Landscape as Cartography | Socks Studio
Flying in the 20s had to be a thrilling experience, indeed. In the absence of radio communication or radar technology, pilots engaged in American coast to coast airmail or passenger service had to rely on often imprecise navigation charts to avoid getting lost. Most of the time they were alone in the air, flying on desertic territory, hoping to reach the destination without encountering bad weather.
To help guiding the pilots across the impervious North American territory, the Congress funded the construction of very large arrow-shaped Airmail Beacons, (up to 20 meters in lenght). Every concrete arrow, painted in bright yellow, was accompanied by a 15 m tall tower, emitting a powerful gas powered light. Each arrow pointed towards the next, separated one with another by a distance of 3 to 10 miles. The beacon towers have been scrapped and recycled for WWII, while the yellow paint has since been worn off by the elements, but the enormous solid concrete arrows are likely to stand there for good.
"Ohhh, I’m sorry. You spell your name the fucking stupid way? Oh, OK. I’ll remember to write it stupid next time you come in."
Pardon the interruption from strictly political bloggery for this important dispatch from the part of my sense of humor that never advanced past age 12.
But so we’re not completely devoid of info here: this is a promotional brochure for General Bonner Fellers as a speaker on the “Circuit Chautauqua,” a traveling series of lectures, musical numbers and other performances popular in the early 1900s.
What began as an educational summer camp for families in Lake Chautauqua, New York, in 1874 became local assemblies and then touring programs that brought culture and edification to towns across America. Teddy Roosevelt called Chautauqua “the most American thing in America.”
Their dwindling popularity beginning in the late 1920s is generally attributed both to The Great Depression and the rise of radio, film television.
3-time presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan was a highly sought-after Chautauqua speaker and headliner. There, I tied it to politics.