Monthly Archive: June 2011

Jun 29

Frank Lloyd Wright design in San Luis Obispo

Dr Karl Kundert stands in lobby of his opthalmology office that was designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. ©Wayne Nicholls/Telegram-Tribune 11-20-1987 The power of a photograph. Frank Lloyd Wright did not initially want the job. The famed architect was near the end of a storied career but Dr. Karl Kundert was persistent. The doctor …

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Jun 27

Is the glass half full, or about to get hammered?

Cartoon from the Telegram January 24, 1914. "It is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail." Abraham Maslow psychology professor 1966

Jun 25

Russia invaded, World War II week by week

Telegram-Tribune front page from June 26, 1941. Hitler invades the Soviet Union. June 22, 1941 At 3 A.M. the guard was changed at the International Bridge at Brest-Litvosk on the German-Soviet frontier. Rather than salute, the German sentries gunned down the Russians and the invasion began. It was the largest military strike in history, 3 …

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Jun 24

Epic Floods of 1914

The rain storm of Jan. 24 – 25, 1914, lashed the county with eight inches of rain. Rampaging Arroyo Grande creek ran bank-to-bank, destroying bridges, undermining homes along its bank and tumbling them into the creekbed and otherwise causing great damage. Picture was taken from old glass negatives from a collection by Mrs. Josephine L. …

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Jun 22

Lopez Lake water flows for the first time

When the terminal reservoir is full only 3 feet of 20-foot pipeline pictured show above the water line. Twelve million gallons a day is flowing down the three-mile pipeline from the dam. Water is treated here for public consumption. Published 6-11-1969 Michael Raphael ©The Tribune "Whiskey is for drinking; water is for fighting over." — …

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Jun 20

Shoe Shine parlor

SHOE SHINE PARLOR…James Vega is the bootblack pictured here at the old Joe Keys' shoe shine stand. The two attractive young women customers are Frances Christensen and Gladys Kilbern. The picture comes from Mrs. Olive Fourcade. Published in the then Telegram-Tribune's historical Centurama edition 5-15-1956. The Union Pacific calendar at the right may say 1915 …

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Jun 18

Stalin regrets letting his Telegram-Tribune subscription lapse- World War II week by week

Telegram-Tribune June 12, 1941-warns of empending German attack on Russia. Apparently Stalin did not subscribe to the Telegram-Tribune. The truth is he had ample warning from other sources as well. For reasons that only make sense to despots, Stalin preferred to trust a pact sealed two years earlier rather than the dire warnings from Britain …

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Jun 17

San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce

New San Luis Chamber of Commerce building August 1957. ©The Tribune The most stylish thing in this photo is the parking meter. If you are making a list of bland and forgettable buildings this one might make the list. The San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce was in this brick box on Marsh Street where …

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Jun 15

Arroyo Grande flood 1914

A wet January finished with epic rains in 1914. Arroyo Grande was hit hard Jan. 24-25. Less than 3 years after Arroyo Grande incorporated on July 10, 1911 the city was hit with disaster. One of the epic floods hit and without Lopez dam to manage the raging waters, the torrent tore through town. A …

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Jun 13

Sunset Telephone & Telegraph Company

Morning Tribune, April 4, 1903: Sunset Telephone and Telegraph Company Do you have a telephone within reach? More than one 'phone number? (In the early days they used an apostrophe with the abbreviation.) A century ago that technology was just getting off the ground, obstructing our views with utility lines. Apparently the downtown shop keepers …

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