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New York City – Image Gallery

Via: NYPL Digital Gallery

“Blossom Restaurant, 103 Bowery, Manhattan.”

– October, 13, 1935

– Berenice Abbott (1935-1938)

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You can see many more of Abbott’s images, HERE:

http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/explore/dgexplore.cfm?topic=cities&col_id=160

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I was curious to see what a 1o cent shave, or a 10 cent ‘2 eggs-potatos-coffee’; or my personal favorite. the 10 cent ‘pigs feet and kraut’ would cost in 2012 dollars.

Sooooooo, I used the ‘handy-dandy’ CPI Inflation Caculator, and the answer is:

$1.68

http://146.142.4.24/cgi-bin/cpicalc.pl?cost1=0.10&year1=1935&year2=2012

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Q: A real bargain, huh?

A: Well not if you were one of the 20.1 percent unemployed in 1935.

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June 3, 2012 Posted by | American photoghaphers, U.S. Cities | , , , , | Leave a comment

Willy Pogany – ‘Gone With The Wind’

Good Dog! Good Dog!

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William Andrew (“Willy”) Pogany (born Vilmos Andreas Pogány) (August 1882 – 30 July 1955) was a prolific Hungarian illustrator of children’s and OTHER books.

Read more, HERE:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willy_Pogany

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June 3, 2012 Posted by | Pin-up art | , , , , | Leave a comment

Jobs / Conscientious Stupidity

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40 years on, the incredible story of Phan Thi Kim Phuc, ‘the napalm girl’

Via: Huffington Post

TRANG BANG, Vietnam — In the picture, the girl will always be 9 years old and wailing “Too hot! Too hot!” as she runs down the road away from her burning Vietnamese village.

She will always be naked after blobs of sticky napalm melted through her clothes and layers of skin like jellied lava.

She will always be a victim without a name.

It only took a second for Associated Press photographer Huynh Cong “Nick” Ut to snap the iconic black-and-white image 40 years ago. It communicated the horrors of the Vietnam War in a way words could never describe, helping to end one of the most divisive wars in American history.

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Flash Forward to 1982:

Then suddenly, once again, the photo that had given her unwanted fame brought opportunity.

She traveled to West Germany in 1982 for medical care with the help of a foreign journalist. Later, Vietnam’s prime minister, also touched by her story, made arrangements for her to study in Cuba.

She was finally free from the minders and reporters hounding her at home, but her life was far from normal. Ut, then working at the AP in Los Angeles, traveled to meet her in 1989, but they never had a moment alone. There was no way for him to know she desperately wanted his help again.

“I knew in my dream that one day Uncle Ut could help me to have freedom,” said Phuc, referring to him by an affectionate Vietnamese term. “But I was in Cuba. I was really disappointed because I couldn’t contact with him. I couldn’t do anything.”

While at school, Phuc met a young Vietnamese man. She had never believed anyone would ever want her because of the ugly patchwork of scars that banded across her back and pitted her arm, but Bui Huy Toan seemed to love her more because of them.

The two decided to marry in 1992 and honeymoon in Moscow. On the flight back to Cuba, the newlyweds defected during a refueling stop in Canada. She was free.

Phuc contacted Ut to share the news, and he encouraged her to tell her story to the world. But she was done giving interviews and posing for photos.

“I have a husband and a new life and want to be normal like everyone else,” she said.

The media eventually found Phuc living near Toronto, and she decided she needed to take control of her story. A book was written in 1999 and a documentary came out, at last the way she wanted it told. She was asked to become a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador to help victims of war. She and Ut have since reunited many times to tell their story, even traveling to London to meet the Queen.

Today, I’m so happy I helped Kim,” said Ut, who still works for AP and recently returned to Trang Bang village. “I call her my daughter.”

After four decades, Phuc, now a mother of two sons, can finally look at the picture of herself running naked and understand why it remains so powerful. It had saved her, tested her and ultimately freed her.

“Most of the people, they know my picture but there’s very few that know about my life,” she said. “I’m so thankful that … I can accept the picture as a powerful gift. Then it is my choice. Then I can work with it for peace.”

August 17, 1989 – Havana Cuba

Kim with her Uncle Ut

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You can read more of the story, and see more photos, HERE:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/31/ap-napalm-girl-photo-from_n_1560702.html#s=1044375

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