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,
And he would [of course] come across one of the city's most exotic creatures,
Josephine Baker herself,
sporting quite an exotic ride herself.
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...
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.
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...