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Shorpy May 26, 2017

Green Lake, Wisconsin, circa 1899. “Old mill at railway station.” 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.


The Windy City circa 1900. “Chicago Beach Hotel, Hyde Park Boulevard.” On the Lake Michigan Riviera. 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative.


Columbus, Georgia, circa 1950, and a print shop making fruit crate labels, back in the days when apples and oranges had something like brand identity. 4×5 inch acetate negative from the Shorpy News Photo Archive

Quotes May 26, 2017

RED Friday


“On the battlefield, the military pledges to leave no soldier behind. As a nation, let it be our pledge that when they return home, we leave no veteran behind .”
Dan Lipinski

“Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost their confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either is a failure of leadership.”
Colin Powell

“Soldiers generally win battles; generals get credit for them.”
Napoleon Bonaparte


“Brave men rejoice in adversity, just as brave soldiers triumph in war.”
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“America’s fighting men and women sacrifice much to ensure that our great nation stays free. We owe a debt of gratitude to the soldiers who have paid the ultimate price for this cause, as well as for those who are blessed enough to return from the battlefield unscathed.”
Allen Boyd

“Ten soldiers lead wisely will beat a hundred without a head.”

“No nation ever had an army large enough to guarantee it against attack in a time of peace or ensure it of victory in time of war”
Calvin Coolidge

“The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”
Thomas Paine

“It is hard to lead a calvary charge if you think you look funny on a horse.”
Adlai E Stephenson

“In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”
Dwight D Eisenhower

Images May 26, 2017

RED Friday


Marine Corps Pfc. Jason Taylor shovels dirt during airfield damage and repair training at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, April 19, 2017. Taylor is a combat engineer assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron 171. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joseph Abrego


Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan (November 13, 2010) – An Afghan National Army Mi-17 helicopter flies over the northern Afghan city of Mazar-e Sharif following a supply mission to an outpost at Qush Tappeh, Afghanistan. (Photo by MC1 Eric S. Dehm, US Navy)


Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts joined the Army in 2003 at age 17. He deployed twice to Afghanistan. His first deployment in 2005 lasted 12 months. His final deployment spanned 15 months beginning in 2007. Pitts departed the active-duty Army in 2009. Courtesy photo






Music May 25, 2017




FYI May 25, 2017

May 25th is National Wine Day!



On this day:

1738 – A treaty between Pennsylvania and Maryland ends the Conojocular War with settlement of a boundary dispute and exchange of prisoners.
Cresap’s War (also known as the Conojocular War—from the Conejohela Valley where it was located (mainly) along the south (right) bank) was a border conflict between Pennsylvania and Maryland, fought in the 1730s. Hostilities erupted in 1730 with a series of violent incidents prompted by disputes over property rights and law enforcement, and escalated through the first half of the decade, culminating in the deployment of military forces by Maryland in 1736 and by Pennsylvania in 1737. The armed phase of the conflict ended in May 1738 with the intervention of King George II, who compelled the negotiation of a cease-fire. A final settlement was not achieved until 1767 when the Mason–Dixon line was recognized as the permanent boundary between the two colonies.[1]

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Born on this day:

1550 – Camillus de Lellis, Italian saint and nurse (d. 1614)
Saint Camillus de Lellis, M.I., (25 May 1550 – 14 July 1614) was a Roman Catholic priest from Italy who founded a religious order dedicated to the care of the sick.

Early life

Camillus de Lellis was born on May 25, 1550, at Bucchianico (now in Abruzzo, then part of the Kingdom of Naples). His mother, Camilla Compelli de Laureto, was nearly fifty when she gave birth to him. His father was an officer in both the Neapolitan and French royal armies and was seldom home. De Lellis had his father’s temper and, due to her age and retiring nature, his mother felt unable to control him as he grew up. She died in 1562. As a consequence he grew up neglected by the family members who took him in after her death. Tall for his age, at 16 De Lellis joined his father in the Venetian army and fought in a war against the Turks.

After a number of years of military service, his regiment was disbanded in 1575. De Lellis was then forced to work as a laborer at the Capuchin friary at Manfredonia; he was constantly plagued, however, by a leg wound he received while in the army, which would not heal. Despite his aggressive nature and excessive gambling, the guardian of the friary saw a better side to his nature, and continually tried to bring that out in him.[1] Eventually the friar’s exhortations penetrated his heart and he had a religious conversion in 1575. He then entered the novitiate of the Capuchin friars. His leg wound, however, had continued to plague him and was declared incurable by the physicians, thus he was denied admission to that Order.

