|Gertrude McFuz - Dr. Seuss|
|Thing1 and Thing2|
One of my fellow sepians, Brett Payne, photo sleuth, wrote this week about the Brownie camera. I learned from him that the brand name came from the characters created by a Canadian cartoonist and artist Palmer Cox. Palmer wrote many Brownie books, popular in the late 1800's, early 1900's. I was surprised to find out that the cameras were marketed to children. I think the Brownies look a little Seuss-like with their big eyes and long feet. The expressions on the faces of Thing1 and Thing2 look a little like Brownie looks also.
You can read Brett's blog here
Palmer lived well for a boy from Quebec with an international life style not often managed in those days. He resided in New York, visiting Europe and maintained a studio in London, while producing a steady stream of illustrations and poetry for St. Nicholas, Harper’s Young People, Ladies' Home Journal, Scribner’s Monthly, and others. By 1905 he returned to Granby, Quebec, his birthplace to build Brownie Castle, a large, seventeen room house with a four storied octagonal tower. He continued working, contributing to St. Nicholas, creating advertising campaigns and publishing an elementary school primer, among other projects. He died in his castle in 1924.