Guillermo Luna & Architecture

I'm in the reception area at the Johnson Wax Building. This is in Racine, Wisconsin and it too was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

That’s me, Guillermo Luna, in the visitor center at the Johnson Wax Building. This is in Racine, Wisconsin and it was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. (It was a HOT summer day in Wisconsin.)

Here I am at the Unitarian Meeting House in Madison, Wisconsin. This is a church designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

My visitor sticker.

Since I'm interested in architecture -- I collect souvenir buildings. This is a souvenir building of the Johnson Wax Research Tower.

Since I’m interested in architecture — I collect souvenir buildings. This is a souvenir building of the Johnson Wax Research Tower. My understanding is that these were given to selected guests at the ceremony commemorating the building’s opening. It’s a cigarette lighter too.

Here I am at the Unitarian Meeting House in Madison, Wisconsin. This is a church designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. [Guillermo Luna at the Unitarian Meeting House.]

Here I am at the Unitarian Meeting House in Madison, Wisconsin. This is a church designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. [Guillermo Luna at the Unitarian Meeting House.]

The entrance to Taliesin.

The entrance to Taliesin.

Waterfall at Taliesin. When you go to Taliesin you park at the visitor center and then take a small shuttle bus to Taliesin. The shuttle bus travels by the waterfall.

Waterfall at Taliesin. When you go to Taliesin you park at the visitor center and then take a small shuttle bus to Taliesin. The shuttle bus travels by the waterfall.

This is me at Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright's home in Spring Green , Wisconsin.

I’m at Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright’s home in Spring Green, Wisconsin. 

Taliesin. It looks great in this photo from the Frank Lloyd Wright Quarterly.

Taliesin. It looks great in this photo from the Frank Lloyd Wright Quarterly, v. 22, Winter 2011. I’ve never seen a better picture of Taliesin. (The photographer is Aris Georges.)

This is one of the views -- out -- from the house to the surrounding landscape.

This is one of the views — looking out from the house — to the surrounding landscape. It’s very pretty.

Here's a picture I took of Taliesin. While at Taliesin I found that it sometimes seemed to have an unkempt look and that it wasn't deliberate.

Here’s a picture I took of Taliesin. While at Taliesin I thought it had an overgrown look. I’m not sure it’s deliberate.

It's a postcard. Frank Lloyd Wright's Larking building is the building on the far right in the front of the factory. This building was demolished around 1950.

It’s a postcard. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Larkin Building is the structure on the far right — in front of the factory. The Larkin Building was demolished around 1950. I bought this oversize postcard at a “paper and postcard” show in Pasadena, CA.

Frank Lloyd Wright, America's favorite architect. This photo is from a book called, Frank Lloyd Wright in New York: The Plaza Years, 1954-1959. I like this book because it's filled with photographs that I've never seen before.

Frank Lloyd Wright, America’s favorite architect. This photo is from a book called, Frank Lloyd Wright in New York: The Plaza Years, 1954-1959. This book’s filled with photographs that I’ve never seen before. If you like FLW you should buy it. It’s a really nice book. Whoever designed it did a great job. (The photographer is Halley Erskine.)

I don't have any photos from Wingspread but I do have this brochure. Two things I remember about Wingspread. 1) I went with a friend and we arrived about 10 minutes before the place opened. There was a large gate across the driveway which prevented us from driving in so we decided to wait in front of the gate but then a voice came over a speaker and told us we could not wait there and would have to come back when the venue opened. We found that weird. 2) I had an arguement with the person I went with so during the tour we didn't speak to each and tried to avoid each other. Sometimes, traveling with other people is difficult.

I don’t have any photos from Wingspread but I do have this brochure. Two things I remember about Wingspread. 1) I went with a friend and we arrived about 10 minutes before the place opened. There was a large gate across the driveway which prevented us from driving in so we decided to wait in front of the gate but then a voice came over a speaker and told us we could not wait there and would have to come back when the venue opened. We found that weird. 2) I had an arguement with the person I went with so during the tour we didn’t speak to each and tried to avoid each other. Sometimes, traveling with other people is difficult. Wingspread was built for Herbert F. Johnson of Johnson & Johnson back in 1937. The architect for Wingspread was Frank Lloyd Wright.

I found my pictures of that day! This is the gate we couldn't park in front of. It's not like there was a huge line. We were the only ones there. Uh, next time cut us some slack Wingspread.

I found my pictures from that day! This is the gate we couldn’t park in front of. It’s not like there was a huge line. We were the only ones there. Uh, next time cut us some slack Wingspread.

Going to Wingspread was an afterthought. It wasn't a place I had ever planned on or wanted to go to.

Going to Wingspread was an afterthought. It wasn’t a place I had ever planned on going to.

Here's a shot from the lawn with our tour guide ready to speak.

Here’s a shot from the lawn with our tour guide giving her spiel.

This is the main room at Wingspread. The room is very vertical and that's an awfully small fireplace considering the size of the room.

This is the main room at Wingspread. The room is very vertical and it has a compact fireplace considering the size of the room.

This staircase is behind the fireplace. Climbing up and looking around the room was fun. I'm still not quite sure why this lookout is located in the living room though.

This staircase is behind the fireplace. Climbing up and looking around the room was fun. I’m still not quite sure why this lookout is located in the living room though.

As this point, I was pretty much done with the tour.

As this point, I was pretty much done with the tour.

Unity Temple. I was in Oak Park at the post office sending post cards and I asked the clerk where Unity Temple was. (Unity Temple was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.) He looked at me and said, "It's right across the street." Unity Temple is in scale with the rest of the buildings on the street and doesn't call attention to itself. It's possible that I'm not always aware of my surroundings too.

Unity Temple. I was in Oak Park at the post office sending post cards and I asked the clerk where Unity Temple was. (Unity Temple was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.) He looked at me and said, “It’s right across the street.” Unity Temple is in scale with the rest of the buildings on the street and doesn’t call attention to itself. It’s possible that I’m an idiot and not always aware of my surroundings too.

These columns remind me of the Hollyhock House.

The columns remind me of the Hollyhock House.

This image is from an old postcard. Unity Temple is a wonderful building that many people don't know anything about. It is well worth a visit and I urge anyone who is interested in Frank Lloyd Wright to make a trip to it.

This image is from an old postcard. Unity Temple is a wonderful building that many people don’t know anything about. It’s well worth a visit and I urge anyone who is interested in Frank Lloyd Wright to find a way to get there. It’s one of the FLW interiors — that when I saw it  — I said, “WOW!” When I was there they were doing work on the building and they have a restoration fund:

http://www.utrf.org/

Dana-Thomas House. Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright. I went to this building so long ago and I'm amazed I still have these two (see below) postcards from my visit. The photographer on this postcard is Dave Beatty.

Dana-Thomas House. Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright. I went to this house so long ago (20 years?) that I’m amazed I still have these two postcards from my visit. (See the other one below.) The photographer of this postcard is Dave Beatty.

