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My flag among the nations June 27, 2013

Posted by Tomboktu in Culture, Imagery, LGBT Rights.
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To mark the Irish Presidency of the EU Council of Ministers, for the last six months Dublin City Council has flown the flags of the 27 EU member states on the south quays, in protocol-respecting alphabetic order beginning with the Bs for België/Belgique and България/Bulgaria near O’Connell Bridge at Aston Quay, ending with a U for United Kingdom outside the Civic Offices at Wood Quay, where the sequence is ended with the EU flag and a second appearance of Ireland (which is also flown in the Es for Éire furthter back). For some reason unknown to me, the sequence skipped a flag pole at Capel Street Bridge, which has had a banner for the Presidency instead.

At this time of the year, those flag poles would normally be flying one of the two versions of the Pride flag (a six-stripe version and a seven-stripe version) that are held in stock here, but this year the Presidency has trumped Pride.

However, two Pride flags have been added to the end of the Presidency sequence at Wood Quay, and the presidency banner at Capel Street Bridge has been replaced with a Pride flag.

Given the attitude of some of our EU partners to lgbt rights, I hope somebody can make a film of the full set of flags, driving down the quays, showing how the city has marked the presidency and has integrated the lgbt Pride flag into it. It may not be a killer punch in any hard political neogitations in Lithuania or Poland, but it would be a nice piece of footage to boost the morale of my fellow EU-citizens who do not have the social and political atmosphere that I enjoy.

The Mexican Suitcase… Images from the Spanish Civil War March 15, 2013

Posted by irishelectionliterature in History, Imagery.
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Saw a link to this site earlier on Facebook and it’s superb. The story of how the photos came to light, the images themselves which capture moments of life during The Spanish Civil War, moments from both sides too.

The Mexican Suitcase… Images from the Spanish Civil War

In late December 2007, three small cardboard boxes arrived at the International Center of Photography from Mexico City after a long and mysterious journey. These tattered boxes—the so-called Mexican Suitcase—contained the legendary Spanish Civil War negatives of Robert Capa. Rumors had circulated for years of the survival of the negatives, which had disappeared from Capa’s Paris studio at the beginning of World War II. Cornell Capa, Robert’s brother and the founder of ICP, had diligently tracked down each tale and vigorously sought out the negatives, but to no avail. When, at last, the boxes were opened for the 89-year-old Cornell Capa, they revealed 126 rolls of film—not only by Robert Capa, but also by Gerda Taro and David Seymour (known as “Chim”), three of the major photographers of the Spanish Civil War. Together, these roles of film constitute an inestimable record of photographic innovation and war photography, but also of the great political struggle to determine the course of Spanish history and to turn back the expansion of global fascism.

“Words” and “Fail” and “Me” June 19, 2012

Posted by Tomboktu in Art, Business, Communism, Imagery, Uncategorized.
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MasterCard issued by Sparkasse Chemnitz using image of Karl Marx

Old US Presidential Campaign Commercials May 29, 2012

Posted by irishelectionliterature in Imagery, United States, US Politics.
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With the US Presidential Campaign getting into gear a reminder of some previous US Presidential election Commercials.

One site with hundreds of them is The Living Room Candidate  which the blurb says…

The Living Room Candidate contains more than 300 commercials, from every presidential election since 1952, when Madison Avenue advertising executive Rosser Reeves convinced Dwight Eisenhower that short ads played during such popular TV programs as I Love Lucy would reach more voters than any other form of advertising. This innovation had a permanent effect on the way presidential campaigns are run.

“The most famous of all campaign commercials, known as the “Daisy Girl” ad, ran only once as a paid advertisement, during an NBC broadcast of Monday Night at the Movies on September 7, 1964. Without any explanatory words, the ad uses a simple and powerful cinematic device, juxtaposing a scene of a little girl happily picking petals off of a flower (actually a black-eyed Susan), and an ominous countdown to a nuclear explosion. The ad was created by the innovative agency Doyle Dane Bernbach, known for its conceptual, minimal, and modern approach to advertising. The memorable soundtrack was created by Tony Schwartz, an advertising pioneer famous for his work with sound, including anthropological recordings of audio from cultures around the world. The frightening ad was instantly perceived as a portrayal of Barry Goldwater as an extremist. In fact, the Republican National Committee spelled this out by saying, “This ad implies that Senator Goldwater is a reckless man and Lyndon Johnson is a careful man.” This was precisely the intent; in a memo to President Johnson on September 13, Bill Moyers wrote, “The idea was not to let him get away with building a moderate image and to put him on the defensive before the campaign is old.” The ad was replayed in its entirety on ABC’s and CBS’s nightly news shows, amplifying its impact”

The Freedom Riders and more ….. January 11, 2012

Posted by irishelectionliterature in Imagery, United States.
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Was browsing The Denver Posts Photo Blog and found these wonderful galleries.

Firstly a pictorial history of the “Freedom Riders” who tried to break segregation on buses 51 years ago. There is a background to the Freedom Riders and each picture has its own story.
The 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Riders

Then these photos show the places of Depression Era America
Color Landscape of the depression era

and finally another gallery from a similar period
America in Color 1939 to 1943

This too might be of interest… Ghosts of the past… August 1, 2010

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Culture, Imagery.
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…someone referred this to me yesterday. I’m far from one for ostnostalgia, but these combined images of contemporary St. Petersburg and WWII period Leningrad make for some profoundly compelling imagery.

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