“What is it that induceth you, what stirs you up to believe, or who told you that white signifieth faith, and blue constancy? An old paltry book, say you, sold by the hawking pedlars and balladmongers, entitled The Blason of Colours. Who made it? Whoever it was, he was wise in that he did not set his name to it. But, besides, I know not what I should rather admire in him, his presumption or his s...ottishness. His presumption and overweening, for that he should without reason, without cause, or without any appearance of truth, have dared to prescribe, by his private authority, what things should be denotated and signified by the colour: which is the custom of tyrants, who will have their will to bear sway in stead of equity, and not of the wise and learned, who with the evidence of reason satisfy their readers. His sottishness and want of spirit, in that he thought that, without any other demonstration or sufficient argument, the world would be pleased to make his blockish and ridiculous impositions the rule of their devices.” - Rabelais
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Monday, May 14, 2012
Heraldry In and Around Dallas, Texas (circa 1998)
Having done beverage heraldry in the previous post, I thought I’d do some food heraldry in this one.
These are the arms of La Tasca Española, a Tex-Mex and Spanish cuisine restaurant north of downtown Dallas. Their coat of arms logo even looks Spanish, doesn't it? (Despite being painted on the squarer French-style shield.)
Surprisingly enough, given how much turnover there is in restaurants in the area, La Tasca Española is still open for business today, so if you ever get a hankin’ (as we say down here) for some decent Tex-Mex cuisine, now you know where to find it.
And to help you get there, here’s the logo of the Phillips 66 brand of gasoline. (Or petrol, for my British friends.) Gules the numbers 66 and on a chief argent the word Phillips sable.
The Phillips Petroleum Company was founded in 1917 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and is now a part of the ConocoPhillips Company. (Not unlike how Dallas-based Mobil Oil Corporation is now a part of ExxonMobil. If this keeps up, some day there will be only one gasoline company in the world, but it’ll have a really, really long name!) In 1927, the company was testing a new formulation of gasoline in a car on U.S. Highway 66. (Yes, the "Route 66" of song.) The car was doing 66 miles per hour (106 km/h). So they decided to name the new fuel Phillips 66 and placed the name on the same shield shape as those marking U.S. highways. And we’ve been stuck with that name ever since.