Helen LaFrance is an American artist born in Graves County, the second of four daughters to James Franklin Orr and Lillie May Ligon Orr. Though the terms are confining, Helen is described as both an outsider artist due to her lack of formal training and existence outside the cultural mainstream and as a folk artist best known for her memory painting of the disappearing lifestyle of the rural South, she painted powerful and intensely spiritual visionary interpretations of the Bible, in a style that differed radically from her memory paintings. LaFrance grew up in a nurturing household under Jim Crow laws, which between 1876 and 1965 prescribed segregation and disadvantaged social and educational conditions for African Americans in the United States, her father owned and farmed his land, growing tobacco, black-eyed peas, beans and sorghum, in a time when sharecropping was customary. Her parents bought school books to teach her at home and, after her chores were completed, she drew and carved in her spare time.
Her artistic bent was encouraged from childhood and she always followed her mother's wisdom to "paint what you know." She went to school in fifth grade, but left to work on the farm. When her mother died, she left home to take various jobs in a hospital, caring for children, working in the tobacco barns and a ceramic factory where she decorated brand-name whiskey bottles. In her 40s, she made enough money to buy art supplies at the grocery store and in 1986 she began painting full-time. Not limited to two-dimensional media, LaFrance is an exceptional quilt maker and wood carver of animal sculptures and articulated dolls with handmade textile clothing, but it is her memory paintings that most suggest a common experience. "Simply described, memory painting is a visual history of reminiscences coming from a particular frame of reference." Her sense of time and place resonate with the memories of the viewer, pulling them in. With oil on canvas, LaFrance shares the traditions of family and church and the values she grew up with, recollections of coon hunts, fishing and picking cotton and tobacco, growing flowers and using their petals for paint, the general merchandise store, barn dances, the circus, fish fries, family reunions, church picnics where the community gathered together.
She witnessed the Depression, the stock market crash, the war in Vietnam, the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It is that blend of personal experiences and expressive artistry that makes Helen LaFrance a unique and an important American artist. LaFrance's work is represented in many notable public and private collections in this country and in Europe, including Oprah Winfrey, Gayle King, Bryant Gumbel and contemporary artist Red Grooms, her work has been shown at county fairs, at the Mayfield, Kentucky bank and public library, Murray State University, the Kentucky Museum, the National Black Fine Arts Show, Color, an art show sponsored by Oprah Winfrey in Chicago. Her depiction of workers rolling cut tobacco is included in the Van Nelle collection of tobacco art in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, purchased on a visit to the Kentucky tobacco barn where she worked; the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art holds examples of her work in its collection and featured her in a cataloged show in 1991 called "Kentucky Spirit, the Naive Tradition."
The Kentucky Folk Art Center in Morehead owns her work and has included her in its exhibitions. The subject of a Kentucky Educational Television program and other documentaries, she received the prestigious Folk Heritage Award for 2011, one of the Governor's Awards in the Arts presented by the Kentucky Arts Council, she is featured in a chapter of Outsider Art of the South. Her life and her work were documented in the award-winning screenplay by Marilyn Jaye Lewis, Tell My Bones: The Helen LaFrance Story. Today in her 90s, Helen LaFrance resides in a Kentucky nursing home and says of her days, "When I'm not eating or sleeping, I'm painting."
American LaFrance was an American vehicle manufacturer which focused on the production of fire engines, fire aerials, emergency apparatus such as ambulance and rescue vehicles. The company was located in South Carolina, it was announced January 17, 2014, they would cease operations. The American LaFrance Fire Engine Company was one of the oldest fire apparatus manufacturers in the United States. With roots that go back to 1832, the companies that went on to become American LaFrance built hand-drawn, horse-drawn, steam-powered fire engines. Founded in 1873 by Truxton Slocum LaFrance and his partners, including Alexander S. Diven as the LaFrance Manufacturing Company selling hand powered equipment; the International Fire Engine Company, corporate predecessor of American LaFrance, built some steam power fire engines between 1903 and 1907. Apparatus built by International included horse drawn steamers, hose wagons, hook & ladders to chemical engines, water towers and combinations; the American LaFrance Fire Engine Company was formed in 1903.
