Thursday, November 24, 2022

Thanksgiving 2022 -- November 24, 2022

The original Life Magazine was a humorous weekly that was published from 1883 to 1936. Here is the cover of their 27-November-1902 Thanksgiving Number.

Monday, November 21, 2022

1923 Superior Chevrolet -- November 21, 2022

Eureka Republican Press, 25-November-1922

Chevrolet launched the Superior line with their 1923 models. My dad was a Chevy man.

Sunday, November 20, 2022

The United States Battleship Ohio -- November 20, 2022

San Francisco Examiner, 19-May-1901

William A Coulter did many maritime drawings for the San Francisco Call. Here is a painting he created for the office of the Governor of Ohio. USS Ohio was a pre-dreadnought battleship which was commissioned in 1904 and scrapped in 1923.

Saturday, November 19, 2022

The Indian Chases the Bear -- But Not For Long -- November 19, 2022

San Francisco Examiner, 27-November-1922

This post was delayed because I not update it before a recent trip to the hospital.

100 years ago, the 28th Big Game was played at Stanford on Thanksgiving Day. The Stanford team was called the Indians and their mascot was an Indian. Cal brought a live bear to field to serve as their mascot. The Stanford Tree was far in the future. Cal won 28-0.

This year, Cal won the 125th Big Game, again winning 28-0.

Friday, November 18, 2022

Albert Bierstadt -- Valley in Kings Canyon -- November 18, 2022

Private Collection

We don't know what year Albert Bierstadt painted "Valley in Kings Canyon." This is the Kings Canyon in California.

Thursday, November 17, 2022

At Home With Your Kodak -- November 17, 2022

Cordova, Alaska Daily Times, 04-November-1922

George Eastman's Kodak cameras allowed many people to take up photography. "Let us show you how simple and satisfactory it is to make pictures the Kodak way."

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Artemis I is a Go -- November 16, 2022 Ingalls photo

NASA successfully launched the Artemis I project, an unmanned test of the Space Launch System (SLS), the most powerful rocket in the world, and the Orion spacecraft.

The Shame of America -- November 16, 2022

Washington Evening Star, 23-November-1922

The NAACP ran this ad calling for people to support Senator Dyer's anti-lynching bill. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Overnight Pullman Between Eureka and San Rafael -- November 15, 2022

Mendocino Coast-Beacon, 01-November-1947

The Northwestern Pacific -- and its predecessors -- has always been one of my favorite railroads. In 1947 you could ride overnight on a Pullman sleeper from Eureka south to San Rafael. It would have been a nice trip except the scenery would have been better on a daytime trip. The southern terminal was San RaFael instead of Sausalito because ferry service from Sausalito to San Francisco had ended in 1941.

Monday, November 14, 2022

Five Aviators Fall to Death -- November 14, 2022

Wilmington Evening Journal, 14-November-1922

100 years ago today, on 14-November-1922, Lieutenant Commander Godfrey Chevalier, a pioneer in naval aviation, died of injuries sustained in a crash on 12-November-1922. On 26-October-1922, made the first landing while underway on a United States aircraft carrier, the USS Langley (CV-1). All the newspaper accounts that I have found referred to the Langley as a "battleship.":

US Army pilot Lieutenant Edward G Shrader was killed in a crash on 14-November-1922 and his passenger was severely injured.

Also on the 14th, French aviator Alphonse Poirée and two mechanics died testing the four-engined Caudron C.74.

Chevalier, American, Poiree, 
French, Among Victims of Fatalities 

Norfolk, Va.., Nov. 14 (United Press) — Lieut. Commander Godfrey Chevalier, one of the navy's most daring aviators, died here today from injuries received when his plane crashed Sunday. He was one of the veterans in the naval air service. 

Chevalier, a short time ago. accomplished the unusual feat of landing a plane on the deck of a battle ship while the dreadnought was moving at six knots. 

He was decorated for bravery in France during the war. 

BALTIMORE, Md„ Nov. 14 (United Press). — Lieutenant Edward O. Shrader, aviator from Fort Sill, Okla„ was killed and Lieutenant March, of Edgewood arsenal, Aberdeen, Md., was seriously hurt when their airplane crashed at Dundalk, near here, shortly before noon today. 

PARIS. Nov. 14 (United Press). —— M. Poiree, famous French aviator and two mechanics, were killed today when their 1200-horsepower four engine Caudron. designed to fly to Buenos Aires, crashed during speed trials for the aerial grand prix. Poire's machine overturned in the air while traveling at a speed of 100 miles an hour.

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Saturday, November 12, 2022

Come -- Visit Our Plant and Learn of the Purity of Bottled Coca-Cola -- November 12, 2022

Covington Daily Leader, 02-November-1922

"Every bottle is sterilized." I wonder if the bottling plants give tours nowadays. 

