Sunday, 01 February 2004
Pix Of The Day: Prof. JK Lacock & Braddock's Rd.
CREDIT: © Frank X. Brusca/Route40.net
WHERE: Pennsylvania & Maryland, USA. WHAT: road history of the early USA.
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The history of the development of the road system in what is now the USA makes a fascinating study. Our favorite resource for this study is Frank X. Brusca's 'America's Golden Highway™' Route40.net web site. After reading the historical background page, we chose the section on Braddock's Road, as researched by Harvard professor John Kennedy Lacock. This is a Route40.net exclusive: for the first time Lacock's photographs have been merged with his text.
The article is in six parts, profusely illustrated with postcards made from photographs commissioned by Lacock from Ernest K. Weller. The example we have chosen is 'Lacock Postcard No. 15. St. John Rock, Big Savage Mountain, near Frostburg, MD', from Section 4. Perhaps had we had the benefit of the Internet during our own school years we might have avoided the imprecation from history tutor 'Spike' Morlin that we should become plumBers… yes, he pronounced the 'B"! For years we have been accused of telling tall tales, but thanks to the Internet we are able to say that the facts have been recorded in a 04 November 2003 news release," The citation… notes that his teachers at Carlisle Grammar School suggested he become a plumber." Our own citation must still be in the works: we will let you know when it arrives!
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)