This is an interior photo of the Dana-Thomas House. The photographer on this postcard is Mick Cochran.

This is an interior photo of the Dana-Thomas House. The house was erected in 1904 and it is located in Springfield, Illinois. The photographer of this postcard is Mick Cochran.

I'm in front of the St. Louis Art Museum. I traveled there because not only was the building designed by Cass Gilbert but it was used for exhibits at the 1904 World's Fair. [Guillermo Luna in St. Louis.]

I’m in front of the St. Louis Art Museum. I traveled there because not only was the building designed by Cass Gilbert but it was used for exhibits at the 1904 World’s Fair. [Guillermo Luna in St. Louis.]

This is a postcard I bought at the St.Louis Art Museum. I'm a fan of sculpture and Neptune so I bought the card.

This is a postcard I bought at the St.Louis Art Museum regarding their sculpture hall. I like sculpture and I like Neptune so I bought the card.

Cass Gilbert from the book Cass Gilbert Life and Work by Barbara S. Christen and Steven Flanders.

Cass Gilbert from the book Cass Gilbert Life and Work by Barbara S. Christen and Steven Flanders. This photograph of Cass Gilbert is unusual because in other photographs, I’ve seen, he always looks “uptight” and “prissy.” Cass Gilbert designed the United States Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C. He also designed another building of note…

The Woolworth Building. It's a pretty amazing structure constructed between 1910-1913.

The Woolworth Building. It’s an amazing structure constructed between 1910-1913.

I found the above graphic in this publication. It looks like it was something for tourists to buy and was published in 1916.

I found that beautiful graphic in this publication. It appears to be something tourists could buy and was published in 1916.

This is a postcard I found (bought). I like how they're selling the observation gallery as being "above the clouds."

This is a postcard I found (bought). They’re selling the observation gallery as being “above the clouds.” How totally cool.

This is the reverse side of the card. I enjoy reading what others have to say.

This is the reverse side of the card. I enjoy reading what others have to say on old postcards. It’s like having a “party line” into the past.

The Woolworth Building is part of my collection. This building was made by Microcosms. The guy that ran that company made some terrific souvenir buildings.

The Woolworth Building is part of my slightly geeky collection. This version of the building was made by Microcosms. The guy who ran that company made some terrific souvenir buildings.

Went to the Sears Tower observation deck but I can only find one photo of an exhibit that they had on the observation deck floor. It concerned Chicago architecture. I've never been a big fan of the International Style but I do like the Sears Tower.

I went to the Sears Tower Skydeck but I can only find two photos from the visit and one is of an exhibit they had concerning Chicago architecture. I’ve never been a big fan of the International Style but I find the Sears Tower pretty amazing.

This is the other photo I found. It's really hard getting a good picture of the Sears Tower from the street.

This is the other photo I found. It’s really hard getting a good picture of the Sears Tower from the street but this is a good shot.

The Skydeck exhibit had a section on Burnham (R) and Root (L). The image is from Memorial of the World's Columbian Exposition by the Joint Committee on Ceremonis. It was published in 1893.

The Skydeck exhibit had a section on Burnham and Root. This image is from Memorial of the World’s Columbian Exposition by the Joint Committee on Ceremonies. It was published in 1893.

Their two most famous buildings in Chicago are probably The Rookery building above and...

Burnham and Root’s two most famous buildings in Chicago are probably The Rookery Building  (1885-88) above and The Monadnock Block (1889-92). I’ve been to both of them.

This is a well composed photograph of Burnham and Root. Both of these photos are from a book called The Meanings of Architecture: Buildings and Writings by John Wellborn Root. It was edited by Donald Hoffmann and published in 1967.

This is a well composed photograph of Burnham and Root. Both of these photos are from a book called The Meanings of Architecture: Buildings and Writings by John Wellborn Root. It was edited by Donald Hoffmann and published in 1967. According to the book the portrait was originally published in Inland Architect.

After Roots untimely death Daniel Burnham went on to design one of New York City's most famous Buildings: The Flatiron.

After Roots untimely death in 1891, Daniel Burnham went on to design one of New York City’s most famous Buildings: The Flatiron Building. This image is circa 1902. When I visited the Flatiron Building I found that even though it’s a large building it didn’t seem overwhelming or oppressive. As a matter of fact, it seemed very light. Maybe, because of the shape and scale?

A Flatiron Building souvenir. It's part of my extensive souvenir building collection. P.S. You can buy these in Times Square for $11.95.

A Flatiron Building souvenir. It’s part of my extensive souvenir building collection. These can be purchased  in Times Square for $11.95 or less. Uh, it’s extensive not expensive. I had part of my souvenir building collection in my office at work and a co-worker, Gabe, came in and was trying to identify the buildings. He got most of them right and then he said, “Oh, and there’s the Wedge Building.” I looked at him and said, “The Wedge Building?” That kind of made me chuckle. Now, whenever I see it I think, “Oh, there’s the Wedge Building.”

This is from Architectural Record. It's from January 1912.

This is from Architectural Record. It’s from January 1912.

Me in front of the People's Savings Bank in Cedar Rapids, IA. The bank was designed by the sensitive architect Louis Sullivan. This picture of me is not so sensitive. I look like I've got a bad attitude and just got out of prison. Thankfully, my shoes make me look less menacing. [Guillermo Luna in Cedar Rapids.]

Me in front of the People’s Savings Bank in Cedar Rapids, IA. The bank was designed by the sensitive architect Louis Sullivan. This picture of me is not so sensitive. I look like I’ve got a bad attitude and just got out of prison. Thankfully, my shoes make me look less menacing.

I look like riff-raff but what I'm pointing to in the picture is a bronze marker that says: LOUIS SULLIVAN * ARCHITECT 1911

This photo scares ME but what I’m pointing at in the picture is a bronze marker that says: LOUIS SULLIVAN * ARCHITECT 1911
[Guillermo Luna at the People’s Savings Bank.]

This image is from the same journal. These posts are no longer there. That's a shame. The name of the article is The People's Savings Bank of Cedar Rapids, Iowa -- Louis H. Sullivan: Architect by Montgomery Schuyler. Pages 44-56.

This image is from the same journal. These street lamps are no longer there. That’s a shame. The name of the article is The People’s Savings Bank of Cedar Rapids, Iowa — Louis H. Sullivan: Architect by Montgomery Schuyler. There are many interior photographs within the article. It’s a long article too: 12 pages from 44-56.

This is Louis Sullivan. I bought this photograph years ago from the Chicago Historical Society for $35. (I wanted to hang it above my desk.) On the back of the photo it says that if the photo is published it must contain this information: Louis H. Sullivan, Architect; full length portrait, leaning on tree. Photograph c 1995, The Art Institute of Chicago, All Rights Reserved.

This is Louis Sullivan. I bought this photograph, years ago, from the Art Institute for $35. (I hung it above my desk so I could look at him every day.) On the back of the photo it says that if the photo is published it must contain the following information: Louis H. Sullivan, Architect; full length portrait, leaning on tree. Photograph c 1995, The Art Institute of Chicago, All Rights Reserved.

