for "My Heart's in the Highlands", is doing 
the set for "Any Day Now". 

"Any Day Now" opens Monday evening, .lunc 
2nd. |)laying every evening through June 11th — 
making ten performances in all. For any evening 
(iftcr the oi)eniiig on June 2nd. we shall be glad to 
arrange theatre parties of 2.") tickets or more for .")0c 
and SI. 00. The tickets do not have a price printed 
on them .so you may sell them for whatever price 
you desire and make a substantial addition to your 
own treasury. 

There will be two preview performances on 
Saturday evening. May 31st, and Sunday evening, 
June 1st, and for these two dates tickets may be 
secured for 2.")c aiul .")0c. 

We think the members of j'our organization will 
enjoy this new comedj' and we suggest you arrange 
a theatre party. For further information telephone 
me — Algonquin 4-2.'58o. I shall await a call from 
you soon. 

Faithfully, 
M. Eleanor Fitzgerald, Studio Theatre 



Softball League Standing to Date 





Won 


Lo.st 


Pc. 


Ileadhunters 


3 





1000 


Mummies 


3 





1000 


Men of Science 


1 


2 


333 


N.Y. Botanical "Lilies" 


1 


000 


Tigers 





2 


Ot)0 


Dodgers 





2 


0(M) 







Since our last issue. 


we are sorr\' to 


report the d( 


■ath of 


BENJAMIN 


FALVEY 



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Social C) Whirl 

.Jerry Hyiiiaii rt'ct-iitly ua.-; presented witli a new 
red sport coat. And is it a nifty fit! Now perhai)s 
some kind menil>er of the Museum family will jjive 
Jerry a pair of hliie spats with ])earl buttons, yellow 
socks and a bathing suit with polka dots. 



Il has be in rumond around thai Ihr CinUr of 
Fashion might b< niov( d from Paris to .\tw York City. 
"It's O.K." says Hob Sicbcrt. "I go to a cafe at i^nd 
Street every day for lunch and incidentally look over 
the styles, cnties and beauties. Clothes should be made 
in America because we have plenty of stuff to dress'em 
up in." Any observer can easily .s<t thai when Bob 
is drinking a cup of coffee he can't even Jind the cup if 
a couple of dolls loom on the horizon. 



Joseph Roach has a big secret. He rushes home 
every night and thoroughly dusts the chimtiey. 
Then he sits on the roof and thinks and thinks and 
thinks. It may be one, two or three. Good luck. 
Mr. Stork. 

Over on Columbus Airnue you can .sec a beautiful 
tall girl (n//i a snappy young man. 'Tis love. The 
other day they were waiting for a bus. but didn't see it 
when it arrived. So the bus continued without than. 
If wedding bells ring, we'll name the young man. 



At soft ball practice did you .see the size of the 
hat held by Ed. Meyenberg? 



Our expert has judged Olga Johnson of the Slide 
Department as having the most beautiful smiling eyes. 



.lunius Birtl. jig-sa,w" puzzles with pottery 
remnants from Peru. He is the A No. 1 expert for 
fitting tiny bits together and presto — he has a bowl. 
Call Junius if \'ou really have a hopeless mess that 
\ou want put together. 



Broadway Ziegfeld Hawkins has ju.^t found out Ben 
Connolly is interested in his future career. Broadway 
says. "Ben's youth was lost in trying to build up the 
long greens, and in me he sees what he should havi been 
— carefree and happy and loving the beautiful things 
in life, together with youth and knowing what to do 
with it." "Without youth you are lost in this troubled 
world", continued Broadway. "Poor Ben has missed 
so much, and all his money can't buy the things I am 
blessed with". 

William .Sherman is sul)ject to draft call. .-\t 
home he is practicing by playing with 200 to 300 
lead .soldiers. Usually after looking at them awhile 
he slaps down all the sergeants. 



Tom drady. the J rish T( nor. has no phici to practice 
in the Men's Room. They have banned him. l)ecause 
the cotton has run out. 



