Thinking of Frances Toor (1881-1956) this week, 62 years later

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Frances Toor was a writer and friend of Diego Rivera

We have a couple signed copies of books about The Americas (Peru, Mexico) by Frances Toor. She was a relative of my mother. Before my parents collected Pueblo Pottery, they were gifted a piece of  Peruvian antiquity from the Toors, we presume. I recall noticing the name Toor above our table at the cafe at Palm Springs Museum, in 2010. (Furniture dude; we also had a relative named Irv Olsen in that field, from LA or Beverly Hills). I don’t know if Mom was related to the Toors thru the Hayms or the Bakers/Sukoenigs.

The books live on, for now, on shelves.

The pots will outlast the books.

Much is forgotten. We should have been more like Kunta Kinte, fictional or not.


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Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player, and blogger; he also sang in local choir, fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32 Reads 'Howl' and owns a couple musical instruments he cannot play
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1 Response to Thinking of Frances Toor (1881-1956) this week, 62 years later

  1. Brent Ryan says:

    Frances toor wrote some beautiful and informative guides to Mexico in the 1930s, both a tourist guide in 1933 and 1936 and a “motorist guide” in 1938. She published them out of her own studio in Mexico City. They are very nice historical records of the time.

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