Sullivan, along with his partner Dankmar Adler designed the Carson Pirie Scott Building. It was erected in 1899.

Sullivan designed the Carson Pirie Scott Building. It was erected in 1899. I have been there a number of times. The first time I went it was still being used as a department store.

The Schiller Building was constructed between 1890-92. It was constructed in collaboration with his partner Dankmar Adler.

The Schiller Building was constructed between 1890-92. It was designed in collaboration with his partner Dankmar Adler. It was demolished in 1961.

Me at the Adler & Sullivan designed Wainwright Building in St. Louis, Mo.

At Adler & Sullivan’s Wainwright Building in St. Louis, Mo.

This is what the Wainwright looks like from the sidewalk.

This is what the Wainwright looks like from the sidewalk.

Here is some top the building detail.

Some “top of the building” detail.

This is stone detail from the entrance.

This is stone detail from the entrance. I don’t like this picture of me because I look fat but I like the stone detail.

The tablet says it better than I could.

The tablet says it better than I could.

Dankmar Adler. The other part of the architectural fim Adler & Sullivan.photograph c 1995, The Art Institue of Chicago, All Rights Reserved.

Dankmar Adler. The other part of the architectural firm Adler & Sullivan.
photograph c 1995, The Art Institute of Chicago, All Rights Reserved.

While in St. Louis I also went to the St. Louis Arch. It's a great structure. You can go to the top in egg shaped cars that seat five. The picture I use on my Bold Strokes Books author page was taken while I waited in line to board one of those egg shaped cars at the St. Louis Arch.

While in St. Louis I also went to the St. Louis Arch. Architect: Eero Saarinen. It’s a great structure. You can go to the top of the Arch in egg shaped cars that seat five. The picture I use on my Bold Strokes Books author page was taken while I waited in line to board one of those egg shaped cars.

I took this picture at the base looking up. At the very top you can see a series of windows to view the St. Louis area.

I took this picture at the base looking up. At the very top is a series of windows where tourists can view the surrounding St. Louis area.

This is the cover of a brochure I bought while at the Arch. It was a deal for 50 cents!

This is the cover of a brochure I bought while at the Arch. It was a deal for 50 cents!

Eero also designed The John Deere Building. This is in Moline, Illinois which is right across the rive (Mississippi) from where I grew up.

Eero also designed The John Deere Building. This is in Moline, Illinois which is right across the river (Mississippi) from where I grew up in Davenport, Iowa.

After Adler & Sullivan's partnership was dissolved -- Sullivan went on to design banks in small towns throughout the midwest. This bank is in Grinnell, Iowa. I stopped by Grinnell during the summer a couple of years ago. The downtown tooked the same as it day 100 years ago probably. The street was deserted. The bank had an elderly man as a docent. Since I was the only one there besides him he gave me a personal tour.

Back to Louis Sullivan—————–After Adler retired in 1895 their partnership ended, and in the early years of the 20th century, Sullivan designed a series of banks in small towns throughout the Midwest. This bank, The Merchants National Bank, is in Grinnell, Iowa. I stopped by Grinnell during the summer a couple of years ago. The street was deserted. The bank had an elderly man as a docent. Since I was the only one there he gave me a leisurely private tour.

The sign above the entrance.

The sign above the entrance.

This is the brochure the bank gives out.

This is the brochure the bank gives out.

This is the National Farmers' Bank in Owatonna, Minnesota. The outside isn't all that spectacular but the inside takes your breath away.

This is the National Farmers’ Bank in Owatonna, Minnesota. Architect: Louis Sullivan. The outside isn’t as spectacular as some of the other banks but the inside made me gasp.

All this terra cota is on the inside of the front door. It's pretty impressive.

All this terra cotta is above the inside front door. It’s pretty impressive.

This is one of the light fixtures hanging from the ceiling in the Owatonna bank. They're huge!

This is one of the light fixtures hanging from the ceiling in the Owatonna bank. They’re huge!

Farmers & Merchants Bank in Columbus, Wisconsin. It's a tad out of focus around the edges. It's not the best angle and it appears as if I took this photo out of the window of my car BUT I hope you look at his picture and say, "What is that beautiful building?"

Farmers & Merchants Union Bank in Columbus, Wisconsin. Architect: Louis Sullivan. It’s a tad out of focus around the edges. It’s not the best angle and it appears as if I took this photo out of the window of my car while it was moving BUT I hope you look at his picture and say, “What is that?”

okay, here's a better angle.

Okay, here’s a better angle. I forgot to bring my camera for this trip. When I saw the bank I knew I had to have pictures so I went to a local convenience store/gas station. They had “throwaway” instant cameras but they weren’t Kodak they were an off brand. If I remember correctly it was, like, Phil’s Instant Camera. On top of that, the camera had passed its “best if used by” date so I’m really amazed these pictures even came out.

When I walked inside it was a quiet little bank. I asked one of the tellers about the bank and the teller said, "See, that woman over there, at that desk, talking on the phone?" I nodded. The teller said, "When she gets off the phone she'll show you around." When she hung up, that woman, was the kindest woman. She gave me a tour of the bank, she took me into the board room and up into the mezzanine where she showed me all these beautiful architectural drawings and artifacts. The people in the midwest are the nicest people.

When I walked inside it was a quiet little bank. I asked one of the tellers about the bank and the teller said, “See that woman over there in the green dress talking on the phone?” I nodded. The teller said, “When she gets off the phone she’ll show you around.” When she hung up, that woman in the green dress, was the kindest woman in all of Columbus, Wisconsin. (Population: 4,997.) She gave me a tour of the bank, she took me into the board room and up to the mezzanine where she showed me all these beautiful architectural drawings and artifacts. The people in the Midwest are the nicest people anywhere. They didn’t have any postcards of the bank for sale but they did have these note cards.

Merchants National Bank in Winona, Minnesota. The architects were Pucell & Elmslie. I drove up to Minnesota to see this bank.

Merchants National Bank in Winona, Minnesota. The architects were Purcell & Elmslie. I drove up to Minnesota to see this bank.

This is the terra cotta eagle above the main entrance. He's pretty cool.

This is the terra cotta eagle above the main entrance. He’s pretty goofy looking which makes me just like him more.

This is the brochure the bank gives out.

This is the brochure the bank gives out.

This stained glass is above the entrance to the bank.

This large stained glass window is above the entrance to Winona’s Merchant’s bank.

Milwaukee Art Museum. Quadracci Pavillion. Architect: Santiago Calatrava. It looks like a boat to me.

Milwaukee Art Museum. Quadracci Pavillion. Architect: Santiago Calatrava. It looks like a boat to me.

This looks like a mast.

This looks like a mast.

That's me inside on the left.

That’s me inside on the left.

I felt as if I was in a space capsule.

I felt as if I was in a spaceship.

