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Friday, 09 December 2011

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WOW! I just left the "Shorpy" site of old photos and came here and linked to these old photos. For a second I thought I was back at the Shorpy site....

Wonderful images. Talk about archival... film negatives a hundred years old and look perfect! Hope my hard drives last that long.

Some of the images look like they could be from the California Central Valley, Sacramento River Delta, and the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Thanks for posting the link, Mike. Great fun seeing these images.

whatreallyhappened.com is sketchy?? For covering items such as the fraud conducted by MF Global?? http://whatreallyhappened.com/content/mf-global-stole-hundreds-millions-their-clients-pay-their-bad-trades-mf-global-advised-g20-c

Mike, you posted a picture of the students being pepper-sprayed at UC Davis, also covered on the same site. The more exposure real stories receive, the better. I thank you for posting the UC Davis image and for linking to http://whatreallyhappened.com


Number 30 is Radar O'Reilly's mother as a young woman. I swear!

Maybe it's just because the discoverer of these photos said he was looking for magic material at antique stores........ But in photos ant16, ant39, and ant69 the gentleman on the left bears a resemblance to Houdini. In ant16 it even looks like he might be performing a simple trick. I've looked at know photos of Houdini and can't make up my mind. Probably not. Never mind. LOL

Old photos are fun. When my wife's great aunt died they were going to throw out her negatives but we retrieved them, scanned a lot of them and I put them on Picasaweb. She wasn't a bad photographer considering she was using a simple box camera that had no controls at all. Like the photos referenced here there are a lot of tilted horizons but she got some pretty good ones too. These are a bit newer, covering from around 1920 to the early 1940s. All but one of the people depicted have passed. You are welcome to peruse them if you like and there no extreme political views to disturb you there. ;-)
https://picasaweb.google.com/113942839858347342814/LauraCurrieSPhotographs

Enjoyed the photos at whatreallyhappened.com, and the site made me laugh a little. Hard to tell what the political views are at first glance, but it sure does blink at you.

Mike, I know you are a car enthusiast and I believe others are also.
Back in the 1950s, my high school art teacher, Howard Wolery, drove his MG TD to many races around the central US and took pictures with his Hasselblad. In the 60s, he was instrumental in getting my brother and me interested in sports cars and cameras - which led to Leicas and a ton of ALFAs as well as a 40 year habit of racing, but that's another story.
As Howard got older and suffered parkinsons, he asked me to take his albums and care for the, perhaps finding a good home. I digitized them as an album and put them on the web ( http://jimhayes.com/Wolery/album.html ) then gave them to the Watkins Glen Racing Library for their collections.
Howard was not shy, getting close enough to talk with the "stars" of the era, including Stirling Moss, Briggs Cunningham, Jim Kimberly and even Harley Earl, design head at GM. The photos have been used to verify the vintage of several cars, help sell Briggs' watch for a fortune, and illustrate several books, including one in the works on Cunningham.
The WG library has an immense collection of racing memoribilia - a great place to visit if you are in the region. I've also donated my collection of thousands of images of racing in the 60s to them and I encourage any others who know of similar collections to do the same.

Yep, 1912 was a banner year for flags.

Doug,
The point about the flag was the number of stars on it. Last flown in 1912.

Mike

Mike, yes. Two new states were added in 1912, thus two new stars and many new flags. Sorry for the feeble attempt at humor.

Dear Bill,

I gave that site a quick scan, on handful of topics on which I have solid primary-source information or some real expertise. Mike's word, "sketchy" describes it to a T. Sometimes they're dead right, sometimes they're very wrong, and sometimes they're operating in a reality I can't even imagine.

They seem to be a cross between whistle-blowers and conspiracy nuts who've never met an "alternative explanation" they didn't like.

That doesn't mean they're always wrong. Doesn't mean they're not sometimes right. Does mean that if you rely on them for "da troof" you're gonna be wrong a lot more often than if you relied on even Faux Nooz.

pax / Ctein

Re your warning: I am traumatized beyond belief and am now away into the night to commit mayhem and topple governments.

Evidence of reticulation I see...I wonder if I can get a plug-in for that.

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