Shorpy January 22, 2017

Reader submitted photo’s

Apparently, The Eyebrow of Doom IS hereditary. John G. Muckey was my first cousin 5X removed


1943 My grandfather Thomas A. Hawkins and his Navy peers in their enlistment group photo, about 1943. Grandpa is two persons directly above the officer on the right. He enlisted in the Construction Battalion and was separated in 1953 as a Boatswain’s Mate (Stevedore) Petty Officer First Class. This photo was taken either in Columbia or Charleston, S.C., where he entered).



1945 This is a newspaper photo of my husband’s grandmother’s bowling team. It was taken in Illinois, but I’m not sure of the town where Smitty’s Tavern was located – probably either Libertyville or Grayslake.


A thrift store find from the same metal box as Dressed to Smoke. The majority of the slides in this unusual collection are portraits of women; they tend to be a bit on the exotic side.


Quotes January 22, 2017

“Don’t rush into any kind of relationship. Work on yourself. Feel yourself, experience yourself and love yourself. Do this first and you will soon attract that special loving other.”
Russ von Hoelscher


“Making a big life change is pretty scary. But know what’s even scarier? Regret.”
Zig Ziglar


I already know what giving up feels like. I want to see what happens if I don’t.
Neila Rey


People would rather deal with the certainty of unhappiness rather than deal with the uncertainty of what they’d have to do to be happy.
Gary John Bishop



Talent is formed in solitude, character in the bustle of the world.
Johann Wolfgang Van Goethe



The older I get, the more I realize the value of privacy, of cultivating your circle and only letting certain people in. You can be open, honest, and real while still understanding not every deserves a seat at the table of your life.



Just because the past didn’t turn out like you wanted it to, doesn’t mean your future can’t be better than you ever imagined.

Images January 22, 2017

David de los Santos Gil Beautiful Landscapes of Spain




A view across Lake Crescent in Washinton State – Taken from highway 101. (Nikon D800 using a 24-85 zoom lens – 1/80th sec at f11) Photo by Dick Pratt.


Markus Lehner, Switzerland

Markus Lehner, Switzerland


Kai Stachowiak, lake in Germany



Videos January 21, 2017

I know Jill Davis through Facebook, for what that’s worth~



FYI January 21, 2017

January 21st:

How to celebrate: Give a squirrel a granola bar to hug~

January 21st is National Granola Bar Day!

January 21st is National Clam Chowder Day!



On this day:

1789 – The first American novel, The Power of Sympathy or the Triumph of Nature Founded in Truth, is printed in Boston.
The Power of Sympathy: or, The Triumph of Nature (1789) is an 18th-century American sentimental novel written in epistolary form by William Hill Brown, widely considered to be the first American novel.[1] The novel was published by Isaiah Thomas in Boston on January 21, 1789,[2] and sold at the price of nine shillings.[3] The Power of Sympathy was Brown’s first novel. The characters’ struggles illustrate the dangers of seduction and the pitfalls of giving in to one’s passions, while advocating the moral education of women and the use of rational thinking as ways to prevent the consequences of such actions.

Historical context
The novel mirrors a local New England scandal involving Brown’s neighbor Perez Morton’s seduction of Fanny Apthorp; Apthorp was Morton’s sister-in-law. Apthorp became pregnant and committed suicide, but Morton was not legally punished.[4] The scandal was widely known,[5] so most readers were able to quickly identify the “real” story behind the fiction: “in every essential, Brown’s story is an indictment of Morton and an exoneration of Fanny Apthorp”,[6] with “Martin” and “Ophelia” representing Morton and Apthorp, respectively.

A century after William Hill Brown’s death in 1793, Arthur Bayley, editor of The Bostonian, published a serial publication of The Power of Sympathy, attributing the work to Sarah Wentworth Apthorp Morton of Boston, a poet, the wife of Perez Morton and sister of Frances Apthorp. Through much of the 19th century, the author was believed to be female.[7]



1908 – New York City passes the Sullivan Ordinance, making it illegal for women to smoke in public, only to have the measure vetoed by the mayor.
The Sullivan Ordinance was a municipal law passed on January 21, 1908, in New York City by the board of aldermen, barring the management of a public place from allowing women to smoke within their venue.[1] The ordinance did not bar women from smoking in general nor did the ordinance bar women from smoking in public, only public places. Right after the ordinance was enacted, on January 22, Katie Mulcahey, the only person cited for breaking this ordinance, was fined $5 for smoking in public and arrested for refusing to pay the fine; however, the ordinance itself did not mention fines nor does it ban women from smoking in public. She was released the next day.[2] The mayor at the time, George Brinton McClellan, Jr., vetoed the ordinance two weeks later.[3]


Born on this day:

1804 – Eliza R. Snow, American poet and hymn-writer (d. 1887)
Eliza Roxcy Snow (January 21, 1804 – December 5, 1887) was one of the most celebrated Mormon women of the nineteenth century. A renowned poet, she chronicled history, celebrated nature and relationships, and expounded scripture and doctrine. Snow was married to Joseph Smith as a plural wife and was openly a plural wife of Brigham Young after Smith’s death. Snow was the second general president of the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), which she reestablished in Utah Territory in 1866.[2] She was also the sister of Lorenzo Snow, the church’s fifth president.


