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Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: Today at 04:16:34 AM »
From the Library of Congress.  The Evening Star, March 17, 1918.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: Today at 04:11:19 AM »

Karl Kellerbaur

Economist's son from Strass, Bavaria, Germany.

Member Pioneer Company.

Died from wounds in a Strasbourg, France fortress hospital on February 18, 1918.

He was 31 years old.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: Today at 03:38:35 AM »
From the Imperial War Museum, March 17, 1918.

A Royal Engineer working party being conveyed by a light railway which passed through a ruined building in Arras, 8 March 1918. © IWM (Q 8578)

6 inch 26 cwt howitzers of the 5th Brigade (Royal Garrison Artillery) in the Grande Place, Peronne, 17 March 1918. © IWM (Q 9834)

American assault troops going into action near Badonviller, 17 March 1918. Note their bags filled with hand grenades. © IWM (Q 61343)

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: Yesterday at 04:17:47 AM »
From the Library of Congress.  The Seattle Star, March 16, 1918.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: Yesterday at 04:09:56 AM »
From the Library of Congress.  The Tonopah Daily Bonanza, March 16, 1918.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: Yesterday at 03:54:12 AM »
From the Imperial War Museum, March 16, 1918.

British troops resting among the ruins of Terguier, 16 March 1918. © IWM (Q 8575)

Horse drawn transport passing a German motor body on the roadside which is used as a rest hut near Chauny, 16 March 1918. © IWM (Q 8572)

British soldiers inspect piles of large vessels outside a pottery factory at Chauny, destroyed by the enemy, 16 March 1918. © IWM (Q 8570)

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: Yesterday at 03:46:33 AM »
"Bit of a sticky wicket here, wot." "No problem, sir, it will buff out. Spot of tea?"

Ha!  You should write screenplays, mr. a.

Random Topics / Re: Post Your Favorite Postcards Here.
« on: March 15, 2018, 09:37:30 PM »
Here is another vintage restaurant postcard from, you guessed it, Florida.  According to the postcard, the place was established in 1867 but I couldn't find any information on it.  The 10 Marine street location shows a large, fancy looking house or apartment complex but across the street there is a cool looking eatery called O.C. White's Restaurant.  It looks like a big house but it was actually Saint Augustine's very first hotel.  It was moved to its present location back in 1961.   Apparently it has a history of being haunted.

Info on O.C. White's:




Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: March 15, 2018, 02:36:25 AM »
German flying ace Adolf Ritter von Tutschek was killed in aerial combat on March 15, 1918.  He had compiled 27 victories before dying at the age of 26.

Bio of Adolf von Tutschek:

Color of Von Tutschek's plane:
His personal aircraft color scheme was ink black overall with a white propeller spinner and a square white background for the Maltese cross tail markings.

World War One German Aviator Obltn. Adolf von Tutschek.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: March 15, 2018, 02:07:35 AM »
From the Imperial War Museum, March 15, 1918.

Royal Engineers on a bridge over the Avre river at Roye, destroyed by the Germans before they abandoned the town to the French in March 1918. © IWM (Q 9279)

British soldiers inspect a captured German concrete gun emplacement which has been damaged by shell fire at Roye, 15 March 1918. © IWM (Q 8569)

British soldiers inspect a captured German concrete gun emplacement at Roye, 15 March 1918. © IWM (Q 8567)

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: March 14, 2018, 04:17:26 AM »
Actor Dennis Patrick was born 100 years ago.  He worked in television mostly but did appear in the movies Joe, and The Secret of Nikola Tesla with Orson Welles.  He guest starred in television shows like Perry Mason, Dallas, Eight Is Enough, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Twilight Zone, The Jack Benny Show, Gunsmoke, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Wanted Dead or Alive, Wagon Train, Laramie, Dobie Gillis, The Fugitive, Lost in Space, The Big Valley, Ironside, Fantasy Island and Hawaii Five-O, just to mention a few.  He played several different characters in the afternoon soap opera Dark Shadows.

Dennis and his pet poodle Josh lost their lives when their Hollywood Hills home burned down.  Their ashes were scattered into the ocean, joining the ashes of Dennis' wife Barbara, who had died a couple of years earlier.   

Info and pics:

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: March 14, 2018, 03:09:47 AM »
From the Imperial War Museum, March 14, 1918.

A French soldier by a barricade in the ruined street of Saint-Agnant-sous-les-Cotes, 14 March 1918. © IWM (Q 78982)

A German Army transport depot on the Western Front, 14 March 1918. © IWM (Q 87594)

Random Topics / Re: Post Your Favorite Postcards Here.
« on: March 13, 2018, 09:19:16 PM »
Here is the postcard that shows a tiny part of mega-big Stanley Park in Vancouver, British Columbia.  The park started up back in 1888 and it is named after hockey's Stanly Cup guy. 

