INDIGNITY VOL. 3, NO. 89: Summer getaway.


INDIGNITY VOL. 3, NO. 89: Summer getaway.

Indignity Say Relax

GOOD AFTERNOON! Memorial Day Weekend has come and gone, the air conditioners are running, and the daylight is on its way to its annual maximum. What are you doing with those long, bright hours? Here at Indignity, your bootstrapping, fun-deremployed newsletter staff is borrowing a tradition from the easeful, better funded past of the writing trade (and more professional professions), by launching our SUMMER FRIDAYS.

From now through Labor Day, unless there is urgent breaking news or commentary that cannot wait, your Friday edition of the Indignity newsletter will be a light spritz of material: the Indignity Morning Podcast, a review of Thursday's weather, possibly an antique sandwich. We will aim to deliver it early, so that our readers may head out into the wide, warm afternoon and evening secure in the knowledge that you have received the week's allotment of Indignity.

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New York City, June 1, 2023

★★★ The heat was fine for sitting still in, out on the balcony with a cup of tea, or for pausing on the stoop. Moving through it, though, meant it put up resistance. Down in the subway, though, it was as cool as yesterday. Windows on a cross street cast a row of blobs of light, no two alike. Swings hung motionless and empty, swingset after swingset, save for one bucketlike seat with a toddler in it in the shade. Robins raised a clamor on all sides. The little dead snake, or maybe a new little dead snake, was so dry and flat it no longer lay flush on the pavement but was tipped stiffly up from it a little. A man in a metallic jacket sat on top of a rock in the shade of shrubbery, looking like a previously unnoticed piece of statuary till he reached down and peeled off one shoe. A tiger swallowtail fluttered among the irises by Morningside Pond. The egret was back, stalking step by step through the shallow water, plumes trailing in the murky green.


Indignity Morning Podcast No. 80: The trouble is not really looming, the trouble is completely there.

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The Indignity Getty Images Image Dump!

ALTHOUGH INDIGNITY IS no longer funded by the Substack Pro program, Substack has agreed to provide us access to tens of thousands of images from the vast Getty Images archive. It would be an act of fiscal irresponsibility not to present the readers and financial supporters of Indignity with timely displays from this wealth of photographs and art, so in keeping with the announcement in today’s BUSINESS DEP’T., we have invoked the Getty Images search algorithm and invite you to an exploration of this month’s thematic visual topic: VACATION.

