Wednesday, August 31, 2022

COVID-19, Vaccine, Masks, Church, Baseball and School -- August 31, 2022

I see fewer people wearing masks, even in crowded places like baseball games. The general trends of cases, deaths, hospitalization seem to be going down. 

The Giants have gotten some of their injured players back, but are still performing unevenly.

I am getting ready to start teaching again at Good Shepherd School in Pacifica.

I am having trouble with shortness of breath. I'm seeing the doctor next week.

It has been six months since Russia started its war against Ukraine. This must be deeply humiliating for Putin and his helpers. He is looking at using 100,000 mercenaries from North Korea. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Joey DeFrancesco, RIP -- August 30, 2022

Multi-instrumentalist Joey DeFrancesco has died. He was only 51. He was one of the greatest Hammond B-3 players. 

Joey DeFrancesco Trio - Fly me to the Moon


Joey DeFrancesco Trio "Never Can Say Goodbye" live at Java Jazz Festival 2011


Studio Jams #6 - "Misty"

Monday, August 29, 2022

Fred Lyon RIP -- August 29, 2022

Cable car conductor on a foggy day, 1950s. (c) Fred Lyon

Fred Lyon, one of the best San Francisco photographers, has died. Among the circles in which I travel, he was particularly well known for his transit photos. Thank you to Fred Lyons and his wife for publishing so many photos in recent years. 

Magic -- Chromatic Ribbons -- August 29, 2022

From Magic and Its Professors By Henry Ridgely Evans, 1902.

Saturday, August 27, 2022

Travel by Water -- August 27, 2022

San Francisco Examiner, 01-August-1922

The Pacific Steamship Company, owner of the Admiral Line, tried to entice people to sail on their coastwise liners by offering "Fares that include Berth, Meals -- everything." I would be happy to sail down to Los Angeles. 

Friday, August 26, 2022

Tusko -- A Foot Taller/Ton and a Half Heavier Than Jumbo -- August 26, 2022

Chambersburg Public Opinion/u>, 09-September-1921

The Al G. Barnes Circus featured the elephant Tusko. He turned up in the newspapers back in May, 1922. "Alice in Jungleland" sounds like fun.

New York Evening World, 17-May-1922

Terrible Tusko;
Huge Elephant,
On Big Rampage
Tosses Keeper 30 Feet 
Knocks Over Autos, 
Pushes Down Barn and What Not 

TACOMA, Wash., May 17. -- "Tusko," described as the largest elephant in captivity, is reported in a special despatch to the Ledger to-day as peacefully consuming his fodder with a circus at Bellingham Wash., after an afternoon, night and morning of rampage that stretched for thirty miles from Sedro Wooley, Wash.

Tusko hurled his keeper, H. Hendrickson, thirty feet in the air. Several of Hendrickson's ribs were broken. Tusko proceeded through the streets of Sedro Wooley, capsizing three automobiles and turning a dance into a riot. Then he headed for the hills.

Flattened fences and orchards and calls from excited farmers and loggers betrayed Tusko's line of flight to several hundred men and boys in pursuit. At one logging camp Tusko uprooted three telephone poles. A farmer, looking out of an upper story window, gazed upon the elephant's mighty back, hunched in an unsuccessful effort to overturn the house.

A barn proved less stanch and after breaking in Tusko ate his fill and then proceeded onward.

At dark, Monday, the several hundred pursuers made camp in the woods, taking up the trail at daybreak yesterday.

It was in a valley known as "The Garden of Eden" that Tusko apparently returned to normalcy, as calmly and as suddenly as the spirit of rampage had possessed him. Sauntering up to two other elephants that had been included among, his pursuers, Tusko meekly permitted his recapture.

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Phillies and Cubs Shatter Records -- August 25, 2022

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, 26-August-1922

100 years ago today, on 25-August-1922, the Philadelphia Phillies played the Chicago Cubs at what is now called Wrigley Field. The Cubs won 26-23. The two teams set some records. The game still holds the record for the most runs scored in a game (49). 

The Callaghan who batted three times in the fourth inning was Cubs outfielder Marty Callaghan. He had two hits and a strikeout. 


