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Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: Today at 02:36:40 AM »

From the Imperial War Museum.

The Great Italian retreat. Italian troops riding on a railway engine during the retreat.

From the Europeana Collection.

Casara del Tombal. Excellency Field Marshal Conrad v. Hötzendorf and Major General von Vidale, 18th-century division general. Date: 1917-12-18. [/quote

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: Today at 02:36:17 AM »

Lots of mysterious personages revolving around this match-up. I for one can't wait until Christmas, like a little kid, to see if the match happens and who is the victor!

Me too!  My $'s are on the Russian.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: Yesterday at 03:26:36 AM »

Two Naval submarines (the USS F-1 Carp and the USS F-3) were operating together off the coast of California when they collided on December 17, 1917.  The F-3 came out of it ok but the Carp was heavily damaged and sank almost immediately.  The F-3 was only able to save three men out of the twenty two that were on board the sunken sub.

Info on the F-1 Carp:

The USS F-1 Carp.
Public Domain,

Info on the USS F-3:

USS F-3.
Public Domain,

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: Yesterday at 02:58:28 AM »

From the Library of Congress.  The Tonopah Daily Bonanza, December 17, 1917.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: Yesterday at 02:31:56 AM »

From the Imperial War Museum.

A French motor lorry snowed-up on the Hesdin-Saint-Pol road, 17 December 1917.

British soldier (Army Service Corps?) digging out a snowed-up car at Neulette, 17 December 1917.

Motorcyclist of the Royal Engineers snowed up near Hesdin, 17 December 1917.

Troops of the Army Service Corps warming themselves up around a heated tin can on the camp fire. Neulette, 17 December 1917.

Random Topics / Re: Winter Holiday Thread
« on: December 16, 2017, 02:53:38 PM »

An old recipe. 

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: December 16, 2017, 04:12:04 AM »

December 16, 1917.

The Devil-Stone, a movie directed by Cecil B. DeMille, was released to theatres on December 16, 1917. 
The Devil-Stone is a 1917 American silent romance film directed by Cecil B. DeMille and co-written by his mother Beatrice and his sometime lover Jeanie MacPherson and starring Geraldine Farrar. The film had sequences filmed in the Handschiegl Color Process (billed as the "DeMille-Wyckoff Process").Only two of six reels are known to survive, in the American Film Institute Collection at the Library of Congress.

Poster for the 1918 film The Devil Stone.
By Paramount - source, Public Domain,


Arthur C. Clarke was born on December 16, 1917.

Some interesting facts:

1. As a kid, Arthur enjoyed collecting fossils and reading science fiction pulp magazines.

2. He served in the Royal Air Force during World War Two where he helped develop the science of radar.

3. Clarke wrote the novel 2001: A Space Odyssey and was co-writer of the screenplay for the 1968 film.

4.  He lived in  Sri Lanka from 1956 until his death on March 19, 2008.


British science-fiction author Arthur C. Clarke in 1965.
By ITU Pictures -, CC BY 2.0,


Undisputed free-style heavyweight champion of the world, Frank Gotch, died on December 16, 1917 at the age of forty.

Some interesting facts:

1. Frank held the World Wrestling title for six straight years. (1913 to 1918.)

2. Professional wrestling was, for the most part, legit back in those days.

3. His signature move was the Double leg takedown.

4. His finishing moves were the Ankle lock, the Bridging belly to back suplex, the Cross kneelock and the toe hold.

5. After retirement, he joined a circus where he challenged anybody in the crowd to win $250.00 by lasting 15 minutes in the ring with him.  He never lost a match. 


Photo of professional wrestler Frank Gotch. Photo was taken before his death in 1917.
By Unknown -, Public Domain,

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: December 16, 2017, 03:03:02 AM »

From the Imperial War Museum.

A French Breguet 14 A.2 two-seat reconnaissance aircraft at the Villeneuve aerodrome, 16 December 1917.

The twin machine-guns mounted on the rear cockpit of a French Breguet 14 A.2 biplane at the Villeneuve aerodrome, 16 December 1917.

