Bottoroff letter to BOE suggesting that since the library at City College won’t be ready for a while, the mural could be stored in the Administration building at T.I. on view by passengers of Clipper ships. [Handwritten notes by Pflueger say that if it can’t go into old Palace of Fine Art, it could go to the deYoung or in storage at Thomas Drayage.] (Pflueger files)
Thomas Drayage letter to Pflueger saying they’ll move mural to old Palace of Fine Arts (from 1915 Fair) for $1500.00 in vertical orientation and not leaning more than 45 degrees. Similar letter says they can move mural to the deYoung for $2500.00 [$50,000 insurance]
Where is Diego? It seems like he makes it back to Mexico City in the first week of February.
“My father and I drove Rivera to Brownsville, Texas, where he caught a non-stop flight to Mexico City.” ELP and her father drive on to Mexico City. (ELP Notes: July, 1958) [Letter from ELP to her family on the 14th from Mexico, where it seems they've settle in. Photo of ELP and DR at Alamo incorrectly dated February 28 by ELP.]
Refinement of 12.28.40 letter. He needs six months advance notice to commence two years work on the theme of Pan Americanism to be painted on the walls of the new CCSF Library. [The grand library will never be built because of lack of materials due to the onset of the war and Pflueger's untimely death in 1946.]
Frida says she will return to Mexico today. (SF Chron, 12.29.40, pg.6)
[Even if it turns out she doesn’t, she will be home for “Christmas" with her family (Dio de los Reyes celebrated Jan. 6?) per Frida: A Bio., pg.303. However, the book is imprecise in saying she stayed “nearly two weeks” after the wedding, which would only put her in SF at the latest on Dec. 21. According to this newspaper article she’s tending a sick Diego on Dec.28]
“Diego Rivera: Artist Not To Teach Here” [cites change in Domestic situation….he remarried. Frida says after he finishes a couple of weeks work here, he will return to Coyacan to ”’clear up some domestic things’ and return here in about six months to put the finishing touches on the fresco he has done for the San Francisco Junior College.”] (SF Chron, pg.6)
Letter from Rivera to Pflueger laying out the parameters of the addition to the Mural proposed for not later than three years. The approx. 3800 sq. ft. of new mural would effectively more than triple the size of the work. Rivera would be paid $25,000.00
Diego has the flu. (SF Chron, 12.29.40, p.6)
“Dolores del Rio has turned down the New York play…she chooses to stay near to Orson Welles.” (SF Exam, p.26)
HOY picture of Frida and Diego (12.5.40) signing marriage application in SF.
“Diego Rivera and his wife…are the weekend guests of Paulette Goddard,” (SF Exam, per Louella Parsons, p. 12, Saturday)
[However, 12.6.41, Rivera letter to Emmy Lou Packard says “Paulette….came here to dinner and she and Frieda liked each other.” Which implies they hadn’t met earlier.]
Francis Lederer was divorced today by Margarita “Margo” Lederer. (NY Times, 12.22.40)
Secret plans issued for Operation Barbarossa, Germany’s invasion of Russia. (Chronology of the 20th Century) [This is the "sucker punch" Rivera felt was inevitable because of the cynicism inherent in the 1939 Non-Aggression Pact between the USSR and Nazi Germany.]