I like the inside A LOT!

I like the inside A LOT! (That’s me walking down the hallway.) There was a Gilbert and George show running while we were there. I thought it was quaint that there was an advisory at the entrance to the exhibit that warned the exhibit might not be appropriate for all ages.

A couple of summers ago I drove from Chicago to Detroit. I drove to Detroit to see the Diego Rivera murals at the Detroit Institute of the Arts. On my way there I stopped in Bloomfield Village to see the Dymaxion House. I'm glad I stopped because it is so cool. I also sat in Rosa Park's bus which may have been even cooler. The Henry Ford Museum is worth a stop if you're in the area.

A couple of summers ago I drove from Chicago to Detroit to see the Diego Rivera murals at the Detroit Institute of Arts. On my way there I stopped at the Henry Ford Museum to see the Dymaxion House. I’m glad I stopped because it’s super-dooper cool. I also sat in Rosa Park’s bus which may have been even cooler. The Henry Ford Museum is worth a visit if you’re in the area. They also have one of JFK’s limos. Yes, that one.

Two of the Diego Rivera murals are visible in this DIA hand out.

Two of the Diego Rivera murals are visible in this DIA hand out.

The architect for the DIA was Philadelphia architect Paul Philippe Crane.

The architect for the DIA was Philadelphia architect Paul Philippe Crane.

I like this image of the museum because of the cars. It's from Federal Architect.

I like this image of the museum because of the cars. I want the tiny one on the right. The image is from Federal Architect.

My parents live in Iowa. During one of my visits to see them I decided to drive to Mt Rushmore to add some excitement to my visit. According to AAA it's a 12 hour drive. It took me two days to get there but I was in no hurry. This is the entrance. It was a cold, overcast day.

My parents live in Iowa. During one of my visits to see them I decided to drive to Mt Rushmore to add some excitement to my visit. According to AAA it’s a 12 hour drive. It took me two days to get there but I was in no hurry. This is the entrance. It was a cold, sunny day.

There really big heads. I found them to be very cool. The cafeteria looked very similar to the one in North by Northwest.

They’re really big heads. I found them to be very cool. Note: The cafeteria looked very similar to the one in North by Northwest. I know Mt Rushmore isn’t technically architecture but it seems like architecture to me.

It's something somebody would have bought in the 50s or 60s probably at the gift shop.

The United Nations Building. Archtect: Wallace K. Harrison. It’s something somebody would have bought in the 50s or 60s probably at the gift shop. I went to the U.N. Building a long time ago and sought out the Cary Grant locations from North by Northwest. I asked a number of people where the locations were but nobody knew. Ugh. People need to watch more classic movies.

I bought it at the Guggenheim for WAY too much money but I HAD to have it.

The Guggenheim Museum. Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright. I bought it at the Guggenheim for WAY too much money but I had to have it.

This is the Getty.

This is the Getty. Architect: Richard Meir. I’m somewhat ambivalent about it. Once  there I like how spacious it is and the types of materials used. The views looking out to the surrounding city are astounding. Yet, from far away it looks like a big, massive jumble. One of my co-workers says it looks like a bunch of hospitals thrown together. I went on Sunday, 2/10/2013 because I was taking a class about Italian Renaissance Art. I went there to see Saint Jerome in the Wilderness (circa 1470) by Ercole de’ Roberti.

In February of 2015 I went up to San Francisco and stood across the street from the TransAmerica Pyramid. It was very pyramid-y. The street guide I had said that the buildings observation deck/room was closed after 9/11 which is a bummer. I would have liked to have gone up.

In February of 2015 I went up to San Francisco and stood across the street from the Trans America Pyramid. (Architect: William Pereira) It was very pyramid-y. The street guide I had said the building’s observation deck was closed after 9/11 which is a bummer. I wanted to go up.

 THE ODDS AND THE END

I'm in a teacup at Disneyland.

I’m in a teacup but I’m not a teabag or teabagger.

If I remember correctly I was driving on highway 20 in Illinois and came upon this. I wanted to go but I was alone and it might have been too spooky.

If I remember correctly I was driving on state highway 20 in Illinois and came upon this sign. I wanted to go but I was alone and it looks like it would have been more fun with a friend.

This is a caricature of me drawn by Melissa Vetter.

This is a caricature of me drawn by Melissa Vetter.

time enough to take

I’ve kept this fortune for years. It spoke to me.

The photos of me at The Unitarian Meeting House, The Johnson Wax Building, Taliesin, The St. Louis Museum of Art, The People’s Savings Bank, The Wainwright Building, Wingspread, The Milwaukee Art Museum and Disneyland were all taken by my lifelong friend, Robert C. Graef. Thank God for him and his camera.

I have a book coming out on December 16, 2013. It's called the Odd Fellows.

My book was released on December 16, 2013. It’s called the Odd Fellows.

Published in: on January 29, 2013 at 8:28 pm  Leave a Comment  

APARTMENT TOUR

I moved into my present apartment back in 2004. It’s a little bungalow (about 500 square feet). There are a number of these small bungalows on a double lot.  All of them look the same on the exterior and they were built sometime in the 1920s.

This is a photograph from 2004 when I had just moved in.

This is the other direction. The living room area is 23 feet by 9 feet.

This is looking away from the fireplace. The living room area is 23 feet by 9 feet.

These are photographs circa 2008.

This is toward the fireplace.

This is toward the fireplace. The movie on the television is Death on the Nile.

Another one looking toward the fireplace but from farther back.

Another one looking toward the fireplace but from farther back. The Titanic poster is from the 1954 Clifton Webb/Barbara Stanwyck version.

The back of these photos says 2010.

The image on the TV is from a Miss Marple episode. I forget which one but I think it's Murder is Served. The image above the fireplace is The Light of the World. It's an engraving based on Holman Hunt's painting of the same name. Hunt was one of the Pre-Ralphaelites. You can see a portion of my souvenir building collection on the mantel.

The image on the TV is from a Miss Marple episode. I forget which one but I think it’s Murder is Served. The image above the fireplace is The Light of the World. It’s an engraving based on Holman Hunt’s painting of the same name. Hunt was one of the Pre-Ralphaelites. You can see a portion of my souvenir building collection on the mantel.

This is looking in the other direction. The painting reminds me of someone who should be in an Edith Wharton novel. This section of the room looks a little cluttered. What was I thinking?

This is looking in the other direction. The painting reminds me of someone who should be in an Edith Wharton novel. This section of the room looks a little cluttered. What was I thinking?

These photos are from 2013.

I took them on the spur of the moment. I should have cleaned the glass on all the cabinets and dusted first but I didn’t.

I took this photo in the morning with just the venetian blinds open. The image on the TV is Chinatown.

I took this photo in the morning with just the venetian blinds open. The image on the TV is Chinatown.

This is the clock on the mantel. I've seen lots of these types of figural mantel clocks but most of them have classical figures or famous men like Shakespear. This is the first clock of this type that I've seen with the I WILL woman from the Chicago World's Fair of 1933; A Century of Progress.

