The Day-Glo Brothers
·You know those fluorescent oranges and yellows and greens that you see every day on traffic cones, safety vests, highlighters, and so on? A hundred years…
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Inside the Day-Glo wonderland of the 'Cosmic Cavern' in Portland
"Forget the 1990s, this fall Portland is going back to those chaotic Day-Glo 1980s. That's the scene at the Portland Art Museum, at least, where Kenny Scharf's "Cosmic Cavern" is illuminating people with loads of blacklight neon paint."
"Speaking of cupcakes... whenever anything remotely good happens at Charlesbridge -- a book wins a major award, someone has a baby, a brand new episode of Lost -- the staff at the Bridge tends to celebrate. Never met an office-full of people so ready to stop, drop, and gather in the conference room for some chips and dip. Or, in this case, Day-Glo cupcakes."
"But the most exciting part of all -- as always -- was Monday morning and the awards announcements. This year Charlesbridge got to scream real loud (just like on Pee Wee's Playhouse). The Day-Glo Brothers by Chris Barton and illustrated by Tony Persiani, was named a Sibert Honor Book."
DayGlo Color Corp. factory to learn how they make the famous fluorescent paints that light up traffic cones, black light posters, hula-hoops and so much more. In the 1950’s, DayGlo founders Bob and Joe Switzer developed a unique pigment production process that led to a boom in their fluorescent paint business and, more recently, earned their company a 2012 ACS National Historic Chemical Landmark. Check out the video to learn what makes fluorescent colors so vivid.
Day-Glo: the brand
"In the past, it was never possible to photographically reproduce fluorescent colors, because the dyes used in photographic prints were not fluorescent. With the rise of digital photography, however, fluorescent colored objects can now be reproduced in photographs, so long as they’re viewed on RGB color monitors—which do have fluorescent phosphors."
Day-Glo: the brand
"The compound word, “Day-Glo” —the name of the Cleveland-based manufacturer of fluorescent pigments—is one of those brand names that are almost too catchy for their own good. Easier to spell than “fluorescent,” Day-Glo could easily become the generic term used to describe any brand of fluorescent pigment. Day-Glo®, however, was the company founded by Robert and Joseph Switzer, the brothers who in 1937 invented and patented this new, brighter kind of color."
"Earlier this month intermediate students were introduced to the newest Rebecca Caudill and Bluestem award books by Mrs. Domek, LMC Director. A popular Bluestem book, The Day-Glo Brothers by Chris Barton, was especially liked by Julian P. Julian just happened to be wearing Day-Glo colors the day the book was introduced!"
When I sign copies of The Day-Glo Brothers, I like to use daylight-fluorescent paint pens — orange and green, specifically. The thing is, they come in three-packs that include a yellow pen, and brilliant as those yellow ones are, I just don’t think that signatures made with them would be quite as dazzling as those made with orange or green. So, I’ve accumulated 10 of them, and I’m going to give the whole bunch of them away.
Homeschool Happymess: A Naturally Inspiring Approach to Education
"We began our research the old-fashioned way, at the library. The SolarNauts chose books on energy, renewable energy sources and experiments with light and electricity. We read these books both as a group and individually. Unexpected Favorite Book: The Day-Glo Brothers, by Chris Barton."
The Day-Glo Brothers: The True Story of Bob and Joe Switzer's Bright Ideas and Brand-New Colors | IndieBound.org
The Day-Glo Brothers The True Story of Bob and Joe Switzer's Bright Ideas and Brand-New Colors By Chris Barton; Tony Persiani (Illustrator) (Charlesbridge Publishing, Hardcover, 9781570916731, 48pp.) Publication Date: July 2009