How did Bess, Jean, Irene and Gwendolyn influence Mac?  

"As if uncovering a lost work of art, author Margot McMahon exquisitely reveals the World War II story through images that originally were stored in her prisoner-of-war father's mind, escaped into his drawings and paintings, and now run across the pages of this book." –Burt Constable, award-winning columnist, The Daily Herald

Bess McMahon loved her cars, broad brimmed hats, broches, and long skirts. Her son, Mac drew cars.

“With clarity and lyricism, Margot McMahon relays the story of her parents' love, trials, and eventual triumph over the greatest of hardships. Not to be missed.” –Rachael Herron, bestselling memoirist

Susan Benjamin told at Landmark's Women's Month celebration architect Jean Wehrheim worked at Keck and Keck architects when they were building Man and Irene's home. Did Jean influence their home, or did the keck brothers influence her design aesthetic?  Maybe a little of both. Below is elements of Jean's home:

Mac and Irene's eaves and hallways
“In Mac & Irene, Margot McMahon captures with subtlety, wit and an artist's vision the way the Greatest Generation saw the war-torn world that shaped their and our lives.” —Jay Winter, Charles J. Stille Professor of History Emeritus, Yale University and advisor to BBCOur War
Irene Leahy McMahon loved to fly. Anywhere, anytime. Irene also dearly loved her large family and found it was sometimes easier to travel with them.

And if sun comes
How shall we greet him?
Shall we not dread him,
Shall we not fear him
After so lengthy a 
Session with shade?
Annie Allen, 1950 Gwendolyn Brooks

Mac and Irene were friends with poet, Gwendolyn Brooks who acknowledged Mac (Franklin McMahon) in her last published book. They had mutual friends; Alice and Albert Hayes of Ragdale and Bob and Alice Cromie of Book Beat and a collaborative Travel Column.

Nora Brooks Blakely and Margot met at Gwendolyn Brooks centenary planning meeting  where they planned to portray her mother in Brooks Park.  The Oracle of Bronzeville: Gwendolyn Brooks monument has a writing porch, Annie Allen poems etched in stepping stones leading to sphere representing Miss Brooks Pulitzer Prize and encircling her portrait.

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