This is the clock on the mantel. I’ve seen lots of these types of figural mantel clocks but most of them have classical figures or famous men like Shakespeare. This is the first clock of this type that I’ve seen with the I WILL woman from the Chicago World’s Fair of 1933; A Century of Progress. (I collect world’s fair items too.)

A book I bought years ago with her on it.

A book I bought years ago had her image on the cover.

Hanging above her on the wall is our martyred president -- James A. Garfield. It's a Puck image.

Hanging above her on the wall is our martyred president — James A. Garfield. It’s a 19th century Puck image.

I like the sentiment in the sampler. The two mermaids might be too girlie for a man's apartment.

I like the sentiment in the sampler. The two mermaids might be too girlie for a middle aged bachelor’s apartment or maybe just right.

His name is Algernon. He died of old age.

His name is Algernon and he died from old age. I bought the crown for him. He didn’t bring it with him.

This is looking in the other direction away from the fireplace.

This is looking in the other direction away from the fireplace.

On and in the desk are these three items which I am immensely fond of.

He's a French president from the last quarter of the nineteenth century.

He’s a French president from the last quarter of the nineteenth century.

It's Atlas holding a clock.

It’s Atlas holding a clock. I wish they sold reductions of the Atlas at Rockefeller Center.

I guess it would be an affirmation.

I guess this would be an affirmation.

On the wall opposite the front door is this bookcase.

It's mission.

It’s a mission bookcase.

He's a scout. The item behind him is GRANT with high-points of his life at each corner and in-between.

The statue’s a scout. I saw this same statue in the 1950 Edmond O’Brien movie: D.O.A. It’s in Mr. Halliday’s office. (Halliday works for the Philips Import Export Company which is located in the Bradbury Building in downtown Los Angeles.) The item behind him is a copper relief image of President U.S. Grant with the high-points of his life at each corner and in-between the corners too.

This is on the way to the kitchen but behind that green paisley chair. That statue is inscribed on the side facing the IKEA dvd holders.

This is on the way to the kitchen and behind that green paisley chair. The statue is titled La Source du Pactole and is inscribed and dedicated on the side facing the IKEA DVD holder. The title of the print above him is Killing Pace. The man is holding up a glass of champagne. They’re drinking and driving. It is copyrighted 1903. It was missing some of the ribbon when I bought it so I’m attempting to fix it.

J. Stuart Blackton was one of the founders of Vitagraph. He's pretty much forgotten in film history but he is mentioned extensively in a book called Two Reels and a Crank which was written by one of his partners at Vitagraph, xxxx. J. Stuart Blackton was hit by a car and died while crossing Los Angeles' Venice Blvd. in the mid 40s.

Above is the inscription on La Source du Pactole. J. Stuart Blackton was one of the founders of Vitagraph. He’s pretty much forgotten in film history but he is mentioned extensively in a 1952 book called Two Reels and a Crank which was written by one of his partners at Vitagraph, Albert E. Smith. J. Stuart Blackton was hit by a car and died while crossing a Los Angeles street in the mid 1940s.

Here is a picture of him from the Motion Picture Studio Directory and Trade Annual from 1921.

Here is a picture of him from the Motion Picture Studio Directory and Trade Annual from 1921.

In an effort to get more organized I bought this display case from IKEA. I had a poster of Uncle Sam in this space but moved it to the closet. I'm using the display case to house my souvenir buildings. I'm very happy with it.

In an effort to get more organized I bought this display case from IKEA. I had a poster of Uncle Sam in this space but moved him to the closet. I’m using the display case to house my souvenir buildings. I’m very happy with it.

This is the top shelf.

This is the top shelf.

This is the middle shelf.

This is the middle shelf.

This is the bottom shelf.

This is the bottom shelf.

I have a book coming out on December 16, 2013. It's called The Odd Fellows.

My book was released on December 16, 2013. It’s called The Odd Fellows.

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Odd Fellows items that I have picked up along the way.

Some interesting Odd Fellows items I’ve collected.

It's a dance card from the Mayflower Lodge (no. 31) Grand Social in 1887

It’s a dance card from the Mayflower Lodge (no. 31) Grand Social in 1887. I would have enjoyed this social event. It was held on a Friday. It was a week before Thanksgiving, which means everyone would have been in the holiday spirit, and it was held at the Oriental Hall which sounds very exotic and luxurious.

This appears to be a calling card but there is no name on the front. There could have been a name on the back but it was pasted into a scrapbook and then removed so if there was a name on the back at one time -- it's not there now.

This appears to be a calling card but there is no name on the front. There could have been a name on the back but it was pasted into a scrapbook and then removed so if there was a name — it’s not there now.

I bought this button off Ebay. I really like it because of the shaking hands, the Welcome, the use of "Auld Acquaintance" and the fact that the lodge is identified.

I bought this button off Ebay. What inspired me to buy it was the shaking hands, the Welcome, the use of “Auld Acquaintance” and the fact that the lodge is identified.

I bought this slide with some other Odd Fellow slides.

I received this slide with some other Odd Fellows slides. I like it because it’s a 19th century way of proclaiming someone’s your BFF.

This is a one sided card with a clean back. The image is wonderful but I don't know what it is. Maybe, it's just a piece of ephemera?

This is a one sided card with a clean back. The image is wonderful but I don’t know what it is. Maybe, it’s just a piece of ephemera?

I bought this button off of Ebay. I really like the cowboy vibe.

I bought it because I really like the cowboy silhouette.

Here's a photo I bought. If you click on the image and look at the books on the desk you can see that one of the books is titled, Odd Fellows. Great fake background too.

Here’s a photo I bought. If you click on the image (twice) and look at the books on the desk you can see that one of the books is titled, Odd Fellowship. Great fake background too.

I found this great encampment ribbon on ebay. I'm still not sure what encampment is but I like this ribbon and the image.

I found this encampment ribbon online. I’m still not sure what an encampment is but the man’s image is very turn of the last century and it’s on a silk-like ribbon.

I bought this online. That winged hourglass always gets me.

I bought this online. That winged hourglass always gets me. It’s a program for the 25th anniversary of the founding of FRIENDSHIP LODGE (no. 69) in Springvale, Maine.  The event took place on Friday, March 12, 1897.

I took this picture at work. I put it on a bookcart and then rolled the bookcart under a skylight. (The pennant wouldn't fit on my scanner.) There is a Phoenixville, Pennsylvania which is located 28 miles northwest of Philadelphia. I suspect that's where this pennant comes from.

I took this picture at work. I put the pennant on a bookcart and then rolled the bookcart under a skylight. (The pennant wouldn’t fit on my scanner.) There is a Phoenixville, Pennsylvania — which is located 28 miles northwest of Philadelphia. I suspect that’s where this pennant comes from.

uh, the sentiments are good.

uh, I agree with the sentiments.