Half Dozen New Marks Established in History-Making
Game at Chicago

Record sharks today succeeded in digging nearly a half-dozen new marks from the mass of figures thirty-three Chicago and Philadelphia National League players compounded yesterday at Chicago, when for three hours and one minute they ran themselves breathless amassing fifty-one hits of assorted varieties and forty-nine tallies, twenty-six for the home club and twenty-three for the Phillies.

The bases were filled by the Phils when Chicago's fifth pitcher fanned the last batter, leaving stranded the potential scorers one solid hit would have sent in for a record, baseball experts say never would have been equaled.

The fifty-one hits, forty-nine runs, eleven Cub hits in one inning, fourteen Cub scores in one inning and Callaghan's three appearances at bat in one inning, all were recent performances, the first two new ones for the book. The last three only equaled previous records.

Total times at bat, ninety-nine for both teams, came within one of tying a thirty-year-old mark.

Twenty-one bases on balls lacked three of tying the record, credited to Chicago and New York in the morning game May 30, 1897. Twelve two-base hits yesterday were two fewer than the record made by Chicago and Buffalo July 3, 1883.

Thirty-two years ago in the old Players' League, Brooklyn and Buffalo amassed forty-four runs. June 9, 1901, New York and Cincinnati together accounted for forty-nine hits, excelled by yesterday's performance. Fifty-three hits were made once, April 30, 1887, in a St. Louis-Cleveland, American Association game, but at that time bases on balls were counted as hits.

Philadelphia Inquirer, 26-August-1922

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Coulter -- The American Bark Wilna Breaking its Record Between Nanaimo, B.C., and San Francisco -- August 24, 2022

San Francisco Call, 01-April-1896

William A Coulter did many maritime drawings for the San Francisco Call. We saw another post about the Wilna setting a record in June:

The American bark Wilna beat the best previous record for a round trip between Nanaimo, B.C., and San Francisco by twenty-four hours. She made the run down the coast in six days, although becalmed forty hours.

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Byte Magazine -- Guide to the IBM Personal Computers -- August 23, 2022

I used to subscribe to Byte Magazine. Here is the cover of a special issue dedicated to IBM Personal Computers. The first IBM PC came with an 8088 processor, 64kb of RAM and two 5 1/4" floppy drives. I remember that the PC XT came with more memory and a hard drive. I don't think I ever used a PC Portable. The XT3270 and the IBM 3270 could act as stand-alone PCs or as 3270 terminal emulators. I used 3270 emulators for many years at Wells Fargo. I never used an S9000. 

This issue was published before IBM introduced the OS/2 line, which never caught on. 

IBM did the right thing when it chose an open architecture for the IBM PC, but clones eventually drove them out of the market. The first PC that I bought was an ATT 6300 that came with a faster 8086 processor. 

Monday, August 22, 2022

Michael Collins 100 Years -- August 22, 2022

Boston Globe, 23-August-1922

Irish revolutionary leader Michael Collins was killed in an ambush 100 years ago today, on 22-August-1922. The Big Fella was leading the provisional government during the Irish Civil War.

Killed Just as Their Attack Was Beaten Off

Cork, Aug 23 (by A.P.) -- "Forgive Them"
These were the last words of Michael Collins, uttered a few minutes after a bullet fired by an irregular had pierced his skull. They were addressed to Maj. Gen. Dalton.

The assassination occurred last night between Macroom and Bandon, about 20 miles from this city.

Collins was accompanied by members of the Free State Headquarters staff, who were visiting various military positions in the south of Ireland.

Large numbers of Republican Irregulars ambushed the commander-in-chief's party en route to Bandon. An armored car, which was accompanying the National Army officials, inflicted heavy casualties upon the irregulars. Just as the attack was beaten off the bullet struck Mr. Collins and he expired a few minutes later.

The body was brought to Cork this morning and transferred to a steamer for conveyance to Dublin.

Firing From Both Sides

The ambush occurred in a wild mountain road between Macroom and Bandon at 7:30 o'clock. Collins was in an open touring car with Maj. Gen. Dalton, commander of Free State troops in Cork; Commandant Dolan, governor of the Mount Joy Prison and Capt. Montgomery, an officer of the General Staff.

A party of National Army troops, escorting the officers, had just passed the little village of Beallanblack when a volley of shots rang out from the group of Republican irregulars, who were concealed along both sides of the road.

