Wednesday, April 23, 2014

To Circumnavigate the Globe -- April 23, 2014


Captain Joshua Slocum sailed around the world alone in 1895-1898 in the sloop Spray.  This was the first solo circumnavigation. Slocum and the Spray disappeared in 1909 on another solo voyage.  Captain Adolph Freitsch attempted a solo circumnavigation in a smaller sloop in 1899.  Freitsch gave up when he reaches Honolulu. 

From the 02-April-1899 San Francisco Call. William A Coulter did many maritime drawings for the newspaper. Click on the image for a larger view. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Site of First US Branch Mint -- April 21, 2014


The first United States Branch Mint in San Francisco opened in a building on Commercial Street near Montgomery in 1854.  The building was too small and operations moved to what is now known as the Old Mint at Fifth and Mission in 1874.  The current mint, on Duboce, went into operation in 1937. 

A new building on the Commercial Street site later served as the San Francisco branch of the United States Sub-treasury. 

I remember when a bank wanted to tear down the building to put up a skyscraper.  Somehow they were persuaded to save part of the façade of the sub-treasury and some of the vaults.  The building now houses the Pacific Heritage Museum, which has some displays about the mint and sub-treasury on the bottom floor.  The rest of the museum has rotating art exhibits. 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Churches Unite in Solemn Anthems At Great Festival of Easter -- April 20, 2014


Happy Easter, everyone.  This list of Easter Services is from the 07-April-1912 San Francisco Call.  Most of the Roman Catholic parishes are still active, except for Holy Cross and Saint Rose.  Notice Christian Yoga and Grace Pro Cathedral. 
Last night we went to Easter Vigil at Good Shepherd church.  I always like the darkness and the candles. 

Be sure to click on the images to see larger versions. 

Churches Unite in Solemn Anthems At Great Festival of Easter

The festival of Easter, at one time merely a commemoration of an event then fresh in the minds of all who took part but now surrounded with other observances giving it a varied significance, will be celebrated at nearly all of the churches of San Francisco today with special musical services.  Ecclesiastical musical history of all periods, from Gregorian chants to the most recent compositions of Dudey Buck, will be represented, either in the original form or in a present day adaptation in the vernacular, all for the one purpose, however, of recalling to mind the event of 1,912 years ago. 


Saturday, April 19, 2014

1926 Daimler Model 45 HP Salon Cabriolet - April 19, 2014


We visited the Blackhawk Museum in June, 2013 to drool over their collection of classic autos.  The 1926 Daimler Model 45 HP Salon Cabriolet is a unique vehicle built for Gulab Singh, the Maharajah of Rewa.  Coachbuilder Barker and Company of London built the body.  The horns are shaped like boa constrictors.  I would like to drive down the street in this and see how people would react.  (051/dsc_0063,0065)

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: http://www.comics.org/

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.