Tuesday, November 30, 2021

COVID-19, Vaccine, Masks, Church, Baseball and School -- November 30, 2021


The Omicron variant of the TrumpVirus has turned up in South Africa and is seen as a new threat. In general, there is fear of a new spike during the holidays when people gather together indoors.

The 5pm Saturday mass at Good Shepherd Church in Pacifica still has low turnout. I continued to do the census during November. We may have passed 40 one weekend. Most were in the 30s.

Buster Posey won Comeback Player of the Year for the second time.

I started to teach coding to Third Graders at Good Shepherd School in Pacifica. They are a lively bunch. I will start teaching Fourth Grade in January.

Monday, November 29, 2021

Flag of Indian Revolutionists Shown by Princess in U. S. -- November 29, 2021

Grand Forks Herald, 28-November-1921

I was interested to see the connection described between the Irish and Indian independence movements. 


India now wants the freedom from England given Ireland by the recent treaty which accords Ireland dominion rule. The flag used by the Indian nationalists consists of three colors, red, yellow and green. The symbols are the sun. for energy, the moon for beauty, and the lotus blossoms for the provinces of India. Dr. Sarat Mukerji and Mme. Mukerji are now in this country aiding the cause of the Friends for Freedom in India, working for independence in their native country. Mme. Mukerji is shown above with the revolutionary flag.

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Marmon Series 34 -- November 27, 2021

Richmond Times-Dispatch, 27-November-1921

The Marmon Motor Car Company, owned by Nordyke Marmon & Company, built high-end autos. The Series 34 used aluminum in the straight-six engine and the body to save weight.

Friday, November 26, 2021

Stephen Sondheim, RIP -- November 26, 2021


Stephen Sondheim has died. I remember seeing Pacific Overtures at the Curran. A lot of people didn't like it. That may have been the only Sondheim show that I saw in a professional production. I always wanted to see what was coming next.

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Thanksgiving 2021 -- November 25, 2021


Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. I'm grateful for health and life, my family, and my coworkers. 

The cover of the Thanksgiving, 1905 issue of Puck has a servant bringing out the turkey, and a dog consulting.

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Jazz Must Go -- November 23, 2021

Washington Evening Star, 04-November-1921

Some folks did not appreciate jazz. "We must get Back to Pre-War Morals."

Jazz Must Go

Is America dancing hellward? Is
jazz madness driving us to ruin?

These questions are asked not by prudes, but ' by seriously thinking people who are concerned for the future of our boys and girls. Present-day indecencies of dress, of talk, of manners must stop! Jazz must stop! We must get Back to Pre-War Morals.

John R. McMahon has written a series of articles that every mother and every father should read. They show the evil at its worst and point a remedy.

Monday, November 22, 2021

Rodney Dangerfield 100 - November 22, 2021


Rodney Dangerfield was born 100 years ago today, on 22-November-1921. I was aware of him as a comedian for most of my life, but then in the 1980s and 90s he had a second career appearing in movies. I loved his delivery. He died in 2004. "I don't get any respect."

"I tell ya, when I was a kid I had it rough. Once on my birthday, my old man gave me a bat. The first day I played with it, it flew away."

"What a childhood I had. My parents sent me to a child psychiatrist. The kid didn’t help me at all."

"I tell ya, when I was a kid I got no respect. My parents got divorced. They had a custody fight over me. No one showed up."

"I went to the fights last night, and a hockey game broke out."


My late father-in-law loved Caddyshack. I don't think I ever saw it all the way through. Sometimes I think I am a snob. 

Sunday, November 21, 2021

For the Unexpected Guest! -- November 21, 2021

Omaha Bee, 08-November-1921

Heinz Oven-Baked Beans With Tomato Sauce. One of the famous 57 Varieties.

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Duane Allman 75 -- November 20, 2021


One of the greatest guitarists of all time, Duane Allman, was born 75 years ago today, on 20-November-1946. He died in a motorcycle crash in 1972. Before and after that, they were all over the radio. Duane Allman taught himself how to play the slide guitar. 





Friday, November 19, 2021

Clicquot Club -- November 19, 2021


Thanksgiving is coming. 

