Tuesday, May 21, 2024

David Sanborn, RIP -- May 21, 2024

Alto sax player David Sanborn his died. He played in a great variety of genres.

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band - Everything's Gonna Be Alright - Woodstock - 1969

Young Americans (2016 Remaster)

James Taylor - How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) (Blossom Music Festival, July 18, 1979)

David Sanborn & Linda Ronstadt / The water is wide

Monday, May 20, 2024

Coulter -- The 4000-Ton Iron Ship Ditton -- May 20, 2024

San Francisco Call, 19-February-1895

William A Coulter did many maritime drawings for the San Francisco Call. Click on the image for a larger view.

Peculiar Characteristics of
the British Iron Ship
She Goes on Scattering Her
Canvas Around Over the

The 4000-ton British ship Ditton, Captain Stapp, which recently arrived from Newcastle, N. S. W., with a cargo of coal, is a ship that can't carry canvas. In nautical language this usually means a vessel that is cranky -- not in the sense now used -- and prone to turn turtle, topple over from being too lofty, too clumsily sparred or too heavily sailed.

But the Ditton is not built that way. Her slender yards and masts are in perfect proportion to her graceful body, and her bolt upon bolt of white cloth fit her with tailor-made symmetry.

Yet she can't carry her canvas, because it blows away from her upon the slightest breezy provocation. Every ship, like every other thing feminine, possesses peculiarities caught in her design and to which she adheres with the persistency of the sex.

The Ditton loses her sails. Never a spar goes out of her, no matter how hard the winds blow, but she has sown canvas all over the globe. Sometimes it would be a lofty royal swelling among the clouds that would rip from the bolt-ropes and go sailing away like a white gull to leeward. Then, again, it would be a topsail that would leave its mate, or a lower sail which would jump clear of the ponderous tacks and sheets, carry away the yardarm lashings and fly thunderously over the sea, leaving the gale to hum gleefully through the space it once occupied. And the light canvased staysails, they, seldom remained long enough on the vessel to get well stretched. A puff and then the stay would be bare.

Another fatality that seems to follow this fine and lucky ship, notwithstanding, is that she invariably has rainy trips. Her crew says she literally draws water, and a continuous winter has rained down on her broad decks since the day she slipped into the sea. In her last voyage of seventy-two days, she pulled the clouds along with her and received their downpour for sixty-one dreary wet days and nights. When the sails weren't going off her the showers, were coming on, and sometimes both conditions were prevailing, each in its own separate and peculiar way.

"I've been in her since she was pushed into the water at Melford Haven three years ago." said the old bo's'n, "and we've never had an accident, and never missed a rain; never lost a handspike, and never missed leaving a sail behind us when the breeze stiffened up. It's fate and nothing can keep the canvas on them sticks up there. But she can go. We just set the course, brace the yards, get up new sails ready for bending, and let her go."

The Ditton is 311 feet in length, 42 feet broad and 26 feet deep. She is a valuable and successful ship for her owners despite her strange rain-drawing and sail-losing characteristics. Captain Stapp, her commander, is an old-time seaman, thoroughly acquainted with, his calling, having been a ship-captain for thirty-five years.

Sunday, May 19, 2024

"I'll Say She Is" Is Energetic, Expensive Hodge-Podge -- May 19, 2024

New York Daily News, 19-May-1924

100 years ago tonight, on 19-May-1924, at the Casino Theater on Broadway at West 39th Street, the Marx Brothers opened their "Laughing Revue," I'll Say She Is. This marked the brothers' transition from vaudeville to the legitimate theater.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 16-November-1924

Brooklyn Eagle theater critic Arthur Pollock had some interesting comments. I'm not sure he liked it. 

The New Plays
by Arthur Pollock

"I'll Say She Is."

The Marx Brothers, the customary four, brash funny fellows, are the featured players in a elaborately dressed-up burlesque show that came to the Casino Theater in Manhattan last night. Perhaps it isn't fair to brand "I'll Say She Is" burlesque show, since it has long been difficult to tell the difference between a burlesque show and a revue anyhow. But the moment the curtain rises and a group of chorus ladies dash on and let loose their voices and their legs "I'll Say She Is" defines itself. these girls have the burlesque air and the burlesque manner and, they have had, evidently, burlesque tutoring. They are noisy and lively.

Thereafter the Marx Brothers let it be known that there is a girl in the cast who wants a thrill. The scenes that follow are designed to give it to her. Regular burlesque stuff! The difference is that the scenery and costumes cost a great deal of money and the girls are beautiful. "I'll Say She Is" offers some of the best legs of the season. It is a boisterous show, full of heavily emphasized humor and lots of it. It ought to provide fun for Manhattan audiences all summer.

Of the four Marx Brothers three made hits last night. Julius offered, among other things a loud burlesque of Napolean and his reactions to the philanderings of Josephine, which kept the audience happy for a good half hour. In the same burlesque, Leonard Marx exhibited skill and certain comic gifts at the piano and Arthur Marx did stunts with a harp. Arthur is the funniest of the brothers, a clever pantomimist, deft and economical with his effects, a fine recruit for the variety stage.

