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Monthly Archives: December, 2015

THE WEATHER, DAWN AND A BUTTERFLY’S FLUTTER

“EVERYBODY TALKS about the weather…” is sometimes attributed to Mark Twain, though just as nobody does anything about it, nor has this quote ever been verified as Twain’s. No matter, … Continue reading

December 11, 2015 · 2 Comments

CARS AND MODS—CIRCA 1910

THIS WEBSITE’S recent celebration of Cadillac featured an ad from Floyd Clymer’s Historical Motor Scrapbook. The same scrapbook is filled with treasures available to early automobilists. This particular scrapbook focuses … Continue reading

December 10, 2015 · 2 Comments

CADILLAC’S DEWAR TROPHY

CADILLAC SET the world’s standard for high quality in 1908 in earning the Dewar Trophy presented by England’s Royal Automobile Club. The automaker’s actions in accomplishing this would seem trivial … Continue reading

December 9, 2015 · 3 Comments

LOS ANGELES, 1996—WITH A GOOGLE TIME MACHINE

“LOS ANGELES is just New York lying down,” said English original Quentin Crisp. And I wish I knew exactly how he meant that. In fact, though, a lot of Los … Continue reading

December 8, 2015 · 1 Comment

CAPRONI NOVIPLANO—A FLYING CRUISE SHIP

IN EARLY days of aviation, some thought anything might be urged aloft, given sufficient wing area and propelled by enough propellers. This fanciful idea graced a magazine cover in 1910. … Continue reading

December 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

MY FAVORITE NEW BUGATTI—THAT’S NEVER TO BE

ONE OF the first sports cars I rode in was a Bugatti Type 44, and I’ve been an enthusiast of Bugattis ever since. The marque has had two resurrections since … Continue reading

December 6, 2015 · 3 Comments

A PERPETUAL CALENDAR

AMONG MY many ornamental objects of questionable modern utility is a perpetual calendar. After all, there’s always the Calendar icon on my smart phone. Also, complete data are displayed, to … Continue reading

December 5, 2015 · Leave a comment