At one time the Clicquot Club Company was one of the major soft-drink producers. It went out of business in 1980. The company was best known for its ginger ale, but it also made sarsparilla, birch beer and root beer. I have never had birch beer.

In the late 1920s, Cliquot Club sponsored a popular radio show, The Clicquot Club Eskimos. The Eskimos, named after the brand's mascot, were a band led by banjoist Harry Harry Reser.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Coca-Cola 5¢ -- November 17, 2021

Covington Daily Leader, 24-November-1921

The contoured Coke bottle went into wide-spread use in 1920.

Wilmington Daily Commercial, 19-November-1921

Monday, November 15, 2021

Intel 4004, 50 Years -- November 15, 2021

The four-bit Intel 4004 was the first microprocessor created and sold. The 4004 was released fifty years ago today, on 15-November-1971. 

Then the trouble began. 

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Moore's Ford Lynchings Investigated to No Avail -- November 13, 2021

Omaha Guide, 09-November-1946

David Bethe's Life at a Glance column comments on what has so far proved to be the last mass lynching in the United States, the Moore's Ford Lynchings: 

No one has ever been convicted. 

Attorney General Tom Clark announced at the opening session of the New York Herald Tribune's fifteenth annual Forum of Current Events that 2500 witnesses had been questioned by the FBI since President Truman ordered an investigation of the lynching of the four Negroes at Monroe, Ga. An awful lot of witnesses to not sift out one member of the mob of culprits. What about justice ? Or did I hear you say, “justice for whites only”. Wait a minute, this is our own Democracy.

But I guess the Department of Justice had better not do too much investigating around the local counties of the State as they might infringe upon the Sacred States Rights and believe me those constituted privileges do protect the sovereign states even if they do wish to permit lynchings, jim crow and the like.

I was just thinking about the Georgia lynchings, Georgia and its white supremacy election laws. Guess you know the majority of the folk there didn't want Governor Eugene Talmadge to be their boss, but he was elected just the same.. He managed to ease in by the way of the County Unit Election system. We talk about dictatorship in Russia. We had better settle our eyes on the Talmadge machine. .It’s getting mighty powerful. Don’t mind, it will grow up to manhood before you know it.

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Happy Veterans Day, 2021 -- November 11, 2021

Washington Evening Star, 11-August-1921

Happy Veterans' Day, everyone. 100 years ago today, on 11-November-1921, the Unknown Soldier of World War I was laid to rest in a below-ground marble tomb in Arlington National Cemetery.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Comic Book -- Famous Funnies -- November 9, 2021


Thanksgiving is coming. 

Famous Funnies, which ran from 1934 to 1955, was the first long-running American comic book. It mostly published reprints of newspaper comic strips, like William McCleery and Ralph Fuller's Oaky Doaks. Oaky Doaks was a country bumpkin in the Middle Ages who wanted to a knight. Here we see him dream about fencing with a turkey. Note the turkey's weapon. 

Sunday, November 7, 2021

Pulp -- Battle Birds -- November 7, 2021


The cover of the January, 1932 Aces features Ernst Udet, the highest scoring ace to survive World War One and recipient of the Pour le Mérite.

After the war, he appeared in movies and toured the world giving exhibition flights. After the Nazis took power, he joined the party and became head of the new Luftwaffe's development wing. When World War Two broke out, Udet felt overwhelmed by the Luftwaffe's problems and eventually killed himself.

Friday, November 5, 2021

COVID-19 -- Booster Injection/Coding -- November 5, 2021


I received my Pfizer booster shot today. Pfeeling pfine so pfar. 

I also started teaching my wife's Third Graders about coding. They asked lots of questions.

Toonerville Trolley -- The Skipper Has to Act Mighty Fast -- November 5, 2021

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, 08-November-1921

I love Fontaine Fox's The Toonerville Trolley That Meets All the Trains.

Washington Times, 30-June-1918

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Farewell, Buster Posey -- November 4, 2021

Today catcher Buster Posey announced that he retiring from the Giants. I'm glad he is going out on top, while he can still walk. We are going to miss him. 

