National Geographic : 1939 Mar
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE ITALIAN DELICACIES INVITE BUYERS AT THE CENTRAL GROCERY Staple goods line the shelves, but meat, fruit, and vegetables are sold elsewhere. Next door, at a village tavern, townsfolk drink coffee made on a special machine of glittering chrome. Each cup is prepared individually, by a process in which steam is passed through the grains. NUNS PATIENTLY REPAIR A PRICELESS GOBELIN In their workshop they ponder the correct shade of thread to match the original. Sometimes years are required to complete a restoration. The most famous tapestries in the Vatican, designed by Raphael four centuries ago, were woven on the looms of Flanders. Twice the exquisite hangings have been torn from the walls by invaders and spirited away. Despite mishandling, they were pains takingly repaired upon their return and still flash their rich coloring. New tapestries also are made here. When a particularly fine one has been finished, the Pope cuts the warp with golden scissors. 404 I-IFxt j~c yew . .