Four found photographs
Four found photographs
Yazoo City, Mississippi / Fuji Instax / August 2014
Sumner, Mississippi / Fuji Instax / August 2014
I just emailed MTA requesting info on these mosaics all over the 42nd Street/Times Square subway station that very closely resemble the Confederate flag. I notice them every time I walk through the station and finally looked them up.
Based on what little information I’ve found online, Squire Vickers, who designed many of the stations and mosaics, may have designed them to pay tribute to the former owner of the New York Times, Adolph Ochs. (Ochs had moved the NYT building to Longacre Square in 1904, which was then renamed Times Square.) Ochs was raised in Knoxville, Tennessee and apparently donated a lot of money to preserve Confederate history—including $1,000 to the Stone Mountain Confederate Memorial in Georgia so his mom’s name could be engraved on the founder’s roll.
MTA, maybe it’s time for a renovation?
(I am supposedly going to receive an email response within 15 business days.)
UPDATE: I received the following email response from MTA:
Thank you for contacting MTA regarding the mosaics located at Times Square. For research and information, please contact the New York Transit Museum archives at 718-694-1068.
At the end of the email, it says: “Question Reference #140819-000591 - Status: Closed”
So I called the number and received the following voice message:
Thank you for calling the New York Transit Museum archives. Unfortunately we are currently moving our collection and will be closed to researchers and new acquisitions for an undetermined period of time. Please check back again in late fall of 2014. If you need to reach the collection manager, the best way to do so is to email me at email@example.com. Thank you.
So I forwarded my inquiry to the collection manager and requested a response when they reopen. I will also call back on an arbitrary “late fall” date.
Here is a photo of Maude Schuyler Clay and I walking her dog Zelda across Cassidy Bayou in Sumner, Mississippi. I have admired Maude’s photography from a distance for years, so getting to spend a day with her at her childhood home in the Delta was a dream.
One of the many things we talked about was New York City. After living there for over a decade, she left in 1987 to move back to Mississippi. I asked her if she ever missed it. “A place like that never really leaves your blood, ” she said.
Photo by David McCarty taken with expired Polaroid 600.