This week on Sepia Saturday,
Alan's prompt picture shows a girl making cardboard boxes.
I have no such things in my family pics,
but Alan made several suggestions in regards to this prompt photo:
That struck a chord with me.
I'll take you some place,
but I first need to introduce you to someone from our local history here in Montreal...
Doesn't he look great!?!
Can I find them or what!?!
he started life as a soldier fresh out of the military school
and embraced failure after joining with the Emperor Maximillian of Mexico...
who ended up being executed!!
Whatever was the big idea in joining this cause,
I have no clue myself.
But he did eventually end up in New Orleans (1868)
to work over time for several American newspapers.
You can read a short article about his American experience
and how the man evolved during that time.
he returned to Montreal and founded "La Patrie",
reflecting his liberal and freemason opinions.
His opinions did not endear him with federal politicians of any parties,
but municipal politics worked out well for him,
as he was elected twice mayor of Montreal (1885-1887).
The newspaper flourished and made his fortune,
and because his health caused him some concerns,
he withdrew from politics [if not political and social ideals],
to pursue other endeavors,
traveling the world and writing.
He produced many papers in regard to his traveling
and wrote as well many stories about our folklore,
When he died,
his anticlerical views caused him to be buried in the Jewish cemetery...
But his ideals of personal and social freedom remain pertinent to this day,
in contrast to the conservatism of his era.
La Patrie Building,
depicted here in about 1906-07., Montreal,
this was the third building to house the newspapers since its beginning in 1879.
It still bears the mark above its entrance.
The building was apparently sold in 2007 for over $4 millions to the church of Scientology...
Where are they now?!?
I've seen contradicting info on the web,
while some claim it stopped publishing in the late '50s,
others state it was in the late '60s.
I don't know if I could be consider a reliable source[...],
but I seem to remember my mom sending me to the convenience store
to pick up her usual stack of papers,
including "La Patrie".
There were always huge piles of newspapers laying around our home
as both my parents were big readers...
I prefer my news on my computer screen,
saving the trees and keeping up-to-date in the news.
You can see here an edition of 1913
with the news about the Titanic's demise,
perfect time stamp.
I took this picture in 2011,
and it seemed obvious not much was happening in there.
But in 2012,
the Fresh Paint Gallery opened
to present street art and such unconventional artistic expressions
that is often relegated as a subculture.
I remember when Zilon started in the 1980s,
his work easily recognizable by his distinctive signature.
He has become a legit artist,
while still carrying on with his social critique.
I did recently feature him in a solo exhibit HERE.
a more recent discovery for me,
I recognize his style here and there while walking around the streets.
And my piece-de-resistance,
linking to this week's theme though not sepia...
a gorilla made out of cardboard in a caged.
That gorilla is definitely boxed in!!!
I unfortunately don't know who did this piece...
I was still reeling from the "welcome" one of the managers gave us,
yelling at us to give money to support the gallery.
If he had shut his mouth up,
I would have given more upon leaving,
he got only a minimal contribution from me.
My friend was only tagging along for my benefit.
So I forgot to note the name of the artist.
you'd ask anyone who is Honoré Beaugrand
and most would just shrug;
others would say that
it is the last station in the east on the green line of Montreal's subway network,
I now send you off to
where others will have dip into their old box of pictures,
or maybe some thought outside the box?!?
Legit Sepians can gather on our Facebook Group
to exchange ideas and info.