Maybe I should have named my blog Potpourri or Pastiche or simply a Savory Stew because I aim to throw a lot of different things into the pot, mostly about reading, writing and art, but many other things, too, because I’ve lived a long time and have a lot of interests. I also will include here thoughts of others I come upon who share my loves. Including those of you who care to share your thoughts and impressions.

Archive - October, 2013

View Up the Block takes second place
posted by Ed Farber on October 22, 2013

I entered three of my paintings in the 1st Annual ThornArt Exhibition sponsored by Thornhill Library in St. Louis. I was delighted to find out that one of them, View Up the Block, took second place. The exhibit was open to all local artists. Artwork in various mediums including digital photographs were included. The exhibit runs through November 15. Unlike a typical gallery, the artwork is spread throughout the library which is located at 12863 Willowyck Dr. off Fee Fee Rd. in St. Louis County. Signed prints of View Up the Block are available through my website, and open prints (from FineArtAmerica) are available through my facebook page: View Up the Block, acrylic on canvas


posted by Ed Farber on October 13, 2013

There was an article in today’s (Sunday, Oct. 13) St. Louis Post-Dispatch looking back at WWII days when school kids were sent out to collect scrap metal for the war effort. I was one of those kids. I can remember how much fun it was to be let out of school on a school day (not the weekend) to go door-to-door asking for anything made of metal to be turned into scrap. The school yards were the collection centers.

What’s really remarkable, now that I think about it, is that all this was unsupervised. Imagine sending elementary school kids out today to knock on strangers’ doors without an adult escort. It would be unthinkable. Back then we were encouraged to go out with our wagons, and somehow we escaped the dangers so prevalent today. As they say, times were different.

Not only did we kids collect scrap metal, we also went door-to-door collecting paper, also in short supply—old newspapers, magazines, etc.—which we brought back to the school yard. Here’s an excerpt from my book, Looking Back with a Smile, reminiscing about a particular paper drive I remembered:

For school age kids, World War II was something you heard about on the radio, saw at the movies when they showed “newsreels,” or connected with when someone in your family was in the service. But sometimes even a kid could get directly involved in the war effort.

One way we kids helped was in the neighborhood scrap metal and paper drives. During wartime, very little metal was available for anything but the making of war machinery—planes, tanks, ships, etc. In an effort to recycle old pre-war metal items into bullets, etc., school kids were enlisted in campaigns to collect metal and paper from the neighborhood. The school yards became the central collection areas.

On one particular paper drive, we kids were sent out with our wagons to collect old newspapers and magazines in the neighborhoods surrounding the school. It was really fun, especially since we did it during regular school hours and were legally allowed out of the classrooms.

At one of the homes we visited, the lady of the house gave us lemonade after we had lugged out the bundles of newspapers she had saved. Then she showed us a picture of a very pretty young woman. “This is my daughter, Virginia,” she said proudly. “She’s a movie actress in Hollywood. You’ll be seeing her in movies soon.” Neither my buddy nor I had ever heard of her, but sure enough later we did see her in the movies. She turned out to be Virginia Mayo, beautiful film star of the 1940s and 1950s. You have to be a film buff or as old as I am to remember her. Do you?