30 November 2012
I've long been a fan of Siouxsie Sioux and admire her bold originality. Her comment about labels is spot on. And speaking of labels, this history geek plans on seeing Lincoln tomorrow, which I think is going to be right up my alley. Have a great weekend.
29 November 2012
Across from the hotel was the Granary Burial Ground, which includes the graves of Paul Revere, John Hancock, and the victims of the Boston Massacre. The gravestones feature a variety of artwork including skull and crossbones and weeping willows that bring to mind Edward Gorey.
Nearby was the State House and
One morning before meeting a friend for pancakes at Panificio and shopping on Charles Street, I strolled around the prettiest neighbourhood in the city, Beacon Hill. It's the place that made me fall in love with brick houses (more on Beacon Hill in a later post).
I met another friend for a day of art in the Fenway. I lived and went to school in that neighbourhood when I first moved to Boston and have fond memories of it, including the numerous ducks and geese that inhabit the waterways. You do have to be careful as they'll come right up to you.
Gardner's will stipulated that few alterations could be made to the museum, including placement of paintings, so the new modern wing, a striking contrast in glass and chrome, is a helpful addition that includes a performance space and room for special exhibits. (Info on the Gardner here).
26 November 2012
Hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving. I spent mine in Boston and had a fabulous time visiting friends and old haunts. I have loads of photos to share but first need to catch up on some work and go to the opera (Un Ballo in Maschera tomorrow at the Met). So see you back here in a few days.
22 November 2012
Happy Thanksgiving! What's on your menu this year? I actually don't mind if my Thanksgiving dinner isn't completely traditional as long as there's pumpkin pie. Here's a menu from 1937, which doesn't seem all that different from what a lot of people will be enjoying today save for the plum pudding. Doesn't that seem more Christmassy?
To view other old menus, including Thanksgiving ones, check out this great page from the New York Public Library here. Have a wonderful holiday everyone.
19 November 2012
Florence, 1951. Ruth Orkin, a young American photographer, was relaxing in the Italian city after finishing an assignment in Israel for Life magazine. At her hotel she met another young American woman, Jinx Allen, who was spending six months touring Europe. The two hit it off and swapped their tales of travelling alone. Orkin thought it would be fun to capture on film what it was like to be a single woman on her own in a foreign country. The result was a series of wonderful black and white photographs with Jinx as the woman traveller.
The most famous of the images made that day is “American Girl in Italy,” which has been reproduced as a poster countless times and hung on the wall of many a young woman’s dorm room or flat (I myself had a postcard of it on the front of my dorm room door). There have been various interpretations of the image but as Ninalee Craig (Jinx’s name now) simply says “It’s a symbol of a woman having an absolutely wonderful time!”
To see all of the images in the series, visit the Ruth Orkin Photo Archive here.
16 November 2012
I have a couple of her films that I've never seen before that I plan on watching this weekend in-between attending a baby shower in Brooklyn (twins!) and spending some time out and about in the city before the craziness of the holiday season begins. Have a lovely weekend everyone.
15 November 2012
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13 November 2012
Isn't this outfit gorgeous? I love it, from the adorable chiffon tam to the chic black silk faille coat with matching top and skirt to the rose beige shoes. And having Clara Bow as the model is a bonus. But the total cost, $346.50, makes it sound like an outfit the average flapper would not have been able to afford, especially if everything was purchased all at once. For some perspective, in today's money the outfit would cost $4,530. That's a pretty hefty price tag. But oh how I would love to have every item.
Wonder what other items from the 1920s would cost today? Check out this inflation calculator from the Bureau of Labor Statistics here.
12 November 2012
Yesterday I started reading Robert Capa's Slightly Out of Focus, his memoir about his experiences as a war photographer during World War II. Filled with descriptions of the realities of war along with a healthy dose of humour, it's an excellent read that reminds us of some of the sacrifices made by those who serve. Get a copy here.
09 November 2012
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07 November 2012
Colour wasn't only to be found in the leaves. A rainbow of pedicabs was lined up at the entrance of the park, ready to take visitors for a spin.
Photos by Michele.