Category: Arts

April 2nd Birthday Love: Hans Christian Andersen

Prolific fairy tale spinner Hans Christian Andersen was born on this day April 2, 1805 in Odense, Denmark, and wrote some of the most loved children’s stories of all time, including The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Little Mermaid, The Nightingale, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, The Red Shoes, The Princess and the Pea, The Snow Queen, The …

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April 1st Birthday Love: Toshiro Mifune

Today is the birthday of the Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune, who was born on April 1, 1920 in Qingdao, Shandong, China, where his parents were Japanese Methodist missionaries. He grew up working in his dad’s photography shop and his knowledge of photography helped land him a position in Aerial Photography in the Imperial Japanese Army around the year 1939.  In …

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March 27th Birthday Love: Frank O’Hara

“I am the least difficult of men. All I want is boundless love.”-Frank O’Hara Frank O’Hara was born on March 27th, 1926 in Baltimore, Maryland, and was known for being a leader in the non-formal “New York School” of art, which included a group of New York writers and artists active in the ’50’s and …

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March 26th Birthday Love: Gregory Corso

“My music is built in—it’s already natural. I don’t play with the meter.” – Gregory Corso Speaking of birthday love for Beat poets, today is the birthday of the author Gregory Corso, who was born in New York City on March 26, 1930 and passed away on January 17, 2001 at the age of 70.  He …

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March 25th Birthday Love: Aretha Franklin

Singer/songwriter Aretha Franklin was born on March 25th, 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee, then the family moved to Buffalo, New York when she was two. When she was about five years old, the family moved to Detroit where she was raised. She grew up around music; her mother, Barbara Franklin, was a piano player and vocalist, and …

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March 24th Birthday Love: Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Today is the birthday of the American poet Lawrence Monsanto Ferlinghetti,.  He was born March 24, 1919 in Bronxville, New York. In 1953, he moved to San Francisco with his wife, Selden Kirby-Smith.  There, he and Peter D. Martin of City Lights magazine started City Lights Bookstore, and thus began Ferlinghetti’s central role in the rising of the Beat movement as the store …

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March 10th Birthday Love: Toni Frissell

Although she spent her early years in acting and advertising, Toni Frissell is well known for her informal portrait photographs and fashion photography. Frissell was born on this day March 10, 1907 in Manhattan, New York. During WWII, Frissell volunteered for the American Red Cross, Women’s Army Corps, and Eighth Army Air Force, providing countless …

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February 16th Birthday Love: Esther Bubley

Born in Phillips, Wisconsin in 1921, photographer Esther Bubley captured the magic in the everyday in her camera lens. She was a thriving photojournalist and documentary photographer, especially in the 40s, 50s, and 60s, contributing to the likes of Life magazine and the “How America Lives” series in the Ladies’ Home Journal. Her intimate portraits of a …

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February 14th Birthday Love: Plinio Colombi

Swiss painter and graphic designer Plinio Colombi was born on this day February 14, 1873 in Bellinzona, Switzerland. Colombi first studied architecture at Technikum Winterthur, but later he switched his studies to the arts. He has painted numerous natural scenes and worked as a Swiss poster artist and graphic designer. Colombi died on September 22, …

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February 11th Birthday Love: Elsa Beskow

Elsa Beskow has written and illustrated over 40 published children’s books, and is a beloved storyteller in her home country of Sweden, where she was born on February 11, 1874. Having entertained scores of children as well as adults for over a hundred years, Beskow is also known as the ‘Beatrix Potter’ of Scandinavia. Elsa …

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