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    Posted 3 years ago

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    I did not get to go to this exhibit in Chicago 1977 but I watched and bought books and now years later I've found some of the MMA reproduction jewels like these cufflinks. Below is a recap from the Chicago Field Museum.

    "They waited in long lines (sometimes overnight) to enter the dimly lit corridors lined with ancient Egyptian artifacts. They emerged into a larger room holding the gold sarcophagus of the ruler who had died at age 19, King Tut. They exited through the gift shop, leaving the museum with scarves, tote bags, prints, and books emblazoned with his image. And if they had a little extra cash, they walked home with expensive replicas of what they’d just seen. It was Tutmania at the Field Museum in 1977 as The Treasures of King Tutankhamun (boy king of the New Kingdom in Egypt 3000 years earlier) came through town, breaking attendance records and adding millions of dollars to the city’s tourist trade. Nearly 1.3 million visitors attended during the four-month stop of the exhibit. It was on a six-city U.S. tour, the first time anything from the tomb discovered by Howard Carter in 1922 had come to America, and the whole thing had a rock star quality to it."

    Years later, and as a matter of fact it was right after September 11 2001, my boyfriend decided to go to Egypt anyway and had a wonderful vacation. He said the Cairo Museum was a dusty wreck which surprised him. He was also a teen during Tutmania craze and hoped to see the hoard in their home, but Tutankhamun's most famous artifacts were on tour somewhere else. LOL - always about money.


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    1. Newfld Newfld, 3 years ago
      Such cool cufflinks, do I see an eye shape, they're very handsome
    2. valentino97 valentino97, 3 years ago
      Yes, this is called Wadjet/wedjet eye - symbol of protection, royal power and good health. Thank you Jenni :-)
    3. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 3 years ago
      I believe it was in Toronto that year. Nice to see that gold mask and loved the throne chair, which comes up for auction, now and then. Great cuffs, super find and not found by Carter !~
    4. valentino97 valentino97, 3 years ago
      Phil - No Carter didn't find these cufflinks :-) Tut toured 6 cities in US and I'm sure in Canada. The exhibit was so exciting for that time - Heck Yeah, first time! Since then there have been a lot of wonderful Egypt exhibits. And someday I'll go to Egypt!
    5. racer4four racer4four, 3 years ago
      I would want to wear these, just so cool. I don't wear shirts with cuffs, so how else could I wear them Val?
    6. valentino97 valentino97, 3 years ago
      Karen - thanks for your nice comment. I also think about that. I'm still looking for a fitted, hip length cotton shirt w/three-quarter length sleeves and....french fold-over cuffs so I can wear my cufflinks. LOL - I know how to sew, SO I could make or alter a shirt. The other idea I've had is to make a messenger bag with buttonholes for a pair of cufflinks to act as "closures", or fake closures. The reason I lean more to the bag idea is I want to show off my bakelite clips more. Will share with you when I finally do something :-)
    7. racer4four racer4four, 3 years ago
      The bag idea is awesome, I could do that!
    8. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 3 years ago
      Great cufflinks Mary!
      I found a small man's dress shirt with french cuffs that I have worn with pretty cufflinks:-)
      I do like the bag idea though!!
    9. valentino97 valentino97, 3 years ago
      Karen and Judy - thanks for your nice comments about how to enjoy cufflinks. And, will share my messenger bag to you both :-)

      Thank you also friends for the loves: Rose, Hel1, Mike, Kevin, Kyra, Thomas, Scott, Ken and Fort!

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