Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Man's Crown of Distinction


This frontispiece by A. H. Winkler from a 1943 version of Webster's Encyclopedic Dictionary depicts an angel bestowing a crown honoring and recognizing humanity's achievements in understanding the world around them and the greater Universe. This art from a book in my collection is a bit of evidence that stupidity wasn't always considered a virtue in America and was in fact the opposite. The pursuit of knowledge and understanding was once held as a duty, a birthright and a gift of destiny.

3 comments:

  1. Oh, don't worry, stupidity is a global thing these days.

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  2. fyi:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/18529751@N00/4190010991/

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