Monday, May 21, 2018

Grave of a Famous Person: Jack Kerouac - Lowell, MA

Jack Kerouac
Lowell, MA


N 42° 36.954 W 071° 18.410



Short Description: 

The grave of American poet and novelist of the "Beat Generation" John "Jack" Kerouac is located in Edson Cemetery, 1375 Gorham Street, Lowell, MA.

Long Description:

The grave of poet and novelist Jack Kerouac is marked by a family headstone and an individual horizontal grave marker.

The horizontal grave marker is inscribed:

"TI JEAN"
JOHN L. KEROUAC
MAR. 12, 1922 - OCT 21, 1969
- HE HONORED LIFE -
STELLA HIS WIFE
NOV. 11, 1918 - FEB. 10, 1990

One side of the family monument contains the image of a dove, the signature Jack Kerouac and the phrase "The Road is Life".



The other side of the family monument contains a list of in-law family names and dates including:

MARCH 12, 1922 JOHN LOUIS KEROUAC OCTOBER 21, 1969

Jack Kerouac was born Jean-Louis Kérouac on March 12, 1922 in Lowell, Massachusetts to French-Canadian parents. He attended Columbia University in New York City where he played football. When an injury ended is football career he dropped out of school.

In 1942 Kerouac joined the United States Merchant Marine and, in 1943, served briefly in the United States Navy before receiving an honorably discharged on psychiatric grounds. He wrote his first novel, The Sea is My Brother , while in the Merchant Marine.

Upon leaving the navy and back in New York City, he met other members of the "Beat Generation" including Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs. Kerouac became a leading voice of the post-modern "Beat Generation". His seminal novel On the Road, was published in 1951. It defined the prevailing counterculture in America. During his life he published a large number of poems and works of fiction.



Bibliography from Wikipedia:

Poetry:

Mexico City Blues (1955; published 1959)
The Scripture of the Golden Eternity (1956; published 1960)
Scattered Poems (1945–1968; published 1971)
Book of Sketches (1952–1957)
Old Angel Midnight (1956; published 1973)
Trip Trap: Haiku on the Road from SF to NY (1959; published 1973)
Heaven and Other Poems (1957–1962; published 1977)
San Francisco Blues (1954; published 1991)
Pomes All Sizes (compiled 1960; published 1992)
Book of Blues (1954–1961)
Book of Haikus (published 2003)
Collected Poems (published 2012)
Old Angel Midnight (City Lights Publishers, 2016 edition)

Fiction:

The Town and the City (1950; written 1946–1949)
On the Road (1957; written 1947–1951)
The Subterraneans (1958; written 1953)
The Dharma Bums (1958)
Doctor Sax (1959; written 1952)
Maggie Cassidy (1959; written 1953) 
Tristessa (1960; written 1955–1956)
Lonesome Traveler, short story collection (1960)
Book of Dreams (1960; written 1952–1960)
Big Sur (1962)
Visions of Gerard (1963; written 1956)
Desolation Angels (1965)
Satori in Paris (1965)
Vanity of Duluoz (1968)
Visions of Cody (1972; written 1951–1952)
Pic (1971; written 1951 & 1969)
The Sea is My Brother (1942) 
Orpheus Emerged (1944–1945; published 2002)
The Haunted Life and Other Writings (1944; published 2014)
And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks (1945; published 2008)
La vie est d'hommage (1950-1965; published 2016)
The Unknown Kerouac (published 2016)

Other work and non-fiction:

Atop an Underwood: Early Stories and Other Writings (1936–1943; published 1999)
Good Blonde & Others (1955; published 1993)
Wake Up: A Life of the Buddha (1955; published 2008)
Some of the Dharma (1953–1956; published 1997)
Beat Generation, a play (1957, published 2005)

Monday, April 30, 2018

Hannibal the United States Military Academy Mule - Highland Falls, NY

Hannibal
 the 
United States Military Academy Mule
Highland Falls, NY


N 41° 22.388 W 073° 57.833



Short Description:

 A monument to Hannibal the mascot of the United States Military Academy at West Point is located on the median between US Route 9W to SR 218 opposite the United States Military Academy Visitors Center and Museum.



Long Description:

A statue of Hannibal the most famous United States Military Academy mule, who was the mascot of West Point from 1947-1964, is depicted mounted by a West Point cadet. Hannibal is in apparent motion with its front right foot and left rear foot off the ground. The 15' high bronze statue was created by J. David Nunneley and erected in 2004 by the West Point Class of 1954 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of their graduation.

