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)