March 30, 2011
March 25, 2011
Amazing what you can learn from one little postcard! My great-grandfather, James F. Newell, was treated for rabies in 1911. He had to travel to Chicago and stay there a month while he got the injections at the Chicago Pasteur Institute, one of many such clinics set up around the world by Louis Pasteur.
Here’s the card, sent to Leo, his 13 year-old son.
The clinic was located at 812 Dearborn Ave (now 812 North Dearborn Street) in Chicago — looks just about the same today! Thanks to Dr. Bert Hansen of Baruch College, CUNY for the b&w postcard and for deciphering the word “treatment”!
And here’s a fascinating letter from the Chicago Pasteur Institute summarizing its success to date (as of 1908). Thanks to Caitlin Hawke of the Pasteur Foundation for sharing this. It is signed by the director, Antonio Lagorio.
March 17, 2011
I was curious about the imagery used one hundred years ago. Out of 17 different card designs, no leprechauns! Harps appear on 5 cards; white smoking pipes, scenery (esp. castles) and poems all appear on 7 cards, and shamrocks appear on all 17 cards. Enjoy!
From the Leo A. Newell collection, 1909-1912. From Sent from Ashland and Pleasant Plains, Illinois by Alma Newell, Bertha Newell, Uncle Tom (Butler), Aunt Mollie (Mary Butler Doolin), and Bertie (Alberta) Newell.
March 13, 2011
This time at the Addison Art Gallery, a beautiful little museum. This was the first time Leo got a stool to sit on while drawing
March 12, 2011
I noticed this plant opening and closing pretty dramatically, so I did a little time lapse movie. Photos were taken every minute and are played here at 1/6 sec. Thanks to all the folks (esp. Jupey) who show up in the background!
I used the program CHDK. But I wish I could figure out how to turn off the sound and minimize the time the screen is on. Anyone?
March 6, 2011
Leo finally got to meet one of the baby heads at the MFA after years of slowly driving past.
We went to see the new American Wing. Leo spent 40 minutes drawing the very first painting he saw — J.S. Copley’s “Portrait of H. R. H. the Prince of Wales at a Review, Attended by Lord Heathfield, General Turner, Col. Bloomfield, and Baron Eben; Col. Quinton in the Distance.” It’s huge — over 12 feet tall and 10 feet wide — just the thing to stop a little boy in his tracks.
March 4, 2011
Background info: These cards were sent to Anna Butler Newell in Virginia, IL or her son Leo Newell, who was sick for a long time. Ellen Butler McCready (aka “Sister Ella”) was Anna’s sister in Schuyler, Nebraska. Lena was a niece of Anna & Ella’s who cared for Ella’s children while she was home in Illinois on a visit. Jim Newell had his appendix out in Dec. 1909 and was in the hospital for a month.