Wednesday, March 3, 2021

I'll Go While the Going is Goable -- March 3, 2021

Washington Times, 03-March-1921

I love George Herriman's Krazy Kat. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Washington Times, 03-June-1918

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Vernon Jordan, RIP -- March 2, 2021


Civil rights leader Vernon Jordan has died. I have been hearing and reading about him my whole life. 

Monday, March 1, 2021

March, 2021 Version of the Cable Car Home Page -- March 1, 2021

The Cable Car Home Page will be 25 years old in November.

I just put the March, 2021 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:

It includes some new items:
1. Picture of the Month:  An outbound car of the Sutro Railroad heads towards the terminal above Sutro Baths. The second Cliff House is visible in the background. (Source: OpenSFHistory / wnp4.1055).
2. On the Cable Car Lines in San Francisco page: A new article about the opening of the Sutro Railroad, including "The New Road to the Cliff", three 1896 San Francisco Call articles about the opening of the Sutro Railroad and the dedication of the second Cliff House.
3.On the Cable Car Lines in Ohio page: A ten year update about Cincinnati's Mount Auburn Cable Railway</a>, including the 2021 demolition of its powerhouse. 

4. Added News items about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and Carl Payne's illness

Ten years ago this month (March, 2011):
1. The picture of the month: A Cincinnati cable train lays over on the Blair Avenue loop at the outer end of the Mount Adams and Eden Park Railway.

2. On the new Cable Car Lines in Ohio page: A new article about Cincinnati's Mount Adams and Eden Park Railway. Also a newspaper article about an 1887 accident: CABLE CAR ACCIDENTS.

3. On the Who page: A new article about Henry M Lane, engineer on the Mount Adams and Eden Park and other cable lines

4. On the Motion Pictures Which Feature Cable Cars page: Thanks to Jack Tillmany, I added Chinatown Squad

5. Added Bibliography item about filmmaker and former cable car gripman Melvin Van Peebles

Twenty years ago this month (Winter, 2001):
1. Picture of the Quarter: Market/Hayes cable car by IW Taber

2. Roll out More Market Street Pictures page.

3. Add "The Los Angeles Cable Railway" article from Scientific American, courtesy of Tom Ehrenreich.

4. Ray Long provided two photographs of the Industry Hills Incline, one of Sacramento/Clay car 16 on the Emporium roof and one of Cal Cable 56 at Washington/Mason.

5. Add section on The Electrical System to How Page.

6. Add Beebe book and article about ergonomic adjustments to turntable to Bibliography.

Coming in April, 2021:

On the Cable Car Kitsch page: 

More cable car collectibles.

125 years ago this month:

On 13-March-1896, the cable on the former Boyle Heights line of the Los Angeles Cable Railway/Pacific Cable Railway was shut down.

On 23-March-1896, the Citizen's Traction Company began operating the former cable cars of the San Diego Cable Railway, converted to electric traction

50 years ago this month:

On 22-March-1971, a press release from the San Francisco Municipal Railway announces the purchase of 40 new grips that are of a revised and more easily maintained design.

The Cable Car Home Page now has a Facebook page:

Joe Thompson
The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-March-2021)
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, February 28, 2021

COVID-19, Vaccine, Masks, Church, Baseball and School -- February 28, 2021

During February, the big post-Christmas surge began to decline.

Just past the middle of February, the 500,000th American died from the Trump Virus. President Biden ordered flags to fly at half mast.

At about the same time, we learned that 5% of the US population had been vaccinated. My wife and daughter, both teachers, received the first of two vaccine shots in February.

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Bierstadt - Lake in the Sierra Nevada - February 27, 2021


Private Collection

I have always enjoyed the paintings of Albert Bierstadt. "Lake in the Sierra Nevada" by Albert Bierstadt, 1867

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, RIP - February 24, 2021

101 year old San Francisco icon Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the poet and publisher who founded City Lights Books, has died.

In 2017, the San Francisco Arts Commission ( set up a series of posters by artist Deborah Aschheim. "The Zeitgeist" was part of a larger series for the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. The posters in The Zeitgeist represented people involved in the Spring Mobilization against the War in Vietnam on 15-April-1967.