Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sherlock Holmes Comic Book -- April 17, 2014

I bought this comic book in 1975 when DC published it.  I enjoyed the adaption of "The Empty House."  Unfortunately, they did not do another edition.  My copy probably resides in a box in my mother's basement. 

The image comes from the Grand Comics Database:

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Matt Williams -- April 15, 2014

Inspired by the book Few and Chosen: Defining Giants Greatness Across the Eras by Giants great Bobby Thomson and Phil Pepe, I thought I would devote my nickname meme to Giants players for the next several months. 

I remember when José Uribe's wife died and Matt Williams got called up to play shortstop. He had a terrible game with many errors. When he got to play third base, he did much better. He also turned out to be a great hitter. 

He could do a good Babe Ruth imitation. 

I was sad when he went to the Cleveland Indians and sadder when he went to the new Arizona Diamondbacks.  He currently manages the Washington Nationals. 

I remember people calling him "Matt the Bat" on rare occasions.  Sadly, he played in a period when baseball nicknames were at a low ebb. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Real Home-Made Candy -- April 13, 2014

This ad, from the 17-November-1921 New Orleans Herald, extols the virtues of the Lousiana Home-Made Candy Factory.  "Delicious Wonder/Heavenly Hash/Creole Pralines/Marshmallow Caromels."  Sounds good to me. 

Today would have been the 75th birthday of Irish poet Seamus Heaney, who passed on last September:

Yesterday we went to see the Giants play Arizona.  The Giants failed to score any runs for Cain so they lost 1-0.  We went to Our Lady of Mercy church for Palm Sunday mass. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

All the Comforts of Home -- April 11, 2014

This ad for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, the Burlington Route or the "Q," advertises connections from San Francisco and Los Angeles via the Southern Pacific.  "Cars are clean; porters are accommodating; excursion managers obliging; and the route is without an equal in point of interest. 

The ad is from the 21-October-1901 San Francisco Call

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Strangerhood -- Mission District -- April 9, 2014

The San Francisco Arts Commission ( has set up a series of posters by artist Lordy Rodriquez called "Strangerhood." Rodriquez reimagines San Francisco neighborhoods as countries.  This is his version of the Mission District.  I took the photo on 14-January-2014.  Be sure to click on the image to see a larger version. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Le Roy Talma & Bosco -- April 7, 2014

To play the Palace in New York was the height of accomplishment in vaudeville. Le Roy-Talma-Bosco were a popular team of magicians. Servais Le Roy was a Belgian magician. Talma (Mary Ford) was his wife and an expert coin manipulator. Bosco was the rotund comic relief. There were several Boscos over the years. John Bosco is the patron saint of magicians.
Headliner Lucille Cavanaugh was a dancer. "Miss Cavanaugh is Georgeously Attractive."  Georgously?  "Beautiful Face -- Beautiful Figure -- Beautiful Steps."  The Avon Comedy Four was a popular comic act which included Smith and Dale. 

The ad is from the New York Tribune 22-September-1918. 

Here is an ad from a 1915 appearance at the Palace:

The Giants are off to a good start.  They won 3 of 4 against Arizona and 2 of 3 against the Dodgers. 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Aeromarine Airways -- April 5, 2014

Aeromarine Airways was a subsidiary of the Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company.  Aeromarine Airways operated from 1920 to 1923.  The images and the text are from the 1922 Aircraft Yearbook. Be sure to click on the images to see larger versions. 
The first, and at the present time the only, regularly operated aerial transportation line in the United States, and the largest in the world, utilizing flying boats exclusively, is Aeromarine Airways, Inc., the service of which covers the Florida Straits, between Florida and Cuba, and various points in the Caribbean Sea.  The history of this company is an inspiring example of faith and courage.  The Key West-Havana route was selected in 1920, first, because of the extraordinary volume of traffic, pleasure and business the year round; second, because passage of the stormy Channel required an entire night of discomfort, and third, as the course lay over water, operation need not await the establishment of terminals or routes or even the enactment of Federal Law. 

Starting with one eleven-passenger cruiser, the fleet has been steadily increased until, at the close of 1921, it embraced thirty flying boats of various capacity, the are of operations being extended north along the Atlantic seaboard to Boston, and westward, over the Hudson and the Great Lakes to Chicago and Detroit; south through the Mississippi Valley to New Orleans, thence around the Gulf Coast to the Key West base.  During 1921, Aeromarine Airways flew 95,020 miles, according to their log, carrying 6814 passengers and 29,002 pounds of freight.  They operated their Cuban services daily, making a total of 162 flights during the season, maintaining an average scheduled time of 96 minutes for the 110 miles, and this frequently notwithstanding the gales which sweep the Straits.  and what is most important of all, there has never been a single person -- passenger or employee, injured.