Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Grad Nite 1974, Disneyland

Grad Nite' 74
I was lucky enough to get to go to three different "Grad Night's." If you never got to go then you missed it. There was nothing like running all over Disneyland for a night before settling down to a life of quiet desperation. This "Grad Night" in 1974 was highlighted by having "Olivia Neutron Bomb" and "The Spinner's" as entertainment, as well as "Flash Cadillac and the Continental Kids" who were fresh off of playing "Herby & the Heartbeats," in the movie "American Graffiti."

Monday, August 30, 2010

Coal Gas & Water Bills, 1887-1888

Gas and Water Bills, Carson City, Nevada, 1887-1888
Six dollars is all it cost for both gas and water during the years of 1887-1888, in Carson City, Nevada. The rips in the paper are where each document was spindled.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Californian, March, 15, 1848

The Californian, March 15, 1848
The Californian was the first newspaper in California. It was first published in Monterey, California on August 15, 1846. The paper ceased its initial publication run at the end of May 1848, as the newspaper staff had allegedly departed en masse for the gold fields.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Spirit Lake, Iowa, "The Capital City of the Iowa Great Lakes"

Spirit Lake, Iowa, Centennial Pinback Button, 1879-1979
Spirit Lake Iowa turned 100 in 1979. They made this button and token to commemorate that event. The name Spirit Lake is derived from the Dakota Sioux word "Minnewaukon," which means "Lake of the Spirit." The city turned 131 this year, and it is still beautiful in its role as the "Capital City of the Iowa Great Lakes."

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

"Los Angeles Times International Games" July 8-9, 1967

Program, "The Los Angeles Times International Games," July 1967
The "Los Angeles Times International Games" were only held twice. Apparently there was some rancor amongst the participants after the British Commonwealth team refused to allow some informal changes to the guidelines for the track meets. This refusal by Britannia to waive the rules killed off the "Los Angeles Times International Games."

ESPN National Hockey Night

ESPN National Hockey Night Hockey Puck
Loved the USA vs Canada in the Winter Olympics but I was unaware that we have had, not one but two, National Hockey Nights in the USA. I remember that they fell so close to "Who Gives A Rodent's Posterior Night," that they were mostly ignored. Luckily, hockey survived ESPN and continues to this day.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Merryland Ballroom

The Merryland Ballroom
It is warm in California today. We forget that this is really a semi-arid desert until a day like today that reminds you with every step you take. Luckily, I am near the beach in a secluded location, with lots of cool places to dance, should I care to do so.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Friday Night Comics

Trump Magazine 1957
A few comics from Trump Magazine. Trump Magazine was published in 1957 by Hugh Hefner. It only lasted for two magazines. If it looks a little like Mad Magazine it's because Al Jaffe and some of those other nuts went with HH on this venture. Some returned to Mad after the collapse of Trump.