A Very Victorian Fourth of July from TheDailyFloss historian

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Cats, kids, and explosives! What could be more American?

Ah, the Fourth of July! That most American of holidays: enjoy a day off from work, relax with family and friends, cook meats on the grill, and then set off dangerous, but legal, fireworks in the evening. There’s no other holiday like it.

Greased Pig, Anyone?

Since my specialty is mid-to late 19th century social history, I’m sharing a bit about how our ancestors marked the Fourth of July. Did they celebrate with quiet reflection of what it means to be American? Apparently not.

After doing some research and reading, it seems that our fore-bearers celebrated much the same way we do, although with a bit more physical exertion and a lot more fireworks. They held all manner of activities, such as parades, bicycle races, picnics, and band concerts.

The following advertisements illustrate the wide range of activities and fun our great-grandparents enjoyed. Baseball (or Base Ball in the 19th century) seems to be pretty popular.  And you thought the Victorians were stuffy and boring. How would you like to spend your Fourth of July chasing a greased pig? On a side note, I once went to a country fair where I witnessed this event. Fun seemed to be had by all involved (well, maybe not the pig).

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An advertisement from The Great Bend Weekly Tribune, Great Bend, KS. July 21, 1895
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Ad found in The Philipsburg Mail, Philipsburg, Montana. June 13, 1889
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The Times, Philadelphia, PA. July 4, 1890

An Explosive Celebration

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The Times, Philadelphia, PA. July 5, 1892

And they set off fireworks! Lots of fireworks! It seems fireworks during this era, like ours, were cheap and plentiful. Despite the very real danger of fire (especially in a time when most buildings were made of wood), every town seemed to have some sort of fireworks display, not just large cities like Philadelphia.

An article in The Reading Times (Reading, Pennsylvania), lists a myriad fireworks for July 4, 1899 and they sound dazzling.

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Below is a snippet of copy from the above article from The Reading Times. It details all the wonderful fireworks available for purchase in Reading, Pennsylvania circa July, 1899.

“The Fourth of July Fireworks will be right up to date. There will be “Klondike Fountains”, “X-Ray Photographs”, “Old Harry’s Visiting Cards”, and “Money to Burn”.

I don’t know what any of those are, but I’d love to see them, wouldn’t you?

However you celebrate your Fourth of July, make it a safe and happy holiday. Don’t let those “Klondike Fountains” get you!

Jenn Ochman at the 2018 Fourth of July celebration in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

About the blogger

Guest blogger Jenn Ochman, Database Publishing Production Specialist in the Branding and Communication Department at Benco Dental, dedicates her time outside work to historical reenactment. She shares knowledge of dental history with TheDailyFloss.com readers on a monthly basis.

5 reasons to register for The Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration

The Lucy Hobbs Project hosts an annual celebration that encourages dental professionals to become a part of the movement that is changing the face of dentistry.

At this year’s event, the 7th annual celebration of women in dentistry, Cameo Dental Specialists is partnering with Benco Dental to host at The Blackstone Hotel on October 3-5 in Chicago, Illinois.

A national initiative, powered by Benco Dental and free to join, The Lucy Hobbs Project aims to bring women together from all facets of the dental profession through networking, innovation and giving back. It pays tribute to the legacy of the first woman to earn a dental degree in the U.S.: Dr. Lucy Hobbs Taylor. When she was refused admission to dental school in 1859 because of her gender, Lucy persevered (read her inspirational story here).
This pioneering spirit fuels the Project, and its members to drive dentistry forward.
The annual celebration will not only help attendees grow individually, but will also help dental teams grow together.

On the fence about registering? You’ll be able to make a concrete decision after reading the next 5 reasons to register for this year’s Lucy Hobbs Project annual Celebration.

1. Networking

  • Dental professionals from all over the country attend the three-day celebration. Attendees can learn from and network with peers to gain insight. Participants have the opportunity to take part in activities in line with this year’s theme “Mind+Body+SoulAchieve Your Personal Best Balance, at Home & Work“, hosted at The Blackstone, a location outside of the typical professional environment to encourage the creation of long-term bonds.

2. Giving Back

  • The Lucy Hobbs Project annual Celebration not only offers attendees the opportunity to better themselves and their dental practices, but also allows them to give back to those in need. Through a collaboration with the non-profit organization Let It Be Us, those at the event will have the chance to take part in a give-back activity aimed to help find homes for the 18,000 children living in foster care across Illinois.

