Tuesday, June 29, 2010

A Virtual Visit to Whitman's Brooklyn

I have to give a shout-out to a great new web site that was recently brought to my attention. Whitman's Brooklyn: A Virtual Visit Circa 1850 (now one of my Favorite Links, listed at left) has been created by Russell Granger, a branding/art director in the ad world with deep roots in Brooklyn.

Granger's family came over from England in the early 19th century and lived mostly in the Vinegar Hill section of Brooklyn. They played in a bad-ass brass band — the Brooklyn Brass Band. One of their biggest fans: Walt Whitman. (In case any of you don't know, Whitman grew up in Brooklyn, and spent about a third of his life here. He wrote for several local newspapers - and worked as editor of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle for two years, before he wrote and published the first edition of Leaves of Grass in 1855, which was published where else? In Brooklyn).

Anyhow, this family history got Granger interested in local history and Whitman. Something of a Photoshop guru, he has compiled some really stunning visuals of the Brooklyn that Whitman would have known and used his skills to make them all the more vivid. (See example above of the Fulton Ferry Landing in 1857.) Enjoy!

1 comment:

Nora Campisi said...

I have to tell you, I enjoyed reading your site. Very informative. Nora http://Back2Brooklyn.blogspot.com