A French Voisin aeroplane at the Villenueve aerodrome (Marne), 16 December 1917.

Horse and motor transport in difficulties caused by mud and rainflooded shell holes on the Aveluy-Albert road, 16th December 1917.

Random Topics / Re: Winter Holiday Thread
« on: December 15, 2017, 11:47:57 PM »
Merry Christmas, everyone, and a belated Happy St. Lucy's Day!  Presented without comment for albrecht's (and presumably old Gustav Vasa's) amusement:

Merry Christmas, K.  I enjoyed the vid but now I've got a strong craving for a scrambled egg cake.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: December 15, 2017, 04:16:59 AM »
From the Library of Congress.  The Tonopah Daily Bonanza, December 15, 1917.

At 11 o'clock last night a 2 room cabin belonging to a colored man below the powerhouse, near the Extension office, was destroyed by fire. The negro, when asked how the fire started, said: "It exploded!"

  Though the fire department made a quick run for it, the cabin was enveloped in flames when they got there. Fire Chief Scbwebel said today that he believed the negro was trying to smelt some ore in his place, using gasoline, when the explosion occurred.

  The negro, Ben Thomas, has been a vender of hot tamales and has worked at odd jobs about town.


  The building formerly occupied by the Original Package has been remodeled and furnished for a first-class restaurant to he known as the Pot Roast Cafe. The proprietors are S. R. Nulley and M. Bielich. Private booths have been built in and the lunch counter in the front of the building will take care of the transient customers who do not prefer private boxes. Mr. Nulley, who is the noted chef and who has been in Tonopah for the past year, will have charge of the culinary department. The new firm will cater to the people with first-class eats and popular prices. Tomorrow noon the doors will be thrown open and parties desiring dinner should phone and reserve tables for tomorrow afternoon.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: December 15, 2017, 03:45:22 AM »

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: December 14, 2017, 03:38:24 AM »
From the Library of Congress.


  The directors of the Tonopah Volunteer Fire Department gymnasium, consisting of H. R. Grier, R. Fred Brown, Charles Epstein, James J. McQuillan, Ray Piercy and H. W. Skinner, will hold a meeting tonight to complete the final arrangements and details for the big boxing and wrestling carnival to be given at the Airdome in this city on the afternoon of December 25, at 2:30 o'clock, when The Masked Marvel, who has been imported by the Goldfield boosters, and William Berne, the great Russian-Slovenian, meet in a catch-as-catch-can wrestling match, best two out of three falls, to a finish, for a purse of $300, to be divided $200 to the winner and $100 to the loser, and a substantial side bet, for the benefit of the Volunteer Fire Department gym, which became badly involved in debt when part of the building was destroyed by fire recently.

  It is the desire and wish of the directors to try to get the institution on its feet by the first of the year. The Business Men's Athletic club very generously agreed to allow the net proceeds to go to the benefit of this worthy cause and have subscribed for $100 worth of ringside seats to promote and assist in making the event a great success. The committee on arrangements is today mailing out the big posters announcing the show to all parts of Southern Nevada, and it is anticipated that a record breaking crowd will be in attendance when Referee King Pierce starts the boys on their way Christmas day.

  Kid Carter, the great colored heavyweight and George Pappas, the San Francisco Greek heavy, are now hard at work getting in shape for the big 10 round boxing contest which will form part of the show, while William Berne, the wrestler, will leave Los Angeles tonight for Tonopah and should arrive here late tomorrow night or Saturday morning. Both of the boxers and Berne will condition themselves in Tonopah at the local gym, while The Masked Marvel will train in Goldfield under the direction of Victor Ajax.

  The advance sale of seats was placed with the Tonopah Club, the Cobweb, Tonopah Liquor Co., Mizpah Hotel bar and Walter Drysdale yesterday and the fans are already securing choice seats. In addition to the above placed, seats may be obtained from Harry R. Grier, general agent of the Tonopah & Tidewater Railroad, at his office. As the cause for which the contests are being given is most worthy and the business interests of the town will all be benefited by the many hundreds of people who will come from the outside who will spend their Christmas in our midst, let's all join in making the event one grand success.
The Tonopah Daily Bonanza, December 14, 1917.

