Saturday, November 22, 2014

1911 Rolls-Royce Model 40/50 Silver Ghost Tourer -- November 22, 2014

We visited the Blackhawk Museum in June, 2013 to drool over their collection of classic autos.  I had a large-scale Matchbox model of the 1911 Rolls-Royce Model 40/50 Silver Ghost Tourer.  The Silver Ghost, which was in production for 20 years, has always been considered one of the best cars. 

You will notice that the horn bulb is missing.  (051/dsc_0083, 0085)

Friday, November 21, 2014

News of the Week 21-November-1914 - November 21, 2014

The 21-November-1914 Motography featured "News of the Week as Shown in Films," with items from current newsreels. 

"U.S. Battleship New York passing under Brooklyn Bridge after making speed trial.  Copyrighted 1914 by Universal Film Mfg. Co."  USS New York (BB-34) served in both World Wars. 

"Loading J. D. Rockefeller's chartered steamer for Belgians' relief.  Copyrighted 1914 by Hearst-Selig News Pictorial."  After the German invasion, the people of occupied Belgium were starving.  Many Americans tried to provide relief. 

"French troops going to the front.  Copyrighted 1914 by Hearst-Selig News Pictorial."  You can't see it in the photo, but their trousers would have been bright red and their coats would have been blue. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sherlock Holmes Number -- November 20, 2014

Collier's Magazine published most Sherlock Holmes stories in the United States.  The 15-August-1908 issue included the first part of "The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge."

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Feature Books -- Secret Agent X-9 -- November 19, 2014

Feature Books started in 1937.  Each issue was devoted to a single character.  Initially, it reprinted comic strips, but for about two years the 1940s it published original comic adaptions of novels, including The Maltese Falcon.  Then it returned to reprinting comic strips. 

Secret Agent X-9 was a comic strip created by Dashiell Hammett and drawn by Alex Raymond.  Hammett left first, and then Raymond. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Pulp -- Fight Stories -- November 18, 2014

The cover of this issue of Fight Stories advertised "The Brown Panther," the "Ring-Story of Harry Wills."  Wills was an African American heavyweight boxer who fought in the Teens and Twenties.  After the controversies that surrounded heavyweight champ Jack Johnson, it was difficult for African American boxers to get fights with white boxers.  Wills spent years trying to get a fight with champ Jack Dempsey.  Dempsey said he was willing, but his promoters were not. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Joe McGinnity -- November 17, 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. 

Iron Man Joe McGinnity pitched professionally from 1899 to 1925.  In 1903, he pitched 44 complete games, out of 47 started, which is a modern major league record (1900 and after).  He also had two saves and pitched 434 innings.  He was the last man to pitch both ends of a double header.  These things are not why he was called Iron Man.  He worked in an iron foundry during the offseason. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Landing on a Comet -- November 16, 2014

European Space Agency
I remember when the European Space Agency launched Rosetta in 2004.  Last week, Rosetta met with Comet 67P and lauched the Philae lander. Philae reached the surface of the comet safely, but in the shadow of a cliff, so its solar panels are not helping to recharge the battery. This is still a wonderful accomplishment for the human race. I wish America could get people excited about space again.