On This Day 19 September
By TheBoldAge. Published 2020-09-19
In 1893 NZ was the first country to grant full voting rights to women; in 1941 all Jews in German-occupied lands were ordered to wear the Star of David; in 1950 China's membership to the UN was rejected; in 1975 Fawlty Towers aired for the first time. In 1960 Grandma Moses' 100th birthday was celebrated by Life magazine.
Anna Mary Robertson - Grandma Moses
Born on the 7th of September, 1860 she didn't begin professionally painting until the age of 78. Since then her works have been featured on greeting cards, stamps and are sitting in some of the biggest museums in the world.
She started working as a housekeeper at the age of 12 with one of her employers noticing her appreciation for prints by Currier and Ives and she was given materials to draw with. On the 19th of September, 1960, her 100th birthday was celebrated by Life magazine.
The New York Times said of her: "The simple realism, nostalgic atmosphere and luminous color with which Grandma Moses portrayed simple farm life and rural countryside won her a wide following. She was able to capture the excitement of winter's first snow, Thanksgiving preparations and the new, young green of oncoming spring... In person, Grandma Moses charmed wherever she went. A tiny, lively woman with mischievous gray eyes and a quick wit, she could be sharp-tongued with a sycophant and stern with an errant grandchild."
Other events on this day
- 1893: New Zealand became the first country to grant the right to vote to women
- 1941: Jews in all German-occupied lands are ordered to wear the yellow Star of David
- 1950: the UN rejected China's membership
- 1960: Grandma Moses' 100th birthday celebrated in Life magazine
- 1975: Fawlty Towers aired for the first time