The 4' high rectangular and tapered stone block base has three bronze plaques. The plaque on the east side is inscribed:

HANNIBAL
WEST POINT MULE MASCOT


The plaque on the south side is inscribed:

THE ARMY MULE

SINCE 1899 THE MULE HAS BEEN THE WEST POINT MASCOT PROMOTING THE SPIRIT OF THE CORPS OF CADETS.
MULES WERE VERY IMPORTANT TO THE ARMY IN THE LATE 1800s THROUGH WORLD WAR I.
WHILE NOT REGULAR CALVARY MOUNTS, MULES WERE USED EXTENSIVELY TO PULL SUPPLY WAGONS, CAISSONS, AND ARTILLERY PIECES.
MULES ARE STRONGER, MORE SUREFOOTED, MORE INTELLIGENT AND EAT LESS THAN HORSES.
RIDING MULES LIKE "HANNIBAL" WERE USED BY MOUNTED GUARDS AND BY MESSENGERS.

HANNIBAL (249-183 B.C.) WAS ONE OF THE GREATEST MILITARY LEADERS OF ALL TIME.
"HANNIBAL" WAS AN EXCEPTIONAL WEST POINT MASCOT. HE SERVED THE CORPS OF CADETS FAITHFULLY FROM 1947-1964. 


The plaque on the west side is inscribed:

DONATED TO HIGHLAND FALLS
IN RECOGNITION OF
THEIR GREAT SUPPORT TO
WEST POINT
AND 
THE CORPS OF CADETS.

22 MAY 2004

{LIST OF NAMES}

ERECTED BY COMPANY M, 2nd REGIMENT, WEST POINT CLASS OF 1954,
AND THEIR MANY FRIENDS, ON THEIR 50th ANNIVERSARY OF GRADUATION.
{THREE COLUMN LIST OF NAMES}

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Statue of Historic Figure: Phineas Taylor (P.T.) Barnum - Bethel, CT

Phineas Taylor (P.T.) Barnum
Bethel, CT


N 41° 22.272 W 073° 24.829



Short Description: 

A statue of "The Greatest Showman" P.T. Barnum is located outside the Bethel Public Library at 189 Greenwood Ave, Bethel, CT.

Long Description:

A 6' high bronze statue of American showman. politician, and businessman P.T. Barnum was dedicated by the Bethel Historical Society on September 26, 2010. The statue was created by local artist Dave Gesualdi and placed on along Greenwood Avenue outside the public library. The statue, dedicated on the 200th anniversary of Barnum’s birth in Bethel, Ct.

The statue depicts Barnum wearing a three piece suit with the jacket unbuttoned and a bow tie. He is standing on a circular bronze plinth set on a 3' high square stone block base with a relief showing a circus scene on the west side. His left knee bent slightly forward and his hands raised over his head. He is holding a top hat in his left hand.




A bronze plaque in front of the base is inscribed:


PHINEAS TAYLOR (P.T.) BARNUM
BORN BETHEL, CT 1810
* * *
"I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN AN ATMOSPHERE OF
MERRIMENT MY NATURAL BIAS WAS DEVELOPED AND
STRENGTHENED BY THE ASSOCIATIONS OF YOUTH;
AND I FEEL MYSELF ENTITLED TO RECORD THE SAYINGS
AND DOINGS OF THE WAGS AND ECCENTRICITIES OF
BETHEL BECAUSE THEY PARTLY EXPLAIN THE CAUSES
WHICH HAVE MADE ME WHAT I AM."

*** DEDICATED BY THE BETHEL HISTORICAL SOCIETY ON THE 26TH OF SEPTEMBER 2010 ***

P.T. Barnum was born in Bethel, CT on July 5, 1810 where he founded a weekly newspaper before moving to New York City in 1834. In New York, Barnum creating a curiosity museum and the circus that now is part of the Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus. His career in entertainment included a variety troupe called "Barnum's Grand Scientific and Musical Theater" and purchasing Scudder's American Museum, which he renamed the Barnum American Museum. He became famous for using the museum to promote hoaxes and human curiosities such as the Feejee mermaid and General Tom Thumb. He also promoted the American tour of singer Jenny Lind, "The Swedish Nightingale". P.T. Barnum is closely associated with the aphorism "There's a sucker born every minute."

Barnum was also served in Connecticut House of Representatives from 1866–1869 and the mayor of Bridgeport, CT from 1875–1876. He died in Bridgeport on April 7, 1891 and is buried in Mountain Grove Cemetery.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Roadside Attraction: Old Bet the Elephant - Somers, NY

Old Bet the Elephant
Somers, NY


N 41° 19.677 W 073° 41.148



Short Description: 

A statue of Old Bet the Elephant is displayed high up on a granite pillar in front of the Elephant Hotel at 335 US Route 202 in Somers, NY.

