Time To Consider Astroturf

Although the dirt is red, this ain’t Oklahoma. It’s Ndendé, a town and capital of the Dola Department in southern Gabon. Never heard of the country of Gabon? Don’t feel bad; its entire population is currently about 2 million. Compare that to the city of Houston, Texas, which is 2.3 million. And back in 1964, when this shot was taken, the country had less than half a million citizens.

by James P. Blair @ NGS

Above, we see John F. Murphy coaching the boy who is about to receive the ball (let’s hope he doesn’t fumble). Murphy was in the Peace Corps and helped to clear playing fields and build schools, so that the kids wouldn’t be stuck under crumbling shanties made of wattle and thatch.

Below, he and others nail siding on to a new school that will protect children from the elements.

Murphy was also a captain in the Marine Corps, and is now a whistleblower lawyer in Hartford, Connecticut. He was known by the townspeople he helped as one of “les blancs qui travaillent” (the white people who work). A bulldozer operator for the Public Works Dept stated, “It is not myself who will see the progress. It is too late for me. But my children will go to school, and they will learn what I have never learned.”


Literal Overhead Bin

Turn-of-the-century immigrants at Ellis Island: The 20th Century

She seems so nonchalant about all that pressure on her noggin. For me, it wouldn’t just be the pain, but the balancing issue.

This clever but crazy man constantly shifts his balance to support four carry-on bags.

Again, it looks awful painful. Yet, women all over the world spare their biceps and let their heads do all the hard lifting.


Clothes, water, toiletries–these things make sense to transport on your head, if you’re able. But what I don’t get is this one:

Fat chance getting that goat to stay still.

1933 Austin High School Tumbling Team

The AHS girls’ tumbling team consisted of these five ladies: Henderson, Remund, Silberstein, Piper, and McGill. Remund clearly was distracted.

For anyone familiar with Austin, you will recognize the capitol in the background, before the skyline was a jagged, crowded hodgepodge of skyscrapers.

I love the juxtaposition of the upside-down girls against the vintage cars, but it also raises many questions. Personally, I recall the discomfort of doing Jane Fonda aerobics in my high school cafeteria, especially when the boys walked past us during pelvic raises. One can only surmise how many citizens observed these antics as they passed by in the days prior to registered sex offenders, and how vulnerable these gals may have felt, limbs akimbo. Also, it looks quite painful! What are your thoughts?

Mansplaining Whilst Manspreading

The Recall 1942

At least he looks comfortable, no? The other fella seems pure-D zoned out.

Here’s another pic of students sitting near the steps. They have all chosen to keep their knees together, like ladies do.

We jump from 1942 to 1956 to another group of seated students. Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. Who is to blame?

This last seated guy–tapping away on his typewriter–appears to be getting all the propers, while Sally (far right) looks on. What a headline, Georgie Boy! Fan-tastic!

Yucca 1946
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