Wednesday, July 1, 2015
100 years ago today, on 01-July-1915, German Leutnant Kurt Wintgens, flying an early model Fokker Eindecker shot down a French Morane-Saulnier Type L Parasol scout near Lunéville, France. This was the first victory of an airplane filing a synchronized machine gun through the propeller arc. The French observer fought back with a carbine, but could not hold off the better-armed German airplane.
Wintgens later received the Pour le Mérite. He was a rare fighter pilot who wore glasses. He was killed in action on 25-September-1916.
In July, 2010, we visited the Museum of Flight near Seattle. I took this photo in the Personal Courage Wing, which features airplanes, mostly fighters, from World War One and World War Two. This is a reproduction of a Fokker E.III, a later model than Wintgens flew in 1915.
Monday, June 29, 2015
Pacifica is one of the two cities on the San Francisco peninsula that allow the sale of fireworks. The booths arrived last weekend and opened yesterday afternoon or today. This is the stand at the little shopping center on Crespi. I took the photo yesterday.
Many Pacificans agree that selling fireworks is a bad idea: We have steep, brush-covered hillsides that pose a fire danger. People use the "safe and sane" fireworks to mask the unsafe and insane variety. Not to mention my cat hates the Fourth of July. Not to mention we are in the midst of a terrible drought.
Unfortunately, our charities claim that fireworks are the only thing they can sell that will generate enough money. That can't be true. What about drugs? Weapons? They're not thinking outside of the box.
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Over at my movie blog, The Big V Riot Squad (http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/), I am participating in the Classic Movie History Project Blogathon II hosted by Fritzi at Movies Silently, Ruth at Silver Screenings and Aurora at Once Upon a Screen. From Fritzi: "We have divided the history of film from 1880 to 1975 between us. I am your Silent Era host and will be covering 1880-1929. Aurora is our Golden Age host and will be covering 1930-1952. Ruth is our Modern host and will be covering 1953-1975." I had a great time last year.
Flicker Alley is sponsoring the blogathon.
This year my post is "Life of an American Director: Edwin S Porter in 1903." Porter was an innovative director and I discuss four of the many movies that he released in 1903. They are "Life of an American Fireman," "The Gay Shoe Clerk," "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and "The Great Train Robbery":
Friday, June 26, 2015
The 26-June-1915 Motography featured "News of the Week as Shown in Films," with items from current newsreels.
"Great damage done by floods at Cedar Falls, Wash. Copyright 1915 by Pathe News." The failure of a dam caused the slow flooding of Cedar Falls, Washington. The town was abandoned.
"Duke of Connaught reviewing the forty-second Royal Highlanders at Montreal, Canada. Copyright 1915 by Universal Animated Weekly." Prince Arthur, the Duke of Connaught and Governor General of Canada, was a son of Queen Victoria.
"$750,000 stadium donated to the College of New York City by Adolf Lewisohn. Copyright 1915 by Universal Animated Weekly." Banker Adolf Lewisohn donated Lewisohn Stadium to the City College of New York. The stadium was torn down in 1973.
"Chinese commissioners are taken to Thomas A. Edison's laboratories. Copyright 1915 Hearst-Selig News Pictorial." The commission travelled across the country from San Francisco.
"Ships sailing for Italian ports are crowded with reservists. Copyright 1915 Hearst-Selig News Pictorial." Copyright 1915 Hearst-Selig News Pictorial." Many European immigrants returned to serve their countries.
"French soldiers enter trenches at Las Bassee, France. Copyright 1915 by Pathe News." Most of the war was fought in trenches. La Bassée is in northern France.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Friday, June 19, 2015
The 19-June-1915 Motography featured "News of the Week as Shown in Films," with items from current newsreels.
"Thousands of mourners pay loving tribute to the memory of Charles Frohman. Copyright 1915 by Universal Animated Weekly." Theatrical producer Charles Frohman died in the sinking of the Lusitania.
"African Chausseurs show their proficiency in welding (sic - wielding? - JT) their lances, at Seulis, France. Copyright 1915 by Pathe News." The Chasseurs d'Afrique were a light cavalry regiment in the French Army.
"Members of Chinese Commercial Commission arrive in New York. Copyright 1915 Hearst-Selig News Pictorial." The commission travelled across the country from San Francisco.
"Coney Island, N. Y., again becomes the mecca of summer pleasure-seekers. Copyright 1915 by Universal Animated Weekly." I wonder if that is Luna Park.
"Two of the deadly bombs dropped on Bury St. Edmunds, England from Zeppelins. Copyright 1915 by Pathe News." I guess that is a British policeman holding two duds.
"Braves hoist the championship pennant over the home grounds. Copyright 1915 Hearst-Selig News Pictorial." The Miracle Braves won the 1914 World Series after being in last place on July 4. They defeated the Philadelphia Athletics in the World Series.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
|San Francisco Call, 05-February-1911|
The Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 4-2 in the NBA championship series. I don't usually mention basketball here, but I watched each game of the championship. I remember the last time they won in 1975-1975. I remember when Nate Thurmond got traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers. I had never heard of them before.
The photo shows the Saint Ignatius basketball team in 1911.