I took the photo on 19-November-2010, while the Giants were in the playoffs. I found Powell Street car 28 bedecked with exhortations for the Giants. This window said "Let's Go Buster." Posey was a rookie that year. 

Today is also the first day of Diwali. Happy Diwali to all my friends. 

One Dead, One Hurt, at Air Meet -- November 4, 2021

Omaha Bee, 04-November-1921

Bert Acosta was a pioneering aviator and air racer. The "intrepid Italian aviator" was born in San Diego. The Pulitzer Trophy Races were the predecessors of the National Air Races. 

A post about Acosta's Curtiss Navy Racer:
A post about the Cactus Kitten's sister, which was a monoplane instead of a triplane: 


Bert Acosta Wins Pulitzer Trophy Race;
Captain Hartney 's Plane Crashes to Earth;
Parachute Jumper Drowned in Missouri

C. B. Coombs Second in Big
Race; Lieut. Macready,
Third -- Winning Time
52 Minutes.


Injured, Aviator, Brought to
Omaha Hospital, Suffers
Dislocated Hip --
Expected to Recover.

Every element of thrill that possibly could be expected in an aviation meet -- tragic death; plane crashes, dare-deviltry and superspeed -- was furnished the 10,000 spectators who witnessed the first-day program of the International Aero congress at Omaha field yesterday afternoon.

Harry Eibe, 26, a parachute jumper for the Floyd Smith Aerial Equipment company of Chicago, was drowned in the Missouri river as scores stood on the bank, helpless to aid him.

Capt. H. E. Hartney of New York, executive secretary of the Aero Club of America, was injured dangerously when his Thomas-Morse monoplane crashed near Loveland soon after he had started in the Pulitzer Trophy race.

Bert Acosta, intrepid Italian aviator, piloted his 400-horse power Curtiss navy biplane to victory in the 150-mile Pulitzer Trophy race at a speed that flirted dangerously with the three-mile-a-minute figure, winning over a field of the fastest aircraft ever built.

Acosta's time for the 150 miles was 52 minutes, 9.2 seconds, and his average speed was 176.7 miles per hour.

Clarence B. Coombs, piloting the "Cactus Kitten," triplane, owned by S. E. J. Cox of Houston, Tex., was second in 54 minutes, 7.6 seconds, making an average speed of 170.25 miles an hour.

Lieut. J. A. Macready, in a Thomas-Morse biplane, piloted his craft into third place with 57 minutes, 20.6 seconds as his time. His average speed was 160.71. miles an hour.

Four in Finish.

Lloyd Bertaud, flying the Balilla biplane, "Whistling Billy drove a spectacular race, but was fourth in 1 hour, 1 minute, 3.16 seconds, with a speed average of 149.78 miles an hour.

Engine trouble forced Jimmie Curran in a S. V. A. to quit after the second lap, after he had been outdistanced badly by the other contestants.

The S. V A. Ansaldo motored plane owned by C. B. Wrightsman of Tulsa, Okl., was withdrawn from the event when its pilot, E. F. Wright, announced serious engine , trouble had developed after his flight to Omaha from Kansas City.

Acosta Drives to Victory.

Acosta drove a masterful race in the little gray biplane, his lap record showing a variation in running time of less than 15 seconds. From his hop-off the Italian had the air speed, under perfect control. When Starter H. F. Wehrley gave him the red and white flags he taxied but a short distance before he went into the air. He circled but once and crossed the starting line for his 150-mile dash a little less than a minute after he had received the starter's signal.

Flying less than 500 feet up he came past the starting pylon on the ' first lap in 10 minutes, 32 seconds. He took the turns easily and without extreme banking of his plane. His motor hummed along perfectly, but it was noticed one of the wings appeared slightly unsteady. Later it developed a wire had snapped as he made his first turn at Calhoun.

From the first lap on, it was apparent Acosta had hit his stride, for he reeled off the succeeding laps in clock-like style, the timers showing the second in 10:24; third, 10:24; fourth, 10:26 and the fifth in 10:23.

"Cactus "Kitten" Wild.

