Saturday, March 8, 2014
This ad from the 21-April-1901 San Francisco Call extols the Santa Fe's California Limited service from San Francisco to Chicago.
Friday, March 7, 2014
The San Francisco Arts Commission (http://www.sfartscommission.org/) has set up a series of posters by artist Lordy Rodriquez called "Strangerhood." Rodriquez reimagines San Francisco neighborhoods as countries. He is his version of Chinatown. I took the photo on 14-January-2014. Be sure to click on the image to see a larger version.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Harry Kellar was one of the great American magicians of the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth centuries. Here he is featured at the Columbia Theatre in San Francisco. The ad is from the 07-November-1898 San Francisco Call. Be sure to click on the image to see a larger version.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
In this ad from the 27-December-1898 San Francisco Call, Sherman. Clay and Company offers a Gramophone. Sherman. Clay and Company is a piano store founded in San Francisco in 1870, which is going out of business in May this year. The gramophone was originally the name for devices which played flat records, like Berliner's, instead of Edison-type phonograph cylinders. Chauncey M Depew was a famous New York corporate attorney who later became a United States Senator.
Today is Ash Wednesday. I went to get ashes at the old Federal Reserve Building.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Curtiss built the CR racer for the United States Navy. Bert Acosta flew it to victory in the 1921 Pulitzer Trophy race.
The images are from the 1922 Aircraft Yearbook. Be sure to click on the images to see larger versions.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Today we attended the fourth annual San Francisco History Expo at the Old Mint. There was a good crowd. There were some new exhibitors this year, including the Odd Fellows. Here is a photo of people lined up, waiting to get in when the expo opened at 11am.
The Friends of the Cable Car Museum were kind enough to share some of their space with the group restoring Ocean Shore Railroad car 1409. Here are Paul Slavin and Scott Lindner, who is leading the restoration.
The Friends of the Cable Car Museum were in a new position, as were many other groups. I had a nice chat with Mike Phipps and Dom Holmgren, who will talk on Sunday about the Ocean Shore Railroad. The Friends' web site has been down for over a week, but they are working on it. Jose Godoy of the Friends designed the button especially for the Expo.
They had an additional room open at the north end.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Holy cow! Harry Caray was born 100 years ago, on 01-March-1914. Caray started announcing Saint Louis Cardinals (and Browns) games in 1945. He was fired in 1969 and spent the 1970 season with the Oakland Athletics. I don't remember that at all, but I have never paid much attention to the interloper Athletics. He announced Chicago White Sox games from 1971 to 1980, and then went to the Cubs for the rest of his life. He became nationally famous because WGN broadcast Cubs games across the country. I remember his leading the crowd in "Take Me Out to the Ball Game."
"My whole philosophy is to broadcast the way a fan would broadcast."