Alison Garwood Jones

New York State of Mind

Originally published in September 2017 in Blog

A bygone newspaper era. New York, 1945. Today it would be phones. In France, everyone still reads novels on the Metro. #illustration #watercoloursketch #subway #MTA 

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Coney Island

Originally published in July 2017 in Blog

In the summer of 1927, New Yorkers flooded to The Cyclone, Coney Island’s newest ride engineered by inventor Harry C. Baker. “Let’s go for a wild ride,” they told their friends and family members. A giant chain slowly pulled the three-car train up the wooden tracks to the zenith — it was a rattly, herky […]

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Wrecking ball

Originally published in May 2017 in Blog

I let my dad down. Trevor was an architect, and earlier this week one of his modernist designs, the Fawcett House (1966), was torn down to make room for something new and improved. Thomas Allen wrote an eloquent and heartfelt lament about it in The Inlet, saying, “the tranquil courtyard, barrel-vaulted roof with celestial windows, […]

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Marilyn

Originally published in December 2016 in Blog

“Please don’t make me a joke. End the interview with what I believe.” — Marilyn Monroe to reporter Patricia Newcomb, 1962.

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Ancient find

Originally published in November 2016 in Blog

Remains from the ancient city of Hamilton: Pantone broad-nib marker carbon tested to 1981, and Buffalo Artist Marker, circa 1976 (note the teeth marks on cap, thought to be placed there by a small child). These exceptional finds post-date the Minoans, Mycenaeans, Greeks and Romans. And while they may be grouped with other common finds […]

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The Champ

Originally published in June 2016 in Blog

I briefly experienced Muhammad Ali’s dynamism and generous personality. It was 1986, my high school prom, and word spread on the dance floor that Muhammad Ali was staying in a room at the hotel we had booked. A group of boys said, Let’s go up and meet him. I think I was the only girl […]

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CBS artifact

Originally published in February 2016 in Blog

When the choices were Green Acres and The Beverly Hillbillies, two gag-driven rural comedies pumped full of canned laugher, along came a sitcom more true to women and the times. The laughter was real. Update: From Hollywood, James L. Brooks’s response:  

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Where does content live?

Originally published in November 2015 in Blog

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George Jetson

Originally published in November 2015 in Blog, Doodling, Illustration

    Did you know that when the The Jetsons debuted in 1962, George was a Digital Index Operator at Spacely Space Sprockets Inc.? That  job was funny then, but weirdly familiar now, like so many gadgets and scenarios in that great cartoon. If you really want to geek out, George earned his living pushing a […]

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Bye, Summer

Originally published in September 2015 in Blog

Closing up the cottage is a particularly Canadian emotion, unfamiliar to those whose summer months aren’t bookended by snow and cold. I still have sand in my hallway from a trip to Lake Huron last weekend. I don’t want to sweep it up. When the tan on my feet fades, I’ll get out the broom. […]

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