Sunday, October 15, 2017

Jumbo -- October 15, 2017

Theatrical and Circus Life by John Joseph Jennings, 1883
Jumbo was an African elephant, born in Sudan and displayed in France and Britain.  PT Barnum brought him to America in 1882 to appear in the Barnum and Bailey circus.  Jumbo was popular everywhere he went.  In 1885, Jumbo was being walked through a train yard in Toronto when he tripped and fell on his tusk, which killed him.  Shortly after, a locomotive ran him over.  Barnum had sections of him preserved so he could show them at different places. 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Sunset at Rockaway -- October 13, 2017


We had a nice picnic dinner at Rockaway Beach and watched the sun go down through the smoke.

San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose Consolidated Railway -- October 13, 2017

Official Guide, 1910
The San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose Consolidated Railway used the symbol of a key.  The teeth were the ferry pier and the loops of the handle represented the major routes, to Berkeley, Piedmont and Oakland.  Itlater changed its name to Key System.

The ad is from the 1910 The Official Guide of the Railways and Steam Navigation Lines of the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico and Cuba, National Railway Publication Company.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Where There is Smoke -- October 12, 2017


Big wildfires have torn through Napa, Sonoma and Solano Counties since Sunday night.  Mendocino and Lake Counties also have big fires.  Santa Rosa got hit hard.  Relatives have had to evacuate.  The air in San Francisco is full of smoke.  We could smell it in Pacifica when we left the house this morning.  Kids are being kept in the classroom at recess and lunch time. 

I took the shot looking down Fremont towards the new Transbay Terminal.  

Happy Columbus Day, 2017 -- October 12, 2017


Happy Columbus Day to those of you who still remember it.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Liberty's Light -- October 11, 2017

Life, 26-June-1944
The cover of the 26-June-1944 Life Magazine has a beautiful image of the Statue of Liberty.  Some people seem to feel that images of Lady Liberty are insulting to our so-called president. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Thelonious Monk 100 -- October 10, 2017

www.listal.com
Thelonious Sphere Monk, Jr was born 100 years ago today, on 10-October-1917.  He came out of the stride piano tradition and was one of the wellsprings of bebop.  Up until early high school, I didn't get his music.  I worked at it after I found an album of his records with Coleman Hawkins.  I kept going with other albums.  Then I got it.

I wonder what he thought about Sun Ra.