Buster Keaton, New York City, 1952
“The screen was just a white sheet. They had this flickering machine. That was the first time I saw this angel with a white face and these beautiful eyes. I knew this was something special. It was the first time I saw Keaton. He wore a flat pancake of a hat, and I just couldn’t believe the man’s grace.”
—Mel Brooks, on first seeing a Buster Keaton film when Brooks was a child.
Oil on canvas, 168 x 209 cm
National Gallery, London
Princess Margaret by Lord Snowdon, 1967
Colt Third Model Dragoon Percussion Revolver, Serial Number 12406
Manufactured by Samuel Colt (American, Hartford, Connecticut 1814–1862)
Steel, brass, gold, wood (walnut)
Dimensions:L. 14 in. (35.6 cm); L. of barrel 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm); Cal. .44 in. (11.2 mm); case; H. 3 in. (7.6 cm); W. 16 3/16 in. (41.1 cm); D. 8 1/8 in. (20.6 cm); Wt. 3 lb. 9.8 oz. (224 g) Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Ann Southern, 1936
Hilma af Klint
The Dove, No. 03, Group IX/UW, No. 27
Oil on canvas
Height: 61.22 in., Width: 45.47 in.
Bela Lugosi in publicity still for Dracula, 1931
“I look in the mirror and say to myself, ‘Can it be that you once played Romeo?’”
—Bela Lugosi, 1951
Gerard ter Borch
Seated Girl in Peasant Costume
Oil on panel
Height: 11.02 in., Width: 9.06 in.
Photo by Ezra Stoller, Duplan Silk Mills, 1943
Dura Europos fresco
Jews Cross the Red Sea
Created, 244-256 CE
Self Portrait, 1956
Israel 2007, sterling silver bowls, anodized aluminium and silver plated brass box, textile fabric, 46 x 46 cm, height 5 cm.
Robert J. Avrech
Number Something Or Other
Acrylic on panel 10″ X 10″
Harpo Marx, with his bewigged children Alec, Jimmy, & Minnie (1954)
“In the house in Beverly Hills where our four children grew up, living conditions were a few thousand times improved over the old tenement on New York’s East 93rd Street we Marx Brothers called home. But my mother and father would have approved of the way my wife, Susan, and I ran the place in California. Like the East Side tenement, our house was seldom without the sound of music or laughter or questions being asked or stories being told. One of our kids’ favorite stories was about how they came to be adopted.
They used to sit around Susan and me on the bedroom floor in their bunny-type pajamas while we told ‘The Story’, as we came to call it. We played it for suspense, like an old-fashioned cliff-hanger, and how they loved it!
Susan, an only child who never had any roots, & I, a lone wolf who got married 20 years too late, were adopted by the kids as much as they were by us. We decided we would tell them they were adopted as soon as they could understand speech. We’d seen some pretty sad cases where parents kept putting off telling their adopted children the truth; & the kids, told too late, were full of resentment and a feeling of being unwanted. In our case, since we were all an adopted family, we had equal amounts of gratitude and respect mixed in with our love for one another.
We started telling the kids where they had come from in the form of a true-adventure bedtime story when Alex was two, and Jimmy and Minnie were scarcely a year old. By the time they were four and three they couldn’t go to bed without hearing ‘The Story’.”
-excerpted from Harpo Tells a Story, Reader’s Digest, 1962
Hilma af Klint, Svanen (The Swan) No. 17, Group IX:SUW, The SUW:UW Series, 1914-1915. oil on canvas, Height: 59.65 in., Width: 59.45 in.
His Girl Friday, 1940
Screenplay by Charles Lederer
Based on The Front Page
1928 play by Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur
1935 Studebaker Commander Eight, Australian built body
Fiona Campbelll in Dior, 1951
Randall Knife Society 5, Miniature Drop Point Hunter Club Knife, 2006
The 6 1/2″ knife has a 3 1/2″ stainless steel drop point blade, brass hilt, micarta handle. Production was limited to 1,500 knives.
Berber Jewish Girl with Harqus (Plant Ink) Facial Decorations, Agdz, Draa’ Valley, High Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Gerard ter Borch
Portrait of Helena van der Schalcke
oil on panel
Height: 13.39 in., Width: 11.02 in.
Lielle, Livia, and Maayan wish all our friends a meaningful Shabbat and a happy and kosher Passover.