Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The Tools of Ignorance -- September 19, 2018

Spaulding's Base Ball Guide and Official League Book for 1879
The mask at the top is identified as "Geo. Wright's Catcher's Mask."  George Wright is famous as the shortstop for the Cincinnati Red Stockings, but he also played at catcher.  

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

France Loses Greatest Athlete and Brave Aviator -- September 18, 2018

Perth Amboy News, 14-November-1918
Maurice Boyau was a French ace who was a successful balloon buster.  Before the war, he had been an international rugby player.  On 18-September-1918, German ace Georg von Hantelmann shot Boyau down and killed him.  Boyau's final tally was 31, including 26 balloons.

France Loses Greatest Athlete and Brave Aviator

Recent reports from Europe state France’s greatest athlete and best-known aviator, Maurice Boyau, is missing. The news has caused the greatest sorrow as Boyau, who was recently made an officer of the Legion of Honor, with the inscription, "the bravest pilot and the most complete athlete who makes French aviation Illustrious” — was known all over France. Starting In the war as a second-class private, Boyau, who captained the rugby teams against England, Wales. New Zealand and Scotland. and who was a great association football player and all-around athlete, soon became an aviator and lieutenant, gaining twelve war crosses, the military medal, the D. 8. C. and the cross of the Knight of the Legion of Honor. Before being made an officer In the order he had shot down 35 Germans before he was himself brought down in flames in the German lines. Boyau was to have been presented on a date shortly after his disappearance with a diamond and platinum Legion of Honor cross, bought by a half penny subscription made among the athletes In France.

Monday, September 17, 2018

The Women’s Suffrage Campaign -- September 17, 2018

Dearborn Independent, 24-September-1918
Today I went to Good Shepherd School in Pacifica and talked to Junior High kids about the topic of the current DAR essay contest, inspired by the upcoming centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment, which gave women in the US the right to vote. I gave them background on voting rights over the years since the Constitution went into effect. They listened and they asked some good questions.  Now I'm tired.

Travel in Comfort -- September 17, 2018

San Francisco Call, 21-February-1911
This full-page ad says you can reach Chicago in three days on the Overland Limited.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

New York -- United Air Lines -- September 15, 2018

Stan Galli created this beautiful poster for United Airlines.

Some people feel that images of Lady Liberty are insulting to our so-called president.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Service Code for Hotel Employees -- September 13, 2018

University Missourian, Columbia, Missouri, 26-September-1910
When we visited New Orleans in 2013, we stayed at the Hotel Monteleone in the French Quarter.  Despite my red necktie, green vest and tan shoes, they treated us very well.  

Service Code for Hotel Employees

When the employees of the Monteleone hotel receive their next pay envelope they are going to find enclosed a new service code which the hotel will adopt.

The following extracts from it give an excellent idea of what will be expected of the employees in the future:

"The Hotel Monteleone is operated for the benefit and convenience of its guests.

"Without guests there could be no Hotel Monteleone.

"Never be perky, pungent or fresh. The guest pays your salary as well as mine.  He is your Immediate benefactor.

"A man may wear a red necktie, a green vest and tan shoes and still be a gentleman.

The stranger in cowhide boots, broad brim and rusty black hat may be president of a railroad or a senator from over the ridge.

You cannot afford to be superior or sullen with any patron of this hotel. I said so."

-- New Orleans Picayune

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Maria Muldaur 75 -- September 12, 2018
Happy 75th birthday to singer Maria Muldaur.  When I was a kid, "Midnight at the Oasis" was very popular.