Foodies of Posters Past

I find the term “foodie” rather cringe-worthy, but web analytics being what they are, I have to use it over my preferred labels of “gastronome,” “epicurean,” or “culinary connoisseur” if I want the internet to register this has a haute-gourmand post as opposed to just another one of the gallery’s blog entries.

Having dined at nearly every Michelin Star restaurant in New York, attended numerous underground supperclubs, slaughtered my own animals, and passed the Certified Sommelier exam, I feel I can speak with authority on food. And so, today I choose to bring you the best of the best food-and-wine related posters in our Sunday auction (i.e. posters for foodies).

Bon Appetite!

"Fledermaus" by Fritz Rumpf, ca. 1914. Estimate: $1,700-2,000

“Fledermaus” by Fritz Rumpf, ca. 1914. Estimate: $1,700-2,000

I actually have a champagne poster by this artist in my dining room, and I’m seriously tempted to switch it out for this one. Sitting in the smoking section aside, I would give my left pinky to be able to dine with this fellow, in that hat, being served by that gloved-waiter with a permanent five-o’clock shadow. I’m guessing this is the after dinner pass-the-fruitbowl-white-I-smoke course.

"Campari" by Marcello Nizzoli, 1926. Estimate: $7,000-9,000

“Campari” by Marcello Nizzoli, 1926. Estimate: $7,000-9,000

Do you have a fetish for Negronis and dimly-lit bars? I certainly do. Why not turn your living room into one?

"Biscuits Lefevre-Utile" by Alphonse Mucha, 1900. Estimate: $10,000-12,000

“Biscuits Lefevre-Utile” by Alphonse Mucha, 1900. Estimate: $10,000-12,000

If you just frame a picture of a plate of cookies and put it on your wall, people will think you’re a closet fattie who binge eats while watching reruns of My 600 Pound Life. If you hang up this poster for vanilla wafers, you’re a fine-art connoisseur with a refined taste for dainty snacks.

"La Florestine des Alpes" by Misti, ca. 1900. Estimate: $1,000-1,200

“La Florestine des Alpes” by Misti, ca. 1900. Estimate: $1,000-1,200

Do you get wasted on Jagermeister more times than you’d care to remember? Well, actually, you probably don’t remember – but hey, neither do I! This poster advertises its similarly-flavored cousin, but makes you look hella classy.

"My Goodness My Guinness" by John Gilroy, 1936. Estimate: $1,400-1,700

“My Goodness My Guinness” by John Gilroy, 1936. Estimate: $1,400-1,700

I may not drink beer, but you probably do – and what better way to look like a serious aficionado than having the original Guinness ad on your wall? Your boyfriend will never breakup with you.

"London Fare" by Ethel Gabain, 1935. Estimate: $1,200-1,500

“London Fare” by Ethel Gabain, 1935. Estimate: $1,200-1,500

Ok, so there was a time when I spent many of my evenings decked out in cocktail attire in the hollowed halls of London’s Ritz Hotel. I swear this is the head waiter I saw there every night, chaffing dish never out of reach, ready to prepare old school delicacies tableside while my diamonds glistened in the candlelight.

"Schweizer Wein" by Hans Falk, 1952. Estimate: $1,000-1,200

“Schweizer Wein” by Hans Falk, 1952. Estimate: $1,000-1,200

If you’re at all up on your wine trends, you’ll know yellow wine from the Jura is totally hot right now. It’s one of the longest-lasting wines in the world, meaning that you can drink a bottle from the 1930s and it will still be delicious.

"Meinl Kaffee" by Joseph Binder, 1923. Estimate: $1,500-2,000

“Meinl Kaffee” by Joseph Binder, 1923. Estimate: $1,500-2,000

Look super refined as you express your love for high-quality coffee.

Design on a Dime

A lot of my friends tell me that they’re intimidated to come to one of our auctions because there’s no way they can afford the art. Not necessarily true!!

We have exactly 178 items in this sale with reserves under $1,000 (some as low as $300), and, unlike that vacation you may be saving up for, you get to live with this art every day and then resell it for more than you paid in a few years. Smart shopping, I tell ya.

