April 10, 2017
Visual aids to go with the book.
Our hero works for the first international law firm, Coudert Freres (Brothers), at their office in Paris. It was a real company, started in 1853 and just recently dissolved.
|Jacques Lebaudy, son of the Sugar King of France, lunatic and |
source of much legal work for our hero.
|Lauren Bacall at the Gotham Hotel|
|The St. Regis and Gotham Hotels in New York City, ca. 1905|
One is one and the other is the other. You choose. I don't know.
Yankee Clipper - First Transatlantic Flight
|Passengers disembarking from a Boeing 314 Flying Boat|
|Horseback riding in the Bois de Boulange by Toulouse Lautrec|
This painting predates our story by 50 years, but horses remain horses.
|The Iroquois Hotel|
New York, New York
|Palace Hotel, Madrid|
Someplace you don't want to be, not when there is a civil war going on.
|Église Saint-Sulpice, Paris France|
Our hero walks by here everyday on his way home from work.
|The Road to Oxiana by Robert Byron|
Published in 1937, it's a new book in this story.
Amazon has it.
|Faculté de droit de Paris|
The last arms deal in the story involves acquiring a bunch of Soviet anti-aircraft guns,
|Soviet anti-aircraft gun at the Battle of Erbo|
and transporting them via freighter across the Mediterranean Sea.
|Italian MAS Patrol Boat|
which fires at them with a light machine gun, which I take to mean a 30 caliber weapon. But they are big stinking ship made of thick plates of steel, and while a couple of rounds make their impact felt, most bounce off and fall into the sea.
|Steel plate with bullet holes / dents|
The Spanish Civil War was a political fight, and with politics you get propaganda, like posters:
|I'm not quite sure what this one is saying. Fight and die for the cause, maybe?|
|The Soviet bear was were helping the Republicans against the Fascists|
|Get yourself a radio and listen to what's happening now!|