Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Norman Mailer 100 -- January 31, 2023


Some sources say that author Norman Mailer was born 100 years ago today, on 31-January-1923. I haven't read many of his books. The only thing that stuck in my memory from An American Dream was the description of vomiting.




Monday, January 30, 2023

COVID-19, Vaccine, Masks, Church, Baseball and School -- January 30, 2023


COVID-19 infections are down, but a new sub-variant is causing a high percentage of new infections. Everywhere I go, I see a mixture of people with and without masks. 

We had heavy rain for most of the month. Muni service, including cable cars, was disrupted. 

California had three mass shootings in three days and a fourth in the same week. 

Jeff Kent and Matt Cain are off of the Hall of Fame ballot after this year. 


After nearly a year, Ukraine is still holding off the Russians. Russian bots are spreading all kinds of crap about Ukraine. Britain, Germany and the US have agreed to send main battle tanks to Ukraine.

Sunday, January 29, 2023

Catholic Schools Week, 2022 -- January 29, 2022

Today is the start of Catholic Schools Week.

I'm grateful that my parents put me in Catholic schools for 12 years. I'm also grateful to my teachers.

Good Shepherd School in Pacifica gave our daughter a great education and continues to do the same for many other children. My wife teaches there, and I feel proud to be a part-time member of the faculty. Our daughter teaches at a Catholic school in Daly City. 

Good Shepherd School is worth considering if you live in or near Pacifica:

The 11 o'clock mass at Good Shepherd Church was a school mass. The kids did well with the reading. The choir sounded good. After mass, there was an open house at the school. I sat in the computer lab, didn't get many visitors. I think some families didn't come because the 49ers were playing in the NFC championship game. They lost. 

Saturday, January 28, 2023

Semicentennial Discovery of Gold -- January 28, 2023

San Francisco Call, 12-December-1897

In January 1898 San Francisco's California's Golden Jubilee and Mining Fair celebrated the 50th anniversary of James Marshall's discovery of gold in the American River. "Mining and Outfitting Practically Illustrated," for the benefit of people heading for the Yukon Gold Rush.

Friday, January 27, 2023

William Gillette Personally Appearing in His Famous Success -- January 27, 2023

Washington Times, 28-January-1923

William Gillette played Sherlock Holmes more than 1300 times. He wrote the play. He retired several times, after long farewell tours, and then made triumphant returns. His last farewell tour ran from 1929 to 1932.

The following week the National Theater was going to present Lionel Atwill in The Comedian by Sasha Guitry. Atwill went on to become a popular character actor in talking films.

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Super Flappers! Running Wild With an Orgy of Gayety -- January 26, 2023

Birmingham Age-Herald, 14-January-1923

The Warner Brothers heavily promoted their adaption of F Scott Fitzgerald's second novel, The Beautiful and Damned. I need to read that again.

Marie Prevost played Gloria Gilbert and Kenneth Harlan played Anthony Patch. Prevost later married Harlan in real life.

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

The First Nugget -- January 24, 2023

San Francisco Examiner, 23-January-1898

175 years ago today, on 24-January-1848, John Marshall, a veteran Captain John C. Frémont's California Battalion during the Bear Flag Revolt, was leading a crew which was building a sawmill for Colonel John Sutter. The sawmill was on the American River, near Coloma. Marshall found shiny objects in the tailrace that turned out to be gold. This was the beginning of the California Gold Rush. Neither Marshall nor Sutter prospered.

The image is based on a painting by Charles Christian Nahl. 

Monday, January 23, 2023

Vietnam Pact Initialed by U.S., Hanoi -- January 23, 2023

San Francisco Examiner, 23-January-1973

50 years ago today, on 23-January-1973, representatives of the United States, South Vietnam, North Vietnam and the Marxist puppet government of South Vietnam signed the Paris Peace Accords. The US was able to withdraw its troops. The RVN, the DRV and the PRG resumed fighting almost immediately, despite the cease fire. They continued to fight until 1976, when the government of South Vietnam fell.

The Peace Accords were of great interest to me because I was growing towards draft age. I knew I would have to volunteer, get drafted or get a college deferment and then volunteer.

