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Paul & Fran Giambarba
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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My mentor, Harold Irving Smith, was born in Newport RI in 1892 of New England Yankee stock. His father was a photographer whose customers included wealthy summer visitors, some of whom, according to Harold, rarely paid their bills in the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2015 at 100 Years of Illustration
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Wednesday, 1 June 1955 Enjoyed a good breakfast at Glen Court before leaving for the Newhaven train at 10:05. While waiting at Left Luggage to pick up our bag, I observed a very impatient Brit acting like one of us. The porter and I had a good laugh about that.... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2015 at Innocents Abroad
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Monday 30 May 1955 Beautiful day, about 70°F. in sun, clear skies. Got out around ten to take day bus tour somewhere but when we arrived at Victoria Station, hordes of people were there trying to get home by bus because of the rail strike. Walked through to Marble Arch... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2015 at Innocents Abroad
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Sunday, 29 May 1955 Missed breakfast (no great loss), slept right through to noon. Listened to the BBC and anxious news of the rail strike. Phoned Victoria Station and Thomas Cook about getting out to Newhaven, no one will guarantee transportation. Long queues at bus stops for this Whitsun Holiday.... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2015 at Innocents Abroad
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Saturday, 28 May 1955 Left in rain at 11 or so to visit the National Gallery. Some really nice paintings to be seen. Many early Renaissance, Raphael [Sanzio] looked particularly good in the originals, better than the reproductions we knew. Tiepolo's wonderful Trojan horses, lots of action. Other Venetian—Canaletto, very... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2015 at Innocents Abroad
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London, The City Thursday, 26 May 1955 At breakfast we always see many Middle Eastern and Asian men in British-style uniforms with red tabs on their lapels. This morning there are two Asians weighing luggage for their impending flights. The scales are in stones, not pounds. The landlady told them... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2015 at Innocents Abroad
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Piccadilly Circus, London, May 1955 Tuesday, 24 May 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 May 23, 2015 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, 23 May 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 May 22, 2015 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 May 21, 2015 at Analog Photography at its Best
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Sunday, 22 May 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 May 21, 2015 at Innocents Abroad
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Saturday, 21 May 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 May 20, 2015 at Innocents Abroad
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Friday, 20 May 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 May 19, 2015 at Innocents Abroad
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Thursday, 19 May 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 May 18, 2015 at Innocents Abroad
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Wednesday, 18 May 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 May 17, 2015 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
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Big Ben under scaffolding Wednesday, 25 May 1955 Breakfast not bad, not good, and the dining room certainly nicer than our room. Bought a great Aquascutum raincoat in London from a pompous salesman. Notice quite a lot of disdain for us in the shops. Ruth buying out the store at... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2015 at Innocents Abroad
Monday, 16 May 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, 13 May 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, 14 May 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, 12 May 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, 11 May 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, 10 May 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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Monday, 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... 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, 8 May1955 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, I... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at Innocents Abroad