Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions July 30, 2021 by Robert J. Avrech 4 Comments “Every time I start thinking the world is all bad, then I start seeing people out there having a good time on motorcycles. It makes me take another look.”—Steve McQueen Art Nouveau building, Schaerbeek, Belgium, built in 1900. Meg Moorat (AKA Miss Mercury) who was a Women’s Voluntary Service motorcycle messenger in London during WWII, is seen here riding a Triumph Twin, in the streets of Whitehall, 1941. The Halios Fairwind is a handsome and rugged watch from Vancouver, Canada. The price is reasonable, $775.00, by the lunatic standards of high horology where some watches cost more than a Rolls Royce. But the problem is, like Rolex, it’s almost impossible to buy a Halios. You have to put your name on a waiting list, but the list becomes fully subscribed within, literally, minutes. Anyway, it’s nice to see a quality microbrand doing so well. More information here. Saul LeiterWedding c.1948 Greg Goldner is aa professional stone sculptor/carver/mason. He writes: “Many years ago I made a piece just as a labor of love—intending it for a public space—but never found a home for it. A caricature set in stone. I thought you might get a kick out of my 5000lbs of granite joke and homage to the great comedians. So, without further ado I give you Mount Marxmore!” “I myself was born with an enormous need for affection and a terrible need to give it.”—Audrey Hepburn, with her son Sean, who authored a lovely book about his loving mother. Alfred Stevens (Belgium, 1823 – 1906)The Blue Ribbon, 1894oil on panel; 77 x 55 cm. Rick McGinnisFairmont Hotel Vancouver, April 2017 1936 Bugatti type 57C Atlantic, every line curved. “I’ll always regret that I didn’t have a normal childhood. Was a picture career worth the sacrifice? Well, yes… you can’t have everything.”— Linda Darnell James Tissot (French, 1836 -1902)On the Thames, a Heron, ca. 1871 -1872oil on canvas; 92 x 60 cm.Minneapolis Institute of Art Jules Aarons (America, 1921 – 2008)“Mister Take My Picture” West End. Aarons was a talented street photographer, and a physicist, known for his study of radio-wave propagation, IDF Home Front Command soldier Cpl. Avishag Semberg, 19, won a bronze medal in Taekwondo at the Tokyo Olympics. Mazal Tov! Unlike too many American competitors—preening, ungrateful, ignorant, brats—Avishag is proud of her country. Photo by Jules Aarons Maayan Ariel wishes all our friends and relatives the best Shabbat ever.