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from Gothamist


Triggerfish selfie

via this blogpost, “25 Creepiest Creatures of Narragansett Bay,” ht Sis.


San Francisco

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Right before Christmas had a chance to visit San Francisco — always great!IMG_1447

In San Francisco you can really feel like you’re halfway in the ocean.  IMG_1387

Finding myself with an idle hour I went to go check out Diego Rivera’s mural Allegory of California over at the City Club in the former Pacific Stock Exchange building.  The City Club was all done up for a Christmas party.

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Pictures of the mural often leave out the amazing ceiling part:

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Rivera painted this one in 1931,   He modeled the lady on tennis champ Helen Wills Moody, who was at that time one of California’s most famous daughters:

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She was a painter herself:

Wills was an artist by avocation. She received a degree in fine arts along with a Phi Beta Kappa key from the University of California, and painted throughout her life. She was delighted to be chosen as the model for Diego Rivera’s two-story mural “The Riches of California,” commissioned for $2,500 in 1930. Wills and the first of her two husbands, the financier Frederick Moody, invited Rivera and his wife, the painter Frieda Kahlo, to a celebratory tea after the mural’s unveiling at the former San Francisco Stock Exchange.

For Wills, who confessed to suffering the intangible pangs of “a restless heart,” tennis and painting were the best antidotes for melancholy. She maintained an artist’s studio at her residences in San Francisco and later in Carmel, once sold 40 paintings for $100 each and illustrated her own articles for The Saturday Evening Post.

Here’s one of her own drawings:

Screen Shot 2016-01-07 at 1.26.20 PMLifting that one from San Francisco’s Lost Art Salon.   Reader Schoboats calls our attention to a good detail from Wills Moody’s NY Times obit:

Perhaps Wills’s most infamous match, and certainly the one she extolled as the focal point of her playing career, was her only meeting with Lenglen, the queen of the continent, in a much ballyhooed showdown at Cannes in 1926. Lenglen was 26 and tactically superior; Wills was 20 and physically stronger. Lenglen won the raucous encounter, 6-3, 8-6.

There was a prizefight atmosphere, with tickets scalped at a then-shocking rate of $50 each, and an international gallery of spectators that included King Gustaf, a group of stowaway French schoolboys in a eucalyptus tree at one end of the court and Wills’s future husband, Frederick Moody, who introduced himself to her after the match. Wills was fond of noting that although she lost the match, she not only gained perspective on necessary changes to her game, which tended to be without nuance and relied on battering her opponents into submission with repetitious forehand ground strokes, but also gained a husband.

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Maybe next time I’m up there I will get to see Making Of A Fresco:

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Record Group 80: Series: General Photographic File Of the Department of the Navy, 1943-1958

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Fair to say I’m more interested than most people in old photos.

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There are amazing collections of old photos in various US government archives, but they’re not always easy to find or sort through online.

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Somehow I stumbled on this US Navy photographic archive.

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“Pilot Tells of Dive-Bombing Wake Island in ready room of USS Yorktown (CV-10), 10/1943” is the title of that one.

pinup girls

“Pin-up girls at NAS Seattle, Spring Formal Dance. Left to right: Jeanne McIver, Harriet Berry, Muriel Alberti, Nancy Grant, Maleina Bagley, and Matti Ethridge.”, 04/10/1944″

Tarawa sign

“Sign on Tarawa illustrates Marine humor and possible lack of optimism as to duration of war., 06/1944”

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“Much tattooed sailor aboard the USS New Jersey, 12/1944”

crewmen

“Crewmen aboard USS Yorktown (CV-10) dash to stations as general quarters sound., 05/1943”

Filipinos

“Filipinos with their ‘bancas’ loaded with wares, paddle out to anchored destroyer to trade with crew., 06/1945”

christmas

“Personnel of USS LEXINGTON celebrate Christmas with make-shift decorations and a firefighting, helmeted Santa Claus., 12/1944”

graves

“Graves of U.S. Marines who died taking Tarawa, before headstones were prepared. In background are the first tents put up after occupation of the island., ca. 11/1943”

Pelilieu

“Marines installing telephone lines under fire on Peleliu. In the background is seen part of famous Bloody Nose Ridge, scene of the fiercest fighting on Peleliu., 09/1944”

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“Sailor asleep between 40mm guns on board the USS New Jersey (BB-62)., 12/1944”

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“F6F taxies into position after landing on board the USS Lexington (CV-16)., ca. 11/26/1943”

Sandwich torpedo

“Sailor eating sandwich beneath propellers of torpedo being loaded aboard U.S. submarine at New London, Connecticut., 08/1943”

Children

“Children in Naples, Italy. Little boy helps one-legged companion across street., 08/1944”

torpedo men

“Torpedomen relaxing beneath rows of deadly torpedoes in torpedo shop., ca. 05/1945”

Lord knows what you’d find if you dig through the archives in person.  This is just what’s digitized and online.

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Happy Memorial Day, errboddy.

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Removing fish from an abandoned Thai shopping mall

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HT to Tyler Cowen for the link to this, no doubt of interest to Helytimes readers.

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Kon-Tiki

Who was it who recommended this to me?  Hayes?  Thanks!  It’s on Netflix Instant.

Heyerdahl’s third wife was Miss France 1954:


Nantucket Shark Mystery

From The Boston Globe:

A dead shark was found lying in front of the Sea Dog Brew Pub in Nantucket this morning and removed by the Department of Public Works.

The Department of Public Works assures is this is not a common occurrence:

“It’s not too often we find sharks on land like that,” said John Braginton-Smith, a foreman for the department.

He offers a theory:

“In summertime, someone can get one too many beers in them and think that’s amusing,” he said.

(ht Chestnut Hill office.  Photo is credited to Jimmy Agnew with caption “A fishy mystery.”)