The Fiftieth Running of the Boston Marathon, April 20, 1946
"One hundred and one long distance runners compete in the fiftieth annual marathon race of over 26 miles at Boston in the United States. Among the runners are former winners and young hopefuls. Through the suburbs of Boston the runners make their way. And all eyes are on courageous Stylianos Kyriakides of Greece, who passes last year’s winner. Kyriakides goes on to win in 2 hours, 29 minutes, 27 seconds and gain the laurel wreath."
Inspired by ‘Girl’s Own’ annuals and the Australian Women’s Weekly magazine from the 1950s, Stories for Girls is a tongue-in-cheek attempt to recreate missing lesbian photographic history from an era where homosexuality was a criminal offense, and lesbians were forced to remain in the closet and keep their relationships hidden from society.
75 years ago, on this date, Billie Holiday recorded a song that Time Magazine would call song of the century: Strange Fruit, a song written about a lynching in the South.
Holiday first performed the song at Cafe Society in 1939. She said that singing it made her fearful of retaliation but, because its imagery reminded her of her father, she continued to sing the piece making it a regular part of her live performances. Because of the poignancy of the song, Josephson drew up some rules: Holiday would close with it; the waiters would stop all service in advance; the room would be in darkness except for a spotlight on Holiday’s face; and there would be no encore. During the musical introduction, Holiday would stand with her eyes closed, as if she were evoking a prayer.
On this day in 1910 Mark Twain died in Redding, Connecticut, aged seventy-four. Despite an undercurrent of doubts and dark thoughts, Twain swept along through his last years as the Mississippi to the sea: guests to his seventieth birthday banquet took home his foot-high bust, New York City pedestrians and English royalty lined up to meet him, thousands filed past his casket to see him in his last white suit — “as much an enigma and prodigy to himself,” says one biographer, as he was to them.
“Death, the only immortal who treats us all alike, whose pity and whose peace and whose refuge are for all — the soiled and the pure, the rich and the poor, the loved and the unloved.” — Mark Twain, Memorandum written on his deathbed
On the flyleaf handwritten in pencil (transl.) “child’s drawing book of the later Empress Elisabeth of Austria, Duchess in Bavaria. From the estate of the Countess Camilla von Otting, her governess and courtlady”. 40 pages, predominantly pencil drawings, but also watercolours, among them the coloured draft of a congratulation for the name day of her favourite brother Carl Theordor nicknamed “Gackel”, signed “Possenhofen - Elisabeth”. The drawings depict primarily the family castle Possenhofen at Lake Starnberg and its surroundings. There are several landscape and tree sketches as well, partially with place names such as Jakobsbrunnen, Possenhofen, Garatshausen, Oberzismerung and others. The book also includes self portraits, studies of the head, of figures, fashion, animals, etc. An entire page dated “26. October” (probably around 1844) is dedicated to the portrayal of the travel preparations for the winter sojourn in Munich.