After the first lap the race lay between the Italian and Coombs in the "Cactus Kitten," but Coombs was flying wild and wide. He was burning time and gasoline on wide turns about the pylons and held to the outer edge of the, course throughout the flight. After the race the Texas pilot offered the information that he believed the craft was performing better and faster than if he had tried to pull it down to closer turns.

"The boat was wild and I let it have its head," was Coomb's comment.

But, if Coombs thought the boat was wild during the race, the thrill the ship gave the crowd when Coombs essayed a landing at the finish was wilder. Just as the pilot took his dive for ground his elevator mechanism stuck and the "Cactus Kitten" became an animated rubber ball.

For 100 yard the ship galloped across the landing field in excellent imitation of some of the bucking bronchos from its native state.

"Kitten" a Real Flyer.

Coombs, despite his wild piloting, brought his triplane home less than two minutes behind the winner. That the craft had as much speed as the Curtiss Navy plane was apparent when Coombs dashed up the straightaway parts of the course. S. E. J. Cox, owner of the "Kitten," was so elated he tendered a dinner to all of the other contestants at the Hotel Fontenelle last night.

"We'll win next time," he declared.

Captain Macready in the Thomas-Morse biplane plainly did not have speed to match the winner. The famous flyer drove perfectly and did not overlook a chance to lop a second from his time by close and well made turns. Not once did he appear unsteady and seemed to be getting all that the ship could give in speed. His best time for the 30-mile lap distance was 11 minutes, 27 seconds.

Flies Close to Ground.

Bertaud in the Curtiss-motored Balilla did the most spectacular driving of the race. Combined with the weird whistling made by his side radiators, the pilot's swoops for the ground as he came into the turns lent a color of daredeviltry to the contest that no other entry gave it. From within 25 feet of the ground, Bertaud would swing, into an almost vertical bank and soar aloft as he rounded the pylon.

But the ship did not have the space-eating qualities of the three others and Bertaud finished nearly 10 minutes behind the winner.

When Jimmie Curran started in the S. V. A. Diggins entry it was apparent his motor was "sick." The plane did not seem to have the force to cut the air as it circled for the starting point. After two laps it was out, having taken an average of 17 minutes to the lap. Curran said the motor had burned out rocker arm parts on the trip from Kansas City and that if the owner had not felt it his duty to enter the race because of the lack of contestants, the start never would have been made.

Hartney Starts Late.

Lieutenant Colonel Hartney in his ill-fated Thomas-Morse monoplane, was unable to start with the others, even though the contest had been held up until after 2:30 p. m. by the bad condition of the field. A siphon attachment in the gasoline feed to Hartney's motor went wrong at the last minute and his mechanicians were forced to make repairs.

Officials decided to give Hartney till 4:30 o'clock to make his start. The pilot took his ship out just before the time limit, but it was working badly.

Hartney got away at 4:38, and failed to make the round. At 5 o'clock word was received that he had crashed near Loveland. Even when he crossed the starting line the engine was not getting the proper amount of fuel and officials of the meet were sorry that the intrepid easterner had made the attempt.

Fair Wind Blowing.

When the start of the first five ships was made soon after 2:30 a southwest wind was blowing which seemed to have a surface speed of about 15 miles an hour. It was evident that it was not as strong in the upper air channels, as the pilots had little trouble in clearing the pylons without sliding. The wind velocity seemed to increase as the race progressed. The fogginess of early morning had disappeared and the air was clear as the race started.

Acosta, the winner, was sent away first about 2:40, then at intervals of two or three minutes the others went away in the following order: Bertaud in his Balilla, Macready in the Thomas-Morse, Coombs in the "Cactus Kitten," and Curran in the S. V. A. Every pilot circled but once and made his dash for the starting point well under the time limit of three minutes from his moment of hop-off.

Stunt Flyers Entertain Crowd.

The crowd estimated at from 7,000 to 10,000 persons, which witnessed the Pulitzer classic, was entertained at odd moments throughout the afternoon by stunt flyers, who furnished an aerial circus such as is seen seldom when billed as such. Parachute drops, loops, tail spins, nose dives and myriad other tricks known to the air jockeys were performed almost continuously. '

One of the outstanding stunt performers of the day was N. D. Trinier, pilot of a biplane for the Longren Aircraft Corporation of Topeka. Kan. Trinier brought gasps and groans from the throng as he turned topsy-turvy and tumbled through the air for hundreds of feet, seemingly having lost control of his plane. Then, when he righted the ship, rounds of applause greeted him.

