The Window and the Flag

window and Italian flag

A window into a partially lit room and a crumbling balcony made for an interesting photograph on our day trip to Bisbee on Monday. The flag visible in the lower right-hand corner piqued my interest. I thought it might be the Italian flag, but I wasn’t sure, so went on a Google hunt to see what I could find.

And here is what I did find:

Click to access The_Bisbee_Deportation.pdf

We have all read about “The Wild West”, and expect this sort of thing back in the 1800’s, but this was in the supposedly more civilized year of 1917.

And now, of course, I wonder if that flag was put there during that time as a meaningful object, or was it put there at a subsequent time by some relative of one of the “deportees”, or perhaps by an historian who read about this travesty, and added this little touch to the already colorful history of this town.

But the more likely scenario is that the flag is that of Mexico; the Mexican coat of arms in the center of the flag is just not that distinct.

In any case, it was the light that was seeping in around the shade that I found so compelling.


About judilyn

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13 Responses to The Window and the Flag

  1. gypsy97 says:

    Attitudes certainly haven’t changed much since then, mqybe directed to other groups. The corporations and their executives get richer while the working person struggles, and it’s all condoned by government.


  2. Clanmother says:

    Thank you for this most excellent post. This is the first time I heard of the Bisbee Deportation.

    “Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.”
    ― Ernest Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway: A Literary Reference


  3. Janna says:

    Hey Judilyn–your North Ranch lot is doing well–it now has a stick built house and lots of landscaping–if you can provide me with an email address, I will send you a photo. You can email me from my blog.


  4. LFFL says:

    Great photo. Good eye for finding something unusual to shoot.


  5. dawnbmoore says:

    I agree with Gypsy–not much has changed. Conditions continue to be nearly untenable for too many people in the ‘99%” while the 1% enjoy their wealth.


    • judilyn says:

      The more things change, the more they stay the same! Somebody famous said that. A quick Google cruise produced this explanation:


      The proverb is of French origin and was used by the French novelist Alphonse Karr (1808-90). It also appears in George Bernard Shaw’s ‘Revolutionist’s Handbook’ (1903). Listed in the 1946 ‘Macmillan (Home) Book of Proverbs, Maxims and Familiar Phrases’ by Burton Stevenson and in the 1992 ‘Dictionary of American Proverbs’ by Wolfgang Mieder et al.” From “Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings” by Gregory Y. Titelman (Random House, New York, 1996).



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