Nashville, November 1910. “George Christopher, Postal Telegraph messenger #7, fourteen years old. Been at it over three years. Does not work nights.”
The photograph and caption are both by Lewis Wickes Hine, who took thousands of portraits of young bicycle messengers and other child laborers on behalf of the Nation Child Labor Committee at the turn of the 20th century. Hine’s photos, and the work of the committee, are credited with influencing public opinion to the degree that in 1916, Congress passed legislation protecting children: the Keating-Owen Act.
The Library of Congress photographic collections house more than five thousand original Lewis Hine photographs, given to the library by the National Child Labor Committee.
For the past 12 years, posts about music on this blog have been rare. And on those rare occasions, those posts have been almost 100% about the members of Nickel Creek. (The reason for why “just them” is buried in those posts, somewhere.)
This post is the next in that rare tradition.
Six years ago at the Ryman, I shot this grainy video of Nickel Creek‘s last song of their last stop of their farewell (“for now”) concert tour. (Here’s my blog post from 2007.) Their first stop of their current “reunion” tour (fulfilling the “for now” foreshadow) will also be at the Ryman.
I’ll be there.
Here’s a preview of my review: “They were great.”
With my bicycling friend, John Darwin, who also enjoys riding his bike in-town, I often head out on a Sunday afternoon looking for things I’ve never seen in Nashville. These days, that likely means a new real estate development or some area of town I’ve heard about, but have never seen.
Four Nashville-related news items were lined up in my RSS newsreader this morning that seem appropriate for a St. Patrick’s Day blog post.:
- The Tennessee General Assembly is debating the meaning of the term “Tennessee Whiskey.” (Spoiler: Apparently, it means Jack Daniels). (Later: The Wall Street Journal examines the “What is Tennessee Whiskey?” controversy.)
- On Thursday, Tennessee’s governor is expected to sign legislation passed by the General Assembly that will allow voters in local jurisdictions to decide by referendum if wine can be sold in grocery stores starting in 2016. (Translation: Wine will be sold in Nashville grocery stores starting in 2016.)
- The restaurant editor of Food & Wine lists Tennessee Brew Works as among the nation’s six best new breweries.
- In April Jack Daniel’s will start test marketing a new cinnamon-flavored whiskey called Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire in Pennsylvania, Oregon and Tennessee.
I feel certain there is local news about something other than alcohol, but enjoy St Patty’s day.