1940-07-25 00:00:00

Public reception to honor Rivera, 10 p.m. to midnight. Completed preliminary drawing (22x75 feet) for fresco to be shown. Scaffolding down for preview, (SF Chron, 7.24.40, p.26 and SF Exam, 7.24.40, p.12)

[See Puchinelli guide for photo of drawing with Irene Bohus in place of ELP, no Pflueger, no Lynn Wagner, and a Stalin without the bloody pick ax among the differences with final mural. The “movie panel”, however, is correct.]

1940-07-24 00:00:00

Arthur Dietrich, German attaché, expelled from Mexico for propaganda activity, left for Tokyo today from Manzanillo. (SF Chron, p.3)

“Simon Bolivar/Pan American Unity Day” at GGIE. (Treasure Island 1939-1940)

1940-07-19 00:00:00

Japan Tourists Night.

“The Palace of Fine Arts suffered a rift in it door-and its austerity-yesterday 24 foot, 25 ton redwood log, 71/2 foot diameter log was trucked to the building to be set up in the Art in Action show. The log will be the ‘Goddess of the Forest’ some day when Sculptor Dudley Carter, who works with a double bladed axe, gets through with it.” (SF Exam.)

1940-07-18 00:00:00

FDR renominated for third term.

4 p.m. lecture, Latin American Viewpoint Towards the Pan American Union, at the GGIE. (SF Chron, p.14)

“Busier Program for Exposition.” Yesterday Irene de Bohun (sic) went to work for Diego Rivera.

1940-07-17 00:00:00

“Fair Closing Definitely Set September 29,” (SF Exam, p.11)

Goddard remarking upon an Errol Flynn interview on South America says, “I found practically the same conditions in Mexico and (SF Exam, p.13) I feel we should lose no time in winning the confidence and friendship of the Mexicans. The Nazi agents have been at work…”  “Diego Rivera…could tell stories that are really frightening.”

1940-07-15 00:00:00

Irene Bohus (twenty six years old) arrives in SF from NY, (SF Chron, 7.18.40, p.14)

[Her image will appear in the preliminary drawing as the female painter on the right side.  She only stayed through early August and ELP will replace her for the finished painting.

Rivera has contacted her in NY and asked her to come to SF to work on mural.  She is of Hungarian extraction like Frida’s paternal grandparents. (Rick Tejada-Flores interview in ELP files)