Monday, December 31, 2012
The Giants won the World Series. I did not have high hopes when closer Brian Wilson had to undergo his second Tommy John surgery in April, and outfielder Melky Cabrera, their most consistent hitter, got suspended in August.
The Occupy Movement has not been as active this year, but has carried on in many places. The rebellion in Syria has grown.
I have enjoyed the regular monthly series.
In January I wrote about the latest Treasures set from the National Film Preservation Foundation, Treasures From the American Film Archives, The West. I participated in a 2010 blogathon which raised money to preserve two of the short films in the set. I did my small part for the Internet Strike.
In February I stopped the monthly Benny Bufano series. I will pick it up again on an irregular basis as I photograph more of his sculptures. We celebrated the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens. San Francisco's Old Clam House celebrated its 150th birthday. SMART (Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit) broke ground in Petaluma.
In March I started a monthly series of railroad ads.
In April I posted a week of articles on the Titanic to commemorate the 100th anniversary of her sinking.
In May I participated in the third annual For the Love of Film blogathon: For the Love of Hitchcock. I did five articles on Hitchcock in movie industry annuals. We also celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge.
June was an exciting month. Matt Cain pitched a perfect game against the Houston Astros on 13-June-2012. This was the first perfect game in the history of the Giants. Later in the June, the Giants swept the Dodgers in a three-game series. This was the first time they had done that.
Also in June, I revived a monthly series of photos of classic cars from the 2010 San Francisco International Auto Show.
On 24-June-2012 I celebrated the fifth anniversary of this blog.
In July I reached the fifth anniversary of the cat pictures. Three Giants were elected to start on the All Star team, Pablo Sandoval, Buster Posey and Melky Cabrera.
Also in July I revived the monthly series of pulp magazine and comic book covers.
In August, during the London Olympics, I posted a series of newspaper articles about Jim Thorpe. I resumed the Grauman's Chinese series. I also started a new series of ads for the Oz Film Manufacturing Company. Caesar's Italian Restaurant closed.
In September I moved to a new office building. I miss hearing the sirens from Station One. I talked to school kids about the topic of the DAR essay contest: unsung heroes of the Revolutionary War. We celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.
Also in September, I stopped the monthly door series. I'll probably make it an irregular series. I started a short series within the slapstick series to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Keystone.
In October, the Giants won the World Series, sweeping the Detroit Tigers. I went to the parade. BART celebrated its 40th birthday, and we observed the 50th anniversary of the start of Vatican II. I stopped the monthly alley series.
In November, I was happy to see President Barack Obama get reelected. Giants catcher Buster Posey was named National League MVP. I started a new series of ferryboat photos. I attended a festival of historic vehicles that was part of the celebrations leading up to Muni's 100th birthday.
In December, the San Francisco Municipal Railway celebrated its 100th birthday. Pianist and composer Dave Brubeck died.
Among the items in the series on the Van Der Weyde family were a Scientific American obituary of Dr P. H. Van Der Weyde, an obituary of son Nicholas J Van Der Weyde, and photos by his son Henry and his grandson William. I may reduce the frequency of this series one of these months.
Inspired by the America's Cup trials, I included some images of yachts in the WA Coulter series. I'll do more in 2013.
I see I did not mention the killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida. We don't know the whole story, but there is injustice there. I did mention at least a couple of the terrible mass shootings that have taken place. The NRA has helpfully suggested that the answer is more guns. Teachers should be armed. Firemen should be armed. Everyone in a movie theater should be armed. Violence begets violence. The NRA used to be a good organization that taught responsibility. It has become an agent of evil.
The image shows Texas-born actress Florine McKinney, who appeared in many movies including Horse Feathers with the 4 Marx Brothers. It comes from the wonderful site LucyWho (http://www.lucywho.com/).
Sunday, December 30, 2012
This 1929 Auburn 8-120 Convertible Coupe makes me think of an F Scott Fitzgerald story.
Saturday, December 29, 2012
We took BART to the Embarcadero and walked out Davis to Pacific. Christmas decorations were being taken down at some buildings. We walked up Pacific, where I took this photo, to Grant. We went over to Ross Alley and the Fortune Cookie Factory, which had a line out the door. We got some cookies for family. We went to a store on Grant to get a scroll calendar for my mom. Then we went to the Irish Bank for lunch. We stopped by Macy's to see the animals in the windows, then took BART back.
