Sunday, March 24, 2019

Lawrence Ferlinghetti 100 - March 24, 2019

Happy 100th birthday to San Francisco icon Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the poet and publisher who founded City Lights Books.

In 2017, the San Francisco Arts Commission ( set up a series of posters by artist Deborah Aschheim. "The Zeitgeist" was part of a larger series for the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. The posters in The Zeitgeist represented people involved in the Spring Mobilization against the War in Vietnam on 15-April-1967.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

The Magic Palanquin -- March 23, 2019

From The Book of Magic: Being a Simple Description of Some Good Tricks and How to Do Them, with Patter by Archie Frederick Collins, 1916.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

New York via Mainliner -- March 21, 2019
United Air Lines invited visitors to travel to New York via Mainliner. "Mainliner" was a term for an airplane flying one of an airline's main routes.

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

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Andre Williams and Dick Dale, RIP

I was sad to learn that R&B singer Andre Williams and surf guitar pioneer Dick Dale have died.

Andre Williams made some funny records.

Dick Dale was called the King of the Surf Guitar. He had a wide influence on surf music.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The Short Line to Our Paris -- March 19, 2019

Omaha Bee, 30-January-1917
World War One made it impossible for Americans to travel to Europe for holidays, so the railroads encouraged Americans to visit America.  The Illinois Central offered its Panama Limited, an overnight trip from Chicago to New Orleans.  "If you have been there before, you need no urging to go."

Monday, March 18, 2019

Transit Driver Appreciation Day, 2019 -- March 18, 2019
I am grateful to the men and women who bravely face San Francisco traffic and San Francisco people every day. Thank you all.

I am grateful to transit drivers/motormen/gripmen/engineers/conductors and all the people who keep the vehicles clean and running and the wires and tracks in good shape all over the world. Thank you all.