Random Topics / Re: Celebrity Deaths
« on: December 13, 2017, 12:14:21 AM »
Bruce Brown died on December 11, at the age of 80.  He was that blond haired guy who made a number of surfer movies back in the 1960's. His most famous movie was The Endless Summer.  (  He also made a film called On Any Sunday that was about motorcycle racing.


Politics / Re: Random Political Thoughts
« on: December 12, 2017, 08:13:32 PM »
Looks like Moore is ahead in tonight's election.  Drudge has a live tracker at the top of his page.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: December 12, 2017, 03:49:29 PM »
December 12, 1917.


New Zealand air force officer Alan Christopher Deere was born on December 12, 1917.

Some interesting facts:

1. At the age of eight, Deere watched an airplane land on a nearby beach.  The flyer let him sit in the cockpit and from that point on Deere wanted to be a pilot.

2. Deere was an accomplished boxer and was invited to participate in a tournament in South Africa.  He was learning how to fly though, and couldn't go.  The plane carrying the team crashed, killing all on board.

3. He was a fighter pilot during WWII and was shot down on May 28, 1940.  He suffered a head wound but managed to land on a beach in Belgium.  He managed to make his way back to England, all within a nineteen hour period.

4. He crashed head on into a German plane during the Battle of Britain but was able to glide his plane down to earth where he came to rest against a brick wall.

5. He would have three more close calls during the course of the war.

6. Deere participated in Winston Churchill's funeral. 


Alan Deere portrait by Cuthbert Orde, 1941.
By Cuthbert Orde, for Air Ministry of UK government - Pilots of Fighter Command, book, 1942, Public Domain,


Physician Andrew Taylor Still died on December 12, 1917 at the age of 89.

Some interesting facts:

1. Still was one the founders of osteopathy and osteopathic medicine.  He was also a physician, an author, an inventor and a state legislator.

2. Served as a hospital steward during the Civil War. 

3. Still loved machinery and he was granted a patent for an improved butter churn.

4. He published four books, the first one was an autobiography.


Andrew Taylor Still, noted as one of the founders of Osteopathic medicine.
By Unknown (Library of Congress collection) -, Public Domain,


Father Flanagan founded Boys Town 100 years ago.


Random Topics / Re: History Channel's "Hunt for the Zodiac Killer" Series
« on: December 12, 2017, 02:13:35 AM »

D.B. Cooper was the Zodiac Killer.  Case closed.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: December 11, 2017, 02:08:57 AM »
From the Imperial War Museum.

General Allenby's formal entry on foot to Jerusalem. The leading figure is that of Borton Pacha, the British Military Governor of the Town, followed by his two Aides-de-Camp. Further behind, reading from left to right: Colonel de Piepape, Commanding the French Detachment, General Allenby, whose head is visible between the shoulders of the officers preceding him, and Lieutenant Colonel D'Agostino, Commanding the Italian Detachment. The photograph was taken on 11th December 1917.

General Allenby listening to the reading of the Proclamation of Occupation from the steps at the base of the Tower of David (El Kala, the Citadel) Jerusalem, 11 December 1917.

Official entry into Jerusalem, 11th December 1917. General Allenby leaving by the Jaffa Gate for advanced General Head Quarters. He was in the city not more than a quarter of an hour.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: December 10, 2017, 03:46:59 AM »
From the Library of Congress.


  Last evening while Lee Bell and two friends were out for a little spin in Bell's auto, on the road to Goldfield, after leaving the ball grounds, which are on the upgrade, they encountered a Buick car owned by Louis Prisinger. The car was occupied by four men who had earlier in the day gone to Goldfield from Tonopah and who had apparently been imbibing pretty freely. They were zigzagging back and forth across the road, according to Bell. The right-of-way belonged to Bell, because he was going uphill. The Buick car refused to turn out and when within a few feet of Bell's car its driver, to escape serious injury, made a turn to the left, as he could not pull his car out to the right, owing to a steep embankment. The Buick car continued to speed on. striking Bell's car on the center of one side and almost demolishing it.

