The Great Marian War, 1913-17, History Channel documentary, airs December 8th.
This handsome young lad could easily have been my grandfather (same era and part of the country). How unimaginable our world would be to this little fellow.
“Newsdealer says she uses viler language than the newsboys do.”
Shorpy has a picture of what appears to be a very very early (1927) fax machine.
Two years ago today, Paul Talley and I made a stop at the Sunol Water Temple.The 1910 Sunol Water Temple is one of those quirky ‘only in California’ things. It is a memorial to the convergence of three sources of water, Alameda Creek, Arroyo de La Laguna, and the Pleasanton Well Fields. In the late […]
This Wrigley’s gum sign in Times Square (alas, it wasn’t there for long) is my mom’s favorite spectacular.
Velociraptor has actually put together a really cool timeline of Crayola Crayons from 1903 until the present. To create the chart, Velo gently scraped Wikipedia’s list of Crayola colors, corrected a few hues, and added the standard 16-count School Crayon box available in 1935. Except for the dayglow-ski-jacket-inspired burst of neon magentas at the […]
It turns out that nearly twenty years before Thomas Edison produced what is usually thought to be the first voice recording (“Mary Had a Little Lamb”, in 1877), Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville, a Parisian typesetter and tinkerer, produced a ten-second audio snippet that was recently discovered. In 1860, de Martinville used his phonautograph to produce […]
Iconic Beverly Hills bar and restaurant Trader Vic’s closed its doors today after more than 50 years of serving its famous tropical drinks and cuisine to a long list of Hollywood legends. However, fans of the punchy rum drinks in their oversize glasses will still be able to order the cocktails poolside at the […]