Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Toyon 1966, Humboldt State College, Arcata, California

Toyon is the literary magazine of the English Department of what is now known as Humboldt State University. It was still Humboldt State College when this version of the Toyon was published in 1966. Toyon has been run by the students since its inception in 1954, and all submissions are eligible to win the Ruth Mountaingrove Award.

The Toyon is also a California native plant that often goes by the common names "Christmas Berry" or "California Holly." The Toyon is often part of the coastal sage scrub plant habitat and it has some very cool red berries which are edible. These berries were so sought after as Christmas decorations that in the 1920's the City of Los Angeles passed a law against their collection on public land.

1870's Billheads, San Francisco

This is a set of two billheads from 1870's San Francisco. One is from Latham and King, who were stockbrokers in the city. The other billhead is from LeCount Brothers stationers. The LeCount Brothers were one of the top printers in the city.

After working in San Francisco for five years Thomas E. LeCount returned to the east coast and settled in Connecticut where he became a general merchant. After running his store for a number of years Thomas closed his store and went to NYC to visit his uncle and aunt and get in some serious rest and relaxation. One day he ventured into the streets and suffered a cerebral hemorrhage on the corner of Fourth and Broadway, and was summarily deposited in the drunk tank by New York's finest. When the cops finally pulled Thomas out of the tank the next morning he was completely paralyzed.

While the police might be able to be excused for not recognizing Mr LeCount's apoplexy, as it was known in those days, the other actions of the police brought much shame to them and to the NY Times. After the police picked up Mr LeCount and threw him in the drunk tank, they called the NY Times crime beat reporter and notified them that they had Mr LeCount in the lockup and that he had been found in a drunken stupor on a sidewalk in the city. The Times went with the story without any fact checking and by the time Mr LeCount died  a few days later his reputation was mud.

The libelous stain that was perpetrated by the NY Times on the name of the dearly departed Mr LeCount so enraged his family members and friends they went into overdrive by stating in public and in print that the NY Times and the NYPD were in cahoots and were actively trying to ruin the lives of innocent citizens. The pastor where Mr LeCount attended church wrote to the NY Times to declare Mr LeCount as a good person wronged by the media and the NY Times in particular. He lamented that both the police and the newspapers treated Mr LeCount without dignity and did not seem bothered by libeling a good man.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

The New Storz Cookbook, Storz Brewing, Omaha, NE, 1957

This is the New Storz Cookbook. It was published in 1957 by Storz Brewing. Storz Brewing once provided a third of all the beer consumed in Nebraska. It was located in Omaha from 1863 until 1972.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Fashions from France, 1885

The latest fashions of 1885, that were made with the wonderful new sewing machine, that was manufactured by the man to whom the Beatles movie "Help!" is dedicated.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Program, The Wizard of Oz, Santa Paula High School, May 16-17, 1969

This is the program from Santa Paula High School's production of "The Wizard of Oz." The dates of the performances were May 16 and 17, 1969. If I am not mistaken, Delores Escobar, who was one of two Dorothys, was nicknamed "Peanuts."