Collins Fought Attackers

The first fusillade from the irregulars caused no casualties. Collins and the members of his party immediately jumped from their vehicles, too to cover and engaged the attackers in a heavy fight which last half an hour.

Shortly before the assailants were beaten off Collins, who had been fighting throughout the attack, was hit by a bullet in back of the ear and fell, mortally wounded. He lived only a few minutes after being struck.

His comrades continued to fight after their chief had died, and Maj. Gen. Dalton was wounded. The driver of the car in which Collins and his companions were riding also was hurt, and a motorcyclist accompanying the party was critically wounded in the neck.


Dublin, Aug 23 (by A.P.) -- A National funeral with full military honors, will be accorded to Michael Collins, it was stated this afternoon.

His body will lie in state prior to internment in the Glasnevin Cemetery, where Arthur Griffith was buried, a few days ago.

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Oldsmobile 125 -- August 21, 2022

125 years ago today, on 21-August-1897, automobile pioneer Ransom E Olds founded the Olds Motor Vehicle Company, which later became the Olds Motor Works. He introduced principles of mass production to the auto industry, creating the low-priced Curved Dash Olds in 1901.

In 1904, Olds was fired from the Olds Motor Works. General Motors Purchased the company in 1908. GM built Oldsmobiles until 2004. I was sad when they killed the marque.

Ransome E Olds founded the REO Motor Car Company in 1904. REO built autos until 1934. It continued to build trucks until 1975.

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Bierstadt -- The Falls of St. Anthony -- August 20, 2022

Carmen Thyssen Collection Inv. no. (CTB.1980.8)

Albert Bierstadt painted "The Falls of St. Anthony" in the 1880s. The Saint Anthony Falls are in Minneapolis. The Falls were used and abused for water power. Bierstadt showed the Falls before industrialization. The painting is in the collection of the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid.

Friday, August 19, 2022

David McCullough, RIP -- August 19, 2022

Popular historian David McCullough has died. I enjoyed his book about John Adams. I couldn't make it through his book about the Wright Brothers. He narrated some of Ken Burns' documentaries. He had a good voice for it.

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Alain Robbe-Grillet 100 -- August 18, 2022

A professor at San Francisco State had us read Alain Robbe-Grillet's novel La Jalousie. It took us all a while to figure out the narrator. In a film class we saw Last Year at Marienbad; Robbe-Grillet wrote the script. I have never seen any of the movies that he directed. Alain Robbe-Grillet was born 100 years ago today, on 18-August-1922.

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Kodak Brings Your Vacation Back -- August 17, 2022

Photoplay, August, 1922

George Eastman's Kodak cameras allowed many people to take up photography. I remember going on vacation and having to watch how much film I was using. Digital cameras have made that part better.

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Olivia Newton-John and Judith Durham -- August 16, 2022

Two popular Australian singers have died. 

Olivia Newton-John was pretty and she had a beautiful voice. KFRC played her songs many times a day. She developed cancer, but she fought it for thirty years and did much to raise money for breast cancer research. She was also involved in animal rights activism.

Judith Durham was the lead singer of The Seekers. I admire her voice. 

Monday, August 15, 2022

Partition of India and Pakistan 75 -- August 15, 2022

75 years ago today, on 15-August-1947, Britain partitioned the provinces of Britian India into two countries, India and Pakistan. The areas in white on the map were princely states, some of which decided to remain independent for a time. Large parts of the whole sub-continent were wracked by religious and ethnic cleansing. 

Bloodshed, Splendor
As 2 Dominions Born

NEW DELHI, Aug 15 -- (AP) -- India's 400,000,000 shed their hated role of subject peoples at the clock stroke of a new day today and began life as two independent dominions with celebrations in Oriental pomp and splendor -- marred by bloodshed, death and terror in wide sections of the country.

In the high-domed chamber of the Constituent Assembly, Hindi India's legislators took over their responsibility promptly at the first minute after midnight, and waited impatiently for Viscount Mountbatten to appear at 8 a.m., to relinquish ceremoniously his office of Britain's last viceroy and assume his duties as India's first governor-general. 

