Saturday, March 27, 2010

Making music

This set of musicians came from a catalog given to me by Carol Bakinowski, a former colleague at The New York Times. Almost certainly this was in the fall of 1982 when my penguin “thing” became public knowledge at work. During the Falklands war that year, one of our photo editors ordered a packet of stock photos, hoping to use them with the many stories we would print about the south Atlantic islands. Most of the pictures weren’t usable with our coverage of the war however, because they showed the colonies of penguins that nested in the islands. They didn’t go to waste. The editor gave me blow-ups, which I framed and hung in my bedroom. I still have them, but don’t have them hanging anywhere in the house. There’s no room for them with all the penguin objects and artwork I’ve accumulated since then.

Set of four wood musicians with shiny white fronts
Acquired: 1982
Number: 0023 0024 0025 0026
Size: about 2.75 inches tall