from the the phone to many Whitepages
it's a long story (... to be continued)
It could only happen if you don't care about the age of your friends ...
|1876 - Invention of the phone
History Books know that the phone was
invented a long time ago.
1847 was born in Scotland Alexander Graham Bell, a young boy full of curiosity.
His destiny was to become an inventor ...
1870 Bell and his parents emigrated to Canada.
Sam Watson was his assistant
1876 March 10 Alexander Graham Bell - experimenting at home -
talked into a receiver "Mr Watson, come here, I want you"
finally, after months of testing, made the breakthrough ...
The word's the world's first phonecall had just taken place.
It was of the path setting inventions of all times,
resulting in the creation of AT&T (American Telephone & Telegraph)
and a multitude of phone companies around the World.
|1883/1887 - First White and Yellow Pages
It also resulted in the necessity to create Phonebooks.
1878, November the first Phonebooks
was published in New Heaven.
Soon Phonebooks appeared in other cities
and a little later they were seperated in
Residential Listings classified by Name (called White Pages)
and Business Listings classified by Activity (called Yellow Pages)
More about the very first Phonebooks.
This was also the time of the construction of the Eiffel Tower,
a global symbol for technolgy and communication.
Alexander Bell was fascinated by the tower
as much as Thomas Edison.
They both traveled to Paris where they met with Gustave Eiffel.
All this seams such a long time ago ...
But is all this really
that long ago ??? ...
|1900s Becoming old,
having "young" friends
by young people that were a little clever and charming
and that shared his passion for life
plus his passion for inventions ...
like Thomas Edison he invented a multitude of things ...
From the times of first presentation of the phone
at the 1876 Universal Expo in Philadelphia
Bell had met Dom Pedro II,
once the emperor of Brazil.
The two man had stayed in touch.
And after the death of Dom Pedro II in 1889
the royal family and Bell had kept contact.
|1903 Birth of an excotic beauty in Brazil
in Castro, State of Parana
a girl that was soon turning into an exoctic beauty.
Aimée de Sa Sottomajor.
The girl would become so beautiful
everybody in the street
would just stop and turn around ....
She was very unconventional,
loved to put flowers in her hair,
had a beautiful voice and loved to sing Brazilian songs.
She also had a sister, her best friend,
Vera de Sa Sottomajor - Prettyman,
also very beautiful.
|1920s Beeing young, having "old" friends, the inventors
Alexander Bell and Thomas Edison
Growing up, this girl developed something
that was a bit unusual,
specially seen in the eyes of today's western world
so much based on consumer values.
She couldn't care less about someones age.
Her friends were of all ages
and some happened to be older,
much, much older ....
Even though not particulary scientific
Aimée was fascinated by inventors.
took her along on a to trip
to the United States.
It was the first time Aimée left Brazil.
On the trip they stoped in Nova Scotia, Canada
to visit an old friend of her friends grandfather,
Alexander Graham Bell.
Bell lived most of the time at his estate, Beinn Bhreagh.
Sadly Alexander Graham Bell
died a few months after her visit,
1922 August 2.
During his funeral, to honor his invention, all phone lines
in North America were interrupted.
John Wanamaker the great grandfather
of Aimées later husband, Rodman de Heeren,
was among those carrying the coffin.
Aimée and Casey Baldwin stayed in touch
for life ...
another major Telecommunication Pioneer:
Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulp.
They met in Florida,
the car producer Henry Ford was present as well.
one was a small "Belle Epoque" brooch he had once
bought from Paris.
The brooch, a French Second Empire style flower
made with two pearls,
it remained in Aimées posession all her life.
One day it was not returned by a
"very special friend in the Paris society"
and the editor of this article had to go and get it back ...
"You know Thomas Edison had bought the brooch
when visiting the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
He was a friend of Gustave Eiffel.
He said that the pearls were like light bulps
I should have them as a souvenir about him".
Thomas Edison had also given her a little pin
with the GE logo of his company.
Once driving with Aimée
from Austria to Venice
the editor of the article and Aimée were stuck behind a track,
the track had a GE logo on it ...
Aimée suddenly started to laugh ...
Was there anything wrong in driving ??
It was the GE Logo that made her smile
and suddenly she repeated what
Thomas Edison had told her about 75 years before:
"The "curls" in my logo
represent the movement of electricity ...
When I see YOU (young Aimée)
it's like feeling electricity everywhere ..."
Like the brooch the logo was
inspired by the Art Nouveau style.
The outside was inspired by the electric fan
It's circular shape makes it timeless ...
