Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Rin-Tin-Tins -- February 24, 2017

Motion Picture Magazine, June, 1927
In honor of the Lunar New Year, the Year of the Dog, here is Rin-Tin-Tin, the biggest dog star of all.  Lee Duncan, an American soldier who loved dogs, found Rinty and his sister with their dying mother in a damaged German kennel.  Duncan tried to bring the puppies to America, but the female died.  Duncan trained Rinty and got him into the movies, where he showed great natural talent.

This item shows Rinty, his mate Nanette, and five of their puppies.

The San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade is tonight. The parade has taken place since the 1860s.

Friday, February 23, 2018

WEB DuBois 150 -- February 23, 2018
WEB DuBois, the smartest perspn in the room whatever room he entered, was born 150 years ago today, on 23-February-1868.  He was a founder of the NAACP and edited The Crisis for many years.  He fought for equality and against racism and lynching.  He attended the San Francisco conference that created the United Nations.

I don't think I ever heard his name spoken in high school and probably not in college.  In fact, I thought it was pronounced in the French manner until I heard someone talking about  him on the radio years later.  I read The Souls of Black Folk about 25 years ago and found it moving.  I still have to read Black Reconstruction.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Happy Birthday, President Washington, 2018 -- February 22, 2018

Liberty, 21-February-1925
James Flexner was right when he called George Washington the Indispensable Man.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

George Wright -- February 21, 2018

Spalding's Base Ball Guide and Official League Book for 1879
George Wright was the shortstop and star player on the first openly professional baseball team, the Cincinnati Red Stockings.  When the Cincinnati team broke up, he moved with his older brother Harry to the Boston Red Stockings. Harry managed and George continued to star. The team played in the National Association and then the new National League when it started in 1876.  George joined the new Providence Grays as manager in 1878.

In 1874, in a 70-game National Association season, he hit 41 triples.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Happy Presidents' Day 2018 -- February 19, 2018

James Monroe was our fifth president.  He served our country as soldier, diplomat, Secretary of State, Secretary of War and President.

"To impose taxes when the public exigencies require them is an obligation of the most sacred character, especially with a free people."  Many people no longer believe this.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Lufbery Now in U.S. Army -- February 18, 2018

Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, 18-February-1918
100 years ago today, on 18-February-1918, the French Escadrille Lafayette, a squadron of American fliers, disbanded and its members transferred to the US Air Service's 103rd Aero Squadron (Pursuit).

Raoul Lufbery was born in France, but his father was American.  He had 16 confirmed victories while flying for the French and one more for the Americans.  He died in battle on 19-May-1918.  

Saturday, February 17, 2018

July Fourth 1934 -- February 17, 2018
JC Leyendecker created this fantastic cover for the 07-July-1934 Saturday Evening Post.  Some people seem to feel that images of Lady Liberty are insulting to our so-called president.