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Paul & Fran Giambarba
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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Piccadilly Circus, London, May 1955 Tuesday, May 24, 1955 Arrived London 10:30 AM all the worse for wear. It was The Bus Ride from Hell. Ruth objected to the old man across the aisle smoking a smelly cigar, the barracks-like tea rooms which served slops, the long lines into filthy... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Innocents Abroad
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This is the finished artwork drawn from the sketch made of the two insufferable Brits of yesterday. Monday, May 23, 1955 Caught the Glasgow bus at 9 AM after bidding goodbye to the sweet Mrs. Robertson. No friendly repartee on the bus, mostly everyone glum and grim. Dali, Le Christ... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Innocents Abroad
From Jim's blog of recent days: "I found Mike Connealy’s blog shortly after I restarted my camera collection in 2006. He was doing what I aspired to do: using old film cameras and writing about the experience. Despite his obvious and considerable photographic skill, he wrote of his journey of... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Analog Photography at its Best
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Sunday, May 22, 1955 A terrible day for weather, rainy and cold. Caught up on our reading and correspondence. Dinner at the Argyll Hotel. Roast chicken is quite good. Boorish English guests back at Mrs. Robertson’s. Glaring at us and yawning out loud, then persisting in conversing with us so... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Innocents Abroad
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Saturday, May 21, 1955 Didn’t get up for an early morning stroll which we had planned because the bed was so comfortable that we slept in. A good breakfast for a change. The weather is still sunny but cold, with intermittent showers. The townies can’t get over Ruth’s knee socks... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Innocents Abroad
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Friday, May 20, 1955 We leave Edinburgh for Glasgow on a service bus. A very kind and helpful conductor took care of our baggage for us. We checked the bags at the bus station at noon, bought a scarf and gloves. Glasgow appears to move a lot faster than Edinburgh... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Innocents Abroad
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Thursday, May 19, 1955 What cold! Our breath is visible and in cloud formations even though the sun is shining outdoors. Ruth has the sniffles and a sore throat. A gong resounds throughout announcing breakfast. Bongggggg! We both exclaim, “Terry - and - the - Pirates,” in the voice of... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Innocents Abroad
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Wednesday, May 18, 1955 B. sounds reveille at 7:30. We’re all beat from a bad night’s sleep. The towels supplied in our alleged state room (saloon-class as it were) seem to be dirtier than rags that gas stations in the US use to check your oil. We lug our gear... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Innocents Abroad
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Tuesday, 17 May 1955 Walked over to University Hall to see the great stained glass windows by Evie Hone. Ruth knows all about things like this and I haven’t a clue. She’s carrying a heavy handbag she made of the same material with which she reupholstered the front seat of... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2015 at Innocents Abroad
Monday, May 16, 1955 Two priests and a boy at Wynne’s for breakfast. One of the priests says, “This man will order for himself.” Kid grins from ear to ear. Returned the plucky little Ford Anglia at Murray’s Car-Hire where Mr. Russell, the manager, had my $50 traveler’s check cashed... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at Innocents Abroad
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Friday, May 13, 1955 Walked around the grounds and island of Ballynahinch before our delicious breakfast. Left at 10 AM on a beautiful sunny morning. Got petrol in the garage of Ballynahinch Castle where a bespectacled and courteous young gentleman in a suit and tie worked an ingenious contraption that... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at Innocents Abroad
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Saturday, May 14, 1955 We left Ashford Castle under clear sunny skies but storm clouds inside the plucky little Anglia. B complained about the cold at breakfast of excellent smoked kippers. Ruth and I got another warmer room somehow. Everything is downhill after the splendor of the castles. These turned... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at Innocents Abroad
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Thursday, May 12, 1955 We leave Dublin, with friend B, at 9:30 AM for Murray’s Car Hire and check out in a tan 1955 Ford Anglia with right-hand drive. It’s a bit complicated getting used to it, particularly in knowing where to look for oncoming traffic and negotiating around roundabouts;... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at Innocents Abroad
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Wednesday, May 11, 1955 Hearty breakfast of grapefruit, eggs, sausage, bacon, toast and coffee in Wynne’s dining room. Ruth says excellent, loves the silver tableware and the Blue Willow china. We walk up to the Hotel Gresham, rated the best in Dublin, to see our illustrator friend B. She’s not... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2015 at Innocents Abroad
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Tuesday, May 10, 1955 Well, we finally made it to breakfast. Tipped our dining room steward who pointed out to us that N.A.S.M. (the Holland-America Line in Dutch) means “Nice Americans Spend Money.” The cabin steward was much more gracious. He even smiled. Lots of farewells from all. We could... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2015 at Innocents Abroad
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9 May 1955 Entering the harbor: Cobh, formerly Queenstown Missed breakfast again because of late bull session. Packed bags. Farewell dinner but the Dutch skipper failed to show at the Captain's Table. Some say he's been sick the whole trip. Our usual group afterwards, very congenial, addresses exchanges all around.... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2015 at Innocents Abroad
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Homage to Ruth Tremaine Giambarba 1932-1978 I took this photo with a Nikon F and a 105mm lens on Kodachrome in Florence, Italy, in the early spring of 1972. While she was alive, Ruth was my muse as well as the subject of hundreds of photographs. Some were posed and... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at Analog Photography at its Best
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Sunday, May 8, 1955 Much calmer. Sun shining. We sleep past breakfast until lunch. We show up on the Sports Deck where the rest of our newly formed group is already ensconced and engaged in conversation. After dinner there is more political discussion and talk of New Yorker cartoons (No,... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at Innocents Abroad
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7 May 1955 Happy 23rd Birthday, Ruth! The sports deck of the Ryndam when the weather cleared: Jack, from Seattle; Ruth, the birthday girl; Ria, from Holland; Don, from Scotland; Will, from London, via Ireland. The ship is pitching and rolling, perhaps 15 degrees, and it’s getting on our nerves.... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at Innocents Abroad
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6 May 1955 Storm photo taken on a later North Atlantic crossing on the Bremen Rough weather, rough seas, medium swells, just off Newfoundland. Ruth out on deck in the morning, came back to our cabin with her face badly wind burned. She says she looks like a very old... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at Innocents Abroad
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5 May 1955 My portrait of our Australian friend, Pat. Oil on canvas, 1958 Raw and choppy – sunny later. Australian girl next to Ruth at table. Loves U.S. Going to Paris where she hopes to find a job for the summer. She’s a nurse. Today is Liberation Day for... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2015 at Innocents Abroad
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A halting attempt at note taking. Ball-pont pen. Wednesday, May 4 Beautiful day – calm sea. Lounged in deck chairs all day – Bouillon served in morning by deck stewards and tea in afternoon. Spoke with real burgher type [tulip] bulb salesman – pink florid face – blond – spent... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2015 at Innocents Abroad
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I had been working for a few years freelancing cartoons to Boston advertising agencies and an upstart company across the river in Cambridge called Polaroid. I had illustrated two text books for D.C. Heath and Ginn, and I had sold a spread to True magazine. I earned about $5,000 a... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2015 at Innocents Abroad
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There was another thing I heartily disbelieved in - work. Work, it seemed to me even at the threshold of life, is an activity reserved for the dullard. It is the very opposite of creation, which is play… The part of me which was given up to work, which enabled... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2015 at Innocents Abroad
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I've just discovered excellent color photographs that were taken 100 years ago in Britain, in 1913 Christina in Red, an article by Amanda Uren in Retronaut on mashable.com at this link. Click on images to enlarge them. Christina, photographed in 1913 by her father, Mervyn O'Gorman, at Lulworth Cove, Dorset,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2015 at Analog Photography at its Best