COMPILED by London Swaminathan


Date: 11 August 2017


Time uploaded in London- 10-02 am


Post No. 4149

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One night, at the beginning of the World War, Picasso and Gertrude Stein were taking a walk when they saw a camaflouged truck for the first times. He was amazed by the resemblance of to cubist art, and, in the tone of a man who has just been plagiarised, said,

“Why, it is we who invented that !”

Later when a new field uniform for the French army was discussed, he told Cocteau

“If they want to make an army invisible at a distance, all they have to do is dress the men as harlequins”


Not giving Tea is recrimination!

Harvey Klemmer tells of how one of the London wardens , a slim, elderly man , directed the work of removing bodies

“They got my house last night”, he said simply.

I heard from one of the other wardens that while this man was working on a job, someone came running to tell him his own house, a few streets away had been hit. The house and all his belongings had been destroyed; his wife and children fortunately, had gone to a nearby shelter. I asked the man what he would do if he could lay his hands on the airmen who had dropped the bomb.

He gulped a couple of times and I waited eagerly to hear what sort of punishment he would be prepared to mete out.

“Well”, he said slowly, “I don’t think I would give him a cup of tea”.

That is the nearest thing to recrimination I have heard in England.



An American who had gone to England to carry out certain duties in connection with the War, was wearied by a seemingly interminable season of fog and rain. One day he glanced out of his window at the barrage balloon s which could be seen mistily at their cable ends in the sky and asked ,”Why don’t they just cut the ropes on those thongs and let the place sink!”



During the First World War, the Germans entered and occupied a small Belgian town. Seeking keep the occupants of the town under control, an officer of the German army called all the citizens to the town hall and insisted that they all take the oath of allegiance to the German emperor.

One particularly truculent and obstinate inhabitant refused to be intimidated, and kept boasting of the defence the Belgian s put up against the superior German force.

Finally the German officer lost all patience ,”Take this oath of allegiance or you will be shot”.

Faced with this alternative, the man gave in and took the oath.

“That’s the spirit, said the German, now you may come and go as you please. You are one of us”.


With a sly grin on his face, the Belgian turned and said,

“Say, didn’t those Belgians give us a hell of a fight?”

Xxxx SUBHAM Xxxxx






Picasso’s Poverty (Post No 3148)

Pablo Picasso Postage Stamp

CZECHLOVOKIA – CIRCA 1972: A postage stamp printed in Czechlovokia showing Pablo Picasso, circa 1972

Compiled by London swaminathan

Date: 12 September 2016

Time uploaded in London: 14-03

Post No.3148

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At one time Pablo Picasso was so poor that he had Max Jacob occupied the same bed in turns. Jacob, who besides being a cultivated poet, was an impoverished novelty shop clerk, slept at night while Picasso worked. When Jacob got up in the morning to let Picasso go to bed, the floor would be carpeted with drawings, which Jacob had to walk on and from which his foot prints later had to be cleaned by art experts, since every early Picasso fragment eventually became so valuable that it could be sold.




Hogarth, the celebrated engraver, died, as he had for the greater part of his life lived, in the greatest poverty. Within a few days of his dissolution, bailiffs were sent to seize the bed on which he lay, for a small debt which he was unable to discharge.

“Spare me”, said the expiring artist, “my bed for a little while – only I can find another in the grave”.






A New York firm applied to Abraham Lincoln , some years before he was President, for information as to the financial standing of one of his neighbours. Here was the answer:

“Yours of the 10th received. First of all he has a wife and baby; together they ought to be worth 500,000 dollars, to any man. Secondly, he has an office in which there is a table worth 1-50 dollars and three chairs worth, say 1-00 dollar. Last of all, there is in one corner a large rat hole, which will bear looking into.”