Coincedentally, LBJ, whose legacy was badly damaged by the war, had died the day before.

Sunday, January 22, 2023

The Year of the Rabbit -- January 22, 2023

Moving Picture Weekly, 23-May-1914

In honor of the Lunar New Year, the Year of the Rabbit, here is John Bunny.

John Bunny was a popular performer in early Vitagraph comedies like "A Cure for Pokeritis" (1912), "Hearts and Diamonds" (1914) and "The Pickwick Papers" (1913). He was born (on 21-September-1863) to play Mr Pickwick. Bunny died in 1915 and the world mourned.  Here is a detail from a Vitagraph ad in the 23-May-1914 Moving Picture World.  Be sure to click on the image to see the larger version.  Note his tooth.

How Foreman Won Title -- 50 Years -- January 22, 2023

San Francisco Examiner, 22-January-1973

50 years ago today, on February 22, 1973, George Foreman knocked Joe Frazier down six times and earned a TKO in the second round to stop Frazier's unbroken streak and take his heavyweight title. I think I heard it announced on the radio. It was a great shock. I admired Joe Frazier and I wanted him to fight Ali again, with the title on the line.

Saturday, January 21, 2023

America's Hat is in the Ring -- January 21, 2023

Davenport Democrat and Leader, 02-January-1923

This cartoon boasts of US contributions to aviation in 1922, and looks forward to new developments, including lots of records, in 1923.

Friday, January 20, 2023

David Crosby, RIP -- January 20, 2023


David Crosby has died. I loved his work with the Byrds and CSN/CSNY before I knew who he was. He almost died a while back because of abusing alcohol and drugs. He straightened himself out and had a liver transplant

Crosby, Stills, & Nash--Suite: Judy Blue Eyes

The Byrds - Eight Miles High - 9/23/1970 - Fillmore East (Official)

The Byrds "Mr. Tambourine Man" on The Ed Sullivan Show

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Teach Your Children - 11/3/1991 - Golden Gate Park (Official)

Coutler -- On the Camanche -- January 20, 2023

San Francisco Call, 23-February-1897

WA Coulter did many maritime drawings for the San Francisco Call. In 1897, California's naval militia put a show for members of the legislature, in honor of George Washington's birthday. The Camanche (that's how the Navy spelled it) was a Civil War monitor with an unusual history. After being built, she was disassembled and loaded into the hold of a sailing ship, the Aquila, which carried her around the horn. Aquila sank in her berth in San Francisco. After being salvaged, Camanche was assembled and launched in late 1864. By this time, she had been turned over to California's Naval Militia. The Oregon (BB-3) was a pre-Dreadnought battleship, built at San Francisco's Union Iron Works.

The Naval Battalion Inspected
by the Legislative Committee.

The National Guard of this section of the State had its day yesterday, being inspected by the adjutant-general, A. W. Barrett, and members of the Military Committee of the Senate and House. It was expected that Governor Budd, commander-in-chief of the Guard, would have been present/with his staff, but he was not present, and the excuse for bis absence was tbat public business prevented him from coming to this City.

The day commenced with a visit to the Naval Battalion on board of the monitor Camanche, at anchor in the bay off Folsom-street Wharf. It had been arranged that there was to be an inspection of the vessel and men and then a boat race between crews of the First and Second divisions of the battalion, but the order was reversed, the race came off first and then followed the inspection.

The party that went on the Camanche was conveyed there on the tug Governor H. H. Markham, made attractive by a liberal display of bunting. Tbe vessel was placed at the disposal of tbe party.

There were in the party Adjutant-General A. W. Barrett, Assistant Adjutant-General R. L. Peeler, Senator Pedlar, chairman of the Senate Military Committee, Senator Androus, Assembly man Cross, chairman of the House Military Committee, Assemblymen Jones, Godfrey, Mahoney. Powers, McLaren and Treacy of the House Committee, Lieutenant-Colonel Burgin and Lieutenant Sanborn of the Governor's staff. Lieutenant-Colonel C. H. Crocker. Captain D. A. Smith, adjutant of the Fifth Infantry, Second Brigade.

