Thursday, June 14, 2007

Being There

Photographer: Margaret Bourke-White. Every picture tells a story, don't it? Even in hard and segregated times, Americans used to dress up for their public appearances.

Photographer: Margaret Bourke-White. Not that dressing well really matters when your city lies in dust. This one happens to be Dresden. Most of that city was eventually rebuilt, but some ruins were left as a testament to the ravages of war and time.

Today's Rune: The Warrior.

Birthdays: Harriet Beecher Stowe, Robert La Follette, Sr., Aloysius Alzheimer, May Allison, Yasunari Kawabata, Margaret Bourke-White, Burl Icle Ivanhoe Ives, Che Guevara (Ernesto Guevara de la Serna), Junior Walker (b. Autry DeWalt, Jr.), Jerzy Kosinski (b. Josek Lewinkopf), Renaldo Obie Benson (b. Detroit), Donald Trump, Boy George (b. George Alan O'Dowd), Sam Perkins (UNC), Steffi Graf.


Patton said...

Dresden is exactly what we should do to any major city in Iraq. See how fast the insurgency stops. It worked for the Romans in Jerusalem. Let's stop playing games with those sand niggers.

Charles Gramlich said...

I always thought it strange how even the criminals wore suits and ties in the 20s, 30s and 40s when they set out to rob a bank.

Johnny Yen said...

When I taught sixth grade, we had a "guided reading" booklet on White. Fascinating lady. Her office was in the Chrysler building. She used to hang out on the roof and take pics of the city.

I remember reading some years back that she was rumored to have had an affair with Indian leader Nehru. Wouldn't those have been interesting conversations to hear?

Erik Donald France said...

Thanks all for the comments! The real Patton's dead and the Romans have long since relocated to New Jersey.

Charles -- Bonnie and Clyde, indeed.

Johnny -- she is cool. I love those city photos. Yeah, Nehru jackets and all.