Happy Birthday, Abe!
|Statue of Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln Park, Los Angeles. Photo from Security Pacific National Bank Collection, 1937|
Today, February 12th is Abraham Lincoln's 207th birthday. He was born on this day in 1809. We have only a few places commemorating President Lincoln here in Los Angeles. Lincoln Heights, Lincoln Park, Abraham Lincoln High School and a few other schools, Lincoln Boulevard near the beach, Lincoln Savings and Loan (are they still around?) and many Lincoln Continental car dealerships.
|"Abraham Lincoln" by Kazu Tsuji w/Larry, Barnsdall Park Municipal Gallery|
This Monday, we celebrate Lincoln's birthday AND George Washington's birthday together on the third Monday in February. When I was a young public school student we had holidays on both birthdays. Combining these birthdays is a rotten deal. I would like to see the holidays separated again. And, what's the deal with all of these Monday holidays? I suppose it makes it easier for people to go out of town, 3-day weekends. It's also a perfect time to hold a big 3-day weekend sale at your chain store. Talk about commercialization! If one of these birthdays falls on a Wednesday, so be it. I think we should take that holiday off from work on the actual day!
|"Abraham Lincoln" by Kazu Tsuji w/Ellen, Gregorio Escalante Gallery|
Have a wonderful 3-day weekend, my friends!