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#176 ww1collector

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 12:59 PM

Peirce painted it long before his death. His paintings are signed with a simple WP.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 01:17 PM

Peirce painted it long before his death. His paintings are signed with a simple WP.



Thats amazing.Something like that would freak me out if it had my name on it.Thank you for sharing.

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 05:53 AM

Might have to talk you out of that someday Dave!

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 03:27 PM

Bumping one of my favorite threads

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 01:57 AM

One of my favorite threads too!!!

#181 Terry K.

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 07:54 AM

I can't believe I never read this post before, WOW!
Thank you much for posting. Hope to read more.
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Posted 20 March 2013 - 05:20 PM

I can't believe I never read this post before, WOW!
Thank you much for posting. Hope to read more.
Terry



Thank you Terry, I'm glad you liked it.

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 08:39 PM

This is a cool photo I just came across. It shows Waldo and Ernest Hemingway down in the Florida Keys sometime in the late twenties. Note that Hemingway is still sporting a bandage on his right knee from his would in Italy in 1918. They didn't meet during the war but met soon after in Paris. They were life long friends and their families would often meet to vacation together.

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 07:06 AM

Is that one of Waldo's kids in the background?

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 04:22 PM

Is that one of Waldo's kids in the background?


No, no idea who that little urchin might have been. WP's kids were younger than that fella.

Here they are from a photo taken around the same time. The children are Mike, Bill and Anna Gabby. Anna passed away years ago. Mike and Bill are still very much alive. They were from WP's third marriage. He married again later and had two more children, Johnny and Karin.

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 04:24 PM

No, no idea who that little urchin might have been. WP's kids were younger than that fella.

Here they are from a photo taken around the same time. The children are Mike, Bill and Anna Gabby. Anna passed away years ago. Mike and Bill are still very much alive. They were from WP's third marriage. He married again later and had two more children, Johnny and Karin.


Waldo, the children, local nannies and his wife Alzira

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 04:34 PM

A painting by Waldo from this time period: Sloppy Joes at Key West. WP can be seen standing wearing the hat holding a beer and his pipe. Alzira is sitting at the bar and Hemingway is in the foreground in the short sleeved shirt.

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 04:56 PM

No, no idea who that little urchin might have been. WP's kids were younger than that fella.

Here they are from a photo taken around the same time. The children are Mike, Bill and Anna Gabby. Anna passed away years ago. Mike and Bill are still very much alive. They were from WP's third marriage. He married again later and had two more children, Johnny and Karin.


In a letter written in the mid-1930s, Ernest Hemingway described a visit by Peirce to his home in Key West, Florida: "Waldo is here with his kids like untrained hyenas and him as domesticated as a cow. Lives only for the children and with the time he puts on them they should have good manners and be well trained but instead they never obey, destroy everything, don't even answer when spoken to, and he is like an old hen with a litter of apehyenas. I doubt if he will go out in the boat while he is here. Can't leave the children. They have a nurse and a housekeeper too, but he is only really happy when trying to paint with one setting fire to his beard and the other rubbing mashed potato into his canvasses. That represents fatherhood."[2]

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Posted 08 September 2013 - 06:44 PM

Now that is a grouping !!!

Excellent poem and very pretty girl. Nothing like getting into the head of Mr Peirce.

 

Here is the poem in its entireity:

TITILLATIONS, AN ODE
 
by Waldo Peirce
 
 
Breasts and bosoms have I known, of various
  shapes and sizes,
From poignant disillusionments to jubilant
  surprises,
But none excited me to sweat, recoil, shrink,
  cringe, nay shudder,
As the sight of Mrs. Isaac Rice's prehistoric
  udder.
 
 
Did I say sweat? I sweat great drops of deep
  vermilion gore.
Did I say shrink? I shrank to nought, till I
  could shrink no more.
Did I say cringe? I cringed indeed; I actually
  did cower
At sight of Mrs. Isaac Rice's mamillary dower.
 
 
It palpitated in the sun, it polka'd in the
  breeze.
It spread itself when she sat down, like lava
  on the knees.
It undulated when she walked, it quivered
  when she wept.
It throbbed and wobbled when she ate, and
  heaved the while she slept.
 
 
The Redwood or Sequoia's trunk, when
  levelled to the earth,
Fell short in full diameter; presented no such
  girth.
The greatest Tidal Wave yet known did not
  provoke the ripple
That rolled majestically around this charming
  lady's nipple.
 
