“The Flower Mart, Baltimore’s annual celebration of spring, is many things to many people. Flowers, food and fashions were but a few of the lures that drew thousands of people to the festival that is staged around Washington Monument.” This caption ran with The Sun’s coverage of the 57th annual FlowerMart, which took place in May 1969. The theme that year was “Accent on Youth,” and perhaps it’s no surprise that the festival that year in Mount Vernon was a mix of primly-dressed ladies, long-haired hippies and even a Senator. This year’s FlowerMart is set for today and Saturday around the Washington Monument.
This week, all eyes were back on Iwo Jima as the AP reported that James Bradley, author of “Flags of Our Fathers,” and the son of one of the men reported to be in the photo, publicly said that his father might not be in the iconic picture after all. And the U.S. Marines released a statement to the Associated Press saying they are looking into the true identities of the men pictured in Rosenthal’s shot.
Amidst this bout of historical amnesia, The Sun’s researcher, Paul McCardle, decided to look back in our own archives to examine photos of the first and second flag raisings at Iwo Jima, as well as shots of the ensuing scupltures it inspired.
Karl Lagerfeld, fashion icon, has officially pronounced Cuba “in” for fall. The Chanel creative director and enthusiastic cat owner traveled to Havana with a fleet of models including Gisele and actors including Tilda Swinton, to present a glitter-heavy show in the city’s Paseo del Prado that harkened back to the days of Ernest Hemingway, or perhaps Dirty Dancing Havana Nights. If the show is anything to go by, you can bring your fedora out of hiding, or maybe plan on a sassy beret a la Che Guevara? According to AP, “With the heart of the Cuban capital effectively privatized by an international corporation under the watchful eye of the Cuban state, the premiere of Chanel 2016/2017 ‘cruise’ line offered a startling sight in a country officially dedicated to social equality and the rejection of material wealth.” Translation: Somewhere, Che is turning in his grave.
Following the news Tuesday that the National Trust for Historic Preservation had named Morgan State University a National Treasure, we thought we’d look into The Baltimore Sun archives to see pictures of the school over the years. Founded in 1867, Morgan State is one of only two historically black colleges in the U.S. to be so designated. The campus features a mix of Brutalist and Collegiate Revival architecture, as well as Classical, Italianate and Modern styles. The school will now receive a $110,000 grant to develop a plan for future preservation efforts.
What the NFL draft is for football fans, the annual Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit Gala is for fashion-lovers. This year, celebs and fashion folks turned up in their futuristic finest to celebrate the opening of “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” on Monday, May 2, 2016, in New York.