Thursday, March 7, 2013

100 Years Later

I read an article recently about an interesting photography exhibit at the Dubuque (Iowa) Art Museum.  I was at this museum last summer and saw the American Gothic personalities standing over 20 feet above me.

The museum is fairly small but it has some high quality pieces.  It has some original Grant Wood paintings - he is very popular in Iowa.

I read that someone took about 300 photographs of stores, buildings, places, people around Dubuque in 2012.  These plates were discovered several years ago and many were developed.

Exactly 100 years later another photographer went around Dubuque and took pictures of the same locations with a similar camera.

The exhibition is called A City at Work - 1912 and 2012.

I think it would be very interesting to see a large collection of photographs showing the then and now of a town.  And if you are into history, you know that 1912 was a fascinating year in America. 

It was the year of the Titanic, an incredible American Presidential election, women's suffrage marches, the coming of the automobile in society and, if you are from Iowa, it was the year in which The Music Man movie was set. 

This takes place in River City (aka Mason City), Iowa, in 1912.  I worked in the real library that Marian the Librarian worked in - though it was the home office of an insurance company at the time I was there.

In any event, I am tempted to drive to Dubuque this weekend to see this exhibit.  It is a few hours from my house but, well, I probably have nothing better to do and it would probably do me good to take a little day trip to another town.

If I go - and that is a big if ... - I will take my camera with me and take a few pictures, too.

I may not see a scene like this but I have a feeling what I will see I will like.

Thanks for stopping by.


Marge said...

Umm, we are thinking of taking a little trip one of these weekends as the winter has gotten a bit long! Thanks for the info on the photography exhibit in Dubuque. That just might fit the bill. It's a bit further for us than for you, but still manageable for a long weekend! It sounds like an interesting museum.

Hilary said...

Oh that sounds like a lot of fun. I'd love to see such an exhibit. I hope you do go, Russell. I'm certain you'd enjoy it and I know we'd enjoy the resulting post.

Leslie: said...

That looks like an amazing place!

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