Friday, March 27, 2015

News of the Week March 27, 1915 -- March 27, 2015


The 27-March-1915 Motography featured "News of the Week as Shown in Films," with items from current newsreels.

"Secretary of the Navy Daniels breaking ground for memorial chapel in National cemetery at Arlington, Virginia.  Copyright 1915 by Pathe News."  Josephus Daniels was Secretary of the Navy during the entire Woodrow Wilson administration. 

"English troops wearing winter uniforms in France.  Copyright 1915 by Universal Animated Weekly."  The winter of 1914-1915 was very severe. 


"German sea raider reaches Newport News.  Copyright 1915 Hearst-Selig News Pictorial."  Prinz Eitel Friedrich, a passenger liner, was used as a very successful German commerce raider, sinking 11 ships.  Unable to continue because of low coal supplies and worn engines, she sailed into Newport News on 11-March-1915 and was interned. 

"Wreck of a Boston and Maine train at Claremont, New Hampshire.  Copyright 1915 by Pathe News."  A Boston and Maine passenger train hit a washed out section of track and derailed on 26-February-1915. 


"Canadian troops marching through streets of Montreal.  Copyright 1915 by Universal Animated Weekly." Canadian troops were an important part of the British Imperial forces on the Western Front. 

"Clearing ground for Chicago's new Union station.  Copyright 1915 Hearst-Selig News Pictorial."  Chicago Union Station didn't open until 1925.  It is still used today. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Friday, March 20, 2015

News of the Week March 20, 1915 -- March 20, 2015


The 20-March-1915 Motography featured "News of the Week as Shown in Films," with items from current newsreels.

"Start of annual walking race between New York City Hall and Coney Island.  Copyright 1915 by Universal Animated Weekly."  The Coney Island Handicap Racewalk has been going on since 1911.  Now it all takes place in Coney Island.  The race took place on 22-February-1915.  Panos Anthony of the Greek American Athletic Club won that day.  That may be him wearing number one. 

"Russian prisoners captured by the Germans in the Eastern campaign.  Copyright 1915 Hearst-Selig News Pictorial."  Russia invaded East Prussia early in the war to relieve pressure on its allies.  The Germans stopped them and took many prisoners. 


"Sir Thomas Lipton's yacht 'Erin,' turned over to the British Red Cross.  Copyright 1915 Hearst-Selig News Pictorial."  British yachtsman Sir Thomas Lipton, founder of the tea company, tried to win the America's Cup five times between 1899 and 1930, always with a boat named Shamrock.  He never won, but he was widely respected for his sportsmanship.  Erin was his personal yacht. 
http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com/2013/09/sir-thomas-lipton-again-fails-to-lift.html

"French liner LaTouraine leaving New York last week.  Copyright 1915 by Pathe News."  SS La Touraine sailed on the French Line between Le Havre and New York on 22-January-1915. 

New York Sun, January 15, 1915


"Opening day at the Panama Pacific Exposition.  Copyright 1915 by Pathe News."  We saw the Hearst-Selig News Pictorial version of this last week.  The Panama-Pacific International Exposition opened in San Francisco on 20-February-1915.:
http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com/2015/02/worlds-fair-opened-today-february-19.html

"German soldiers receive news from home on the battle line in East Prussia.  Copyright 1915 by Universal Animated Weekly."  At this stage in the war, German soldiers still wore the boiled leather pickelhaube. 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Lincoln Beachey Plunges a Mile Out of Sky to Death -- March 14, 2015

Seattle Star, 15-March-1914
Lincoln Beachey was an early stunt flier. He was the featured performer at San Francisco's Panama Pacific International Exposition, where he died on 14-March-1915. This article from the 15-March-1915 Seattle Star describes the accident.  His monoplane, making its  first public flight, was referred to as a Taube because its wings resembled the airplane commonly used by the Central Powers, Germany and Austria, during the early years of World War One:
http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com/2014/08/taube-monoplane-august-6-2014.html

LINCOLN BEACHEY PLUNGES A MILE OUT OF SKY TO DEATH

Daredevil Aviator Who So Often Defied Grim Reaper is Killed at San Francisco; Mother May Also Die as Result of Shock; Thousands See Tragedy.

SAN FRANCISCO, March 15. — Fears that death might claim a second victim as the result of the accident which sent Aviator Lincoln Beachey to his death were expressed today by doctors attending Mrs. Amy Beachey. 65, the airman's mother.  The aged woman collapsed when told har son had been drowned in the bay of San Francisco when the wings of his Taube monoplane buckled in flight Sunday afternoon.

Fifty thousand persons within the grounds of the exposition, and at least as many more outside, saw the fatal fall of the aviator who had successfully defied death for ten years.

The tragedy came during Beachey's second flight.  He had gone up half an hour earlier in a Taube monoplane, the second time he had ever tried anything but his biplane, which he had used for years.  The first flight was only a partial success.  The graceful aeroplane soared several thousand feet aloft, and then whirled around three times in the "loop the loop."