Colorful Adirondack Chairs by Lake Beauvert (Photo by Nik Wheeler/Corbis via Getty Images)
Italy, Latium, Bomarzo, Detail, Attributed to Simone Moschino, Hell Mask, 16th Century, The mask, also known as Orcus or Hell's Gate, leads to a small closet, The inscription reads 'Every thought flies' (Ogni pensiero volta) paraphrase reversed the meaning of Dante, Inferno, III, 9. (Photo by Nostos, Giancarlo De Leo/Electa/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
A woman photographer on the seashore. (Photo by Albert Harlingue/Roger Viollet via Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - Poster produced for the Midland Railway (MR) advertising train services to the resort of Blackpool, Lancashire. The poster shows a bird’s eye view of the beach with the pier, paddle-steamers and yachts. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
Tourisme dans la region de l'Erg Ubari situee dans le sud de la Libye. (Photo by Michel GOUNOT/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Lillyman Family Having Dinner Served. (Original Caption) Captain Frank L. Lillyman who dreamed of a perfect vacation and found his dream come through with the help of a sympathetic Management of Hotel Pennsylvania, is pictured with members of his family having Christmas dinner...on the house. The 12 times decorated war hero, is carving the turkey. Others left to right are Mrs. Clarabelle Lillyman, mother of the Captain, of Valley Stream, New York; J. Ross Beebe of Skaneateles, New York, father in law; daughter Susan, 3, and Mrs. Frank Lillyman.
Jeunes touristes devant une cabiné téléphonique à Londres, Royaume-Uni. (Photo by Emmanuel VALENTIN/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Visit Angkor Poster by Georges Barriere (Photo by David Pollack/Corbis via Getty Images)
Taj Mahal, India's monument of eternal love is in Agra, India. It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj is made in Mughal style, is an universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage. The construction began around 1632 and was completed around 1653, employing thousands of artisans and craftsmen. It has withstood earthquakes, but today pollution is yellowing it, and some parts suffer from 'cancer of the marble'. At a mosque inside it (Photo by Pallava Bagla/Corbis via Getty Images)
Take the Illinois Central to Field Museum Poster by Jean Goodwin (Photo by David Pollack/Corbis via Getty Images)
Vienna tourists in Switzerland. About 1880. Photograph by A. Gabler / Interlaken. Photograph. (Photo by Imagno/Getty Images) Unter dem Motto In der Sommerfrische. Wiener Touristen in Wanderadjustierung in der Schweiz. Um 1880. Photographie von A. Gabler / Interlaken. Photographie.
Hotel Beau Sejour Sanremo Luggage Label. Like a mini vintage travel poster used to advertise a hotel and identify luggage or steamer trunks destined for San Remo on the Italian Riviera (Photo by Daniel McInnis/Corbis via Getty Images)
DUNHUANG, May 4, 2017 -- Tourists ride camels at Mingsha Sand Mountain, or the Singing Sand Dunes, in Dunhuang, northwest China's Gansu Province, May 3, 2017. Mingsha Sand Mountain scenery zone in Dunhuang has attracted numerous tourists recently. (Xinhua/Fan Peishen via Getty Images)
Stereograph of Mammoth Tree Grove, Calironia, 1900. From the New York Public Library. (Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images)
Guided tour to lava fields, Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy. (Photo by Peter Thompson/Heritage Images/Getty Images)
Scarborough Poster by Fred Taylor. (Photo: Swim Ink 2, LLC/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
Chinese tourists pose for picture in Grand Teton National Park. (Photo by William Campbell/Corbis via Getty Images)
Ireland For Your Holiday Poster by Walter Till. (Photo: Swim Ink 2, LLC/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
Cave of the winds Niagara Falls, N.Y. - Waterfall with walkway in the foreground. (Photo: Photo12/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
American Airlines San Francisco Poster. (Photo by David Pollack/Corbis via Getty Images)
Départ en vacances dans un combi Volkswagen en Tchécoslovaquie. (Photo by Dominique BERRETTY/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Southwestern Dude Ranches Poster by Hernando G. Villa. (Photo: Swim Ink 2, LLC/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
Snorkeler surveys coral reef, Netherlands Antilles, Bonaire, Caribbean Sea (Photo: Reinhard Dirscherl/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
Une jeune femme munie d'un marteau s'apprête à sonner le gong du dernier repas dans un camp de loisirs pour la fin des vacances. (Photo: Keystone-France/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Siracusa Grand Hotel Villa Politi Luggage Label. Used to advertise a hotel and identify luggage or steamer trunks destined for Syracuse, Italy. -showing the famous Greek amphitheater ruins. (Photo: Daniel McInnis/Corbis via Getty Images)
A family enjoys the sea as the sun sets in Durban in Natal Province, South Africa. Durban is a popular tourist destination along the Indian Ocean and local people enjoy the beach on the weekends. Photo: Per-Anders Pettersson/Contributor/Corbis News.
G. Schuh & Cie. (Munich), Ludwig Hohlwein, Yellowstone-Park, lithography, signed and inscribed top left in printing plate: LUDWIG HOHLWEIN MÜNCHEN, tourism posters, vehicles covered with animals (carriage etc.), horse, woman, man, landscapes (temperate zone), overland transportation, travel/tourism, Wyoming. (Photo: Sepia Times/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
Touristes posant avec un éléphanteau à Ayutthaya, Thaïlande. (Photo : Jean-Léo DUGAST/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Ville de Morlaix Foire Exposition Poster (Photo: Swim Ink 2, LLC/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
EGYPT-JANUARY 01: Visit Of The Excavations Of The Pyramid Of Guizeh. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
Danemark: Das Lande des Meeres Poster by Henry Thelander (Photo: K.J. Historical/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
TOURISTS, BEIHAI PARK, BEIJING, CHINA. (Photo: Jose-Fuste RAGA/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Baseball Field at St. George Park, Staten Island New York, with a view of New York harbor, chromolithograph, 1886, published by The Staten Island Amusement Company and printed by The Hatch Litho. Company. (Photo: VCG Wilson/Corbis via Getty Images)
Ky. - Mammoth Cave: "On Echo River" (boat with tourists), circa 1891. Artist Frances Benjamin Johnston. (Photo by Heritage Art/Heritage Images via Getty Images)
Morecambe Travel Poster by Warren Williams. (Photo: Swim Ink 2, LLC/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
This photo shows a group of swimmers in typical swimwear of the 1920s in marching position with the German Imperial War Flag at the beach of the Baltic Sea. Photo: Collection Sauer. (Photo by Sammlung Sauer/picture alliance via Getty Images)
"See America. United States Travel Bureau" by Frank S. Nicholson. (Photo: Library of Congress/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)
Disembarking from a ship, Algiers, Algeria, 1899. (Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
Vacation Church School Invitation Postcard. Come to vacation Church school. Bible lessons. Stories. Handwork. Games. Songs. "Teach me thy way, O'Lord" - Psalm 86:11. (Photo by © Rykoff Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
United States: tourists observing the Statue of Liberty. 196706 Etats-Unis: des touristes observent la statue de la liberté. (Photo : Paolo KOCH /Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Mileage Chart. Red Figures indicate distances between cities. I am at the Fred Harvey Hotel marked 'X'. From the wheat fields of Kansas to the orange groves of California, the transcontinental highways which follow the popular "Santa Fe Route" traverse a region rich in scenic interests. . . New Mexico with its mesas and pueblos, its ancient cliff-dwellings and old Spanish missions; Arizona with its Grand Canyon, Painted Desert, Petrified Forest and its colorful Navajo and Hopi Indian Country...Along the way Fred Harvey Hotels provide convenient over-night stops and ideal headquarters for interesting journeys "off the beathen path". (Photo: Rykoff Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
Mexico Tomorrow via Pan American Poster (Photo: Swim Ink 2, LLC/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
Hotel Santa Caterina, Amalfi Luggage Label (Photo: Swim Ink 2, LLC/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
Georgian Military Highway Poster by Alexander Jitomirsky. (Photo: Swim Ink 2, LLC/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
PLONGEE SOUS-MARINE EN NOUVELLE-CALEDONIE. Tourism. Japanese people in full expansion (New Caledonia). Nouvelle-Calédonie, Des touristes japonais découvrent les fonds marins en scaphandre. Le tourisme japonais est en plein essor. Nouméa. (Photo by Xavier DESMIER /Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Taormina Poster (Photo: Swim Ink 2, LLC/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
Greetings from Willimantic, Connecticut large letter vintage postcard (Photo by Found Image Holdings/Corbis via Getty Images)
USSR Health Resorts Intourist Travel Poster (Photo: K.J. Historical/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
CHINA-JIANGXI-JINGDEZHEN-PORCELAIN PALACE(CN) NANCHANG, Sept. 22, 2016 : Yu Ermei introduces her procelain palace to tourists in Xinping Village of Fuliang County in Jingdezhen, east China's Jiangxi Province, Sept. 21, 2016. The 86-year-old villager Yu Ermei spent five years to build this porcelain palace. The three-story circular building is decorated with more than 60,000 pieces of porcelain. (Xinhua/Wan Xiang via Getty Images)
Always Inspiring! New York, Go Via the Pennsylvania Railroad Poster (Photo: Swim Ink 2, LLC/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
Vichy Poster by Sala (Photo: Swim Ink 2, LLC/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
Enjoy Summer in Canada, Go Canadian National Poster (Photo: Swim Ink 2, LLC/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
Cayeux sur Mer Travel Poster by Pierre Commarmond (Photo: Swim Ink 2, LLC/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
A BGM-109 Tomahawk cruise missile, armed with a live 1,000 pound Bullpup conventional warhead, detonates and explodes its target, a warehouse-size concrete and steel structure with 7,000-pound concrete roof panels. The missile was launched from a submerged submarine underway off the coast of Southern California and has flown more than 400 miles to find its target. (Photo by © CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

