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About RalphQuinn

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    This has certainly been an eventful year for you, Ray. Do any of the new images add confirmation to the one of you in the Space Park photo? That would be doubly exciting to hear.
  2. Where were you in 1953?

    Twelve years before the Fair, I was in the Mediterranean with the Sixth Fleet. That was the year of the "Great Cephalonia Earthquake," a truly disastrous event for this Ionian Sea Island off the west coast of Greece. I was on the scene two days after the main (7.2) quake that literally distroyed the island and caused the emigration of half its citizens. Using a professional press camera (the well-known Speed Graphic) I recorded some of the devastation. After 65 years (come August 12th) of them sitting in a binder in my bookcase, I delivered these photographs to the Historical and Cultural Museum in the capital city of Argostoli, where I did most of my photography (and where there were 400 deaths and 900 injuries). My package, which included about 30 original photographs and other materials, was received with considerable enthusiasm by the curators. Although Cephalonia's history goes back to legendary times, this museum (part of the city library) covers about 200 years, up to the time of the earthquake. Almost everything on the island was newly built since then. I thought you might like to see a sample of the images from one of my first adventures with a camera. This is the back wall of a four-story building, taken from the front of the structure. I was surprised to learn that this building was the city's library, one of the few rebuilt along original lines. In 1968 the Historical Museum was added in the lower floor of the building, with an entrance to the right of the stairs, now celebrating its fiftieth anniversary. I was also surprised and honored to learn that the museum would keep my package as I designed it, with added translations from English to Greek. By the way, the movie 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin,' with Nicholas Cage and Penelope Cruz, was filmed on Cephalonia, covering their war-time occupation by the Italians and Germans, and ending with the same earthquake I photographed. Based on the book 'Corelli's Mandolin,' one of the experts consulted by the author was the founder of the museum itself.Now a tourist attraction, Argostoli's 2000 year-old history literally ended in 1953, and everything since then is another world. I received, as gifts, two substantial books published by the museum, detailing the early years and the earthquake.
  3. Another cover to review

    I like the publisher's suggestion. It provides a pleasant combination of human sculptures and the soaring familiar mechanical icons. It has the quality of gently leading the eye into the picture and to this and that pleasant object.
  4. The majestic Parachute Jump, 1940

    Huh? Oh, I get it. The Greyhound title is left over from your earlier post.
  5. I don't have much from the fair: the 1965 guide book, map of the fair, and one $2 ticket. And a few slides(!). By the way, M.Onassis, its obvious from whom you inherited your good looks!
  6. Which cover do you like best?

    I agree with Ray. "C" is an iconic choice. Both of the competitor images are overly busy, with really junky elements and little indication of what the pics represent.
  7. Larry, a bounder and a cad are the same thing, according the my dictionary. However, in terms of quantum electrodynamics, bounder has a mass of 100 mega-electron volts and a spin of negative one-half, while cad emits an electron and an anti-neutrino when bombarded with high energy sheep dung. That's a critical distinction, which the British probably understand better than the Americans.
  8. Craig, I'm pleased to say that I made an important contribution to the Fair attendance figures. My 30 visits constituted a whopping 0.0000581 percent of the total! That's an impressive 581 10-millionths of a percent. (Funny the news media failed to notice.)
  9. Changing the prints on the Kodak Tower

    That would be a great project for some dedicated experts, if indeed it is possible to retrieve the photos. I think most of us would appreciate any results, even if the images were not specifically identified with past postings.
  10. Ray, the fact that you recognize yourself automatically makes this one of the most important in my collection. It's right up there with the day I stumbled upon a group of managers from my first employer in Northern Kentucky. For some unknown reason I didn't take their picture.
  11. Greyhound Escorter

    Good point, guys. I guess if that bird was really a hawk, or even a likeness, there wouldn't be a pigeon anywhere near the ladies.
  12. Greyhound Escorter

    Am I missing something here? That pigeon on her hat has awfully furry legs, and looks like a fake hawk or similar raptor perched oddly on her hat.
  13. Greyhound Escorter

    Probably not as dangerous to pedestrians as the average grocery store cart, since they were made of wicker. A bump would just dump you into a pretty lady's lap!
  14. Night time at the Fair

    Too bad a breeze was blowing, rippling the surface, or the reflection would have been picture-perfect. But that's a minor quibble for such a great shot.
  15. Let's take to the air!

    During my tenure in New York I was fortunate to find quick and easy transportation to the Fair by subway; first from 34th Street in Manhattan, then from Elmhurst, Queens. I guess I never much thought about those who had more complicated routes.