3. Teamwork

  • Cameo Dental Specialists joins Benco Dental in hosting this year’s celebration. Cameo Dental Specialists includes practices located across Illinois. Its doctors and highly trained staff always strive to provide exceptional care to their patients in the most comfortable environment.
Dr. Vladana Babcic will be a guest speaker during this year’s celebration.
  • Dr. Vladana Babcic, of Cameo Dental Specialists, will participate as a guest panelist at the Celebration in October and share advice gained from working in the dental profession and offer words of encouragement to attendees.

4. Empowerment

CNN anchor Poppy Harlow will be this year’s featured guest. When she’s not co-anchoring the weekday 9-11 a.m. ET edition of “CNN Newsroom”, she hosts the CNN podcast “BossFiles with Poppy Harlow” with guests including Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Melinda Gates. This fall in Chicago, the Emmy-nominated journalist will join The Lucy Hobbs Project in partnership with Cameo Dental Specialists in celebrating six outstanding women in dentistry. Attendees will be inspired to maintain a positive mindset while striving for their long-term career goals and balance professional growth with a fulfilling family life. Harlow’s passion for life is sure to spark initiative within participants.

5. Recognition

  • Among attendees will be six exemplary women in dentistry who will receive awards that highlight their perseverance and dedication to the profession. These awards shine light on their unique accomplishments. This year’s winners will be honored at a celebratory ceremony:

Still need another reason?

Attendees will also earn three Continuing Education credits. Those interested in registering for this year’s 7th Annual Celebration at the Blackstone Hotel in Chicago Oct. 3-5 can do so here.

Legends of lost teeth: A word on European mice with sharp teeth, Dr. Rosemary S. Wells and Tooth Fairy Barbie

Ever wonder where the legend of the Tooth Fairy comes from? You know, the little entity that takes away a baby tooth and exchanges it for money or a small gift? Are Americans the only people with a crazy ritual to mark the loss of a primary tooth? Apparently not!

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Illustration from an antique children’s book. Image in the public domain/ Free Vintage Illustrations.

It seems many countries and peoples have legends and observances regarding the loss of a primary tooth. Most involve 1. the tooth, 2. an action, 3. prayers to an animal known for its strong teeth, to ensure the adult teeth grow in strongly. For instance, in some American Indian cultures, the child (or the adult) was instructed to throw the tooth in a certain direction, then run around the house four times, all the while reciting, “Beaver, put a new tooth in my jaw.” Other American Indian groups directed the child to bury the tooth at the entrance to the lodge.

My, what sharp teeth you have

Many European cultures associated the mouse with good dentistry, due to its sharp teeth, so there were many customs linking the mouse with expired deciduous teeth. They involved people throwing the baby tooth over their shoulders, out a window, or out of the house. At the same time, a request was made of the mouse to replace it with a stronger tooth. In France, the child was directed to throw the tooth under the bed for the mouse to eat and then replace with a new, strong one.

So how does this mutate into the Tooth Fairy?

By the late 19th century, the French ritual evolved so that the mouse no longer replaced the tooth with a new one, but instead exchanged it for a small gift or coin. French children left the tooth in their shoes and the little mouse exchanged it overnight. From here, the ritual crossed the Atlantic and in the early 20th century, the mouse morphed into a good fairy in America.

Fascinated with fairies

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Image in the public domain/Free Vintage Illustrations.

In the early 20th century, America and Britain were fascinated by the thought of fairies, with artists and writers discovering anew the mystery and enchantment. Why shouldn’t a fairy bring gifts to young children suffering the trauma of a lost tooth?

The Tooth Fairy seems to be a wholly American invention, first appearing in print in a children’s play in 1927. The legend existed some time before that, as its inclusion in the play meant the public was familiar with the concept.

By the middle of the 20th century, with the popularity of Disney, fairies became an accepted component of childhood.

The Tooth Fairy has Dr. Rosemary S. Wells to thank

A retired dental professor even created a museum (now closed) in her home, collecting all manner of memorabilia related to the Tooth Fairy. Dr. Rosemary S. Wells operated the Tooth Fairy Museum in Deerfield, Illinois, starting in 1993. Information can be found about it here. She was considered the foremost authority on the Tooth Fairy until her death in 2000.

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Most cultures still associate an animal with a fond farewell to baby teeth, but Americans look to the Tooth Fairy. She’s such an enshrined part of American culture, that in 1994 the Mattel toy company created a Tooth Fairy Barbie (above).

If that’s not the ultimate sign of celebrity status, then what is?

About the blogger

Guest blogger Jenn Ochman, Database Publishing Production Specialist in the Branding and Communication Department at Benco Dental, dedicates her time outside work to historical reenactment. She shares knowledge of dental history with TheDailyFloss.com readers on a monthly basis.

