The Sun from New York, New York on June 8, 1913 · 43
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The Sun from New York, New York · 43

New York, New York
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Sunday, June 8, 1913
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9 ALL NEW YORK BOWS TO THE REAL MISS MANHATTAN THE SUN, SUNDAY, JUNE 8, 1913. f ; ?iMjgttBM EJ Audrey Munson, Who Tops the Municipal Build- ikse ;tajHHH p ing as Civic Pride and Decorates Other Parts j&j ll T IgH jpj f tne City in Various Guises, to Typify New H hjjl ?e Tfirec. Graces" gy si'doro Konti "Poa&d by Mia yWunsorxs ' MjM "Fountain on ttivcraicfa 1rivc by Stllen .George JVeurman. MISS MANHATTAN l lure, and here to tuy the real Miss Manhattan at Inst. She will have lift' jilac' on the hrldije after which she Is called. Tin- Xew York Klrl who has jiosed I I r this work by C. A. Heber, the sculp-t-ir, is herself a typical Miss Manhattan. In recent years many men nnd j w Jiiwn have made ht acquaintance In inctuve nnd sculpture of this youni; ' w man. She Is Miss Audrey Mario ! Munson, and It Is said she has posed V more public decorative wot lis than any ont? else. Over u hundred artists "!ni that If the name of Miss Manhnt-t .n belongs to any one In particular It i- to thih young woman with the launli- in: eyes, smooth, sleek hair nnd fea-' ir"-- that lend themselves to exery- Inn from a blessed damosol to a J' u'hlnK dancing Klrl by Uobert I. Alt-l."ii I' seems funny to be called Miss M '.b.ittan," said Mlsn Munson laiiKh-ji v "Nevertheless I suppose I must Ke! weed to It, for a lot of artists call im b iimt name now, nnd even folks "I'Mile of the artists. "II"W Inns; have I been posing? When I beKln? It was all an accident, nd until nn hour or so before I did posi; ii Ii n thltiK never entered my mind. "About four years nRo, mother nnd 1 j were out shopping. We were walking ' iwn liroadway when we became nwnre I ' the f.ict thnt n man was walking' behind us and then ahead of us 1 ril looking back. Then when westopped ili in .it a shop window he came up spoke to mother, lb' asked if I was a model, Natu-' I said no. Then he nsked if lie dn't take some picture of me nnd ' wantid mother to take me to his u Ho. We didn't like the Idea at all, 'it llndlng out that he was one of the bist photographers In town, mother and I went Mc took some photographs, 'd I had a head almost antique In , 111111 began to tell his artist friends bout me. From that on I have posed. 'V a rule I am In the studios pos. " from !i or half past In the morning HI ! or C nt night. There Is no time r luto .suppers, and I shouldn't go to In TAe tSpzrtf of Commerce" Group by C Sf.Jfc&er, jtfon ' fiatan "8rtcge.. them If there was. a model who mean business cannot go out and stay up all hours of night. "Posing Is very nerve trying: to stand In one position for half nn hour, no matter how easy the position may be, Is really n strnln. To sit still In the same position when one Is not thinking of It is simple, but when you come to concentrate your mind on the work and endeavor to hold expression of face as well as f)gure for thirty minutes without t sting, It Is pretty tiring. If a girl's nerves are not in excellent condition and her muscles strong and ready f ir such a test, she makes but a wabbly sort of model and the artNt cannot work. "Anotlor thing against the late hours is your appenrance, Models whu take their work seriously know that they must look well, they take care of their complexions nnd their umpers. for It does not do to carry a nervou- grouch to n studio with you. "fllrls who go to the studios to pine thinking it fun and a nice diversion will soon find their mistake, It Is hard work and the girls who fall are generally those who are not sincere." Iio you remember the work of A. It. Wcnzel over the proscenium arch of tho w Amsterdam Theatre the riot of graceful figures? Miss Munson was the model chosen for this work and in one of the figures her portrait Is almost exactly given. I.'p on top of the Municipal Building stands the figure of "Civic Pride" mud- by Adolpli Welnmann. There Miss Munson Is ngnln, while down on the r'tthOitm ffmiwn ulin 1u l,i !. fniin.l In ' several of the pieces of work. In tho Hotel .Astor Isidore Kontl's "Three Graces" were all made from Miss Munson. Up on Itlverslde Drive Allen Oeorge Newman's fountuln, "Mu.