1. Ever wonder where the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles got their names? You know, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael? The creators who were making decisions about the names sat in a restaurant across the street from the Chicago Institute of Art and got to reading the names on the building as they talked....
2. Guess what writer Lewis Carroll(Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) did besides write Alice in Wonderland? In 1856 took up the brand-new art form of photography and even considered earning his living with it for a while. Dodgson was a well-known "gentleman-photographer" according to Wikipedia.
3. Photographer Lewis Wickes Hine's photographs were some of the first used to enact change in social laws. He was hired by the National Child Labor committee to document scenes of child labor. His images influenced states to prohibit employment of children under age 14.
|4-foot tall Sadie Pfeifer works with dangerous machinery in a South Carolina cotton mill|
4. George N. Barnard, the photographer who is famous for documenting Sherman's Civil War campaign in the South, also took this panorama showing the devastation of Chicago after the Great Fire of 1871 which killed 300 people and left 100,000 without a home.
|My sister Sandy enjoyed Paige's commentary on the photography|
5. Photographer Nadar (Gaspard-Felix Tournachon) was the first ever to make aerial photographs in 1858. His first flight in his hot-air balloon on October 4, 1863 ( he constructed the largest one in the world) was a big success. On his second launch the balloon crashed and he ended up with a fractured leg.
Next post: more from the fabulous art museum in Chicago
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