On May 21, 1940 the French 9th Army surrendered and on or about the date, Oswald Mosley, the founder of the British Union of Fascists, was interned, William Churchill having little use for blackshirt-rousing rabble. In 1939 Mosley had led the largest indoor political rally in British history. By the end of the war, Mosley--anti-Semitic, anti-immigrant, anti-"mixed" marriage--was politically dead--his "Kosher" fascists crushed. In London there is a plaque commemorating the "Battle of Cable Street," where "the people of East London forced back the march of the fascist Oswald Mosley and his Blackshirts," insisting that "they shall not pass."
On this same date a gentleman named Judd mailed this postcard from the "Old Tucson Rural Station," where the film Arizona would wrap production at that location in June. He wrote to the recipient, "We'll try to get you a picture"--perhaps of the film crew, or star Jean Arthur. The Old Tucson "Post Office" was a momentary artifact of the Columbia publicity machine. Soon, the movie set would begin its slow erosion into the desert shrub, until rescued by the Tucson Junior Chamber of Commerce.
Saguaros. Fascists. Old Tucson. Some things change, and some stay the same.