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Postcard: Memorial Church, Harvard

September 15th, 2014 · No Comments

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Card is untitled on the front.

Printed on back of postcard:

MEMORIAL CHURCH AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY
Dedicated November 11, 1932
In grateful memory of the Harvard men who died in the World War, we have built this church.

BM 45A

Publishing information:

Published by Bromley & Company, Inc., Boston, Mass. 02210
Mike Roberts, Berkeley 94710

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9/11/2014

September 11th, 2014 · No Comments

As I was dressing at home, I heard excited voices from the TV in the other room. There was something that looked like a disaster movie on, and I switched it off. Twenty minutes later, I was walking through the back door of Laser’s Edge Compact Discs, ready to start the workday. Michael had arrived earlier, and had WBHM’s radio broadcast playing on the store audio system while he was trying to pull up a television signal on the store monitor. This was not a movie. Instead of a deserted store that day – as I would have expected – customers and neighboring merchants were coming in to talk and would linger in conversation longer than usual. It was a Tuesday, which is traditionally new release day in the music industry. Among the releases that day were Bob Dylan’s “Love and Theft” and a live album by Dream Theater that featured – in one of the most eerie and creepiest coincidences I have ever witnessed – a rendering of the World Trade Center in flames.

Dream Theater_NYC CD cover

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Postcard: Courbet’s “Brook at Le Petit Noir”

September 8th, 2014 · No Comments

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Card is untitled on the front.

Printed on back of postcard:

GUSTAVE COURBET, French, 1819-1877
A Brook at Le Puits Noir, near Ornans, ca. 1870
Oil on canvas, 21½ x 35 in.
FOGG ART MUSEUM, HARVARD UNIVERSITY
Grenville L. Winthrop Bequest, acc. 1943.221

Publishing information:

Printed in Germany by Bruder Hartmann, Berlin.

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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:

BETSY ROSS HOUSE, PHILADELPHIA, PA.
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.

C-10C

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:

UNITED NATIONS BUILDINGS WITH AMERICAN FLAG FLYING
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:

VINCENT VAN GOGH 1853-1890
zonnebloemen
sunflowers
tournesois
sonnenblumen
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
B6348

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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

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

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