Sunday, October 18, 2015

Afonsinho

Osvado Mendes wrote: Minha turma do 2o. Ano Primário no Grupo Escolar Thomaz Antonio Gonzaga em 1954-1955; a professora era dona Elizabeth. Eu sou o 1o. à direita, na 1a. fila (ostentando meu relogião); o 7o. na mesma fila, da esquerda p'ra direita, é o Afonsinho, que se tornaria craque de futebol, no Botafogo do Rio de Janeiro, cantado por Elis Regina nos versos de Gilberto Gil: 'Prezado amigo Afonsinho, eu continuo aqui mesmo...' O Afonsinho hoje é médico. Figuraça! 
Afonso Celso Garcia Reis 
Afonsinho & Jairzinho in a photo part of an article at Jornal da Tarde 12 February 1971.  



read more about Afonsinho at: https://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afonso_Celso_Garcia_Reis




Friday, October 16, 2015

Praça Saturnino de Brito

There is a certain space at the start of the main avenue in Marilia (Avenida Sampaio Vidal) that became a landscaped square in the late 1920s. It was called simply Jardim Publico (public garden) where people congragated on week-ends to socialize or listen to music played by musicians on the bandstand.

Mayor Teodoro da Silva Nogueira gave Jardim Publico a name on 22 September 1933: Praça Saturnino de Brito, one of three young men from Marilia who had lost their lives in the squirmishes with the Brazilian government in the infamous 1932 Constitutionalist Revolution. Nelson Spielmann and Vicente Ferreira are the other two privates who died needlessly because of the irresponsable behaviour of their Army commanders - who, naturally, were never prosecuted.

17 years later, on 1st of May 1950, another mayor, Miguel Argolo Ferrão (UDN) unveiled the statue of private Saturnino de Brito.

We don't know exactly when the bandstand was torn down but by the mid-1950s there was no more bandstand to be seen. 

Here are some photos of that site - with its beautiful bandstand - before it was destroyed gradually by irresponsible mayors in the early 1950s and then almost completely razed to the ground in 1960 when the new City Hall was built.

Jardim Publico 
a lonely student who might have missed her classes strolls through the gardens...
here's the original photo not yet artificially colourized.

a view from a different angle in the 1930s. One can see the bandstand in the centre with young trees surrounding it. Praça Saturnino de Brito na esquina da Avenida Sampaio Vidal com rua Bahia (a rua no canto direito); lá no alto, a mata da Fazenda Cascata. 
This bandstand saw the likes of band-leader Jorge Galatti in his heyday when 'Saudades de Matão' was his greatest hit.
trees rapidly grew... surrounding the bandstand beautifully...
benches where one could unwind for a while...
one can see the beautiful Art-Deco building housing Marilia's Gymnasium (Brazilian High School) on the right. 
some rose bushes in the central flower-bed.
the square seen from a high point...
Saturnino de Brito's statue in the mist of a December 1950 morning; photo taken by M.J.Pires.
This shot must have been taken in late 1959 just prior to the inauguration of the new City Hall (Paço Municipal); one can see that the praça is still 'intact' with most of its trees all in place (the bandstand had been raised to the ground when they erected the statue honouring Saturnino de Brito much earlier).
aerial view of Marilia taken at the same day of the previous photo... Praça still had trees then...
M.J.Pires took this picture in December 1960. The damage had alredy been done; most trees had been cut down and the praça itself had been whittled down considerably becoming no more than a 'strip' at its East end.
Scorched earth!!! This is what became of the square after 1960. 
desolation in the square...
devastation & concrete were 'in' in the early 1960s. 

Mansur Lufti wrote at Facebook: Carlus, é estranho porque me lembro muito bem que no começo da década de 1950, nesta parte da Praça voltada para a Av. Rio Branco havia árvores bem altas. Eram os 'jacarandás mimosos', ou castanholas, que dão cachos de flores azuis no início da primavera. Não havia esse Coreto; a banda do maestro Galatti tocava ao rés do chão no outro extremo da Praça sob altas árvores também. A Praça foi destruída para duplicar a Avenida Sampaio Vidal, que nesse trecho tinha pista única; e abrir o trecho da Rua 4 de Abril, que não existia. Só restou uma nesga de terra como mostra a foto acima. 

Henrique Nazari wrote at Facebook -19 October 2015: Eu nasci na Colonia Paulista em 1931. Me referindo ao Coreto, me lembro muito dele, pois como era de costume naquela época, aos domingos, após a missa, na igreja de São Bento, uma bandinha famosa, a do saudoso maestro Jorge Galatti, compositor da famosa valsa 'Saudades de Matão', que a molecada chamava de 'A furiosa', após apresentação na igreja, ia tocando pelas ruas até esse Coreto, que ficou na história de Marilia, realizando ai, verdadeiras páginas musicaes. 

This is Saturnino de Brito's statue itself... if you look hard at Saturnino's face (right-hand side) you'll notice the 'hidden figure' of Karl Marx 's face in the tree's branches,..