I'm not sure about this photograph. It was sold as a Odd Fellows photograph and that hat does look like one in my lodge. I'm not 100% sure but I'm 99% sure this guy is an Odd Fellow. The photograph is from Manchester, New Hampshire.

I have questions about this photograph. It was sold as an Odd Fellows photograph and that hat does look like one of the hats in my lodge. I’m not 100% sure but I’m 99% sure this guy is an Odd Fellow. The photograph is from Manchester, New Hampshire. Oh, and that is one very cool goatee. I wish I looked like him but a younger version of him.

It's a calendar from 1923. All the months are there. It was never used.

It’s a calendar from 1923. All the months are there. It was never used.

A members form from 1856.

A certificate of membership from 1856.

This complimentary banquet was held in Horticultural Hall in 1888. Inside it says they dined on Oysters: Raw on the Half Shell or Escalloped AND there was a selection of cold meats including Ham, Roast Sirloin Beef and Tongue.

This complimentary banquet was held in Horticultural Hall in 1888. Inside it says they dined on Oysters: Raw on the Half Shell OR Escalloped AND there was a selection of cold meats including Ham, Roast Sirloin Beef and Tongue.
Tongue? I can’t imagine turning to my dinner companions and saying, “I wonder if they have anymore of that delicious tongue?”

The Odd Fellows had cemeteries around the world. I know there was one in New Orleans AND Los Angeles along with San Francisco.

The Odd Fellows had cemeteries around the world. I know they still exist in New Orleans, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

They look like a father and his sons to me.

They look like a father and his sons to me.

What I like about this image is that there is an hourglass with wings which must symbolize Time Flies. This is a program for the public installation of officers at the North Star Lodge (no. 144) in Townsend, Mass. on January 3, 1900.

I was drawn to this program’s image of an hourglass with wings which must symbolize “time flies.” This is a program for the public installation of officers at the North Star Lodge (no. 144) in Townsend, Mass. on January 3, 1900.

The 150th anniversary hat is from 1969. I like the Fez but it's a little small for my big head. The crown and tiara were sold as Odd Fellows items but I'm not quite sure how they would fit into a "ceremony."

The 150th anniversary hat is from 1969. The Odd Fellows will celebrate their 200th anniversary in 2019. I like the Fez but it’s a little small for my big head. The crown and tiara were sold as Odd Fellows items but I’m not quite sure how they  fit into a “ceremony.”

A pamphlet marking the 5oth anniversary of the Odd Fellows.

A handout marking the 5oth anniversary of the Odd Fellows in 1869.

Meni Lodge (no. 217). I like this photo for its turn of the century quality. The man in the front row, second from the left, has a Great Gatsby quality about him. On the back he is listed as Nathaniel Bound.

Meni Lodge (no. 217). This photo has a turn of the century air. The man in the front row, second from the left, has a Great Gatsby demeanor about him. On the back he is identified as Nathaniel Bound.

I think it's a calling card. This guy was really creative. I like his card. I'm trying to think of a way to re-interpertet it for myself.

I think it’s a calling card. This guy was really creative. I’m trying to think of a way to re-interpret it for myself. The way he spelled Los Angeles just adds to its charm.

It hangs in my living room.

It hangs in my living room.

Odd Fellow's Talisman. November 1885. This publication seems so old. Washington Square was written by Henry James in 1887 and Dracula was written in 1871. Yet, the Odd Fellows had been an established group in America for over 65 years at this point.

Odd Fellow’s Talisman and Literary Journal. November 1885. This publication seems so old but for reference, Washington Square, by author Henry James, was published in 1880 and Dracula was published in 1897. In 1885, the Odd Fellows had been established, in America, for over 65 years.

This is the Odd Fellows Talisman and Literary Journal from September 1875. There's a nice story inside called One Summer. It begins, "Silver Lake, as you all know, is a bewitching idyl of a place, much visited by wealthy ones in search of charm and change."

This is the Odd Fellow’s Talisman and Literary Journal from September 1875. There’s a nice story inside called One Summer. It begins, “Silver Lake, as you all know, is a bewitching idyl of a place, much visited by wealthy ones in search of charm and change.”

I'm always buying Odd Fellows rings.

I’m always buying Odd Fellows rings.

It's a Christmas card from 1905. I think it was hand made. The inside certainly seems very specific.

It’s a Christmas card from 1905. I think it was hand made. The inside certainly seems very specific.

This is the inside of the card.

This is the inside of the card.

a Social Promenade. This is something I would like to do mainly because I never promenade. I'm usually standing off by myself somewhere trying to decide if I should just go home.

A Social Promenade. This is something I would have liked to go to mainly because I don’t know what it is. At most social functions I’m usually standing off by myself — trying to decide if I should stay or just go home.

There is a mirror on the other side. After I bought it I showed it to my co-worker at work and he said diamonds have nothing to do with innocence.

There’s a mirror on the other side. It’s only 2 1/4 inches across. After I bought it — I showed it to my co-worker and he said “diamonds have nothing to do with innocence.”

In latin it says" VIA UNITA FORTIOR" which translates as United strength is stronger.

In Latin it says” VIA UNITA FORTIOR” which translates as “United strength is stronger.” That refers to the bundle of rods the man has in his hands. One rod alone can be broken but many rods bound together are more difficult to break. A modern day translation would be: there’s strength in numbers.

This is a San Francisco dandy. He looks great and if you look at his watch fob you can see "the three links." I wish I looked like this.

This is a San Francisco dandy. Unfortunately, there is no identification of who he was on the back of this card.He looks great (I especially like the tie, glasses, mustache and hat). If you look at his watch fob, below the white diamond, you can see “the three links.” He’s such a fancy pants. I wish I looked like him. Unfortunately, I usually have a sweaty, unkempt look.

From 1903 it's a dance card for a dance given by the Daughters of Rebekah (the lady Odd Fellows).

It’s a dance card for a dance given by the Aquilla Lodge’s Daughters of Rebekah (the lady Odd Fellows). It was held on Thursday evening, April 16, 1903 at the Odd Fellows Hall. [The city and state are not listed inside the card.]

This is a magic lantern slide. I don't really know what it's purpose was but it does say on the slide: IOOF Man in his Strength. (It's in much better shape than this scan.) I just think it is so cool. The slight fuzziness to the "scanned" image is due to the fact that the image is painted on glass.

This is a magic lantern slide. I don’t really know what it’s purpose was but it does say on the slide: IOOF Man in his Strength. I just think it is SO cool.  I held this up to the overhead light at work and then took a digital picture of it. It came out good.

This lodge is not identified on the photograph BUT the photographer is Charles A. Libby, Granite Block, Spokane. I find the dynamics of this photo interesting. With the exception of one individual all the members look very "country-fied." The one person who doesn't is the guy in the middle row, sitting down on the right. He's got a great face and he looks like Vladamir Lenin but his body language says he's not quite as tight with the other members as he should be.

