Edmund Evans (1826–1905) was a prominent English wood engraver and
colour printer during the Victorian era. Evans specialized in
full-colour printing, which became popular in the mid-19th century. He
employed and collaborated with illustrators such as Walter Crane,
Randolph Caldecott, Kate Greenaway, and Richard Doyle to produce what
are now considered to be classic children's books. Although little is
known about his life, he wrote a short autobiography before his death
in 1905 in which he described his life as a printer in Victorian
London. After finishing an apprenticeship, Evans went into business for
himself. By the early 1850s, he had made a reputation as a printer of
covers for cheap novels known as yellow-backs. In the early 1860s,
Evans began to print children's toy books and picture books in
association with the printing house Routledge and Warne. His intention
was to produce books for children that were beautiful and inexpensive.
For three decades he produced multiple volumes each year, first
illustrated by Crane, and later by Caldecott and Greenaway.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
A bloodless coup d'état led by Gustav III was completed with the
adoption of a new Swedish Constitution.
Nat Turner led a slave revolt in Southampton County, Virginia, US, but
it was suppressed about 48 hours later.
The Army of the Republic of Vietnam Special Forces loyal to Ngo Dinh
Nhu, brother of President Ngo Dinh Diem, raided and vandalised Buddhist
pagodas across the country , arresting thousands and leaving an
estimated hundreds dead.
Philippines opposition leader Benigno Aquino, Jr. was assassinated
moments after stepping off a plane at the Manila International Airport
from his self-imposed exile in the United States.
A limnic eruption from Lake Nyos in Cameroon killed up to 1,700 people
and 3,500 livestock in nearby villages.
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1. In the manner of ice; with a cold or chilling effect.
2. (figuratively) In an uncaring manner
Wikiquote quote of the day:
People ask me... "What do you still bring from Hawaii? How does it
affect your character, how does it affect your politics?" I try to
explain to them something about the Aloha Spirit. I try to explain to
them this basic idea that we all have obligations to each other, that
we're not alone, that if we see somebody who's in need we should
help... that we look out for one another, that we deal with each other
with courtesy and respect, and most importantly, that when you come
from Hawaii, you start understanding that what's on the surface, what
people look like — that doesn't determine who they are. And that the
power and strength of diversity, the ability of people from everywhere
... whether they're black or white, whether they're Japanese-Americans
or Korean-Americans or Filipino-Americans or whatever they are, they
are just Americans, that all of us can work together and all of us can
join together to create a better country. And it's that spirit, that
I'm absolutely convinced, is what America is looking for right now.
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