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July 18, 2022 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Picture. Picture, Mister.

Frances Benjamin Johnson's self portrait (as the "New Woman") in her Washington, DC Studio, 1896. (USPD Artist life/ LoC/

Bain News Service photojournalist Frances Benjamin Johnson’s self portrait as the “New Woman” in her Washington, DC Studio, 1896. (USPD/

News segment banner across screen: “Be weary of companies that sell your data” 

But we are….and also “wary” and “weary” of stupid.

Note to TV station: get that caption writer a print dictionary for Christmas

And mandate writing, by hand, the meanings of misused words 5 times….

Caption generating job requirements should include “Must have read the print dictionary and encyclopedia front to back.”

“Credibility” might be a good place to start

Weary. Yes, so dreary, deary.

O’Leary’s cow couldn’t be more burned up about it.

Woman standing with camera at front door. American photographer and photojournalist Francis Benjamin Johnston between 1930-1940. (USPD. aratist life,, LoC/

Now she’s dressed smartly for press conferences with this President. Also photojournalist Francis Benjamin Johnston (1930-40’s. USPD/


Yes, weary and tired of less-than-presidential leering.

“President Joe Biden interrupts Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador multiple times to point out and flatter a “Lovely Lady” camerawoman.

To his credit, the Mexican President graciously tries to gloss over the ludicrous.

Someone has manners.

Joe’s been distracted by women over the years – especially pretty girls of all ages. Sniffing hair. Unwanted pawing. Inappropriate remarks.

He’d better watch it.

The equity people will soon be pouting the President is a bad role model – not giving equal attention to all individuals who identify as “women”.

Considering his age, generation, and some recent behavior, Joe could claim he’s not advocating “leering”, but Timothy Leary-ing. That would be trippy. 

Which, totally bananas aside, brings up that notorious Mellow Yellow and Yellow Submarines. 

Vintage woman standing by camera. 1880. George Eastman House Photography Collection. Woman Photographer. (USPD. artist life,

Do we ever get past the old stuff? Woman photographer from George Eastman House Photography Collection.(1880’s/USPD/

Is “Yellow Submarine” is waaaay over parked? Sweetly luring (not “leering” or “leaning”) with META and VR docked and readying boarding? 

“Yellow Submarine” received various social and political interpretations in the 1960s. Music journalist Peter Dogged describes it as a “culturally empty” song that nevertheless “became a kind of Rorschach test for radical minds” (Source)

Musicologists Reising and LeBlanc view the song’s lyrics as a celebration of “the simple pleasures of brotherhood, exotic adventure, and an appreciation of nature” (Source)

Musicologist William Echard recognises the psychedelic traits of oceanic imagery, childhood and nostalgia as especially prominent in the song, thereby making “Yellow Submarine” one of the most obvious examples of UK psychedelia’s preoccupation with a return to childhood” (Source)

Derek Taylor, the Beatles’ former press officer who worked as a music publicist in Los Angeles in the mid 1960s, recalled it as “a kind of ark … a Yellow Submarine is a symbol for some kind of vessel which would take us all to safety … the message in that thing is that good can prevail over evil. (Source)

Paul McCartney commented in 1966: “It’s a happy place, that’s all … We were trying to write a children’s song. That was the basic idea.” (Source)

Overthinking can be annoying, but some thinking would be refreshing

Lemonade, anyone?

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge 

Women photojournalists see it all.

Frances Benjamin Johnson  As one of the first photojournalists, she provided images and illustrated articles to the Bain News Service syndicate (1890’s-early 1900’s). Her photographs include those of First Families, leading political figures, American world’s fairs; coal mining, the White House, openings of Congress, Admiral Dewey, a systematic survey of southern architecture known as the Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South, as well as Progressive era educational efforts.

Dorothea Lange. As an American documentary photographer and photojournalist (1920’s -1965), she used the camera as “an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera”. Her unflinching study of the human condition in the 20th century shaped photojournalism in a way that continues to resonate today.”

Explore other women photojournalists here or the visit George Eastman Museum

Woman with movie camera. (Bain News Service, 1900 (USPD. artist life,, LoC/

It ain’t Micky Mouse ears. This from the Bain News Service (1900), who apparently noticed the women’s abilities not just pretty faces. Sir?.(USPD/


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  1. walkingoffthechessboard / Jul 18 2022 9:14 am

    “Yellow Submarine” does lend itself to different interpretations, doesn’t it? I had heard of Dorothea Lange but not Frances Johnson, who certainly was a pioneer. Interesting to see what a camera looked like back in her day!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 18 2022 10:10 am

      I’m voting for a return to childhood and cheery songs, HaHa!
      after researching a bit, it was interesting to see how many women were involved with developing the “new technology” and new career path of the baby industry of photography – even news reporting photography. No timid, “please someone take care of me” women there. Who could have pictured that? Thanks for sailing along with a comment.

