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by Janet Spencer For centuries, mankind’s only mirrors were pools of water or polished metal. It was a long journey to figure out how to make a good mirror. Come along with Tidbits as we go through the looking glass! MAKING MIRRORS • The original glass mirror was made by covering the back of a piece of glass with thin tin sheets which were rubbed down smooth. Then the glass (with the tin on top) would be covered with mercury. A piece of woolen cloth would then be laid on top of the mercury and compressed with iron weights for more than a week. Finally the excess mercury would be drained off and the mirror was complete. This method of mirror making was very dangerous to the craftsman because mercury vapors are poisonous.

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• Craftsmen in Venice were the first to discover this method of mirror making in the 1300s. It remained a carefully guarded secret and for centuries Venice had a monopoly on mirrors. Those who gave away the secret were subject to the death penalty. Mirrors were expensive and rare and people in France were jealous.

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• In 1665, the French chief minister to Louis XIV went to Venice and - at the risk of death - bribed 18 Venetian mirrorsmiths, using huge sums of money to convince them to move to France. (continued next page)

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MIRROR MAKING (cont’d) • Soon after the Venetian mirrorsmiths arrived in France, the French passed a law making it illegal to import Venetian mirrors. The new French mirror company, set up in the town of Saint Gobain, is still thriving today. • No sooner had France gotten the secret of mirror making than a Frenchman named Louis Lucas beat the Venetians at their own game when he invented a way to make plate glass in 1668. In Venice, they only knew how to make blown glass. Each mirror started out as a bottle or cylinder which was slit open and flattened while still hot before being made into a mirror. The size of mirrors was therefore very limited. But Lucas discovered how to pour molten glass from the pot onto an iron table where it was flattened with an iron roller. There was no limit to the size a mirror could be. Soon France was famous for its mirrors. • Louis XIV was very pleased, purchasing some 700 mirrors and lining an entire hallway at the Palace of Versailles with them in a stunning display. Venice kindly offered to send some of their very best glassmakers to France to “help out” at the factories; France declined the offer, preferring to keep their secret. • It had long been known that silver would make a better mirror than mercury and tin, but the problem was figuring out how to get the silver to stick to the glass. In 1835, German chemist Justus von Liebig invented a method of making mirrors that is still used today. In this method, the glass is flushed with silver salts and then covered with a solution of silver nitrate. After being heated and left undisturbed for an hour, a chemical reaction causes the metallic silver to separate and adhere to the glass. It’s then coated with shellac and painted with a black backing.

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FREDERICK AUSTERLITZ • Fred Astaire was born Frederick Austerlitz II in Omaha, Nebraska in 1899. He was very close in age to his older sister Adele, and he accompanied her to her ballet lessons because his parents didn’t want to pay for a babysitter. Soon he was the best dancer in the class. • He began performing with his sister at the age of 5. They toured the vaudeville circuit and made it to Broadway in 1917, eventually starring in the Gershwin musical “Funny Face.” When Adele retired from dancing in order to get married in 1932, Fred was cast adrift, and decided to try to break into film. • A studio executive wrote concerning his first screen test: “Can’t sing. Can’t act. Slightly balding. Can dance a little.” • He landed a small role in the 1933 film “Dancing Lady” starring Joan Crawford, and shortly afterwards was cast with Ginger Rogers in “Flying Down to Rio.” • Fred Astaire was nearly as good at golfing as he was at dancing. In the 1938 film “Carefree,” he danced over tables, down the hallway, out onto the terrace, and onto a golf course. There he was to dance over to a golf club and hit - in rhythm and on cue - a dozen golfballs that were lined up on the fairway. When the crew went to retrieve the golf balls, they found all twelve balls within eight feet of each other on the green.

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This was done by creating a room that turned, while the camera remained firmly fixed to the “floor.” Those in the know can watch the number and see the moments when Fred hesitates, balancing while waiting for the ‘wall’ to become his new floor. • Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers danced the number “Cheek to Cheek” in the movie “Top Hat” while Rogers wore a dress that was covered with feathers. The dress had been made rather hastily, and as Astaire whirled her around the dance floor, feathers came flying off till the air looked like a pillow fight was in progress. The feather dress went back to the seamstresses, who used more glue and more feathers. During the second take, fewer feathers flew off, yet it was still quite noticeable. By the third take enough glue had been used so that only a few feathers came loose and cameramen were able to film around them. • In the movie “Shall We Dance” Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers wore roller skates while dancing to the song “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off.” • Ginger Rogers is often quoted as having said, “I did everything Fred did, only backwards and in high heels.” • Not only was his singing dubbed in films, but his tap dancing was as well.

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As your child begins to grow they become very active. Approximately half of all children have had a fall of some kind by the time they are two years old. A childhood fall or accident can create health problems not just immediately but also years later. In a study of 78 children who had a minor injury, one and a half years later they were found to have scored less on a visual puzzle test and were more likely to have another mild head injury. At 6.5 years, they still scored less than controls. These same children also reported over 5 times more health problems, such as headaches, asthma, backaches, limb pain, etc. It cannot be stressed enough that any child who had even a mild head injury or was in any kind of accident needs a chiropractic check-up. Uncorrected subluxation damage from an accident in childhood may create major problems later in life.

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• If the mirror is curved in a convex shape so that the reflecting surface faces away from the center of the mirror, light rays reflect away from each other and the reflection becomes smaller. This is handy for use in exterior rearview mirrors (“Objects are closer than they appear”) as well as the large fish-eye mirrors used in stores so clerks can keep an eye on customers.