Anyway, here are some of my top picks for under a grand:

"Pan Am Africa" by Anonymous. Starting Bid: $600

“Pan Am Africa” by Anonymous, 1967. Starting Bid: $600

"Hart Schaffner & Marx Clothes" by Barnum, 1926. Starting Bid: $700

“Hart Schaffner & Marx Clothes” by Barnum, 1926. Starting Bid: $700

"Grand Canyon" by Oscar Bryn, 1949. Starting Bid: $600

“Grand Canyon” by Oscar Bryn, 1949. Starting Bid: $600

"Philips Television" by A.M. Cassandre, 1951. Starting Bid: $900

“Philips Television” by A.M. Cassandre, 1951. Starting Bid: $900

"Moulin Rouge" by Gabriel Deluc, ca. 1893. Starting Bid: $900

“Moulin Rouge” by Gabriel Deluc, ca. 1893. Starting Bid: $900

"Kersten & Tuteur" by Ernst Deutsch, 1913. Starting Bid: $900

“Kersten & Tuteur” by Ernst Deutsch, 1913. Starting Bid: $900

"Spinner" by Paul H. Frey, ca. 1918.  Starting Bid: $800

“Spinner” by Paul H. Frey, ca. 1918. Starting Bid: $800

"Hutchinson" by Mich, ca. 1900. Starting Bid: $500

“Hutchinson” by Mich, ca. 1900. Starting Bid: $500

"Barnum & Bailey" by H. Gray, 1902. Starting Bid: $900

“Barnum & Bailey” by H. Gray, 1902. Starting Bid: $900

"Join the Tanks" by August William Hutaf, 1918. Starting Bid: $500

“Join the Tanks” by August William Hutaf, 1918. Starting Bid: $500

"Tribune" Herbert Leupin, 1962. Starting Bid: $600

“Tribune” Herbert Leupin, 1962. Starting Bid: $600

"Dressage Club Molenbeekois" by D. Noib, ca. 1920. Starting Bid: $600

“Dressage Club Molenbeekois” by D. Noib, ca. 1920. Starting Bid: $600

"Harper's November" Edward Penfield, 1896. Starting Bid: $900

“Harper’s November” Edward Penfield, 1896. Starting Bid: $900

January Auction

If you’re a die-hard poster fan, one of these should already have found its way to your coffee table/nightstand/reading area of choice:

Auction Catalog

If not, have no fear, you can either purchase a copy for yourself, or just trust me to show you some of the greatest items in this Sunday’s sale:

Now, since I’ll be doing our bargain-basement post tomorrow (i.e. my top picks under $1000), today’s journey into poster wonderland consists of my no-holds-barred, best of da best poster dreams. Because, as my hairstylist who really, really, really got into The Secret last year always tells me, if you can visualize it and think positive thoughts, you will receive it. If only my bank account worked that way.

"Der Vampyr" by Theo Ortner, 1920. Est: $2,000-2,500

“Der Vampyr” by Theo Ortner, 1920. Est: $2,000-2,500

This poster has basically everything I want in a work of art: boobs, monsters, redheads, and a German pedigree. For those who need slightly more justification before purchasing something, let me inform you that this is one of the earliest posters advertising a vampire-themed film, beating the similarly-titled Vampyr movie of 1932 by twelve years. If you haven’t noticed, horror is always a hot commodity, and I think this poster is tremendously under-priced for what it is in cinematic history.

"La Famille Birmanie" by Anonymous, ca. 1890. Est: $3,000-4,000

“La Famille Birmanie” by Anonymous, ca. 1890. Est: $3,000-4,000

If I had the wall space, this unbelievably rare slice of awesome would adorn it from now until the end of time (or at least until my lease runs out). Advertised here as performing at the Folies-Bergere, the Hairy Family of Birma attained fame as the official court performers for the royal family of their native country. Appearing in four generations of relatives, their hypertrichosis caused the males to grow hair all over their bodies, not unlike Robert Downey Jr in that weird movie about Diane Arbus.

