Tag Archives: 1940s

How Modern! 1954’s “White Christmas”

Surfing the holiday movies on TV, I took another peak at “White Christmas,” probably the first movie I ever saw in a theater, in my hometown of Mount Vernon, Ohio. The Vernon Theater was on the town square beside the donut … Continue reading

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From the Dave Brubecks “with great interest”

I received a gracious personal letter from the Dave Brubecks not long after I emailed The Brubeck Institute the story of Vernon P. Johnson’s watercolor of “Calcutta Bazaar,” which he entered in a Brubeck-related contest in 1958. “I remember the … Continue reading

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Passage from India: A Watercolor’s 65-Year Roundtrip

Jazz musician Dave Brubeck’s 1958 State Department tour to India sparked the second chapter in the long and storied life of “Calcutta Bazaar,” an amazing watercolor painted by my father, Vernon P. Johnson from firsthand experience in 1946. Twelve years later, Dad … Continue reading

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The Artist’s Eye: Vernon P. Johnson’s Watercolors of 1950s Small Town America

If you are a Baby Boomer… If you grew up in America in the 1950s… If you lived in a small town in America in the 1950s… If you are researching that era of American art and culture… If you are … Continue reading

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