At Karachi, Thursday, he rode by flag-waving thousands at a formal farewell in that dusty new capital of Moslem Pakistan, and addressed that dominion's Constituent Assembly in words of hope for "happiness and prosperity."

Whoop It Up

Old Delhi whooped it up on independence day. Throngs jammed famed Chani Chouk, the market street which leads to Red Fort, for generations the symbol of British rule, where one of the numerous ceremonies of lowering the Union Jack and raising the new tricolor will take place later in the day. 

 In Bombay, a red-turbanned Mahratta (sic -- JT), tears glistening in his eyes, beat an ancient drum and announced the end of Britain's rule over this sub-continent at a solemn midnight ceremony. The Provincial Premier, B. G. Kher, hoisted the new Indian national flag and recited a prayer in Sanskit, while crowds hoarsely shouted "long live Gandhi" and "long live revolution."

But in embattled Punjab, the province to be split between Pakistan and India, wide secion of the city of Lahore and five Sikh temples were aflame and the dead were counted at 153 in murderous Moslem rioting between Moslems and non-Moslems since dawn Wednesday. The injured were listed at 136.

The disorders were set off by fears of Moslem and non-Moslem communities that they would be left on the "wrong side" of the line -- in Pakistan or India -- when a boundary commission makes its expected report. The eastern part of the province is to go to India and the western part to Pakistan. 

Troops Ordered In

The joint defence command of Pakistan and India ordered two more brigades of troops to reinforce a brigade already on duty in the troubled area when the disorders spread east and west from Lahore and engulfed Amritsar, Sikh center, where 61 rioters were reported killed by troops.

Authorities said gangs armed with mortars and automatic weapons had been encountered roaming the countryside, seeking other gangs. 

In Calcutta, even Mohandas K. Gandhi, almost a saint to his followers, encountered hostile shouts from demonstrating youths who resented his preachings of non-violence. Lahore dispatches said some youths had thrown stones and invaded the residence where Wednesday Gandhi had set up a "peace" headquarters but that the aged leader was not injured.

The dominion status of India and Pakistan is only temporary. Each is free to cut its strings entirely with the British Commonwealth. 

The deep-toned chimes announcing midnight in New Delhi made Jawaharal Nehru, leading Congress Party minister, the prime minister of the new dominion. Mahommed Ali Jinnah (sic -- JT) who is the father of Pakistan, takes the oath as governor-general of that dominion later in the day. 

With a stirring shout the assembly already in session greeted the new day which turned one of the world's most ancient countries into its two youngest states and plucked from London's rule "The Jewel of the British Empire."

It was almost 350 years since Queen Elizabeth gave a royal charter to a group of merchants to exploit India's riches and two centuries since Britain began her rule.

Thousands At Assembly

Along bedecked streets, thousands streamed to the assembly chamber to glimpse their national leaders and hear Nehru, imprisoned nine times by Britain for his political activities, declare over a loud-speaker system: 

"Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny. Now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge -- not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially."

His statement was an oblique reference to the fact that India was divided against the wishes of his party. 

Calcutta dispatches said Gandhi received a delegation of demonstrating youths Thursday and told them "tooth for a tooth is no remedy, no end. Love is the only lasting cure of hatred."

But the youths only listened in silence, the dispatches said.

At Karachi, Moslem League slogans were shouted by hundreds waiting at the assembly gates as Jinnah drove up to the Constituent Assembly hall, followed a few minutes later by Lord Mountbatten.

Hundreds with special passes were seated on the lawn before the assembly to witness the outdoor ceremony.

Calling the birth of the new dominion "an event in history," the viceroy read a message from the King which said:

"In thus achieving your independence by agreement you have set an example to all freedom loving people throughout the world. I know that I can speak for all sections of opinion within the British Commonwealth when I say that their support will not fail you in upholding democratic principles. 

"I am confident that the statesmanship and spirit of co-operation which have led to the historic developments which you now are celebrating will be the best guarantee of your future happiness and prosperity."

Responding, Jinnah said, "It shall be our constant effort to work for the welfare and well-being of all communities in Pakistan."

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Salman Rushdie -- August 14, 2022

Salman Rushdie was about to give a talk to an audience in Chautauqua, New York when a man jumped onto the stage and stabbed Rushdie and another man. Rushdie was seriously injured, but reports say he is expected to survive. I don't know if this was related to the Iranian fatwa or just the work of a stochastic terrorist.

