lions and tigers

What I learned about Patience and Fortitude (the NYC Library Lions):
  • Will be celebrating their 100th bday this month
  • Made by sculptor Edward Clark Potter
  • Patience and Fortitude are based on African lions
  • The lions original names were Leo Astor and Leo Lenox (named after library founders John Jacob Astor and James Lenox). During the Depression Mayor LaGuardia renamed them Fortitude and Patience for qualities he said would get NYers through the bad times
For these facts and more check out this NYTimes article. Photo found here.

Dear
Detroit Library, I am a little ashamed of you. Renovations I can understand, but the food budget!?


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