Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Leopold Trepper

Leopold Trepper (1904 –1982) was a Polish Communist, agent of the Red Army Intelligence, with the code name of Otto and had been working with them since 1930.
He was the technical director of intelligence in western Europe and was responsible for recruiting agents and creating espionage networks. He was also a resistance fighter and journalist of Jewish descent.
Trepper was an experienced intelligence officer, an extremely resourceful and capable man who was completely at home in the west, a man who could not be drawn in conversation, who lived a concealed life and whose special talent was a keen judgement of people that enabled him to penetrate significant groups with ease.
By the start of World War II, Trepper controlled a large espionage network in Belgium and seven espionage networks in France.
The Soviets took Trepper to Russia but instead of rewarding him, they interned him in the Lubyanka prison. He vigorously defended his position and avoided execution for unknown reasons but remained in prison until 1955. Before that, he was personally interrogated by SMERSH chief Viktor Abakumov. After his release, he returned to Poland to his wife and three sons. He became a head of the Sociocultural Association of Jews in Poland.
After the Six-Day War and the subsequent antisemitic campaign in Poland, Trepper wanted to emigrate to Israel. While the Polish communist government promoted and encouraged the emigration of thousands of Jews at that time, in the case of Trepper, who wrote a letter protesting the treatment of the Jews, permission was refused until international pressure forced the authorities to allow him and a number of other Jews in a similar situation to leave. He settled in Jerusalem in 1974.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

"The Iconic French Beret is Going Nowhere Fast "

A 1999 report on the beret in France; "the quintessentially French beret is going the way of the small farm, but like everything in this proud nation, they're not giving in to the American baseball cap just yet".
Many of the comments on the video show a fair bit of hope for the beret, actually...

Monday, July 13, 2020

More Vintage Photos from Argentina

1900’s  Tourists at Puerta Tastil
1930’s Newspaper vendor
1938 Luis Sandrini in the movie ‘El canillita y la dama’ directed by Luis César Amadori
1947 ‘Botelleros’

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Vintage Photos from Argentina

1890 Warehouse worker, ‘Changador’
1887 Street vendor
1890’s Street Workers
1895 The chief and his family portrayed in a studio in Punta Arenas
1900’s Street milkman milking

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Aldo Quaglio

Aldo Quaglio (1932 –2017) was a French rugby union and rugby league player. He represented France at the 1960 Rugby League World Cup and played in 14 rugby league tests for France.

He played in the French Rugby Union team between 1957 and 1959, taking part in the victorious tour of the French team in 1958 and in the victory in the 1959 Five Nations Tournament.
In 1960, he joined XIII-Rugby. Until 1965, he played for Roanne XIII (French Champion in 1960) and AS Carcassonne XIII, as well as in the French XIII rugby team competing in the 1960 World Cup.

Friday, July 10, 2020

Georges Pérès (Je suis Gascon, je porte le béret)

Georges Pérès always affirmed, loud and clear, to be Gascon and proud of it: "I have never spent a day in my life without thinking and speaking the dialect of Gascon".
Georges Pérès was mayor of Clermont-Pouyguillès from 1971 to 1977 then president of the Rural Center from 1960 to 1970 and of the Departmental Relay of the Gîtes de France from 1972 to 1977.
Speaking Gascon is good, dressing up in Gascon is even better. As a testament to this, Georges Pérès left us a true Gascon beret. The beret is an Auloronesa, made by former owner/operator Denis Guédon and embroidered by Christine, professional embroiderer in Ogeu-les-Bains.
The text reads: Je suis Gascon, je porte le béret (I am Gascon, I wear the beret).

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Shepherds in the Aure Valley

On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the ski resort of Saint-Lary-Soulan, twelve large portraits of shepherds, printed on vinyl, were hung all summer on the facades of the houses of the small pastoral village of Soulan.
Installed in different points of the village they invite the visitor to a walk in the heart of this hamlet perched at 1300m above sea level.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

The Assembly of God Youth Organizations

Assemblies of God youth organizations include two youth organizations operating under the auspices of the Assemblies of God, the Royal Rangers and the Mpact Girls Clubs (formerly known as the Missionettes).
Royal Rangers is an adventure-based, merit-driven, faith-based, church ministry and mentoring program for boys, providing “Christlike character formation and servant leadership development for boys and young men in a highly relational and fun environment".
Royal Rangers' Mission is to "evangelize, equip, and empower the next generation of Christlike men and lifelong servant leaders."
Royal Rangers Abuja South Command - Nigeria
Mpact Girls Clubs, formerly known as Missionettes Girls Clubs, are part of a worldwide program directed by National Girls Ministries within the Assemblies of God. The program is the counterpart ministry to Royal Rangers. The Clubs were created “to allow girls an opportunity to discuss issues that matter to them and learn how to live according to Biblical principles given by Jesus”.
The Missionettes were founded by the Assemblies of God Women's Ministries in 1956.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Stefania Rousselle's Portrait of Marcel Etcheverry

