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The Five Pointed Star On Houses...What is it ?

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by Joe Strummer, Dec 27, 2012.

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  1. Joe Strummer

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    I've noticed these more + more.
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    Originally,I thought this was an ornament to
    indicate an authentic colonial aged home.
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    But I see them a on all aged homes, now.
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    So what is it ?.....do you have one on your house ?
     
  2. captainron62

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    Its just "Americana" decoration. They are very big outside the city where I live, they have been for a few years or so.
     
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  4. Joe Strummer

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    Hmmm....I was sort of onto it about "older homes".
    Anchor plate = makes sense - for structure purposes w/ masonry.
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    But I've seen them on wood framed houses, too.
    So, Capt. Ron might be right "Americana ornamentation".
     
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    So people liked the look of the real stars used as anchors, and started using them for ornamentation instead of function. It's the evolution of design, always has been:peace:
     
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    People had to find something; hula hoops were getting old hat!

    Jimbo338
     
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    The star you're talking about was originally called the "barn star". It is believed to be something started by the Pennsylvania Dutch where they would tack the stars over the barn doors for good luck (good crops, healthy animals, etc.) The star slowly emerged as a good luck symbol for any and all residences and has now become a big "decor" thing countrywide.
     
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    It was really funny when I went to Cuba and saw a bunch of the same type of star (I'm Canadian, so I can go there :) ). For them it's a communist symbol.
     
  9. Joe Strummer

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    Ipearl,
    When did you visit Cuba ?
    You should post a thread about your trip -
    I'd love to hear about !:nworthy:
    If I was able to travel to Cuba - I would.
     
  10. lpearl

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    I'll just do a post here. It was... weird. We stayed in a resort in Varadero. Nice enough place, except the water went out for 1.5 days. The resorts were little enclaves of luxury, surrounded by, what seemed like, poverty.

    We went into the town of Varadero, into a grocery store. There was no advertisements. When there are no companies to fight for your money, there's no need to advertise, I guess. Also, in North America, you see 17 types of coffee on the shelf. At this supermarket, there was the same amount of coffee, but it was all the same type!

    We went to Havana. Really interesting. The first row of buildings along the main roads looked normal. The buildings in behind were run down. Some of them were missing walls! It was also neat to see the old US buildings there. And of course, the cars.

    Overall, it's a beautiful country, and eventually the US and Cuba will probably come to an agreement, and billions of US tourism dollars will flow in. I don't think I'd go back though. It just felt... off.
     
  11. Joe Strummer

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    I had a childhood friend who's father
    had to flee Cuba --
    Castro would've killed him.
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    All those old Chevy's in Havana !
     
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    Isn't it just the US govt that bans citizens from entering Cuba? A US resident could fly to Canada, then fly into Cuba from there on a US passport. Never tried it so dunno for sure.
     
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    Here is a link to the State Department website:
    http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1097.html

    Anthony Bourdain visited Cuba for his show, it was pretty good, he didn't grovel too much. I believe the Cuban govt. allows some residents to serve meals from their homes in exchange for hard currency.
     
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