1884 – Roger Nash Baldwin, American author and activist, co-founded the American Civil Liberties Union (d. 1981)
Roger Nash Baldwin (January 21, 1884 – August 26, 1981) was one of the founders of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). He served as executive director of the ACLU until 1950.

Many of the ACLU’s original landmark cases took place under his direction, including the Scopes Trial, the Sacco and Vanzetti murder trial, and its challenge to the ban on James Joyce’s Ulysses.[1][2] Baldwin was a well-known pacifist and author.

Baldwin was a member of the American Union Against Militarism (AUAM), which opposed American involvement in World War I, and spent a year in jail as a conscientious objector rather than submit to the draft. After the passage of the Selective Service Act of 1917, Baldwin called for the AUAM to create a legal division to protect the rights of conscientious objectors.

On July 1, 1917, the AUAM responded by creating the Civil Liberties Bureau (CLB), headed by Baldwin. The CLB separated from the AUAM on October 1, 1917, renaming itself the National Civil Liberties Bureau, with Baldwin as director. In 1920, NCLB was renamed the American Civil Liberties Union with Baldwin continuing as the ACLU’s first executive director.[3]

As director, Baldwin was integral to the shape of the association’s early character; it was under Baldwin’s leadership that the ACLU undertook some of its most famous cases, including the Scopes Trial, the Sacco and Vanzetti murder trial, and its challenge to the ban on James Joyce’s Ulysses. Baldwin retired from the ACLU leadership in 1950. He remained active in politics for the rest of his life; for example, he co-founded the International League for the Rights of Man, which is now known as the International League for Human Rights.

In St. Louis, Baldwin had been greatly influenced by the radical social movement of the anarchist Emma Goldman. He joined the Industrial Workers of the World.

In 1927, he had visited the Soviet Union and wrote a book, Liberty Under the Soviets. Originally, at the beginning of the ACLU, he had said, “Communism, of course, is the goal.” Later, however, as more and more information came out about Joseph Stalin’s regime in the Soviet Union, Baldwin became more and more disillusioned with Soviet-style communism and called it “A NEW SLAVERY” (capitalized in the original).[4] He condemned “the inhuman communist police state tyranny.”[5]

In the 1940s, Baldwin led the campaign to purge the ACLU of Communist Party members.[5]

In 1947, General Douglas MacArthur invited him to Japan to foster the growth of civil liberties in that country. In Japan, he founded the Japan Civil Liberties Union, and the Japanese government awarded him the Order of the Rising Sun. In 1948, Germany and Austria invited him for similar purposes. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1951.[6]







907 Updates January 21, 2017



Laurel Andrews: Investigation finds former moonlighting Fairbanks chief had a conflict of interest


Alaska Dispatch News: Alaska Dispatch News poll: Same-sex marriage


2017 Anchorage Folk Festival January 19th – 29th


Courtney Brooke Smith: Rasmuson Foundation Announces $5M Grant to The Alaska Community Foundation

Shorpy January 21, 2017

Washington, D.C., circa 1910. “Washington Monument, looking west.” 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.



Detroit (Highland Park) circa 1916. “Four o’clock shift, Ford Motor Company.” 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

Quotes January 21, 2017

“Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that, but simply growth. We are happy when we are growing.”
William Butler Yeats



The history of progress is written in the blood of men and women who have dared to espouse an unpopular cause, as, for instance, the black man’s right to his body, or woman’s right to her soul.
Emma Goldman,
activist and writer


My coach said I run like a girl, and  I said if he ran a little faster he could too.
Mia Hamm





She’s been through more Hell than you’ll ever know. But, that’s what gives her beauty an edge…You can’t touch a woman who can wear pain like the grandest diamonds around her neck.



The moment you feel like you have to prove your worth to someone is the moment to absolutely and utterly walk away.
Alysia Harris


I’ve never been a fan of “self-help”. I think it’s bullshit. You don’t need help, you need action, self-action. Stop dwelling, start acting.
Gary John Bishop


Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.
The Lorax



Kind hearts are the gardens,
Kind thoughts are the roots
Kind words are the blossoms,
Kind deeds are the fruits.
19th Century rhyme used in in primary schools



I will not be discouraged about how far I have to go. Instead, I will be excited about where I’m headed.











