Tuesday, April 30, 2024

MAR to Paula - St. Joseph's saw

Liked the border, liked the flowers, liked the lettering - freaked out when I put the stamp on and could see the flowers through the stamp. I don't think I have ever seen stamp-paper so thin that you could see through them. Very unusual. I love that stamp and was sad to see it paired with a design that overpowers it. Happily, I did end up doing something different and nearly perfect with it which we will see in a couple days.

Paula is the clerk at the post office in Hudson NH who exchanges which is why her address is not blocked.

The 4th topic I flagged in Troy's letter was this one:

There is also the St. Joseph's Day pasta. It has breadcrumbs to be like sawdust since he was a carpenter. I'm not sure if he had a saw, but never let the truth get in the way of a good story. (4)

I am endlessly fascinated with learning about the origins of things like beads and saws. It's hard to know how tools evolved. Is evolved the right word? I don't think so. Once in a while I get interested in how words evolved - but not enough to go looking for a better word for this blurb because I'm more curious about the origin of saws.

Here's the information or misinformation that popped up when I searched:

The first flint saws appeared during the early Paleolithic Era, between 60,000 and 10,000 b.c. Stone saws and composite saws made of stone bladelets or "microliths" set into a bone handle also were made during this time. The first metal blades were made possible by the discovery of copper about 4,000 years ago.

So, St. Joseph probably had a pretty nice saw. 

Topic no 4 will have a Part 2.

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