They were received on the tug by Lieutenant Dennis of the First Division, who, in tbe absence of Lieutenant-Commander Turner, commanded the battalion, and Lieutenant Elliott, adjutant of the battalion. The tug first followed the racers and. the party on board witnessed some good work by the men of the naval reserve.

When the tug was moored alongside of the iron ship the visitors were received by Lieutenant Gunn of tbe Second Division, acting executive officer of the battalion. The men of the reserve, who were mustered on deck, in their neat uniforms presented a picturesque appearance and drew from tne visitors many expressions of satisfaction.

The customary ceremonies observed on an occasion of this kind being over, the visitors were invited below, where they were shown over the berth deck and in the ward room, where refreshments were served and they were briefly addressed by Lieutenant Dennis. He explained what the naval reserve has done in the past, what it is doing and what it needs.

The party was then shown over the ship, a number of the inquisitive legislators crawling through one of the portholes into the turret to see the guns inside. They asked a great many questions and they learned a great deal. They admitted tbey saw much to admire in that branch of the service, and they were of the opinion that the water militia ought to have the State assistance it asks for.

The inspection over the party returned to the tug and was saluted by the boom of tne Hotcbkiss gun. Then by direction of Colonel Chadbourne the party was taken along the City front and out toward the heads until abreast of the Mabel Gray, tbe schooner that was dismantled by lightning. The tug rounded that vessel and returned to her berth.

When passing the Corwin, which was dressed in gala attire, that vessel fired a National salute of twenty-one guns. Some of the guileless individuals on the tug were of the opinion that the salute was in their honor, until they were reminded tbat the day was a holiday and that the salute was the one usually fired at noon in honor of the occasion.

Division I of the Naval Battalion
Captures a Flag for Fast

"A better, fairer or more hotly contested race was never seen in California," was the comment of Henry Peterson after the first division of the Naval Battalion hbad won the champion flag yesterday. "They rowed stroke for stroke up to the stake boat, but on the turn the first division gained a decided advantage and finally won by about five lengths."

After the race the men in Division 2's boat became the guests of the winners in the boathouse, and a merry half-hour was spent.

Last year the crew of the Second Division won the race, and on this occasion the First Division determined to win back the flag presented by Irving M. Scott for annual competition. It has to be won three times in succession and then becomes the property of the division that proves victorious. Yesterday R. Shualler, W. Giesler, F. J. Murphy, P. Murray, J. Meyers and George Green, with J. T. Healey as cockswain, upheld the honors of the First Division, while T. P. Shroeder and Messrs. Undgen, Olsen, Hansen, Johnson and Halleday, with T. Rowe as cockswain, fought out tbe battle on behalf of the Second Division. Henry Peterson was the referee, Lieutenant Calden was judge for the First Division, Lieutenant A. H. Elliot for the Second Division and S. J. Pembroke was timekeeper.

The course was from the Camanche to a buoy anchored off Mission Rock and return, a distance of about three miles. Considering that the men covered the distance in 20 minutes and 26 seconds, there is some truth in the remark made by Henry Peterson, "The best time ever made by green amateurs, in a ship's boat, in the world."

The start was a perfect one. Neither gained a foot during the first mile and a half, and when the stakeboats were reached it was anybody's race. It was then that Howe carried his boat wide, and Healey, who is an excellent cockswain, made his men slow down, and making a short turn gained at least six lengths on Division 2. With all that distance to make up, the boys never lost heart, and set out on a stern chase. They made up two boats-lengths, but the strain told on them, and during the last quarter of a mile they fell back a length.

The boys of Division 1 earned their victory. They were all out at the finish, and not one of them could have rowed another half-mile. Murphy was bleeding at the nose, and his rowing shirt and arms were covered with his blood; but just the same he stuck to bis work and stayed by his oar until the boat was alongside the monitor. When passing the Oregon and the bark Las Adelphes the men were heartily cheered, and when opposite the schooner on which Schnalier of the battalion had a party of friends the winners received an ovation. It was a perfect day for the races, and it was rowed at slack water and with little or no wind.

"Little Jack," whose clever maneuvering really won the race for Division 1, was afterward carried down below to the berthdeck by his delighted crew.