Considering the difficulties attendant on a meet for which the detail had been worked out in so short a time, officials, spectators and contestants expressed general satisfaction with the outcome of the first day.

Result of 150-Mile
Pulitzer Air Derby

Winning Pilot -- Bert Acosta.
Winning Plane -- Curtiss Navy 400 H. P.
Winner's Time -- 52:09.2.
Winner's Speed -- 176.7 miles an hour.
Winner's Prize -- $3,000 and Pulitzer trophy until next race.
Second -- C. B. Coombs in "Cactus Kitten."
Time -- 54:07.6. Prize, $2,000.
Third -- J. A. Macready in Thomas-Morse. Time -- 57:20.6. Prize, $1,000.
Other Starters -- Lloyd Bertaud in Balila; Jimmy Curt in S. V. A.;
H. E. Hartney in Thomas--Morse.

First Thought of
Injured Pilot Is
Of Wife at Field

Captain Hartney "Cracks"
Near Honey Creek, Ia., on
First LapTof Race -- In. jury Undetermined.

"Telephone my wife and tell her I've only sprained my ankle." Those were Captain H. E. Hartney's first words as two rescuers reached him following his crash two miles north of Honey Creek, Ia., yesterday afternoon.

A faulty gas pump was responsible for the crash of Captain Hartney's Thomas-Morse monoplane, which he was flying in the Pulitzer trophy race.

Captain Hartney had just started his first lap when the gas pump failed him. He attempted to adjust his feed line to an auxiliary tank, but while doing so he lost so much speed his ship fell into a tailspin.

Got Out of Tailspin.

Although at an altitude of only 500 feet he managed to extricate his ship from the spin. It was to no avail, however, as the plane almost immediately became unmanageable and crashed to the earth.

Captain Hartney is unable to explain his fall after bringing the machine out of the tailspin. What happened he does not know. He only knows the airplane's landing wheels came into contact with the earth first and the machine hurtled through the plowed field, in which he fell at a 100-mile an hour clip, before it nosed over.

The ship turned turtle with such violence that the flyer was thrown 50 feet from , his craft.

Plane Is Destroyed.

The ship caught fire and burned for more than an hour. It was completely destroyed.

Jim Gilmore, on whose farm near Honey Creek the aviator fell, and Ed Campbell were working in the field only a few yards from where Hartney plunged to earth: They ran to his assistance and carried him into Gilmore's house, where he rested on a cot until an ambulance from the flying field could arrive to transport him to Fenger hospital.

Dr. N. P. Atwood, stationed at Honey Creek, rushed to the scene and reported that Captain Hartney had suffered a dislocated hip. He also feared the captain may have suffered internal injuries.

Cried About Plane.

The aviator did not lose consciousness until opiates were administered. On his cot in the Gilmore home he cried when he learned his specially constructed racing monoplane was in flames and could not be saved.

"It was the gas pump," he told a reporter for The Bee. "The motor started to 'poop.' Then I went into the tailspin at an altitude of 500 feet. I pulled out of that all right and the rest of the fall I cannot describe. I only know the machine came down on its landing wheels and crashed through the plowed field and turned over.

Yesterday's crash was Captain Hartney's second in Omaha. A year ago last summer the army flyer was piloting one of the J. L. Larsen monoplanes when the New Yorker was making a cross-country flight. As Captain Hartney took off for Cheyenne at Ak-Sar-Ben field his monoplane failed to develop sufficient lifting power and he crashed into a small building near the Ashmusen hangar.

Was Famous War Pilot.

In this accident, Captain Hartney, however, was uninjured and continued the trip west. The monoplane was badly damaged and was expressed back to New York.

Hartney is a captain in the army but it was not as a representative of the army that he flew yesterday. During the war he was a lieutenant colonel in France and for a time commanded Eddie Rickenbacker's famous "Hat in the Ring" squadron.

