Sculpted in Steel: Art Deco Automobiles and Motorcycles, 1929-1940, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston


On a recent trip to Houston we visited the Museum of Fine Arts as part of birthday celebrations for Husband and Son.  While many exhibits prohibit photography, Son was able to take photos of one particular current exhibit; here are a few that he took.

Sculptured in Steel: Art Deco Automobiles and Motorcycles, 1929-1940

art deco 3One would have to have the proper clothes to drive around in this one as the vintage poster below (part of the exhibit) illustrates.

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art deco 5This one reminded me of a convertible version of an Airstream travel trailer.

art deco 4 (2)This Indian Motorcycle Chief, 1940 was Husband’s favorite.

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People were even dressed fashionably in advertisements back then.

art deco 2Husband liked this KJ Motorcycle, 1930 and so would Batman.

art decoHusband and I had a great time imagining what it would have been to ride around in this Twelve Model 1106 or to have been chauffeured around in it.  Either way,  champagne would surely have been appropriate!

Model 810 “Armchair” Beverly Sedan, 1936This photo of Model 810 “Armchair” Beverly Sedan, 1936 was taken from the museum’s website.

Model 810 “Armchair” Beverly Sedan (detail), 1936

This is the inside of the Model 810 “Armchair” Beverly Sedan, 1936 and also from the museum’s website.

The exhibit will be at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston through May 30.

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MONDAY MADNESS: Wake up! It’s Monday!


 

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FRIDAY FOTO: Monterrey, Mexico, June 1991


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In June of 1991 Husband and I took a train from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico to Monterrey, Mexico.  The cars were not air-conditioned except for the club car where it was cool and the cervazas were cold.

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Husband reluctantly  posing for me between cars.

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View of Saddleback Mountain from the roof of our hotel.

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Neptune Fountain at the Gran Plaza or Macroplaza

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Faro del Comercio (Lighthouse of Commerce), a column 230 feet high and 40 feet wide erected to commemorate 100 years of the founding of the Monterrey Chamber of Commerce.   At night it was lit by laser.

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Note the admonition on the building to “Vote like this – PRI – on July 7.”  The  Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) continued to hold political power in Mexico for seventy years until 2000 when Vicente Fox with PAN (National Action Party ) was elected President of Mexico.  Today the PRI has gained back some power with the election of President Enrique Pena Nieto.1991 06 Monterrey Mexico 016

The Bishop’s Palace sits on a  hill in heart of the city.    Built in 1787-90 it was involved in the Mexican-American War as U.S. forces under General Zachary Taylor stormed up the steep hill  and overwhelmed the Mexican garrison at the top on September 22, 1846.  Now it is a museum – The Regional History Museum.  One can drive or walk up to it.  We walked and the view of the city was worth it.

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Courtyard inside the Bishop’s Palace

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The white in the distance is a cemetery.  Beyond that is the industrial part of Monterrey.

FRIDAY FOTO: Espinazo, Mexico


In the fall of 1989 as part of a class that I took on Mexican folk medicine, I went to Espinazo, Mexico to celebrate anniversary of the death of a curandero(healer), El Nino Fidencio.  He died in 1938.   All the photos were taken with a disposable camera.

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Shared cigar with this man.This man said he had worked on a ranch in Texas;
I shared my Swisher Sweet cigars with him.

group042A group fidencistas coming into Espinazo for the festivities;
they carry a banner with Fidencio’s photo.