Thursday, June 7, 2012

Schadenfreude Sideshow: Girls' Romances #28

Art attributed to Tony Abruzzo, DC, 1954.

The cover blurb that says it all: Love stories that could happen to you. September 1954.

Schadenfreude i/ˈʃɑːdənfrɔɪdə/ (German: [ˈʃaːdənˌfʁɔʏdə])" pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others. This German word is used as a loanword in English and some other languages, and has been calqued in Danish and Norwegian as skadefryd and in Swedish as skadeglädje and Finnish as vahingonilo.


  1. Your father is one of my favorite artists. I found one of his paintings on a craigslist out of the southeast about two years ago and got it for my husband who has been wanting one of Marvin's paintings since he saw one in a gallery here in Juneau Alaska 20 years ago and failed to purchase it... been kicking himself in the rear ever since... the lady who had it was the widow of a guy who worked with your dad...
    Mary Ellen Frank (portrait doll carver)

  2. Hi, Mary Ellen, thanks for your kind words. Dad was a prolific painter. I'm not sure how many works he produced but I'm sure the number is quite high. A neighbor bought one at at a yard sale for a few bucks and showed it to dad, It seems this was a gift he had made to Senator Ted Stevens. MKy feeling is art finds its way to those who love it most. If I found one on ebay or elsewhere I'd buy it back. Cangrats on your score. Don