Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sherlock Holmes Comic Book -- April 17, 2014

I bought this comic book in 1975 when DC published it.  I enjoyed the adaption of "The Empty House."  Unfortunately, they did not do another edition.  My copy probably resides in a box in my mother's basement. 

The image comes from the Grand Comics Database:

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Matt Williams -- April 15, 2014

Inspired by the book Few and Chosen: Defining Giants Greatness Across the Eras by Giants great Bobby Thomson and Phil Pepe, I thought I would devote my nickname meme to Giants players for the next several months. 

I remember when José Uribe's wife died and Matt Williams got called up to play shortstop. He had a terrible game with many errors. When he got to play third base, he did much better. He also turned out to be a great hitter. 

He could do a good Babe Ruth imitation. 

I was sad when he went to the Cleveland Indians and sadder when he went to the new Arizona Diamondbacks.  He currently manages the Washington Nationals. 

I remember people calling him "Matt the Bat" on rare occasions.  Sadly, he played in a period when baseball nicknames were at a low ebb. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Real Home-Made Candy -- April 13, 2014

This ad, from the 17-November-1921 New Orleans Herald, extols the virtues of the Lousiana Home-Made Candy Factory.  "Delicious Wonder/Heavenly Hash/Creole Pralines/Marshmallow Caromels."  Sounds good to me. 

Today would have been the 75th birthday of Irish poet Seamus Heaney, who passed on last September:

Yesterday we went to see the Giants play Arizona.  The Giants failed to score any runs for Cain so they lost 1-0.  We went to Our Lady of Mercy church for Palm Sunday mass. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

All the Comforts of Home -- April 11, 2014

This ad for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, the Burlington Route or the "Q," advertises connections from San Francisco and Los Angeles via the Southern Pacific.  "Cars are clean; porters are accommodating; excursion managers obliging; and the route is without an equal in point of interest. 

The ad is from the 21-October-1901 San Francisco Call

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Strangerhood -- Mission District -- April 9, 2014

The San Francisco Arts Commission ( has set up a series of posters by artist Lordy Rodriquez called "Strangerhood." Rodriquez reimagines San Francisco neighborhoods as countries.  This is his version of the Mission District.  I took the photo on 14-January-2014.  Be sure to click on the image to see a larger version. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Le Roy Talma & Bosco -- April 7, 2014

To play the Palace in New York was the height of accomplishment in vaudeville. Le Roy-Talma-Bosco were a popular team of magicians. Servais Le Roy was a Belgian magician. Talma (Mary Ford) was his wife and an expert coin manipulator. Bosco was the rotund comic relief. There were several Boscos over the years. John Bosco is the patron saint of magicians.
Headliner Lucille Cavanaugh was a dancer. "Miss Cavanaugh is Georgeously Attractive."  Georgously?  "Beautiful Face -- Beautiful Figure -- Beautiful Steps."  The Avon Comedy Four was a popular comic act which included Smith and Dale. 

The ad is from the New York Tribune 22-September-1918. 

Here is an ad from a 1915 appearance at the Palace:

The Giants are off to a good start.  They won 3 of 4 against Arizona and 2 of 3 against the Dodgers.