Mine Rescue, by Fletcher Martin, 1939. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC.
Volume VIII, Number 3 | summer 2015
While running the Vincent Astor Foundation, Brooke Astor established in 1991 an organization that provided furnishings to formerly homeless families, inspired by visits to two such families in Queens whose apartments were bare. “How can you build a new life if you don’t have any furniture?” Astor asked. “To move into a place and just sit there with a bag and not even have a teacup is terrible.”
The friend of all humanity is no friend to me.—Molière, 1666