Info on Stanley Park:



Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: March 13, 2018, 04:09:42 AM »
American architect Henry Janeway Hardenbergh died on March 13, 1918.  He designed a number of buildings in New York among them the Waldorf-Astoria and the Dakota Apartments.  Lots of well known people lived in the Dakota over the years.  Lauren Bacall, Leonard Bernstein, Connie Chung, Rosemary Clooney, José Ferrer, Roberta Flack, Judy Garland, Lillian Gish, Boris Karloff, John Madden, Albert Maysles, Joe Namath, Rudolf Nureyev, Rosie O'Donnell, Patrick O'Neal, Jack Palance, Gilda Radner, Rex Reed, Jason Robards, Robert Ryan, and John Lennon, just to mention a few.

Info on Henry Janeway Hardenbergh:

Photo of architect Henry Hardenbergh.
By Moses King, New York-author and publisher. - page 392 King's Notable New Yorkers, Public Domain,

The Dakota Building, so far uptown when it was built that it was said it might as well be in the Dakota Territory.
CC BY-SA 3.0,


Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: March 13, 2018, 03:30:37 AM »
From the Imperial War Museum, March 13, 1918.

Lieutenant Colonel J. Kennedy DSO & Bar MC DCM with Captain J. Boulton MC of the 13th Battalion, Welsh Regiment (38th Division) walking through the ruins of Houplines. The ruins of the church are seen in the background. 13 March 1918. © IWM (Q 10747)

Two officers of the Royal Engineers (29th Division) with a French interpreter attached to the Division outside their quarters in a lock on the Yser-Lys canal at Ypres, 13 March 1918. © IWM (Q 11561)

Quarters of the Royal Engineers of the 29th Division in a lock of the Yser-Lys Canal. Ypres, 13 March 1918. © IWM (Q 11560)

Two 13 pounder (13pdr), 9 Hundredweight (9cwt) anti-aircraft guns on a Mark IV Motor Lorry Mounting and Peerless Lorries seen in action at Cambrin, 13 March, 1918. © IWM (Q 8559)

Views of the battlefield after the third Battle of Ypres, 1917. A salvage dump on the St. Julien road, near Ypres, 13 March 1918. Shell cases, petrol tin, trench pumps etc collected together for dispoal. © IWM (Q 10717)

Indeed. But the nice, or "very interesting" to crib from Chan- or Peter Davenport, is Chan, like Holmes, uses his mind and despite his Oriental personage not wily atttacks.

Haha, that's right.  I don't know how many times I've seen Charlie trick the bad guys into shooting or knifing his pillows that were wrapped in bedcovers, making them think that it was him.

Ha. Yes, good point though it could be expected for me a gweilo or baijo to not know the differences but he should know. He shouldn't complain about Charlie or Fu but only Mr.Moto.

He can complain all he wants, but nobody can top Peter Lorre in the Moto roll.  Lorre as Moto was killer.  In fact he shot the bad guys dead, stabbed them to death, and once he even threw an enemy agent (who was posing as a ship's purser,) overboard.

Politics / Re: Hillary Clinton
« on: March 12, 2018, 09:11:25 PM »
Whoever chose that location for today’s field trip is gonna have a sudden case of suicide by gunshot to the back of the head.

That's gotta be Huma walking behind her.  I didn't know that she still had the 'number one assistant' job.

Random Topics / Re: Reading Minds: The CoastGab Book Club
« on: March 12, 2018, 04:35:01 PM »

Vanguard to Venus is (as if you couldn't tell by the above book cover) a science fiction novel written in 1957 by one Jeffery Lloyd Castle, an English chap I'm assuming, because the story starts off in England.  The time frame for the story is vague, kind of like 'sometime in the future when things like advanced space travel are possible.'  And this is what I like about science fiction written in the forties and fifties, I am eager to see how close the authors come to forecasting the future.  In this case, while visualizing a grand, ala 2001 A Space Odyssey orbiting space station (or rather a space port) Mr. Castle falls short in a number of instances.  For example, people aren't using smart phones yet.  FAIL!

So the main character, a space explorer named Chisholm is newly arrived on Earth after being part of a group that journeyed to Mars (described in the book as being ' closed') and he's driving along an English road when a saucer mysteriously appears and a man and a woman get out.  Traffic stops and everyone is looking at them, so they climb back in the saucer and zip away real quick.  Chisholm drives over to space headquarters and reports the sighting to a superior.  Instead of calling Chisholm a nut, the head honcho fills the spaceman in on all the goings on regarding the saucer.  Turns out, they think the saucer is from Venus, and this on the eve of a planned mission that would be journeying to the second planet in the near future.  Chisholm is intrigued and volunteers to be part of the crew that will be going there.  He is almost turned down because "Geez Dude, you just got back from Mars!" but they relent and let him join the expedition.