Its corporate offices and manufacturing plant were in New York. It operated a Canadian plant in Toronto, where it sold apparatus under the name Lafrance-Foamite, until 1971. ALF delivered its first motorized fire engine in 1907. Over the years, American LaFrance built thousands of fire trucks including chemical engines, combination pumpers, aerial ladder trucks, Aero Chief snorkel trucks, airport crash trucks; the classical style of the American LaFrance apparatus is recognized. Some of the company's innovations led to changes in the industry, most notably the cab forward style cab. In 1995, the company was bought by Freightliner LLC, a subsidiary of Daimler AG. Freightliner continued to utilize American LaFrance's original nameplates and designations including the Eagle custom chassis. Many of their Liberty products were built on Freightliner LLC Sterling Acterra chassis. ALF operated additional manufacturing facilities in Ephrata, Sanford and Hamburg, New York; as of 2005, they were the fifth largest manufacturer of emergency vehicles in North America.
In December 2005, it was announced that Freightliner had transferred the ownership of American LaFrance to the New York-based investment firm, Patriarch Partners, LLC. The headquarters and main plant in Ladson, South Carolina were not included in the transaction. However, Patriarch Partners were allowed to use the plant until early 2007, when DaimlerChrysler began using the plant for assembly of the Dodge Sprinter. Under new ownership ALF relocated within the Charleston, South Carolina, area in summer 2007 to a brand new facility, including manufacturing and corporate HQ, with nearly 500,000 sq ft of total space. On January 28, 2008, American LaFrance filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection blaming problems with implementation of a new IBM enterprise resource planning system. On July 25, 2008, the company emerged from bankruptcy with a revised business plan to transfer the firetruck body building portion of the business to the remaining Hamburg, NY, Ephrata, PA, facilities; the Summerville, SC plant continued to manufacture fire truck cab and chassis, but focused on vocational vehicles and the Condor vehicle line.
On January 17, 2014, the company announced. Eagle* Eagle Mid-Engine* Eagle SE* Metropolitan* Commercial* Condor Pumpers* Aerials* Tankers* Rescues* Ambulance* Wildlands* Liberty Refuse* Construction* Airport Service* General Utility Type 1 1903-1904 Steam-powered Combination Hose & ChemicaL Wagon Type 3 1906-1906 Packard "N" Two-Tank ChemicaL Car - only 1 built Type 4 1909-1912 Simplex based chassis - 2 built Type 5 1910-1911 First complete ALF motor fire apparatus - 4 cyl. Type 6 1910-1914 LaFrance Commercial truck Type 8 1908-1910 ALF roadster type passenger car Type 10 1911-1920 Improved larger version of Type 5 Type 12 1911-1925 6 cyl. 800, 900 & 1000 GPM pumper Type 14 1912-1926 City service ladder truck Type 15 1913-1925 1400 GPM Pump and hose car Type 16 1912-1916 Front drive aerial ladder truck Type 17 1913-1926 Tractor drawn - aerial, water tower, ladder Type 18 1913-1913 2-wheel front-drive steam fire engine tractor Type 19 1915-1928 1000 GPM Pump and hose car, 6 cyl. Type 25 1914-1914 Front drive, straight frame aerial ladder Type 28 1915-1915 Front drive service ladder truck Type 30 1914-1914 Front drive, bevel-gear drive water tower Type 31 1915-1929 2-wheel front-drive tractor Type 32 1915-1927 LaFrance/Model "T" Ford, Alf "F" series Type 33 1917-1926 Front drive straight frame service ladder truck Type 34 1916-1916 Centrifugal pumper Type 38 Previous entry not listed in reference source Type 40 Previous entry not listed in reference source Type 45 Previous entry not listed in reference source Type 52 1922-1927 "Village Queen" Model "T" Ford trailer pump Type 63 Previous entry not listed in reference source Type 65 19??-19??
400 GPM Junior pumper Type 75 1915-1927 750 GPM 6 cyl Pumper - large number built Type 91 1927-1927 500 GPM Pumper - Buda-6 cycl. Engine Type 92 1927-1927 600 GPM Pumper - Buda-6 cycl. Engine Type 94 19??-19?? Service ladder truck, Buda-6 cycl. Type 96 19??-19?? Same as Type 94 but configured as a Quad Type 99 1927-1932 GMC Cosmopolitan, Buick 6-cyl. - see 100 series Type 500 1941-1946 Narrow cab and body design Type 600 1941-1946 Narrow cab and body design 100 Series 1926-1929 Metropolitan 200 Series 1929-1931 Master 300 Series 1931-1935 V-12 powered, 312A 400 Series 1933-1938 Junior 450/600/475 GPM 400 Series 1935-1940 Senior1000/1250/1500 pump-in-cowl design 500 Series 1938-1941 New enclo
BZN was a successful Dutch pop group that had a string of hits from 1966 to 2007 on. Combining high productivity and a disciplined work ethic with an exceptionally good feeling for what their audience liked, the band achieved a thirty-year music chart presence in the Netherlands, to an extent comparable to that of Cliff Richard in the United Kingdom, rewarded by record-breaking numbers of platinum certifications for their albums. BZN recorded in English and French, but had success with material in Dutch and German. BZN started out as a pop-rock band in their native Volendam in 1966, playing early-Bee Gees-like harmony pop; the initial line-up consisted of Jan Veerman, Cees Tol, Evert Woestenburg Jan Tuijp and Gerrit Woestenburg. In the early 1970s, the band switched to hard rock and had its first successes, including a brace of Top 40 hits. After original lead singer Veerman left the band, drummer Jan Keizer took his place, the band made a musical U-turn and opted for commercial middle-of-the-road pop, adding female co-vocalist Anny Schilder and laying the foundation for their status as the most popular Dutch band ever.