• Today silver or aluminum is vaporized and sprayed in aerosol form into the air above glass which is travelling on a conveyor belt below. For finer mirrors such as those used in telescopes, aluminum, chromium, or gold are put into a vacuum tank and heated. When they reach the critical temperature, they “flash” into vapor which fills the entire tank with metallic gas. A • If the mirror is in a concave shape so the reflecting surface faces toward the center of film is then deposited on whatever is inside the the mirror, light rays are reflected towards tank. each other and the reflection becomes very HOW DO MIRRORS WORK? large. Make-up mirrors and telescope mirrors • Mirrors work because they reflect light. Most are built this way. Funhouse mirrors, with their objects do not give off any light of their own. convoluted collection of convex and concave They can only be seen because light from other surfaces, twist the reflection into comical sources - the sun, a candle, a flashlight - hits them contortions. and bounces off, hitting your eye. When light strikes an object, some of the light is absorbed • A one-way mirror uses dark colored glass, such as smoked glass, instead of clear glass. The by the object, some is transmitted through the reflective backing is very, very thin - so thin that object, and some of the light bounces back. if the light is equally bright on each side of the The part that bounces back is called reflection. mirror, it merely looks like a pane of glass. But Flat shiny surfaces like water, metal, and mirrors if people behind the mirror are sitting in a dark reflect light well because very little of the light room looking into a light room, it looks like a is absorbed or transmitted, and most of it is mirror. reflected. When light hits a surface that is dull instead of shiny, the light bounces off in all • It’s the same principal with the interior rearview mirror in a car. There are two mirrors there. The directions and is scattered. There is no reflection. daytime mirror reflects almost all of the light When light hits a mirror, the mirror sends the that hits it, but flip the little button and the light back in exactly the same direction that it nighttime mirror reflects only four percent came from. This makes it appear as if the image of the light so the driver is not blinded by is coming from behind the mirror. headlights. • When light hits a shiny surface that is curved instead of flat, such as a spoon, doorknob, or • Another method of making mirrors involves using liquid metal such as mercury or gallium. ripples on a lake, the light rays hit the surface The liquid is spun continuously, causing it to take at a variety of different angles and are therefore on the parabolic shape needed for telescopes. reflected back at a variety of different angles, This is a very inexpensive method of making a instead of bouncing back straight. This makes very large mirror. The Large Zenith Telescope the reflection look distorted. It’s like a bouncing located near Vancouver, BC is the largest liquid ball: drop the ball straight down, and it bounces mirror in operation, with a diameter of about 20 straight up. Throw the ball at an angle, and it bounces up at an identical angle. feet (6 m).

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Handsome boy Favio is a fairly recent addition at Katie’s Place, and unlike many of our cats he is only about 2 or 3 years old. He is a big guy with a beautiful black and white coat. He is definitely a looker and we are pretty sure he knows it. Favio will most often look at you intently to get your attention. He knows that a face like his cannot be ignored for long. Favio’s previous owner described him as a dog in a cat’s body. By this he meant that Favio is a very social cat who likes to be around his people as much as possible. Like a dog he will follow you around. Greet you at the door. Stay by your side whenever he can. Favio is definitely a very loving cat. He seems to be okay with the other cats in his room but for the most part keeps to himself. Quiet often he will sit on a high shelf and watch the other cats with interest. When he first arrived at Katie’s Place he was pretty depressed when the reality that he lost his home dawned on him but he is slowly coming around. Day by day he shows the volunteers what a big heart he really has. Favio is desperate for a forever home where he can be a family member. He will most likely do best in a home where he won’t be left alone for long periods of time. If you want a loyal and constant companion this is the guy for you.

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Rachel Layne (Pavlakovic) is the very first Legion Patriot Voice. Rachel was awarded this title by winning the new BC/Yukon Legion youth singing contest. What is the “Legion Patriot Voice” Contest? BC/Yukon Command launched a new youth contest to find a talented teen to sing with passion and honour Veterans. Video auditions came from far and wide as young people were excited at the opportunity to showcase their talent in this unique Act of Remembrance. The prize is to sing “O Canada” and “Amazing Grace” at the “Salute to Veterans & Military Valour” performance during the November 1st BC Lions Half-time Show. What is the “Salute to Veterans & Military Valour”? BC/Yukon Command produces the annual “Salute” which has become the favorite half-time show for the BC Lions. The field comes alive with an outstanding performance by marching massed Military Bands, Color Parties, Cadets and youth groups, First Responders, and Military Vehicles, all leading up to the grand entrance of Veterans being honoured. It is a spectacular performance with 36,000 adoring fans, standing, applauding and paying tribute to British Columbia’s Veterans. Meet Rachel Layne 2013 Legion Patriot Voice Rachel is a 15 year old talented musician from West Kelowna who has a strong sense of pride for her country and those who fought for our rights and freedoms. When she learned of her selection she excitedly commented, “one of the most important things we can do is respect our Veterans for what they have done for all of us and what better way than through song which conveys so much emotion and truth”. Learn more about Rachel by visiting www.legionbcyukon.ca Our Veterans’ Sacrifices Matter ~ Wear a Poppy ~ Be Present on Remembrance Day ~ Support Legion Veteran Programs ~ Donate Generously www.legionbcyukon.ca ~ Text “Poppy” to 20222 to Donate $5

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