Wednesday, November 22, 2006

red tape

the original red tape
Originally uploaded by suttonhoo.
In Springfield, IL they've reconstructed the state capitol as it stood when Lincoln was there, doing his thing, before he headed off to Washington.

The building is populated with antiques from the time period -- this is one of those -- an original stack of bureaucratic paperwork bound with red tape.

This tradition, supposedly, is where the term comes from.

1 comment:

Lasse said...

Thank you for clearing that up! I did not know -and always wondered where that phrase came from.
...and even with the perfect illustration!

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