|John Atherton (1900-19520 Dover Press|
Today, as I am writing this for tomorrow's blog post, is Patriots Day in Boston, Massachusetts and today was the scene of the Boston Marathon and bomb attacks at the finish line. Two people are reported dead and scores more are injured.
New York City was the scene of a horrific terrorist attack on 9/11/2001. I selected this poster originally to be my "N" choice to somehow tie in the date the poster was printed, 1939, and the planning of the New York World's Fair amid the "winds of war" and the march of Fascism in Europe.
In 1935, a group of New York retired policemen met to plan an international exposition to lift New York's and the country's spirits out of the depression and to encourage much needed business to New York.
Many countries all over the world took part in the World's Fair, even countries that were already under the Fascist boot. Poland, Czechoslovakia and France, ran their pavilions with nationalistic pride. When the Fair ended, many of the staff could not return to their home countries so they remained in the U.S.
President Franklin Roosevelt gave the opening day address; Albert Einstein gave a speech discussing cosmic rays. The theme was, "Dawn of a New Day."
And. . . there was a bomb planted in the British Embassy Pavilion. Two bomb squad policeman were killed as they carried the bomb away, but they saved many lives.
And on it goes. Hope for the future and then. . . .
"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald