Photo Prompt

Daily Photo – The Streets of New York, 1930

Photo — “The Streets of New York, 1930”

Use the photos posted in this feature for writing prompts, warm-up activities, drawing templates or as part of a photo analysis.

Social distancing wasn’t quite necessary 90 years ago as this overhead shot of 36th St. in New York City shows.

1930. “Overhead view of men milling about on 36th St. between 8th and 9th Aves., in the heart of the Garment District”. Photo Margaret Bourke-White

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Artwork

Daily Art – Fish Hall at the Central Market, Victor Gabriel Gilbert

Daily Artwork — “Fish Hall at the Central Market, Victor Gabriel Gilbert, 1881”

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1881 — Fish Hall at the Central Market.  Oil paint on canvas. Impressionism style. Victor Gabriel GIlbert (1847-1933). Private collection.

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On This Day

TODAY IS APRIL 27, 2020!

APRIL 27, 2020

Today is:


Marine Mammal Rescue Day — Not all critters that need saving have paws and fur.  Today is all about those marine critters, think dolphins, seals, whales, who need out help too.

National Prime Rib Day –Usually reserved as a roast made for holidays, why not give it its own?

National Devil Dog Day — Two thin slices of devil’s food cake with a layer of cream inside (which may nor many not be hot dog shaped) — time to treat yourself today!

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

MARY WOLLENSTONECRAFT (1759-1797) — English author and  women’s rights pioneer (A Vindication of the Rights of Women).  Also the mother of Mary Shelley (author of Frankenstein).
SAMUEL MORSE (1791-1872) — American painter and  inventor.  Worked with the telegraph and helped develop the Morse Code system still in use today.
ULYSSES S. GRANT  (1822-1885) — American soldier & politician.  Commanding general of the US Army in the Civil War & 18th President of the United States.
CORETTA SCOTT KING (1927-2006) — American author, activist, and Civil Rights leader.  Wife of Martin Luther King, Jr.
CASEY KASEM (1932-2014) — American disc jockey, radio personality and voice over actor (Top 40, Scooby-Doo).
CORY BOOKER  (1969) — American author, politician, and former Presidential candidate.  Junior senator from New Jersey.

 

TODAY IN HISTORY

1981 – Xerox introduces the first personal computer mouse.
1986 – The city of Pripyat is evacuated following the Chernobyl nuclear disaster that day before. It has been uninhabitable and abandoned since.
2006 – Construction of the Freedom Tower (now One World Trade Center) begins in New York City.
2007 – Israeli archaeologists discover the tomb of King Herod (Herod the Great), leader of Judea around the time of the birth of Christ.
On This Day

TODAY IS APRIL 23, 2020!

APRIL 23, 2020

 

Today is:

National Cherry Cheesecake Day — Be they baked in or layered on top, cherries do make the cheesecake much better!

National Lost Dog Awareness Day — Take some time to think about all those posters and fliers you see around.  Maybe today can be the day you help someone fine their lost best friend..

National Picnic Day — Even though for lots of us parks and open areas are off limits, who’s stopping you from throwing down a blanket in the backyard for your lunch break today?

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

JAMES BUCHANAN (1791-1868) — American politician.  15th President of the United States.
STEPHEN DOUGLAS  (1813-1861) — American politician and lawyer.  Known for being half of the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates in Illinois (1858); 1860 presidential candidate.
SHIRLEY TEMPLE BLACK  (1928-2014) — American actress, singer, dancer, and diplomat.  Former child star became a US Ambassador.
ROY ORBISON (1936-1988) — American singer-songwriter best known for his songs Only the LonelyOh, Pretty Woman.
MICHAEL MOORE (1954) — American documentary film maker, author, & activist (Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11)
JOHN CENA  (1977) — American professional wrestler and actor.

 

TODAY IN HISTORY

1635 – The first public school in North America, the Boston Latin School, is founded in Boston in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.  It is still an active school.
1985 – Coca-Cola changes its formula and releases “New Coke“.  Three weeks later, due to a overwhelming negative response it will be discontinued and the original formula returned.
2005 – The first ever YouTube video, “Me at the Zoo“, is uploaded by the user jawed.
On This Day

TODAY IS APRIL 21, 2020!

APRIL 21, 2020

Today is:


Big Word Day — “The objective of today is to use voluminous words while confabulating with others, with the intention of impressing those you converse with.”

National Chocolate Covered Cashews Day — Everything is better coated with a thick layer of chocolate!