After covering a series of bleak assignments – terrorist attacks in Paris, the rise of the European extreme right, sex slavery in Spain – the French-American photojournalist and videographer Stefania Rousselle was mired in pessimism and despair. “My heart was broken,” she said. “I didn’t believe in love anymore.”
In 2017, to find joy once more, she decided to go on a roadtrip across France, asking random strangers to share their most defining and life-changing love stories with her.
“I named my cabin ‘The Villa of the Ones Deprived of Love’ because I was the least favorite child in my family. It used to be that in farmers’ families, there were maybe six children. They would send the one they loved the least out into the mountains to herd sheep. And that was my case. They had very obvious preferences – especially Mom. But moms do what they can.
“How do you survive that? First, you have a terrible adolescence. It was endless. I was in pain. I was shy. It was not a place for teenagers. I would come back to the village once a week, get some bread and go back to the mountain with my donkey. I would miss everything: the balls, all the activities.
“But then you adapt. And I was happy. I have dedicated my whole life to the sheep. And I don’t regret it at all.
“I am not mad at my parents.
“I have a daughter. She is 22. Until she turned 14, it was wonderful. Then, for some reason I can’t explain, she rejected me. We haven’t spoken in 10 years. I am really disappointed.
“I don’t like humans. They are twisted. When I see what they are capable of, I am ashamed. I would have rather been a dog. That is why I work with animals. And I love waking up every morning.
“I am with Katia now. She is from Paris. She is a good person. I met her when she was 17 and I was 25. She was my employee. She loved me, but it wasn’t reciprocal. I was with someone else at the time. And we spent 30 years without seeing each other. But we met again and we got married 10 years ago. I never got married with the others. Why? Because they didn’t ask. She just had an operation, so she is in Paris, resting. Do I love her? I don’t know. Love is a weird word. I care about Katia. That must be love. She cares about me too – a bit too much.
“She is the one I should have kept when I was young, because we could have done things together. But I was too stupid at 25. We could have had babies together. I am about to retire but there is no one to replace me. If I had had kids with Katia, one of them could have taken over and I could have retired.
“I am going to have to sell my flock. I haven’t found anyone to replace me.”

Monday, July 6, 2020

Per Brinck

Per Simon Valdemar Brinck (1919 –2013) was a Swedish zoologist.
He began his career as a veterinarian but wrote a thesis on Plecoptera (stoneflies) and later became a worldwide authority on Gyrinidae (water beetles). He travelled extensively to Africa and Southeast Asia, among others co-publishing the fifteen-volume South African Animal Life between 1955 and 1973.
The genera Perbrinckia (a genus of freshwater crabs) has been named after him.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

LaVerne Kelly

LaVerne Kelly was a retired public schools music counselor, who died of a lung ailment April 22 at her son's Baltimore home. The Columbia resident was 83.
Born LaVerne Beal Young in Sebrell, Va., she was the daughter of John P. Young and Leah Young, who was named the state of Virginia's first African American Mother of the Year in 1952.
Family members said the farm where she was born was on a portion of the Nottoway Indian reservation. She was an enrolled citizen of the Nottoway Indian tribe of Virginia.
As a child, she exhibited musical talent. She attended a one-room school and was the class valedictorian at the Southampton County Training School. She received an academic scholarship to Virginia State University and earned a degree in music education and English. She later studied at the University of Maine and at the Peabody Conservatory.
In 1952, Mrs. Kelly was hired as an early African American music counselor in 11 Baltimore County elementary schools.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

4th of July

Oliver Law, first black commander of an American army, SCW
This 4th of July, some great American Boineros:
Artist Allan Houser
WWII Veteran Richard, New York City
Oliver Hardy and Stan Laurel
Author Ernest Gaines
Man Ray
Painter Palmer Hayden, on his rooftop in Harlem
Tōyō Miyatake 
Marilyn Monroe 
Translator Gregory Rabassa
Kay Boyle; writer, educator, and political activist
Photographer W. Eugene Smith
Poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti 
Milton Hebald, sculptor
Milton Avery, painter and printmaker 
Bernie Glassman, Zen Buddhist roshi and founder of the Zen Peacemakers
Just a random selection... Happy 4th of July!

Friday, July 3, 2020

The English Agent

From the bestselling author of The Gunner Girl - how far will two women go to survive WWII?
Having suffered a traumatic experience in the Blitz, Edie feels utterly disillusioned with life in wartime London. The chance to work with the Secret Operations Executive (SOE) helping the resistance in Paris offers a fresh start. Codenamed ‘Yvette’, she is parachuted into France and met by the two other members of her SOE cell. Who can she trust?
Book review: The English Agent by Clare Harvey | Lancashire ...
Back in London, Vera desperately needs to be made a UK citizen to erase the secrets of her past. Working at the foreign office in charge of agents presents an opportunity for blackmail. But when she loses contact with one agent in the field, codenamed Yvette, her loyalties are torn.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Schulim Krimper

Schulim Krimper (1893-1971) was born in the Austro-Hungarian province of Bukovina.
The son of a rabbi, he was orphaned at the age of 9. Schulim lived with his eldest married sister for three years before being apprenticed to a local cabinet-maker. He remained with his master until the outbreak of World War I, in which he served with the Austro-Hungarian artillery.
He lived briefly in Berlin before emigrating to Australia in August 1939. Settling in Melbourne, he opened a workshop in St Kilda, and rapidly established a reputation for the superb construction of his custom-made modern furniture.
Credited with elevating his craft to the level of an art, he was the subject of several one-man exhibitions in his lifetime and he was commissioned to provide the woodwork for the chapel of St Mary's College at the University of Melbourne.
He is represented in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of South Australia and the Powerhouse Museum.