Saturday, August 19, 2017

A Big French Railway Gun on Its Way to the Front -- August 19, 2017

Railway Age, 14-January-1918

A railroad gun is a large piece of artillery that is mounted on a rail car for transportation and often for firing.  They were common during World War One, but are no longer used because they are too inflexible and vulnerable to air attack. 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Hail, Liberty -- August 17, 2017

The cover of the 14-July-1986 Time Magazine is dedicated to the Statue of Liberty, which was celebrating its 100th birthday.  Some people seem to feel that images of Lady Liberty are insulting to our so-called president. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Señorita Rio -- August 15, 2017

The cover of Fight Comics number 45, from October, 1946, featured a cover drawn by Lily Renee, one of the rare female comic book artists in the early industry.  Her character, Señorita Rio, a spy, was beautiful and fun.  Fiction House comics were famous for having lovely women on the covers. 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Charlottesville -- August 14, 2017

A bunch of idiots went to Charlottesville, Virginia for something called the Unite the Right rally.  The rally was held to protest the removal of statues of Civil War traitors including Robert E Lee.  One of these superior people used his car to plow into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one person and injuring 19 others.

Why do these people hate America so much?  They adopt the emblems of historical losers like the Confederacy and the Nazis.  They take inspiration from our so-called president. He can't bring himself to call this domestic terrorism.  He tries to blame both sides. 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Spicy Detective -- August 13, 2017
The Spicy pulps from Culture Publications, Spicy Mystery , Spicy Detective, Spicy Adventure and Spicy Western, were too intellectual for some people, but they remained popular for several years. 

Friday, August 11, 2017

American Bark Erskine M Phelps -- August 11, 2017

San Francisco Call, 18-October-1900
The drawing is from the 18-October-1900 San Francisco Call. William A Coulter did many maritime drawings for the newspaper. 

"bbl" = barrel  
"cr" = crate?
"cs" = case 
"gal" = gallon
"pkg" = package
"sk" = sack
"tierce" = cask, 42 gallons

"1 cs horns" -- I wonder what that was.  

Large Cargo for New York. 

The ship Erskine M. Phelps cleared yesterday for New York with the following cargo:
39,595 cs 5640 bbls 500 tierces salmon, 4353 pkgs scrap iron, 501 gals wine, 40 sks cement, 200  bbls fish oil, 1 cs horns, 100 bales rags, 10 crs machinery, 2299 sks mustard seed, 15 cs drugs, 911 sks bone black, 100 bbls pickled cherries, 115 cs books, 3384 sks silver lead ore, 85 cs copper paint, 28,780 sks brewing barley.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Glen Campbell, RIP -- August 10, 2017
Glen Campbell died.  I remember his television show when I was a kid.  My dad liked country and western, and Glen Campbell often turned up on the radio.  I have several of his songs that get stuck in my head.  I later learned that he had been a member of the Wrecking Crew, which backed nearly everything recorded in Southern California. 

Some years ago, he announced that he had Alzheimer's disease and would do a final tour.  This helped people to be more aware of the disease.

He was good in True Grit with John Wayne.