American History, My Genealogy, Photo

Pap: Outside Intramuros – Manila, Philippines c. November 1946

I am guessing this shot was taken in the Intramuros district in the general vicinity of the Pasig River, as that looks like the Manila Post Office at the top right of this photograph, with Taft Avenue running up to it. My new friend John Tewell, who I've asked for help identifying sites in Manila, sent me… Continue reading Pap: Outside Intramuros – Manila, Philippines c. November 1946

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American History, My Genealogy, Photo

Pap: Finance and Legislative Buildings, Intramuros Walls, Recoletos Church – Manila, Philippines c. 1946/1947

I've been on a little hiatus from my daily photo posts after reaching a frustrating stumbling block in identifying historical sites in Manila.  Thanks to the kindness and knowledge of John Tewell, who is currently posting a collection of historical photographs on Flickr, I've now got some clarification.   I highly recommend you check out his Flickr photostream for a… Continue reading Pap: Finance and Legislative Buildings, Intramuros Walls, Recoletos Church – Manila, Philippines c. 1946/1947

Pop Culture, Popular Music

God Only Knows What I’d Be Without Pet Sounds

No other album besides The Who's Quadrophenia has impacted my life more than The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds, which was originally released on May 16, 1966.  The album is celebrating its 46th anniversary today. Songwriter and producer Brian Wilson (with lyricist Tony Asher) created a kaleidoscope of teenage emotions with Pet Sounds: the hopeful romanticism… Continue reading God Only Knows What I’d Be Without Pet Sounds

My Genealogy, Photo

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Concerts, Photo, Pop Culture, Popular Music

Good Vibrations

Tonight I saw all surviving Beach Boys on the same stage together, celebrating the group's 50th anniversary. I can't believe it.

American History, My Genealogy, Photo

Pap: Finance Building Ruins – Manila, Philippines c. 1946/1947

Here is yet another piece of Filipino architecture ravaged by war.  It is truly sad and unbelievable to see just how  much culture, art and history that the city of Manila lost during World War II. I had a little bit of difficulty researching this building and trying to figure out whether it was the Finance… Continue reading Pap: Finance Building Ruins – Manila, Philippines c. 1946/1947

American History, My Genealogy, Photo

Pap: Legislative Building Ruins – Ermita, Manila, Philippines c. 1946/1947

I'm not sure who this serviceman and woman are, but they are posed in front of the ruins of the Legislative Building located on Padre Burgos Avenue in Ermita, which is considered the financial, cultural and commercial district of Manila.  This view looks north-northwest down Taft Avenue.   If this shot were wider, we would be able… Continue reading Pap: Legislative Building Ruins – Ermita, Manila, Philippines c. 1946/1947