1940-06-22 00:00:00

Emmy Lou’s mom writes her in New York that she saw Rivera at the Fair yesterday. He was even wearing a tie. (ELP files, archives)

“Francis Lederer says he’ll fly to Canada on business this weekend instead of to Mexico to see estranged wife Margo.” (SF Exam, p.30)

HOY cover (Antonio Arias-Bernal) has Uncle Sam gesturing to Hitler across the “pond.” [At this point the Nazis have conquered just about everyone and only Great Britain remains to be mopped up. The issue of what happens then is a big question for the U.S.]

1940-06-19 00:00:00

“U.S. Must Stay Out of War, Willkie Says” (SF Exam, p.11)

[But, “He has frequently advocated sending munitions to the allies.” In mural on the left seated at table, fellow in blue suit looking up at diver has Willkie button on his lapel.]

1940-06-17 00:00:00

Bottoroff letter to Pflueger stating that Monohan has authorized the expenditures for mural expansion, i.e., steel frames (Soule Steel), erection (Thomas Drayage), lathing/plastering (Hermann Bosch ), lumber (Smith Lumber), labor (maintenance crew.)  (Pflueger files) [See Oct.15]

Emmy Lou writes home from NY, where she's looking for work.

USSR occupies Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. [Part of Non-Aggression Pact deal with Germany. Diego in his Hoy article about Finland at the end of 1939, explained the need for a buffer.]

1940-06-16 00:00:00

“Preliminary Sketch Only to Please Commission,” (SF Exam, Sect.D, p.6) [“real” painting gets done on wall]

Goddard to host party at Ciro’s to announce engagement of Dolores del Rio and Orson Welles. (SF Chron, 6.15.40, p.32)

1940-06-15 00:00:00

Pflueger confirming letter to Soule Steel for four additional steel framed panels, duplicates of the present panels.

HOY cover (Antonio Arias-Bernal) shows a Mexican looking in a store window with different shirts: Tipo Benito, Estilo Adolfito, Azul Falange, and Rojo Purga.  [Refers to the dilemma of Mexican public as to which side to back; note there is no U.S. shirt as an option.]

1940-06-14 00:00:00

Nazis march into Paris.

All Quiet on the Western Front is shown at the GGIE (Treasure Island 1939-1940). [Rivera had just seen author Erich Maria Remarque on Monday and the movie may be a source of WWI imagery, though the gas suit drawing is from the never painted/canceled 1934 GM mural.]

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1940-06-12 00:00:00

Rivera sends note to Dolores Del Rio from SF on Hotel California (580 Geary) stationary. (Correspondencia Diego Rivera)

“We were still living in a hotel-Diego, Bettina and I-on separate floors-still compiling the materials and instruments to start that enormous project.” [Mona Hofmann notes (transcription of red pages)]