Monday, June 30, 2014

Happy 4th of July: Joe Gallo has been asked to speak at the Mensa Society of America!

Declaration of Independence Monument
Tremont Street / Boston Common John Paramino, Sculptor Bronze Plaque / Stone
In Congress July 4,1776 the Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America After Trumballs Painting
Taken from the Bronze

The United States Declaration of Independence is a statement adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, which announced that the thirteen American colonies, then at war with Great Britain, were now independent states, and thus no longer a part of the British Empire. Written primarily by Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration is a formal explanation of why Congress had voted on July 2 to declare independence from Great Britain, more than a year after the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War. The birthday of the United States of America, Independence Day is celebrated on July 4, the day the wording of the Declaration was approved by Congress.

The Declaration justified the independence of the United States by listing colonial grievances against King George III, and by asserting certain natural rights, including a right of revolution. Having served its original purpose in announcing independence, the text of the Declaration was initially ignored after the American Revolution. Its stature grew over the years, particularly the second sentence, a sweeping
statement of individual human rights:

“We hold these truths to be self- evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” This sentence has been called “one of the best-known sentences in the English language” and “the most po- tent and consequential words in American history.”

I am looking forward to Speaking about my book "Boston Bronze and Stone Speak To US". The Talk entitled "Genesis Ingenious and Creativity in Boston Past and Present" at the Sheraton Boston Hotel Boston this July 3, 2014 at 12:00 PM to The Mensa Society of America. Over 1500 members will be there attending dozens of presentations further enlightening Mensa Society members.

Boston Bronze and Stone Speaks To Us, can be purchsed at and Barns & Noble Bookstores,Old North Church Gift Shop, Bestsellers Cafe Bookstore, etc.. 


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

George S Patton Boston Monument, Veteran Remembered.

George S. Patton

James Earl Fraser (1885-1945), Sculptor Bronze

Majestically standing, George Smith Patton, Jr., a resident of Hamilton, Massachusetts and a distinguished and courageous soldier, is one of the many pillars of the WWII American Military on the Boston Esplanade.

On the Esplanade near the statues of Senator Walsh and the transplanted Civil War general, Charles Devens, stands the bronze statue of a more recent and infinitely more vivid figure, the dashing and profane General George Smith Patton, Jr. (1885-1945), the most dramatic officer on his rank in World War II. It is the work of James Earle Fraser (1876-1953), a pupil
of Augustus Saint-Gaudens,
whose buffalo nickel is familiar to every American.

Fraser, who also modeled
the ‘End of the Trail’ for the
Panama-Pacific Exposition,
as well as sculptures for the
Supreme Court and the National Archives buildings in
Washington, did the statue
of General Patton for the
U.S. Military Academy at
West Point. The Boston statue is a replica, commissioned
by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and erected in the mid-fifties, a decade after the general’s death.


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Soldiers and Sailors Monument revisited.

Photo by Joanne Rathe/ Globe Staff

The Soldiers and Sailors monument on Flagstaff Hill Boston Common has finally been complete once again since its creation in 1877 commemorating the service men and women fallen in our American Civil War.

The four ten foot bronze statues representing the Army, Navy, History and Peace are once again united to Martin Millmores' master piece on Boston Common. A mammoth $132,500 to restore this work of art and histoy negated the vandalism set upon this Boston bronze and stone decades ago. Boston has once again shown its strength and love for its' bronze and stones ( based on Jacqueline Tempera May 30, 2014 Globe article).

Boston is America, America is Boston.