Then followed several races from the battle-ship. The course was from the Oregon, around the Camanche and back. The big cutter 13 was beaten by barge 32. It was nip and tuck with them until they got into the backwash from the sternwheeler A. C. Freese. Then the cutter lost headway and 32 finally won by four lengths.

In the next race No. 32 was pitted against cutter 41, and this time 32 turned the tables and won cleverly by two lengths.

The third and last race of the day was between dingeys 14 and 24, the former winning by three lengths.

Harrison, Folsom and Howard street wharves were crowded with spectators, all of whom enjoyed the spectacle. The British and American ships were covered with bunting, and it was one of the gayest spectacles seen on the bay in many a day. In point of decorations the Occidental and Oriental Company's Doric easily took the palm, and next came the battle-ship Oregon. The American fleet in port showed more flags and made a better appearance than they have in years.

Thursday, January 19, 2023

Byte Magazine -- Future Trends -- January 19, 2023


I used to subscribe to Byte Magazine. I always enjoy looking at old predictions of "Future Trends." I see a stereo, a camera, a calculator, a tape recorder and a wristwatch, all of which have been mostly replaced by the cell phone. I may be mistaken, but I don't see any prediction of a cell phone or even a wireless phone.

Jeff Beck and Lisa Marie Presley RIP -- January 19, 2023


Jeff Beck died. All guitar players speak highly of him. He even moved in the direction of jazz/rock fusion.

The Best Live Perform Ever!!! Jeff Beck - Beck's Bolero | HD


Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart - People Get Ready


The Yardbirds - For Your Love (1965) (Full version)


Jeff Beck - Superstition

Lisa Marie Presley died. I don't know much about her music, but I have sympathy for her family, especially her mother. 

"Lights Out" Lisa Marie Presley

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Albert Biersdadt -- Valley of the Yosemite -- January 18, 2023

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Albert Bierstadt painted "Valley of the Yosemite" in 1864. It is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

That Old Man Atmospheric River -- January 17, 2022

They are saying on the news that we are going through the wettest 22 days in California history since the Great Flood of 1862. The power was out in some parts of Pacifica for multiple days. Ours was out for only three hours. There have been landslides all over the place. This week a boulder came down on Highway One northbound just before the tunnel. A large tree fell blocking Terra Nova Boulevard near the baseball field. Pesccadero has been heavily flooded. 

Monday, January 16, 2023

Sunday, January 15, 2023

Winter Days Invite Your Kodak -- January 15, 2023

Cordova, Alaska Daily Times, 02-January-1923

The Cordova Drug Company would sell you a Box Brownie for $2 and up.

Saturday, January 14, 2023

Lewis Carroll 125 Years -- January 14, 2023


Lewis Carroll, who was born Charles Dodgson, died 125 years ago today, on 14-January-1898. His books Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass were great influences on nonsense literature. He was also an avid amateur photographer

One or both of the books has been adapted into countless movies. 



Friday, January 13, 2023

J'Accuse 125 -- January 13, 2023


125 years ago today, on 13-January-1898, French liberal/socialist newspaper L'Aurore published "J'Accuse," an open letter to the President of France, written by novelist Émile Zola. Zola pointed out the many injustices of the trial of Alfred Dreyfus, a French army officer, for treason. Dreyfus, who was Jewish, was framed by higher ups to cover the espionage of another officer. Zola was accused of libel. When he was found guilty, he fled to Great Britain.

Thursday, January 12, 2023

Did You Get a Stetson Gift Certificate for Christmas? -- January 12, 2023

Newark Advocate, 02-January-1948

Harry J Rook's store in Newark offered beautiful Stetsons for $8.50 and up. Buyers were reminded to use gift certificates they might have received for Christmas.

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

KLX Orchestra for Tonight -- January 11, 2023

Oakland Tribune, 01-January-1923

"Jack Levine's Melody Makers of the Maple Dancing Academy of Oakland who will broadcast jazz from Radio KLX, the TRIBUNE'S broadcasting station..."

Oakland Tribune, 08-January-1923

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

The Daddy of Jazz -- January 10, 2023

Indianapolis Times, 20-January-1923

Earl Fuller led one of the first jazz bands, Earl Fuller’s New York Orchestra, to play in New York City. Here we see Fuller billed as "The Daddy of Jazz." Not likely. The original band included Ted Lewis. Lewis left the band about 1919. Fuller made some interesting early jazz recordings. 

