Ghost Sign Results!

Friday, November 30th, 2007
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Thanks to everyone who entered – we had a great time looking at all of the glimpses into yesteryear….

Grand Prize Winner Sam Roberts will be receiving a Pulse of the Planet t-shirt and CD for his entry. We especially liked this fountain pen ad, a writing utensil whose time has passed. Fountain Pen Sign
Runners Up Lawrence O’Toole and Ben Hoare will each receive a Pulse of the Planet CD.
We loved Lawrence’s photo of an old movie house advertising its “Talkies”

Movie House “Talkies”

Ben Hoare’s entry was a veritable palimpsest of signage. (Check out this Pulse of the Planet program for a definition of palimpsest!) We have to think that lead would not receive such a high billing today!

Hackney Ghost Sign

To see all of the entries and links to more ghost signs, visit the original post

Keep an eye on the blog – we’ll post another Listener Challenge soon!

Wild Persimmon Pudding

Monday, November 19th, 2007
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In 2001, Pulse of the Planet listener Carrie Hamby shared with us her family’s recipe for Persimmon Pudding – a Thanksgiving treat! Since then, many listeners have contacted us requesting the recipe. Try it and let us know what you think.

“I’m very happy to share my grandmother’s recipe with you, in hopes that it will enliven and enrich more feasts this fall. My grandmother passed away in January of 1999, and her husband – who turned 90 <in 2001> – hasn’t had any of her persimmon pudding in some time, but between my mom and me we try to keep him supplied during this time of year. As he likes to say, “That’s good eatin’!”

Here’s the recipe, with a couple of my own comments in parentheses:

Stir 1/4 tsp soda into 1 cup persimmon pulp. Add 1&1/4 cups sugar, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp salt and 1 egg. Beat well. Add 1 cup flour alternately with 1&1/4 cups milk, and 1 tbsp melted butter. Pour into greased 8×8″ pan. (I find that glass works best.) Bake at 325F for 50 minutes. Double recipe: bake 1&1/4 hours. Serve with carmel sauce.

Carmel Sauce: (The first part should be in a saucepan off the stove.) Mix thoroughly 1 cup dark brown sugar and 2 tbsp flour. Add 1 cup water. Put on heat and bring to boil, stirring constantly. Cook until thick. Remove from heat, stir in 2 tbsp butter and 1 tsp vanilla.

(Now, even if you have leftovers and eat it cold, the carmel sauce only has to be heated up a little to make it pour and you have a whole different kind of delicacy. I recommend trying it both ways.)”

Carrie Hamby

Ghost Signs!

Monday, August 13th, 2007
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Thanks for your ghosts! “Ghost signs” are evidence of days gone by. You can find them on the sides of buildings in cities and in rural areas. We invited you to send us images of the ghost signs in your neck of the woods and were happy to see what you found and shared with us. In this urban archeology experiment, anthropologist Mark Aldenderfer (one of our science diarists) commented on your photos, telling us what clues they revealed about our past. Associate producer Lara Ratzlaff started it off with our first ghost sign, from Cannon Falls, MN. Check it out below, followed by all of the entries from contest participants.

And we’ll be announcing a new listener challenge soon. Stay tuned!

“Ghost Sign”, Cannon Falls, MN