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JUNE 29, 2018 | NATIONAL CAMERA DAY | NATIONAL WAFFLE IRON DAY | NATIONAL ALMOND BUTTERCRUNCH DAY

NATIONAL CAMERA DAY

National Camera Day is observed each year on June 29th.  This day commemorates photographs, the camera, and their invention.  A camera is an irreplaceable tool used to record and replicate memories, events, and people/places.  Before the invention of the camera, the only resource to document a vision was a painting.  There are very few who can perfectly capture the image of a person or a place in a drawing. The power of a camera provided many with a simple, inexpensive and fast solution.

George Eastman, also known as “The Father of Photography,” brought the camera to the masses.  While he did not invent the camera, he did invent many additions that improved the use, ease, and production of the camera, making it widely available to homes around the world.

The original camera was large and bulky but has now evolved into something that can be as small as a pen.  Cameras have many features and variations, making them appealing to men and women of all ages for personal and professional use.

HOW TO OBSERVE

To celebrate National Camera Day, snap a picture of something or someone you enjoy and cherish the memory.  Post photos on social media using #NationalCameraDay.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the origin of National Camera Day.

NATIONAL WAFFLE IRON DAY

Waffle lovers finally have their day of recognition on June 29, which is the day National Waffle Iron Day is observed.  Some people enjoy their waffles plain with syrup, but we like ours topped with berries, whipped cream, and syrup.  Who knew a simple machine would make such a big impact on our lives!

The waffle iron is usually two honeycomb-patterned metal plates hinged together.  A person pours or places the dough between the heated plates and then closes it to bake the waffle.  Other patterns are also currently on the market in modern time to reflect pop culture as the waffles are baked into famous animated characters and other shapes.

Waffle irons got their start in the 14th century in the Low Countries. Even the earliest designs that were used over an open fire would have elaborate designs such as coats of arms and religious symbols.

The first patent in the USA for a waffle iron was in 1869, submitted by Cornelius Swarthout.  In 1911, General Electric produced a prototype electric waffle iron.  The first electric waffle iron was available to the general public in 1918.

Nike Co-Founder Bill Bowerman, an Oregon Track Coach at the time, used his wife’s waffle iron to create a sole for footwear that would be light weight but also grip a surface.  This design would soon be called the “Moon Shoe” in 1972 and the “Waffle Trainer” in 1974.  His waffle iron shoe helped spur the growth of Blue Ribbon Sports / Nike.

Waffle iron makers today offer a large variety of choices from waffle irons that make very thin waffles to those that can make waffle cones.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Break out your waffle iron and give it a good work out.  Use #NationalWaffleIronDay to share your masterpieces on social media.

HISTORY

The origins of National Waffle Iron Day are unknown at this time.

NATIONAL ALMOND BUTTERCRUNCH DAY

National Almond Buttercrunch Day is observed annually on June 29th.  Buttercrunch is a combination of toffee covered with chocolate. It has a crunchy texture and a caramel flavor. Variations on the recipe include toasted almond sprinkles.

Making buttercrunch calls for a good candy thermometer and some cooking experience. Creating the toffee involves caramelizing sugar at high temperatures, which requires precision, timing, the right tools and safety techniques for a successful outcome. Buttercrunch can be served on top of ice cream or enjoyed on its own. Buttercrunch flavored cookies or cakes are other ways to enjoy the sweet treat.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Try this Almond Buttercrunch recipe or stop by a local candy shop for a taste of this sweet treat. Share your almond buttercrunch recipe here!  Use #NationalAlmondButtercrunchDay to share on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Almond Buttercrunch Day.

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