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Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: Yesterday at 03:10:22 PM »
Some photos and cartoons from May 29, 1917:

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: Yesterday at 03:02:50 PM »

Major Connell inoculates a woman motorist on May 29, 1917.  New York City.  Library of Congress/Bain Collection.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: Yesterday at 04:21:14 AM »
John F. Kennedy was born 100 years ago.  35th President of the United States. 


Photo portrait of John F. Kennedy, President of the United States.  By White House Press Office (WHPO) -  Public Domain,

Random Topics / Re: Post Your Favorite Postcards Here.
« on: May 28, 2017, 11:49:42 PM »

Ahhh, good old Route 66.  I would love to travel the length of it before I die.  A guy named Justin Scarred is doing just that, on YouTube.  Thanks, trostol.

Random Topics / Re: Post Your Favorite Postcards Here.
« on: May 28, 2017, 06:57:32 PM »
Now that some scanner issues have been resolved, I can continue the postcard thread.  (If you liked a postcard that disappeared, let me know.  I'll be happy to re-post it.)   

Here is one from I believe, 1910. (That's a 1909 Ben Franklin stamp on the back.)

Also, now that roses are in full bloom, here are those two rose postcards from the J&P Company that I posted early on.  They are unused but there is a 1970 date on back of them.  Very old rose outfit.  They go back to the turn of the century.  That mail order place Harry and David used to sell them but not anymore.  You can still buy J&P roses on-line though.


Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: May 28, 2017, 04:20:54 PM »
Some cartoons and several pics from May 28, 1917,

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: May 28, 2017, 04:16:20 PM »
May 28, 1917 issue of the Chicago Tribune.  (Nice, scroll down format to access the whole paper.)

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: May 28, 2017, 03:46:44 AM »
The Tacoma Times, May 28, 1917.


  NEW YORK, May 28.—Andrew Carnegie, known internationally as the Apostle of Peace, is a war casualty, bereft of reason and money, it became known today when it was learned Dr. Henry Smith Pritchett, president of the Carnegie Foundation, and one of Carnegie's closest friends, has been appointed conservator of the vast Carnegie funds.

  Carnegie's reason has been dwindling since war began, but the condition of the old ironmaster was guarded jealously. 
   Quickly, but cautiously, the power to give away money was taken from him  The appointment of Dr. Pritchett was without publicity.
  Aged, penniless and heartbroken, the once powerful industrial monarch and apostle of peace sits in his castle home awaiting the great armistice.

  Closest friends arc no longer recognized by Carnegie. Only now and then does he know Dr. Pritchett. Emperors, masters of finance, steel kings - these are but shadows now to the man who once mingled with them as a man of power. 

  "Wife," wails the weary old voice over and over again, as Mrs, Carnegie tries to soothe him, "has the war ended yet? When,
WHEN, will peace come?"

  No man tried to do more for International peace than Carnegie. After the commission which be financed had reported on Balkan war atrocities he pledged himself to a world campaign against war.

  When, in the last days of July, 1914 Europe faced Armageddon, Carnegie toiled like a Titan. As ultimatums flashed back and forth, Carnegie worked, tense with anxiety. He was sending cables to ministers of state when Britain's  midnight declaration of war against Germany reached him. Stricken to the heart, the veteran's pen dropped from his hand.

  An hour later Mrs. Carnegie knelt by his side striving to comfort him. "My great dream gone. My great dream gone," he moaned  endlessly. "If I could weep."

  Weeks passed, with their invasion, rapine, atrocities, each falling upon him as a physical blow.

  "The dream of my life is ended," sobbed Carnegie.

  "General paralysis," said the scientists. They ordered quiet and change of scene.

   Almost from day to day his condition changed for the worst. Seldom did he show any interest in money-getting or gift giving.

  "How long will the war continue?" he pleaded constantly and pitifully. "I would give all I have—my last dollar—to shorten hostilities by a week."

  But the great fortune of the master of Bethlehem has slipped from his grasp. He is the man who was Andrew Carnegie, wailing now and then out of shadow land. "Wife, when will the war end?"

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: May 28, 2017, 03:37:09 AM »
The New York Tribune, May 28, 1917.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: May 28, 2017, 03:36:04 AM »
Everett True, May 28, 1917.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: May 27, 2017, 04:42:36 PM »
I think it must be some kind of flare gun. Maybe different size/colors to be used to alert ground troops as to enemy troop or artillery positions? Or to alert fellow pilots if they get lost out of formation or to some potential danger from anti-aircraft or enemy planes?