Starts "Dip of Death"

Descending, Beachey fixed his motor and took to the air again. When he had reached a height of 6,000 feet, Beachey poised the monoplane apparently for another loop. He started the sliding flight downward, preparatory to turning over, and then apparently changed his mind. 

At a height of 4,000 feet he slowed down the motor and began the "dip of death." which had made him famous the world over.

The machine started the long downward plunge perpendicularly.  For more than 3,000 feet it traveled
at an estimated speed of three miles a minute.

Six hundred feet above the bay, Beachey tried to "bank'' the aeroplane and straighten out until he
could make a landing on the green spot near his hangar.

The tremendous pressure on the wings was too great, however.  Just as the airman seemed successful
these collapsed upward and wrapped themselves about the engine and Beachey himself.

He struggled to release the straps which held him to his seat by his legs, arms and body. But it was too late.

The Taube dropped like a dead weight into the bay and sank to a depth of 40 feet near the army transport Crook.

A gasp rose from the throng.  Thousands dashed toward the spot where the aeroplane had fallen, and
it required the services of scores of guards to preserve order while divers recovered the machine and
Beachey's body.

Doctors who examined the corpse said Beachey had drowned.

Miss Merced Walton, Beachey's fiancée, was overcome when notified of the airman's death, but hurried to the bedside of his mother to console the older woman.

Beachey's body was taken today to a private morgue.  The Elks' lodge will be in charge of the funeral Wednesday

Seattle Star, 15-March-1914

Friday, March 13, 2015

News of the Week March 13, 1915 -- March 13, 2015


The 13-March-1915 Motography featured "News of the Week as Shown in Films," with items from current newsreels.


"Opening day at the Panama Pacific Exposition.  Copyright 1915 Hearst-Selig News Pictorial."  The Panama-Pacific International Exposition opened in San Francisco on 20-February-1915:
http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com/2015/02/worlds-fair-opened-today-february-19.html

"Enrico Caruso plays at being a camera-man ere he sails for Europe.  Copy 1915 by Pathe News."  Tenor Enrico Caruso is considered the greatest opera singer of all time.  My grandfather revered him.


"The famous Death's Head Hussars of Germany commanded by the Crown Prince.  Copyright 1915 by Universal Animated Weekly."  A regiment of Prussian hussars had worn the death's head since the time of Frederick the Great. 

"Mayor Harrison of Chicago buys a paper on 'Old Newsboys' day.  Copy 1915 by Pathe News."  Carter Harrison, Jr was mayor of Chicago for five terms.  Old Newsboys Day is a charity event still held in some cities, where businessmen sell papers to raise money. 


"Argentine sailors guests of the U. S. while waiting for their new vessel.  Copyright 1915 Hearst-Selig News Pictorial."  Dreadnaughts Rivadavia and Moreno were built by the Fore River Shipyard in Massachusetts for the Argentine Navy during the South American dreadnaught race. 

"Remembering the Maine at the military mast and anchor monument in Washington.  Copyright 1915 by Universal Animated Weekly."  The sinking of the armored cruiser USS Maine in Havana harbor on 15-February-1898 helped to trigger the Spanish-American War.  Maine's military mast stands as part of a monument at Arlington National Cemetery. 

Friday, March 6, 2015

News of the Week March 6, 1915 -- March 6, 2015


The 06-March-1915 Motography featured "News of the Week as Shown in Films," with items from current newsreels.


"Horse racing on the ice at Lake George, New York.  Copyright 1915, by Universal Animated Weekly."  Doesn't sound like a good idea. 

"The Czar of Russia arrives at the front for a conference with his generals.  Copyright 1915, by Pathe News."  Russia spent much of the winter of 1914-1915 fighting the Austro-Hungarian armies in the Carpathians. 


"Launching the torpedo boat 'Winslow' at Camden, N. J.  Copyright 1915 by Hearst-Selig News Pictorial."  USS Winslow, DD-53, was a destroyer launched at William Cramp and Sons in Philadelphia.  She served during World War One.

"Waiting in line for relief at Bundle Day headquarters, New York City.  Copyright 1915, by Universal Animated Weekly."  Bundle Day was a used clothing drive organized by the city and private donors.  People were encouraged to donate old clothes, which would be cleaned and repaired before being distributed to the needy. 


"Gasparilla pageant at Tampa Florida, carnival.  Copyright 1915, by Pathe News."  Gasparilla is a festival that has been held in Tampa since 1904.  It is named after the pirate José Gaspar. 

"California floods leave railroads a twisted wreck.  Copyright 1915 by Hearst-Selig News Pictorial."  California has some bad floods during the winter. 


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Taking a Break -- March 3, 2015

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I've never done this before, but I have decided to take a short break from both of my blogs.  A few items I have already queued up, including two entries for a blogathon on my other site, will still appear.  I should be back by May.