Monday, July 4, 2011

Twitter Ye Not - Gold Rush!

Twitter Ye Not - Gold Rush!

A regular piece for the Daily Mail Weekend magazine about how figures in history might have twittered or tweeted or whatever, had they the chance, inclination and technology.

In mid July 1887 the first successful prospectors arrived in Seattle, bearing gold mined from the Klondike and Yukon rivers. News of their find marked the start of the (short-lived) Gold Rush. Here, we imagine the Twitter feed for that historic time.

I have shown on the one side a prospector, panning for gold at the river's edge. He's based a little on Klondike Pete, the branding character from 1970s breakfast cereal Golden Nuggets (I remember them being delicious, but when they revived them in the late 90s I realised, to my disappointment and chagrin, that they were, in fact, filfthy. Sometimes, its best just to remember these things, and not relive them!).

On the opposite side stands Calamity Jane, just blown in from the Windy City. She was a real-life person, but I've chosen to show her as played by mental butter-wouldn't-melt actress Doris Day in the eponymous musical.

In front of them flows the mighty Klondike, behind them stands a mighty Canadian pine-wood forest (Yukon, Canada was, of course, at that time a British Territory).

1 comment:

Duncan said...

So true about the Golden Nuggets, I couldn't believe they were the same cereal I'd loved as a kid. Have you also noticed there are hardly any free toys in cereal these days - hardly expect them in my Alpen, but my kids are being denied their rush for the bottom of the bag.
Love the illustration too!