You are absolutely right, the pilots used to signal to each other via certain colors of flares.  The British even managed to shoot down a German plane with one, towards the end of WWI.

British 1" calibre Very pistol of World War I.  By Andy Dingley - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: May 27, 2017, 04:22:45 PM »

A photographer caught the image of a shell bursting on May 27, 1917.  Library of Congress/Bain Collection.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: May 27, 2017, 04:13:24 PM »
A cartoon, a couple of illustrations and some photographs from May 27, 1917:

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: May 27, 2017, 04:06:43 PM »

German POWs in France, returning from work.  Photo taken on May 27, 1917.  Library of Congress/Bain Collection.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: May 27, 2017, 03:31:52 PM »
That mask looks like the mask Leatherface made in Texas Chainsaw Massacre (or like Ed Gein apparently did.)

Ha!  That mask does look familiar.  What's that hanging on the rack over his left shoulder ?  An early day flare gun?  I guess it is, got some flares by it.  Different sized ones.

Random Topics / Re: Celebrity Deaths
« on: May 27, 2017, 03:26:01 PM »
Sorry to learn frequent C2C guest R Gary Patterson passed away.  I always enjoyed his appearances to discuss rock music history, and appreciated he was one of the few guests in whom George actually had enough interest to engage in a dialogue.

I always enjoyed listening to Gary's spin on the 'Paul is Dead' conspiracy.  Its weird though, Gary's website still thinks he's alive.  Not very up to date, it invites us to join him at a show in Canada...last October.  He probably maintained the site himself.  RIP.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: May 27, 2017, 04:49:51 AM »
Here are three more 100 year old German soldier memorial cards.

Johann Kolbeck was a farmer from the town of Buchberg.  There is no listing as to what Regiment he belonged to but perhaps it was a (or the) Pioneer Battalion as the word 'Pionier' is prominent on the card.  Johann was a holder of the Iron Cross, 2nd Class before being killed in action at Givenchy on January 18, 1917.  Most likely, Johann was killed during the Battle of Arras because it was taking place at Givenchy at that time. He was 29 years old.

Inside of card, folded open.

Back and front cover of card.

Martin Steiner was a Tannery Owner's son from the town of Waging.  He was in the 3rd Reserve Infantry Regiment, Company 8.  Like Johann above, Martin was also a holder of the Iron Cross, 2nd Class.  In fact, you can see the medal's ribbon attached to Martin's coat in the picture.  No location is given as to the location of his death, nor was his body ever located.  He was listed as 'missing in action' on January 20, 1917.  He was 24 years old.  (Martin kind of looks like Sredni V., at least to me, anyway.)

               Front of card.                                    Back of card.

The lake promenade in modern day Waging, Bavaria, Germany.   By Jacquesverlaeken - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

"Our dear son and brother has died a hero's death" is printed atop this memorial card.  Karl Dreher was a musketeer with the 122 Reserve Infantry Regiment.  He was badly wounded and would eventually die in a hospital at Riedlingen on January 30, 1917.  Karl was born on June 25, 1895 and had lived in the town of Daugendorf.  From this, we can ascertain that he was 21 years old.  (Note, Riedlingen is a town in the south western part of Germany.)   

              Front of card.                                     Back of card.

Modern day Riedlingen.  By No machine-readable author provided. Bernd Reichelt assumed (based on copyright claims). - No machine-readable source provided. Own work assumed (based on copyright claims)., Public Domain,


Radio and Podcasts / Re: Most hated radio commercials anyone?
« on: May 27, 2017, 12:49:52 AM »
Any commercial put out by the Ad Council.  You hear them all the time as filler when there aren't enough legit, cash paying commercials to be played.  They are so syrupy sweet that I feel like I'm going to get sugar diabetes just by listening to them.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: May 26, 2017, 03:31:02 PM »

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: May 26, 2017, 03:28:43 PM »
A photograph showing damage to the Hotel de Ville, Arras, France.  Taken on May 26, 1917.

Library of Congress/Bain Collection.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: May 26, 2017, 03:23:10 PM »
A big tornado hit the towns of Charleston and Mattoon, Illinois on May 26, 1917.