"Miss Dore" by Anonymous, ca. 1895. Est: $2,000-2,500

“Miss Dore” by Anonymous, ca. 1895. Est: $2,000-2,500

We’ve all heard of Loie Fuller, the incredibly popular and famous dancer who appears in dozens upon dozens of posters during the Belle Epoque period. Her fame obviously resulted in many imitators, but perhaps none is more amazing that Miss Dore.

You see, Miss Dore is a dog dressed as Loie Fuller. And the best part of this poster is the disclaimer at the bottom with tells you not to be fooled by other Loie Fuller dogs which merely dress as the star, as Miss Dore also dances. Why can’t we get street performers like this anymore?!

"Emmy Magliani" by Jean-Gabriel Domergue, 1923. Est: $4,000-5,000

“Emmy Magliani” by Jean-Gabriel Domergue, 1923. Est: $4,000-5,000

Unlike my other choices thus far, this poster doesn’t qualify as straight up bizarre. Instead, it’s just damn beautiful. You can always count on Domergue for adding a few too many vertebrae to his women, not unlike Jean-Auguste Ingres did in his infamous Odalisque painting. But, while Ingres is sensuous through revealing flesh, Domergue brings sensuality to the piece through a barely-perceptable touch – she is whisper-light, almost otherworldly, in her beauty.

"A La Scala" by Albert Guillaume, 1908. Est: $4,000-5,000

“A La Scala” by Albert Guillaume, 1908. Est: $4,000-5,000

You know that scene in My Fair Lady where everyone arrives to Ascot? And how their fashions are way more interesting than the race? That’s this poster.

"Chiozza e Turchi" by Adolfo Hohenstein, 1899. Est: $2,000-2,500

“Chiozza e Turchi” by Adolfo Hohenstein, 1899. Est: $2,000-2,500

You know, if this is what happened every time I bought soap, my life would be a far happier one. Seriously, this is an ad for soap. Just soap. Like the Irish Spring of 1908. You’d think it was advertising the $100 soap Hannibal Lecter bought Clarice Starling from Santa Maria Novella, but oh no, this is just your supermarket soap.

Leave it to the Italians to make soap look like liquid money.

"Marco Polo Tee" by Ludwig Hohlwein, c.a 1914. Est: $8,000-10,000

“Marco Polo Tee” by Ludwig Hohlwein, c.a 1914. Est: $8,000-10,000

1. Do I want cowboy butlers to deliver me tea? Yes.
2. Do I want the world to know every time they come into my kitchen that I want cowboy butlers to delivery my tea? Yes.
3. If I answered yes to the above questions then I need to own this poster.

"Josephine Baker" by Richard Ely, ca. 1975. Est: $1,500-2,000

“Josephine Baker” by Richard Ely, ca. 1975. Est: $1,500-2,000

I may be too poor to own an original Warhol, but I’m not too poor to won this haunting silkscreen of Josephine Baker.

"Grieder" by Charles Loupot, 1919. Est: $10,000-12,000

“Grieder” by Charles Loupot, 1919. Est: $10,000-12,000

I have done a lot of posts over the past few years on the perfection that is Loupot’s take on women’s fashion. This poster is no exception. Twirling her little parasol with her bee-stung pout like a Swiss Clara Bow, even the sun in tempted to sneak a peek of this seaside beauty. Although, I guess if I was styling the outfit today, I might get rid of that weird bonnet-baseball cap hybrid. Otherwise, sartorial bliss.

Persol 3072 – Film Noir Edition

Persol 3072 – Film Noir Edition

Persol 3072 Film Noir Edition Sunglasses

The Phoenix reborn!  Persol releases the limited 3072 “Film Noir Edition” sunglasses.

The Persol 3072 AKA “The Gangster” is part of Persol’s limited edition “Film Noir Collection”.  As tribute, we see the resurrection of the famed Phoenix arrow. Persol’s defining arrow was first introduced by founder, Giuseppe Ratti in the 1930’s. Over the years, this arrow has taken many shapes. One of the rarest, being the Phoenix of the film noir era.