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  2. SusanR / Jul 18 2022 10:09 am

    Oh, puh-leez! Must we psychoanalyze everything? It was a rollicking, happy song, upbeat and from the BEATLES.That’s all I cared about.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 18 2022 10:13 am

      Interesting reading from the creators about how the song evolved – and then, “over-thought”. (Did you know Donovan was in the background? Not playing but in the “crowd” and talkie/shouting parts. It must have been a great time recording that one with that rollicking bunch.)
      Picture us happy all these years later just listening and smiling along. Thanks for plucking a chord here


  3. easyweimaraner / Jul 18 2022 10:17 am

    it was a song about drugs wasn’t it? I feared for the beatles, ot because of rugs, but for the fact they really wanted to right in this thingy LOL (I was a silly kid)

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 18 2022 10:29 am

      According to the creators (Paul did most of it) Submarine apparently started as a children’s song, then became whatever fit the listener’s experiences. You know people – can’t take things at face value. Anyway the video gave me a smile, too. Now “Mellow-Yellow” has a whole different atmosphere/line of thought…although as it turned out rolling and smoking banana peels was just a rumor and urban legend at the time. Probably safer than licking frogs’ heads. (which also leaves an after taste, grouchy face and bad breath in dogs…)
      Thanks for the tale wagggin’ comment


  4. shoreacres / Jul 18 2022 3:18 pm

    Peter, Paul, and Mary had the same problem with Puff, that Magic Dragon. It never was meant to be a druggie song; it was for the kids, too — whatever their age. I will say this: compared to the mental gymnastics being done by some people today (e.g., ‘persons able to bear children and chest feed’), Puff and the Submarine seem the height of rationality.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 18 2022 6:07 pm

      At one point everyone was sure of “hidden” messages..playing records backwards and differing speeds…craziness must be a infectious virus?
      Got the hugest laugh from your last line – so true. In any case, that submarine video just makes me smile….but everyone knows I am easily amused HaHa.
      Thanks for blowing the haze of thoughts away


  5. sustainabilitea / Jul 18 2022 8:25 pm

    Glad I don’t have to lug one of those cameras around! As for the word issues, just sigh. Examples are everywhere. Song meanings? How about “American Pie?” 😉

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 19 2022 8:14 am

      Yes, camera size is one of the few things that downsizing actually helped and benefited!
      Meanings and thoughts – how much fun back in the daze when wit, satire, and wordplay were valued (and actually recognized) rather than insulting or derogatory cheap utterances and shallow chanting.
      Oh, well, the sun rises and sets and repeats – hopefully all things cycle through also.
      Hang on and get ready for picturing that? Thanks for the snappy remark.

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  6. disperser / Jul 19 2022 10:28 am

    Interesting piece, but if we’re talking about women photographers, this might have been the better link to use:

    As for Yellow Submarine . . . for most songs — for me — the words are just another part of the music.

    Meaning that, other than maybe the chorus, I don’t pay attention to them. I went and looked up the lyrics for Yellow Submarine . . . it turns out I remembered the opening up to the first chorus, and that’s it. The rest was new to me.

    Like other songs (whiter shade of pale, nights in white satin, year of the cat, etc) I rarely consciously know the words or care about any meaning. They’re just part of the music. For example, the words to some of the Moody Blues songs that I liked and listened to a lot didn’t really register until much later. Same for Pink Floyd and others.

    Think of it as listening to a song sung in an unfamiliar language. You hear the sound of it but don’t know the meaning. Guantanamera is a perfect example (if you don’t know the language).

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 19 2022 11:51 am

      Thanks for that link – I was a looking for a balancing similar treatment of reporters/photojournalists, but lost that one..
      You have to admit that actual Presidential news/press conferences of the two are vastly different. (in some ways…while both being something of an embarrassment…as well as disturbing and sad…)
      Don’t have to think of listening that way – I know exactly what you mean – the words merge into the cadence and sounds until almost invisible unless you focus specifically on the human utterances of the piece. Sometime it’s funny to see the actual lyrics while doing background “research” for stuff now. Big picture rather than small details/little picture first glance/hearing. (Wonder about the general population – if that a individual response like ground dependent or ground independent….hmmm..whaata would be the numbers for each cohort?)
      All sorts of odd bit of intriguing information out there…so little time () and darn hard to transition from what you intended to what sounds a lot more interesting HaHa.
      Thanks for singing along

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