There is a variety of color and song in the show, most of it aimless, all of it loud in one way or another but all of it, also vigorous and healthy. There was a Chinatown scene, of course, in which Cecile D'Andrea and Harry Walters dance a "Chinese Apache Dance." This proved striking and it is just possible that it will strike the police as indecent. Miss D'Andrea is a pretty girl, hardly indecent, even when her clothes begin to fall.

It might be mentioned that the book and lyrics are by Will B. Johnstone, though he appears to have written only what the Marx brothers could not think of for themselves, and his writing is dull. Tom Johnstone wrote the music, much of it, that is, as is not borrowed from the works of more famous and meritorious composers. No one of the songs sounded last night as if it was destined to be a hit.

"I'll Say She Is" is energetic, expensive hodge-podge.

Brooklyn Standard-Union, 20-May-1924

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Albert Bierstadt -- Sunset: California -- May 18, 2024


"Sunset: California" is a chromolithograph printed about 1868 by L. Prang & Co. It is based on Albert Bierstadt's painting "Sunset in California".

Friday, May 17, 2024

Army Flyers Land in Japan -- May 17, 2024

Weekly Kansas City Star, 21-May-1924

100 years ago this month, teams from several countries were trying to make the first aerial circumnavigation of the earth. The US Army, with the close cooperation of the Navy, made it. On 17-May-1924, the Americans landed in Tokyo (then often spelled "Tokio."  The Prince Regent later became the Emperor Hirohito. 


Reach Kasumigaura, Naval
Base, After Trip of 704
Miles, Requiring 13 Hours.
Will Be Received by Prince Regent -- Plan to Resume World Flight Sunday.

By the Associated Press,
KASUMIGAURA. Japan. May 22. -- This was a notable day for the American Army aviators who are circling the globe by air. Within fifteen hours they drove down out of the bleak, windy north Pacific region, where storms and fogs have hampered their progress for days, into a temperate clime, where they probably can make up some of the lost time. They made the first landing American airmen have made in Japan, and they did two days' tasks in one.

Taking off from the icy waters of Hitokappu Bay. off Yetorofu Island, in the Kuriles, at 3 a.m., the aviators swooped down over Kushiro, on the Island of Hokkaido, four hours and fifty minutes later, circled once over the American destroyer John D. Ford, on duty there in case the flyers needed aid, and went on without landing to Minato, at the northern end of the Island of Hondo, on which Tokio is located. They landed at Minato, 354 miles from Hitokappu Bay, at 10:40 a.m.

Arrive at Kasumigaura.

At 12:30 p.m. they took the air again for the 350-mile hop to Kasumigaura, where they arrived at 5:40 p.m.

Originally it had been planned that the jump from Yetorofu Island to the main island of Japan and the further hop to Kasumigaura should occupy successive days, but yesterday Lieut. Lowell H. Smith, commanding the flight, advised American naval officers on the Ford that the aviators would try to do both today.

On the way here the Americans gave the population of Kushiro, already thrilled by the visit of the Ford, the first foreign warcraft ever to enter that fishing town's harbor, their first sight of an American airplane and, to most of them, the first view of any aircraft whatever.

Thousands Watch Planes.

Crowds numbering thousands lined the hills above the town and gathered in open spaces to watch the planes pass over and, the watchers hoped, to land, for yesterday officials of the town were told the Americans might pause there for fuel. There was disappointment when the aircraft, after circling over the destroyer, went on to Minato. The mayor had declared the landing of the planes would be regarded as the greatest honor ever accorded the town.

Crowds also were gathered at Minato. The beach was gay with thousands of school children, who waved flags and shouted. The Americans were sighted thirty seconds before they landed, flying down the bay in perfect formation. They fell into line, circled once above the buoys placed for their moornings, and settled onto the water as gracefully as birds.

There was no ceremony at Minato, all the time the flyers spent there being taken up with refueling the aircraft and putting fresh supplies of water and oil aboard. The flyers had lunch and a brief rest and then went on.

Escorted by Japanese.

At Sendai, about half way between Kasumigaura and Minato, a group of Japanese planes met the Americans and escorted them southward.

Word was flashed here from the radio station at Tomioka that the flyers had passed over that point at 4:10 p.m. and virtually the entire unoccupied personnel of the naval aviation base, which will be the flyers’ headquarters for the next few days, sought vantage points to watch their arrival. They had made 704 miles in twelve hours and fifty minutes’ flying time.

Present expectation is that the Americans will not continue their flight until Sunday or later. They are to be received by the prince regent in a special audience on the occasion of a visit he is making to the aviation base, and their planes are to be gone over by the finest corps of mechanics the navy has been able to assemble from among its air force.

Thousands Visit Destroyer -- Banquet for Officers.