Georgia Continues Atrocities; Black Man is Mob Victim -- August 14, 2022

Northwestern Bulletin, 12-August-1922

The Saint Paul-based Northwestern Bulletin was an African-American owned newspaper. 

Guards Placed Around County
Jail to Protect Men Charged
With Killing Conductor.
Judge Announces ('all for Special
Session of Grand Jury to
Examine Lynching.
(Associated Negro Press.)

Macon, Ga., Aug. 11— "Lynch Law 
Must Go."  They are still at it in Georgia, which seems destined to sink to much  lower levels in the scale of civilization.

An extra heavy guard was ready here to be thrown around the Bibb county jail to protect three men held in connection with the murder several months ago of A. L. Allgood, a street car conductor.

The guard was assembled early when the police received word that several hundred persons had gathered in Central City park and were planning an attack on the county jail. Later reports said, however, that the crowd had dispersed  without making any sort of demonstration.


The precautionary steps followed a day of excitement in Macon and uneasiness on the part of the authorities, who expressed fears of a serious race clash growing out of the lynching at Holton, near here, of John Glover, charged with the murder of Deputy Sheriff Walter C. Byrd. Glover was taken from an Atlanta train at Griffin and shot to death.


Judge W. E. H. Searcy of the Monroe circuit announced that he would call a special session of the grand jury at Forsyth for the fourth Monday in August to investigate the lynching of Glover.

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Program for Radio Fans -- August 13, 2022

San Francisco Examiner, 30-August-1922

All private/commercial stations shared the 360 Metre Wavelength (832.75683 Kilohertz) for their regular broadcasts. They also shared the 485 Metre Wavelength (618.12878 Kilohertz) for weather reports. 

KPO became today's KNBR (680 Kilohertz) and KQW San Jose became today's KCBS (740 Kilohertz). 

Friday, August 12, 2022

Thursday, August 11, 2022

The Greatest Clown Rider on Earth -- August 11, 2022

Ogden Standard-Examiner, 27-August-1922

100 years ago this month, the Sells-Floto Circus and Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show came to Ogden, Utah. Poodles Hanneford, "The Greatest Clown Rider on Earth." In 1923, he began appearing in short comedies. He played bit parts and cameos in sound films and television programs until the early 1960s.

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Coca-Cola -- You're Next! -- August 10, 2022

Farmington Times, 18-August-1922

One Diet Coke, please. Notice that the Coca Cola Bottling Company of Farmington, Missouri had a telephone number of 98. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Ed Ory's Sunshine Orchestra -- August 9, 2022

California Eagle, 05-August-1922

This ad for a "Scenic Special Trip Deluxe" from Los Angeles to San Diego and Tiajuana says "Music for the Entire Trip Provided By Ed Ory's Sunshine Orchestra." Edward Ory was better known as Kid Ory, a pioneering jazz trombonist from Louisiana. He had come to the Los Angeles area in 1929. It says that his band was "The Only Race Jazz Band That Has Made Phonograph Records On the Coast."

The (Los Angeles) California Eagle was an African-American owned newspaper. It stopped publishing in 1964. 

California Eagle, 05-August-1922

Monday, August 8, 2022

Happy International Cat Day -- August 8, 2022

Tigerlily wishes everyone a happy International Cat Day.

I took the photo on 26-December-2021. 

Sunday, August 7, 2022

From Monrovia to the Beaches -- August 7, 2022

Monrovia Daily News, 01-August-1922

The Pacific Electric Railway operated its famous Red Cars on interurban and streetcar routes throughout the Los Angeles area. I'll bet a weekend excursion to the beach would be popular in August, 1922.

Saturday, August 6, 2022

Comic Book -- The Spirit -- August 6, 2022

The Spirit was created by the Will Eisner-Jerry Iger Studio to appear in a comic book that was syndicated to Sunday newspapers. Later he appeared in Police Comics. I bought at least one issue of the Warren reprints. I read it and reread it until the cover came loose.

Friday, August 5, 2022

Pulp -- Black Mask -- August 5, 2022

Black Mask was a pioneering pulp that printed "Smashing Detective Stories." This issue carries "Angelfish" by Lester Dent. He wrote most of the Doc Savage stories.

