Note on Art
This note from LeRoy Neiman gives a brief description of the cultural fabric of his Midwestern childhood. The record touches on baked-goods, dress for Depression Era unemployment, and boxing. The document was made in preparation for the artist’s memoir, All Told, and is one of many on the artist’s early life.
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There was no such thing as the basketball dunk when I was a kid but all my Swedish relatives could dunk a donut. or drunk rusts
Against the backdrop of the depression unemployed white collar or career professionals (sales people, door to door insurance money collectors, etc.) (all) in our neighborhood never lost their identity as the upper (crust of our environs)
Their footwear worn and resoled but highly polished. Their shirt collars frayed but clean and starched with the maintained hands of a gentleman as in contrast to the calloused blue-collar member of our family
Radio But NO T.V.
BOXING Billie Miske – Billy Miske Jr.
St. Paul Marvin Wasson, Billy Light, My Sullivan, The Gibbons Mioke, Tommy, Jack, (Harvy Woods) Don Swenson, Emmette Weller, (outside regions) Jackie Graves, Everette Rightmier, Chas Retzlaff, Art Lasky