Olinka Hrdy mural in Long Beach

 

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Image: detail of Deep Sea Magic mural by Olinka Hrdy from https://livingnewdeal.org/projects/will-rogers-middle-school-mural-long-beach-ca/ .

“This mural ‘Deep Sea Magic’ by Oklahoma artist Olinka Hrdy was painted in 1939 with funding from the WPA Federal Art Project. It is composed of two panels, each measuring 6 feet by 19 feet, and is currently located in the foyer of Will Rogers Middle School. Hrdy had the following to say about the mural in 1965:

Well like most of the artists in California I got on the Federal Art Project and naturally I had quite a few decorations behind me so they put me right to work designing murals. And the first mural I did was one called Deep Sea Magic which I did for the Lowell [sic] Junior High School in Long Beach… [T]his giant squid, the tendrils were all of ten feet long, all in purple pink and blues, various colors and this was almost transparent so you could look through it. And look here, all the eyes of all the fish were done with either gold or silver so that when you walk by the mural you see the glitter of these eyes all watching you. (http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/interviews/oral-history-interview-olinka-hrdy-12581)”

Excerpt from image link above.

Learn more about Hrdy at http://womenoutwest.blogspot.com/2016/09/olinka-hrdy-abstract-painter-and.html .

 

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Theosophical Society

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Images: 1939 postcard via cardcow.com .

“The Theosophical Society is part of a universal, ethical and intellectual Movement, which has been active throughout the ages. In accordance with the cyclic laws of Nature, this Movement brought forth spiritual impulses which gave the initial impetus to the great religious and philosophical systems produced by humanity.”

Excerpt from http://www.blavatskyhouse.org/Theosophical_Society .

For a more in-depth story about this once-flourishing utopian community, see the Los Angeles Times 2003 newspaper article: http://articles.latimes.com/2003/aug/03/local/me-then3 .

 

Steamship moderne

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Image: artists concept from unknown source.

Of course, it’s streamline moderne.

“The Coca-Cola Building is a Coca-Cola bottling plant modeled as a Streamline Moderne building designed by architect Robert V. Derrah with the appearance of a ship with portholes, catwalk and a bridge from five existing industrial buildings in 1939. It is located at 1334 South Central Avenue in Los Angeles, California.”

Excerpt from https://wikivisually.com/wiki/Coca-Cola_Building_(Los_Angeles) .

Thanksgiving on Nov. 30?

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“Roosevelt listened to this plea [from the head of Federated Stores to move the Turkey Day forward one week, to give merchants another week to tempt their customers], and at a Press Conference held August 14th, he said that ‘I have been hearing from a great many people for the last six years, complaints that Thanksgiving came too close to Christmas’. After Lazarus, the President had also heard from the National Retail Dry Goods Association, as well as executives of Gimbels and Lord & Taylor. Roosevelt reminded the press that Thanksgiving was still not an official holiday, and that each year the President picked the date. And, since these experts believed that adding another week to the shopping season would increase sales by 10%, Franklin announced, this year, at least, he was moving Thanksgiving to Thursday, November 23rd.

Image and excerpt from http://thepublici.blogspot.com/2010_11_14_archive.html . Learn more about the arguments for and against the date change at the link.