Saturday, December 7, 2019

Pearl Harbor Day, 2019 -- December 7, 2019


78 years ago a sneak attack by forces of the Japanese Empire sank or damaged much of the US Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor in the territory of Hawaii. The Japanese Empire came to regret doing this.

Dreadnought USS Maryland (BB-46) was commissioned in 1921.  She was at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked in 1941. She was damaged, but was repaired. She was at Tarawa, Kwajalein Atoll, Saipan, Leyte Gulf and Okinawa. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: 80-G-455000.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Thanksgiving 2019 -- November 28, 2019

New Yorker, 29-November-1952
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. I'm grateful for health and life, my family, and my coworkers.

Arthur Getz drew this New Yorker cover showing the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Friday, November 22, 2019

George Eliot 200 -- November 22, 2019

from George Eliot By Mathilde Blind
Mary Ann Evans adopted the name George Eliot when she began writing novels.  She was one of the most successful British authors during the Victorian Era.  She was born 200 years ago today, on 22-November-1819.

www.listal.com
I think all seven of her novels have been adapted for film or television, even Felix Holt, the Radical.


Monday, November 11, 2019

Happy Veterans Day, 2019 -- November 11, 2019

East Oregonian, 11-November-1919
Happy Veterans Day to all the veterans out there. Thank you for your service to your country.

This is the 101st anniversary of Armistice Day. All the men and women who served in World War One are gone, but we can still remember their sacrifices.



Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Warriors -- November 5, 2019

On Friday we went to see the Warriors play at their new home in San Francisco, the Chase Center on Third Street in Mission Bay.  We were standing at a table on the third level when a young lady asked if she could share the table.  Some other people joined her and she asked if I went to a lot of Warriors games.  I said this was my game since the Warriors played at the Cow Palace, about 50 years ago.

The Warriors lost to the San Antonio Spurs, but it was an entertaining game.

Friday, November 1, 2019

November, 2019 Version of the Cable Car Home Page


I just put the November, 2019 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/

It includes some new items:
1. Picture of the Month: The former ticket office and waiting room of the Los Angeles and Mount Washington Railway. Google Maps Streetview Image updated March 2019. Copyright 2019 Google.
2. On the Los Angeles area funiculars page: Ten and twenty year updates about Los Angeles and Mount Washington Railway, including a current image of the former ticket office and waiting room
3. Added News item about a cable car being dedicated to Rey Morante, a conductor who was killed on the job

Ten years ago this month (November, 2009):
1. Picture of the Month: An advertisement for the Playa Del Rey development which mentions the "unique incline railway which will extend to the summit of Del Rey Heights..." From the Los Angeles Herald, 21-July-1905.
2. On the Los Angeles area funiculars page: Roll out a new article about the obscure Playa Del Rey Incline Railway, including newspaper ads and contemporary articles:
-- "The present week also marks the beginning of work upon the inclined railway..." (Los Angeles Herald, Monday, July 17, 1905)
-- "Rails and lumber are already on the ground for the inclined railway..." (Los Angeles Herald, Saturday, July 22, 1905)
-- "Work began today upon the new inclined railway..." (Los Angeles Herald, Saturday, July 29, 1905)
3. Also on the Los Angeles area funiculars page: More about the Los Angeles and Mount Washington Railway including a contemporary newspaper article:
-- Mount Washington Auto Climb (Salt Lake Herald, Sunday, July 11, 1909)
4. Also on the Los Angeles area funiculars page: Three advertisements for Court Flight and an entry from a 1907 Los Angeles guide book.
5. Also on the Los Angeles area funiculars page: More about the Angels Flight, an entry from a 1907 Los Angeles guide book.
6. Also on the Los Angeles area funiculars page: Newspaper ads for the Mount Lowe incline and an entry from a 1907 Los Angeles guide book.
7. Also on the Los Angeles area funiculars page: Contemporary newspaper articles about the Santa Catalina Island Incline Railway:
-- Catalina Inclines Under Construction (Los Angeles Herald, Saturday, July 22, 1905)
-- Catalina Inclines Near Completion (Los Angeles Herald, Saturday, July 29, 1905)
8. Added News and Bibliography items about big rainfalls and the city working out a deal to buy historic cable cars and other artifacts

Twenty years ago this month (November, 1999):
1. Picture of the Month: Mount Washington, Los Angeles
2. Roll out Los Angeles area funiculars/Los Angeles and Mount Washington Railway on the Other California Cities page
3. Add news item and bibliography item about a collision at Washington and Taylor

Coming in December, 2019: On the UK page: A ten and twenty year update about London's Highgate Hill Cable Tramway.

The Cable Car Home Page now has a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CableCarHomePage/

Joe Thompson
The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-November-2019)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ 
San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-January-2019)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ferry/ 
Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-July-2019)
http://www.cable-car-guy.com/ptrain/
The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com
The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)
http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/