Earl Fuller's Famous Jazz Band "Jazz De Luxe" (NY, Mar, 1918) Emerson 952 (Mx 3182).

Monday, January 9, 2023

Extra Fine Mare Mules -- January 9, 2023

Americus Times-Recorder, 05-January-1923

GA and WG Turpin have a nice selection of new mare mules; they also have some second-hand mules.

Sunday, January 8, 2023

Two Men Burned at the Stake -- January 8, 2023

San Francisco Call, 09-January-1898

125 years ago today, on 08-January-1898, a mob of whites kidnapped two Seminole men and burned them by the stake. In 1893 Henry (Harry) Smith, an African-American was tortured and burned to death in Paris, Texas. The Rufus Buck Gang was a group of Creek Native Americans and African Americans who went on a robbery and murder spree in 1895-1896.

A Mob's Awful Vengeance
Upon the Slayers of
a Woman.
Indians Taken From Their Home
to Expiate in a Most Horrible
Manner a Most Horrible Crime.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Jan. 8. -- A special to the Gazette from Fort Smith, says: Justice in a more horrible form than that meted out to Harry Smith at Paris, Tex., was administered by a mob on the Oklahoma border on Friday night to J. Marcus McGeisy and Palmer Simpson, two Seminole Indians. They were charged with murder, their victim being Mrs. James Simmons, a respectable farmers wife living in Oklahoma.

The crime was a most revolting one and the criminals were punished in a most revolting manner. Mrs. Simmons was assaulted and murdered. The body was horribly mutilated. The crime resembled in atrocity those perpetrated in the Creek Nation by the infamous Buck gang, the members of which were hanged at Fort Smith two years ago. The murder and mutilation of Mrs. Simmons so enraged the neighborhood that nearly the entire populace turned out to hunt down and punish the guilty parties. The trail led to the home of McGeisy, near Maud, a small town in the Seminole Nation, where McGeisy and Simpson were arrested.

After securing their prisoners the mob set fire to McGeisy' s house and barn and did not leave until they saw all of his earthly possessions reduced to ashes.

The prisoners were then carried back across the line into Oklahoma Territory, and near the scene of their crime where they were excuted by Judge Lynch's order in the most horrible manner that human minds and human hands could devise. They were burned at the stake.

The Indians met their doom with the usual stoicism of their race. After life was extinct the mob allowed the fires to die down, and they then quietly dispersed to their several homes. No secret was made of the fact that ' the Indians had been burned to death, and this morning their charred bodies, burned beyond recognition, were found lying in the ashes of their funeral pyre. Everybody in the vicinity seems to know that the Indians were executed for the murder of Mrs. Simmons, but everybody appears to be entirely ignorant of the individuals who composed the mob.

Information was received here of the terrible affair from persons who saw the charred bodies of the Indians. Great uneasiness exists along the Oklahoma border, and the impression prevails that much more bloodshed will follow the work of the mob.

This is the third instance of mob violence reported in the Indian Territory in the last twenty-five years, and by a singular coincidence the mob in each case tame from points outside the Territory.

Saturday, January 7, 2023

Colored Men Defend Their Homes Their Women and Their Lives Against Savage Mob -- 07-January-1923

Perth Amboy Evening News, 12-January-1923

100 years ago today, 07-January-1923, is regarded as the final day of the Rosewood Race Massacre in Florida. At least eight people were killed, 6 African-Americans and two whites, but the actual number killed was most likely between 27 and 250, mostly African-Americans. The Richmond Planet was an African-American owned newspaper. The article is from 13-January-1923.

Richmond Planet, 10-January-1923


Armed Warfare as Whites
Attack Community Following
Escape of a Suspect.

Numerous Instances of Heroism.

ROSEWOOD, FLORIDA, Jan. 8. -- Reports from authentic sources say that, when the whites began to assault and kill colored women indiscriminately, several colored men barricaded themselves in a house and fought off the mob of white hoodlums and while the whites were waiting for re-enforcements these men, some ex-soldiers, charged for the protection of nearby woods. Most of the colored casualties were sustained by "non-combatant" women who were chased and beaten wherever found. The whites sustained the greatest number of casualties.

