March 9, 2018 § Leave a comment
A couple years before I got out, before we moved into New York City. We talked it over, Ben Schwartz & I, about starting a factory out of town instead of NY. See? It was getting impossible to lead the business there because of the unions and their demands. Prices kept on going up higher, and new machinery was coming into place. So people out of town who made cheap shoes could make better shoes than what they were making with the new equipment. So we went. We went to Lynn, and Boston and St. Louis, Cincinnati. We went all around. When I came back we sat down and talked it over. I says Ben, after seeing all the towns, I think Lynn is the best place of the lot. A lot of the shoe factories have went out of business there. Not good shoemakers like we’ve got in New York, but they could be trained–taught to make better shoes. After I got out, Ben Schwartz did finally go to Lynn. – Ben Benjamin
All photos courtesy of The Library of Congress
February 1, 2018 § Leave a comment
Ben Benjamin: “Cause while he met me he didn’t know anything about me, so uh he went and spoke to his old boss about me, and a few other people. His old boss says to him, he says if you two can get along, he says you can be the biggest men in this town in the shoe business. He says you (Ben Schwartz) in the selling end of it and Ben running the factory. He’s a good factory man, designer – but you’ve got to learn to live with one another, and we got a long fine – When I first told him I wanted to get out, he says no, he wouldn’t let me. Now in all those years, we never had a fight. We never had an argument.”
January 12, 2018 § 2 Comments
I took these photos last summer at Lincoln Cemetery in Gulfport, Florida.
Lincoln Cemetery served as the main burial ground for St. Petersburg’s black population from the year it opened in 1926 and throughout the segregation era. Veterans as far back as the U.S. Civil War are buried here, as well as notable civic historical figures. From years of neglect, the cemetery fell into deplorable condition. The Lincoln Cemetery Society Inc. has been established to change that. We hope you feel as compelled as we do to explore and preserve the cemetery’s rich history.
December 24, 2017 § 1 Comment
December 20, 2017 § Leave a comment
For the record.
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October 14, 2017 § 2 Comments
So many of us our heartbroken this week by the death of our brilliant friend, dancer, teacher, and mentor, Mary Cochran. Mary grew up in Dallas, Texas where she began her dance training with her mother, Jerry Bywaters Cochran, a former dancer herself who studied in the 1950’s at Julliard with modern dance greats, Martha Graham and José Limon. After graduating high school from The University of North Carolina School of The Arts, Mary moved to New York to follow in her mother’s footsteps and attend Julliard. She was there only 2 days when The Nikolais Dance Theatre hired her and 2 years later she joined The Paul Taylor Dance Company. In 1996 she left Paul Taylor and began a career as a teacher. In 2008 she performed works by Sara Hook with David Parker at the Harvard Dance Center. She was Chair and Artistic Director of the Dance Department at Barnard College Columbia University from 2003-2013.
Mary, a force to be reckoned with, may your light shine bright as you dance among the angels.
“Kismet. Fate. Doors open. Sometimes the secret garden is right there. Sometimes you have to open a few more doors. Sometimes the first 37 doors blow open, hit you in the face, and break your nose every single time until you get to number 38, the one with the damned secret garden!” Mary Cochran