  DeWitt Walker, machinist employed at the Midland garage, who was with Bell, suffered three broken ribs. Two men in the Buick car, after the smashup. got out and disappeared, leaving the driver and a third passenger, who became involved in a fist fight amongst themselves. The Buick car was also badly damaged. The owner of the car, Mr. Prisinger, was not in the machine and knew nothing of the accident until told of it last night.

  When the party left for Goldfield yesterday morning in the Buick the four men were somewhat under the influence of liquor and Mr. Walker made the statement to them that "gasoline and whisky will not mix."
The Tonopah Daily Bonanza, December 10, 1917.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: December 09, 2017, 02:58:16 AM »
Physicist James Rainwater was born on December 9, 1917.  He and two other physicists were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics...
"for the discovery of the connection between collective motion and particle motion in atomic nuclei and the development of the theory of the structure of the atomic nucleus based on this connection".

Some interesting facts:
His first name was Leo but he refused to use it throughout his life.
His father died in the great influenza epidemic of 1918.
He was accepted as a student at the California Institute of Technology by winning a chemistry contest.
He worked on the Manhattan Project that developed the first atomic bombs.


1975 Press Photo 1975 Nobel prize in Physics James Rainwater.
By Keystone - File:James Rainwater.jpg, Public Domain, 

Random Topics / Re: Post Your Favorite Postcards Here.
« on: December 08, 2017, 04:56:17 PM »
Here is a fun postcard to look at especially when reports of snow are being made by several BellGabbers.  This card was mailed almost 92 years ago to the day.



Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: December 08, 2017, 03:04:03 AM »
From the Library of Congress.


  Matchmaker H. U. Grier today completed his Christmas card. Kid Carter, the local colored heavyweight, signed up to meet George Pappas, the  big Greek of the coast, for ten rounds, straight Marquis of Queensbury rules, the $300 purse to go 60-40. King Pierce of Tonopah will he the referee.

  Tickets were sent today to William Berne, the Russian wrestler, who meets Romanoff at Santa Barbara on the 11th. Berne will return to Tonopah immediately following this match. F. Martin is the name of Ajax's "unknown," but the name doesn't clear up much of the mystery.  He is said to be a tough man to beat. He will leave Los Angeles on December 11 for Goldfield, where he will train under the direction of Ajax.

  The Business Men's Athletic Club has been reorganized, with H. R. Grler as matchmaker and president. They assure the fans of Tonopah that their Christmas show will be of high quality. A band will play before and after the matches. Considerable money will change hands, it is believed, on the outcome of the wrestling match, as Berne will be backed heavily by the Slovenians and Ajax has a Goldfield following that is said to be ready to bet on his judgment. Berne will train in Tonopah.
The Tonopah Daily Bonanza, December 8, 1917.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: December 07, 2017, 03:30:33 AM »
From the Library of Congress.

The Seattle Star., December 07, 1917.

Random Topics / Re: Winter Holiday Thread
« on: December 06, 2017, 06:22:42 PM »
This has been one of the most enjoyable threads for the past few Christmases, sad to say it looks like Paywacket may not be back this year to moderate it.  Pye was always one of my favorite 'gabbers, hopefully she will return at least through the holidays to ride herd on her thread.  In the meantime, let's pick up where we left off last Christmas.

Christmas would come early if Pyewacket and K_Dubb were to post here.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: December 06, 2017, 04:12:23 AM »
A humongous explosion occurred in the town of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on the morning of December 6, 1917.  About 2,000 people were killed in the blast and around 9,000 wounded.  It was the largest man made explosion until nuclear bombs were created.


A view across the devastation of Halifax two days after the explosion, looking toward the Dartmouth side of the harbor. Imo is visible aground on the far side of the harbor.
By Unknown - Derivative of File:DNDHfxExplosion-2.jpg. Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management, Negative Number DNDHfxExplosion-2, Public Domain,

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