Music January 21, 2017

Images January 21, 2017





Constructed in 1860 by New York lawyer and legislator Augustus Beardslee, this stone castle, built atop the site of a circa-1700s fortified homestead, is heavily inspired by the design of ancient Irish castles. Now a wedding venue, the former family manse is said to be haunted by the ghosts of French and Indian War soldiers (and their victims), a woman named “Abigail”, who is dressed in white and awaiting a wedding she died the night before, and Pop Christensen, a former owner who, broken and weary from prolonged illness, hung himself in the building.



Bancroft Tower is a 56-foot-high (17 m) natural stone and granite tower, which looks like a miniature feudal castle. It is located in Salisbury Park, in the city of Worcester, Massachusetts. It was erected in 1900, in memory of George Bancroft. The tower was designed by Earle and Fisher.[2] The cost of construction was roughly $15,000.[3] Bancroft Tower is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[1]


Francis Bannerman VI, the castle’s eponym, was born on March 24, 1851, in Dundee, Scotland, emigrated to the United States with his parents in 1854. The family moved to Brooklyn in 1858 and began a military surplus business near the Brooklyn Navy Yard in 1865 purchasing surplus military equipment at the close of the American Civil War. In 1867 the business occupied a ship chandlery on Atlantic Avenue engaged in the purchase of worn rope for papermaking. The store on the 500-block of Broadway opened in 1897 to outfit volunteers for the Spanish–American War.[9] The business bought weapons directly from the Spanish government before it evacuated Cuba; and then purchased over 90 percent of the Spanish guns, ammunition, and equipment captured by the United States military and auctioned off by the United States government.[2][10] Bannerman’s illustrated mail order catalog expanded to 300 pages; and became a reference for collectors of antique military equipment.[2][9]


Boldt Castle is a major landmark and tourist attraction in the Thousand Islands region of the U.S. state of New York. Open to guests seasonally between mid May and mid October. It is located on Heart Island in the Saint Lawrence River. Heart Island is part of the Town of Alexandria, in Jefferson County. Originally a private mansion built by an American millionaire, George Boldt, it is today maintained by the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority as a tourist attraction.


Boldt Castle is a major landmark and tourist attraction in the Thousand Islands region of the U.S. state of New York. Open to guests seasonally between mid May and mid October. It is located on Heart Island in the Saint Lawrence River. Heart Island is part of the Town of Alexandria, in Jefferson County. Originally a private mansion built by an American millionaire, George Boldt, it is today maintained by the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority as a tourist attraction.


Boldt Castle Alster Tower



Castle Craig, located on East Peak in the Hanging Hills, is constructed of trap rock and is 32 feet (10 m) in height and has a base 58 feet (18 m) in circumference . A metal interior stairway is used to ascend the observation deck on top. It stands 976 feet (297 m) above sea level and provides an expansive view of the greater Meriden, Connecticut area.



Bettendorf Castle, also known as Vianden Castle, Fox River Grove, Illinois, built in 1931–32.[8]


Front view: Bishop Castle is an “elaborate and intricate”[1] “one-man project” named after its constructor, Jim Bishop,[2] that has become a roadside attraction in central Colorado.[3]
The “castle” is located in south central Colorado on State Highway 165[4] in the Wet Mountains of Southern Colorado in the San Isabel National Forest, southwest of Pueblo, Colorado.[5]

Bishop bought the land for the site for $450,[6] and construction on what was originally intended to be a family project to build a cottage[7] started in 1969 when he was fifteen.[8] After Bishop surrounded the cottage with rocks, several neighbors noted that the structure looked something like a castle. Bishop took this into consideration and soon began building his castle.
According to Roadsideamerica, “for most” of the 40 years he has worked on the castle “Bishop was engaged in a running battle with Washington bureaucrats over the rocks that he used,” which came from the National Forest surrounding his property. “Bishop felt that they were his for the taking, the government wanted to charge him per truckload.” That dispute has been settled.[9] In 1996, he was challenged by the local and state government over unsanctioned road signs that pointed to the site. They settled the dispute by issuing official road signs.[10][11]

Nichols Hall is a building on the campus of Kansas State University. This building was originally built in 1911 and appears from the exterior as a castle with battlements. Its interior was destroyed by fire in 1968, and was rebuilt in 1985. The building currently houses the departments of Computing and Information Sciences,[1] Communication Studies,[2] and Theatre and Dance.[3]