Rosewood., Fla., Jan. 6. -- James Currier, colored, shot and killed this morning, was the seventh victim of a race riot which began here on Thursday night. Carrier was shot to death while standing on the graves at Sumner of the four other colored people who fell in the fighting that followed an attempt by a crowd of white men to enter a colored home in search of Jesse Hunter, escaped convict wanted for alleged implication in an attack on a white girl at Sumner.

According to information received by officials, Carrier was seized by several white men this morning and accused of having been in the house from which colored persons fired on the approaching white men, killing two of their number. When he is said to have refused to reveal the names of those who did the shooting, the white men, officers were informed led him to the colored graveyard and made him stand on the newly dug graves of his brother and mother, also victims of the fighting, while they riddled his body with shots.

Meanwhile Hunter, search for whom has resulted in the seven deaths, is still at large. Officers stated tonight that the situation in the entire vicinity was quiet and they anticipated no further trouble.

Carrier had returned to Rosewood this morning and appealed to W. H. Pillsbury. Superintendent of the Sumner Cypress Company mill there, for protection. Pillsbury locked him in a house in the colored quarter. Later, however, when a new clash became imminent, he was turned over to twenty-five or thirty men.

Rosewood, Fla., Jan. 5. -- Armed posses numbering between 200 and 300, were searching tonight for Jesse Hunter, escaped colored convict, who in addition to an alleged attack on a white girl, has been the incidental cause of the killing of two white men and four colored people and the wounding of four other white men. The deaths and wounding resulted from a race riot fomented here last night by a search of the colored quarters for the wanted man.

Following the clash between the races the colored section was set on fire and nearly destroyed, six houses and a colored church being burned. All the people fled from Rosewood and are believed to be hiding in the woods for protection.

O. P. Wilkinson, a merchant of Sumner, and Henry Andrews, superintendent of the Sumner Lumber Company, at Otter Creek were killed when they advanced on a colored home last night to see Sylvester Carrier, colored who was believed to know the whereabouts of Hunter. Their companions then rained bullets on the house, the fire was returned. The number of persons in the house was estimated at twenty-five.

Before dawn the white men’s ammunition was exhausted and the people escaped before the supply could be replenished. A search of the house revealed that Sylvester Carrier and his mother Sarah Carrier had been shot to death. Letty Gordon, colored woman was shot to death as she was leaving her burning dwelling, it was reported This afternoon the body of Mingo Williams, colored was found on a road about twenty miles from Rosewood. He had been shot through the jaw.

The white men wounded were: Cecil Studstill of Sumner, Bryan Kirkland of Sumner, Mannie Hudson of Sumner and Henry Odon of Otter Creek. Several colored persons are believed to bear wounds inflicted in the fight.

The community had been aroused since an attack on a young white woman at Sumner on Monday. Hunter, who escaped from a road gang in Levy County, was accused in connection with the crime which was said to have resulted in Carrier saying his act was an example of what the colored people could do without interference.

The white men went to Carrier's home last night to see if Hunter was there and to warn Carrier against further talk of that kind. Hunter was serving a prison term, for carrying concealed weapons.

It was believed he was in the house at the time of the clash.

Friday, January 6, 2023

Shasta Daylight -- January 6, 2023

San Francisco Examiner, 29-October-1957

The Shasta Daylight was the Southern Pacific Railroad's first Diesel-powered streamliner. It ran from Oakland to Portland, Oregon. The train's schedule was set so it would pass scenic Mount Shasta during daylight hours.

Thursday, January 5, 2023

Comic Book -- America's Best Comics -- January 5, 2023


This cover of America's Best Comics features heroes The Black Terror, The Fighting Yank, American Eagle (I think) and Doc Strange. They stomp on stereotypical Imperial Japanese soldiers. Please excuse the racism. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

The Year of the Rabbit -- February 4, 2023

Showmen's Trade Review, 05-June-1940

In honor of the Lunar New Year, the Year of the Rabbit, here is the most famous rabbit of all, Bugs Bunny.

The San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade is tonight. The parade has taken place since the 1860s. 

