14” W x 15” H x 6” D
vintage paint brush display box, turn of the century German postcards, the words to Blue Skies by Irving Berlin
I was struck by a postcard I found of the Lustgarten in Berlin from just after WWI. This was a place where people went to enjoy life. Family and friends gathered there. I was struck by the year Blue Skies was written by Irving Berlin, 1926. Also between the wars. He’s the Jew from Tin Pan Alley who wrote America’s favorite Christmas song. I was struck by what happened… to the Lustgarten, to the two Berlins and to the meaning of this song for me.
The skies were cut from antique German postcards from that era. The box once held paint brushes (Nel blu dipinto di blu, Felice di stare lassù) but now holds the lyrics written below:
I was blue, just as blue as I could be