BZN has had over 50 hits in the Dutch hit charts to date, are the only music act to have had top 40 hit singles for 26 consecutive years. Album chart presence was stronger, without interruption from 1977 to 2008. BZN's big breakthrough started with the song "Mon Amour", which held the #1 hit parade ranking for over 5 weeks. Outside of the Netherlands the band has had some success as well, amongst which several hits in South Africa and minor successes with their French-language songs in Canada. Through the years there have been many lineup changes, the most important of which have been the departure of Schilder in 1984 and in 1988 of the brothers Cees and Thomas Tol, who until had been responsible for most of the music and lyrics; the band remained successful, making their last major change in strategy when they decided to write in Dutch instead of English as of 2003. BZN are responsible for the initial success of singer Jan Smit, discovered by BZN at the age of 10 and went on to have pop and schlager successes in the Netherlands and Belgium.
On October 14, 2005, four members of BZN were recognized with a Dutch order of chivalry for their contributions to Dutch music history. On February 15, 2006, BZN announced they would do one final tour and call it quits; this goodbye tour ended 16 June 2007. Guitar player Cees Tol passed away in April 2018. In spite of having enjoyed limited international success, BZN acquired remarkable, record breaking numbers of gold and platinum certifications for their albums. Estimated worldwide sales of 15 million records resulted in a grand total of 88 gold and platinum records. Thirty different albums went platinum in the Netherlands, the band released platinum achieving albums in 22 consecutive years. Carola Smit – vocals Jan Keizer – vocals John Meijer – guitar Dick Plat – keyboards Jan Tuijp – bass guitar Jack Veerman – drums The Bastard Making a Name You're Welcome Summer Fantasy Grootste hits Green Valleys Friends We Wish you a merry Christmas Pictures of Moments The best of BZN 28 Golden Hits Desire Falling in Love Reflections Maid of the Mist Christmas with BZN Heartbreaker BZN live - 20 jaar Visions Endless Dream Crystal Gazer Bells of Christmas Horizon Congratulations Rhythm of My Heart Gold Sweet Dreams Serenade Summer Holiday'Round the Fire A Symphonic Night Pearls A Symphonic Night II The Best Days of My Life Gold & More More Gold Out in the Blue Tequila Sunset Leef je leven Die mooie tijd The Singles Collection Adieu BZN - The Final Concert BZN Top 100 Maybe Someday Waiting for You #24 Everyday I Have to Cry #17 Gonna Take My Mind Off Maria Mother Can You See me This Is What I Feel Rock and Roll Woman Bad Bad Woman #16 I Can't See Riding On Rolling Around the Band #20 Sweet Silver Anny Barber's Rock Love me like a Lion Goodbye Sue Djadja Mon Amour #1 Don't say Goodbye #2 Sevilla #4 The Clown #5 Lady McCorey #2 Felicidad #7 Oh me oh My #12 Marching on #8 Pearly Dumm #1 Rockin' the Trolls #4 Chanson d' Amour #3 The old Calahan #4 Blue Eyes #5 Twilight #5 Put on your Make-Up Just an Illusion #3 Le Legionnaire #6 If I say the Words #4 La saison Francaise The Summertime #6 Run Away Home #15 Waltzing Maria #27 La France Amore #6 La Difference La Primavere Wheels on Fire #23 El Cordobes If I had only a Chance Help me Yeppa
Rosa 'La France'
'La France' is a pink rose cultivar found in France in 1867 by the rosarian Jean-Baptiste André Guillot. It is accepted to be the first hybrid tea rose, its introduction is therefore considered the birth of the modern rose. As the cultivar was not systematically bred, its hybrid parentage can only be speculated, but'Madame Falcot' is considered as a possible parent.'La France' has globular double flowers with rolled outer petals and a strong sweet damask fragrance. The bloom form is high centered with up to 60 petals, that appear messy when opened; the flowers reach an average diameter of 9 cm. Their colour is a light silvery pink; the flowers in small clusters on long stems in flushes throughout the season. As the stems are a bit feeble, the flower heads tend to nod; the plant grows vigorously to 90 centimetres in width. As the mid green foliage is susceptible to fungi, the cultivar grows better in dry and warm climates or glass houses. Media related to Rosa'La France' at Wikimedia Commons Haudebourg.
