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Random Topics / Re: Post Your Favorite Postcards Here.
« on: Today at 09:19:28 PM »
I like this vintage (somewhat vintage I guess, 1972) restaurant postcard because it shows two interior scenes, the dining room and the lounge of Cal's Restaurant in Sequim, Washington, up around Seattle, I think.  That's Cal in the bottom pic, playing a rollicking tune on his Flamenco guitar.  No, not really, but wait.  It could be Cal because there is absolutely no way of proving that it isn't him.  Yup, sad to say, there appears to be no trace whatsoever of either Cal or his restaurant.  I went through a bunch of Sequim restaurants, but no Cal's.  No detailed address on the card either, so I couldn't run a Google road check on the place to see if it had been turned into another eatery. 

But my time wasn't wasted because I came across a really cool place while looking for Cal's... The John Wayne Marina in Sequim Bay.  Yes, THAT John Wayne.  He had a big yacht called the Wild Goose and he actually boated around the area.  The marina itself wasn't built until after the actor's death.  Cool looking place.  It even has a restaurant.

I like how Jean noted on the bottom of the postcard that "This card is just an ad card."  I wonder what she meant by saying that she would be starting some round robins from July 1st to the 15th?




Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: Today at 08:03:41 PM »

From the Library of Congress.  The Tonopah Daily Bonanza, February 19, 1918.


  Officer James Hayward is in receipt of a letter from his brother, C. S. Hayward, of the 823rd aero squadron, which is located at the aviation camp near Waco, Tex. He says that army life seems to agree with him and that he is taking on weight. He had been made a top sergeant which is a job that entails considerable work. There are several other Tonopah boys in camp, Stuart says, but he knows only three of them, whom he names in his letter as Bones, Spud Spargo and Peacock.

  He says: "It certainly is a wonderful thing fighting in the air. This morning about 7 o'clock two planes came together seventy-five feet in the air, just as they were landing. One of the men was killed."

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: Today at 03:12:01 AM »
From the Imperial War Museum, February 19, 1918.

Remains of a German Friedrichshafen G.III bomber, which crashed upside down near Ytres, 19 February 1918. © IWM (Q 12155)

The wreckage of a German Friedrichshafen G.III bomber, which crashed upside down near Ytres, 19 February 1918. © IWM (Q 12157)

The front of one of the engines in the wreckage of a German Friedrichshafen G.III bomber, which crashed upside down near Ytres, 19 February 1918. © IWM (Q 12156)

From the Europeana Collection, February 19, 1918.

Telescopic view from the tower in Wladimir-Wolynskij.

Mood picture at Ustilug.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: Today at 02:48:16 AM »
PLANNED POWER-OUTAGE? Methinks some Clinton archives being purloined or modified.

What is with the police and appendixes, or maladies necessitating operations? Biting on fake gold coins n testing bootlegged booze? "Checking in" on bawdy houses?

Haha, I could see it happening with the bootlegged booze.  My theory is that it's the ink they used in fingerprinting.  I watched a printing press once and the smell of that ink was strong.  Actually made my side hurt, but thankfully I've still got my appendix. 

Random Topics / Re: pretty pix
« on: Today at 02:10:35 AM »

"You'll wonder where the yellow went, when you brush your teeth with Pepsodent."

Random Topics / Re: Music
« on: Today at 02:02:03 AM »
R.I.P. Bon Scott.  Died 38 years ago today.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: Today at 12:08:27 AM »
From the Library of Congress.  The Tonopah Daily Bonanza, February 18, 1918.  (Late entry due to a planned power outage at the Library of Congress website.)

  BOB DALZELL, who was operated on for appendicitis at the Mine Operators hospital a couple of weeks ago, was on the street today greeting his many friends.
  JACK GRANT, chief of police, who has been at the home of J. J. Hall in San Diego for the past ten days, recuperating after his recent operation, has gone to Los Angeles for a few days. He expects to return to Tonopah feeling almost like a new man.

Random Topics / Re: Music
« on: Yesterday at 02:34:01 PM »

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: Yesterday at 03:01:44 AM »
From the Imperial War Museum, February 18, 1918.

Horse-drawn limbers transporting troops at Wieltje, near Ypres, 18 February 1918. © IWM (Q 8510)

Troops carrying wire over ice and mud at Wieltje, near Ypres, 18 February 1918. © IWM (Q 8512)

Troops of the Royal Engineers making concrete slabs in the course of constructing reserve trenches with strong point, dug-outs etc. at Wieltje, 18 February 1918. © IWM (Q 10266)

Construction of a reserve line at Wieltje. Troops of the Royal Engineer fixing up the steel supports outside an 'elephant iron' shelter before covering it with concrete. Notice the entrance framework already in place. 18 February 1918. © IWM (Q 10267)

From the Europeana Collection, February 18, 1918.