There is a terrific feud going on about the membcr- 
shi|) records between Bill Sherman aiul Etlna Kelley. 
"Take it easy" says Sherman. "Oh. yeah", replies 
Kell('>-. Charles Kerr is thinking about arranging 
a bout at Madison Stjuare Garden between tliem — 
Kellev vs. Sherman. 



The lockers in the Mejis Room art so close tog( thrr. 
with an eight inch bench between them, that space to 
turn around is at a premium. When one man .vis 
down to get dre.s,sed. the other one has to go home and 
come back later. One man claims that thi poor 
arrange ment was caused by too many bosses on the job. 



James McKeon, evidently incognito behind a pair 
of smoked gla.sses, was .seen eyeing the beautiful 
pa.ssers-by in Central park during the noon period. 
Dick Kunder must have given him his old p.-iir. 
You know they are buddies in Inwo<jd. \\'illiam 
Sherman and George Schroth were also .seen in 
Central Park vieing for the favor of a certain girl 
from the fifth floor. 



Joseph Schoeffler. our genial Purchasing .Igent. 
was seen diving into a piece of banana cream pie in 
the restaurant the other day. fi'uess that's the reason he 
keeps his moustache trimmed dose these days. 



William Wolfe no longer complains that hay-fever 
caused his eyes to water. Now that Brooklyn is 
winning. Bill has no further need for handkerchiefs. 

W. H. S. 
® 



Dog Tales 



We heard tell of a very interesting little museinn 
incident the other day. It seems that Dr. Chubb is 
making a study of mounting a wild horse in running 
action, and he needed photographs to a.ssist him in 
this work. He had made all arrangements with the 
owner of a German shephcid dog to take photo- 
grajihs. which wtudd have supplied him with the 
type of information he needed, when lo and behold 
said dog up and died! ! ! Dr. Chubb was at a loss — 
where to get another dog? Robert Fearman of the 
electrical and engineering department came to the 
rescue and offered his German shejjherd dog as 
a moilel. Dr. Chubl) went out to Robert's home, 
took his pictures, which turned out successfully, and 
he is now happily proceeding with his work. This 
simply shows what the visissitudes of an osteological 
problem are. and how cooperation helps, even in an 
osteological comparative study. 



THE GRAPEVINE 



May 



MICKIE SAYS 



Nou NAustNT Think 

VAIt'tiE CAR-ELtSS JES-r BECUZ 
NOU F\MO A •t^POGR.^P^4^C^L 
ERROR IN "VVAE PAPER OMCE 
|\Ni ^^ VMH^UE. N\N OOSH.VNVtHJ 
TWE BlLHOMS OF CHANCES 

Then »s t' ij-\'V -^v-A\tsi&s vnroko,'\ 

\X'5 f^ VslONOEVi. \NE OONf 
NAA.XE KAOVJ,E ERRORS 
TMAN \NE DO *. 



pitch pup tents and stay tlicre lor a few days. All 
ill all, its some fun! . . . Guess I'll sign off now, sa.\ 
hello to all the boys, so long- Bill. 

(.\s we get more news from the Museum boys in 
training, we will be gUul to pass it along to j'ou. 
\\\i heard recently that Prentice B. Hill, who wa> 
formerly in the Department of Geology is now in 
the Veteran's Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia. He would 
proiiably be glad to hear from some of his old 
friends.) 

Apple-Pie Order 

Ma>i)e everything in the dcpaitment was in ajiijle- 
pic order last week or an hour ago. But how about 
right now? In a bu.sy department conditions are apt 
to change rapidly and ratlicall.\-. \ space that wa.s 
clean an hoin- ago may now contain a pile of material 
ready to tojiple ovei' on someone. Your tools for 
instance, may have been in .\-Number-One condition 
when the week started, but only a coujjle of days of 
hard use may make a handle reaily to split, or a blade 
ready to splinter. Friction, vibration and the wear 
and tear of production can turn machinery, hand 
trucks, conveyors, floors, stairs, motors, transmis- 
si(jn belts and all the rest into dangerous accident 
hazards over-night. 

