History tends to repeat itself but not exactly. Are we headed for another Great Depression? Probably not as there is a safety net which did not exist in the early 1930s. Social security, unemployment insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, etc. Yet there are disturbing signs of the 30s all around us such as this food line at the North Babylon High School. At least we can now line up in our Toyotas, Jeeps and BMWs. I even noticed one fellow in his Corvette this morning. Not like the bread lines of the 30s for sure.
Day 57…and counting! I think we need a mental exercise to keep us sharp. So take your best guess on the lead photo, where and when? Hiroshima? No. Nagasaki? No. How about Tokyo? Nope. O. K. so maybe Berlin? Nein. Dresden? Nein. Antwerp? No. Got to be Stalingrad. Nyet! Give up?
Please listen to Governor Cuomo. Let the facts and science be your guide. All of us want to get back to life the way it used to be. In the meantime we need to obey social distancing. Absolute social distancing will stop the infection rate cold. As this is not possible we must do our best and also wear a mask and wash our hands. If you decide to go your own way on this and flaunt these new directives what is going to happen is that the infection rate will go right back up. So instead of coming out of this nightmare in June, June will stretch into July, July into August and so on. More people are going to die. Many more. To flaunt these new rules will push a re-opening date further back. In just the past few days as some states have decided to re-open just look at what is going on with the infection rate. See the statistics coming from Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Minnesota, and Arizona just name a few. If you really want to get out stay in. The virus cannot find you if you never go outside. Those people who contract the virus will either recover or die. Without new hosts to infect the virus will run its course. While we wait for a vaccine this is the only sane course to follow. Unfortunately our health care workers and all other essential workers have to risk their lives daily. We salute you!
“Texting…Texting…Texting“; Manhattan, January 31, 2018.
Thank you, Blondie for “One Way or Another“, but for now this is real. In the era of the coronavirus pandemic we are now in uncharted territory. A new normal if you will. In this lead photo supermarket shoppers are directed to follow the one way signs so as to minimize social contacts.
“One Way Shopping“; Patchogue, N. Y. (April 22, 2020)
A decorated soldier comes home. The Croix de Guerre is visible on his chest. For those unfamiliar with the decoration see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Croix_de_Guerre. This was to be the War to End All Wars. See also our extensive military collection.
“Croix de Guerre“; North Little Rock, Arkansas (March 20, 1919).
It has now been about five weeks since I have ventured outside my home. Retrieving the newspapers delivered on my front lawn, going to the mailbox and taking out the trash have been the extent of my movements outdoors. This morning I awoke to the sound of a lawnmower. Our lawn service has returned! I had not fertilized our lawn for fear that the service would not show up this year as they are based in one of the hardest hit areas of Long Island. Bienvenidos!
I was hospitalized twice in 2011 and once in 2018 when I underwent triple bypass heart surgery. If you have been reading our blogs you are already aware of my experiences. Without question I believe that our nurses have the most difficult of professions. When you are dealing with life and death situations from minute to minute nothing else compares. Having said that we are presenting our photo to you, “The Nurse“, c.1919. Taken in the time of an earlier pandemic about 100 years ago, the Spanish Flu. There are only a few people alive today who have lived through the Spanish Flu and the Coronavirus. Four generations later the more things change the more they stay the same.
Never again! Absence of toleration ultimately leads to genocide. Toleration is the basic principle which guides us here at DPI. If you come away with nothing else from viewing our images learn this lesson. Presented here is a view of the main entrance gate to Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria (May 1945). Sign reads “Juden Verboten”, translation “Jews Forbidden”. Small print states the edict of April 1938 enforcing this policy.
“Antisemitism“; Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria (May 1945)
It has been called by many names. Quarantine. Self-Isolation. Social Distancing. So in looking for the perfect description I turned to Hollywood. Eureka! Throw Mama From The Train (1987).
The night was sultry!
Having to stay home for an undetermined time period essentially feels like house arrest minus the ankle monitor. I think that this description comes closest to reality.
The quarantine. One day it will end. The only question is when and how many lives will be lost until we get there. “Paradise Beach“; U. S. Virgin Islands (1960).