Archive for February 2014

Louis Tiffany: The Epitome of Beautiful Windows and Lamps

  Born today was Louis Tiffany. Precious  few of us, if any, Alone or en masse, Not aesthetically mesmerized by his stained glass. “Salvaged from the Laurelton Hall living room, this[“Spring”] is one of the Four Seasons window panels produced by Louis Comfort Tiffany c. 1899–1900. The four panels were exhibited at Exposition Universelle, Paris... Read more »

Montgomery Ward: Magnate Who Gave Chicago A Magnificent Gift: Grant Park

  Born today was Montgomery Ward Whose catalog  sold what  folks could afford. His fame in Chicago should never grow dark Since he helped to  preserve on the lakefront Grant Park. Postscript: In 1946, the Grolier Society of bibliophiles in New York named the Montgomery Ward catalogue one of the 100 books with the most... Read more »

Francis Galton: Perhaps the Greatest Innovative Scientist Most People Never Heard Of

Born today was Francis Galton. His views on eugenics, some folks may  find fault in. But you have to give  creds to this brilliant chap For his  fingerprint  ID’s and  first weather  map. [Galton’s first weather map in the London Times (April 1, 1875) for the previous day]   [Galton’s portable finger printing kit]

Galileo: The Father of Modern Physics

  Born today was Galileo. For him,  we  praise God,  Laus Deo. He told  the Church, “Sweet Mother Dearie, I favor the heliocentric theory.”

Jack Benny: 39 Forever!

  This is the birthday of  Jack Benny Who reputedly  saved his very first penny. Though his violin playing was rather discordant, In the annals of humor  he’s  soundly important. “Last night Jack Benny played Mendelssohn. Mendelssohn lost.” [Isaac Stern]

Grant Wood: He Drew the Universal From the Rustic

    Today’s the birthday of Grant Wood. The countryside  his neighborhood, The people he painted were subtly not hick. Consider his work called “American Gothic. “This familiar image was exhibited publicly for the first time at the Art Institute of Chicago, winning a three-hundred-dollar prize and instant fame for Grant Wood. The impetus for... Read more »

Abraham Lincoln: Freedom's Martyr

Born today was Abraham Lincoln. Two years of war with the  South got him thinkin’: “While we  save our Union from its  dissolution, Let’s also abolish its peculiar institution.”

Mary Quant: The Goddess of Mod

  Born today was Mary Quant: In her life fashion was paramount. Feminine legs  are much better overt And so she invented the  miniskirt. I love vulgarity, good taste is death, vulgarity is life” ― Mary Quant Being true to her principles, she was appointed in 1966  to the Order of the British Empire and ... Read more »

Charles Lamb: Eccentric English Essayist and Cult Favorite

Born today was Charles Lamb. A writer who must have said, “How lucky I am!” For had he not suffered from  bibliophilia He’d never have written the Essays of Elia.* *The pen name Lamb adopted for his essays. Warning: The following excerpt from Lamb’s “Dissertation on a Roast Pig” if read too often may cause... Read more »

Amy Lowell: American Sappho

  Today’s birthday is Amy Lowell’s. She was one of those poetic souls. At the start of the Great War in London she found And took over the Imagists from Ezra Pound. “The Imagists wrote succinct verse of dry clarity and hard outline in which an exact visual image made a total poetic statement. Imagism... Read more »