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Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: Today at 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: Today at 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: Today at 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: Today at 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: Today at 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: Today at 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: Today at 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,


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: Yesterday at 03:31:02 PM »

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

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: Yesterday at 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.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: May 23, 2017, 03:38:06 AM »
The man who formulated the Butterfly Effect concept was born 100 years ago today.



Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: May 23, 2017, 03:33:44 AM »
The Tacoma Times, May 23, 1917.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: May 23, 2017, 03:32:50 AM »
The New-York Tribune, May 23, 1917.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: May 23, 2017, 03:32:06 AM »
The Grand Forks Herald, May 23, 1917

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: May 22, 2017, 04:22:07 AM »
The New York Tribune, May 22, 1917.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: May 22, 2017, 04:17:34 AM »
The Aberdeen Herald (Washington) May 22, 1917.


  William Sherwin, known to woodsmen throughout this section by his sobriquet of "Billy the Bear," was found dead in his cabin last Thursday by hunters, 15 miles north of Wishkah Falls. He had been dead more than a month. Sherwin had lived the life of a hermit a good many years in the woods. He was about 50 years old.

  The body was found by Claude Nutter, William Barrows and Alex Kellerman, of Montesano, who were on their way into the Olympics on a prospecting and claim developing trip.

  Sherwin had only stumps for hands and feet and was badly crippled otherwise as a result of an explosion in a mine in Nevada. Although so badly crippled he spent most of his time alone in the woods and formerly, when the state was paying bounties, used to appear frequently with wild cat and even cougar pelts.

  It is said he was a good shot and was well able to look out for himself. His crippled condition came near costing him his life many times. Once, he told the auditor last summer, he tripped and fell into deep water in one of the streams in the foot hills and being unable to swim it was only by chance that he was able to make shore.

  Since July, 1915, the county had allowed Sherwin $10 a month toward his living expenses, for after the bounty was taken off wild cats he had no way of getting money, but he continued to live in the woods and foot hills.

  He was buried Sunday in the woods, 22 miles above the Falls, according to his expressed wish.


  While Dr. and Mrs. George L. Bowlby were fishing in the Wishkah river Sunday, Mrs. Bowlby had a narrow escape from drowning. Mrs. Bowlby was fishing from a log when a splash was made from the dam above. The rise of water swept her log down stream at a furious speed, but Mrs. Bowlby kept her head, and as the log swept around the bend at the Forks, she managed to climb from the loose log onto the boom at that point, and from which she was taken by Dr. Bowlby, who crossed the river on a log. Aside from a few bruises and a thorough wetting, she escaped injury.

The Wishkah River near Hoquiam, Washington.  By kelly - Flickr: Wishkah River, CC BY-SA 2.0,


  An embryo whale about 18 inches in length is attracting attention at the Eaton drug store. The curio is preserved in alcohol and has a resemblance to a young pig without legs.

Simple Ways of Doing Common Things Best

  When the eyes are very tired bathe them with hot water and drop a few drops of diluted boracic acid in the eyes with an eye dropper. Use ten or fifteen drops of the acid to one ounce of distilled water.

  The habit of raising the brows continually will also tend to produce wrinkles, more quickly than the passing years. Before combing your hair place long, narrow strips of court plaster just above the center of the eyebrows and reaching halfway to the hair line. Every time you raise your brows this will be a silent reminder, and soon you will learn to know when you use those muscles that you know work unconsciously, and this will soon break you of the habit. Wear the plasters when ever you can until broken of the habit.


  Question: Would grinding the cylinders and cylinder head of an engine make gas tight fits without a gasket?

  Answer: Yes, if the grinding was done accurately enough. Gaskets are as satisfactory, with much less machining cost. Furthermore, in replacing the head after once having removed it great care would have to be taken to be sure that the surfaces were clean. The gaskets also serve well to take up any warping which may occur in the metal.

  Question: What was the condition of the American army when it went into winter quarters at Valley Forge?

  Answer: That was the winter of 1777-8. In December, 1777, Washington wrote: "We had in camp on the 23d inst, by a field return then taken, not less than 2.898 men unfit for duty by result of being barefoot and otherwise naked. Besides this number, sufficiently distressing of itself, there are many others detained in hospitals and crowded into farmers' houses for the same causes." In a letter to Governor Livingston of New York Washington said: "I sincerely feel for the unhappy condition of our poor fellows in the hospitals and wishing power to relieve them were equal to my inclination. Our difficulties and distresses are certainly great and such as wound the feelings of humanity—our sick naked, our well naked, our unfortunate men in captivity naked:" The commissary of the army reported to General Washington: "Many of the troops are destitute of meat and are several days in arrears. The horses are dying for want of forage. The country in the vicinity of the camp is exhausted." In a letter to Governor Clinton, General Washington urged prompt action and said: "For some days past there has been little less than a famine in camp; a part of the camp has been a week without any kind of meat and the rest three or four days. Naked and starving as they are, we cannot enough admire the incomparable patience and fidelity of the soldiery, that they have not been ere this time excited by their sufferings to a general mutiny and dispersion."   

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: May 22, 2017, 04:15:01 AM »
The Evening Star, May 22, 1917.

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: May 21, 2017, 09:40:29 PM »
Once the Accutron is fixed and up and running he will strike fear into all of us with his searingly-hot insight.

In retrospect, I wonder if Unc. Hoag made a mistake in filling his show with non-space subjects like those boring self improvement, quasi-health, and inner spirit type of shows.  I'm like K_Dubb, I want Richard to talk about Mars, the moon and crazy Earth stuff.  Here's a little secret...everyone raved about how cool it was when Richard entered Dick Cavett mode.  Me, I found it boring and got sleepy.  If Richard ever returns, I want him to talk about what he knows best.  'Here's a face, there's a face, everwhere's a face face.'   

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: May 21, 2017, 04:15:37 PM »
From the Library of Congress:
Photograph shows Helen Campbell, a Hunter College student who received a license as a wireless operator during World War I. She worked for the National League for Women's Service as a wireless operator. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2015, The New York Times, June 10, 1917 and The Sunday Oregonian, May 20, 1917)

Wireless operator Helen Campbell, 1917.  Library of Congress/George Grantham Bain Collection.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: May 21, 2017, 04:01:54 AM »
The Seattle Star, May 21, 1917.

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