Brighton’s Victorian Silhouettes Exhibit

  1. Brighton Hook and Ladder Co.
  2. John Tanner and Henry Ford
  3. Pipp Children Fishing
  4. B.T.O. Clark
  5. Duke the Hereford
  6. Alvira Gilully
  7. Bessie the Holstein
  8. John McKinney
  9. Daniel Marsh
  10. Orson Quackenbush
  11. Alice Jolly
  12. Railroad Repair Gang
  13. Johnny Blessed

*** Be sure to right click and ‘Save As’ the coloring page from each Silhouette which is located at the bottom of every character page! ***

Article from the Livingston Press – Argus Daily:

Have you heard the story of John Tanner, the guy with the 10-foot beard?

“He would push his beard down the back of his shirt and down his pants, and people would pay him a quarter to see it,” Brighton Area Historical Society President Jim Vichich said.

“Tanner traveled with a carnival and showed people his beard.  He also had antiques he used for making money, like merry-go-round ponies and a Ferris wheel made with four benches and powered by a horse”, Vichich said.

Silhouettes of well-known figures from the past that tell odd-ball stories of Brighton’s roots started popping up around downtown this week.

The life-sized silhouette depicting Tanner with Henry Ford will be installed outside of women’s clothing store Beverly Raes.  Art guild member Rich Larson included Ford because he purchased a carriage Tanner had used to transport people from the railroad station to their homes or hotels – part of his day job – when Ford was collecting antiques for his museum and Greenfield Village.

Tanner’s silhouette is on of 13 depictions of people and cows artists in the Brighton Art Guild painted to celebrate the city’s 150th anniversary year.

All will be installed downtown within the next few weeks and left on display for three years, except for during the winter.  They will have biographical information and a QRC code vistors can scan with a mobile device to link to stories and photographs.

The Brighton Downtown Development Aurthority supported the project with a $6,775 grant, and local artists and historians donated their time.

Brighton Victoria Silhouette Exhibit Map