He then moved to Rome where he entered the Hospital of St. James (possibly founded by the Hospitaller Knights of St. James), which cared for incurable cases. He himself became a caregiver at the hospital, and later its Director. In the meantime, he continued to follow a strict ascetic life, performing many penances, such as constant wearing of a hairshirt. He took as his spiritual director and confessor, the popular local priest, Philip Neri, who was himself to found a religious congregation and be declared a saint.

De Lellis began to observe the poor attention the sick received from the staff of the hospital. He was led to invite a group of pious men to express their faith through the care of the patients at the hospital. Eventually he felt called to establish a religious community for this purpose, and that he should seek Holy Orders for this task. Neri, his confessor, gave him approval for this endeavor, and a wealthy donor provided him with the income necessary to undertake his seminary studies.

He was ordained on Pentecost of 1584 by Lord Thomas Goldwell, Bishop of St Asaph, Wales, and the last surviving Catholic bishop of Great Britain. Camillus then retired from his service at the hospital, and he and his companions moved to the Hospital of the Holy Ghost, where they assumed responsibility for the care of the patients there.

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907 Updates May 25, 2017

APD: Early Morning Officer Involved Shooting

By Kortnie Horazdovsky / KTUU: Teen sentenced to serve 1 year in prison for homicide
She is asking the Native Corporations to help their people. Notice the Native corporations do not dispute that they are not helping.
By Travis Khachatoorian: Memo to tenants about area homelessness called racist by Alaska Native group
By Daniella Rivera: South Anchorage homeowners fed up with trashed properties, squatters
Author: Charles Wohlforth The short, intense Alaska life and love of Sam Weis

Customers paying $60 a month will see their rates rise to $65. An $85 plan will increase to $95, and a $135 plan will increase to $145. Those who already pay for GCI’s priciest internet plan, at $175 per month, won’t see any change.
Author Annie Zak: Many Alaskans’ internet bills will be going up soon, GCI says
By Mike Ross: Saved by her car seat; family of toddler urges holiday weekend safety
What AKM has Been Doing Lately – from the Mudflats to Tinseltown (I’m not kidding)

By Sean Maguire For the Frontiersman: Fly low, fly slow: Alaska aviators converge on Talkeetna for annual event

Shorpy May 25, 2017

Cuba circa 1904. “The old sugar mill at Finca near Havana.” 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.


San Francisco circa 1931. “Pierce-Arrow limousine.” Latest entry in the Shorpy File of Funereally Funky Phaetons. 5×7 glass negative by Chris Helin.

Quotes May 25, 2017

“Many people fear competition from others. But the biggest critic should be the person in the mirror.”
“A strong woman is a woman determined to do something others are determined not be done.”
Marge Piercy
“You know, there’s nothing damnable about being a strong woman. The world needs strong women. There are a lot of strong women you do not see who are guiding, helping, mothering strong men. They want to remain unseen. It’s kind of nice to be able to play a strong woman who is seen.”
Ginger Rogers

“A strong woman understands that the gifts such as logic, decisiveness, and strength are just as feminine as intuition and emotional connection. She values and uses all of her gifts.”
Nancy Rathburn

“Sometimes things aren’t clear right away. That’s where you need to be patient and persevere and see where things lead.”
Mary Pierce

“Patience is power. Patience is not an absence of action; rather it is “timing.” It waits on the right time to act, for the right principles and in the right way.”
Fulton J. Sheen

“One minute of patience, ten years of peace.”
Greek proverb

“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.”
John Quincy Adams

“Whatever you eye falls on – for it will fall on what you love – will lead you to the questions of your life, the questions that are incumbent upon you to answer, because that is how the mind works in concert with the eye. The things of this world draw us where we need to go.”
Mary Rose O’Reilley

“The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter.”
“I have seen many storms in my life. Most storms have caught me by surprise, so I had to learn very quickly to look further and understand that I am not capable of controlling the weather, to exercise the art of patience and to respect the fury of nature.”
Paulo Coelho
“You have to remember one life, one death–this one! To enter fully the day, the hour, the moment whether it appears as life or death, whether we catch it on the in-breath or out-breath, requires only a moment, this moment. And along with it all the mindfulness we can muster, and each stage of our ongoing birth, and the confident joy of our inherent luminosity.”
Stephen Levine
“It’s only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth – and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up – that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.”
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
“Patience is waiting. Not passively waiting. That is laziness. But to keep going when the going is hard and slow – that is patience.”
“Follow your heart, but be quiet for a while first. Ask questions, then feel the answer. Learn to trust your heart.”

Images May 25, 2017

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