Artwork from the geometric end of things by Hungarian artist László Moholy-Nagy. Living from 1895 to 1946 he also took photographs and taught at the Bauhaus School.

"Perpe." 1919.
“Perpe.” 1919. Private collection. Cc0 license 3.0. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:L%C3%A1szl%C3%B3_Moholy-Nagy,_perpe,_1919_(coll._priv.).jpg
"A II (Construction A II)." 1924.
“A II (Construction A II).” 1924. Oil and graphite on canvas. Collection of the Guggenheim Museum, New York. © 2018 Hattula Moholy-Nagy / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Fair use license. via https://www.guggenheim.org/artwork/2979
"19, 1921." 1921.
“19, 1921.” 1921. Collection of the Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:%2719,_1921%27_by_L%C3%A1szl%C3%B3_Moholy-Nagy.jpg
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Tea kettles to make the Earl Gray want to dance around the kitchen. Dutch master of decorating up anything metallic J. C. Stoffels (1878-1952). Nieuwe Kunst in style, Art Nouveau with a Dutch twist.

Tea kettle. ca. 1905.
Tea kettle. ca. 1905. Brass. Designed by Stoffels and manufactured by the Onder den Sint Maarten. Image © 2006-2019 by Botterweg Auctions Amsterdam B.V. Fair use license. via https://www.botterweg.com/Stoffels_J_C/Onder_den_Sint_Maarten/tabid/298/lotid/26733/Lot-26733.aspx?language=en-US
Tea kettle. ca. 1902-1904.
Tea kettle. ca. 1902-1904. Copper and brass with cane handle and ivory knob. Boiler (kettle) designed by Stoffels for Onder den Saint Maarten. Image courtesy of the maker’s grandson, Peter de Rijcke. via https://scontent.fnyc1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/52886960_1387144951422530_7169981170870910976_n.jpg?
Kettle with floor burner. ca. 1908-1910.
Kettle with floor burner. ca. 1908-1910. Brass. Floor burner designed by Stoffels for W. J. Stokvis, Arnhem. Kettle made elsewhere, perhaps Kurz Tiel. via http://lerimgas.pw/Found-on-wwwbotterwegcom-Copper-kettle-on-burner-design.html
Burner with boiler. 1908.
Burner with boiler. 1908. Brass. Burner and boiler both designed by Stoffels. Collection of the Drents Museum, Assen. Cc0 License 3.0. via https://www.collectienederland.nl/detail/foldout/void_edmrecord/dcn_musea-in-drenthe_oai-d47f053d-4d05-4a0a-c6a2-0a85edc06a79-004a0f9a-dc1f-f699-3605-f5f7d1b0f651
Tea and coffee set. 1902-1904.
Tea and coffee set. 1902-1904. Copper and brass. Teapot on stove designed by J. Blinxma. Coffee pot, sugar bowl and jardiniere designed by J.C. Stoffels. Tray by another maker. All items but for the tray made by Onder de Sint Maarten. Image © Auction Catawiki. Fair use license. via https://auction.catawiki.com/kavels/11802893-j-c-stoffels-and-j-blinxma-for-onder-den-sint-maarten-collection-copper-ware

An envisioning . . .1970 and the house in Fargo with dusk closing in.

Oh to be here.

A North Dakota summer and it staying light forever. Dark eventually but plenty of time after supper for all the grandbabies to play outside until the streetlights go on. A treat for them it is, so bundled up most of the time.

So far north and what they are used to. Funny. Strange looks with every story about the house on Dauphin Island.

Alabama and far more golden sunshine it was. Outside all day year round and no winter coat. Indeed, barely knowing what wool was, what with living in a place so warm even sheets were too hot to sleep under by Easter.

But a tall, dark and handsome man wildcatting in the bayou and life changing. Following work instead of the sun and ending up by Canada. Impossible. Home still by a warm and shining sea but a family used to snow and ice and not about to move. Something about needing snow boots to feel normal.

But pictures in the bottom of the jewelry box to look through when it gets to be too much and memories coming back. The baby brother that died in Okinawa in that last charge up some hill or other and Mother. Morning at the beach and a picnic on the running board with sand in the deviled eggs and a mason jar of sweet tea.

Something to cling to . . .maybe next summer . . .maybe the one after . . .but under the rings and a safe place to live forever  . . .

Lunch on the running boards. Texas, 1929.
Lunch on the running boards. Texas, 1929. via Facebook.

Miniature rooms to pretend with. Ours to peek at for now at least until the museum closes and the tiny people who live behind the curtains come out to play. Thorne Miniature Rooms which live at the Art Institute in Chicago.

