When: June 2013 (extended route back to Toronto after Bonnaroo festival)
What: Possibly the world's first photobomb.
I'll save you the time... according to Wikipedia, Navy Pier is a 3,300 foot pier on the Chicago shoreline of Lake Michigan. Built in 1916, Navy Pier is Chicago's number one tourist attraction.
Perhaps tourist trap is more fitting but what the hey, it was a beautiful early summer's day on sparkling Lake Michigan. Of course we were going to hang out at the water (particularly as Toronto's waterfront is so cleverly blocked by condos).
There was quite an interesting historical element to Navy Pier, if you looked hard enough through the overpriced memorabilia. I was particularly taken by the following photograph from 1921.
A few headlines sprang to mind when I saw this picture...
"Woman wins Apathy of the Year Award- Rewarded with bouquet shoved into sash"
"Wind changes during I'm a Little Teapot recital"
"World's first recorded Photobomb"
It's not until you read the caption closely that a whole new level of intrigue arises.
Mayor William Hale Thompson (that's the teapot guy) with Evelyn Slader, Queen of the Stockyard Districts (must be the cardboard cutout on the left), and one of the contestants for Queen of the Pageant of Progress, 1921. Who...? I must have it the wrong way around. Perhaps it's this way:
Or maybe the caption writer was as short changed for time like the content writers at my work who have been known to write "human not included" in a catalogue disclaimer.