Sunday, July 3, 2022

Lugo, Galicia

A man wearing a traditional Galician beret walks along the Rua Raina, on the Domingo das Mozas, one of the big days of the San Froilan Festival, on 10 October, 2021 in Lugo, Galicia. 

This October 10 is celebrated the Domingo das Mozas, one of the big days of the San Froilan Festivities. The origin of these celebrations dates back to 1754. On Sunday 'Das Mozas' is dedicated to the exaltation of the traditional costume and Galician folklore. Parades of big-heads, charangas, street markets, a medieval fair and a total of 75 concerts are some of the activities framed in the program of festivities of San Froilan 2021.

Saturday, July 2, 2022

Anti-fascist Demonstration In Bilbao In Memory Of Militiamen Who Paraded In 1936 In Front Of The Lehendakari Agirre

A man wearing a beret and a lumberjack shirt carries a missing weapon during an 'Antifaxist Parade' on October 12, 2021, in Bilbao, Biscay, Basque Country, Spain. 

Called by extremist and anti-system groups on the day of the National Day, the demonstration aims to remember the militiamen and gudaris who paraded in 1936 before the lehendakari Agirre.



Friday, July 1, 2022

Miss Molly Gourlay

A vintage cigarette card featuring a caricature of golfer Miss Molly Gourlay, winner of the British, French and Belgian Womens Championships, published in London, circa 1931.



Thursday, June 30, 2022

Princess Delphine

Princess Delphine de Saxe-Cobourg attend the military parade during the National Day on July 21, 2021 in Brussels, Belgium, wearing a beret with matching face mask.



Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Madrid - July 2018

Catwalk at the Andres Sarda show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Madrid on July 9, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. 








Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Let's Go Belgium

A shopkeeper cuts a slice of cheese at a shop in Belgium, 1959. Taken for the 'Let's Go Belgium' .

A greengrocer's shop in Belgium, 28th January 1960. Taken for the 'Let's Go' budget travel guide to Belgium.

Monday, June 27, 2022

Unsavory Berets

Established in October 2015, the All-Russia "Young Army" National Military Patriotic Social Movement Association, transliterated as 'Yunarmiya,' or YAM is a youth organization supported and funded by the Russian Ministry of Defence to train future personnel for the uniformed services and to “instil the values of patriotism, national service, national and military history, remembrance of past military operations and campaigns and of the fallen of its armed forces, and to help develop the country as its population grows”.

A successor to the military courses in both the Vladimir Lenin All-Union Pioneer Organization and the Komsomol during Soviet times, and keeping the traditions of the Great Patriotic War services of these organizations, it is affiliated with the Russian Armed Forces, DOSAAF and the MOD Armed Forces Central Sports Society.

Young Army Cadets are distinguished by their red berets.

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Sergey Bakaev

Sergey Bakaev was born in 1922, traveling in the train through Siberia to the new workplace of his father, in Irkutsk.

In Siberia Sergey became an orphan and in 1933 his grandmother brought him [back] to the Crimea. Ever since, Yalta was his home.

Sergey Bakaev started to work in an art studio but had to join the army. The war started when he was in Belarus. Heavy fighting, imprisonment, concentration camps; he was the only one who managed to escape. He wandered, almost starved and at last came to occupied Slutsk. The first sign Sergey Bakaev saw there was "Art Studio". In some way art saved his life — Sergey got a job.

In 1951 he graduated from Simferopol Art School, the creative home of many Crimean artists.

In 1961 he became a member of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine. In 1999, Bakaev was awarded the title of Honored artist of the Crimea.

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Spanish Civil War

A radio operator and an armed guard take radio equipment to the front line near Madrid during the Spanish Civil War, circa 1937. 

Daily news bulletins will be broadcast direct from the front. 

Friday, June 24, 2022

Okhrim Kravchenko

Ukrainian artist Okhrim Kravchenko (1903 – 1985) studied at the Kyiv Art-Industrial College (1921–1924). In the fall of 1924, he entered the Painter Department of the Kyiv Art Institute.

After graduating in 1930 Kravchenko was unexpectedly arrested “for systematic anti-Soviet activity” and was sentenced to exile in Kotlas on the Northern Dvina.

Kravchenko was allowed to return to Kryvvi Rih before the war but when in 1942 many OUN members were arrested and executed he decided to go to Kyiv on foot.

Trying to avoid possible post-war persecution Kravchenko moved to Lviv in 1946. There he was offered a job teaching at the School of Applied and Decorative Art.

At the time of Khrushchev Thaw Lviv became the center of national creative research, leaving Kyiv “with its dullness of the official socialist realism” far behind. Incited by the process of national revival, Kravchenko took his own niche in the artistic life of Lviv, clearly and regularly declaring principles of monumentalism on his canvases.

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Moscow 1990

A woman argues with bereted shop assistant over empty shelves with customers queueing in a food store, on November 23, 1990 in Moscow. 