Handmade in Italy, the frame features a classic key-hole bridge and is done up in shiny black acetate with silver detailing, and features G15(grey green) glass lenses which are both polarized and anti-reflective back coated for superb optics and glare protection.

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Persol 3072 Sunglasses - Film Noir Edition

Persol 3072 Sunglasses - Film Noir Edition

Persol 3072 Sunglasses - Film Noir Edition

Persol 3072 Sunglasses - Film Noir Edition

Persol 3072 Sunglasses - Film Noir Edition

Persol 3072 Sunglasses - Film Noir Edition

Persol 3072 Sunglasses - Film Noir Edition

Persol 3072 Sunglasses - Film Noir Edition

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Garrett Leight X Amelie Pichard

Garrett Leight X Amelie Pichard

Garrett Leight X Amelie Pichard sunglasses

Garrett Leight California Optical joins forces with French accessory designer Amélie Pichard for a limited edition sparkly chic sunglass.

Fusing Pichard’s signature sense of dreamy surrealism and glamour with Leight’s California cool aesthetic —the result is a frame that is undeniably feminine and playfully sophisticated.

Named after three personalities of femininity: Grace Jones, Juliette Lewis and Pamela Anderson — the Juliette sunglass featured here juxtaposes a rich dark tortoiseshell acetate front with beige glitter temples and is finished with soft green gradient lenses. To commemorate the collaboration each pair comes complete with a special edition presentation box and carrying pouch.

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Garrett Leight X Amelie Pichard sunglasses

Garrett Leight X Amelie Pichard sunglasses

Garrett Leight X Amelie Pichard sunglasses

Garrett Leight X Amelie Pichard sunglasses

Garrett Leight X Amelie Pichard sunglasses

Garrett Leight X Amelie Pichard sunglasses

 

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Ray Ban Round Metal Sunglasses 2015

Ray Ban Round Metal Sunglasses 2015

Ray Ban Round Metal sunglasses - 2015

Ray Ban’s ‘Round Metal’ sunglasses are a great example of classic vintage Ray Ban at its best, with its circular lenses, detailed metal filigree, and very well proportioned fit.

Now, new for 2015 the round shades return with an assortment of new color options, from the timeless gold with G15(grey green) lenses, to vibrant pop color mirrored lenses which are also polarized. There is also a new Round Metal foldable version , that quickly and neatly folds down into small leather pouch for easy transport and storage.

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Ray Ban Round Metal 3447 Sunglasses

Ray Ban Round Metal 3447 Sunglasses - Polarized Aqua Green Mirror

Ray Ban Round Metal 3447 Sunglasses - Polarized Aqua Green Mirror

Ray Ban Round Metal 3447 Sunglasses - Polarized Aqua Green Mirror

Ray Ban Round Metal 3447 Sunglasses - Polarized Red Mirror

Ray Ban Round Metal 3447 Sunglasses - Silver Mirror

Ray Ban Round Metal 3447 Sunglasses - Matte Gunmetal

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Ray Ban Round Metal Folding 3517 sunglasses

The same exact shape and size as the Round Metal RB 3447 featured above, except the new 3517 features lenses encased in complimenting acetate and also easily folds down into a compact case.

Ray Ban Round Metal Folding 3517 sunglasses - Matte Gold / G15

Ray Ban Round Metal Folding 3517 sunglasses - Matte Gold / G15 Polarized

Ray Ban Round Metal Folding 3517 sunglasses - Matte Gold / G15 Polarized

Ray Ban Round Metal Folding 3517 sunglasses - Matte Gold / G15 Polarized

Ray Ban Round Metal Folding 3517 sunglasses - Matte Gunmetal

Ray Ban Round Metal Folding 3517 sunglasses - Silver Mirror

Ray Ban Round Metal Folding 3517 sunglasses - Gold Mirror

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Gold & White w/ Gold Mirror>>

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Garrett Leight California Optical | Holiday 2014/15

Garrett Leight Holiday 2014 2015

Los Angeles based, Garrett Leight is back with some classic California cool new additions for his Holiday 2014/15 lineup.