Triangulation work: Fähnr.Cherczepa.

Random Topics / Re: Post Your Favorite Postcards Here.
« on: February 17, 2018, 04:39:09 PM »
Here is the beautiful Hotel De Soto (or DeSoto) in Savanah, Georgia.  It looks to be quite a grand old place and I am happy to report that it is still there, and still a hotel, at that.  I didn't find much info on the history of the hotel but I did read that it has been renovated a couple of times.  The Hotel Desoto has its own website but my anti-virus program keeps trying to block it.

That WTOC at the top of the building is still in existence too.  It is a television station (it was a radio station in earlier days, note the kilocycles notation on the sign) and they have their own website:


Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: February 17, 2018, 03:43:44 PM »
Trump saying there was no collusion is like Capone saying there was no tax evasion.  Like Capone, Trump will also no doubt die in prison of chronic syphilis.  In the meantime, I really hope that you Trumper illiterati will research the manner in which criminal investigations are conducted.  Really, do you believe that Mueller is going to spill all the beans at once?  Really?  When there's much more flipping to do as he moves up the food chain.  It's a nice Saturday afternoon.  You should turn off Fox News, come up out of mom's basement, and get a little sunshine on your cracker white faces.

Capone spent the last years of his life at his mansion in Palm Island, Florida where he died of a heart attack on January 21, 1947.  True, he did suffer from chronic syphilis and while he did receive treatment, it surely did make a wreck of his body.  He didn't die in jail.   

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: February 17, 2018, 01:26:34 PM »
Could be some recipe using a certain pepper called a bishop? (If you search for Bishop and chile by autocorrecting chili you get new of a pedo scandal.) Though they don't seem big enough to make some stuffed peppers but maybe used in some kind of stuffing for the turkey? I don't know.

Thanks for trying.  I noticed some special serving plates on eBay that were adorned with turkey illustrations that were made by an artist named Bishop...ha, but that's reaching.  Did you see the above results for the Berne - Ajax match?  I would have definitely lost some money on that one.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: February 17, 2018, 12:44:28 PM »
"Toke Points" was a type of Oyster. Not sure if native or imported and grown? Tokeland takes the name from the Oysters but also harvested elsewhere?
Who woulda thunk that shellfish have such interesting breeding and agriculture?

Any idea what a Bishop turkey is?  It must be like a regular turkey because you can stuff it.  Interestingly, the first result I got from my search was the murder of a Catholic Bishop who had been stabbed in Turkey some eight or so years ago.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: February 16, 2018, 03:08:41 AM »
From the Library of Congress.  The Tonopah Daily Bonanza, February 16, 1918.




Chicken Giblets with Rice


Pitted Ripe Olives
Spiced Red Beets

New Orleans Shrimp

Raw Toke Points
White Fish with Hollandaise Sauce

Sweet Bread Pate

Stuffed Bishop Turkey
Leg of Lamb with Jelly
Milk-Fed Chicken with Sage Dressing

Mashed Potatoes
Baked Potatoes (5 p.m.)
Sugar Corn
Assorted Pies
Caramel Pudding
Black Coffee


Random Topics / Re: Post Your Favorite Postcards Here.
« on: February 15, 2018, 07:07:59 PM »
Here we have the Bowling Green Lodges and Restaurant postcard.  Bowling Green, Vermont, that is, not Kentucky.  Oddly enough there is currently a Bowling Green Lodge restaurant in Kentucky but not in Vermont.  This postcard actually has a listing in Wiki:,_Route_301_--_10_Miles_South,_Bowling_Green,_Virginia_(90696).jpg  Info indicates that the postcard was printed sometime between 1930 and 1945.  Hard to say really because if we look at the postmark on the back, we will see the date January 7, 1960. 

I had no luck in finding info on the restaurant's owners, Mr. and Mrs. Noah G. Teates, other than where their final resting spots are.  Noah Grove Teates and his wife Edna are buried together in Grace United Methodist Church Cemetery in Somerville, Fauquier County, Virginia.

It would have been a funky place to have stopped for lodgings and eats.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: February 15, 2018, 04:13:55 AM »
From the Library of Congress.  The Tonopah Daily Bonanza, February 15, 1918.

  FORT WORTH, Tex., Feb. 15. Captain Vernon Castle of the English Royal Flying corp. was killed while flying near Benbrook field today, when he swerved his machine beyond control and fell while trying to avoid collision with an American cadet who was being instructed by a British airman.

  Castle spent nine months on the Flanders front and made more than one hundred and fifty flights over the German lines.

  Vernon Castle and wife both attained international reputations as dancers. Both also played star roles on the stage. They resided in New York City.