27-July-1940 saw the debut of the Buck-Toothed Barrymore, the Hardest Working Hare in Show Business, the Chairman of the Carrot Patch, Bugs Bunny.  There is some controversy over the identity of the first Bugs Bunny cartoon.  Some people favor "Porky's Hare Hunt" from 1938.  Some people like other movies, but the rabbit's official debut was in "A Wild Hare," which was released on 27-July-1940.  Tex Avery directed it.  Bugs said "What's up, Doc?" for the first time.  Warner Brothers received an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Subject. 

Pulp -- Dare-Devil Aces -- January 4, 2023


Dare-Devil Aces always had colorful covers that apparently had little to do with the stories in the magazine. I think that is a SPAD confronting a Gotha bomber and a Fokker D.VII fighter.

Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Toonerville Trolley -- His Stummick is Upsot -- January 3, 2023

Perth Amboy Evening News, 30-January-1923

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

Washington Times, 30-June-1918

Monday, January 2, 2023

Krazy Kat -- Heppy New Year Everybody -- January 2, 2023

Washington Times, 01-January-1923

I love George Herriman's Krazy Kat. Krazy wishes "Heppy New Year Everybody.' Click on the image to see a larger version.

Washington Times, 30-June-1918

Sunday, January 1, 2023

January, 2023 Version of the Cable Car Home Page -- January 1, 2023

Seattle Star, 15-April-1940

I just put the January 2023 version of my Cable Car Home Page on the server:


It includes some new items:
1. Picture of the Month: Last Cable Ride -- When the first Madison street cable car started up Madison 50 years ago, one of the passengers was Mrs. George Heilbron, whose husband was one of the founders of the line. And on the last trip Sunday Mrs. Heilbron rode again. She is talking to Col. C. D. Mills, general manager of the transit system, ahe aged cable car sways along the tracks to the barn. Today gasoline buses operated up and down the hill. (Source: Seattle Star, 15-April-1940, page 11)
2. On the Cable Cars in the Pacific Northwest page: More pictures and information about Seattle cable cars, including newspaper accounts of the closing of three lines in 1940. Aside from the lines in San Francisco, these were the last three Hallidie-type cable car lines in the United States.
3. Add News item about the Cable Car Cleanup

Ten years ago this month (January, 2013):
1. Picture of the Month: Looking up Seattle's Madison Street Hill. A Front Street Cable Railway car crosses on First Street. (Source: "Portland, Tacoma, Seattle, Everett, Astoria," The Street Railway Journal, May, 1893. Volume IX, Number 5.
2. More about the 100th birthday of the San Francisco Municipal Railway
3. On the Cable Cars in the Pacific Northwest page: More pictures and information about Seattle cable cars, including selected articles from The Street Railway Journal.
4. On the Decorated Cable Cars page: More cable cars decorated for Christmas 2012.
5. Added News item about a new book from the Friends of the Cable Car Museum

Twenty years ago this month (January, 2003):
1. Picture of the Month: New Powell/Market turntable
2. Add the Beach Pneumatic Subway to the Cable Car Lines in New York and New Jersey page.
3. Add article about the Powell Street Turntable Replacement to the San Francisco page.
4. Added photos and thumbnailed others on the Clay Street Hill Railroad page. Also expanded added photos and expanded article on Andrew S Hallidie on the Who page.
5. Add photos to the News items about the bell ringing contest and Powell Street turntable replacement.

175 years ago on 24-January-1848, James Marshall discovered gold in the run of Sutter's Mill near Coloma, CA. This led to the Gold Rush, which shaped the future of California and San Francisco.

75 years ago on 15-January-1948, Carl Hubbell, great Giants pitcher, was elected to the Hall of Fame.

Coming in February, 2023: On the Cable Cars in the Pacific Northwest page: More pictures and information about the Portland Cable Railway

The Cable Car Home Page now has a Facebook page:

Joe Thompson
The Cable Car Home Page (updated 01-January-2023)
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)

Happy New Year 2023 -- January 1, 2023

San Francisco Examiner, 01-January-1923

I hope everyone has a happy, peaceful, healthy (especially healthy) and prosperous new year. That sure is a funny-looking "9".