Daffodils are in bloom and bluebirds chirp in the trees. I sat down to write a post, and this light-hearted quiz is the result. Enjoy! (Answers are at the bottom of the page.) 1. The Pulitzer Prize for an American novel was given for the first time in 1918, and Emilie Loring was nominated in … More Just for Fun, See What You Know
Were he alive today, Emilie Loring’s father, George Melville Baker, would be on all of the entertainment and talk shows. Funny and eloquent, George could sing, act, and keep an audience in stitches with one-liners and jokes. He was a Boston insider, connected with the movers and shakers of his day: Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, theater players, … More Baseball’s Original Cast: Tallymen, Base Tenders, and Strikers
The Baker family influenced popular culture in America for more than one hundred years, through newspapers, plays, books, short stories, and film. They were best-sellers in their time, known on the street, in the theater, and at the publishing house. But who remembers them now? Albert Baker was first. His father was a sail-maker in … More The Boston Bakers: 100 Years of Forgotten Best Sellers
One hundred fifty years ago, September 5, 1866, at 5 Chardon Street in Boston, Maria Emily Baker was born to George Melville Baker and Emily Frances (Boles) Baker. If there were an “On the Day You Were Born” greeting card back then, it could have included some of these… “Here are the headlines on the … More Happy 150th Birthday, Emilie Loring!
Emilie Loring didn’t have the official Father’s Day to celebrate–it hadn’t been declared yet–but she was close to her dad and showed it. “We children were raised on dramatics and quotations. It was Father’s habit to orate when he was shaving, and we could spout Shakespeare before we could spell. Besides being a publisher, he … More On a Day Like This, Her Father Was Near