Things won't stay in apple-i)ie order unless you 
are on the watch constantly', inspecting and cleaning 
up conditi(jns that threaten accidents. 

ITS AL\V.\ YS OI'EX SEASOX J\ THE III XT 
FOR ACC/DEXT HAZARDS 



Service News 



Have you any Suggestion for preventing Accidents? 
Send in your Safety Suggestions 



William Kirk, of the Custodian's Department, is 
now at Camp Ilulen-Pal.acios, Texas, and the other 
day Ed Malley leceived a letter from him. We 
thought you might be interested in some e.xcerpts 
fnjiu it; 

Dear Ed: 

I received .\(iur Icttci- and w.hs sure glad to hear 
from you. Sorry about not answering sooner, but 
I have been on the go from A.M. to P.M. Our 
battery was selected by the commander to be the 
model of the GOth regiment, atid it's ([uite a repu- 
tation to live u]) to, , . , Last week I was promoted to 
corporal and second in charge of one of tiie 3-inch 
guns — not bad. , . . We go out on what is know n as 
.alert calls. Someone blows the whistle about 2 or 3 
a. m. The bugle blasts out, we fall out half asleep, 
with everything we own in a barrack-bag, gas mask, 
tin hat. rifle and canteen, pick uj) the 3-inch gun, 
load it on a truck, then ride for 200 or 300 miles. 



CUT ni;iu. 



SAFETY SUGGESTION 

Send to the Secretary of Safety Committee 
Mr. J. M. McDermott 

/ would like to make the following Safety Suggestions 



Location: 

Name: 

Dept: 



t94I 



THE GRAPEVINE 



On the Spot zvitJi Sports 



Basketball 



o 



"Mummies" Trim "Headhunters" 

111 a return ba.sketball game before wliat (jroved to 
1)C a most discouraging turnout of A.M.N.H. sup- 
])orter,s in view of the fart that the E.B.A. was 
sponsoring the baslcetball game and dance foregoing 
the usual sjjring frolic. Before a handful of Mu- 
seumites the Mummies duplicated their triumph of 
a month previous with the same Mr. Ted Ward 
|)r(jving a thorn in our .sides all night long, along 
with Herb Riordan and Joe Bulger, this trio scored 
twelve, eight and five points respectively for all the 
Mums' scoring. 

For our side Joe O'Neill and George Decker shared 
scoring honors with eight points each with DeLucia 
scoring four and Serge two, Williamson and Carroll 
Ijlayed fine defensive ball while Xayloi-, Donnerly and 
Patterson provided relief. The box score follows: 





Hi:.\DHUNTEHS 






Mummies 






Phn-er 


T.P. 




Player 


T.P. 


3. 


K. DeLucia 


4 


1. 


B. Pflum 





4. 


\\'. Doiuierly 





2. 


T. Ward 


12 


0. 


W. Carroll 





3. 


H. Reardon 


8 


G. 


C. Decker 


8 


4. 


W. O'Mara 





7. 


Williamson 





5. 


J. Bulger 


5 


9. 


A. Nay lor 





6. 


W. Vreeland 





8. 


J. O'Neill 


8 


7. 


J. Hagan 





10. 


Patterson 





8. 


I. Halpern 





14. 


T. Serge 


2 









Totals 22 Totals 25 

.\mong those present from A.M.N.H. Pres. N. 
MacCallum, Mr. & Mrs. E. Meyenberg, Mr. & Mrs. 
H. Seivers, Mr. & Mrs. T. Voter, Mr. & Mrs. C. 
Kerr, Mr. & Mrs C. O'Brien, Ben Connolly, daughter 
and partj', Dorothy Edwards and gang, Mr. & Mrs. 
T. Gilliard, Mr. & Mrs. Jay Bird, Mr. John Lambert 
& Daughter, Georgine Mastin, T. Sullivan, Mr. A. 
Patterson and a girl, very nice name Rene, J. Schmitt, 
J. Ramshaw, Mr.&Mrs. Wiight and guests, Mr.&Mrs. 
M. Duffy and guests, Mr. & Mrs. W. Jones (she was 
formerly G. Lurch of the Membership) "Battl 
ing" Scott and Miss Bradley, and many others 
not to forget our capable Ticket Committee Messrs. 
Pinter, Murphy and Ruof. 