 
No drowning crew of fishermen swamped
  north of Fifty-three
Could crisp their hands for object of a greater
  buoyancy,
Nor cast themselves more heartily upon a
  friendly strand
Than Mrs. Rice's offspring on this mammoth
  lacteal gland.
 
 
 
 
 
The tawny milk-gourd of the Yak, under the
  Polar Star,
The mother Rhino's deep-set dug, in darkest
  Zanzibar,
The laden and distended pouch upon the
  pregnant Camel,
Were warts to Mrs. Isaac Rice's monumental
  mammal.
 
 
No early twittering sparrow, up with the
  morning sun,
Could plunge its small proboscis in an equine
  fallen bun,
With any fractional decimal of Dorothy's
  exuberance
When she torpedoes Mrs. Rice's pectoral
  protuberance.
 
 
From this teat gelatinous, with animal
  persistence
A swarming crawling litter eked a tropical
  existence.
Some scaled its altitudinous slopes, some at
  the base did settle
Of Mrs. Isaac Rice's potent Popocatepetl.
 
 
This heaving Himalayan mass of red maternal
  meat,
Projected in its radius so damnable a heat,
That paper withered on the wall, paint
  blistered on the door,
Within the proud Ansonia, upon the
  fourteenth floor.
 
 
Above these twin Vesuvii great smoke-rings
  used to curdle,
To mystify topographers, twixt nipple and
  the girdle.
A glacier would have turned aside, lest it
  should lose its ice,
By coming into contact with Mrs. Isaac Rice.
 
 
Oh, Mrs. Isaac Rice, were I to see you in the
  nude,
And face those fearsome batteries of milk and
  platitude,
If I should glimpse that bosom once, --just
  scan that belly twice,
I should not live to see the rest, my dearest
  Mrs. Rice.
 
 
Or were I blind as Homer was, or had you but
  your breath
To test asphyxiation as modicum of death,
I think a little of your talk, poured deftly in
  mine ears,
Would herald forth the coroner for Mr. Waldo
  Peirce.
 
 
These gentle verses have I writ from some two
  thousand mile
From the Goddess of Suppression of Anything
  Worth While
But still I goose the flesh, I cringe, I quake,
  recoil and shudder
At thought of Mrs. Isaac Rice's Elephantine
  Udder.


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Posted 12 September 2013 - 10:58 AM

Astonishingly, Waldo Pierce passed away one town over from where I grew up (and still visit regularly).  Next time I'm there, I'll try to find out where his house is located. What a small world, and what an OUTSTANDING grouping. It is a pleasure to view something with a local connection belonging to such a prominent figure. Thank you for sharing it.

 -- Jon



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Posted 17 December 2014 - 01:00 PM

Joyeux anniversaire mon ami Waldo ! December 17, 1884

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Posted 21 December 2014 - 05:19 AM

Happy Christmas and New Year-- and do you have an update on your book? I am looking forward to it so much.....



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Posted 21 December 2014 - 04:14 PM

Still working on it. Hope to have it wrapped by the summer.

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Posted 22 December 2014 - 05:51 PM

An exceptionally rare and complete group...thank you for posting for all to see and study!

 

Mike



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Posted 29 December 2014 - 04:43 PM

Two old ambulanciers, Waldo Peirce and Jon Dos Passos. Photo taken at Key West while both were visiting with Ernest Hemingway.

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Posted 08 July 2016 - 12:12 PM

Hey Tom,

This is a fantastic thread also!  I'm sure looking forward to your books- be sure to count me among the "12" you were planning!  Maybe you'll make me the Lucky 13th!!  I'm amazed there's not an exploding interest in the American experience in WWI with the Great War Centennial already begun. These type groups really are worth what someone will pay, and an investment in saving them for posterity.  Thanks for all the work you have done and are doing!

 

David



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Posted 09 October 2016 - 04:41 PM

Hey Tom,

This is a fantastic thread also!  I'm sure looking forward to your books- be sure to count me among the "12" you were planning!  Maybe you'll make me the Lucky 13th!!  I'm amazed there's not an exploding interest in the American experience in WWI with the Great War Centennial already begun. These type groups really are worth what someone will pay, and an investment in saving them for posterity.  Thanks for all the work you have done and are doing!

 

David

 

Thanks for your kind words and enthusiasm David!  I'm on the verge of getting my first book published and hopefully my publisher will be interested in this project as well.

 

Sincerely,

Tom




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