It was tonight , seen from Boulevard Henri IV, ” le Génie de la Bastille” or Genius of Liberty standing on the top of the column of Juillet was looking very mysterious…
It was tonight, on the sixth floor terrace in Centre Georges Pompidou after a marvelous exhibition dedicated to Mondrian.
You can perceive Notre-Dame in the center, just behind the Panthéon and on the left the enlightened « Hotel de Ville »
Bonnes vacances de Noël.
C’était ce soir au sixième étage de le la terrasse du Centre Georges Pompidou après une merveilleuse exposition consacrée à Mondrian.
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Throughout the first anxious year of World War Two, the local Federation of Labor Unions completed the construction of their new Labor Temple at the northeast corner of First Avenue and Clay Street, and in the fall of 1942 the member unions – nearly 50 of them – moved to it from their old quarters here at 6th Avenue and University Street.
Reporting on the move, the Post-Intelligencer noted that the old temple would continue to be used for some union meetings until the return of peace permitted an auditorium to be fitted into the new Belltown building. The P-I also reflected “most of the important meetings and outstanding decisions made by Seattle labor leaders since 1905 have taken place in the old temple. The general strike in February of 1919 was planned in the building . . . The streetcar motorman’s strike during the last war was also called from the building.”
The 1905 dedication at 6th and University was two blocks south and four years late. At the conclusion of the 1901 Labor Day parade a few thousand celebrants gathered at 6th and Pike (not University) to lay the cornerstone for the Western Central Labor Union’s new temple. William H. Middleton, its optimistic president told the crowd, “In the name of the organized labor, in the name of the great trades union movement and in the name of the Western Central Labor Union, I dedicate this temple for the use of organized labor. May peace be within its walls and good will always extend to mankind.”
Several strikes and considerable strife between industrial and trade-based labor followed and probably confused the first attempts at building a temple. Retired U.W. archivist Rich Berner’s first of three books on 20th Century Seattle is the best source for following the labor fireworks of those years. Now a new illustrated edition of Berner’s “Seattle 1900-1920” can be read free on-line on this blog (click here to download – Rich’s complete book approaches 28 MB, which takes 20 seconds to download with cable, but possibly more time with slower connections) or purchased in hard copy at the University of Washington Book Store. All proceeds after expenses go to the non-profit encyclopedia of Washington State history, historylink.org.
Here’s a larger rendering of the book’s cover.
Well, Paul, on this day after Christmas, I thought it appropriate to drag out a production we did together several years ago. It is, of course, our audio dramatization of O’Henry’s THE GIFT OF THE MAGI, which you narrated and I produced for Feliks Banel’s Holiday Express show on KBCS-FM, hearkening back to my days as a radio theatre impresario for NPR. For those who long for yet one more tidbit of Christmas, enjoy. The rest of you can just cool your heels till next year.
Now, your turn, Paul. Anything to add?
Jean, mostly another encouragement for readers to check out the book Seattle 1900 – 1920. It is stuffed with illustrations that are almost always shown on or very near the pages to which they are most relevant.
As you know Jean, Rich begins his 10th decade this coming New Years Eve, Dec. 31. He will be 90 years old. Since they cannot find anything wrong with him he may be around until 112. Here’s the picture you took last year at Ivar’s Acres of Clams. We took him for lunch.
(Click your MOUSE to Enlarge) This landscape with the serpentine river and hills stepped to either side like artifacts reveals a nature so obedient to forces as predictable as a French Curve or as obedient as a bible college geologist that it seems painted. Whether idealized or recorded, where is it? I first went for the Grand Ronde River in the northeast corner of Oregon. It has scores of curves to explore looking for one that matches these. But that river is not this big, and its sides are ordinarily steeper and its habitat kinder to evergreens. The Grande Ronde is, of course, a tributary to the Snake River, and about thirty crow-flies miles northwest of where the Grande Ronde joins the Snake River south of Asotin, Washington, the by then slack water Snake reaches the Lower Granite Dam, the last of four dams built between the Columbia and Lewiston-Clarkston – all of them with locks. If the crow flies over the dam and continues towards the northwest in about another four miles the bird may wish to stop and rest here on this hill, which Horace took for his prospect. It looks southeast through the curves that are now still evident in the river although without the sand bars. Again, the Snake is now one long lake – or four lakes between Ice Harbor Dam, about ten miles up stream from the Columbia, and the twin cities of Lewiston and Clarkston, which because of the dams are now acting like ocean ports – small ones. From this prospect today Horace would see the dam upstream and also directly below him the primarily wheat shipping port of Almota. And about half way between the dam and the port he could not help but notice Boyer Park and Marina on the left bank, a sturdy development with lots of room for power boats and camping too. Now below Horace’s hill three paved roads meet. Washington Hi-w’y 194 comes through that cut bottom-left and meets the Almota Docks Road and the Lower Granite Road on the north (or here northeast) side of the Snake. In all it took millions of years to create this spectacle but only an afternoon or two to parcel it with a fence.