Friday, February 23, 2007


Olivier said...

Le brooklyn Bridge est vraiment superbe, j'aime bien la vue depuis brooklyn au "Fulton Ferry Landing".
c'est vraiment un pont mytique. connais tu l'histoire de Barnum et des elephants qui ont testes le pont ? Bon Weekend

Brooklyn Bridge is really superb, I like the sight from Brooklyn in “Fulton Ferry Landing”. it is really a bridge mytic. you know it history of Barnum and elephants which have test the bridge? Good Weekend

Lori said...

Hi Olivier,

Non, je ne connais pas l'histoire de Barnum et des elephants sur le pont! Je vais le rechercher sur l'internet.


Olivier said...

Barnum et les elephants sur le brooklyn bridge

une couverture du New Yorker (j'adore les couvertures de ce journal)


j'avais pose la question a la librairie du congres, et j'ai eut la reponse

"Thank you again for your query and for using Ask a Librarian (< >), the online reference service of the Library of Congress. We appreciate your patience while we researched the answer to your question.

Yes, this story is true. As the historian David McCullough notes in his book The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1972; reprinted with a new introduction by the author, 2001; Library of Congress call number: TG25.N53 M32 2001), “In May of 1884, P.T. Barnum, ‘in the interest of the dear public,’ took a herd of twenty-one elephants, including the famous ‘Jumbo,’ over the bridge to Brooklyn and thereupon declared that he, too, was now perfectly satisfied as to the solidity of the masterpiece” (page 502).

Recently two children’s books have been published about this episode, which you may be able to obtain in a library or through an online bookseller such as < >:

Prince, April Jones, with illustrations by Francois Roca. Twenty-One Elephants and Still Standing. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2005.
Library of Congress call number: PZ7.P93585 Tw 2005
Publisher description: < >

Bildner, Phil, with illustrations by LeUyen Pham. Twenty-One Elephants. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2004.
Library of Congress call number: PZ7.B4923 Twe 2004
Publisher description: < >"

Je pensais que c'etait une legende mais non

Lori said...

Thanks Olivier!

J'adore les couvertures du New Yorker aussi. Celui-là avec les éléphants est vraiment bon. Merci de trouver cette intéressante histoire. :)

Anonymous said...

Lori, I have the McCullogh book if you want to borrow it. NICE PIC! COL

Lori said...

Thanks Cathy, I'll have to borrow that book from you! :)

Sonia said...

Just stunning photo! Wonderful!