Detail Of Flame With Manhattan Skyline In Background - Statue Of Liberty, Liberty Island, Manhattan, New York, New York County, NY
Building The First White House, Washington, D.C., 1798. Modern Washington Is Served By The Pennsylvania Railroad
Edward Penfield And The American Poster
By Judith Maas Edward Penfield’s first poster for Harper’s in 1893 shows a man in a green coat absorbed in reading a magazine while being splashed by raindrops; the display type accompanying the figure is as matter-of-fact as can be: “Harper’s for April.” A 1922 article described this spare image as an “epoch-making event,” stating that “[u]ntil the days of Penfield America remained a complete stranger to the poster as a form of artistic expression.”[i] The solitary figu...
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...