As you might know, I’ve been working on a series of illustrations based on US states for Mocavo.com. Since Mocavo’s audience has a specific interest in history, we’ve decided to put in a few historical figures. For example, that’s Butch Cassidy there in the portrait. Yes, that’s right, I know Butch Cassidy *personally* and had him sit and pose for me. He was kind of fidgety.

I learned some interesting facts on researching this one, not least of which is the origin of that traditional beehive shape that you see on the left. I was wondering about this because whenever I actually see a beehive, it’s always a wooden box. Originally beehives were made of overturned baskets called “skeps,” and according to Wikipedia they have been used as such for over 2000 years.

(My co-workers like to tease me by saying that I’ll be a real charmer at dinner parties after I finish all 50 states. I already dole out random information a little too often, but just think of how many marginally useful facts I will have collected by then!)

As a side note, I was thinking of posting these once per month until I realized that it would take over four years to get through them all. It would take almost a year with a weekly schedule. So I’m going to keep to just a few highlights, and let you imagine the rest.


  • 1. This work was created for Mocavo, inc, who holds all rights to the image and has generously allowed me to post for non-commercial promotional purposes only.
  • 2. Butch Cassidy reference: Photo from the studio of John Schwartz, copyright 1900. Source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wildbunchlarge.jpg. Public domain via copyright expiration.
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