Yes and Thomas Edison's "imagination at work"
and the GE logo are still around
The Logo is one of the few Monogram
to be internet compatible.
It matches the Internet Domain GE.com
one of the very first "Two Letter Domains"
registered at the dawn of the Internet.
|1930s "Secret first Lady" of Brazil
she was creating a stirr wherever she went
At home in Rio de Janairo,
her aura catched the attention of a man
that was going to play an important role in the history of Brazil,
President Getulio Vargas.
Some call him the father of modern Brazil.
was in power for such a long time,
1930 to 1945
and again from 1951 to 1954.
Vargas was so overwhelmed by her beauty
that he tried everything to know her.
People from the history of Brazil
and people from the history books of other countries
coming to Rio on State Visits.
Brazil had many first Ladies
but only one was going to be considered by the
international fashion press
as one of the World's most beautiful woman
and this through almost the entire 20th century.
No she was never an official,
the was the only secret First Lady of Brazil.
|1938 Exile from beloved Brazil
In 1938 a drama happend
and the relation, which Vargas kept as a "State Secret",
threatened to become public.
It was during a time of policital instability.
The relation would have created a major scandal.
Darcy Vargas, the official First Lady
was about to freak out ...
Aimée had to leave the country overnight ...
And there she settled in Paris
keeping in touch with Vargas
and working for her country as a secret service agent.
Almost on her arrival
Coco Chanel noticed the beautiful Brazilian
with her very individual and unique style.
Chanel was fascinated,
their friendship was only of a short time
but it renewed in the 1950s.
Aimée's new life in France did not last very long
as the World War II was coming ...
mooving on to the United States.
Aimée tried to renew with her old connections.
Neither Bell nor Edison were still around,
but Casey Baldwin,
Alexander Graham Bell's young friend was there.
In New York Aimée arrived like a bombshell.
Everybody from the rather stiff east coast hi society
wanted to meet the exotic beauty from Brazil.
Her choice was the best looking guy around:
Joseph Patrick Kennedy Jr.
They had already met in France during the short time Aimée had been there.
Luckily knowbody knew her real age.
In fact she was 12 years older
than the oldest of the 4 Kennedy brothers.
Nobody knew either she had been the secret First Lady of Brazil
in the eays of that times
all this would have been a little scandalous ...
Aimée and Kennedy had a lot of projects:
one was called the "White House".
Rose Kennedy thought she would be a great political asset
to the career of her oldest son.
Unfortunatley the war ended the relationship.
John F Kennedy, the second brother,
became President of America instead.
|1996 Getting older, having "young" friends
Years passed by,
Aimée continued to fascinate people by her
exceptional glamour and style.
Yes Aimée never cared about age
and when she was getting old,
she decided to follow the example given to her
by Alexander Graham Bell.
Include among her friends some young people
that would share her passion
for life, glamour and style.
The editor of this article was 19 when he run into her
Buzz Aldrin, with Neil Armstrong the first man to walk on the Moon.
Buzz Aldrin was coming to Paris every year
and never left the city without meeting her.
She wanted to follow up with what
was going on in this fascinating world.
(by the time she was already 100 years old,
but nobody knew it,
as her real age was one of Aimées many secrets ... )
Her once 19 year old friend was operating the
Cybercafe de Paris,
the first Internet Cafe that existed in Paris.
Most of the times the internet lessons
took place at the internet cafe,
today the "Cremerie de Paris".
the Phonebook of the World.
including a Phonebook of every country.
President Getulio Vargas.
kept secret for decades becomes public.
The diary speaks about the mystrious exotic beauty,
that was once a Brazilian State Secret.
The "bem-amada" is mentioned all over his diary.
Translated into French "Amada" means "Aimée" ...
Brazilian journalists keep calling,
Aimée doesn't accept any interviews
neither denies nor confirms ...
The editor of this article was wondering
"what is this all about, a book written by someone
that died half a centry ago"
Aimée was still so beautiful
people stopped talking
where ever she arrived.
|2004 / 2005 Registration of the internet domains Whitepages.fr and Whitepages.com.br
One of Aimée's internet lessons took place in May 2004,
the French Internet code .fr had just been liberalized
and as hilarious as it might sound
during all the years where French internet domains
were almost impossible to register
the French State owned Phonecompany
had completely forgotten
to register Yellowpages.fr and Whitepages.fr
the name of the english version
of their bilingual online directory
Pagesjaunes.fr / Pagesblanches.fr.
After a multitude of attempts to find the way to proceed
|since 2011 Cremerie de Paris
Pop Up Brand Expos
center of many Whitepages
In 2011 the former Cybercafe de Paris became