This lodge is not identified on the photograph BUT the photographer is Charles A. Libby, Granite Block, Spokane so this group must have been a lodge in Spokane or the surrounding area. I find the dynamics of this photo interesting. With the exception of three individuals all the members look very “country-fied.” The three that don’t look that way are on the far right side of the photograph. The two standing up in the back row and the man sitting directly in front of them. He’s got a great face and he looks like Vladamir Lenin but his body language says he’s not quite as tight with the other members of the lodge as he should be. It could be just my impression. I love the room itself with the woodwork, the light fixtures and especially the three links.

It's a match safe. Pat. Jan. 12, 1904.

It’s a match safe.
Pat. Jan. 12, 1904.

Any secret society needs a secret entrance

Any secret society needs a secret entrance

I wonder if they changed secret passwords on a regular basis?

I wonder if they changed secret passwords on a regular basis?

United States Loge Ball. I bought this last year and it's hung in my office at work. This ball took place December 27, 1853! That was a long time ago.

United States Lodge Ball. I bought this last year and it’s hung in my office at work. This ball took place December 27, 1853! That was before the outbreak of the civil war.

okay, this is a photo I bought off Esty. I like it because the photo's in great shape and the location of the photograph is identified. In this case it's Carbon Hills, Ohio. All the guys look great with their instruments and that major(ette) guy is very dramatic looking.

Okay, this is a photo I bought off Esty. I purchased it because the photo’s in great shape and the location of the photograph is identified. In this case it’s Carbon Hills, Ohio. All the guys look super fantastic with their instruments and that major(ette) guy is very dramatic looking.

I almost did not buy this photograph because the border around the photo is in such bad shape -- it's torn, soiled with some type of oil and has water damage too. I had to buy it for three reasons: the location is identified (OK), it's dated (4-26-13) and the guy in the front with the big white hat and the trombone was the clincher. (I tried to crop all the damage out of the photo before uploading it.)

I almost did not buy this photograph because the border around the photo is in such bad shape — it’s torn, soiled with some type of oil and has water damage too. I had to buy it for three reasons: 1) the location is identified (OK), 2) it’s dated (4-26-13) and 3) because of the guy with the big white hat, white suit and the trombone near the center in the front. (If you click on the photo you can see him better.) He was the clincher. I want a hat like that! (I tried to crop all the damage out of the photo before uploading it.)

I have no idea where these guys are from. Some of them look very sophisticated and others look like they came out of log cabins in the mountains. I bought it because I like the contrast between the men.

I have no idea where these guys are from. Some of them look sophisticated civilized and others look like they came out of log cabins in the mountains. I bought it because of the contrast between the men. That guy sitting down on the right — he looks like a mountain man. What did these men talk about?

The photographer's location appears to be New Britain, CT. I like the 3 links and the word BAND underneath on his hat.

The photographer’s location appears to be New Britain, CT.
The 3 links and the word BAND on his hat sold me on this.

This is not the cheeriest slide but visually it is nicely composed.

This is not the cheeriest slide but visually it’s nicely composed.

It's a bumper sticker. It hangs on the wall behind my computer at work. It reminds me to be courteous.

It’s a bumper sticker. It hangs on the wall behind my computer at work. It reminds me to be courteous.

Another pennant I photographed at work under a skylight. Notice the goat. I have seen goats associated with the Odd Fellows on numerous occasions. I still haven't figured out the significance.

Another pennant I photographed at work under a skylight. Notice the goat. I have seen goats associated with the Odd Fellows on numerous occasions. Often on postcards. What’s up with the goat? I still haven’t figured out the significance.

This hangs on the wall in my office at work. The images are really cool in this. It's from 1916.

This hangs on the wall in my office at work. The colors are rich and bright. It’s from 1916.

It's a glass slide for a slide projector. I put a piece of white paper behind it so it would scan better.

It’s a glass slide for a slide projector. I put a piece of white paper behind it so it would scan better.

I'm so glad I bought this. It combines two of my interests: Odd Fellows and World's Exhibitions.

I’m so glad I bought this. It combines two of my interests: The Odd Fellows and World’s Exhibitions.

I like the text on this program. Especiall, the words "Public Installation" and that weird graphic beside it. The inside is mundane. It lists the officers on one side and the entertainment on the other.

I like the typeface on this program. Especially, the words “Public Installation” and that weird symbol beside it. The inside is mundane. It lists the officers on one side and the entertainment on the other but whoever designed the cover knew something about design.

I never understood how The Good Samaritan fit into the Odd Fellows but as of Wednesday, August 6, 2014, now I do. Written in pencil on the back of this item is: "From H.E. Stevens TO Oakfield I.O.O.F. No. 603, Aug 10th/37.

I never understood how The Good Samaritan fit into the Odd Fellows but as of Wednesday, August 6, 2014, now I do. Written in pencil on the back of this item is: “From H.E. Stevens TO Oakfield I.O.O.F. No. 603, Aug 10th/37.

It's a banquet program for a lodge in Camden, Arkansas in 1891.

It’s a banquet program for a lodge in Camden, Arkansas in 1891.

I've never seen "peace, harmony and prosperity" together on an odd fellows item. I also like how there appears to be movement in the banner. The brochure is for the first annual reception and ball of the Oconee Lodge (held at the Masonic Temple) in Ontario, NY on Thursday evening, March 4, 1904. How could they have these balls on a Thursday night? Didn't people have to work in the morning?

I’ve never seen “peace, harmony and prosperity” together on an Odd Fellows item. I also like how there appears to be movement in the banner. The brochure is for the First Annual Reception and Ball of the Oconee Lodge (held at the Masonic Temple) in Ontario, NY on Thursday evening, March 4, 1904. How could they have these balls on a Thursday night? Didn’t people have to work in the morning?

This is a wonderful cover for an Odd Fellows building dedication.

This is a wonderful cover for an Odd Fellows building dedication in Merrimac, MA. In 1887!

This is the inside of the program.

This is the inside of the program. I like the program’s  Eastlake style. The event also took place on a Wednesday night. Hmmm. Once again, that seems odd to me.

The back cover of the program.

The back cover of the program.

On the side of this slide it says: I.O.O.F. SUBORDINATE DEGREE Meeting of David and Jonathan. I had to do some research on Jonathan and David after buying this slide. Uh, David is the one from David and Goliath.

On the side of this slide it says: “I.O.O.F. SUBORDINATE DEGREE Meeting of David and Jonathan.” I had to do some research on Jonathan and David after buying this slide. I found out that David is the David from David and Goliath.

I found this IOOF Rejection online and bought it.

I found this IOOF rejection online and bought it. I wonder why the poor guy was rejected.

I bought this because of the young guy in the front row on the right. This photograph is from 1962 and that guy is such a beatnik. I like him. On the back it says the photographer was Raup and he was based in Hagerstown, Maryland.