Muscovites are facing difficulties in fulfilling their basic needs as the Russian market liberalization led to a tremendous economical and social crisis and the pauperization of the population. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

VJ Day

VJ Day, (Victory over Japan Day) veteran Norman Ralph attends a service to commemorate the 65th anniversary of victory against Japanese forces during the Second World War, in London on August 15, 2010. 

The Second World War in Asia began on December 7, 1941 after Japanese war planes bombed the US Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbour, Hawaii. The Japanese forces surrendered on August 14, 1945 following a dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the Soviet declaration of war and the invasion of Manchuria. The next day, Wednesday, August 15, 1945 was celebrated as VJ Day. Britian suffered 90,332 casualties in the war against Japan. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Vilnius

A Lithuanian separatist in a military beret reads a newspaper inside the Parliament building in Vilnius, where the government is entrenched in fear of the Soviet Army's intervention.

In the early hours of January 12, 1991, the Red Army, which had entered the capital city of Vilnius in an attempt to take over government and communications, opened fire on a crowd of unarmed demonstrators outside the city's TV tower. In the days following, the people of Lithuania continued to defend the Parliament building and communications centers through nonviolent means, and the Soviet troops were unable to regain power in the newly independent state. 

Monday, June 20, 2022

Red Stars of Perestroika

Austrian actress Larisa Udovichenko, holding a red star, wears pins with Soviet symbols on her white blouse and black beret at Mosfilm Studios. A group of popular young actresses modeled a variety of campy scenarios wearing culturally inspired fashions and Communist symbols.

Soviet actress Marina Zudina wears a black beret and a pin with a picture of Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev on her red jacket at Mosfilm Studios. 



Sunday, June 19, 2022

Rudolf Nureyev

Soviet born ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, 6 September 1991 in Deauville, France. 

Nureyev studied at the Leningrad Choreographic School, and became a soloist with the Kirov Ballet. While touring with the Ballet in 1961, he obtained political asylum in Paris. Nureyev's virtuosity and expressiveness made him one of the greatest male dancers of the 1960's, in both classical and modern ballets. He became ballet director of the Paris Opera in 1983.



Saturday, June 18, 2022

Dr Paul Monk

Dr Paul Monk is a poet, polymath and highly regarded Australian public intellectual. He has written an extraordinary range of books, from Sonnets to a Promiscuous Beauty (which resides in former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s library), to reflective essays on the riches of Western civilization in The West in a Nutshell, to a prescient 2005 treatise on the rise of China in Thunder from the Silent Zone: Rethinking China.


Friday, June 17, 2022

Lost Photos from Spanish Civil War

Photographs by two Jewish female photographers who worked behind anti-fascist lines during the Spanish Civil War have gone on display in Madrid after 80 years. For decades the negatives and prints, many of which have never been published, were believed to be lost or destroyed. They are now on show in Madrid for the first time.

Aragón front 1937, Kati Horna

As the war neared a conclusion in 1939, anarchists of the CNT and -FAI, took steps to preserve records of their struggle and achievements. Apprehensive of the war’s outcome, they sealed documents and 2,300 photographs, 5,000 negatives and almost 300 photographic plates in 48 wooden crates, which they smuggled out of Barcelona away from the fascist bombardment, destined for the safe haven of the International Institute of Social History (IISH) in Amsterdam.

Emma Goldman visits Albalate de Cinca in Aragón; Margaret Michaelis 

The photographers were Margaret Michaelis, of Polish-Austrian descent, and Kati Horna, from Hungary and a friend of the photojournalist Robert Capa, a compatriot.

Fighter on the Aragón front, 1937. Kati Horna

Both photographers believed their work had been lost or destroyed in the ruins of Franco’s bombs. Now, for the first time, the pictures are seeing the light of day.

Thanks Thomas

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Marine Serre

Marine Serre is a Paris-based designer who has won the 2017 LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers, announced by Rihanna at the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris.

Marine Serre has worked for Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Maison Margiela and Dior during Raf Simons’ reign until she started her own label in the same year. 

Mixing feminine silhouettes and edgy sportswear with tech fabrics, Marine Serre’s unique collections has received considerable industry acclaim.

Interesting approach to berets, and possibly not to every boinero's taste (and budget!). 

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Dr Neville Jennings

Dr Neville Jennings was a lecturer with the SCU School of Education. 

He completed his PhD in the area of Citizenship Education, with a focus on the Middle Years of Schooling. More interesting for fellow boineros is the classic beret casquette, or peaked beret, that Dr Jennings wears.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

The Country Doctor's Choice

Set in the market town of Everham in Hampshire, from late autumn of 1962 to summer 1963, four interweaving stories overlap as time progresses. Tensions between the characters give rise to open conflicts which erupt in scandals that echo the Profumo affair which has shocked the nation; Everham is like a bubbling cauldron which boils over, resulting in changes in the lives of its residents.