Long Description:

In 1808 Hachaliah Bailey purchased an African elephant which he named Old Bet. The elephant was the first circus elephant brought to America. Old Bet was the main attraction of his Bailey Circus, which later became a component of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. On July 24 1816, while on tour near Alfred, ME, Old Bet was shot and killed by local farmer, Daniel Davis.



Between 1820 and 1825 Bailey built the Elephant Hotel Old in Somers, NY. In 1935 a statue Old Bet was erected outside the Elephant Hotel in Somers, NY. The 3' by 4.5' by 6' concrete over plywood and cedar with metal mesh statue of Old Bet the Elephant is mounted on a 15' high granite shaft and a 3' high iron scroll support. The statue was created by sculptors Joseph P. Vaghi and Thaddeus Barlow and replaces a version of Old Bet that was created in 1825 and fell into disrepair.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Realistic Object Sculpture: Pumpkin by Yayoi Kusama - NY, NY

Pumpkin
New York, NY


N 40° 45.674 W 073° 59.931



Short Description: 

A sculpture of a Yayoi Kusama pumpkin is located in front of the Sky Building at 605 W 42nd St, New York, NY.

Long Description:

A 94.875" by 92.5" by 92.5" bronze sculpture of a pumpkin, decorated with a bronze covering, was created by Yayoi Kusama in 2014. According to the artist, who is famous for her sculptures of pumpkins in this style:



"It seems that pumpkins do not inspire much respect. But I was enchanted by their charming and winsome form. What appealed to me most was the pumpkin's generous unpretentiousness. That and its solid spiritual base."

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Realistic Object Sculpture: Europe Candy Flag - NY, NY

Europe Candy Flag
NY, NY


N 40° 45.451 W 073° 59.432

Short Description: 

The Europe Candy Flag sculpture is located inside the north lobby of the Port Authority Bus Terminal, which is most easily accessible through the north entrance on W 42nd Street in New York City.

Long Description:

The Europe Candy Flag sculpture is a 200 cm (6.6') high depiction of a wrapped hard candy standing on end. The wrapping is blue with 12 gold stars forming the flag of the European Union. It is one of two similar sculptures by Laurence Jenkell on display in the north lobby of the Port Authority Bus Terminal. The sculpture rests on a 3' high platform with a sign that is inscribed:


Laurence JENKELL
EUROPEAN CANDY FLAG
POLYESTER 200 CM
EDITION 8+4 A.P. N° 2/8

www.jenkell.com

Instagram: @jenkell_official

FOUNDATION FRANCE ART CONTEMPORARY


Monday, February 12, 2018

Philatelic Photograph: War Memorial - Basseterre, St. Kitts

War Memorial
Basseterre, St. Kitts


N 17° 17.539 W 062° 43.942


Short Description: 

The War Memorial is located in the Irishtown section at the end of Bay Road in the west end of Basseterre, St. Kitts.

Long Description:

The original War Memorial was dedicated in 1926 to honor the men from Kitts, Nevis and Anguilla who died in World War I. In 1955, it was moved and replaced by the present obelisk and surroundings an a plaque honoring the men who died during World War II was added.


The bronze plaque on the front of the obelisk is inscribed:


ST. CHRISTOPHER-NEVIS
TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN 
MEMORY OF THE MEN FROM THIS 
PRESIDENCY WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES 
IN THE GREAT WAR, 1914 - 1918

JOSEPH CEPHAS
JAMES DANIEL
ARTHUR DICKENSON
DONALD EDWARDS, M.C.
H.D. EDWARDS, D.S.C.
JOHN FOREMAN
EDMUND GORDON
HYWELL HERBERT JONES
JAMES L.E.R. LAKE
JOSEPH LEWIS
JOSEPH A. McKOY
EDWARD MILLS
HERBERT MITCHELL
DONALD PATRICE
EDWARD HOPE ROSS
HORACE VEIRA
IVOR WAKEFIELD
WILLIAM C. WATTLEY RICHARD T. WHITE
ROBERT L. WOOLWARD


The bronze plaque on the back of the obelisk is inscribed:

ST. CHRISTOPHER-NEVIS
AND ANGUILLA
TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN 
MEMORY OF THE MEN FROM THIS 
PRESIDENCY WHO GAVE THEIR 
LIVES IN THE WORLD WAR 
1939 - 1945

J.E. ALVES D.F.M.
PETER BERKLEY 
SYDNEY DELISLE
A.E. FARARA
G.G.H. FARARA D.F.C. D.E.M.
BASILE VEIRA D.F.C.



The stamp was issued by St. Kitts on August 19, 1992 as part of a set of four stamps depicting sights around St. Kitts.