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Theodor de Bry

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I love the almost-human arms and legs on this enormous alligator, which is being attacked, ostensibly, by Native Americans, as depicted by 16th-century artist Theodor de Bry.

"The verisimilitude of many of de Bry's illustrations is questionable; not least because he never crossed the Atlantic. "
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed May 14, 2014 | Comments (10)
Category: Animals, Art, Europe, North America, Sixteenth Century

The Republic of Indian Stream

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I love these charming bits of history that reveal a more eccentric America, where things were more fluid, creative and wild.

More info here and here.

And here's what the bustling center of the Republic and its citizens look like today.


Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Apr 26, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Politics, Regionalism, Curmudgeons and Contrarianism, North America, Nineteenth Century

Life in America:  1948







Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Mar 22, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Customs, 1940's, North America

Life in America:  1915









Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Feb 17, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Customs, 1910's, North America

Life in America:  1959









Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jan 20, 2014 | Comments (2)
Category: Customs, 1950's, North America

By Chevy From Cuba to USA

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With the recent migrant tragedies at sea around the globe, we must always recall one of the great refugee success stories: turning an old Detroit truck into an ocean-going vessel.

More photos here.

Full story here.

Life in America:  1947






Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Nov 10, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Culture and Civilization, Customs, 1940's, North America

The Backwards Multilingual Singing Career of Jeanette

Because the USA market for music is so huge, singers from other countries are always trying to break in, abandoning their native languages for English.

Maurice Chevalier. Charles Aznavour. Julio Iglesias. Shakira. The list goes on and on.

What's stranger is someone who abandons a career singing in native English to become a star abroad.

Such was the case of Jeanette.

Born in the UK and raised in America, she tried to be a folkie.



But failing that, she moved to Europe and became a great success, singing mostly in Spanish.



Of course, looking like a beautiful flower child didn't hurt!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Sep 22, 2013 | Comments (10)
Category: Languages, Music, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, 1960's, 1970's, Europe, North America

Mystery in the Kitchen

Mystery in the Kitchen by Don Haldane, National Film Board of Canada



Invisible supercilious foppish food policeman invades a family's life and assigns all nutritional malfeasance to the "emotional" mother/wife.


Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Sep 16, 2013 | Comments (1)
Category: Food, PSA's, 1950's, North America

Life in America:  1953









Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Aug 24, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Customs, 1950's, North America
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