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MITCH_090531_09.JPG: Mayor of the
City of New York
1914 - 1918
Born July 19, 1879
Died in the
Service of the
July 6, 1918
In Memory of
John Purroy Mitchel
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Description of Subject Matter: John Purroy Mitchel
This granite and bronze monument is known well to runners and walkers who enter its terrace stairway to the Reservoir at Fifth Avenue and 90th Street. The monument honors John Purroy Mitchel, who became New York City's youngest mayor in 1913 and was credited for ferreting out Tammany Hall corruption. He presided over the opening of the first water tunnel in 1917, which is the reason his memorial is on the Reservoir site.
After his failed re-election bid, Mitchel enlisted in World War I to serve in the Army aviation corps in 1918. He was killed only months later when he fell 500 feet from his plane during a training flight. Dedicated in 1928, the memorial's expansive granite stele was designed by architects Thomas Hastings and Don Barber. German-born sculptor Adolph Alexander Weinman created the former mayor's gilded bronze portrait bust. The Conservancy conserved the monument in 1986 and regilded the sculpture in 1998.
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2009 photos: Equipment this year: I mostly used the Fuji S100fs. I've also got a Nikon D90 and a newer Fuji -- the S200EHX -- both of which are nice but I still prefer the flexibility of the Fuji.
Trips this year:
Niagara Falls, NY,
New York City,
Civil War Trust conferences in Gettysburg, PA and Springfield, IL, and
my 4th consecutive San Diego Comic-Con trip (including Los Angeles, Yosemite, Death Valley, Kings Canyon, Joshua Tree, etc).
Ego strokes: I had a picture of a Lincoln-Obama cupcake sculpture published in Civil War Times and WUSA-9, the local CBS affiliate, ran a quick piece on me. A picture that I took at the annual Abraham Lincoln Symposium appeared in the National Archives' "Prologue" magazine. I became a volunteer with the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Number of photos taken this year: 417,000.