Selected on Thursday’s by Lyme, CT’s own Beau Colburn.

01. Food truck makers revived by gourmet trend

“The food truck craze has revived one of the region’s classic postwar businesses — catering trucks — breathing new life into the companies that sprang up decades ago to make the vehicles that frequent construction sites, factories and movie shoots. Hopeful gourmet truck entrepreneurs come from all over the country to get retired vehicles transformed into gleaming, rolling emporiums that dish out everything from comfort food to exotic fare.” (latimes)

02. Key workers: writers at their typewriters – in pictures (above)

“Since Mark Twain became the first author to submit a typed manuscript with Life on the Mississippi in 1883, authors have been devoted to their machines. As manufacture of typewriters comes to a close, we look back on some of the iconic images of creators at their keyboards.” (guardian)

3. Vintage Photographs of Moscow 1909

“In 1909 my great-grandfather accompanied a group of American champion trotting horses on an exhibition tour Moscow, Russia with stops along the way in Germany, Austria and other European spots circa 1909. The Horses were owned by C K G Billings. Murray is in the Harness Racing Hall of Fame as a writer for the Horse Review. His books Stable Conversation, and The Trottin Hoss Excuse Book were extremely popular racing satires.

During the trip, he took over 400 pictures with a Graflex box camera, wrote articles for The Horse Review, and was arrested several times in Russia and Germany for taking unauthorized pictures.”

04. The story of bourbon, the Kentucky Derby and the Mint Julep

“The nectar inside was different. It was sweet like vanilla, amber like a sunset, and mellow like a cool breeze.
Thirsty patrons began requesting that ‘red whisky’ by its county of origin, the county name that was stamped on those barrels. Bourbon County. When those merchants had sold their bourbon, they sold the barges too, as it would have been futile to fight the current for thousands of kilometers upstream. They needed to find a way back home that wasn’t so laborious.

So they bought French thoroughbred horses from the French Quarter in New Orleans, and they rode them home back home following the Natches Trace. Thus began Kentucky’s love affair with thoroughbred horse racing. And bourbon!” (thatsthespirit)

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