Category Archives: Tucson

Art Deco on Stone

This is the 1930’s Art Deco building was the reason I stopped to take photos in this neighborhood on Stone. It is currently in use by a who handles “divorces, bonds, child suppport, income tax, accounting” and an insurance agent.




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How Many Sculptors Does It Take…….

This and some other photos I’ll be putting up this week are from a walk one evening on Stone Avenue just south of downtown Tucson. I sometimes ponder the value of doing this blog but then there is just so much to celebrate in Tucson, like this odd, eclectic and semi-funky neighborhood on Stone.


The title is of course a play on lightbulb jokes. I don’t know how international they are. Here’s a sampling for dog lovers:

Q How many dogs does it take to change a lightbulb?

Border Collie: Just one. And then I’ll replace any wiring that’s not up to code.

Rottweiler: Make me.

Labrador Retriver: Oh, me, me!!!! Pleeeeeeeze let me change the light bulb! Can I? Huh? Huh? Huh? Can I ? Please, please, please!

German Shepherd: I’ll change it as soon as I lead these people from the dark, check to make sure I haven’t missed any, and make just one more perimeter patrol to see that no one has tried to take advantage of the situation.

Jack Russell Terrier: I’ll just pop it in while I’m bouncing off the walls and furniture.



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Spring in the Sonoran Desert


One of the common names for this is fairy duster. Its always one of the earliest bloomers, on bare rocky places, and it blooms every year, no matter how dry the winter. I have hopes this year the spring flowers will be amazing because we had a wet winter but too early to tell yet.


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Rainy Night


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Courthouse View


Old County Courthouse – its central courtyard – in the foreground, one of the City of Tucson office buildings on the right and the Unisource building on the left. A range of architectural styles spanning about 200 years. I wonder if it affects how we think, we who spend time in these cities, to have this kind of both architectural diversity and dissonance going on, like 3 different kinds of music playing at the same time.


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Betty Boop Joins the Army?


I was walking by the Arizona Historical Society, near the University of Arizona campus,  and saw this figure in the open doorway.  So I took a bunch of pictures and only realized after the fact that I was looking in at someone’s wedding reception – in fact the bride shows up faintly in the backround of this photo.   I recognized the figure as Betty Boop, a 1930’s cartoon figure.  Why she’s dressed in combat fatigues is a mystery to me.  According to this Wikipedia article, “Betty Boop is noteworthy for being the first cartoon character to fully represent a sexual woman”.

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Downtown Window

Some of the older buildings downtown that were built before air conditioning, have shaded verandahs, sometimes hidden behind decorative wrought iron screens like the one below. The verandahs built right up against the streets or sidewalks must have been in, their time, the site of much socializing and would have been a pleasant place to appreciate the coolness of summer nights after blistering hot days.  This particular building was once a hotel but is now owned by the Arizona Theater Company.
And by the way, I really like this photo from Aukland Daily Photo.


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