Fighting a fire at City Hall at -2 F (-18 C). Leiden, Netherlands in 1929. Some equipment broke due to the freezing temperatures (you can see the water frozen on the ground) and the firefighters have frozen mustaches! Behind them is the mayor, watching them fight the blaze.
August Sander was a photographer who used a certain formula for all his photographs. By presenting businessmen, farmers, actors, and beggars all with the same stark directness, the German-born Sander made everyone the everyman. Sander thought we can learn from everyone and every class in society, saying “We can tell from appearance the work someone does or does not do; we can read in his face whether he is happy or troubled, for life unavoidably leaves its trace there.”
This particular portrait is Sander’s most famous. Photographing a bricklayer in Cologne, Germany, Sander turned a sweaty, backbreaking job into dignity and bearing. The classical framing and quiet stateliness was especially poignant for Germany, a country still reeling from the impact of losing World War I.
An American Civil War veteran telling war stories to shoe shine boys.
The picture was the prize-winning amateur photograph from the 1935 Newspaper National
Snapshot Awards was taken by Mrs. Nathan Klein of Wyoming, Pennsylvania.
The note on the back reads: “Old soldier talking to bootblacks.”
The Civil War veteran talking to the shoeshiners is wearing a distinctive hat. It is the cap of the Grand Army of the
Republic (GAR) — the largest Union veterans’ organization — founded in 1866. The number
on the cap tells us his post was 139, located in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
In 1959, Swedish bandy players abandoned the Forsbacka vs Köping game early in the 2nd half, after the ice broke beneath them. (Bandy is a form of hockey with 11 players and a round ball.) The winter had been unusually warm and over 20 bandy games at already been cancelled as most were still being played on frozen lakes. After this season, bandy began shifting towards indoor rinks.
Technically, she was known as Diego Rivera’s partner – an exotic eccentric. Her own work, while selling in her final decade, was often overshadowed by her Bohemian reputation, and her dressing in traditional Mexican costume. She could not live off her art until late in life.By 1953, such was her declining physical state that for her first Mexican solo show, her four poster bed was taken from her house to the gallery. Kahlo arrived by ambulance and was transferred from the ambulance to a stretcher to her bed.
She died in 1954, and her work as an artist was left to languish until it was rediscovered in the 1970s by art historians and political activists. As you know, she is now a worldwide household name. Quite a life-after-death.