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What, Me Worry?

What, Me Worry?

The Edwards boy in 1921. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

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I found the logo of the lapel pin:

at the Osaka YMCA International School Community, where it is used as an illustration at a paragraph about the YMCA global network and the Osaka YMCA. I could not find a further link to the logo and its history. Behind the triangle a "XP" or "Chi-Rho" or chrismon can be found, the monogram for Christ.

Edwards Boy

Don Calvin Edwards Sr. was a Kentucky Republican congressman.

Local mystery solved?

I think that may then explain a local building I had wondered about. It's an old building that has a row of round tiles with inverted red or orangish triangles around the top. They don't have the words printed on them, though, but I was curious because it certainly looked like they were meant to mean something, not a thing that looked like it would have been popular as a decorating theme 100 years or so ago. Still, I should now be able to find out if the building was once occupied by a YMCA.

BTW, who is "The Edwards Boy"? The captions say that as if we should know!

[I'm hoping there's someone out there who knows. There are a dozen or so pictures of "the Edwards boy" in the National Photo Service archive. Two more here and here. - Dave]


"In the United States the YMCA began to extend its concern with men's souls to include their bodies. This departure was captured by Luther Halsey Gulick (1865– 1918) in his 1889 design of the YMCA's triangle logo inscribed with the words "spirit," "mind," "body.""


It makes me recall YMCA, both the inverted triangle and the logo

What Me Worry

I can't read the lapel pin. That could make a difference. The position of the necktie to the collar shows a well dressed guy. I'd like to know what became of him.

["Spirit, mind, body." - Dave]

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