Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
Rolin was a company founded by Hal Roach and Dan Linthicum. Harold Lloyd was their first comedy star. By 1921, I think his name would have appeared in the ad.
From the Tulsa World, 17-April-1921.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
Italian protected cruiser Etna was launched in 1885. She served all over the world and was used as a stationary hulk during World War One. She was sold for scrap in 1921. Here she is visiting Mare Island to get her bottom scraped after time in Asia and the Pacific.
From the 09-November-1898 San Francisco Call. William A Coulter did many maritime drawings for the newspaper. Click on the image to see a larger version.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
I took the photo on 10-August-2011.
We got a memo that there would be a protest in the plaza by our building at noon. It turned out to be a group trying to save KUSF (http://www.savekusf.org/). They were asking people to write to the FCC, asking for formal hearings about preserving local programming. I listened till someone mentioned that Entercom couldn't hear them from the twelfth floor and maybe they should go up and visit. I went back to the office then.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Bob Kane's The Batman made his debut in Detective Comics number 27, from May, 1939. I've been a fan of Batman since I first saw the television show and read the comic books back in the 1960s. Superman has his powers because he was born on another planet. Spiderman has his because he was bitten by a radioactive spider. Batman is a self-made man.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
"To other Canadians who are on journeys to defeat cancer and to live their lives, I say this: please don’t be discouraged that my own journey hasn’t gone as well as I had hoped. You must not lose your own hope. Treatments and therapies have never been better in the face of this disease. You have every reason to be optimistic, determined, and focused on the future. My only other advice is to cherish every moment with those you love at every stage of your journey, as I have done this summer."
"Don’t let them tell you it can’t be done."
"My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world."
Sunday, August 21, 2011
The figure appears to be a little kid with a gas mask.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
The photo shows the old gym, which contains the Nuova Porziuncola.
From there we went to the Cafe Sport, which my wife and I had not visited for almost 30 years. We had pasta with pesto and fried calamari. All good. The restaurant was not very busy.
Friday, August 19, 2011
One hundred years ago today the Three Marx Brothers appeared at the Pantages Theater in Tacoma. "Fun in High School" (sometimes spelled "Fun in Hi Skule") was probably their earliest on-purpose comedy act in vaudeville.
From the 19-August-1911 Tacoma Times.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
This issue of Fight Stories tells the story of the famous heavyweight fight in Benicia, California between Gentleman Jim Corbett and Chrysanthemum Joe Choynski. Their most famous bout took place on a barge because prizefighting was illegal in California. On 05-June-1889, they fought wearing light gloves. Corbett won by a knockout in the 27th round. Corbett went on to win the heavyweight championship from John L Sullivan and Choynski went on to fight many famous heavyweights.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
The blue clamshell Mutoscope at Disneyland. This year I did not get to watch any movies on the Mutoscopes. I saw another Mutoscope in Virginia City and did not get to watch that one, either.
Monday, August 15, 2011
This ad, from the 17-March-1915 Washington Times, promotes Universal's movies, particularly Billie Ritchie's comedies. "Kick a cripple and get a laugh" is such a wonderful opening line. Note how they spelled "subtle."
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Reno has long called itself "The Biggest Little City in the World." Here is the famous sign on South Virginia Street. I took the photo during our visit last month.
Friday, August 12, 2011
I first saw Cantinflas as Passepartout in Mike Todd's Around the World in 80 Days. I thought he was wonderful, but I found it difficult to see his other movies. Sometimes I would dial by a Spanish-language station, the Spanish-language station at time, and see him. Even though he made movies until 1982, I never saw one in a theater. People who know say his use of language was wonderful. Today is his 100th birthday. Feliz cumpleaños, Cantinflas.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
American born painter Harry Faulkner Van der Weyden was the son of photographer Henry Van Der Weyde, who was a son of Doctor Peter Henri Van Der Weyde, who wrote the series of articles which gave this blog its name. This article from The Studio, Volume XXXI, 1904 presents images of two of his paintings and talks about his work.
I'm sorry the images of the two paintings, "Landscape" and "L'arbreuvoir", are not in color. I cannot figure out how to translate the latter title into English. I'd appreciate any advice.
When World War One broke out, Van der Weyden, who had adopted the older form of the family name, moved his family to Britain and joined the British army. He remained in Britain after the war, and died there in 1952.
PARIS. — Harry van der Weyden is an American artist settled in France for some years now, yet rarely seen in the Salons. He lives a rather retired life in the little town of Montreuil-sur-Mer, where he produces freely, in direct and ceaseless communion with nature. He has just opened an exhibition of work done during recent years, at the Galerie des Artistes Modernes. The recollections one carries away therefrom are extremely pleasing, and the spectator receives the impression that Van der Weyden is one of the most personal of the American artists living on the Continent.
Although the greater part of these landscapes— a few views of Holland apart—were painted in the same country, there is no sense of monotony about them, so varied are the artist's effects. Certainly he is free from the reproach of being the painter of a single hour or of a single aspect. On the contrary, Van der Weyden shows us in turn morning effects on the sand-hills of the Pas de Calais or on the picturesque ramparts of Montreuil; or village streets seen under the gentle light of a summer night, or the snow-bound city; or, again, beautiful autumnal impressions or riverside scenes or seapieces. Moreover, his figures are full of character; his Berger, his Paysanne avec son Enfant, and his Laveuses are things to study—and remember.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Los Angeles Union Station, which opened in 1939, was one of the last union stations built in the United States. We visited it in July on our way to Angels Flight. We got off the Gold Line on an open platform. We saw heavy-rail commuter trains on other tracks. The lower levels reminded me of a cleaner East Bay Terminal. The head house was beautiful, as seen in this hall, which was blocked off from the public.
Monday, August 8, 2011
Sunday, August 7, 2011
The Powell Street Promenade is part of the city's program of introducing neighborhood parklets. On street corners along Powell from Ellis to Geary, there are aluminum platforms with planters and railings. Yesterday I stood on the one on the west side of Powell near Geary with my new camera and took some photos. It was a good spot. Here we see car 25, built in 1890 and recently rebuilt, inbound on the Powell/Hyde line. It wears the red pre-1906 Powell Street paint scheme.
Before that, we had lunch at Lefty O'Doul's. I had corned beef on a sourdough roll. Very good.
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
From the 08-December-1907 San Francisco Call.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
The image is from Aeronautics, January, 1912.