On the 21st of September 1987 Where’s Wally was published for the first time. A British creation, for some reason unknown to me they decided to rename Wally “Waldo” in America and Canada when the books were released there.
I didn’t know about the renaming until very recently, as Wally was always Wally here in Australia too! There have been some other regional variations, but he keeps his original name in Spanish, Catalan, Dutch, Italian, Polish and Portuguese.
Other versions include Holger (Danish), Hetti (Hindi), Fodhouli (فضولي) (Arabic) and Uoli (Уоли) (Bulgarian).
I know fads are strange, but I remember being just as obsessed with Wally as anyone else at the time. I have an excuse though: I was five in 1987!
English photographer George Davison was born into a poor family in Lowestoft, Suffolk on the 19th of September, 1854.
He began work at Somerset House in 1874, and an early investment in Eastman Kodak (known today as Kodak) made him a millionaire.
Davison’s photography was innovative, and after an early interest in naturalistic photography he turned to impressionistic photography – as demonstrated in his famous photograph The Onion Field, taken in 1890.
A personal favourite of mine is Oxford Street – A Wet Day captured in 1897.
On the 18th of September, 1837 Charles Lewis Tiffany and John B. Young opened their “stationery and fancy goods emporium” in New York City. Originally called “Tiffany, Young and Ellis” the name was changed to Tiffany & Company when Tiffany took control in 1853.
From then on, the company’s emphasis was on jewellery.
In 1870 they made their move to number 15 Union Square West, the building that can be seen in the picture below:
Tiffany & Company, storage area, circa 1887
In the store circa 1887. On the left is Charles Lewis Tiffany.
(Notice how many women made it into the picture?!)
Belgian inventor and horologist Jean Joseph Merlin was born on the 17th of September, 1735.
An inventor of a wide range of things, one his most unusual patents was for the world’s first pair of roller skates in 1760. Though they were little more than ice skates with wheels where the blades would usually go, it may well be one of his biggest contributions to society.
He also had an interest in automata, and his work took him to Paris and London.
Dying in 1803, here he is as painted by Thomas Gainsborough in 1782.
On the fifteenth of September, 1870, people lined up to be photographed at the planting of the first telegraph pole near Palmerston in Australia.
The Australian Overland Telegraph was 3200 kilometres long and connected Darwin with Port Augusta in South Australia. It was completed in 1872, and meant that for the first time Australia could connect quickly with the rest of the world.
People in the photograph include: Mr Palmer, Mr Burton, Dr Furnell, Dr James Millner, D.D. Daly, Miss Douglas, Mr & Mrs W.T. Dallwood, Willie Douglas, A.T. Childs, Captain & Mrs Douglas.