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“A good snapshot stops a moment from running away.” —Eudora Welty
A pen and ink illustration from Houn’ Dog by Mary Calhoun, artwork by Roger Duvoisin. Duvoisin (1904–1980) was a Swiss-born American writer and illustrator of children’s literature. He is the author/illustrator of Petunia, White Snow, Hide and Seek Frog.
Wishing Lou Reed a speedy recovery after receiving a new liver. Lou Reed with Lollabelle and Laurie Anderson by Mary Ellen Mark, 2001.
The incomparable Audrey Hepburn with her dog Mr. Famous. Rome, Italy, 1960. Photo: Archivio Storico Luce; digital colorization by Lorna Clark.
Don’t do it! Those brand new docking stations for NYC’s Citi Bike Share are tempting relieving posts for the city’s dog population but do your part to make this program a success, and resist!
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.
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.