This season mainly focuses on expanding an already impressive core collection. There’s a host of new rich acetates and lens colors — including frames with technologically advanced “layered mirror” lenses, clip-on lenses, as well as additional larger sizing options. Also be sure to checkout the new Bentley sunglass, a timeless design that feels right at home with GLCO’s signature clean aesthetic.

The collection:

Garrett Leight Bentley sunglasses

A welcomed larger edition to the GLCO lineup, the Bentley is a rounded off square unisex shape with a traditional bridge.

Garrett Leight Bentley sunglasses

Garrett Leight Bentley sunglasses - Crystal

Garrett Leight Bentley sunglasses - Crystal

Garrett Leight Bentley sunglasses - Crystal

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Garrett Leight Kinney Eyeglasses w/ Clip

The popular Kinney eyeglass is now available with metal foldable clip-on lenses, adding another level to their versatility.

Garrett Leight Kinney Eyeglasses w/ Clip

 

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Garrett Leight Kinney Sunglasses - Layered Mirrors

A technologically advanced method was employed for the lenses, whereby a mirror coating is sandwiched between layers of CR 39, protecting the mirror coating from scratches and degradation whilst also creating a unique softer effect.

 

Garrett Leight Kinney Sunglasses - Layered Mirrors

Garrett Leight Kinney Sunglasses - Layered Mirrors

Garrett Leight Kinney Sunglasses - Matte Black w/ Blue Layered Mirror

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Garrett Leight Harding sunglasses - New Colors

The color combinations now available are some of our favorite to date. Check them out below.

Garrett Leight Harding sunglasses - New Colors

Garrett Leight Harding sunglasses - New Colors

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Garrett Leight Wilson (Large)

Acetate Windsor rims, detailed metal filigree, mixed antiqued metal and the same proportions as the original, for all those who’ve asked, the Wilson is now available in a larger (49mm) size.

Garrett Leight Wilson (Large)

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Take a look at a behind the scenes video of the making of Garrett Leight’s lookbook:

 

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Persol 9714 & 9649

Persol 9714 & 9649

Persol 9714 and Persol 9649

From the evolution of Persol’s two most iconic shapes(714 and 649) comes the new 9714(folding) and 9649 models. Completely reworked and refined with thinner acetate and modern contoured lines — This sleek reincarnation is slimmer and lighter weight than its predecessor, making it more contemporary and comfortable to wear.

Handmade in Italy, each style features Persol’s Supreme Arrow metal hinges, meflecto temples, classic Keyhole Bridge, and glass lenses. Available as both a sunglass and optical frame, and in a host of unique colorways with both polarized and anti-reflected lens options.

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Persol 9714 sunglasses

The quintessential folding frame with handsome hinges at the bridge and temples allowing it to fold down neatly into a compact case– perfect for easy storage and transport.

Persol 9714 sunglasses-Terra Di Siena

Persol 9714 sunglasses-Terra Di Siena

Persol 9714 sunglasses-Terra Di Siena

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Persol 9649 Sunglasses

Persol 9649 Sunglasses - Tortoise w/ Brown Polarized
Persol 9649 Sunglasses - Tortoise w/ Brown Polarized

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Persol 9714 Eyeglasses

Persol 9714 Eyeglasses - Caffe

Persol 9714 Eyeglasses - Caffe

Persol 9714 Eyeglasses - CaffePersol 9714 Eyeglasses - TortoisePersol 9714 Eyeglasses - Tabacco Virginia

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Persol 9649 Eyeglasses

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Modern Design Sale

Sorry I’ve been away so long, my poster-loving darlings, but there was a catalog to write.

That said, I come bearing good news! It just so happens that we’re having a 50% off sale on all of our Modern posters and books right now – and there’s nothing like a fine art sale to get me all giddy about decorating on the cheap!

