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Jul 27

Week 8 – July 23-27

Monday, 7/23:

More jackets but I am told we are nearing the end. This one is slight different from the ones I worked on last week. Since it is so long, it would take too much time and isn’t puffy enough to really benefit from a full body board like previous jackets. So instead I cut 2 inch foam rods to fit the length of each side of the jacket’s body. It is nearly as soft as tyvek so I could just cut the rods (but round the edges) and not cover them in tyvek. Metal bits like the belt buckle here are still covered in tyvek and tied in place. I still made inserts for the arms and used a smaller foam rod to help support the collar. Since the front pockets were slightly puffy, I also put pieces of volara in them to help them keep their shape. Overall this is far less labor intensive than the fur jackets from last week and involves no sewing!

Tuesday, 7/24:

Guess where I went today!

As part of our intern experience, SI intern coordinators were nice enough to put together multiple tours throughout the summer for interns from the various museums to get together and experience DC outside of their respective museums. This morning was US Capitol tour. I’ll admit I was slightly underwhelmed as it was just the same tour as the public would have received. I guess I am getting spoiled with my special access to curators and other museum professionals. I did learn that each state is allowed 2 statues of prominent figures from their state to be displayed throughout the building and that a Florida man was responsible for inventing air conditioning (and his statue was on display). It was very humid today so we were all very thankful to Florida.

At least all the Garber interns got to hang out

Wednesday, 7/25:

Back at Garber for more jackets.

Being a longer jacket, this one was treated very similarly to Tuesday’s example. Foam rods kept the sides, collar, and arms from developing creases.

Katherine (one of the contractors) showing off the head insert she just completed!

Thursday, 7/26:

In the morning I worked at Garber and since the last of the jackets had been completed yesterday we got to move onto pants today!

These fur lined leather pants are similar in many ways to the previous jackets. Foam rods run the length of the pant legs to support the shape of the pants. The white pieces of tyvek all cover either metal zippers, zipper pulls, buckles, or plastic buttons to keep them separate from the leather and fur. Additionally in the foreground you can see small lengths of foam rods tied to the suspenders so they stay straight and don’t get a hard crease line where they fold over.

This is one of our more unique objects. It is a real lion coat made and worn by Roscoe Turner.

Here is Roscoe in said coat: http://digitalcollections.uwyo.edu:8180/luna/servlet/detail/uwydbuwy~1~1~67271~153082:Roscoe-Turner-and-another-man-stand

Roscoe was an air racer who was sponsored by Gilmore Oil Company in the 1930s. Of course that wasn’t enough for Roscoe and he was provided with a lion cub to accompany him on his publicity flights named Gilmore. Not to be outdone by his lion, he had this lion coat made. Both the coat and stuffed Gilmore are currently in storage at Garber but as you can see, the coat is being prepared to make the move to Hazy soon.

Gilmore, GMT's unofficial mascot

In the afternoon all the Garber interns headed downtown to NASM to attend the intern going away party. Myra, the intern coordinator, and other NASM staff were kind enough to put together a pizza party for a couple of hours that afternoon for all the interns. It was bittersweet knowing the summer was coming to an end but at least none of the Garber interns were leaving in the immediate future.

Friday, 7/27:

As another week draws to a close, the pants parade continues.

This pair similarly has foam rods as interior supports and tyvek either tied or layered to cover and separate any metal parts from the non-metal parts. There are long tyvek strips here because these pants could unzip their entire length. If possible we were told to unzip zippers because overtime they can corrode and become stuck. So this pair was unzipped and then a strip of tyvek was run the length of them to keep the zipper from touching the fur lining.

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