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Monthly Archives: November, 2015

GEORGIAN SHENANNIGANS, PART II: ENGLAND’S GOLDEN AGE OF CARICATURE

IF EVER there was a royal personage ripe for caricature, it was George, Prince of Wales, later succeeding his father to become King George IV. A wonderful scalliwag, George had … Continue reading

November 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

“SERVICE” STATION TIPS—1938

YOUNGER AMERICANS may never have heard the term “service” associated with gasoline stations. Today, in many places we pump our own. Even in states where others do the refueling, attendants … Continue reading

November 29, 2015 · 5 Comments

GEORGE, PRINCE OF WALES, ROYAL SCALLIWAG: PART I

QUEEN ELIZABETH II spoke of her Annus Horribilis of 1992, but it pales in comparison with the goings-on of George, Prince of Wales, prior to his becoming King George IV … Continue reading

November 28, 2015 · 3 Comments

TRACK TESTING, POST-TAPLEY METER, PRE-WHIZBANG

I CAME upon some photos summarizing automotive testing as practiced when I arrived at R&T in the late 1970s. One photo brought back memories of the excitement, the technical expertise, … Continue reading

November 26, 2015 · 4 Comments

HYPIN’ HOLMES

YA GOTTA schlep the stock, move the merchandise, fill the till. And what better celebrity endorsement than the world’s most famous consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes. Over the years, Holmes has … Continue reading

November 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

FLYERS OR FREAKS?

A DECADE after the Wright Bros. first flight, Jane’s all the World’s Aircraft 1913 published 220 pages of aircraft information. The book also contained an appendix titled “Historical Aircraft.” Its … Continue reading

November 24, 2015 · 1 Comment

ARITHMETIC CAN BE MOD

MODULAR ARITHMETIC made a brief appearance in “Edo Toggles and Models”: In particular, 2010 was a Year of the Tiger. What’s more, modular arithmetic shows up on clock faces, in … Continue reading

November 23, 2015 · Leave a comment