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Do a good turn daily: The Boy Scouts of America voted to allow openly gay youths as members, but continue a ban on openly gay adult Scout leaders.
This untitled, undated photograph is the work of Mike Disfarmer, the legendary studio photographer from Heber Springs, Arkansas. He captured the faces of rural America at a defining time in history as the Great Depression yielded to World War II. He documented small town life in America’s Heartland—farmers, shopkeepers, teachers, and their sons and daughters as they donned uniforms and headed off to war. His reputation and appreciation for his singular vision grew after a large cache of his negatives were found in the 1970s, with subsequent exhibitions and books following.
Robb Putnam is an artist who creates large scale sculptures of cartoon-like dog heads and figures out of discarded materials. The Bark profiled his work in 2009 shortly after his graduation from the Mills College MFA program. Robb’s new work will be featured in the exhibition “Larger than Life: Exploring Scale in Contemporary Art” — June 2 through August 18, 2013 at the Bedford Gallery/Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, CA.
HBO’s bio pic on Liberace “Behind the Candelabra” debuts May 26, 2013. Liberace’s fondness for dogs is evident throughout the film — at the time of his death he was living with 25 dogs. This portrait hung in the entry way to his home in Palm Springs.
Al Fritz, the creator of the Sting-Ray bicycle, has died at age 88 in Illinois. Fritz was Schwinn’s vice president of engineering, research and development and introduced the first Sting-Ray model in 1963. The compact, stylish design was based on a trend of kids “chopping and refitting” standard frames into customized “bike-rods” mimicking the era’s popular muscle cars and hot rods. Millions of the bikes were sold until the they were discontinued in the late 1970s.
Veikko Hirvimaki is a Finish artist, living in Switzerland, known for his rough-hewn sculptures and installations carved from wood.
Mocha is a bright young Pitbull/Lab mix in New Jersey who needs a permanent home. Your patience will be rewarded ten fold. www.ehrdogs.org
One of a dozen photos found on Ebay of this young girl and her dogs over a period of 5–7 years.
Last week saw the passing of Deanna Durbin, the wholesome star of Depression-era films, who wryly called her image that of “Little Miss Fix-It Who Bursts into Song.” Her stardom was meteoric and for a short 12-year period, she was hugely popular. Both Winston Churchill and Anne Frank were fans. Durbin is shown here with her beloved dog Tippy, said to have been purchased at a pet store for $2.