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Leo Joseph LaFrance was a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who played 31 games in the National Hockey League for the Montreal Canadiens and Chicago Black Hawks. He was born in L'Isle-aux-Allumettes, but grew up in Coniston, Ontario, his nickname was "The Flying Frenchman" LaFrance played the position of Left Wing for the National Hockey League's Montreal Canadiens from 1927 to 1928, the Chicago Black Hawks from 1927 to 1928. His total NHL career consisted of 33 games played, 2 assists, 2 goals scored. Prior to joining the NHL, LaFrance was noted as a decent goal scorer with several minor league teams including the Sudbury Cub Wolves of the NOJHA, Iroquois Falls Papermakers of the NOHA, the Duluth Hornets of the USAHA and CHL, his best year in hockey was from 1930 to 1931 when as a member of the AHA's Tulsa Oilers he scored a total of 27 points. He retired from playing hockey following the 1935 to 1936 season with the Seattle Seahawks of the NWHL, his honors include being a member of the CHL Second All-Star Team in 1935.
LaFrance took a job as an electrician and estimator for the Universal Electric Company, in Duluth, Minnesota. He retired in 1969, he spent the rest of his life living in Duluth, spending time with friends and family, died peacefully in 1993 at the age of 90. Leo Lafrance career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database Leo Lafrance at Find a Grave Legends of Hockey - Leo LaFrance
La France (French newspaper)
La France was a daily financial newspaper in the 19th century. Founded in August 1862 by Arthur de La Guéronnière, the newspaper followed an editorial line that reconciled loyalty to Napoleon III with the reaffirmation of the temporal power of the Pope, it was bought in 1874 by Émile de Girardin, founder of the famous newspaper La Presse and a longtime collaborator of La Guéronnière. More respected than La Presse and "decidedly political," according to historian Tristan Gaston Breton, in the crisis of 16 May 1877 the newspaper fought the policies of Patrice de Mac Mahon and Duke Albert de Broglie; the paper had sections devoted to Fine Arts and Letters. Employees included Émile Cère. History The newspaper was funded by a group of MPs, industrialists and landowners; the newspaper did not have any connection with the government. Its financial administration was entrusted to M. D. Pollonnais, General Council of the Alpes-Maritimes, while Count Léo de Saint-Poney, prefect of the department of Haute-Loire, held the honorary position of chief editor.
Writers included M. Fiorentino as theater critic, columnist Louis Figuier on scientific subjects, Horace de Vielcastelet and Olivier de Jallin. In 1863 commentators thought that La France would be at great pains to pretend that it had all the secrets of government policy, that its most dangerous news was no more than indiscretions". During the period leading up to the Franco-Prussian War of 1870 the newspaper was critical of Prussia, whom it accused of preparing for war; the paper was directed until 1881 by Charles Lalou, a major financial adventurer, director of mines at Bruay, a boulangiste, a deputy for the Nord Department from 1889 to 1893. A volunteer in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, he was close to Émile de Girardin and became patron of La France until his death in 1881. In the 1880s Félix Dubois was a correspondent for the newspaper from Vienna. On 6 July 1895, Le Siècle's rival, La France, published a puzzle, close to the modern Sudoku; the headquarters of La France moved in 1883 to a large building at 142 rue Montmartre in Paris, designed by the architect Ferdinand Bal.
Sculpted by Ernest-Eugène Hiolle and Louis Lefèvre, two Atlanteans wearing lion skins and two caryatids symbolizing journalism and typography, to the left and right of the entrance arcade, supported the sign of newspaper underneath the first floor balcony. The building became the headquarters of L'Aurore. Citations Sources
Résidence Lafrance, or sometimes Résidence Lafrance is a co-ed dormitory on the campus of the Université de Moncton in Moncton, New Brunswick. It is named after the first resident priest of the Tracadie parish. With 160 rooms and 11 floors it is the largest residence at the university; the building is one of the original structures built for the opening of the university in 1962. At 11 floors the residence is one of the tallest buildings in Moncton; the building is sometimes called "the High Rise" because of this. List of tallest buildings in Moncton