Saturday, June 22, 2013

SEPIA SATURDAY (167)

This week on Sepia Saturday 
the prompt picture oddly fitted my [ultimate] purpose 
through a series of coincidences...


You see a mustached man with a bowler hat holding on to a milk churn while riding a horse. 
You might wonder how THIS will suit my purpose... 
This is a rural scene while my family [and myself] are quite urban. 
No one in the dairy business nor even riding a horse for pleasure. 
But even a hard working man needs some R&R...


Leaving the country behind and his working clothes [and the horse], 
the man might find himself in the city, 
somewhere like Paris, 
in the 1920's, 
nothing less!! 
And he would [of course] come across one of the city's most exotic creatures, 
namely, 
Josephine Baker herself, 
sporting quite an exotic ride herself.


(1906-1975), 
was an American born in the slums of St-Louis (Missouri) 
who went into the entertainment business at a young age, 
making her way from St-Louis to NYC to eventually Paris in 1925, 
to be in the "Revue Negre" at the Theatre des Champs-Elysées, 
only to become a sensation, 
seducing Europeans with her seductive moves. 
She became a famous singer/dancer/ actress 
and an object of affection for the French. 
She married a Frenchman in 1937 and took up the French citizenship. 
When WW2 was declared, 
she worked for the resistance. 
After the war, 
General de Gaulles gave her the Croix de Guerre,  
and the Rosette de la Resistance
and was made a Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur 
for her efforts. 
She became a fervent defender of Civil Rights 
 and also adopted all in all twelve children of different racial background, 
her "rainbow tribe". 
Four marriages [and divorces], twelve kids, causes to defend, 
she nonetheless remained a performer until the end, 
dying peacefully [aged 68] surrounded by raving reviews of her last performance. 
She was the first American woman buried in France with military honors; 
her grave is in Monaco.


You may wonder at this point why I'm speaking of Josephine today... 
Well, 
I ran into this gif image recently and wanted to use it for a single purpose, 
to announce that I am on holiday for eleven days!!! 
Hurray for me!! 
And while doing more research, 
I came across that picture where sh'e riding a coach pulled by an ostrich. 
There!! 
I had an idea for this post!! 
The man got to see Paris, 
you got to see Josephine, 
and I am jumping for joy!! 
I'll leave the dancing to the professional, 
and let you return to 
where others will also take you on for a ride... 
:)~ 
HUGZ 


20 comments:

  1. Wow. I hope you have the best time. I love that gif.

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    1. So do I!! That's why I'm so pleased to put it to good use,
      a 2-in-1 kind of deal!!
      :D~
      HUGZ

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  2. It sounds like Josephine Baker paved the way for Angelina Jolie.

    Have a wonderful holiday and don't forget to write!

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    1. You're forgetting Mia Farrow!!
      :D~
      HUGZ

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  3. Well that was certainly an interesting (and educational) twist to this weeks topic.

    Hoping that you have a wonderful and very relaxing holiday.

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    1. I often take an unexpected road...
      ;)~
      HUGZ

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  4. She was quite a character Miss Josephine and somewhat eccentric too I believe from documentaries I've seen about her.

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    1. Who better than an eccentric to discuss another!?!
      ;)~
      HUGZ

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  5. Love that Josephine Baker girl. Good post. By the way, that's Spike Jones and his City Slickers playing "Blackbottom" behind the video.

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    1. Indeed, you are correct!!
      Good ear!!
      Josephine was certainly quite a character in that era,
      and a citizen of the world throughout her life,
      standing up for what is right.
      :)~
      HUGZ

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  6. HooRay for you and for usl You for vacation, us for a chance to read about and see clips of Josephine -- one of my favorite characters.

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    1. Yes, I've been getting positive feedback about Josephine,
      here and elsewhere.
      :)~
      HUGZ

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  7. Enjoy your holiday, just as I've enjoyed the gif and video of Josephine, not to mention the bizarre photograoh of her being perambulated by an ostrich.

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    1. Thanks Brett!!
      My holiday is off to a great start,
      if you check out one of my latest posts about Chihuly.
      :)~
      HUGZ

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  8. Have a great holiday, Bruno. Thanks for showing us Josephine - a great woman and artiste.

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    1. Thanks Bob!!
      Yes, a remarkable woman with quite the journey in life!!
      :)~
      HUGZ

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  9. I have seen pictures of ostrich drawn vehicles in the U.S., but I didn't expect to see one in Paris.

    Enjoy your holiday!

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    1. For myself, I'd be surprised NOT to find odd things like that in Paris...
      :D~
      HUGZ

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  10. Perfectamente! Great gif. And video and ostrich cart photo.

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    1. Thanks!! Things just fell into place once I got that gif.
      :)~
      HUGZ

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