Friday, December 28, 2012
The San Francisco Municipal Railway was the first significant muncipal transit company in the United States, opening its first electric streetcar line, the A Geary, on 28-December-1912. Muni had been preceeded by the West Seattle Municipal Railway (1900-????) and the Monroe, Louisiana, Municipal Street Railway (1906-present), which is still operating as the Monroe Transit System.
Today, in honor of the 100th birthday, Muni is offering free rides to all.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
GOLD-CARRIERS IN DEMAND
Captain Goodall Says Few Suitable Steamers Are for Sale.
He Purchased the Cottage City, Curacoa and Valencia While East.Captain Charles Goodall of the Pacific Coast Steamship Company returned from the East yesterday. The company's experience with last season's rush to the Klondike showed them that they could not hope to handle next season's business with the present fleet. Accordingly Captain Goodall accompanied by his son Harry and chief Engineer Lacey of tho Umatilla visited New York and Philadelphia to have a look at the vessels for sale and to purchase whatever ones might be suitable for the Alaskan trade. The Cottage City and the Curacoa were purchased for the Pacific Coast Steamship Company and the Valencia for the Pacific Steam Whaling Company. The Cottage City is now several weeks on her way to San Francisco and the Valencia sailed on the 20th and the Curacoa on the 23d inst. All three steamers called at Baltimore and bring from that port a load of coal for San Francisco.
"There are plenty of steamers for sale in the East," said Captain Goodall, "but very few of them are suitable for trade on this coast. All the vessels that are of any account are engaged in regular trade and only those that are superannuated are offered for sale. We looked at dozens of steamers whose engines and boilers were from seventeen to twenty years old and the repairs on them necessary for a voyage around the Horn would cost almost as much as a new ship. The Curacoa, Valencia and Cottage City were the vessels most suited for business on this coast and they were accordingly purchased. The Curacoa has accommodations for thirty-four first-class and about thirty steerage passengers. At the present time she averages ten knots an hour. On her arrival in San Francisco the Howden system of forced draft will be put in and then we anticipate that the steamer will have no trouble in averaging twelve knots an hour. We have not yet decided whether to put her on the Mexican or Alaskan route. Should she go on the former run her present passenger accommodations would be ample, but should we send her to Alaska additional accommodation would have to be put in. The new steamer Senator now being built by the Union Iron Works was intended for the Mexican trade, but should we decide to put the Curacoa on that route then the Senator will be sent to Alaska.
"The Valencia purchased for the Pacific Steam Whaling Company has a speed of ten and a half knots an hour and accommodation for thirty-six first-class and twenty-five steerage passengers. She will be overhauled and her passenger accommodations completely remodeled and increased. In a measure, she will take the place of the steamer Jeanie, now ice-bound in the Arctic. She will run between here and Copper River, her passengers making their way to Klondike over the Copper River trail. She will also act as a tender to the canneries and will, therefore, be of use after the Klondike season has closed."
The Valencia is a sister steamer to the Caracas, which went ashore at Yaquina Bay shortly after her arrival on
this coast and became a total wreck. She is in command of Captain Lord, who also brought the Caracas out here from the East. The Pacific Steam Whaling Company have also purchased the Excelsior and chartered the Alliance for the St. Michael trade.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Rube Goldberg's "Foolish Questions No 2,448,589" comes from the 25-December-1912 San Francisco Call.
Monday, December 24, 2012
There was a big storm yesterday. Our power went out in the early afternoon.
Today it was sunny, but not warm. There were not many people on BART in the morning. The office was quiet. My new manager let us leave at Noon. BART was busier on the way home. I wrapped more presents.
We went to 5 o'clock mass at Good Shepherd. There were lots of people. Father Jess talked about his recent trip to the Holy Land and how it didn't do much for him till he put the commercialism out of his mind.
When we got home, I found a jury duty summons in the mail.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
The image comes from MagazineArt.org (http://www.magazineart.org).
Saturday, December 22, 2012
I took the photo on our way to 5 o'clock mass at Good Shepherd. Father Jess talked about the Archdiocesan Appeal, and how we still need $11,000.
We had dinner at Guerrero's.