World Creativity and Innovation Day — Whether it’s drawing, writing, playing with LEGO, or even building a backyard nuclear reactor, today is your day to let loose and shine.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

CHARLOTTE BRONTË  (1816-1855) — English novelist and poet. Eldest of the three Brontë sisters; best-known for writing Jane Eyre.
ELIZABETH II (1926) — Queen of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth Realms.
TONY DANZA  (1951) — American actor, TV personality, boxer, and teacher.  Best known for roles in Taxi and Who’s the Boss?
TONY ROMO (1980) — Former American football player (QB-Dallas Cowboys) and sportscaster.

 

TODAY IN HISTORY

753 BC – Traditional date for the founding of Rome by the twins Romulus and Remus.
1509 Henry VIII takes the throne of England upon the death of his father, Henry VII.
1918 – German fighter ace Manfred von Richthofen (aka “The Red Baron”) is shot down and killed in France.
1989 – Nintendo launches the original Game Boy portable gaming system in Japan.
Photo Prompt

Daily Photo – “Uneeda Biscuit”, 1937

Photo — “Uneeda Biscuit, 1937”

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In this “then and now” photo, we’re off to New Orleans where the billboard painted on the side of the building is still there after at least 83 years.  I wonder how long it was there before the original was taken? — [GOOGLE MAPS]

New Orleans circa 1937. “Dumaine Street at Bourbon.” Momma’s balcony scene. 8×10 inch safety negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston.

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Photo Prompt

Daily Photo – “Living Sign”, c1905

Photo — “Living Sign, c.1905”

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c. 1905. “A living sign on Fifth Avenue, New York City.” Brand ambassador for Dr. Rankin’s Dental Parlor, conveniently close to a candy store. Photographer Unknown.

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Photo Prompt

Daily Photo – “Diamond Battery”, 1919

Photo — “Diamond Battery, 1919”

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This is another “then and now” photo that makes history come alive.  I love the old storefront for a new type of business in 1919, electric motor batteries.  It’s also interesting to see how the buildings across the street reflect in the windows.  The building is still there, but the storefront has changed quite a bit. — [GOOGLE MAPS]

Washington, D.C., circa 1919. “Roy F. Carty.” Chief draftsman for the Shipping Board during the war, Roy went into business for himself in 1919 at 1407 14th Street N.W. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. 

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Photo Prompt

Daily Photo – “Broadway Advertising”, 1937

Photo — “Broadway Advertising, 1937”

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Here is a fun “then and now” photo, showing a Manhattan storefront in 1937 with the plethora of accompanying signage and distinctive architecture.  Today it is a very non-descript, generic Starbucks (See below) [GOOGLE MAPS]

May 7, 1937. “William Goldberg, 771 Broadway, Manhattan.” 8×10 gelatin silver print by Berenice Abbott for the Federal Art Project.

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On This Day

TODAY IS APRIL 15, 2020!

APRIL 15, 2020

Today is:


ASL Day — American Sign Language Day; learn some simple signs and open up a whole new world of communication!

National Banana Day — Celebrate that long, yellow fruit loved by monkeys and toddlers everywhere.  Try one fresh out of the peel or in your favorite recipe.

National Rubber Eraser Day — The unsung hero of test takers with a Number 2 pencil everywhere!

School Librarians’ Day — Time to toot our own horn.  We are the keepers of resources, and the finders of all the things.  Sometimes unseen and unnoticed, but always vital to the school community.

World Art Day — (AKA Art History Day) Appreciate some great artwork from around the world.  Countless museums are offering virtual tours, or check out this blog’s daily art section!

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

LEONARDO DA VINCI (1452-1519) — Italian painter, sculptor, architect, and inventor.
CHARLES WILSON PEALE (1741-1827) — American painter and soldier famous for his portraits of American Revolutionary leaders.
HENRY JAMES  (1843-1916) — American novelist & short story writer (The Portrait of a Lady, The Turn of the Screw)
NIKITA KHRUSHCHEV (1894-1971) — Russian general and politician, 7th Premier of the Soviet Union
KIM IL-SUNG (1912-1994) –North Korean general and politician. 1st Supreme Leader of North Korea
SETH ROGEN  (1982) — American actor, screenwriter,  comedian & producer (Pineapple Express, Knocked Up, Steve Jobs)
EMMA WATSON (1990) — English actress. (Harry Potter, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Beauty and the Beast)

 

TODAY IN HISTORY

 

1783 – The preliminary articles of peace ending the American Revolution are ratified by Congress.
1865 – President Abraham Lincoln dies after being shot by John Wilkes Booth the previous evening.  Andrew Johnson assumes the presidency upon his death.
1892 – The General Electric Company is founded in Schenectady, NY.
1924Rand McNally published its first road atlas
1947 Jackie Robinson debuts with the Brooklyn Dodgers, becoming the first African-American player in Major League Baseball.
1955 – A McDonald’s restaurant franchise location is opened by Ray Kroc in Des Plaines, Illinois, marking the “founding” of the fast food empire.