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Toonerville Trolley -- Fair Week -- August 4, 2022

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

Washington Times, 30-June-1918

Ayman al-Zawahiri Dead -- August 4. 2022

"I have never wished a man dead, but have read some obituaries with great pleasure." - Mark Twain 

He took over after Osama bin Laden died. A CIA drone put a stop to that. 

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Vin Scully, RIP -- August 3, 2022

I was sad to learn that Vin Scully has died. Scully was a fan of the New York Giants.  Mel Ott was his favorite player.  In 1950, he began announcing Brooklyn Dodgers games.  After 67 seasons, he retired as announcer for the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Ironically, the last game of the Dodgers' season was against the San Francisco Giants, at Pac Bell Park.

I have always hated the Dodgers, but admired Vin Scully.  When I was young, I discovered that I could tune in Los Angeles AM stations at night, including KFI, which carried the Dodgers.  He also did the Game of the Week and sometimes the World Series. I liked his voice.  It was soothing. 

The Material Makes No Material Difference -- August 3, 2022

Washington Times, 31-August-1922

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

Washington Times, 30-June-1918

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Alexander Graham Bell 100 Years -- August 2, 2022

Alexander Graham Bell, who patented the first usable telephone, died 100 years ago today, on 02-August-1922.

When I was young, one of my favorite spots in the house was a big set of shelves in the basement that had every issue of National Geographic, in order by date, going back to the mid-1950s. One of my favorite issues had a long article about Alexander Graham Bell and his many discoveries and projects. I am trying to find the date of the issue. I loved the stuff about the Photophone, the Graphaphone (improved phonograph), the hydrofoil and especially his interest in aeronautics.

After my dad died, my uncle decided that he needed to clean up my mother's basement. He threw away all of the Geographics. I still get upset about that.

When I was young, some people still joked that Don Ameche invented the telephone.

Monday, August 1, 2022

August, 2022 Version of the Cable Car Home Page -- August 1, 2022

San Francisco Examiner, 12-December-1897

I just put the August 2022 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:

It includes some new items:
1. Picture of the Month: "A Runaway Electric Car Crashes Into a Sutter Cable Car." (Source: San Francisco Examiner, 12-December-1897)
2. On the Sutter Street Railway page: Another 1897 article about a collision between a Sutter Street cable car and a Fillmore Street electric car: Collision at Sutter and Fillmore (from the San Francisco Examiner).
3. On the Links page: A page of historic transit information suggested by a member of a stem club for girls. We need more young women in STEM.
4. On the Cable Tramways in Australia and New Zealand page: Banner from the the Wellington Cable Car about their annual maintenance shutdown and a stop bullying campaign. A map showing how to reach the Interim Cable Car Building of the Dunedin Heritage Light Rail Trust. A banner for a centennial lecture about the Penang Hills Railway.
5. On the UK page: A banner advertising Cliff Lift Day 2022.

Ten years ago this month (August, 2012):
1. Picture of the Month: Great Orme Tramway cars 4 and 5 in the passing loop on the lower section of the line. (Source: "The Great Orme Tramway: The Cable Car of Wales" by Walter Rice Ph.D. Photo by Walter Rice. All rights reserved.)
2. On the UK page: More about the Great Orme Tramway, a unique street-running funicular in Llandudno Wales

Twenty years ago this month (August, 2002):
1. Picture of the Month: Great Orme car 5 entering Victoria Station
2. Add Llandudno Wale's Great Orme Tramway, a unique street-running funicular, to the UK page, in honor of the 100th anniversary of its lower section.
3. Add News item about Union Square reopening and date for bell ringing contest.
4. Walter Rice pointed out that it was never the "California Street Cable Railway", so I changed it to "Railroad" in various places. 125 Years Ago This Month (August 31, 1897): West Seattle Cable Railway closed

Coming in September, 2022: On the Sutter Street Railway page: An 1897 San Francisco Call story about the same collision at Fillmore and Sutter between a Fillmore Street electric car and a Sutter Street cable train.

The Cable Car Home Page now has a Facebook page:

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The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-August-2022)
San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-January-2020)
Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 31-July-2022)
The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)