Maintaining Mind+Body+ Soul while in the Windy City

Staying healthy while traveling is possible. Sometimes, though, even the best intentions to workout don’t come to fruition.
In planning for your Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration trip to Chicago this fall, take at look at the fitness center at The Blackstone as well as other outdoor areas where you can enjoy what Chicago has to offer while making your wellness intentions a reality.

The Blackstone offers a 24-hour fitness center for guests.

The Blackstone, an iconic downtown Chicago hotel where the 7th annual Celebration of Women in Dentistry with the theme Mind+Body+Soul will take place Oct. 3-5 ( Register today ! ), offers a fitness center (shown above) open 24 hours a day. No matter your schedule is, the fitness center fully-equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, and free weights accommodates.

“The expansive space, large number of equipment options, sweeping park/lake views, and graffiti walls provide an enjoyable and inspiring workout experience to our guests. Also, the graffiti walls are decorated with motivational quotes from sports legends and array of iconic Chicago sports team memorabilia.”

Clare Saviski, Marketing Director at The Blackstone.

4 ways to fit wellness into your trip

Lakefront trail, along the Lake Michigan coast in Chicago, offers plenty of incentive to be active.

A two block walk from the hotel: Lakefront trail (shown at top and above) and Grant Park (below), nestled between the city and Lake Michigan.

  1. Lakefront trail, an 18-mile long path, runs along the Lake Michigan coast. This trail runs through Lincoln Park, Grant Park, Burnham Park, and Jackson Park. The trail is open to cyclists, runners and walkers who want to enjoy views the area has to offer.
Just two blocks from The Lucy Hobbs Project annual Celebration: Grant Park’s Buckingham Fountain.

2. Grant Park features various art installations, sculptures and Buckingham Fountain to enjoy and hosts many sports and fitness opportunities.

Ready for lakefront recreation? Maggie Daley Park is one for all seasons.

3. Maggie Daley Park (above) a lakefront recreation center, offers an ice-skating ribbon in the winter, roller-blading space in the summer and two rock-climbing structures.

4. Hutchinson Field at the southern end of Grant Park houses a dozen baseball and softball fields and offers a large open area for events.

Utilizing The Blackstone’s offerings, as well as the trails and parks only a few blocks away, can help you stay healthy and energized throughout the celebration in October!

The skinny on the Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration

On October 3-5, The Blackstone Hotel, 636 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605 will welcome the 7th annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration #LHP19, which honors six women in dentistry and feature CNN’s Poppy Harlow.

Three days of events, with a focus on Mind+Body+Soul, will include panel discussions, Continuing Education credits, and opportunities to give back, while inviting the project’s members – and all women in dentistry—to “Achieve Your Personal Best Balance, at Home & Work”.

Upcoming at The Blackstone Hotel in Chicago, Illinois and included in the $199 ticket price:

  • Thursday, October 3: Afternoon reception and optional tours
  • Friday, October 4: Full day of panels, speakers and the Celebration ceremony honoring six Lucy Hobbs Project award recipients
  • Saturday, October 5: Morning group yoga and healthy breakfast followed by give-back activity to benefit Let It Be Us, a nonprofit that finds homes for the 18,000 children living in Illinois foster care.
Grant Park (above), is nestled between the city and Lake Michigan.

Ready to register for Mind+Body+Soul at The Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration in Chicago?

To register for the event: https://www.regmadeeasy.com/benco/the-lucy-hobbs-project/2019/

#IE40Under40 in good company

John Legend, Neil Young, Robin Roberts. America’s Best Young Dentists.

Editorial and commercial photographer Matt Furman (shown above at the 2017 Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 photo session) specializes in portraiture, corporate photography, sports photography, and editorial photography. He can count the artists mentioned above among his photo subjects.

Tomorrow and Friday, June 6 and 7, Furman will be creating portraits of the Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 at The James NoMad in New York City for the 9th annual installment of the feature for the nation’s premier dental lifestyle magazine.

In 2011, Furman played an integral of the 40 Under 40 debut within the pages of the magazine and he’s returned on occasion to share his talents behind the lens.

(Courtesy @FurmanFoto / Instagram)

For the first time, Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine expands its signature awards to include categories for General Dentists and Dental Specialists; the upcoming fall edition will spotlight 80 professionals from across the United States.

Among this year’s Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 recipients are 43 women and 37 men from 25 states. The Incisal Edge “40 Under 40,” will be featured in the fall print and digital editions of the magazine. A complete list of this year’s winners is featured below, and at: IncisalEdgeMagazine.com

Double the excitement

Joining the creative team on location June 6 and 7 will be Macrae Marran, a photographer based in New York City, East Hampton, and Vero Beach. Marran specializes in portraiture, fashion, product photography, and landscapes.

