Thursday, December 18, 2014

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Zat You, Santa Claus? -- December 17, 2014
The 22-December-1928 issue of Detective Story Magazine features Santa Claus and a curious cop on the cover. 

The image is from Phil Stephensen-Payne's wonderful Galactic Central ( 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Carl Hubbell -- December 16, 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. 

Left-handed pitcher Carl Hubbell was called "The Meal Ticket" and "King Carl" because of his dependability and his overwhelming screwball.  He pitched for the Giants during his entire major league career, from 1928 to 1943.  He worked for the team as director of player development and scout for the rest of his life. 

In the 1935 All Star game, Hubbell struck out Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons and Joe Cronin, all future Hall of Famers, in a row.

Monday, December 15, 2014

An A 1 Fast Sailing Bark -- December 15, 2014

New Orleans Daily Crescent, 04-April-1854

A ship was going to leave New Orleans "on or about the 20th of April, should sufficient freight offer."  Packet lines operated on schedules.  Most ships waited until there was something worth carrying. 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Orion Tested -- December 14, 2014

NASA's Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle made its first flight test on December 5. It made two orbits and landed successfully in the Pacific.  It was exciting to see NASA taking a step back towards manned flight.  There may be a manned flight in 2021.  NASA photograph. 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Car 56 Decorated for Christmas -- December 13, 2014

We were out playing tourist in December, 2012 when I took this photo of car 56 at California and Drumm. Its Christmas decorations were sponsored by the Hyatt Regency Hotel, which was right behind me when I took the photo.

Friday, December 12, 2014

News of the Week 12-December-1914 -- December 12, 2014

The 12-December-1914 Motography featured "News of the Week as Shown in Films," with items from current newsreels.

"Jeff Coolidge's 95-yeard run for a Harvard touchdown.  Copyrighted 1914 by Universal Animated Weekly."  Harvard beat Yale 15-5 at the Yale Bowl on 21-November-1914. 

"New type of boat invented by John Hays Hammond, which can be controlled by wireless from shore.  Copyrighted 1914 by Hearst-Selig News Pictorial."  John Hays Hammond, Jr was a pioneer in developing radio control.

"Annual Rugby footbal contest between Leland Stanford and California universities.  Copyrighted 1914 by Hearst-Selig News Pictorial."  In the 1914 Big Game, Stanford beat Cal 36-8 at Stanford.  The schools played rugby from 1906-1914.  This was the last Big Game till 1919, when they started playing American football again. 

"Indians unloading equipment to encamp in France.  Copyrighted 1914 by Universal Animated Weekly."  The British brought soldiers from India, but they did not do well in the European winter climate. 

"Jackies aboard a German warship pulling in anchor chain.  Copyrighted 1914 by Universal Animated Weekly."  "Jackies," from Jack Tar, was a common term for sailors. 

"Underwangen, in East Prussia, lasid waste by Russian shells.  Copyrighted 1914 by Hearst-Selig News Pictorial."  Early in the war, the Russians threatened East Prussia.