Building The First White House, Washington, D.C., 1798. Modern Washington Is Served By The Pennsylvania Railroad
Detail Of Flame With Manhattan Skyline In Background - Statue Of Liberty, Liberty Island, Manhattan, New York, New York County, NY
The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum, and Matilda Joslyn Gage
By Candace May Paris The Wizard Of Oz The name of L. Frank Baum may not carry instant recognition, but his best-known creations, Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, the Cowardly Lion, and the Wizard of Oz, are American cultural icons. Baum created them as characters in his book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, first published in 1900. In part thanks to a musical stage version that helped publicize it, that first edition sold out quickly, with some credit also going to illustrator W. W....
“A Span, A Cry, An Ecstasy"
By Edward Moran The Brooklyn Bridge If the Brooklyn Bridge were nothing more than an engineering marvel, that would have been enough to insure its place in the pantheon of great American civic enterprises. It was more than the sum of its cables and granite, though, for it became a potent symbol of American entrepreneurial spirit, idealized by poet and preacher alike. Like Upjohn’s Trinity Church at the foot of Wall Street, the Brooklyn Bridge had been executed in soaring Gothic motifs, bu...
Elephants On The Brooklyn Bridge
By Edward Moran The Great East River Suspension Bridge It was an audacious project from the start. Fourteen years in the building, the Brooklyn Bridge easily catapulted itself into the ranks of the Seven Wonders of the Industrial Age. The Bridge was a triumphal mash-up of Gothic sublimity and engineering know-how; it was a fertile inspiration to preachers, poets, and painters; it was a seductive challenge to daredevils. The thrusting span, more than a mile long, was also a bumptious remind...