Clever old me.

Yesterday after two half days of fiddling with my new wireless printer, I finally managed to make the laptop, iPad, iPhone and printer talk to each other. Given the state of my physical health at the moment as I suffer with the head-cold from hell, this was a real win.  David says the new printer-scanner produces “photos better than the originals.”  Hooray!! I love it when technology works.


Below is a photo I scanned on the new printer and transmitted to my other equipment.


My dad or mom took the photo which shows me in 1944, probably around Easter, on one of the two occasions when I was in a dress.  (Among her mom’s photos, my cousin Sue found some photos my Dad sent home to Wisconsin during the War … Aunt Rita  is now living in a retirement home).

Dad writes on the back that the dress is red-white-blue, the sweater is blue, the bonnet is yellow, and the grass is green.  At that time, we were still living in East Texas, where my sister and I were born.

In 1944, Dad began working for the Department of Agriculture, so we had enough money for new clothes and camera film.  All three of Mom’s brothers and her brother-in-law were with the US Army in Europe.  Dad’s several brothers-in-law to be were also overseas with the Army, and Aunt Marge was a WAC. A plethora of red-white-blue clothing could be found in the shops.

A few years later, Dad tried using color film, but those photos have not lasted as well as the old black and white photos.


Yesterday afternoon, I finally got back to reading Saving Italy, by Robert Edsel. Like many book titles and jacket descriptions, those accompanying this book are a bit misleading. I discovered that in the course of WWII many Allies as well as Nazis tried to save Italy’s art. Sometimes, as in the case of Rome and Siena, they were successful, sometimes, as in the case of Florence, they failed.  Apparently, Hitler dreamed of returning to Italy after the war and buying a villa outside an Italian city, where he could live quietly and paint.  He had a desire to protect the future he hoped to have in Italy and issued orders to that effect. Unfortunately, the failed assassination of Hitler occurred in 1944,  just as the Allies reached Florence. The resulting chaos contributed to the destruction by the Nazis of the ancient bridge over the Arno, Ponte Santa Trinita. Miraculously, Ponte Vecchio, the bridge built in the fourteenth century was spared.

I won’t go into the detail here, but I recall in the grad history course European cities in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, we discussed the paintings of both Churchill and of Adolph Hitler.  One of my classmates remarked that if the German Academy of Art had accepted Hitler, perhaps he would have not started WWII.

22 thoughts on “Clever old me.

  1. Right now my laptop wont talk to my computer. LOL
    The art of both of these famous folks is mediocre at best. Churchill was obviously very happy daubing paint on canvasses. The true amateur at work. He didn’t have a good grasp of perspective, but what he did have was joy in the painting itself. He wasn’t shy about colors, but though his work lacked depth it was consistent.
    Hitler was inconsistent. If you google his work you will notice that he picks one basic composition and repeats it. Occasionally he uses good colors and contrast, but the next piece will be third grade level and wishy washy. Still I often wish the school had taken him.


  2. Congratulations on getting techy things, to “talk to” each other. And while suffering with a cold, even. You are amazing!

    And the picture is precious.

    I must put that book, on my list of reads. Bet my husband would especially enjoy it.



  3. If Hitler had been accepted by the Academy and never started WWII, I’m thinking somebody else might have because conditions were right for trouble to happen. But perhaps there would have been a lot less destruction and no concentration camps. Maybe. 😦


  4. I’m still working of trying to get iCloud to work on my PC. It used to work before, but since some kind of upgrade the PC just can’t seem to upload photos I take with my iPhone and iPad. Aggravation.

    Love your photo, Dianne. I noticed that some of those older colored photos can be restored using photoshop. The scanner can also make some restoration if you choose that setting.


  5. I am glad your electronic gadgets work. Halleluia. That’s a sweet photo of you, Dianne. As for art in Italy, I spent 2 weeks in Rome/Vatican, 3 days in Florence, and 3 days in Venice in 1969 and adored the art. I would love to return, but David’s arthritis prevents him from going on tours that require extensive walking.


  6. That’s a truism. But his paintings are mediocre at best.
    i’m really enjoying The Monuments Men with a feeling that I’ve read it years ago. Yesterday I was a blah lump, but the book helped.


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