By the Associated Press.
KUSHIRO. Island of Hokkaido, Japan, May 22. -- The American destroyer, John D. Ford, here on duty with the American round-the-world flight, was given a stirring greeting by the people of this fishing center and the surrounding country today. The warmest hospitality has been extended to her officers and crew.

Thousands of citizens visited the ship yesterday and today. Last night the officers were guests at a banquet given by the townspeople, at which cordial expressions or good will were exchanged.

The mayor of the town declared that no war vessel ever had visited the port before.

U. S. Flyers Completed Fifth of
Trip May 17.

Five thousand one hundred and fifteen miles had been covered by the three world cruiser Army airplanes, from the starting point, Santa Monica, Calif., when they landed in Kashiwabara Bay. Kuriles Islands, Japan, on the afternoon of May 17. or about one-fifth of the proposed circumnavigation of the globe by air. The total flying time for this distance was seventy-three hours and twenty minutes, making an average speed of about seventy miles an hour. Most of this distance the ships were equipped with double pontoons, which slowed them down.

The log of the flight as it is kept on the official books at Air Service headquarters here gives a terse account of the journey. The machines hopped off from Santa Monica March 17, covering the first 350 miles to Sacramento, Calif., in 4 hours and 30 minutes; the next 375 miles to Eugene, Oreg. In 6 hours and 5 minutes: the next jump to Vancouver Barracks, Wash., 110 miles, ln 1 hour and 5 minutes, and the hop to Seattle, l30 miles, in 2 hours and 38 minutes.

At Seattle pontoons were installed instead of wheels for the trip across the Pacific, the change adding thousands of pounds to the weight of the four ships, resulting in a marked reduction in average flying speed.

Prince Rupert, B. C,, 650 miles from Seattle, the first foreign soil stop, was reached April 6 in a flying time of 8 hours and 10 minutes. The flagship Seattle suffered her first accident In landing at Prince Rupert smashing wing struts and wings. Repairs were made locally in four days and the jump to Sitka, Alaska, followed, with 300 mites covered in 4 hours and 55 minutes.

Weather delays began at Sitka, and it was three days before thee planes reached Seward, a distance of 610 miles, covered in 7 hours and 40 minutes. The jump to Chignik followed for the three leading planes, the Seattle being forced down on this flight. The distance to Chignit was 450 miles, and the flying time 6 hours and 22 minutes.

The three leading planes were off four days later for Dutch Harbor, 400 miles away, and reached it in 7 hours and 10 minutes’ flying time, to await the arrival of the flight commander, Maj. Martin, in the Seattle. It was while attempting this flight that Maj. Martin's plane crashed into a mountainside and no word was heard of him for ten days, when he reported from Port Moller.

On May 3 the three remaining planes swept westward again to complete the crossing of the Pacific and landed at Nazan. Atka Islands, a distance of 350 miles, covered in a flying time of 4 hours and 15 minutes. The 530-mile jump to the Attu Islands followed, after weather delays, being covered in 8 hours and 50 minutes.

Weather again delayed the flyers until May 15, when they took off for Kashiwabara Bay, only to be forced down by a storm, landing offshore at Komandorski Island, for the night and continuing their journey next day for a distance of 860 miles from the Atka Islands, covered in 11 hours and 30 minutes.

By Cable to the Star and Chicago Daily News. Copyright. l924.

SHANGHAI, May 22 -- Lieut. Doisy, the French flyer, whose plane was wrecked in landing here a few days ago. made a trial flight in the plane proffered by the Chekiang government yesterday, and announced that he would resume his flight to Tokio either Sunday or Monday, stopping first at Nanking.

By Radio to The Star aud Chicago Daily News Copyright, 1924.

PARIS, May 22 -- Lieut. Pelletier Doisy's mishap in China inspires other French flyers to take up the task of defending France's glory in the air. Three new long-distance flights have been planned.

Capt. Dugnaux wants to hop from Paris to Madagascar via airplane, and Capt. Gurier from Paris to Algiers and back in the course of one day.

Col, Villemin wants to go from Paris to an unannounced destination, but it is said to be far. far away.

With the biggest air fleet in the world. France feels she should show other nations what she can do. Despite the scant publicity given to it abroad. Delay's flight is regarded here as an exploit overshadowing in importance, at least up to the present, that of Lieut. Smith, Majs. Martin and McLaren, or any other around-the-world flyer.


SHANGHAI, May 22. -- Bad weather today prevented A. Stuart MacLaren, British aviator, who is flying around the world, from hopping off from Akyab, Burma, for Rangoon as he had planned, a Reuters dispatch from Calcutta says.

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Keep a Kodak Story of the Children -- May 16, 2024

Photoplay, May, 1924

This Kodak ad encourages people to take lots of photos of their kids. 

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Time Magazine -- Senator William Borah -- May 15, 2024

Variety, 05-May-1924

Idaho Senator William Borah was a progressive Republican (yes, there used to be progressive Republicans). He frequently battled other members of his party. He opposed the Treaty of Versailles. He liked some parts of the New Deal, but opposed others.