Bio of Vernon Castle:

Some interesting facts about Vernon Castle:

1. His dad owned a pub in Norwich, England.
2. He established his name in show business by playing a gentlemanly drunk.
3. He married dancer Irene Foote on May 28, 1911.  Her father was against the marriage.
4. He entered flight school in 1915, saw action over France in 1916 and was made a flight instructor in 1917.
5. Officially, his death was caused by his plane stalling and striking the ground after he tried to avoid hitting another plane.
6. He was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, New York.  Irving Berlin, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Bat Masterson,
    and Felix Pappalardi are some other notables at rest there.
7. A street in Benbrook, Texas was named in his honor.

Captain Vernon Castle a few days before his death in 1918.
By Photoplay Publishing Company; no photographer credited - Photoplay, May 1918 (page 94), Public Domain,

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: February 15, 2018, 03:19:16 AM »
From the imperial War Museum, February 15, 1918.

Views of the battlefield after the third Battle of Ypres, 1917. A soldier look across devastated country near Ypres showing a derelict Mark IV Tank, shell-splintered trees and general battle detritus, 15 February 1918. © IWM (Q 10711)

British troops examine the remains of a lorry destroyed by a direct hit, Ypres, 15 February 1918. © IWM (Q 10659)

From the Europeana Collection, February 15, 1918.

At the Livenza near Motta.

Politics / Re: School shooting Miami area 20180214
« on: February 14, 2018, 06:20:24 PM »
The guy pulled a fire alarm before the shootings began.  I saw a live helicopter shot of cops handcuffing the guy.  Some street outside of the school so he was able to walk away after doing the shootings.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: February 14, 2018, 02:25:01 AM »
From the Imperial War Museum, February 14, 1918.

Interior of a ward on a hospital barge near Aire, 14 February 1918. © IWM (Q 10664)

A patient being lowered by lift into a ward on a hospital barge near Aire, 14 February 1918. © IWM (Q 10663)

Wounded soldiers in a Red Cross barge on the River Lys near Aire, 14 February 1918. © IWM (Q 11555)

A nurse attends to a soldier in a ward on a hospital barge near Aire, 14 February 1918. © IWM (Q 10667)

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: February 13, 2018, 04:54:29 PM »
A screen shot from the above video.  The soldier in the center had pinched the French lady's cheek and she responded by jerking her head away.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: February 13, 2018, 02:22:10 PM »
A filmed record of U.S. 26th Division soldiers training in France, January - February 1918.  No sound but some interesting scenes here and there, plus a funeral for three soldiers towards the end of the video.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: February 13, 2018, 03:51:51 AM »
From the Library of Congress.  The Tonopah Daily Bonanza, February 13, 1918.


  What was graphically described by a spectator as the "pancake" fall gave Victor Ajax victory over William Berne, the "Russian Lion," at the Alrdome last evening. Ajax is twenty-five years older than his adversary, twenty pounds lighter and four inches shorter, but he accomplished the remarkable feat of throwing his opponent over his shoulder, putting him down all four points, and almost putting him out. The struggle was Greco Roman and lasted for nineteen minutes.

  Morrison knocked out Neil in the fourth round and the contest between Sullivan and Trout was declared a draw. There was a big delegation from Goldfield present and the boys from the gold camp got the better of the betting.

Now playing at the Butler Theatre:

Advertisement in Moving Picture World, Jan 1918 for the American film Thais (1917) with Mary Garden.
By Goldwyn Pictures - Internet Archive, Public Domain,

Info on the movie Thais:

Scenes that were censored in the movie:
Like many American films of the time, Thais was subject to cuts by city and state film censorship boards. The Chicago Board of Censors required, in Reel 1, a shortening of the scene on stone bench where Thais embraces man, Reel 2, cut stabbing of man, Reel 3, the intertitle "To rid this city of this courtesan", Reel 4, the intertitle "Your life is a life misspent. Your body a thing impure", close-up of dancer on pedestal, close-up of intoxicated couple on couch, the intertitle "And with the morning the feast became a revel unashamed" and flash the orgy scene following, scene of two young women with man on couch prior to intertitle "Lust", all scenes of intoxicated men and women in close-up views, the intertitle "Look, Thais has a monk for a lover", suicide of man, two scenes of drunken couple staggering down banquet hall, Reel 5, stabbing Nicius, and scene of Thais in desert where her figure shows through the draperies.

There is a movie on YouTube called Thais that was filmed in 1917 but I'm not sure if it is the same film that was made here in the states.  It appears to be an Italian film, with French subtitles.  Anyway, it's in lousy shape and hardly watchable.  Here is a screen shot from it...