-lc of the Water," shows another pose of this young woman. Outside the Little Theatre the figures on the tablet were made from her by Mr. Heber, and Robert Alt- ken used her for the finishing of the figures In the doors of the tombs of Mr. t Oreenhut and John V, Gates. James Francis Urown 'has made nuny decora tions In which he has posed Miss Mun- soon to hang in the grill of a new hotel., rated a line of lake steamboats with I on, and ms "Darkness and Dawn" UWilllum do Leftwlch Podge has deco-1 sketches of Miss Manhattan. jWios JWunson 3 Spring, his studio is located In the oddest corner of the city you could Imagine. Twenty-fourth street over near Klghth avenue would be about t'he last place In the city to look for anything suggesting the Latin quarter; but there, sandwiched in among a lot of Hat houses, is u door thut looks as though It belonged to a trucking stable, and once It did. Inside one finds' an unevenly paved court nnd at the back a large stable, the birthplace of Miss Manhattan. This large, roomy Heber. He didn't shout, but Just said, 'Oh!' as his head was pulled back. At the same "time the pedestal enme down with a crash und 1 guess Mr. Heber thought the earth had broken In two in the middle. I slid to the floor and Kit In a heap with several bits of his hair in my hands. When Mr. Heber found thut I was not hurt, only scared, he said In the most matter of fact way, Just like a man: Why dldti t you tell me you were stable Is Just the place fur figures of tho ' going to do that, Audrey?' heroic size of those for the Manhattan Bridge. "Yes, she Is the real Miss Manhattan now, said Mr. Heher, In speaking or Miss Munson, "and really she ought to be, too. She Iuih grit, determination and, best of nil, a sense of humor. "One rainy day the lire went out and it couldn't bo coaxed or coerced Into burning, and," Mr. Heber looked dismal, "I was In the midst of this work and Audrey put In an appearance at tho appointed time, I told her It would bu Impossible to work because It was cold and the tire was out. She knew that I was very anxious to accomplish a certain point In the work nnd she looked both disappointed and scornful. "What do you think she did? She Just sent the studio boy out to get some braziers, and said sho guessed we could keep warm with those. He secured three from a nearby Italian and ther' we worked all the morning with the open coals glowing in their kettles. She always has a wny to get out of a dlfll-culty, und that appealed to me as being a very clever stroke on her part." When the fire episode Is mentioned Miss Manhattan smiles and says, "Well, we had to work and didn't want to freeze. Hut did Mr, Heber ever tell you of the time I tried to scalp him? Oh! I didn't have one of thoso cute little hatchets that tho Indians used to carry, Just my hands and a good scare, that's all. "One day when Mr, Heber was hard nt work and I was on a sort of pedestal, I nearly fell. The pedestal was stnndlng on one side of the work, Mr. Heber's back was to me, and he didn't see tho pedestal sway Just ever so little, nor hear a creak. "There were only two things to do, grab for the figure of the work In soft wax nnd bring both It and myself to grief, or to grab Mr. Heber. I chose the latter. "I made a grab in the air toward him and caught his hair in both hands The man who has made iher famoui oa i Now. If you ever saw an astonished I Miss Manhattan Is Charles A. Heber, and person In your life that person was Mr. Well, I just had to laugh, and so did he, for Instantly he realized the ridiculous side of that remark. Go home? Not a bit of It! We worked the rest of the day,' but I did not take my place on n pedestal uguln. I sat in lowly places." Common Sen.e About Flies. Don't waste your time swatting files this summer unless you have your house well screened. Fly swatters are a refinement to be used only In houses or rooms where nil the dours and windows aro screened. Fly swatters aro merely a finishing process a matter of refinement, If you please to be used In a well screened mom r houso where there aro perhaps never over a dozen flics, lly means of fly swatters you can lay low the last fly In a room, but If tho room Is not well screened you might as well blow against the wind as to try to keep all the tiles out by swatting. The first thing to do therefore- Is to put up fly screens. Don't put It off another week or nnothcr month. Do It now, and get the benefit of screens all spring, summer and fall. Screens do not need to bo expensive to be effective. In fact In many Instances a window can be screened perfectly with a mosquito netting for IS cents, while a 35 cent IU fitting extension screen will let the flies come In by tho hundreds. For kitchen windows, where It Is rarely necessary to open or close tno shutters, there Is no better way of screening than by means of mosquito netting tacked to the outside of the window frame. Mosquito netting will usually last an entire season, and It does not interfere In tho least with raising or lowering the windows or with the Inside shades or blinds. Of course If you have the money there Is no objection to getting made to order screens to fit all the windows, but they will cost from $1 to 91.50 apiece, against IS cents for the mosquito net ting.

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