Wednesday, June 3, 2020

The Trolley-Pole Spring Broke Last Week -- June 3, 2020

Washington Times, 15-June-1920
I love Fontaine Fox's The Toonerville Trolley That Meets All the Trains.The spring at the base of the trolley pole keeps the shoe in contact with the overhead wire.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Cry Havoc -- June 2, 2020
May came to a wild climax.  We saw a video of a Minneapolis policeman kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, an African-American who was supposed to resemble the description of a man who passed a counterfeit twenty dollar bill.  Floyd died lying face-down in the street, after trying to tell the policeman that he couldn't breathe. Other people tried to get the policeman to lift his knee. Protests were peaceful, but after dark, anarchists, right-wing agents provocateur and thieves rioted and looted in several cities. San Francisco declared a curfew from 8pm to 5am. The policeman who knelt on Floyd's neck was arrested after a few days.  The three policemen who were with him have not yet been arrested.

New York Times, 24-May-2020
People continued to die in large numbers from the TrumpVirus.  The numbers were rising rapidly in states that opened up businesses too soon.

The Market Street Railway's San Francisco Railway Museum has been closed because of the TrumpVirus. Early on the morning of 31-May-2020, during the after-dark looting, people broke into Market Street Railway's San Francisco Railway Museum. They stole tee shirts but left historic items untouched.

In better news, on 30-May-2020, SpaceX made the first launch of  humans into space from the United States since the last Space Shuttle launch in 2011.  The first stage landed on the recovery vessel and the Crew Dragon docked with the  International Space Station on 31-May-2020.  The astronauts, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, enjoyed the trip. I wish them a safe trip  home.

Monday, June 1, 2020

June, 2020 Version of the Cable Car Home Page -- June 1, 2020

I just put the June, 2020 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:

It includes some new items:
1. Picture of the Month: In Edinburgh's Waterloo Place, a short segment of cable tram track and slot is visible but nearly obscured. Google Maps Streetview Image updated Jul 2019. Copyright 2020 Google.
2. A ten year update about the Edinburgh Northern Cable Tramways/Edinburgh and District Tramways Company, Ltd. Includes present-day images of a surviving stretch of track and remnants of depots (car barns and powerhouses)
3. Added News update about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the rescheduled Muni History Weekend

Ten years ago this month (June, 2010):
1. Picture of the Month: Edinburgh Cable Tram 209 2. On the UK page: The Edinburgh Northern Cable Tramways/Edinburgh and District Tramways Company, Ltd, which operated until 1923 and an 1890 article by William Newby Colam on the Edinburgh Northern Cable Tramways
3. On the Who page: A new article about engineer William Newby Colam, who was involved with several UK cable tramways
4. On the Motion Pictures Which Feature Cable Cars page: Thanks to Dexter Wong, I added The Sniper
5. Add link to new cable car page, Coming to Grips

Twenty years ago this month (June, 2000):
1. Picture of the Month: DB Fisk Advertisement
2. Mystery Picture Contest results.
3. Roll out Seattle Miscellany section with article about ferry Kalakala (later moved to my San Francisco Bay Ferryboats site.
4. Add mention of 1897 movie clip to Chicago page
5. Add info about new Car 9 to roster. Add story to bibliography.
6. Add thanks to First & Fastest, a magazine about the electric railways in the Chicago area for recommending this site in its Summer, 2000 issue. Add thanks to Val Golding for supplying newspaper clippings about Kalakala. Add thanks to Yahoo for listing this site in its directory. Add link to Clive Mottram's Tramway and Trolleybus Images.

Coming in July: On the Cable Car Lines in Chicago page: On the UK page: A ten year update on the Birmingham Central Tramways Company, which operated cable trams until 1911

The Cable Car Home Page now has a Facebook page:

Joe Thompson
The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-June-2020)
San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-January-2020)
Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-July-2019)
The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)

Sunday, May 31, 2020

World's Greatest Motor Race -- May 31, 2020

Film Daily, 23-May-1920
The Indianapolis 500 is another casualty of the TrumpVirus.  It has been rescheduled to 23-August-2020.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Jimmy Cobb, Larry Kramer, RIP -- May 28, 2020

Drummer Jimmy Cobb died of cancer.  He was the last survivor from the Kind of Blue sessions with Miles Davis.
Playwright and activist Larry Kramer died of pneumonia.  I didn't like some of his methods, but he was working for a good cause. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

By a New Writer, F Scott Fitzgerald -- May 27, 2020

New York Tribune, 15-May-1920
"The Cut Glass-Bowl" was the story of a young married couple and a wedding present.