Tuesday, June 28, 2005

File under "R" for Ridiculous

My Grandmother, America Romero, passed away a couple of months ago. Soon I'll be posting something about my "Tati". But I wanted to mention her because on Sunday night I was at my mom's house and we were going through some of my grandmother's belongings. She collected stamps. But not the way most people do. Most people collect uncancelled stamps. But grandmother didn't do it for the monetary value. She did it as a pastime. When she received letters she'd cut the stamp off the envelope and put it in a scrapbook. She had several of these scrapbooks and several boxes of stamps that she never got around to putting in scrapbooks.

One of the boxes was simply labeled "Cuba". The label itself was a piece of scrap paper on the back of which you can see was once a child's handwriting worksheet, you know the kind with the lines to make the the letter shapes. She had saved all the stamps from Cuba. Many weren't political. Some showed animals and plants indigenous to Cuba. Some were about sports like boxing and Volleyball. Some were about the Soviet Space program (including one featuring the first Cuban Cosmonaut, Arnaldo Tamayo). Then there were the ones commemorating the Cuban Revolution. There's the triumphant entry of the Rebels into Havana, the "Battle" of Santa Clara, etc. But what got my attention was how the communists have bastardized the national heroes of Cuban Independence. One stamp (actually it's a postage paid envelope) features Jose Marti with the caption "Intellectual Author of the Moncada Attack".

Another features Marti's likeness next to that of V.I. Lenin and commemorates Brezhnev's visit to Cuba in the mid 70's

I can only say that Marti must roll over in his grave every time these Losers invoke his image or name to justify their puny and failed ideas.


Julio C. Zangroniz said...

Mart'i dijo:
Con los pobres de la tierra quiero yo mi suerte echar, y no "me quiero vincular con algunos de los desgraciados de este planeta."
Are we going to have to burn all these "abortos intelectuales" during Reconstruction?
Or should some of them be saved as historical curiosities?

Henry "Conductor" Gomez said...

I think it should be stored in a museum right next to all other propaganda like Fahrenheit 911 and Triumph of the Will.

The Universal Spectator said...

The stamps are just reflections of the regime. As a film buff, I can list two other pieces of propaganda that actually qualify as great art: Sergei Eisenstein's films Alexander Nevsky and Ivan the Terrible. Great films, but obviously sops to Uncle Joe. Uncle Joe didn't like Ivan the Terrible too much; the portrayal of the "dear leader" hit a little too close to home...

Henry "Conductor" Gomez said...

Undoubtedly, almost by definition, great propagandists have to be great artists. It's their artistry that allows one to become entranced and overtaken by emotion rather than persuaded by reason. Look at the murals of the USSR. The postage stamps of Cuba are an example of some great artistry.