Roxy Louridge (Nana Lou’s mother and great grandmother to Rochelle Louridge), was ahead of her time. As a pioneer in the field of photography she was the original creator of the idea behind the GIFaChrome (which later evolved into the Drone-a-Chrome). You can learn more about her work at the GIFaChrome website. And listen to a Smithsonian Institute recording of Roxy documenting her discovery after a fire destroyed her lab notes.
Roxy was not only a rare female scientist and engineer, she also protested alongside Great Great Aunt Elsie for the women’s right to vote and was a courageous out-spoken worker’s rights activist. Her family’s early beginnings building the shoe manufacturer and trading company F.W. Louridge & Co provided fertile ground for such radical ideas to take root.
Excerpt from the GIFaChrome.com About page.
Over a century and a half ago in the port city of Genova in Italy, the Louridge family established its first trading company, F.W. Louridge & Co. The location with its proximity to the rest of Europe and its historic trade connections with Britain, Holland, Denmark, Germany, and a host of other countries, was ideal for an international shoemaker firm. F.W. Louridge & Co soon became one of Italy’s most prosperous shoe makers. Emily Louridge married into the Ferragamo family the king of designer shoes in Italy today.
Photos found on Flickr courtesy of the US National Library of Congress