Friday, April 23, 2010

Photoblogging Friday - 16

An ugly week of earning reports from newspaper companies has ended and the only lesson to be learned is that which could have been learned from Trading Places: invest in pork bellies and frozen concentrated orange juice.

Yesterday I stumbled upon the American Memory site that houses photographs from the Chicago History Museum. The Photographs from the Chicago Daily News 1902-1933 is what got be thinking that it would be nice to include a photograph here for our traditional Photoblogging Friday feature.
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Clarence Darrow, DN-0077499,
Chicago Daily News negatives collection,
Chicago History Museum.
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The Chicago Daily News was an afternoon paper that published for a bit over 100 years and closed about two years before I finished getting my J degree -- essentially ending any chance I had of getting a good job at a daily newspaper in the Midwest (so off to LA for me).

The two photographs I've selected are of favorite subjects of mine: Clarence Darrow, seen during the original trial-of-the-century, the Leopold and Loeb case, and Ty Cobb, baseball's greatest hit-for-average star. Growing up in Detroit, Cobb was as a local hero -- until I learned his story and discovered the man was from Georgia and a true SOB.
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Ty Cobb, SDN-051967,
Chicago Daily News negatives collection,
Chicago History Museum.



But one thing you could say about Cobb was that he knew what to do with his money. Cobb started investing in Coca-Cola way back in 1907, the exact same year this photography of him was taken, eventually securing 20,000 shares and a couple of bottling operations. There is no record of Cobb investing in a newspaper company.

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