Category Archives: Ephemera

History of a St. Tammany weathervane uncovered

Removing the modern black paint layer revealed the historic finish, earlier repairs, and bullet holes in this St. Tammany weathervane.

The Elusive Goofy Elk


Wondermark, an illustrated jocularity by David Malki

Farewell, Faithful Companion

Feb. 12, 1907

Don had rushed up San Juan Hill with the Rough Riders, fearless in the face of enemy fire. But he could not survive a speeding driver on the otherwise placid streets of Whittier.

A present from Teddy Roosevelt to Hamilton Fish, Don was the mascot of Company B of the Rough Riders. Don was given to Col. William Wallace. When Wallace died in Whittier, Don was given to Wallace’s physician, Dr. Hadley.

“Since that time the big dog had had the freedom of the Quaker town and had never walked through the streets without receiving much attention from small boys and girls to those of larger growth,” The Times says.

Death came from “a big touring car containing four persons, going around a corner at so high a speed that the old dog, which was walking quietly along, could not get out of its way.”

Via: 1947project

“The One-Note Man”

By H. M. Bateman ~ Punch, Dec. 14, 1921

Alfred Hitchcock said this cartoon inspired the Albert Hall sequence in the original version of The Man Who Knew Too Much.

The Feejee Mermaid

As advertised:

In real life:

Happy April Fool’s Day!

Images: Cryptomundo * Bowery Boys * Ripley’s

Eminently hummable

The time has come, the fight is on,
We’ve picked the man to run
For President, Ohio sent
Her noble worthy son,
The man we need, the man to lead
Our strong and mighty craft
Through storm at sea to victory,
It’s William Howard Taft.

Oh, get on a raft with Taft, boys,
Get on the winning boat,
The man worthwhile with the friendly smile
Will get the honest vote.
He’ll save the country sure, boys,
From Bryan, Hearst, and graft,
So all join in, we’re sure to win,
Get on a raft with Taft.

Listen to it here.

Plenty of good seats for everybody

Some like it hirsute

Marilyn with bear behind, via The Daily Telegraph

The New York Fire Dept. March & Two Step

Via the Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music and Perfessor Bill

American Liberty as Goddess of Youth

Edward Savage. Liberty in the Form of the Goddess of Youth, Giving Support to the Bald Eagle. Philadelphia: Edward Savage, June 11, 1796.

Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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The Jury Box never has liked the spirit he perceives underlying the anti-immigration movement, and doesn’t like it now.

This space agrees with John Salmon:

Unlike most of my conservative brethren, I am not obsessed with illegal aliens-who, as it must be noted again and again, are not felons, even if AZ thinks they are. (Bet it doesn’t hold up in court).

Why would we think it is some kind of grave offense against mankind to want to improve the well-being of yourself and your family? As a Christian I am concerned about those who seem to want to seal the borders, as if that were possible, against the poor. I guess we Catholics are typically more open-minded than evangelicals on this point.

But with the amnesty-loathing crowd, it always comes back to BUT THEYRE HERE ILLEGALLY!

So what? Change the law. Make them legal. Make them pay taxes, and a small fine if you like. But make them Americans.

This is largely what America exists to do, to make opportunity available for the less-fortunate. My Grandfather (maternal) came over on a boat, from Italy, and included with his contingent were various “uncles” who were no such thing, but claimed to be, to evade immigration law. Is this a stain on my family’s history? Hardly.

All of these “relatives”, whatever their origin, made good on the American Dream. I think the vast bulk of Mexicans and others who come here want to do the same. What’s the problem?

The problem is that a lot of people just don’t want them here. This is the one area where liberals’ accusations of racism, so easily tossed about, make sense. As more than a few people have pointed out, were the illegals Canadian, I doubt there’d be much of an uproar.