Tag Archives: 1940’s

1943: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

Dorothea Tanning: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (1943) Artspeak If Art would only talk it would, at last, reveal itself for what it is, what we all burn to know. As for our certainties, it would fetch a dry yawn then take … Continue reading

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1939: Typewriter

This giant Underwood typewriter was on display in the Business Systems and Insurance Building at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. It weighed 14 tons and worked—letters could be typed on stationery measuring 9 by 12 feet.

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1940: Joseph’s Dream

Evelyn Mary Dunbar: Joseph’s Dream (c. 1940)

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1942: Fog

Stefan Johansson: The Bridge in Fog (1942)

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1945: The Book of Alfred Kantor

Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day—Yom HaShoah Alfred Kantor was 22 when he was sent to Theresienstadt, the ”model ghetto” 40 miles north of Prague that the Nazis had created for Czech Jews. He was then sent to Auschwitz and, later, … Continue reading

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1973: Self-Translation

Born in Ireland, Samuel Beckett wrote almost exclusively in French after moving to Paris in 1939. He would then translate his novels and plays into English. He wrote the following sentence in his 1946 short story “Premier amour”: Personnellement je … Continue reading

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1946: New Year’s

Horace Bristol: The New Moon, January 1, 1946 During the Saidai-ji Eyo Hadaka Matsuri [“Saidaiji Temple Naked Festival”] in Okayama, participants wear only a Japanese loincloth called a fundoshi as they compete to find one of two camphor-scented batons that … Continue reading

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