Friday, 4 July 2014

John D. Rockefeller Jr

John Rockefeller Versailles château
John Rockefeller Versailles château
 This plaque which is located inside the palace, reminds us all that without John D. Rockefeller Jr's generosity, the palace might not be quite as beautiful today... Pictured above, the Rockefellers father and son in 1915. Happy 4th of July to all American readers of VDP!

En ce 4 juillet, fête nationale américaine, il a semblé opportun à VDP de rappeler, à l'aide de cette plaque qui se situe dans le château, que ce dernier ne serait peut-être pas aujourd'hui aussi beau si John D. Rockefeller Jr n'avait pas été aussi généreux. Ci-dessus, les Rockefeller père et fils en 1915.

25 comments:

Revrunner said...

I had no idea. Louis would have been grateful. :-)

Olivier said...

de grands mécènes cette famille.

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Thank you for the wishes. Have you ever seen the 'men who built america' series? Here's a link, I found it fascinating.

http://www.history.com/shows/men-who-built-america

William Kendall said...

In terms of his philantrophy, the first thing that comes to mind for me is the resources he put into helping along national parks in the United States.

Sunnybrook Farm said...

It only takes a visit to Yorktown for one to thank the French!

Michelle said...

A very philanthropic family!

RedPat said...

I had no idea about this either! Wonderful, Ciel!

Small City Scenes said...

Thanks for the happy thoughts. I will not go insane. that was a slogan years ago meaning to not go crazy with fireworks. I think.
we are going to Neah Bay camping. We hope to visit the Makah Museum. We will be on Makah land. MB

Small City Scenes said...

Addendum: This will be next week. Tomorrow we are going to a rodeo and logging show. Kylee is riding. MB

Small City Scenes said...

More:
Makah tribes:http://makah.com/makah-tribal-info/

Gemma Wiseman said...

I too did not know of this connection. A fascinating post.

llandudnopictures said...

The old photo of them walking together is fantastic!

Dina said...

Well, another feather in the Rockefeller cap!

Thérèse said...

Il vaut mieux se souvenir de ce cote la de l'histoire...
Happy Fourth of July a ceux qui passent par ici et qui sont concernes.

VP said...

A perfect post for the 4th of July!

Birdman said...

1915, Dad born that year.

Stuart said...

I didn't know this about Rockefeller. Good for him. However, here I am sitting on the Champ de Mars waiting for the 4th of July fireworks. I wonder when they start and why no one else is waiting.

Sharon Anck said...

I didn't know that Rockefeller contributed to the palace. I've learned something new today!

Tanya Breese said...

interesting...what a great family...he also had a hand in colonial williamsburg http://www.history.org/foundation/journal/winter00_01/vision.cfm
i'm going to have to read up on them.

Tanya Breese said...

oh and thanks for that video, i was rolling, so funny!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Interesting post Ciel.. father and son made a striking pair n'est pas !

James said...

I knew the Rockefellers were philanthropists but I didn't know that they helped restore the palace.

Very interesting. I agree with Wayne about the 'men who built america' series.

Jack said...

I didn't know about his contributions to Versailles. Last summer I visited the Rockefeller home on the Hudson River in New York State. In the garage (so huge that "garage" is hopelessly inadequate to describe it) there was an exhibition of places that the Rockefeller family turned into national parks or made other major preservation investments in. Grand Tetons. Yosemite. St. John in the Virgin Islands. Colonial Williamsburg. Great Smoky Mountains. Acadia (Mount Desert Island). And more that I can't remember. His wealth was almost matched by his philanthropy.

Sally Tharpe Rowles said...

Thanks for the good wishes & for the interesting information !

EG CameraGirl said...

Amazing how Rockefeller money was spread around for the public good.