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The Models for ‘American Gothic’ Pose in Front of the Iconic Painting (1942)


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Above, you can see Wood’s sister and dentist–otherwise known as Nan Wood Graham and Dr. B.H. McKeeby–posing in front of “American Gothic” in 1942.

Open Culture
Mar 27, 2018

Excerpt:

The impetus for the painting came while Wood was visiting the small town of Eldon in his native Iowa. There he spotted a little wood farmhouse, with a single oversized window, made in a style called Carpenter Gothic. “I imagined American Gothic people with their faces stretched out long to go with this American Gothic house,” he said. He used his sister and his dentist as models for a farmer and his daughter, dressing them as if they were “tintypes from my old family album.” The highly detailed, polished style and the rigid frontality of the two figures were inspired by Flemish Renaissance art, which Wood studied during his travels to Europe between 1920 and 1926.

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Homeowners cry ‘fowl!’ over measure to allow city residents to raise chickens in Bardstown, Kentucky

Ann Rosalie Ballard gestures while asking a question regarding the draft ordinance that will create regulations to allow city residents to raise and keep chickens under limited circumstances. Ballard spoke in opposition to the ordinance.

“It’s like, if we allow chickens in Bardstown, then all of a sudden the Beverly Hillbillies are moving in as neighbors,” he said.

By Jim Brooks
Nelson County Gazette
Mar 29, 2018

Excerpt:

Ann Rosalie Ballard and several other downtown residents spoke against allowing residents to raise chickens, even on a very limited basis.

Ballard lives in the city’s historic district, and she focused many of her questions about how raising chickens will fit in the restrictions homeowners in the historic district already deal with.

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Urban versus conventional agriculture, taxonomy of resource profiles: a review

Bedding out. The Graphic, 1870.Click image to see larger file.

If cities can evolve to shoulder some of the burdens of their food provision, while concomitantly providing ancillary environmental, social, and economic benefits to the city with UA, then this strategy is worth pursuing.

By Benjamin Goldstein, Michael Hauschild, John Fernández, Morten Birkved
Agron. Sustain. Dev. (2016) 36: 9

Abstract:

Urban agriculture appears to be a means to combat the environmental pressure of increasing urbanization and food demand. However, there is hitherto limited knowledge of the efficiency and scaling up of practices of urban farming. Here, we review the claims on urban agriculture’s comparative performance relative to conventional food production.

Our main findings are as follows: (1) benefits, such as reduced embodied greenhouse gases, urban heat island reduction, and storm water mitigation, have strong support in current literature. (2) Other benefits such as food waste minimization and ecological footprint reduction require further exploration. (3) Urban agriculture benefits to both food supply chains and urban ecosystems vary considerably with system type.

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