So I presented an OLLI class yesterday focused on historic images and the stories behind them and prefaced most, if not all, of the images with “this is one of my favorites”. Yeah, I’m sure it got old for the attendees too, but it was true. I love these old photos- and was sad I didn’t have the opportunity to share this one…
I’ve posted a couple of photos with cigar stores- HERE and HERE and probably even more, but don’t recognize the location and can’t read enough of the sign to do a search for the business. I do love the different expressions on their faces- and the chain of the pocket watch. Details, details…
Dang, I just enlarged the photo again- check out those pointy-toed shoes donned by the guys on the left….
I am honored to be this year’s keynote speaker on Friday, November 13 at 6 p.m. and hope to see folks there….
History Symposium Keynote Topic:
The Spanish Flu Comes to Humboldt in 1918 Learn about the 1918 Spanish Flu in Humboldt County, how it developed, the community impact, and how the now familiar strategies of masking, closing non-essential businesses, churches, schools and more, were undertaken to protect the community.
This LINK will take you to a foldable tourist brochure, published by Rand McNally and Company in 1891, which shows the main routes and schedules of the Pacific Coast Steamship Company. One side of the large sheet is a map showing the company’s routes … A table in the upper right gives distances in nautical miles from San Francisco to a large number of ports, including inland ports on the Columbia River. Railroads also are shown. The reverse side gives detailed travel information, including lists of agents, scheduled rates, and descriptions of the sites to be seen on the different excursions offered by the company, including the Eureka (Humboldt Bay) Route, the Portland and Astoria (Oregon) Route, the Alaska Route, the California Southern Coast Route, and others. THIS IS A SUPER FUN MAP- I really recommend you check it out…
Founded in 1867, the Pacific Coast Steamship Company had by the late 19th century grown to be a major operator on routes from California to Alaska. It operated both passenger and cargo services, and eventually built connecting railroad lines and other transportation links as did most such companies of the era. In its early years, its chief rival was the Pacific Mail Steamship Company, but by the early 20th century it competed mainly with the Alaska Steamship Company (the Alaska Line). The Pacific Steamship Company was sold to the Admiral Line in 1916 and was acquired by the Alaska Steamship Company in 1936.
Humboldt’s Historic Photographs and the Stories They Tell
In the midst of these challenging times, this class is strictly fun.
Coming up Wednesday….
Delve into the history of well-known and familiar Humboldt County sites and events. Discover the fascinating local history of these places, and see how structures and landscapes have evolved over time.