Archive for the ‘Zwickys’ Category

Cat on a silken thread

September 12, 2017

My Swiss friend Guido Seiler (now professing linguistics in the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München) just sent me the latest news from the Zwicky thread company, a firm I’ve posted about several times on this blog, partly because it’s a Zwicky company and partly because of this famous 1950 ad poster by Donald Brun:



Zwicky Avenue

August 18, 2017

Google Alerts tell me about houses for sale on Zwicky Avenue on Staten Island in NYC. The short red line in the middle of this map:


Just one block, from Hylan Blvd. (which has some of NYC’s most dangerous traffic) to Boundary Ave. Named after some Zwicky, I haven’t found out which one or why.


Three names

August 2, 2017

The names for yesterday: Uri, Schwyz, Unterwalden. The Urkantonen, or original cantons, of Switzerland:


Yesterday, August 1st, was Swiss National Day.


Fay Zwicky

July 4, 2017

From today’s issue of The Australian, “Acclaimed poet Fay Zwicky dies in Perth at 83” by Paige Taylor:



Six mothers

May 14, 2017

A Zwicky family photo (from 1945 or ’46) showing Bertha and Melchior Zwicky (my Swiss grandparents), their five children, four of the five spouses (only my uncle Theodore Severin is missing from the photo shoot), and ten of their twelve grand-children (only my cousin Ted Severin is missing from the photo shoot; his sister Eleanor was yet to be born):




May 9, 2017

I’ll start with Roz Chast’s cover art for the May 15th New Yorker, “Motherboard”, a droll celebration of Mothers Day in embroidery. With notes on uses of mother. From there to a sepia-toned mother and baby photo (more baby than mother) from 1965: mother Ann Daingerfield Zwicky, baby Elizabeth Daingerfield Zwicky. On the occasion of Ann’s birthday, today, May 9th; Ann would have been 80 today (but she died at 57). And then something celebratory: a lot of gorgeous foxgloves, a plant that Ann much liked; locally, they’re at their peak around the time of Ann’s birthday (and Mothers Day, which she detested; and Derby Day, which she loved).


Zwicky takes us to Ballarat 60 years ago

April 25, 2017

Now going through the Australian murder mystery series The Doctor Blake Mysteries; this morning the credits went by on S3 E6 “Women and Children” (first aired 3/20/15), and I was suddenly riveted by

Directed by Karl Zwicky

That would be the Zwicky of my 8/19/16 posting “A filmic Zwicky from Perth”.


Katharina Zwicky

March 10, 2017

Yet another Zwicky artist: Katharina, who signs herself as Katty. From her site:

I am pleased to announce the launch of my new Art & Photography portfolio web site showcasing Illustration, Maps, Paper, Stationary & Art for Children.

The site also charts my endeavours on the MA Artist Teachers (MAAT) at Goldsmiths.


Theo Zwicky

February 3, 2017

Another chapter in the great book of Zwickys. From The Guardian on 2/1/17, “Theo Zwicky obituary”, an affectionate reminiscence by Peter Vacher:

My friend Theo Zwicky, who has died aged 89, was Europe’s best-known collector of jazz films and photographs. His archive, Mr Jazz Photo Files, in Zurich, was consulted extensively by magazine editors and jazz writers, myself included, when it came to finding rare illustrations for their books and articles.


Mariano Hernán Mujica

December 18, 2016

Another Zwicky family posting — about my distant cousin Mariano, an Argentinean diplomat (I told you we were everywere), one of whose grandmothers was Margarita Zwicky, born in Mollis, Canton Glarus, Switzerland, the town where the Zwickys come from. (My grandfather was born there.) On his Facebook page, Mariano lists himself as Mariano Hernán Mujica (Gildea – Zwicky), giving family names beyond his father’s.

This is about Mariano, and Mollis, and especially Iguazu Falls (where he served in a consulate for a while), which is one of the most breath-taking pieces of scenery in the world. One view (from a site that gives a great many):


(You can take guided canoe trips on the lower falls.)