Friday, November 11, 2022

Happy Veterans Day, 2022 -- November 11, 2022

Maysville, Kentucky Public Ledger, 11-November-1922

Happy Veterans' Day, everyone. 100 years ago it was called Armistice Day. 

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Radio -- Bedtime Stories by Miss Ethel Rose Taylor -- November 10, 2022

Oakland Tribune, 29-November-1922

KLX, the Oakland Tribune station, featured bedtime stories read by Ethel Rose Taylor. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Ory's Sunshine Orchestra -- November 9, 2022

San Pedro News-Pilot, 25-November-1922

Edward Ory, better known as Kid Ory, was a pioneering jazz trombonist and band leader from Louisiana. He had come to the Los Angeles area in 1919. The Knights of Pythias were a fraternal and service organization.

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Dorothy Day 125 -- November 8, 2022

Roman Catholic anarchist Dorothy Day was born 125 years ago today, on 08-November-1897. She was one of the founders of the Catholic Worker Movement in the US. one day she may be canonized.

Sunday, November 6, 2022

Comic Book -- Famous Funnies -- November 6, 2022

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 the Thanksgiving turkey. Note that another bird is giving him a bite.

Saturday, November 5, 2022

Pulp -- Railroad Magazine -- November 5, 2022

Railroad Magazine was a lineal ancestor of the current Railfan and Railroad. I am a subscriber. The September 1938 issue of Railroad Magazine featured this cover drawing of little kids playing and pretending around an abandoned locomotive. The kid with the signal lantern must be the conductor. 

Friday, November 4, 2022

Toonerville Trolley -- Gimme Shelter -- November 4, 2022

Perth Amboy Evening News, 11-November-1922

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

Washington Times, 30-June-1918

Thursday, November 3, 2022

Krazy Kat --- Shux I Can't See a Dern Thing Through Them -- November 3, 2022

Washington Times, 23-November-1922

I love George Herriman's Krazy Kat. Offisa Pup gets a pair of glasses. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Washington Times, 30-June-1918

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Hughes H-4 Hercules 75 Years -- November 2, 2022

Lagrand Observer, 05-November-1947

The Hughes H-4 Hercules, also known as the Spruce Goose, was the largest flying boat ever built. Industrialist Henry J Kaiser proposed the concept during the height of the U-Boat attacks on shipping, when the US government wanted to procure an airplane made of non-strategic materials, which could fly across the Atlantic with a heavy load. Kaiser dropped out, but Howard Hughes carried on and built an incredible airplane. A Senate committee was grilling Hughes about possible war profiteering, but he proved that the giant airplane could fly 75 years ago today, on 02-ovember-1947. The airplane never flew again, but Hughes preserved it carefully until he died. The plane went on display in Long Beach for many years and is now in Oregon. I'd like to go see it.

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

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

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

It includes some new items:
1. Picture of the Month: The voting machine entry for Proposition 10, which required the city to keep the Powell Street cable car lines operating, despite the wishes of Mayor Roger Lapham.
2. On the Cable Car Lines in San Francisco page: A new article about San Francisco Proposition 10, 1947, which required the city to continue to operate the Powell Street cable car lines. Also see The Cable Car Lady & the Mayor by Walter Rice and Val Lupiz an article about the epic battle between Mrs Friedel Klussmann and Mayor Roger Lapham.
3. Add News items about the 75th anniversary of the first Save the Cable Cars movement.

Ten years ago this month (November, 2012):
1. Picture of the Month: A John Stephenson Company cable car built for Manhattan's Metropolitan Street Railroad (Source: "Notes on the Broadway, New York, Cable Railway", The Street Railway Journal, July, 1893).
2. Added results and videos of the 49th Annual Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest
2. On the Cable Car Lines in New York and New Jersey page: More about the Metropolitan Street Railway, including selected articles from the Street Railway Journal
3. On the Decorated Cable Cars page: The 2012 Giants Victory Parade.
4. On the Other California Cities page: A new article about animated cable car murals at Disney California Adventure. See California Street cars on North Point and Haight Street. Psychedelic.
5. Added News item about the upcoming dedication of refurbished Powell Street car 26

Twenty years ago this month (November, 2002):
1. Picture of the Month: Third Avenue, New York, parlor car
2. Add the Metropolitan Street Railway to the Cable Car Lines in New York and New Jersey page.
3. Also added a photo of Brooklyn Heights Railroad cable cars on Montague Street.
4. Add News items about bell ringing contest and Powell Street shutdown.

Coming in December, 2022: On the Cable Car Lines in New York and New Jersey page: A ten- and twenty-year update about Manhattan's Metropolitan Street Railway.

The Cable Car Home Page now has a Facebook page:

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The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-November-2022)
San Francisco Bay Ferryboats (updated 31-January-2020)
Park Trains and Tourist Trains (updated 30-September-2022)
The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion (updated spasmodically)
The Big V Riot Squad (new blog)