I bought this photo because of the young guy in the front row on the right. This picture is from 1962 and while that guy may be an Odd Fellow I also think he’s a beatnik. I like him. He’s great. I can see him sitting in a coffee shop, back in 1962, reading poetry and smoking a cigarette. On the back it says the photographer was Raup and Raup was based in Hagerstown, Maryland.

This is for a Ball. The outside is very tasteful.

This is for a Ball. The cover is very tasteful.

This is the inside. I like the hand down at the bottom that points to a sentence that says, "Every other number a square dance."

This is the inside. I like the hand down at the bottom that points to a sentence that says, “Every other number a square dance.”

I have a book coming out on December 16, 2013. It's called The Odd Fellows.

My book came out on December 16, 2013. It’s called The Odd Fellows.

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Photos of me, Guillermo Luna.

Above me is the all seeing eye, the hourglass and skull and crossbones. I enjoyed taking these photos though there must be something wrong with the camera because I look old. The camera's old so that could be it.

I enjoyed taking these photos though there must be something wrong with the camera because I look old. Above me is the all seeing eye, the hourglass, and the skull and crossbones.

These photos were taken with a timer so obviously there were some mistakes.

These photos were taken with a timer so obviously there were some mistakes.
Unpredictable $#!+*&% camera!

I like this one but I need to trim my van dyke.

I like this one but I need to trim my van dyke.

Me and God's eye are both looking at you.

Me and God’s eye are both looking at you.

This is the garment I'm wearing under my jacket. It is a little soiled and stained but I have not tried to clean it. It would have been worn in a ceremony. I'm assuming they would have worn trousers or tights. What kind of shoe that goes with this is beyond me.

This is the garment I’m wearing under my jacket. It’s a little soiled and stained but I haven’t tried to clean it. It would have been worn in an Odd Fellows’ ceremony. I’m assuming they would have worn trousers or tights too. What kind of shoe goes with this? It would be a perilous choice. My suggestions would be either a leather gladiator boot/sandal or blue velvet loafers.

That's the eye of God and three links. I know this is machine made but it's pretty wonderful work.

That’s the eye of God and three links. I know this is machine made but it’s pretty wonderful work.

This is my homage to the head of the surrealists, Andre Breton

This is my homage to the head of the surrealists, Andre Breton

This is from a great book called Self Portrait Man Ray. It's by Man Ray and it is filled with wonderful and bizarre images. You should check it out.

This is the surrealists Andre Breton. The photo is from a great book called Self Portrait Man Ray. It’s by Man Ray and it’s filled with wonderful and bizarre images. You should check it out. If your local library doesn’t have it ask them to inter-library loan it OR buy it.

odd fellows DADA. I think I have too many visuals and I need more handwritten text. It's an attempt.

odd fellows DADA. I think I have too many visuals and I need more handwritten text. It’s an attempt.

I found some "hoodwinks" on ebay. That's supposedly what they're called. They're made out of bakelite and probably from the 1940s. I had to take pictures of myself in them no matter how goofy I look.

I found some “hoodwinks” on ebay. That’s supposedly what they’re called. They’re made out of bakelite and probably from the 1940s. I had to take pictures of myself in them no matter how goofy I look.

The top part that is sticking out comes down and renders the wearer totally sightless. It's my understanding these were used in secret ceremonies.

The top part, sticking out, comes down and renders the wearer totally sightless. It’s my understanding they were used in secret ceremonies. They appear very steampunk and yet they were manufactured before there was such a thing as steampunk.

My book, The Odd Fellows, was released in December of 2013.

My book, The Odd Fellows, was released in December of 2013.

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The Odd Fellows

The Odd Fellows is a secret society formed in 1819 in the United States.

I have a book coming out on December 16, 2013. It's called The Odd Fellows.

My book was released on December 16, 2013. It’s called The Odd Fellows.

This is the cover for my book.

This is the cover of my book direct from the publisher. MY BOOK IS NOW AVAILABLE. Go to http://www.boldstrokesbooks.com/Author-Guillermo-Luna.html or AMAZON.COM to order it.

My books showed up. This photo was taken moments after I opened the box. I'm very happy.

My books showed up. This photo was taken moments after I opened the box. I’m very happy.

This is the All Seeing Eye. It's God's Eye.

This is the All Seeing Eye. It’s God’s Eye. When I submitted my book to my publisher I used this image with chapter 1: The Dead Body.

This is the hand with heart. The basic idea behind the hand with heart is that whenever an Odd Fellow extends his hand -- the greeting comes from his heart.

This is the hand with heart. The basic idea behind the hand with heart is that whenever an Odd Fellow extends his hand — the greeting comes from his heart; an Odd Fellow doesn’t shake your hand while thinking about how he’ll stab you in the back. I used this image with chapter 2: Mexico.

This symbol is the Bundle of Rods. It symbolizes that a group bound together is stronger than one rod alone. I used this image for Chapter 3: The Road to San Felipe.

This symbol is the Bundle of Rods. It symbolizes that a group bound together is stronger than one rod alone. I used this image for Chapter 3: The Road to San Felipe.

These are the three links. The three links symbolize Friendship, Love and Truth.

These are the three links. The three links symbolize Friendship, Love and Truth. I used this image with Chapter 4: The Three Links.

The Moon and the Seven Stars. The seven stars are to remind us of the seven pillars in the house of wisdom and warn us not to wander starless in the night of destitution.

The Moon and the Seven Stars. The seven stars remind us of the seven pillars in the house of wisdom and warn us not to wander starless in the night of destitution. I used this image for Chapter 6: The Disappearance.

This is the Skull and Crossed Bones. This symbol reminds us that we are not only part of the earthly world but that we must the remains of brothers to their graves. I used this image for Chapter 7: The Crucifixion.

This is the Skull and Crossed Bones. We are all part of the earthly world and must bury the remains of our brothers. I used this image for Chapter 7: The Crucifixion.

It's the coffin. This symbol is used to remind us that we all have a date with this last great event we just don't know when. I used this symbol for Chapter 8: Bury the Dead.

It’s the coffin. It symbolizes that we all have a date with death — we just don’t know when. I used this symbol for Chapter 8: Bury the Dead.

This is the hourglass and scythe. The scythe is a reminder that just as hay is cut down by the scythe -- also man is cut down by time. The hourglass reminds us of how time quickly goes forward. I used this symbol for Chapter 8: Bury the Dead.

This is the hourglass and scythe. The scythe reminds us that just as hay is cut down by the scythe — likewise man is cut down by time.
The hourglass reminds us that time moves quickly. I used this symbol for Chapter 9: Man’s Best Friend.

The Shaking Hands of Friendship. I used this symbol for Chapter 11: Three Days Later.

The Shaking Hands of Friendship. I used this symbol for Chapter 11: Three Days Later.

My book is NOW AVAILABLE from my publisher. It can be ordered through the link below:

http://www.boldstrokesbooks.com/Author-Guillermo-Luna.html

You can also browse by GBT author. Click on that tab and then look for GUILLERMO LUNA. Click on my picture and go from there.

It’s also available through Amazon.com.

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