Congratulations on reaching the end of the Indignity Getty Images Image Dump! Not sure why the Getty Images algo selected “BGM-Tomahawk cruise missile,” but we’re gonna go with it! Pow! Indignity thanks you for your interest and support, and if it turns out you aren’t supporting us, we encourage you to do so. Thanks for reading and looking at the pictures!


WE PRESENT INSTRUCTIONS for the assembly of sandwiches from One Thousand Favorite Recipes, by Seattle, Washington’s Congregation Temple de Hirsch, Ladies' Auxiliary, compiled by Mrs. Sigismund Aronson and Mrs. William Gottstein, published in 1908, found in the public domain and available at for the delectation of all.

PIMOLA SANDWICHES. Chop the contents of a fifteen cent bottle of stuffed olives or pimolas. Chop two hard boiled eggs. Mix the foregoing with mayonnaise sauce and a little salt. Spread on buttered bread.

PIMENTO SANDWICH. Chop pimentoes, olives and celery, mix with mayonnaise and spread on lettuce leaf, and then put between slices of buttered white bread.

CAVIAR AND SALMON SANDWICH. Take a piece of rye bread, cut round (with biscuit cutter) ; spread with mustard; put some caviar in center of the bread, strips of smoked salmon around the caviar, and strips of pickle around the salmon.
—MRS. E. MICHAEL, Spokane.

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