John Lennon, Watching The Wheels.

March 15, 2015 § 2 Comments

Always an inspiration.



Random Hotel Lobby Photos | Arthur L. Benjamin, 1969.

March 13, 2015 § 6 Comments

Arthur L. BenjaminRandom Hotel PhotosHyatt Regency Atlanta 1969 2 Hyatt Regency Atlanta 1969

Ben Benjamin Appointed By United States Secretary Of Labor As Special Employer Representative To Meeting In San Juan, Puerto Rico.

March 7, 2015 § Leave a comment

A year into this blog and I’m still searching for the year that my grandfather went to Puerto Rico.  I found another news clipping recently, but again with no date.  My guess is sometime in the late 1950’s or early 1960’s.  He bought his house in Florida in 1957 and retired from I. Miller shoes sometime after 1955…back to the library.Puerto Rico ClippingGrandpa FL

Myrtle Lind With A Graflex Camera, c 1919.

March 2, 2015 § Leave a comment

Myrtle Lind | Actress, 1898–1966.

Back From Vacation – My New Photography Blog.

February 26, 2015 § 2 Comments


Starting this blog renewed my interest in photography and lately I find myself here drifting away from my original intent — to explore and learn more about my grandfather’s role in Women’s Footwear In America.  So in an attempt to be true to my subject, I started a photography blog. Please check it out.

Julia Benjamin | Photography


Rule Of Thirds | Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge.

February 22, 2015 § 4 Comments

I’m on vacation and won’t be posting until I’m back, but enjoy being a part of The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge. Here’s some attempts at this week’s challenge Rule of Thirds.DSC_2429DSC_2415DSC_2765DSC_2712DSC_2566

Paul Andrew.

February 16, 2015 § 2 Comments


Symmetry | The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge.

February 14, 2015 § 1 Comment


Food For Thought.

February 12, 2015 § Leave a comment

Fashion’s Racial Divide – NYT, Feb. 12th, 2015


Damon Winter/The New York Times

The Search For The Perfect Snow Boot.

February 9, 2015 § 8 Comments

I’m obsessed over cold weather gear right now. This is our third week in a row in New York that we’re starting it off with another winter storm. I thought I would share my research on the most popular boots in the city.

L.L. Bean struggles to meet demand for boots |

New York Today: What’s the Local Version of a ‘Wintry Mix’? Feb. 9, 2015, New York Times City Room Blogs. 

Friday, when I was leaving my son’s school in the morning, I was stopped by a local reporter who was doing a story on traffic in the area. After we finished talking I looked down and noticed she was wearing the boots I’ve been wanting for the past 3 years, The L.L. Bean 10″ Shearling Lined Boot. Somehow as a mom I could never justify spending that much on a shoe I would only wear occasionally during the winter months. I finally decided this week I would get them and found they’re back ordered until June. I asked her how she liked them and she told me that they leaked and not to buy them, that she was sending them back. She said they were very warm when her feet weren’t wet. I can speak from my own experience that L.L. Bean has great customer service and guarantees their products, so I’m sure she will have no trouble returning or replacing them. The second most popular boot is Sorel. Unfortunately every online site was sold out in my size so I finally settled on a pair of Keen boots after reading the reviews. I will have to post back with an update when they arrive. My favorite boot for the past two winters has been The Emu Leeville boot. I would replace it, but I think it’s been discontinued in the US. The third most popular winter boots on the  street are Uggs. In addition to these 3 below I’ve listed some of my favorite brands. I’d love to hear what your favorite winter boot is, jackets and gear too!

L.L. BeanSorelUggsEmuLa CanadienneBlondoSperry



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