Tornado damage in the town of Mattoon, part of a severe outbreak of tornadoes that killed more than 100 people.
By Unknown - National Weather Service, Central Illinois, Public Domain,

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: May 26, 2017, 03:16:00 PM »
Some cartoons and photos of British soldiers taken on May 26, 1917:

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: May 26, 2017, 04:33:58 AM »
The Evening Star, May 26, 1917.

4502 N.W. 15th Street

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: May 25, 2017, 03:57:28 PM »
A surprise, daylight raid by 21 German Gotha bombers rained death and destruction onto the town of Folkestone, England on May 25, 1917. This was the first ever raid by fixed wing aircraft and not Zeppelins.  95 people were killed and 195 injured. 


Quote from Wikipedia:
Kagohl 3 received the first Gotha G.IV aircraft in March, and on 25 May, the squadron commenced Operation Turkenkreuz, sending 23 Gothas to bomb London. Two were forced to turn back over the North Sea due to mechanical difficulties and cloud over London caused the remaining bombers to divert to secondary targets at the Channel port of Folkestone and the nearby Shorncliffe Army Camp. The raid resulted in 95 deaths and 195 injuries, mostly in Folkestone. In Shorncliffe, 18 soldiers (16 Canadian and two British) were killed and 90 were wounded.[50] Nine Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) Sopwith Pups engaged the bombers near the Belgian coast as they returned, shooting one down.[51]

Gotha G.IV in flight.  By Unknown -, Public Domain,

Random Topics / Re: Music
« on: May 25, 2017, 03:40:43 AM »

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: May 25, 2017, 03:25:42 AM »
Jazz musician Jimmy Hamilton was born on May 25, 1917.


Jimmy Hamilton and Harry Carney, Aquarium, NYC, ca November 1946. Photography by William P. Gottlieb.  By William P. Gottlieb -, Public Domain,

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: May 24, 2017, 03:08:34 PM »
The first B-class blimp took its maiden flight on this day in 1917.   


From Wikipedia:
The 16 original B-types operated extensively from the East coast bases starting in October 1917, mostly on training missions, but also patrol operations. Several B-Class airships were lost. At least one was involved in a search and rescue operation for a downed Navy float plane. B-types also operated from San Diego and Coco Solo.

B class blimp.  Public Domain,

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: May 24, 2017, 04:46:20 AM »
Georg Koller was the son of an Economist and a soldat (soldier) in the 28th Bavarian Infantry Regiment, Company 1.  Georg had been badly wounded in Romania and later died in a field hospital on May 24, 1917.  He was thirty three years old.  (Fairly 'old' by regular German soldier standards.)

The German Graves Registration Office has a record of George being buried in a national soldier cemetery but unfortunately, the name of that particular cemetery has been lost.

                Front of card.                                   Back of card.

Here are a couple of single type cards of soldiers who died in January of 1917.

Georg Wimmer was an Army Landsturmmann (member of Prussian and Imperial German reserve force) with the 26th Infantry Regiment, Company 1.  He was killed by Pintececk, Romania on January 6, 1917 at the age of 37.  (Older soldiers were generally relegated to reserve regiments.)

This is an actual photograph of George that has been trimmed and glued to the card.  Also an interesting illustration of St. Michael on the back of the card. 

               Front of card.                                Back of card.

Army soldier Joseph Zeilberger hailed from the town of Thymau, located by another town called Passau.  He was a member of the 1st Bavarian Reserve Infantry Regiment, Company 8.  This card is rather detailed in describing Joseph's death.  It says that he was killed in a cave in, though it doesn't mention what type of cave in.  Trench?  Tunnel?  Shelter?  The card also states that he has followed his brother Michael in death.  Joseph was yet another older soldier, having died at the age of 35.

The back of the card has a nicely colored illustration of Jesus on the cross.

                Front of card                                   Back of card.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: May 23, 2017, 04:24:31 PM »
Test Pilot Harry Hawker flew the first Sopwith Dolphin on this day in 1917.


Dolphin fitted with two upward firing Lewis guns and Norman vane sights.  Public Domain,

Harry Hawker.  By George Grantham Bain Collection. Public Domain,

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: May 23, 2017, 04:07:10 PM »

Not much info but I believe photo was taken in New York City. 

Italian Commission to U.S. Scenes on Arrival, May 23, 1917.  Library of Congress/Harris & Ewing collection.

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