History: James Montgomery Flagg born in 1877

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History: James Montgomery Flagg born in 1877

On this day in 1877, American illustrator and poster artist, James Montgomery Flagg, was born in Pelham Manor, New York. By the age of 12, Flagg was selling his drawings and cartoons to St. Nicholas magazine. At the age of 15, he was a staff artist for both Judge and Life magazines, two of the nation’s most successful periodicals. He studied at the Art Students League in New York City (1894-1898), and then in London and Paris (1898-1900). Flagg remains best known for a single painting, his iconic illustration of Uncle Sam proclaiming, ‘I Want You’ for a US Army Recruiting poster. Between the years of 1917-1919, Flagg produced 46 posters for the United States Government, including the companion watercolor for ‘I Want You,’ entitled Miss Columbia. Flagg’s Uncle Sam image is still used over and over. The model for Uncle Sam was Monty Flagg himself – a self-portrait. Flagg died on May 27, 1960 in New York.

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Today in History: American Red Cross founded in 1881

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Today in History: American Red Cross founded in 1881

On this day in 1881, humanitarians Clara Barton and Adolphus Solomons found the American National Red Cross in Washington, DC. an organization established to provide humanitarian aid to victims of wars and natural disasters in congruence with the International Red Cross. Barton had been known as the “Angel of the Battlefield” for tireless dedication to helping the sick and wounded during the American Civil War. She was in Europe when the Franco-Prussian War broke out in 1870 where she joined the International Red Cross to work behind the German lines. After her return to the United States, she organized an American branch of the International Red Cross. The American Red Cross received its first U.S. federal charter in 1900. Barton headed the organization into her 80s and died in 1912.

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Today is National Nurses Day!

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Today is National Nurses Day!

Today is the first day of Nurses Week, which begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12 (Florence Nightingale’s birthday). It is a celebration of the meaningful work that nurses do each and every day. In 1953, Dorothy Sutherland, an employee at the United States Department of Health, sent a letter to President Eisenhower recommending a National Nurses Day be created. Although Eisenhower did not make an official proclamation, people began celebrating Nurses Day the following year. Twenty years later, President Nixon made it an official holiday. Source: punchbowl.com

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Today is National Auctioneers Day

Today is National Auctioneers Day

We simply could not resist: Going once … Going twice … SOLD !

National Auctioneers Day is observed every year on the third Saturday in April. According to the National Auctioneers Association, it is estimated nearly a quarter-trillion dollars in goods and services are sold by professional auctioneers each year. The sales method is over 2,000 years old; in the United States, it developed during the Civil War. The rapidly punctuated chatter of some auctioneers not only gets the job done but can make it entertaining as well. Across the country, auction houses offer anything from livestock to automobiles. Sometimes, some very bizarre (and often quite expensive) items might surface, incl. a false set of Winston Churchill’s teeth that fetched over $23,000 back in 2010.

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Today in History: Lincoln is shot in 1865

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Today in History: Lincoln is shot in 1865

On this day in 1865 U.S. President Abraham Lincoln is shot. The assassin, John Wilkes Booth, wanted to revive the Confederate cause, mere days after their surrender to the Union Army, bringing the American Civil War to an end. Lincoln died the next day.

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Today in History: Joseph Christian Leyendecker was born today in 1874

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Today in History: Joseph Christian Leyendecker was born today in 1874

On this day in 1874, Joseph Christian Leyendecker was born in Montabaur, Germany. He immigrated with his family to Chicago, Illinois, at the age of 8. Showing an early interest in painting, he got his first job at the age of 16 in a Chicago engraving house on the strength of some large pictures he had painted on kitchen oilcloth. In the evenings after work, he studied drawing and anatomy under John H. Vanderpoel at the Chicago Art Institute. Years later, he and his brother Frank Xavier enrolled in the Academie Julian in Paris.

Upon their return, the brothers moved to New York, where Leyendecker had no difficulty in obtaining top commissions for advertising illustrations and cover designs for leading publications. He found a niche in fashion and merchandise advertising in the 1920s. Cluett Peabody & Company famously hired him to develop a series of images of the Arrow brand of shirt collars. Leyendecker’s images came to define the fashionable American man of the early 20th century.

At the apex of his career, Leyendecker was considered one of the pre-eminent commercial American artists. It is said that his technical skill was beyond reproach, he worked amazingly fast, and that his draftsmanship was perfect. Norman Rockwell at one time considered Leyendecker his primary mentor, as he heavily influenced Rockwell’s early style and was a true master illustrator of the 20th century.

By the end of his career, Leyendecker was a noted American illustrator and graphic designer who, between 1896 and 1950, had painted more than 400 magazine covers, most of them of an idealized America. He painted his first Post cover in 1899 and executed 321 more during the next 40 years.

Source: http://www.saturdayeveningpost.com.

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History: The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster strikes Japan

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History: The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster strikes Japan
On this day in 2011, a nuclear meltdown occurred following a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami. It was the worst nuclear accident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

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History: Russian Bolshevik Party becomes the Communist Party

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History: Russian Bolshevik Party becomes the Communist Party
On March 9, 1918, the ascendant Bolshevik Party formally changes its name to the All-Russian Communist Party. It was neither the first nor the last time the party would alter its name to reflect a slight change in allegiance or direction; however, it was the birth of the Communist Party as it is remembered to history. With this change, the cadre that had brought down both Czar Nicolas II and the Provisional Government that followed his abdication announced itself to the world as a communist government, and it would unilaterally rule the emerging Union of Soviet Socialists Republics until 1991. Source; history.com.

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Today in History: Joseph Binder born in 1898

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Today in History: Joseph Binder born in 1898
Joseph Binder was an Austrian-born designer whose influence permeated Europe and the United States. He applied reductive compositional principles derived from Cubism and De Stijl to his posters, including the one he designed for the New York World’s Fair in 1939. He emigrated to the United States. in 1934 and won many poster competitions, organized by the Museum of Modern Art, for such agencies as the National Defense, the United Nations, and the American Red Cross. He also designed covers for Fortune and Graphis magazine. In 1948 Binder became art director for the U.S. Navy Department. In the 1960s, Binder turned away from commercial graphic work and renewed his explorations in graphic works of art in the abstract style. His non-objective art was shown in international exhibitions such as in the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Museum of Applied Art (MAK) in Vienna. Source: aiga.org

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