English Dining Room of the Georgian Period, 1770-90.
English Dining Room of the Georgian Period, 1770-90. ca. 1937. Collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. CC0 License 0. via https://www.artic.edu/artworks/43714/e-10-english-dining-room-of-the-georgian-period-1770-90?fbclid=IwAR1KDmzPOlzCrRNS8HLKbQv_Lt3N4XWOjr1l8ZX7gKnFcaVBwnTqJB_wffY
English drawing room of the Georgian Period, ca. 1800.
English drawing room of the Georgian Period, ca. 1800. Collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. CC0 License 0. via https://www.artic.edu/artworks/43721/e-12-english-drawing-room-of-the-georgian-period-c-1800?fbclid=IwAR1KDmzPOlzCrRNS8HLKbQv_Lt3N4XWOjr1l8ZX7gKnFcaVBwnTqJB_wffY
English entrance hall of the Georgian Period, ca. 1775.
English entrance hall of the Georgian Period, ca. 1775. Collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. CC0 License 0. via https://www.artic.edu/artworks/43718/e-11-english-entrance-hall-of-the-georgian-period-c-1775?fbclid=IwAR1KDmzPOlzCrRNS8HLKbQv_Lt3N4XWOjr1l8ZX7gKnFcaVBwnTqJB_wffY
English drawing room of the early Georgian Period, 1730's.
English drawing room of the early Georgian Period, 1730’s. Collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. CC0 License 0. via https://www.artic.edu/artworks/43704/e-7-english-drawing-room-of-the-early-georgian-period-1730s?fbclid=IwAR1KDmzPOlzCrRNS8HLKbQv_Lt3N4XWOjr1l8ZX7gKnFcaVBwnTqJB_wffY

Costume sketches from back in time by Alfred Albert, lead designer at the l’Opéra de Paris from 1856 to 1876. Granted sitting in the imperial box with Empress Eugénie would be better but what can one do.

Costume sketch or maquette for a production of the opera "Der Freischütz". 1870-1877.
Costume sketch or maquette for a production of “Der Freischütz”. 1870-1877. French. Crayon, plume, aquarelle, and gouache. Image © Bibliothèque nationale de France. Fair use license. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b84546490/f1.item.r=Alfred%20Albert
"Le paysans".
“Le paysans”. Costume sketch or maquette for a dancer in the ballet scene from a production of “Der Freischütz”. 1870-1877. French. Crayon, plume, aquarelle, and gouache. Image © Bibliothèque nationale de France. Fair use license. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b84546490/f2.item.r=Alfred%20Albert
Costume sketch or maquette for a dancer in the ballet scene from a production of "Der Freischütz". 1870-1877.
Costume sketch or maquette for a dancer in the ballet scene from a production of “Der Freischütz”. 1870-1877. French. Crayon, plume, aquarelle, and gouache. Image © Bibliothèque nationale de France. Fair use license. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b84546490/f6.item.r=Alfred%20Albert

An envisioning . . .1990 and the big house in the French Quarter with fall setting in.

Oh to be here.

New Orleans and back home after a summer visiting around wherever a cooling breeze can be found. Canada, South Dakota and the Fourth of July on a mountain peak up in the Rockies in Colorado.

Traveling fun but being home where gumbo doesn’t come out of a can even better. Accents that sound normal and flowers that linger. Funny. An odd thing to miss, but no. Snow around the inn with the fireworks coming down and all. Very pretty but odd-looking to anyone born near the bayou.

Feet a bit sore and knees that ache but a balcony to sit out on and watch the world go by and another facing the other way with a courtyard and birds.  Not Father’s, no, that one sold after one of the storms but this one the same if you close your eyes and pretend. Voices going back and forth and a whisper from the back where the grooms lived after the war until automobiles came in. That and the stock market going and the chauffeur departing for who knows where once the second war began. Shipbuilding down by Canal Street somewhere or one of those raincoat factories.

Two grandsons coming later and a dinner outing but time. Books pulled out and pages leafed through. Old friends, they were. Bookshelf to bookshelf and house to house with their own rest when everyone went away. The same old book smell as it must have been back in the way back time. No, that would never change.

But an old photograph for a bookmark that wasn’t there before. One of the grandchildren, maybe from one of those boxes of old papers in the attic.

A memory. All dressed up with hair curled up and almost looking like a girl. Mother, it would have been. Wanted a little girl and didn’t get one and hair curled on every fancy occasion thought of.

Junior page at the Mardi Gras parade though. Worth every minute with hair screwed up in papers. Riding through the middle of the city and waving while the king and queen sat on the float and bowed. That not so fun but the candy was. Someone afraid a child would be scared and a whole bag of it stuffed under a cushion.

Four pieces for every block and a stomach ache that lasted for days. . . worth it. . . like going to heaven and back . . .mile after mile of waving and beads being tossed but boarding school after . . .teased for years but one didn’t know it then . . .no happy and that without end . . .

Austill Pharr, Mardi Gras junior page boy of 1930.
Austill Pharr, Mardi Gras junior page boy of 1930. Image © Erik Overbey Collection, Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of South Alabama. Fair use license. via Facebook.