Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Three Old Checks

This is a set of three old checks from the Carson City, Nevada area. They date from 1897 to 1905.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Greaser Law of 1855

During the last year we heard a lot about the State of Arizona and how bad they were for passing their current immigration laws. Throughout California there was a collective idea that this sort of law could not pass in California. This is unfortunately not altogether true.

In 1855, the California State Legislature passed what was known as the "Greaser Law of 1855." It allowed for the arrest and incarceration of those persons who were the issue of "Spanish and Indian blood." In the vernacular of today this person would be known primarily as Mexican. This was California State Statute number 175 and it was made when the State of California was but 5 years young.

They also passed some laws regarding regular stuff but this law always intrigued me, especially when all this Arizona bashing broke out. I am sure that this too shall pass in some manner.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Leeteg of Tahiti

Leeteg of Tahiti popularized the black velvet painting in the 1940's and 1950's. This was an advertisement for a book written about him.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Just Another Line in the Field of Time

Another year has begun.

This is a 100 year calendar on a piece of plastic just slightly smaller than a post-it note. It was designed to showcase NCR's new PCMI microform system.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Banking License, Carson City Nevada, 7-1-1888 to 10-1-1888

As you can see it cost the sum of 10 dollars a month to conduct the business of banking in Carson City in 1888. The fact that the bank paid by three month periods to be the bank, speaks to the instability of boom towns, and everything that went with them. Imagine paying 10 dollars a month to conduct the business of being a bank!

What I also like is that this license is signed by President of the Board of Trustees of the Bank, the City Clerk, the City Marshal and his deputy. I guess they needed the marshal in on the deal just in case he had to chase you down like a dog after you absconded with the funds of the depositors. In the case of the B & E Bank, for whom this license was issued, their downfall came when they could not account for a large amount of gold that was supposed to be in the bank but was "missing." This happened fairly frequently in frontier banking.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

State Poultry Show, Coalinga, California 12-28-1917 to 1-1-1918

RSVP For Chickenfest 1917

Detail of Above Photo
A.P. May was a "promoter" from Coalinga, California. In addition to producing the State Poultry Show, he also allegedly built the first brick buildings in Coalinga and was one of the proponents of the railway line from Santa Cruz to the San Joaquin Valley. I don't know if any of his promotions every came into being.

Father Time and the New Year

Peace and health to all in the new year, Thanks for looking in!!!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Random Christmas 2010

Christmas Card, 1878

Christmas Card, 1920's, England

First Christmas with Santa, 1988

Cardboard Cutouts, 1940's

Silk Bookmark, 1920's

Herd of Christmas Cats

Santa Cat

Potmetal Santa, 1920's

Snowflake business card holder

The Virgin Birth of the King of Kings, Draper, 1932

All year I throw stuff in a box marked Christmas. On Christmas Day I open the box and look at the stuff. Here are some random items from the box for the year 2010. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!!!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

"Steps to Saturn"

This is a pamphlet entitled "Steps to Saturn," that was published by NASA and the Marshall Space Flight Center in 1962. It's a nice rundown of the technical aspects of the Saturn rocket program.