Monthly Archive: August 2009

Aug 30

Cuesta Grade Truck hangs in the balance

  July 7, 1971 The Cuesta  Grade has gone through at least two major remodels since these photos were made. A divider was added and then more recently the road expanded to three lanes. It was a wild road with a single lane in each direction before it was expanded in the 1930′s. Here is …

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Aug 27

1969 Back to School / Senator Everett Dirksen

September 8, 1969 My high school age son and his friends would like to turn the clock back 40 years. The class of 1970 had over a week more summer vacation before class started. The school enrollment was  growing at that point, up about 2 per cent county wide from the year before. From San …

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Aug 25

Sophisticated Hot Pants Macrame, order now!

May 15, 1971 Remember macramé? It was huge in the 1970′s. Clothes, hammocks, hanging plants it seemed like everything but swim suits could be made by knotting yarn. Yeah, there’s a art I can manage. Never was good at weaving but tying knots, I might be able to pull that off. Does getting yarn tangled …

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Aug 23

Diablo Reactor vessel

July 12, 1971 Earlier this month Diablo Canyon showed off a new reactor vessel head. The massive 70-ton unit took three weeks to travel by highway from Mt. Vernon Indiana. Quoting David Sneed’s copy The vessel head is one of the main components of a nuclear reactor and maintains pressure within the water cooled reactor. …

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Aug 20

Pozo Saloon

August 7, 1971 The Pozo Saloon has been a local watering hole for over a century and though the music has changed the saloon would still be recognizable to a time traveler from the 1800′s. The they might not be ready  for Ice Cube or Rat Dog (the band of Grateful Dead member Bob Weir). …

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Aug 18

Maino Construction

1912 This picture is believed to show the first time that a barn or house had been moved in San Luis Obispo by tractor power. It is an ironic twist, up until then horses had done the job. With the advent of the age of oil the market for stables downtown was fading away. In …

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Aug 16

Charles “Tex” Watson Wedding, the Manson murders 40 years later


Blood marked the end of the 1960′s. Some view the fatal stabbing of a concert fan at Altamont as the end to the era of hippie peace and love. Others point to the gruesome series of Los Angeles area murders carried out in August by the followers of Charles Manson. There are pages of links …

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Aug 14

The Neighbors laughed when I sent away for Free Color Film


November 25, 1968 Who remembers film? I still think is is cool to look at old negatives and think that a piece of film saw a unique moment in time. This blog lives on prints, microfilm and old photographic negatives. On the other side, I don’t miss mixing stinky chemicals, searching for negatives, seeing the …

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Aug 12

Remembering Betty (Righetti) Middlecamp

Memories come back in an unruly flood. As a child it was strange to see her at work. I had known her as Grandma Betty, the energetic farm wife who fixed ranch breakfasts, had a closet full of old toys and could grow any anything. There always seemed to be a box of kittens, baby …

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Aug 10

Volume I Number I, The Tribune’s first issue

August 7, 1869 As promised Friday here are some excerpts from the four page, first edition of The Tribune. The front page and biography of founder Walter Murray were outlined in a  previous post. Careful viewers will spot his advertisement on the front. Alexander Murray, Walter’s younger brother, advertises his store on an inside page. …

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