Here are just a few of my favorites to get you in the mood to revamp whatever sad den if disarray in which you abide:

"Who Has a Better Right to Oppose the War" by Richard Avedon, 1969. Sale Price: $150

“Who Has a Better Right to Oppose the War” by Richard Avedon, 1969. Sale Price: $150

As the resident Republican in the gallery, I’m not known for my love of anti-war posters; however, Richard Avedon’s work has sold for over $60,000 at Christie’s, and I’m all about smart shopping.

"Fu Manchu for Mayor" by Anonymous, ca. 1968. Sale Price: $150

“Fu Manchu for Mayor” by Anonymous, ca. 1968. Sale Price: $150

We all have that friend that’s way too into comic books/SciFi/action figures/some other passion that naturally creates social awkwardness. Why not bring some high art to their antisocial pursuits?

"Great Ideas of Western Man" by Rene Magritte, 1970. Sale Price: $100.

“Great Ideas of Western Man” by Rene Magritte, 1970. Sale Price: $100.

As with the Avedon poster, how often do you see this artist’s work sell for three figures? Probably not even while he was alive could you pick up a work by Magritte for such a low price. More interestingly, this is part of the Great Ideas of Western Man series in which a dozen or so famous artists were given “great thoughts” in history to illustrate. Here, Magritte gives visual voice to George Santayana’s 1905 quote from The Life of Reason: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

"David Byrd Exhibition" by David Byrd, 1971. Sale Price: $250.

“David Byrd Exhibition” by David Byrd, 1971. Sale Price: $250.

This is perhaps the most under-appreciated Modern poster we’ve ever had. David Byrd was a design legend in the 70s, creating hundreds of posters (most famously for the San Francisco rock scene). Here, he does what so many of those artists were known for: he riffs on one of the icons of Art Nouveau – Mucha’s Gismonda – and places himself within the ornate borders usually occupied by Sarah Bernhardt.

"Vasarely Farbwett" by Victor Vasarely, 1973. Sale Price: $50

“Vasarely Farbwett” by Victor Vasarely, 1973. Sale Price: $50

You want your home office to look like a Mad Men set? Start with some serious Mid-Century Modern graphics.

"The Mod Ball" by Joe Eula, 1965. Sale Price: $150.

“The Mod Ball” by Joe Eula, 1965. Sale Price: $150.

This is one of my favorite posters in our Modern collection – it’s just so Liza, so Mod, so fashion. More topically, it advertises a hedonistic event at The Rainbow Room, which just so happens to have re-opened in NYC a few months ago!

Bread and Roses

If you live in a major city, you probably noticed that last night was full of protests and marches following yesterday’s Ferguson verdict.

Upon entering the gallery this morning, I noticed this image by Paul Davis on our wall, created for a cultural event sponsored by a New York union made up primarily of black and hispanic workers in 1978.

"Bread and Roses," by Paul Davis. 1978

“Bread and Roses,” by Paul Davis. 1978

In 1912, James Oppenheim wrote a poem inspired by a banner carried by female mill workers on strike. The banner read “we want bread and roses, too” – a nod to the Biblical verse that “man does not live by bread alone.”

In 1974, that poem was set to music by Mimi Farina, and subsequently recorded by Judy Collins, John Denver, and Ani DiFranco over the years, each time taking on new meaning based on the current political and social climate.

The lyrics are as follows:

As we come marching, marching in the beauty of the day,
A million darkened kitchens, a thousand mill lofts gray,
Are touched with all the radiance that a sudden sun discloses,
For the people hear us singing: “Bread and roses! Bread and roses!”

As we come marching, marching, we battle too for men,
For they are women’s children, and we mother them again.
Our lives shall not be sweated from birth until life closes;
Hearts starve as well as bodies; give us bread, but give us roses!

As we come marching, marching, unnumbered women dead
Go crying through our singing their ancient cry for bread.
Small art and love and beauty their drudging spirits knew.
Yes, it is bread we fight for—but we fight for roses, too!

As we come marching, marching, we bring the greater days.
The rising of the women means the rising of the race.
No more the drudge and idler—ten that toil where one reposes,
But a sharing of life’s glories: Bread and roses! Bread and roses!

In light of yesterday’s events, I believe we could still learn a lot from the above sentiment, and that we still have a long road ahead.

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