Evidence of Love


If I have the time, I like to read the plaques on the benches around the city, or wherever I see them, on buildings, church pews, at the base of trees. I think I’ve posted pictures of them from time to time. I love reading these small dedications. I couldn’t find out much of anything about Cyrus Porter. I wonder who “C” is? But All About Us is a children’s book by Eva Knox Evans about why people are different, and have different skin color. According to the New York Public Library listing she’s still alive, but she’d be 102 if that’s correct. There’s a copy at the library way way uptown, but I’m curious to read what Einstein said, and there’s something else I needed to check up there. Maybe I will make it up there sooner rather than later.

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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4 thoughts on “Evidence of Love

  1. I love those dedications too.

    I was curious so I did a quick search and found this on the US Catalog of Copyright Entries (Renewals) > Pseudonym declarations: From the 1970’s,
    Erika Weihs Harpor (pseud of Cyrus Porter & Zola E Harvey)

    Still doesn’t explain the “C” though.

  2. I am also interested in the thief-proof screws used to hold the plaque on to the bench. Although… it looks like you could almost use the tool you use to tighten the spikes on golf shoes.

  3. Those screws are called either ‘spanner head’ or ‘snake eyes.’ Same principle as golf spikes, tho’ the screw heads are much smaller.

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