Al. Miller, committee chairman dashing about 
seeing that all present enjoyed the evening. Frank 
Carroll brother of Walter of the Headhunter's 
team sitting with and trying to outroot the Met. 
gang of Jerry O'Neill, Jack Mulligan and Joe 
Burbigc of the Metropolitan. 



Among tliDse present from the Metropolitan, Mr. 
H. .layne, Vic(> Director and Mrs. Jayne, Mr. Jaync 
threw out the ball to start the game, Mr. H. W. 
Kent, Secretary emritus, Mr. W. Chapman, Supt., 
Mr. Grancsay, Curator of Armor, Mr. Philip 
Greene, Mr. Upton, Mr. H. Grier, Mr. Dunham, 
Mr. Barnett, "Uncle Vince" McCabe and Neil 
Brosnan, Miss Sullivan, Miss Merriam, Miss 
McHinney, Miss Richard.son, I>ucille Clark, Mildred 
Meyer. Also the entire Softball team with their 
wives and girl friends. 



Softball 

"Headhunters" Tame "Tigers" 

In the opening game of the season on May 7th 
with Ray Del^ucia as pitcher playing the Clytlc 
Beatty role the A.M.N.H. "Headhunters" made the 
Bron.x Zoological "Tigers" roll over and play dead, 
by a six to two score. 

After the official first ball tossing cermonies were 
concluded with Mr. Edwin C. Meyenberg pinch- 
pitching for our Maj'or who we are told is suffering 
from a sore arm injured at the N. Y. Yankee in- 
augural and throwing a perfect strike, our boys 
continued right from where they left off last season 
and tuined in a first rate performance. With 
Del^ucia in mid-season form hurling a strong game 
and really deserving a shut-out, a freak homer 
created by our left fielder slipping to fall and allow 
an easy fly ball to roll to the wall to score both 
runs. 

Our boys were keyed up with the kiKjwledge that 
oiu' Director Dr. Roy C. Andrews had a wager of 
a few quid with the Zoological Director Mr. Allyn 
Jennings and played a steady and at times spectacu- 
lar game with the infield furnishing the defensive 
highliglits stopping Tiger offensives just when things 
were begimiing to look serious. There was a gorge- 
ous {)lay with a run in the offring made on an 
apparent single which Tony Serge a newcomer this 
season cut off and rifled the ball to Carroll who 
made a grand falling catch to retire the runner by 
inches. Then there was a double play with Gilmore 
acting as pivot to throttle another rally, the play 
was on a sharp grounder and went from Kerr to 
(Jilmorc to Carr(jll for the boys specialty the old DP. 

(Continued on paye 6) 



THE GRAPEVINE 



May 



SPORTS Cnutd 

Tlie hifi hnttiiif"; puiu'li was supplied by mdmc otlior 
than old "Boots" Tumillo who had a pcifoct day at 
bat with a single, double and triple and seored a run. 
^^^e scored three in the second inning on singles by 
Tumillo, Patterson, Caggana and Cook and in the 
fifth singles l)y Cook and Serge a tri()le by Cairoll 
and another single i)y O'Neill for three more. AH in 
all this team looks like the strongest one we have 
had with several newcomers providing strength 
where we lacked it last .season. Patterson as 
catcher was a wide awake addition while Serge at 
short center looked good. "Peggy" O'Neill has 
jjlugged a gap at short and the old infield looks like 
a million again. As mentioned above Tumillo has 
proven a valuable outfielder. Even the umpiring 
has improved with Al. Hynes proving to be most 
capable arbiter. His impressive build kind of 
discourages disputes and bickering. 

