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Fireside Chats - FDR Memorial

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 8 June 2010 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered what came to be known as the "Fireside Chats," a series of thirty evening radio speeches between 1933 and 1944. Roosevelt urged listeners to have faith in the banks and to support his New Deal measures. The fireside chats were considered enormously successful and attracted more listeners than the most popular radio shows during the "Golden Age of Radio." Captured here is a sculpture by George Segal of a man listening to the radio in the second "room" of the FDR memorial.

Photo taken May 5, 2010.

SONY DSLR-A300 1/80 second F/5.6 ISO 400 50 mm

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MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Very unusual monument, it's using a very different language than traditional ones. Very interesting.

8 Jun 2010 8:21am

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

what a super looking / super interesting statue !

8 Jun 2010 12:27pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

I was just in a play and we had a radio just like that.

8 Jun 2010 4:09pm

Denny Jump from Easton, PA, United States

I like how you have this one composed. A little more to the left would have wiped out the man's posture - a little more to the right would have detracted from the expression on his face - you really nailed it Thanks for this one, Steven!

8 Jun 2010 4:22pm

Antoine from France

Superb composition and very good monochrome. Have a lovely afternoon Steven.

8 Jun 2010 7:46pm

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Again, this really makes a connection.

8 Jun 2010 9:59pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States


8 Jun 2010 11:45pm

Mohsen from Tehran, Iran


9 Jun 2010 3:59am

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

Really neat stuff!

9 Jun 2010 7:46pm

Dutch from Chicagoland, United States

These statues seem so real particularly how you present them in black and white where the metal fades away and you see the people.

10 Jun 2010 3:33pm

@Dutch: You were thinking what I was thinking, especially when patina was becoming very much apparent on the statues.