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Postcard: Supreme Court statue I

September 1st, 2014 · No Comments

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Card is untitled on the front.

Printed on back of postcard:

One of a pair of allegorical figures, sculpted by James E. Fraser from a 250-ton slab of Vermont marble, sits at the entrance of the Supreme Court Building in Washington D.C. Part of the Court’s motto – “Equal Justice Under Law” – appears on the facade above it.

National Geographic Photographer Joseph J. Scherschiel.

Publishing information:

Copyright © 1970 The Foundation of the Federal Bar Association.

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Postcard: Betsy Ross House

August 25th, 2014 · No Comments

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Card is titled: “Betsy Ross House and Flag Room / Philadelphia, Pa.”

Printed on back of post card:

Birthplace of “Old Glory.” Where Betsy Ross received the Committee from Continental Congress, composed of General George Washington, Col. George Ross and Robert Morris, and was commissioned to make the First American Flag in 1776.


Publishing information:

The Continental Card
Art Color Card Distributors / Phila. Phone MA7-3773
Mike Roberts, Berkeley 94710

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Postcard: U.N. Building with flags

August 18th, 2014 · No Comments

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Card is titled: “United Nations Building.”

Printed on back of post card:

New York City
Color by A. Devaney, Inc.

Publishing information:

Ogden Food Service Corp. / A Division of Ogden Corp.
Plastichrome® ©Colourpicture / Boston, Mass. 02130

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Postcard: JFK Center at night

August 11th, 2014 · No Comments

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Card is untitled on its front.

Printed on back of post card:

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C. 20566.

Publishing information:

Photo: Hans Trebor Assoc. / Printing: Museum Press, Inc.

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Postcard: Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers”

August 4th, 2014 · No Comments

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Card is untitled on the front.

Printed on back of postcard:

aries 1888

van Gogh museum  amsterdam 1973

Publishing information:

edition and colour-correction rijksmuseum vincent van gogh amsterdam
©b.v. ‘t lanthuvs

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Postcard: Redwood Giants

July 28th, 2014 · No Comments

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Card is titled: “Forest Giants of California.”

Printed on back of postcard:

THESE MAMMOTH REDWOODS in Jedediah Smith State Park near Crescent City, California are part of the world’s most heavily timbered acres.

Color photo: Robert Freeman.

Publishing information:

The Continental Card
©1977 Freeman – Von Normann, Box 321, Miranda, CA 95553
Mike Roberts, Berkeley 94710

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Diamonds of the Night (1964)

July 26th, 2014 · No Comments

from the Wikipedia page for the film:

Diamonds of the Night (Czech: Démanty noci) is a Czech 1964 film about two boys on the run from a train taking them to a concentration camp. It was director Jan Nemec’s first full-length feature film.

Diamonds of the Night begins with two young men fleeing from a train taking them to a concentration camp. The film employs little dialog and the boys escape through rugged and unfamiliar terrain is interpolated with dreams, memories, hallucinations, fantasies, and flashbacks. They encounter a woman on a farm and one boy struggles with thoughts of murder and rape before silently taking a loaf of bread from the woman’s kitchen and leaving. Eventually, the boys are caught by members of a local shooting party. The men prepare to execute the boys, but simply laugh as they walk away instead of executing them. The ending is ambiguous: The men either actually spared the boys, or they could be walking into the afterlife.

Director: Jan Nemec
Producers: Jan Procházka, Erich Svabík
Written by Arnost Lustig, Jan Nemec
Music: Vlastimil Hála, Jan Rychlík
Cinematographer: Jaromír Šofr
Editor: Oldrich Bosák
Release date: 25 September 1964
Running time: 63 minutes
Country: Czechoslovakia
Language: Czech

Ladislav Jánsky as the First Boy
Antonín Kumbera as the Second Boy
Irma Bischofova as the Woman

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My South: R is for Road Trip

July 22nd, 2014 · 1 Comment

I came across an old post (written four-plus years ago, so only old in a relative sense) in which I had constructed a musical playlist to mirror a trip through the South. I couldn’t even recall writing it. Perhaps that’s why I used the word ‘old.’

It followed an imagined road trip out of the Carolinas into Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, and then westward through Louisiana. Everyone has their own idea about where the borders of their true South lie. My South extends along a horizon from Louisiana eastward to South Carolina, stepping north into Tennessee and the corner of Arkansas. Florida, however, is not part of My South; it exists in its own cultural universe – a friendly neighbor, but not part of the “collective” (maybe for its own good).

That original playlist – called “Do The South” – has here received a few 2014 revisions, but remains largely as it was. There are songs by Southerners and by non-Southerners; songs describing specific places and events; songs that communicate a mood evoked by the region; songs about Southern people, food, attitudes, music (of course), history and stereotypes. There is no reference to Forrest Gump…well, maybe one (can you find it?). And all the songs follow a route you could take behind the wheel of your trusty rusty Ford pick-em-up truck.

I’ve separated the playlist into three parts. Consider the breaks between sections as overnight stops at a vintage Southern motel. Enjoy yourself and have a safe trip!

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Postcard: American Gothic in wax

July 21st, 2014 · No Comments

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Card is untitled on its front.

Printed on back of postcard:

Palace of Living Art
Buena Park, California

AMERICAN GOTHIC – Painted by Grant Wood, American, 1892-1942. Reproduced here is a typical midwest farm couple. Note that the man stands in front of the barn, the woman in front of the kitchen, each in his own domain, with the man standing slightly ahead of, and dominating the woman, perhaps indicative of their personal relationship! Grant Wood’s sister posed for the painting. She recently visited The Palace of Living Art and posed beside her likeness in the set.


Publishing information:

Mike Roberts, Berkeley 94710 / The Continental Card.

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Screenings: Criss Cross (1949)

July 18th, 2014 · 2 Comments

A very young Burt Lancaster gets cocky and mixed-up with some real tough guys in beautiful black & white post-War Los Angeles. And all because of some dame.

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[Click through on any of the images above to get a full-blown screen shot.]


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