Hartney took a long chance in starting in the Pulitzer race yesterday and his luck failed him. When race time came the Thomas-Morse monoplane developed motor trouble. Mechanics worked feverishly to whip the balky engine into shape. Then when it was learned two Curtiss ships had defeated the other Thomas-Morse entry, the plane piloted by Lieut. J. A. Macready, they redoubled their efforts.

Was Last To Start.

Finally the motor started. Mechanics tested it hastily and then rolled it onto the field. It was 4:30 and under the conditions of the trophy race planes in winning positions must complete the distance before dark. In another hour it would be dark and Captain Hartney had 150 miles to go.

So the intrepid flyer took off with all possible haste. But the 300 horse power motor failed to respond to his enthusiasm and a few moments later he crashed to earth.

Captain Hartney's wife was among the spectators at the field. She flew from Kansas City to Omaha yesterday morning in one of the Larsen monoplanes.

What's Doing Today
In Aerial Congress

9 A. M. -- National meeting at Hotel Fontenelle.
11:30 A. M. -- Aerial parade over city.
1 P. M. -- Airplane races start at Omaha field, lasting until 5 p. m. Two speed events are on the program, together with stunt flying and parachute jumping.
7 P. M. Banquet at Hotel Fontenelle.

Jumper Pleads
To Be Saved as He
Battles Current

Thousands See Parachute Man
Leap From Plane But Few
See Struggles to Escape Death.

Scores of spectators saw Harry A. Eibe, the parachute jumper, go to a violent death in the treacherous waters of the Missouri river north and east of the flying field yesterday. Some criticism of the management, which failed to maintain emergency launches in the river, was heard after the accident, but those who stood on the bank as the jumper struggled against the current declared, human aid was out of the question.

Eibe suffered the terrible experience of watching death come upon him. As his parachute sailed over the flying' field, borne by the wind from the south and west, he knew that in a few seconds he would fall in the river.

Spectators heard his cries.

"Help me, I can't swim," he shouted.

Unable to Aid Him.

Those who heard rushed to the river bank. They arrived there only to stand in silence as the jumper was enveloped by the water.

He fell in the very middle of the current, where it was impossible to reach him. Although unable to swim, the swift current of the river seemed to keep him afloat for a time and he was carried 100 yards downstream before he finally went under the third time.

As he was carried down the river he continued his cries for help.

"For God's sake, help me!" he shouted desperately. "I can't swim."

Current Very Strong.

But even an expert swimmer would have been fortunate to have survived, the current against which Eibe was struggling. It was impossible for a man who could not swim and who in addition was burdened with a six-pound pack on his back.

One spectator attempted to go to Eibe's rescue with an old rowboat he found on the bank. He had to bail it out first and then found the craft was without oars. He tried to push off by using a stick to guide the boat, but his efforts were utterly useless.

Arthur Thomas, chairman of the publicity committee for the Air congress was one of the spectators near the scene of the tragedy. He started to race downstream to carry word of the accident to spectators quarter of a mile down stream, where he saw another rowboat.

Two men heeding his cries launched the boat but they could make absolutely no headway against the current of the river.

Was Professional Jumper.

"Caught in the current of the river as he was, it would have been impossible to have saved him unless a launch could have happened to be within a few feet of him when he fell into the river," said one spectator.

Eibe was 26 years old. He was a professional parachute jumper employed by the Floyd Smith Aerial Equipment company of Chicago. He lived at 912 Chicago avenue in the Windy City.

He was not entered in the parachute jumping contest yesterday. It was his purpose to try out a new chute made by his firm.

He went into the air in a machine piloted by Clyde Horchem of Ransam, Kan. At a point 2,000 feet in the air the pilot signaled for Eibe to jump. Had Eibe taken his pilot's advice he probably would be alive today.

But he signaled Horchem to turn further north. Then Eibe jumped.

Body Not Recovered.

It was a neatly executed jump. After falling few feet the parachute opened and he began to sail gracefully toward the earth. The crowd watched unmindful of the impending tragedy. Not until he was a few feet from the river did it strike most of the crowd that he was in danger of falling in the river. In fact, most of those on the west side of the field were unaware that the man, who only a few seconds before they had seen sailing through the air, had come to a violent death as the river itself is not in the field of vision, except from the north side of the field.

