An Autobiography: Chapter 19, Edwin Byron Moore, Artist

| 8/1/2012 2:10:07 PM

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I was 9 years old in 1935, when we moved to 828 Banklick Street . Our second floor consisted of three rooms: a kitchen, a front room with two tall windows, and a toilet (no sink or bath) between the two rooms. The kitchen had cold running water and two steps that led down to a bedroom. There were five of us, and I cannot remember where we all slept. And would you believe, my cousin Robert “Buddy” Baldwin brought his new bride to stay with us on his honeymoon! Mom gave him the front room for a few days so all five Moores had the kitchen and back bedroom! One day, Buddy’s bride decided she wanted to see movie. Since Buddy didn’t want to see it, she took me!

I attended the John G. Carlisle School, which was only a two-block walk, so I went home every day for lunch. The best part of lunch was when I stopped at the bakery on my way back to school, and I was given a cream roll, which I dearly loved. I don’t know if Mom paid for that or if it was a gift to a little boy with no money. Mr. Wert was the school principal, and I think I was sent to his office on several occasions!

About this time, my brother, Edwin, was studying art at the Baker Hunt Foundation in Covington. He became a fine artist, both in watercolors and oil, and we have more than 50 of his works on display in our home. He made visits to the Cincinnati Art Museum where he studied the works of many of the masters. Georgianna and I loved to visit there, too, and one time when we were there, I met actor Peter Ustinov, who was also enjoying the great works of art.

Edwin was also an accomplished boxer, in the style of Joe Louis, and had a great reputation in high school. I remember one time sitting with him in the bleachers of the gym, he said, “I have to make the decision whether to be a boxer or an artist.” Thank goodness he chose the latter.

My earliest work of Edwin’s is a small watercolor of a barn and silo, c. 1937. Another small watercolor from 1939 is a barn displaying a Chesterfield cigarette ad. Another 1939 watercolor, 8 by 10 inches, depicts three negroes standing with a group of buildings in the background. Through the years, Edwin painted many diverse subjects. He loved steam trains and produced many fine pieces of railroad art, depicting an era gone by.


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