The story pretty much takes off from there.  A lot of pages are used in describing the preparations for the trip.  A rocket takes off from Earth, carrying crew and supplies.  It docks at a humongous space station where the main (think USS Enterprise size) space vehicle is parked, ready to take the crew to Venus. 

The giant rocket ship takes off and heads for Venus, and still more pages are dedicated in describing the journey. Lots of scientific jargon is described here regarding propulsion, etc. but I can't vouch for the believability of it because I'm no rocket scientist, but it does seem a bit far fetched to my nonscientific brain.  I think the journey took five months, yet most of the crew are frozen to cut down on intake of supplies, etc.  Earth radio-controls the giant craft until it comes midway to Venus, from then on the space voyagers are on their own.  (Interesting to note, there is no communicating between the expedition and Earth.)  Some strange goings on occur during the trip, for instance the flying saucer re-appears and a whole side note of plot takes place before the spaceship makes it's way to Venus. 

So how do the space explorers get down to the surface of Venus?  Well, how else...they climb into a big, rocket propelled ship that glides down to the surface.  They skid-land onto a giant, sandy island of sorts and they immediately set about in using the glider's parts to assemble a rocket that will take them back to the orbiting mother ship.  In the mean time, a group of spacemen (Chisholm included) are chosen to climb into a hovercraft of sorts (called a Veetol) and they leave the island in order to make a more detailed exploration of the planet.  Everything comes to a climax after the Veetol lands at a Venusian palace.  Yes, there are living Venusians, and I don't think I'm giving anything away by revealing that they originally came from Planet Earth, ancient Egypt to be more precise.

As we all know now, there can be no life on Venus because it is one mega-hot planet.  Its surface temperature is believed to be hot enough to melt lead, but hey, you really can't blame an author from the 1950's for trying to make the place more habitable.       

Random Topics / Re: Music
« on: March 12, 2018, 05:13:00 AM »

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: March 12, 2018, 04:47:13 AM »

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: March 12, 2018, 04:31:00 AM »
From the Library of Congress.  The Tonopah Daily Bonanza, March 12, 1918.


  JUAREZ. Mexico. March 12. Greaseweed, which grows wild on the deserts of Northern Mexico, has been found to contain properties which make it valuable as a wartime drug, according to Major Gomez Tagle of the Juarez garrison, who is an expert chemist. Major Tagle has been conducting a series of experiments with the greaseweed and says he has discovered a substitute for iodoform which is contained in the plant.  It is especially valuable in medicine for treating wounds. A liniment for the relief of rheumatic pains has also been obtained from the desert plant, according to the military chemist.


  Evangelos Haralambos, a Greek miner, who expects to leave on the next draft, reported to the police this morning that his cabin had been robbed during the night and $680 in postal deposit certificates taken from a bureau drawer.


  An action in divorce that possesses rare heart interest because of the affection and faith of the defendant and the unusual features of it being a part of the romance of two continents, together with the added point of an illegal marriage, will come to trial before Judge Mark Averill in the Fifth judicial district court Thursday.  District Attorney H.H. Atkinson will represent the  plaintiff and Attorney Leo Harrington the defendant.

  Philip Gendal who, according to a story published years ago in the Los Angeles Times, is an admitted bigamist, came to Nevada and established a residence for the purpose of securing divorce from Celia Gendal, both Russians. She bore three children to him and two are alleged to have died of starvation when he deserted her and came to this coast to illicitly marry another woman with whom he had become infatuated and who also bore him a child.
  For years and years Mrs. Gendal toiled to support her remaining child and always felt that her husband would come back to her, unless he had been killed to obtain the $1700 of their community money with which he departed. When she heard of his being in Nevada and applying for a divorce, she borrowed the necessary funds from people of her nationality and hurried here to contest the case, asking only to have her husband back again, but to protect the legitimacy of the child born of the bigamous marriage, the application for divorce will also be hard pressed. At all events, no matter how the merits of the case may lie, whether the facts narrated above are correct in detail or not, the story is one that would provide a splendid scenario, for it is one of conflicting emotions and possessed of settings in far distant places.

  Tests were made last evening by M. A. Rex, United States food and drug inspector, of the substance found in a can of Teagarden loganberry jam, and it was pronounced by him to not be glass, but whether it was crystallized sugar or not, he did not state. His investigation may alleviate fear that any one, alien enemy or otherwise, has been tampering with the Teagarden products, which are put out under a pure food serial number and are renowned for their excellent quality.


