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Wednesday, August 23

In 1933, it wasn't the Gulf that was being hit with the double whammy, it was the mid-Atlantic coast. A nor'easter had been blowing for days, bringing lots of rain and flooding with it. And then- a hurricane moved up the coast, bringing large storm surges. It was a major weather event.At least one of the effects is still with us today. A new inlet was cut through the barrier island just below Ocean City Maryland. This would serve to keep the wild ponies at bay, and was the real beginning of the charter fishing boat industry which put OC on the charts. The townsfolk were pretty much in agreement that it was an improvement. The kids in Norfolk (aka "North Fork") VA were enjoying the chance to show off their swimwear in town. That store there was having a sale, too. I bet things wil...

Tuesday, August 22

Sometimes you go to the mountain, sometimes the mountain comes to you. If you were lucky enough to live in Kalama Washington, the mountain, in the form of the U.S.S. Constitution (the oldest continuously existing warship) came to visit in August. It didn't exactly sail there, but was towed in. It was on a good-will tour as a celebration of its recent restoration via donations from the public.The local businessmen threw a big party for the vessel. Anything to increase the awareness of the public that Kalama=strawberries. And considering that the photo was taken on the 22nd, it seems the visit was a successful one. They're building one of those iron arch truss bridges in Washington state. I wonder if it's still standing?uhm... yeah, it is. make it across here.

Monday, August 21

Some days. I like to trace a connection between the images I post. Something, however trivial or superficial. It's all about exercising my ability to detect patterns. Today I'm stumped. So let's call it a game. Post your proposal for the theme of the day. Because I'm just not channeling anything. So there was an annular eclipse visible over much of south-east Asia. It's not a spectacular total eclipse. It was still sort of twilight even directly on the path. Even so, that's a spooky sort of feeling, to be in that sort of daylight.TIL that these eclipses are members of more than one series of eclipses that repeat- sort of like other events in time, amiright? There's the semester series, which repeat about every 177 days and 4 hours. Then it was also a member of the Saros 134 s...

Sunday, August 20

Summer fun in Sunny Southern California. I hear that the water is very cold there, but that's good for sea life somehow. Seems weird that there's zero surf in this picture, I guess Santa Monica beach is on some sort of protected embayment. I can't imagine a float of that size surviving for long anywhere along the US East coast. Parker's band is about to end their reign at the Algonquin, but she has a best-selling collection of short stories, and is regularly being published in the major magazines. She's doing OK. Her sardonic humor (and Thurber's, and Benchley's) are going to help define "hep" people's sensibilities up through the following decades. Possibly even up to our time? One of those pleasures was surely enjoying a good cocktail. This popular destination remained open fo...

Saturday, August 19

We can be heroes. The kid spent a lot of time building that car he's in. In the end it rolled better than hundreds of other cars, although surely there were elements of driving skill and luck involved in his win. Look at that crowd. There were people listening on the radio. At a moment in American history when the promises had been broken, here, then, was a confirmation that the myth was real. A determined individual could win the prize. Don't stop believing, America! For 4 bits an American woman could lose herself in dreams of glamour. In an era when hats and gloves were essential to complete an ensemble, notice the ring worn on the gloved finger. I'm just a dumb man, but this suggests to me that the ideal included rings sized just for wearing over gloves. Such luxury! Aviato...

Friday, August 18

The Bishop from Holland arrives in New York. This is one of those waves of time- have a look at that suit! He carries the past around with him intentionally, because what is religion about if not obedience to precepts? The railway ticket gives him away, even if the ship that brought him to New York looks like it might be a relic as well. He's heading to some unknown destination, inland, into the future. His companion is given equal space in the photograph, and she does indeed have a lot of presence. While her garb is likely modern Indian, I can't help but see her as having stepped out of an old testament bible story- all she needs is a water jar. But she appears to be carrying a small briefcase instead, maybe she's secretary to the Bishop? She looks like she's just turned back for...

Thursday, August 17

The sky is red this morning. The Soviets have succeeded in launching their first liquid-fueled rocket, the GIRD 9, which performed well. Most importantly, they had an actual rocket program organized, and were pursuing not only guided missiles but also cruise missiles and ram-jet engines. The overall management of the rocket program was by the legendary Sergei Korolev. The engine for the GIRD 9 (shown in cut-away) was unusual, it used a jellified form of rocket fuel which was fed through a perforated wall surrounding the combustion chamber. This technique protected the rocket motor from the intense heat. 1933 was the "precambrian explosion" of flight, with many odd solutions to the problems involved. And more fun on beaches, more souvenirs. it's out of this world here!

Wednesday, August 16

Tensions had been building. One of the "beach clubs" in Toronto thought it would be a kick to sort of identify with the Nazi movement in Germany. Just for the lols you know- Nazi salutes, Hail Hitler, swastika pins. Summer fun. Could have been that the owner of the candy shop they hung out in was a true believer, or maybe it was just good for business. But you know how kids are, and when the swastika gang let it be known that they intended to display a bed sheet with their emblem on it at the next ballgame at Christie Pit Park, those who opposed them were ready. Street fighting ensued. The president and his wife are vacationing at the "Summer White House", Franklin's family home in New York. It's an idyllic setting, but there's some work involved getting just the right publicity ...

Tuesday, August 15

The title of the "80 page novel" in this ten-cent magazine reminds me of a Talking Heads lyric. Is Manhattan the "Isle of Doubt"? I like the lurid colors and somewhat tortured perspective of this illustration, which possibly prefigures the "wall of index cards with push-pins and string" cRaZy conspiracy-theorist meme we all know and love. But like they say, you're not a paranoid if they really are out to get you. This cop car looks like a regular car. They had just begun experimenting with black and white cop cars in Detroit, thinking that the increased visibility would help keep people in line. This NYC car says Police on the hood, but other than the siren (?) on the front bumper, has very few clues to give it away. Even readers of Vogue must economize in this depression. "And, i...

Monday, August 14

It's all about aviation in '33. Not many notice when Norwegian Alfon Hansen, his cat Cadet and dog Mate make a sailing voyage across the Atlantic and up the Mississippi to Chicago, in a ketch without a motor. They just wanted to visit the Fair I suppose. Hansen would later be first to solo East to West around Cape Horn. If only he had done it in an aeroplane.A huge forest fire begins in Tillamook county Oregon. It will burn for weeks, smoke rising over 40,000 feet in the air. Cab Calloway has a hit with "The Lady with the Fan", which I assume was written as a tribute to Sally Rand. The Calloway brand is smokin' hot in '33. I read some old Franklin W. Dixon adventure books as a kid, and it sort of confused me when the boy detectives used an electric torch to investigate crime scene...