It was very gratifying to see so large a rooting 
section turn out, guess the fine showing the club 
made last year has convinced the student body that 
we really have a good club. Several of the co-eds 
even came out to the park. 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank 
the Messrs. Andrews, Faunce, Smyth and Meyenberg 
for their co-operative efforts in support of the club. 
Dr. Andrews by the way has told the coach he will 
stand treat for "one on the house" for the team 
members for last weeks winning effort. 

Tigers 0000002 =2 

Hi:.\DHrNTKUs 3 3 =« 

"Headhunters" Foil "Men of Science" 

The thirteen hoodoo didn't bother oui' softball 
team on Tuesday as they downed the Museum of 
Modern .\rt by a top heavy scoi'e of twelve to two. 
That is everyone but "Babe" Kerr \\\w came up 
with a horsecoUar, everyone else had at least one hit 
with O'Neill showing the way with three and the 
rejuvenated Tony Tumillo, Caggana and Cilmore 
helping themselves to two each. The infield was 
again all class and turned in an.other fast double 
play — O'Neill to Gilmore to Carroll. Keep track 
of them with us as we intend to establish some 
records this season. The pitching was taken care of 
very capably by Al. O'Coimell who with that 
dipsy-do ball of his has the oi)i)osition bicaking 
their backs. For the "Men of S<'ienc(>" a walk and 
error set up their first run, the second coming on 
a homer by Marty their slugging first sacker. 
Headhuntkhs 1 3 1 7 = 12 
Men of Scienck 10 1= 2 

"Headhunters" Drub Botanical ''Liiies" 

On Tuesday May 21st the "Headbunters" scoretl 
their third consecutive victory over the N. V. 
Botanical "Lilies" by a score of 9 to 4 to tie the 



"Mummies" lor first place in the league standings. 
Led by Kerr who ended his hitting drought with 
two doubles and a single, two homers by Serge and 
a pair of hits apiece for Cagga and Sainz our boys 
rolled up five runs in the first, two in the second and 
two more in the sixth to allow pitcher Ruof to coast 
to an easy triiunph. The "Lilies" proved they were 
no slouches witli tlic stick amassing a total of eight 
blows for four runs. 

N.Y. Botanical 0103000 =4 



Headhunt( 



.-) 2 2 



9 



Varsity Drubs Jayvees 8 to 5 

In a very iieated clash on Thursday May 22nd. 
The "B" sciuad led by Fortl and leading the first 
seven innings by a 5 to 1 count until Silverman 
acting as Coach for the Varsity, gave the boys the 
word to go to work. They did scoring seven runs Iti 
the last three innings. The same Silverman proved 
to be the star of the contest, catching for the Varsity 
he engineered a double play with a put out at home 
and a rifle .shot throw to nail Ford at 3rd base. 
Varsity: RUE Jayvees: RHE 

Total 8 18 Total o 15 6 

/-". McCoimell P. Serge & Ca.ssaro 

(". Connolly & Feldman C. Buckley. 
Umpires — Walsh & Ford. 

Inter-Museum Softball League 
Schedule 

Tuesday Evening, May 27th 

"Headhunters" vs. "Mummies" 

at Central Park, 102nd St. .-uid Fifth Ave. 
A "Natural". Need we say any more. 
Wednesday Evening, ,Iune 4th 

Brooklyn Museum vs. "Headhunters" 

at lOZtii Street and Riverside Drive Park. 



Special Mention 

Mr. (leorge Servern an old time baseball ])Iayer 
himself has accepted the managerial job with the 
Headhunters, and while we wish him luck and 
admire his enthusiasm he sure has his work cut out 
for him. Wait till our anvil chorus echoes in his 
ears. .\nywa>' good luck Geoigc. 

For Sale 

One Studio model .') by 7 Elwootl Enlarger. In 
excellent condition; good for 9 by 12 cm. negatives; 
in very good condition: no lens. Will sell for $15. 
.-Vnj-one interested .see Mr. Charles Coles. 

We received the following communication .uid 
I)re.sent it for the information of those who may be 
interested. 



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