(Courtesy Macrae Marran)

Learn more about this year’s 40 Under 40

For a complete list of honorees, visit: https://thedailyfloss.com/?s=and+incisal+edge

#LHP19 Celebration will honor six women in dentistry and feature CNN’s Poppy Harlow

On October 3-5, The Blackstone Hotel, 636 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605 will welcome Benco Dental’s 7th annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration; registration is currently open. Click here.

When she’s not co-anchoring the weekday 9-11 a.m. ET edition of “CNN Newsroom”, Poppy Harlow hosts the CNN podcast “BossFiles with Poppy Harlow” with guests including Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Melinda Gates. This fall in Chicago, the Emmy-nominated journalist (shown above, interviewing Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg) will join The Lucy Hobbs Project in partnership with Cameo Dental Specialists in celebrating six outstanding women in dentistry.

On October 3-5, The Blackstone Hotel, 636 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605 will welcome Benco Dental’s 7th annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration; registration is currently open. Click here.

“Each year, The Lucy Hobbs Project celebrates the achievements of women in dentistry. Our goal is to gather leaders in the profession to discuss relevant issues and overall well being. We want our guests to leave feeling uplifted, knowing they’ve gained insight to benefit their dental practice and themselves.”

Rachel Pugh, Branding and Communications Manager for Benco Dental


As a highpoint of the three-day event, The Project will honor six women selected as award recipients for setting new benchmarks in the dental profession:


Powered by Benco Dental and 10,000 members strong, The Lucy Hobbs Project encourages dental professionals to become part of the movement that is changing the face of dentistry through networking, innovation and giving back. Named for Dr. Lucy Hobbs Taylor, the woman who, in 1866, became the first American female to earn a degree in dentistry, this national project aims to bring women together from all facets of the dental profession – dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, receptionists, sales representatives and others.

Three days of events, with a focus on Mind+Body+Soul, will include panel discussions, Continuing Education credits, and opportunities to give back, while inviting the project’s members – and all women in dentistry—to “Achieve Your Personal Best Balance, at Home & Work”.

Upcoming at The Blackstone Hotel in Chicago, Illinois and included in the $199 ticket price:

  • Thursday, October 3: Afternoon reception and optional tours
  • Friday, October 4: Full day of panels, speakers and the Celebration ceremony honoring six Lucy Hobbs Project award recipients
  • Saturday, October 5: Morning group yoga and healthy breakfast followed by give-back activity to benefit Let It Be Us, a nonprofit that finds homes for the 18,000 children living in Illinois foster care.
On October 3-5, The Blackstone Hotel, 636 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605 will welcome Benco Dental’s 7th annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration; registration is currently open.

To attend the 7th Annual Celebration of Women in Dentistry, host a regional event, or take part in a Lucy Hobbs Project YOU event at a dental school, contact Event Coordinator Ali Riviello at 570-602-7068 or ariviello@benco.com.

Free to join, The Lucy Hobbs Project invites women in dentistry women to use their voices as a force for change. To learn more about previous winners of The Lucy Hobbs Project® Award, or to sign up for The Lucy Hobbs Project®, visit: www.lucyhobbscelebration.com

Spring fashion meets dentistry in 6 days in NYC #IE40Under40

Modified sophistication.
Technically-advanced fabric with high-octane color.
Beautiful dresses and suits designed with comfort in mind.

To get a glimpse of these freshest fashion trends, don’t miss the colorful moments and non-stop coverage of next week’s Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 photo session in New York City. There, on June 6 and 7, America’s Best Young Dentists will gather for a celebration of their honor at The James Hotel.

Who’s bringing the style?

(Aside from the incredible honorees themselves, of course. )

Renowned style director Joseph DeAcetis collaborates annually with the Incisal Edge team to create the centerpiece of the fall issue.

Between working with Forbes cover models and jetting off to Milan for Fall Fashion Week, Stylist Joseph DeAcetis (in blue, at top) delivers a pop of color to every Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 photo session.

Here he discusses a recent #IE40Under40 event:

Want to join in the excitement next week?

Read more about this year’s honorees: https://thedailyfloss.com/2019/05/20/incisal-edge-to-honor-2019-40-under-40/

Instagram: @incisaledgemagazine

Facebook: @BencoIncisalEdge

Twitter: @TheIncisalEdge

Snapchat: @bencodental

Plan an October visit to Chicago and share a toast #LucyTagAFriend

Are you a woman in dentistry?

