WPA poster from the 1930’s


c. 1900-1910


Rushville, NY







Monument to the Irish Brigade at Bloody Lane


Civil War, Decoration Day, Memorial Day, Waterloo

Memorial Day Postcards & Pictures VI


14 thoughts on “Memorial Day Postcards & Pictures VI

  1. Jan Theobald says:

    I love the sweet pictures at the beginning with flowers. Memorial Day is such a lovely time for memories and honor to those who have gone before us. These are fun to see!

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  2. I can’t bump into “Marching Through Georgia” without wanting to cue up “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”.

    Taken together, the songs bring to mind the number of statues honoring Confederate leaders being pulled down, and the number of buildings being renamed. A few months ago, I read an article about the Cultural Revolution in China under Mao, and quivered, just a bit. Here’s one paragraph:

    “One of the posters, for instance, is entitled Eliminating the “Four Olds”. Launched by Mao and General Lin Biao, Mao’s second-in-charge and designated successor, in a speech from the Tiananmen Rostrum on August 18, 1966, the Destruction of the Four Olds was one of the first campaigns of the Cultural Revolution.

    The “Four Olds” are Old Customs, Old Culture, Old Habits, Old Ideas, and the poster shows a brigade of Red Guards sledge hammering, trampling, burning, burying Chinese literature, film, religious iconography and cultural artifacts emblematic of foreign imperialism and China’s feudal past. The large flag in the foreground with the image of Mao on it reads ‘Rebellion is justified.'”

    As much as we might prefer to deny it, that impulse is as alive in this country as it was in China — or is in any of the places where ISIS is dismantling libraries, artwork, and historical sites.

    All of that aside, that postcard from Rushville, NY is just stunning. And the little girl with ringlets in the first card? That was me, until I got old enough to insist on plain hair instead of fancy hair — to my mother’s great chagrin.

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    • I’ve been thinking about the renaming of buildings and removal of statues, and actually started writing about it, but kind of a confusing topic. At the start of the Revolution, in NYC they tore down a statue of George III, and I guess the history books think that’s ok, like the Boston tea party, but to me, it’s kind of a shame, it would be cool to see an old colonial statue. But it was made of lead (must have weighed a ton) and they needed to melt it down for bullets.
      When the statues of Lenin came down in Eastern Europe, that seemed ok, because he was imposed on the locals by a foreign power, so they sent him packing. I guess New Orleans and some other places, have changed, and now Robt E Lee, et al are now foreign to the current residents, and definitely not their heroes. So it’s kind of like repatriating the enemy dead after a war, they may have been enemies, but you treat the fallen with respect, and send them home for burial. The statues can go somewhere where people will appreciate them, maybe a museum on the history of the Confederacy, instead of standing around unwanted, where the residents resent them as being an alien presence in their public space.
      We have a little obelisk in the village green, that commemorates the destruction of the Cayuga village here, during the Revolution. I know there was a war for survival going on, and the Clinton-Sullivan campaign was an act of desperation, because they couldn’t stop the Iroquois raids, so they pursued a scorched earth strategy, under orders, just like Sherman’s march through Georgia, or Sheridan in the Valley, but it seems like it would make more sense, to commemorate the village, not the destruction of it.


      • The problem is that Lee, et. al, aren’t foreign to all current residents in places like NOLA. Ironically, the space that’s left after the whatever is removed is more resonant than what was there in the first place. And, the bitterness of those who have had that space imposed can be strong.

        You’re right that it’s hard to write about, precisely because it is so complex. Heck – that’s why I dropped a comment here and still have a post in my draft files. It does seem noteworthy, or ironic, or just plain weird to me that even as genealogical research and an interest in personal history is rising rapidly, the destruction of common memory is taking place. My hunch is that some sort of correlation exists, but I’m not in grad school and don’t need a thesis topic, so maybe I’ll let that rest. (Or not.)

        Have you ever read Richard John Neuhaus’s The Naked Public Square? It was written in the 1980s, in a bit of a different context, but it certainly addresses some of today’s issues. For example: once you’ve torn down all the buildings and all the statues, and erased history as completely as you can — what then? What fills that space?

        Happy weekend! I’m off shortly to a Danish museum. Of course there would be a Danish museum in Texas — everyone else came here, so why not them?

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  3. You have been publishing such glorious posts – I can not imagine what you plan for Monday!
    May I have your permission to use some of your images from time to time, with your link included of course?

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