From Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel to Coco Chanel

Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel (19 August 1883 – 10 January 1971) was the founder of the French Chanel brand.   Chanel, 37 years old Her mother died in 1895 when she was only 12. Channel’s father placed her and her 2 sisters in an orphanage where she developed her mythomania, indeed she invented a life concerning…

The Inventor of Bulb Light, Joseph Swan

Joseph Wilson Swan born in 1828 died in 1914 is the inventor of the incandescent light bulb. He demonstrated the light bulb in 1878 but received a patent only in 1880.   His house in England was the first to be lit by light bulb in the world. The first public building to be lit…

The Oldest book of the world

This is the Oldest Book of the world, The Etruscan book of gold, written 2673 years ago. Etruscans were an ancient group who moved from Lydia (now in Turkey) to central Italy nearly 3 thousand years ago, which gave the name of the city Toscana. The book was made for the funeral of an aristocrat…

Edgar Allan Poe, and the mystery of his death

Edgar Allan Poe, 40 years old, “Annie” daguerreotype, 1849, the year he died. Intelligent and feroce at the same time, Poe wasn’t appreciated by everyone. His friends were often shocked by his clothes excessively neat and his excellent elocution. He officially died on 7th of October 1849 due to a “congestion of the brain”. But the cause…

Victo Hugo and rebelion

Victor Hugo, Jersey in 1853, By Auguste Vacquerie Born in 1802, Hugo was a successful writer of his time and a political personality. His strong opposition to Napoleon III and his “coup d’Etat”offered him popularity in France but at a price of an exile.

Miles Davis & Billie Holiday, NYC, 1958 by Dun Hunstein

From Cool Jazz to Hard bop and then Jazz Modal this tormented genius had to fight against a lot of demons before being able the shake hands with the devil and finally make peace with himself. Indeed, The separation with his first wife  Juliette Gréco in 1949 because of the shadow of racism in USA…