Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Francesco Baracca -- June 19, 2018

Richmond Palladium and Sun-Telegram, 28-June-1918
Francesco Baracca was a Lughesi who was one of Italy's leading fighter pilots. The coat of arms of the Baracca family had a prancing stallion. He had the emblem painted on the side of his airplanes.  Enzo Ferrari later adopted the horse as an emblem for his autos.  

Baracca died 100 years ago today on 19-June-1918.  I had trouble finding mentions of the death of Baracca.  He was making a low-level ground attack near Montello, Veneto.  He failed to return.  His body was found on 24-June-1918.  He may have shot himself to prevent capture.  

The image above was published almost ten days after his death and four days after his body was discovered.  The item below is from an Italian government dispatch reprinted in the Denison, Iowa Review on 26-June-1918.  

from "Italian Victory Over Austrians"

In the region of Montello, the Italians have found the body of the aviator, Major Baracca, who had failed to return during the first days of the operations in that region. A bullet was found in the right temple. This leads to the belief that when Major Baracca saw that his disabled machine forced him to descend into the enemy's lines he killed himself rather than be captured. The loss of Major Baracca is deeply felt in Italy as he was the leading aviator of the Italian army, having to his credit the destruction of about fifty enemy machines.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Oakland vs San Francisco -- June 17, 2018

San Francisco Call, 16-July-1908
The Pacific Coast League San Francisco Seals pled the Oakland Oaks at Valencia Street Park, also known as Recreation Park, on Thursday, 16-July-1908.

The Seals had won the day before by scoring four runs in the fourteenth inning.  At a meeting the same day, the four-team league expanded to Sacramento and Venice in Southern California.

On Thursday, the Seals won in the 11th.

San Francisco Call, 17-July-1908

Friday, June 15, 2018

Fly TWA Jets -- June 15, 2018

The Statue of Liberty anchors a bunch of New York City destinations in this TWA (Trans World Airlines) poster.

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

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Dorothy L Sayers 125 -- June 13, 2018

Writer Dorothy L Sayers was born 125 years ago today, on  13-June-1893.  I think I first heard of her when Masterpiece Theater ran Clouds of Witness with Ian Carmichael as Lord Peter Wimsey.  I watched the other stories and then read many of the books during the summers.  I liked the way Lord Peter and Bunter had served together during the war and Bunter had helped Lord Peter deal with shell shock.  I saw at least one of the series with Edward Petherbridge as Wimsey, but I don't remember it.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Jackson Square and Cathedral St. Louis, New Orleans, LA. -- June 11, 2018

An old postcard shows the heart of the French Quarter in New Orleans, Jackson Square and Saint Louis Cathedral.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Comic Book -- Hangman -- June 9, 2018

MLJ Comics published The Hangman, who had been introduced in Pep Comics. Here we see him battle a bunch of Nazis. Please excuse the racist language: "Everyone's Cheering the Hangman Except Nazis and Japs."