The 2019 Annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration October 3-5 in Chicago is the perfect retreat for a dental practice. Thought leaders, panelists and networking events will focus on more than individual wellness. They’ll impart strategies for incorporating wellness concepts throughout a practice to build a happier, more productive and engaged team.

The theme: Mind+Body+Soul. Achieve Your Personal Best Balance, At Home & Work.
The idea: Celebrate wellness together with your entire team.


Visit LucyHobbsBenco on Instagram to learn about a fun opportunity to network in Chicago

The Lucy Hobbs Project today launched a social media campaign #LucyTagAFriend that invites women in dentistry to, well, invite other women in dentistry to attend the event and celebrate together.

Details:
1. In the comments section on this post at the Lucy Hobbs Project Instagram, tag a friend who you’d like to attend The 7th annual Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration this October in Chicago.

2. Add the phrase “#LucyTagAFriend”.

3. If you both register by July 19, 2019, you’ll receive a voucher to share a toast on us @TheBlackstone.”

For additional details, contact ARiviello@benco.com

Ready to register for the event?

When: October 3 – 5, 2019
Where: The Blackstone Hotel, 636 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605
Ticket price: $199.00
Event registration closes on Friday, September 27, 2019.

Register today – space is limited for this amazing event: https://www.regmadeeasy.com/benco/the-lucy-hobbs-project/2019/
For more event details, please contact: Ali Riviello, am5963@benco.com 
or 570-602-7068

Workstation, chair, movement: Workplace ergonomics as easy as 1, 2, 3

Workstation wellness awaits, with a little help from Herman Miller.
Known for innovation and expertise in the health care furnishings, Herman Miller shares recommends a few steps (shown) to help.

  1. Movement. Change postures. Don’t substitute sitting all day for standing all day. Sit down or move after 20 minutes of standing.
  2. Workstation. Make sure wrists aren’t bent while at a desk. Raise or lower the desk until arms are in a straight line.
  3. Chair. Don’t forget to sit and take breaks from standing. Use a chair to support changing postures.
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Look away, look away

Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds to help avoid eye strain, reduce headaches and neck pain.

MBrace Wall-Mounted Technology

No leaning, please.

Pull your environment to you, not the other way around. Sit back in your chair, pull monitor, keyboard and mouse to you to reduce the tendency to lean.

Setu Chair

S for Support.

Sit all the way back in your chair to support your spine’s natural S-shape.

Ollin Monitor Arm with Flo Power Hub

A little tilt goes a long way.

Wearing bifocals? Try tilting your monitor up slightly to help avoid eye strain.

Wishbone Monitor Arm with Canvas Office Landscape

Open circulation starts with … feet

Make sure your feet are squarely supported on the floor to open up circulation.

Want to learn more?

Contact Interior Designer Mandy Welman at 1.800.GOBENCO

Tommy Tucker’s Tooth: Walt Disney touted dental care before Mickey Mouse was king

Early film showcased everything from horror to zany comedy to … dental education films.
Yes, that’s right, one of the uses of early silent film was to educate children on proper dental hygiene!

Tommy_Tucker's_ToothOne of the first films of its kind, Tommy Tucker’s Tooth (1922) was produced by none other than Walt Disney, six years before he introduced the world to Mickey Mouse in 1928 in Steamboat Willie.

In December of 1922, a Kansas City dentist named Thomas B. McCrum went to the office of the Laugh-O-Gram film studio, where a very young Walt Disney was working; he wanted Disney to create an educational film about children’s dental health. He signed a contract with Disney to have him produce and create 500 copies of the film called Tommy Tucker’s Tooth. Disney went on to use the money from this production to move to Hollywood and start up his own cartoon studio.

TommyTuckerToothThe resulting production was a silent, 15-minute live-action film with animated inserts, focusing on two boys, Tommy Tucker, a young man who takes care of his teeth and appearance, and Jimmy Jones, who neglects his oral hygiene. When Tommy is hired for the job both youngsters apply for, Jimmy realizes the error of his ways, cleans up his mouth and his act, and eventually finds gainful employment.

Clarateeth Disney produced another dental film for Dr. McCrum, called Clara Cleans Her Teeth. The role of Clara was played by Disney’s own niece. By then, he had a studio set up in Hollywood and the credits on this picture reflect that. Disney went on to make more educational films for the dental market for 30 years, as well as produce plenty of cartoons starring everyone’s favorite mouse, Mickey.

 

About the blogger

Guest blogger Jenn Ochman, Database Publishing Production Specialist in the Branding and Communication Department at Benco Dental, dedicates her time outside work to historical reenactment. She shares knowledge of dental history with TheDailyFloss.com readers on a monthly basis.