Dedicated to my Dad
who drew an X on a sheet of paper for me when I was eight years old.
Picture my Mom and Dad, Elsie and Clarence, on their way to Sweden and Finland on their honeymoon trip aboard the MS Gripsholm to Gothenburg, Sweden, 1930, and back. They were eager to visit the land of their parents who immigrated to American, ca. 1890.
My grandparents, all four, "Swedish-Finns," began in Manhattan hosted by the good folks at the Lexington Avenue Swedish American Methodist church where they depended on reading the newspaper Nordstjernan (North Star.) And so they became Americans in touch with the Land of Possibilities.
Grandpa August Willhelm Willliams built apartment buildings in Brooklyn. Josephina, my grandmother, was his wife and mother of their three children.
Grandpa Alexander Sjögren was a tanner. Hilma was wife and mother of their four children. (The first two died from 'summer complaint' as babies.)
Having served in the Navy in WWI as a draftsman and teacher, Dad went on to earn a BS in Social Science at the City College of NY delivering a major paper on Native American Indians. He then began his career teaching Industrial Processes at Brooklyn Technical High School. He would have served again in WWII but, alas, they couldn't find a sailor cap that fit his head!
Dad was a man of letters, pamphlets, and drawings with newspaper collage. He did not consider himself an "artist" yet continued to add his drawings, cut and pasted to letters, throughout his life.
"AXIOM: The Science of Human Relationships" was his personal endeavor. He printed 100 copies of "The Friendly Affirmation" a 4"x4"pamphlet, ©1942.