Saturday, December 20, 2014

1906 Cadillac Model M Tulip Tourer -- December 20, 2014

We visited the Blackhawk Museum in June, 2013 to drool over their collection of classic autos. When our daughter first saw the 1906 Cadillac Model M Tulip Tourer on an earlier visit, she said "It's a Mr Toad car." I saw her point and told her about brass era cars.

The Model M had a one-cylinder engine rated at 10hp. 

Friday, December 19, 2014

News of the Week 19-December-1914 -- December 19, 2014

The 19-December-1914 Motography featured "News of the Week as Shown in Films," with items from current newsreels.

"King George en route to open Parliament.   Copyrighted 1914 by Hearst-Selig News Pictorial."  The opening of Parliament used to take place in November or December.  The monarch or a representative gives a speech.  King George V opened Parliament on 11-November-1914. 

"Steamer 'Hanalei' wrecked off San Francisco.  Copyrighted 1914 by Hearst-Selig News Pictorial."  The steam schooner SS Hanalei, en route from Eureka to San Francisco, ran aground on Duxbury Reef near Bolinas on a foggy day, 23-November-1914.  23 passengers and crewmen died. 

"The 'Old Guard,' New York's veteran battalion.  Copyrighted 1914 by Universal Animated Weekly."  The Old Guard of the City of New York is a ceremonial battalion which was formed in 1824. 

"King Albert and President Poincaré at Furnes, Belgium.  Copyrighted 1914 by Universal Animated Weekly."  Albert, King of the Belgians refused to surrender even after the Germans had overrun most of his country.  Albert and French President Raymond Poincaré reviewed the troops in Furnes on 02-November-1914. 

"U. S. troops from Vera Cruz land at Galveston, Texas.  Copyrighted 1914 by Hearst-Selig News Pictorial."  The United States invaded and occupied the port of Vera Cruz, Mexico because of the Tampico Affair. 

"Richard Croker and his bride, who was an Indian princess.  Copyrighted 1914 by Universal Animated Weekly."  Croker had been the boss of Tammany Hall.  He was 71 and his second wife, Beulah Benson Edmondson, was about 30.  She was allegedly a member of the Cherokee tribe. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Zat You, Santa Claus? -- December 17, 2014
The 22-December-1928 issue of Detective Story Magazine features Santa Claus and a curious cop on the cover. 

The image is from Phil Stephensen-Payne's wonderful Galactic Central ( 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Carl Hubbell -- December 16, 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. 

Left-handed pitcher Carl Hubbell was called "The Meal Ticket" and "King Carl" because of his dependability and his overwhelming screwball.  He pitched for the Giants during his entire major league career, from 1928 to 1943.  He worked for the team as director of player development and scout for the rest of his life. 

In the 1935 All Star game, Hubbell struck out Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons and Joe Cronin, all future Hall of Famers, in a row.

Monday, December 15, 2014

An A 1 Fast Sailing Bark -- December 15, 2014

New Orleans Daily Crescent, 04-April-1854

A ship was going to leave New Orleans "on or about the 20th of April, should sufficient freight offer."  Packet lines operated on schedules.  Most ships waited until there was something worth carrying. 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Orion Tested -- December 14, 2014

NASA's Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle made its first flight test on December 5. It made two orbits and landed successfully in the Pacific.  It was exciting to see NASA taking a step back towards manned flight.  There may be a manned flight in 2021.  NASA photograph.