Random Topics / Re: Post Your Favorite Postcards Here.
« on: February 12, 2018, 07:12:49 PM »
A typical glamour style postcard.  It was never used as a postcard so there is no date on it.  I did locate a reference to the name 'Plastichrome' on the back.  I guess it's a style of photo printing that was first developed back in 1939 and is still being used to this day.  Still don't know how old it is but it has kind of a fifties vibe, to me anyway.




Random Topics / Re: 2018 Winter Olympics PyeongChang
« on: February 12, 2018, 02:53:44 PM »
I can't stand to watch the 2018 NBC coverage...

In 1988, NBC had Bryant Gumbel hosting the prime time coverage in Seoul:

And, now, 30 years later, this is who NBC comes up with...Mike Tirico!! Can't stand this chrome dome's face, at all. I just turn the channel, which, I still have a right to do, I think, without being charged with some kind of crime.

I was happy to see that Mike is the announcer for prime time coverage. He's a cheerful, personable guy and I have watched him for a number of years, now.  I have never enjoyed watching Gumbel though.  He is (was?) too standoffish and aloof, but, hey, to each his own.

As far as the Olympics go thus far, no new surprises, especially in the judging of figure skating.  I watched the Canadian guy do his routine for the Team competition and he fell on his ass twice and I believe he touched the ice once.  Then a little latter that gay fella came out and did a flawless performance for the USA team.  The judges gave the Canadian a higher score.

Has anybody noticed how crappy the sound is at times?  Every so often the audio gets broken up and at others, the sound is low, then gets loud all at once.  Commercials too.  NBC is providing coverage so I don't know if it's with them or if it's my cable provider.  All the rest of my channels sound great. 


Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: February 12, 2018, 03:10:37 AM »
From the Imperial War Museum, February 12, 1918.

Captured German AEG G.IV bomber biplane with RFC identification marks on the British erodrome at Saint Omer, 12 February 1918. © IWM (Q 10258)

Captured German Pfalz D.III fighter biplane with the RFC identification marks on a British aerodrome at Saint-Omer, 12 February 1918. © IWM (Q 10257)

Royal Ordnance Corps troops repairing guns at an ordnance workshop at St. Omer, 12 February 1918. © IWM (Q 8507)

An Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5 about to take off from St. Omer aerodrome (No. 1 Aircraft Depot) in the moonlight, 12 February 1918. © IWM (Q 8534)

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: February 11, 2018, 09:20:05 PM »
Kruger might be pulling a stunt like that serial killer here in Texas did years back.  Henry Lee Lucas who was a serial killer but also claimed bodies or claimed to know where bodies were buried etc and then started claiming into the thousands. Police Depts initially were happy to be able to "clear" cases and became a pretty big scandal because "clearing" could mean the real killer of the victim is still out there or the missing people were still out there somewhere.  "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer" movie was based on him and one of the scariest movie I've seen (and caused a lot of controversy with regard to release and ratings, "X" rating, bans, etc.)

That's right, I remember Lucas taking credit for lots of unsolved murders.  He had some guy helping him for awhile, as I recall.   

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: February 11, 2018, 08:58:48 PM »
Wrestler AND actor? Somethings don't change. Is this the movie? He is not in the credits. Only IMDB for him show in a Selig sports reel.

I would think there would be concern even about a "brush fire," especially for people living in a desert, arid environment.

According to the clipping, Berne's movie sounds present tense, for 1918 that is:
a scenario is now being written and arraigned
The IMDB movie was made in 1917.  Strange how they are handling that murder case.  I wonder what they expected to learn from the suspect by taking him out to the scene of the crime?  They learned nothing new, so I guess Kruger was tight lipped.  He probably enjoyed the outing though.  Would definitely beat sitting around in a jail cell.  The preliminary examination will be held later in the week.  It has already been established that the two were fighting over mining claims.  I wonder what type of forensic evidence has been uncovered thus far?

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: February 11, 2018, 02:47:30 AM »
From the Library of Congress.  The Tonopah Daily Bonanza, February 11, 1918.


  It is not generally known that William Berne, besides being a champion wrestler, is a moving picture actor of prominence. It is learned that a scenario is now being written and arraigned to suit the particular histrionic ability of "Bernie," as he is familiarly called.
  In this movie which will be known as the "Masked Marvel," Mr. Berne will be given ample opportunity to display his wonderful prowess as well as his rare delineation of parts.


  There are no new developments in the Round Mountain murder case. Sheriff Thomas and Deputy Sheriff Schade took H. R. Kruger, the suspect, to the scene of the killing, but learned nothing new regarding the case. The preliminary examination will be held later this week.


  The fire department was called out at 4:30 yesterday afternoon by a telephone message that Rev. Bailey's house was burning. It was only a brush fire.

Now playing at the Butler Theatre:

Poster for the 1917 film The Man From Painted Post.
By Artcraft Pictures - site poster, Public Domain,

Info on the movie The Man From Painted Post:

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