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Boulder’s Backdrop: A View Of A Million Words!

If a picture is worth 1000 words, are we considering that the quotation is post-col0r photography? Yes! The phrase came AFTER the first color photograph.

The short answer is “1861” and “1911.” Please  note that the answer is NOT “42.” If that does not make sense, please re-read “Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.” 1861 is the first color photograph, and 1911 is a likely first publication or use of the phrase “use a picture, it’s worth a thousand words.” March, 1911, AFTER the birth of photography, some smarty pants journalist, (a job prerequisite)  Arthur Brisbane  apparently said “Use a picture. It’s worth a thousand words.” In 1911 it was undervalued. A 1911 picture was probably worth 100,000 words.

Is this the Flatirons, or is it “a” Flatiron”? While we have the First, Second and Third Flatirons, The Rest Seem to Not Count! I think this is a FLATIRON, the First of a Number of Flatirons, All Providing Boulder With a Backdrop Unmatched on Earth!

The modern use of the phrase is generally attributed to Fred R. Barnard. Barnard wrote this phrase in the advertising trade journal Printers’ Ink, promoting the use of images in advertisements that appeared on the sides of streetcars. An ad by Barnard appears in the March  1927, with the phrase “One Picture Worth Ten Thousand Words”, where it is labeled a Chinese proverb. That shows an decline from 1927 to now, when we only get 1000 words from a pic. Pics have become so much the NORML that they are only worth 1000 words, not the 10,000 that a pic was worth in 1927.

Longs Peak in It’s Natural Setting In The “Range.”


Front Range South Of Longs Peak, WEST of Boulder.Arapahoe Peaks Area


Sunrise Simple. Four Tubes of Paint for the color? Or 40? Look In My Paint Box And You’d Think “40.”

I tend to strongly prefer bright saturated colors, that is just my eye. The only thing I have in common with Vermeer is that we both prefer paint straight out of the tube. I have two colors on my acrylic palate, not counting “dust-colored.” 1) out of the tube  and 2) mud. I don’t mix well.

Lenny Lensworth Frieling

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Leonard Frieling Pen Of Justice Legal Blogger
  • Senior Counsel Emeritus to the Boulder Law firm Dolan + Zimmerman LLP : (720)-610-0951
  • Former Judge
  • Photographer of the Year, AboutBoulder 2023
  • First Chair and Originator of the Colorado Bar Association’s Cannabis Law Committee, a National first.
  • Previous Chair, Boulder Criminal Defense Bar (8 years)
  • Twice chair Executive Counsel, Colorado Bar Association Criminal Law Section
  • NORML Distinguished Counsel Circle
  • Life Member, NORML Legal Committee
  • Life Member, Colorado Criminal Defense Bar
  • Board Member Emeritus, Colorado NORML
  • Chair, Colorado NORML, 7 years including during the successful effort to legalize recreational pot in Colorado
  • Media work, including episodes of Fox’s Power of Attorney, well in excess of many hundreds media interviews, appearances, articles, and podcasts, including co-hosting Time For Hemp for two years.
  • Board member, Author, and Editor for Criminal Law Articles for the Colorado Lawyer, primary publication of the Colorado Bar Assoc. 7 Years, in addition to having 2 Colorado Lawyer cover photos, and numerous articles for the Colorado Lawyer monthly publication.
  • LEAP Speaker, multi-published author, University lectures Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, Denver University Law School, Univ. of New Mexico, Las Vegas NM, and many other schools at all levels.
  • http://www.Lfrieling.com
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