Speaking of flowers …

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ON THIS DATE in 1967, eighteen-year-old George Harris was photographed placing a flower in the rifle of a National Guardsman during an anti-Vietnam War demonstration in Washington, D.C. Bernie Boston of the Washington Star took the picture, which became one of the most iconic images of the anti-war movement. Harris would relocate to San Francisco, change his name to Hibiscus, and emerge as the glitter-bearded, fruit-and flower-headed leader of a performance troupe called the Cockettes. Filmmaker and former Cockette David Weissman remembered Hibiscus in a 2003 New York Times story as “a pied piper” and “a visionary” who “had an extraordinary way with old kimonos, torn gowns, lace, glitter and wilting flora.” Hibiscus died of AIDS in 1982.

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