Monday, February 14, 2011

1994 Los Angeles Rams

1994 is known in the NFL as the year football booted Los Angeles to the curb. In 1994 both the Rams and Raiders left LA, never to return. I hear the NFL is thinking about moving a team to Los Angeles in the near future but that seems crazy in the face of the fact that the Rams and Raiders could not pull fans in a town that has winning teams that play fairly well, along with just about every other type of world class entertainment, right in town. Go to the beach or fight traffic, crazies, and the most inflated prices of any sport? You can see why the Rams and Raiders died on the vine. The Los Angeles Times made and distributed these little sheets at the beginning of the 1994 season. I wonder if they would have made them if they knew the Rams were looking for the exit?

Friday, February 11, 2011

Blair Nevada, State Bank and Trust, 1907

Blair, Nevada was created in 1906 to circumvent real estate speculators from Silver Peak, Nevada, whose inflated prices caused the Pittsburg-Silver Peak Gold Mining Company to create Blair some three miles or so from Silver Peak. Blair was basically dead and gone in 1917 but there are still some cool ruins out there to show that it was once a thriving city.

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.