Only three months ago, it is reported, Kibe's partner was drowned during a parachute test at Baltimore.

Eibe's body has not been recovered. 

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Krazy Kat -- Oy My Foots Is Not So Clean -- November 3, 2021


Washington Times, 15-November-1921

I love George Herriman's Krazy Kat. Krazy Kat mistakes something for a bar of soap. Be sure to click on the image to see a larger version.

Washington Times, 30-June-1918

Monday, November 1, 2021

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

Val Lupiz Photo. All Rights Reserved.

The Cable Car Home Page is 25 years old this month. That is pretty darn old for a website.

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

It includes some new items:
1. Picture of the Month: In May, 2008 Val Lupiz photographed the newly rebuilt Powell Street Car 25 at the Washington/Mason barn. The car had just been labelled for the "United Railroads." Photo by Val Lupiz. All rights reserved.
2. The Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of The Cable Car Home Page - November, 1996 - November, 2021
3. On the Why page: "Twenty-Five Years From Home," a new article about where I have been and where I am going with the site.
4. On the Cable Car Lines in San Francisco page: A new article about San Francisco Proposition Q, which froze minimum cable car service in the city at the levels of 01-Jul-1971.
5. Added News item about the passing of Gilberto Godoy, who owned the foundry that produces bells and other metal parts for the cable cars

Ten years ago this month (November, 2011):
1. The picture of the month: Powell/Hyde car 15
2. Fifteenth Anniversary - November, 1996 - November, 2011
3. Thanks to Bob Murphy, added photos from the Bylands Tram Museum to the Melbourne Tramways & Omnibus Company article. These include grips and trailers, and a unique wagon used to haul reels of cable from the ship to the cable tramway powerhouse. A 1925 ad for the Hoffman Tramway Estate, Brunswick. Also some contemporary newspaper articles about the end of the Melbourne cable trams:
-- First Cable Tram for Museum (Launceston, Tasmania Examiner, February 15, 1939)
-- Melbourne's Last Cable Tram Makes Last Trip (Adelaide, South Australia Mail, October 26, 1940)
-- Last Cable Tram/Final Appearance (Townsville Daily Bulletin, October 29, 1940, 1940)
-- Cable Tram for Museum (Melbourne, Victoria Argus, November 29, 1940)
4. Also thanks to Bob Murphy, added photos of a Sutter Street Railway trailer and a California Street Cable Railroad from Knott's Berry Farm which are now preserved at the Orange Empire Railway Museum
5. Added Bibliography items about a collision at Powell and Grant, a "communications glitch" that stopped service on all three lines, Clipper working on cable cars
6. Added "Fifteen Years and What Do You Get?" to the Why page

Twenty years ago this month (November, 2001):
1. Picture of the Month: Powell/Mason car 5
2. Fifth Anniversary - November, 1996 - November, 2001
3. Add "The Cable Street-Railway" magazine article
4. Add more photos to the Ferries and Cliff House and More Ferries and Cliff House page and make images into thumbnails. Includes Sanborn Fire Insurance maps of Washington/Mason
5. Revise Los Angeles Temple Street Cable Railway with some new information. Thanks to Ray Long
6. Add "Reflections After Five Years" to the Why page

Coming in December, 2021: With Christmas coming, it will be a good time to visit the late Joe Lacey's article Christmas on the Cables (22nd anniversary this year), and the Decorated Cable Cars page.

125 years ago this month (November, 1896):
November 30 - The New York and Brooklyn Bridge Railway started adding a Pullman motor car to each train to replace the steam locomotives used for switching

50 years ago this month (November, 1921):
November 02 - San Francisco voters passed Proposition Q, "Charter amendment relating to schedules and fares on cable car lines," which froze minimum cable car service in the city at the levels of 01-Jul-1971.

The Cable Car Home Page now has a Facebook page:

Joe Thompson
The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-November-2021)
San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-January-2020)
Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-August-2021)
The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)