Friday, December 21, 2012
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Child actress Shirley Temple left her hand and footprints on 14-March-1935. The next month she would turn seven. Immediately above her is fellow child star Freddie Bartholomew and to his left is Jane Withers, who also acted when she was a child. Shirley Temple went on to serve as a diplomat.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Monday, December 17, 2012
I took the day off today and did some Christmas shopping, including buying a new stove. Ours stopped working on Sunday.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Friday, December 14, 2012
The Oz Film Manufacturing Company, located in Los Angeles, was formed in 1914 to produce movies based on stories by L Frank Baum, the creator of The Wizard of Oz. The company made some movies, but was not a financial success. The ad is from the 11-July-1914 edition of Moving Picture World. It includes an image of their studio, on "Santa Monica Boulevard from Gower to Lodi streets." Pierre Couderc, "direct from the Folies-Bergere," played the lead role in their first feature, The Patchwork Girl of Oz. He went on to write and direct movies. Be sure to click on the image to see a larger version.
There was a shooting rampage in a Connecticut grammar school. This followed a rampage in an Oregon shopping mall and a massacre in a Colorado movie theater. Some people say this is not the time to "politicize" an event like this. If not now, when are we supposed to talk about how easy it is for unbalanced people to get guns and ammunition? When are we going to address the issue of caring for people with mental illnesses?
Thursday, December 13, 2012
E-M-F (Everitt-Metzger-Flanders) was an American automobile manufacturer that ran into quality-control problems. Just as FIAT stood for "Fix It Again, Tony," E-M-F was said to stand for "Every Morning Fix It." Studebaker took over in 1910 and continued to sell E-M-F cars until 1912. This story, from the 16-November-1910 San Francisco Call, talks about a stock E-M-F Model 30, nicknamed Polar Bear, that set a class record in Atlanta.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Monday, December 10, 2012
Musical. -- I. B. Woodbury's Ballad Entertainment takes place this evening at Rutgers' Institute, Madison st. Mr Vander Weyde, pianist and composer, from Germany, will assist in the performances.
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Saturday, December 8, 2012
We walked down Mason to the cable car barn. This was the first time I had seen the new Chinatown Recreation Center completed. It looks nice. We liked the lions sitting in one window. In the barn, we saw that the Powell Street cable was stopped. A group of shopmen was splicing the cable. It was interesting to watch. We had a chat with Jose Godoy, who was excited about a new cable car book and a patch he had designed to celebrate Muni's centennial.
We caught a Powell-Mason car out to Bay and Taylor, were I took this photo of car 16, whose decorations were sponsored by Ghirardelli Chocolate. We had pumpkin pancakes at the IHOP. We walked along Fishermans' Wharf, which was very crowded. The crab smelled good.
We got in line for a Powell-Hyde car at Hyde and Beach. We waited about 45 minutes, but the view was nice. We got on a car sponsored by the Buena Vista. As we waited to leave, someone came on the radio to plead for traffic control around Union Square. The Powell Street cable had been repaired, so we made it all the way to Post before traffic stopped completely. We looked at the animals in the windows at Macy's, then got back on BART.
Friday, December 7, 2012
Among the ships sunk was the battleship Oklahoma, shown here in a 1930s postcard view passing Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay. USS Oklamoma (BB-37) was commissioned in 1916. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 84546-KN
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
The ad is from the 21-October-1919 Bemidji Daily Pioneer.
Monday, December 3, 2012
This ad, from the November, 1928 Moving Picture Magazine, touts Paramount's production of Wings, directed by Wild Bill Wellman, who had flown fighter planes in World War One. I first saw it at the Avenue Theater, accompanied live on the Mighty Wurlitzer by Bob Vaughn. The flying scenes are wonderful. Clara Bow and Jobyna Ralston were the feminine leads. Gary Cooper had a small part which led to bigger things. The ad mentions that Wings was an early movie with a sound track of music and sound effects.
Sunday, December 2, 2012
This photo shows Enterprise sailing towards the Golden Gate Bridge in 1974. She had to wait till low tiede to clear the deck of the bridge. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.
Saturday, December 1, 2012
The photo of actress Kathryn Crawford, who appeared in late silents and early talkies and who later became an interior decorator, is from the wonderful site LucyWho (http://www.lucywho.com/).