Washington Wire

September 1955
New Republic;9/19/55, Vol. 133 Issue 12, p2
The article focuses on the four separate times the American culture that has thrust up its symbols into the heavens for inspiration, aid or defense. First, of course, were the church steeples. Then came the great lightening-rod era in the 1970's and 1980's; the copper points rise up in astonishing numbers on old farm roof-trees to ward off unknown mysteries. Next came the era of the peaceful metallic windmills, their clanking vanes pumping water for, the stock until the local REA, maybe, brought in electricity cheap enough to oust air-power. Lastly, the yearning TV antennae, stretching supplicating masts up as high again, sometimes, as the cottages on which they are raised.


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