Thursday, March 28, 2019

taking the bus home

one of L.A.'s coolest museums

Well, we think so because it's on our subject.  The Petersen Automotive Museum, this year marking its 25th anniversary, is unmissible if you drive west along Wilshire from Downtown.  Website

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

steam train over the Marne, France, art

By Armand Guillaumin (French, 1841-1927).  Possibly the same viaduct as in this post.

mixed steam train in Argentina, 1978

The extent of the info -- Patagonia?

1971 Datsun 240Z

Taken at Ardmore Airport with a Piper behind the couple.  Likely a promo photo at the time for the Datsun.

1958 Dodge Kingsway

"Would you like a ride back home, big boy?"
"No, I can get there faster in my jet."

beware of domain registration scams

Below is an e-mail we received a few days ago and immediately identified as a scam, and thought we'd share it as a public service.

Maurienne House is an imprint we created about 10 years for those books we produce for self-publishers who want to sell them through us rather than themselves.

Firstly, the annual domain re-registration fee in the US is typically $14 not $86; secondly, our domain doesn't expire on March 31, thirdly, there is no identification in this as to who it's from.

The information reproduced in this comes from  The $86 amounts they collect will go straight into the scammers own pockets.

Always be on your guard against this sort of thing.


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Monday, March 25, 2019

Belgian armored car, World War 1(?)

The name above the grille looks like Minerva.  Nearly all of Belgium was occupied by the Germans during WW1, so this card may be earlier than that war.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

free live jazz at L.A. Union Station

In celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month, Metro Art has partnered with KJazz 88.1 FM to present Jazz Tracks at Union Station, an extraordinary evening of free live jazz showcasing the next generation of artists, headlined by acclaimed jazz trumpeter Christian Scott.

Held April 6 from 4-9 p.m. at the station’s historic Ticketing Hall, Jazz Tracks will be hosted by KJazz personality, journalist and producer LeRoy Downs and includes four eclectic and contemporary jazz performances, a gallery space featuring photography from legendary jazz photographer Ave Pildas, an exhibition of jazz memorabilia from historian Sean O’Connell, jazz merchandise, poetry, and a jazz lounge.

Jazz Trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah
Ryan Cross’s Jazz Eclectic
Black Nile
Vocalist Sara Gazarek

Additional festival activities will include scribes from the Poetry Society L.A. crafting personalized, jazz themed poems; an exhibition of jazz memorabilia from local jazz historian, author and aficionado Sean O'Connell; professional tarot card readings; jazz merchandise; and a jazz lounge.

Metro Art Presents showcases an exciting array of arts and cultural programs at historic Union Station. All events are free and open to the public. More information:

For additional information, visit

old style grocer's delivery bicycle, NZ

In the days before most people had cars, grocers would employ schoolboys/schoolgirls using bicycles like this to do delivery runs to customers to earn pocket money. Taylorville is a township on the north side of the Grey River not far from Greymouth; the map on the wall is unrelated. (Sue Lusk pic)

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

spot the difference(s)

Seen on Facebook.  Whether or not this is totally accurate, it's true we have largely returned to the 1920s when there wasn't much to distinguish individual makes.

See this article

1938 Dodge sedan

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

1907 Napier Cabriolet and 1900 Tourer

No other details but it is clearly taken in London and from the look of it, in the early 1950s. Steve Bogdan says: Probably a London-to-Brighton run. The 1907 Landaulette 40-hp (K 3301) on the left was owned by H. W. Ardran who on July 4, 1959 drove it to win the Bristol M.C. & L.C.C. Veteran Car Rally (Edwardian Class, 267 miles. The 1900 Double Phaeton 8-hp (AP 3575) on the right was owned by the late Derek Grossmark, and still makes the London-to-Brighton run.

an 'Overlander' makes its way to Wellington across the Paremata Bridge, circa 2000

This was the name of the daily daylight Auckland-Wellington passenger service until it was replaced with the present Northern Explorer with fancier carriages and fewer stops in 2012.

A TranzRail (now KiwiRail) photo that was intended for a now abandoned guidebook to the North Island Main trunk.

back to normal -- an 'allahu akbar' attack on a Dutch tram kills 3, wounds 5

Dutch security forces were hunting for a 37-year-old Turkish man suspected of having shot several people, three of them fatally, on a tram in the city of Utrecht on Monday, in what authorities said appeared to be a terrorist attack.

Monday, March 18, 2019


tram in Adelaide Road, Wellington, late 1900s

Looking south. For much more, see the books Wellington: a Capital Century and Wellington Transport Memories.

the Duhamel Trestle Bridge, Alberta, Canada

This was on the Grand Trunk Pacific's Calgary--Edmonton Line and was the world's longest wooden bridge while it stood. It was completed in 1910 and dismantled in 1924.

Almost 4,000 feet (1.2 km) long and 120 feet (37 metres) high, it arced in a great sweep from river bank to river bank. At times, 120 men were working on it. Others, some of them farmers using their horses and wagons, hauled the raw timbers from where the railway deposited them in Camrose to the bridge site to be cut to size. Still others hauled the cut timbers out into the valley to the construction site.

The bridge fell victim to railway consolidation and the great structure was dismantled, its huge timbers salvaged for building and repairing other bridges. The river valley near Duhamel again stood quiet.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

1971 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

'violence begets violence'

The death toll from yesterday's mosque shootings in Christchurch NZ at present stands at 50 which is a total well in excess of the previous biggest NZ total of 13 at Aramoana near Dunedin in 1990 and the Australian biggest of 35 at Port Arthur near Hobart, in 1996.

It's clear the main perpetrator, a 28-y-o man originally from Australia styled his attack after Anders Breivik of Norway, although in this case went after the targets of his hate directly.

The front page of his manifesto states his main concerns, which ironically include 'law and order', but the problem is that the design includes the Schwarze Sonne (black sun) mosaic that the leaders of the SS in Nazi Germany installed on the floor of Wawelsburg castle.

The other problem for those opposed to Muslim immigrants because of their religion -- which has been responsible for numerous terrorist groups and thousands of terrorist attacks over the last two decades -- and not these people's race(es) is that they are are now going to be even more labeled anyway as 'racists' than they have been.

The style of yesterday's attacks particularly recalls those of the Muslim attacks on the Bataclan in Paris of November 2015 and the San Bernadino shootings a couple of weeks later.

While there probably were a few radicalised Muslims in Christchurch -- the Deans Ave mosque has been implicated before: see this post from 2014 - and this Australian article -- it's also probable that most of the congregations rejected terrorism.

And as we've also said before, vigilante actions against Muslims are likely to be counterproductive -- violence begets violence.  Hopefully, that won't be the case in NZ.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Sydney O class at Bondi Beach, Sydney, 1957

On what is now Campbell Parade.  What is that truck in the right background?

ship assisting another art

The S.S. President Roosevelt approaches the drifting wreck of S.S. Antinoe for the first time at midday on 24 January 1926. On the mast of S.S. President Roosevelt are the code flags “A” over”I’--“I am standing by to assist” and this code is used for title of the painting by M Sarba