By Fox Films - source, Public Domain,

Some info on Cupid's Roundup:

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: March 12, 2018, 03:38:35 AM »
From the Imperial War Museum, March 11, 1918.

The River Auja at El Mirr, the foundation walls of an old fortress still remain. On the 54th Division front from the Battle of Jaffa till the Battle of Sharon. It became part of the front line of the Essex regiment, 6th Battalion, on 12th March 1918. © IWM (Q 12317)

Soldiers, probably from the Army Service Corps, pushing a truck of ammunition along a light railway track from the shell dump to the guns at St. Julien, 12 March 1918. The detritus from the Third Battle of Ypres litters the shell-worn landscape. © IWM (Q 10718)

Random Topics / Re: Post Your Favorite Postcards Here.
« on: March 11, 2018, 06:28:23 PM »
I think this is a funeral scene for a World War One German soldier.  There is no information on it, other than one of the printed words says 'castle.'  Look at the interesting structure to the right.  That must be what the chaplain, priest or whatever, climbed up to deliver the final rites for the deceased.  This postcard came along with one of those WWI German memorial cards that I used to collect some years back.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: March 11, 2018, 04:44:43 AM »
The first confirmed cases of the Spanish Flu in the US are reported at Fort Riley, Kansas on March 11, 1918.


Soldiers from Fort Riley ill with Spanish influenza at a hospital ward at Camp Funston, Kansas, in 1918.
By U.S. Army photographer -, Public Domain,

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: March 11, 2018, 04:16:43 AM »
From the Imperial War Museum, March 11, 1918.

Sopwith 7F.1 Snipe single seat fighter biplane. Two bay version. © IWM (Q 67483)

Under supervision of Canadian railway troops, Chinese Labourers fill light railway tip-wagons with earth during the construction of a broad gauge railway at Lapugnoy (near Bethune), 11 March 1918. © IWM (Q 10735)

Canadian railway troops creating a cutting during construction of a broad-gauge railway at Lapugnoy (near Bethune), 11 March 1918. Tipping earth from light railway trucks to form the raised embankment. © IWM (Q 10734)

Random Topics / Re: Post Your Favorite Postcards Here.
« on: March 10, 2018, 07:47:24 PM »
Another Florida Restaurant.  This one was somewhat of a cultural landmark in Clearwater Beach history.  The place burned down back in 1974 but it is still remembered for the pelican and tiki carvings that the bartender sculpted out of driftwood.  You can read about it in this link:



Yeah, I've got that set with Shadows on it. Damn,almost $400.00 for it now!  :o  I imagine those films will eventually be available through the Warner Archive.  I keep a close eye on their releases so if I see those films come up, I'll let you know. I also have an MGM Chanthology set which has a bunch of the Monogram offerings.

Thanks, I'd especially like to see some Chans on Blu-ray but I'm not too sure that there is a market for them.  Damn good investment in buying that set of Chans, lol.  I think I've got all the available Chans, minus the Roland Winters offerings.  This is terrible but I have a hard time watching Winters because his big nose distracts me.  I do enjoy Oland and Toler equally though, and wouldn't pick one over the other if pressed to do so.  I'm sure that most people like Oland the best but I admire Toler for being a regular work horse when it comes to the Chan films.  I forgot to mention this box set of Warner Home Video Chans that were put out by TCM..


You might also want to get the box sets of Mr. Moto films with Peter Lorre.  Those are pretty good too.

Interestingly, production was curtailed on Warner Oland's final Chan movie because the actor, after announcing that he was stepping out for a drink of water, left the studio and returned to his native Sweden where he would catch pneumonia and die.  The unfinished Chan movie was to be called 'Charlie Chan at the Ringside' and some of the scenes were incorporated into a Moto film that would be called "Mr. Moto's Gamble.'  Charlie's son attends a crime class given by Mr. Moto and mention is given to Charlie who was supposedly back in Hawaii.  Mr. Moto pays tribute to Charlie by saying that they were all mere amateur detectives compared to Charlie.

There is one Chan film that was released by Warner Bros on dvd and it is not included in the standard Chan box sets.  (Another studio released it as part of a Chan collection but it is long out of production and sellers want 300 plus dollars for it now.)  It is called 'Shadows over Chinatown' and stars Sidney Toler.  I was going to give a link as to where to find a copy but wasn't successful.  I managed to obtain the single Warner Bros. dvd last year but it appears to be no longer available.



Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: March 10, 2018, 07:18:26 AM »
Young Fallon Turkey, Stuffed

An interesting link to Young Fallon Turkeys:

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