Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Bok Tower

Here are a couple of shots I took on a trip to Florida back in April.  I think the story about the subject of the pictures is more interesting than the shots so I wanted to pass it along.  Bok Tower is a tower created by a man named Edward Bok who immigrated to the US with basically nothing and went on to become a well-known publisher starting the Ladies Home Journal.  He had many other successful endeavors, but I think that's his most famous.  He decided to build this tower as a thank you to the country that gave him such opportunity.  The tower is located on the highest point in Florida - which is not saying much since Fl is pretty flat - outside of the Orlando area at a place called Lake Wales.  It's a very picturesque place for those with better skills than me, hehe.  Hey, I was there in the middle of the day, what can I say?  Anyway, the following about Edward Bok is from boktowergardens.org:

"Edward William Bok (1863-1930), American editor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, was born in Den Helder, Netherlands, on October 9, 1863. He came to the United States at the age of six. Educated in the Brooklyn Public Schools, he became an office boy with the Western Union Telegraph Company in 1876.

Continuing his education at a night school, he began working for Henry Holt and Company, publishers, in 1882. Two years later he became associated with Charles Scribner’s Sons, publishers, eventually becoming advertising manager. He was the editor of The Brooklyn Magazine from 1884 to 1887. In 1886, he founded The Bok Syndicate Press, which led to the offer of the editorship of The Ladies’ Home Journal in 1889.

Under his management, The Ladies’ Home Journal became one of the most successful and influential publications in America and the first magazine in the world to have one million subscribers. Bok was a champion of social causes, a pioneer in the field of public sex education, prenatal education and childcare, and an environmental activist in public health and the saving of Niagara Falls.

Bok also had a great influence on American architecture. He was a leader of the Arts and Crafts movement at the turn of the century and was the first to call Victorian parlors “living rooms.” Frank Lloyd Wright Jr. was one of the new architects Bok promoted by making his house plans available to the public in the Journal.

After 30 years as editor he retired in 1919. A year later he published The Americanization of Edward Bok, which won the Gold Medal of the Academy of Political and Social Science and the Joseph Pulitzer Prize for best autobiography."

You can also read more about the tower here:  http://boktowergardens.org/the-tower

Thanks for dropping by!


  1. I like the monochrome version framed by the trees, nice work Evan

  2. Thanks Mike! I think I like that one better as well. Thanks for dropping by!


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