Monthly Archive: October 2011

Oct 31

Fall Fashions for homes, design in 1941

Time was running out for interest in things as frivolous as Fall Fashions for Homes. It looks like the advertising department had some syndicated photos and copy to provide the interest for this listing of local furniture displays for national furniture month. Who knew that was what October was for? Sears Roebuck & Co isn’t …

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Oct 30

Wartime prostitution, World War II week by week

The Telegram-Tribune made an oblique reference to the prostitution trade in town. The History Center of San Luis Obispo County has produced a free video podcast called “The Darker Side of San Luis Obispo.” The segment titled “Soiled Doves” documents organized prostitution in town back to the late 1800s. Railroad construction, oil field development, sailors …

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Oct 28

The first woman judge in San Luis Obispo County, Teresa Estrada-Mullaney

Why did it take so long? Women were granted the right to vote one hundred years ago in 1911. Clara Shortridge Folz was admitted to the California State Bar in 1878 after lobbying the state legislature to remove gender restrictions. Georgia Bullock presided over the Los Angeles Women’s Court in 1914, the first woman judge …

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Oct 26

Armageddon in the sky, nuclear testing

March 29, 1955 The pre-dawn stillness of the Nevada desert was torn with a brilliant flash followed by a shock wave and roar. Atop a 500 foot steel tower, atoms collided violently at 4:55 am. A mushroom cloud lifted into pre-dawn sky, a small sun so powerful that the glow was "plainly visible" in San …

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Oct 24

Avila Beach in 1941

Avila Beach 1941 ©The Tribune Lifeguards sponsored by the WPA, County and chamber of commerce appeared for the first time tin 1941 on county beaches. One August day it was estimated that there were 10,000 enjoying the sun and sand at Avila Beach.

Oct 23

Japan rift widens-World War II week by week

Japanese rift widens with United States, Telegram-Tribune October 16, 1941. As October wound down the trumpets of war sounded louder on two fronts for America. October 16 — United Press reported that Premier Prince Fumimaro Konoye resigned his government when he failed to negotiate peace with the United States. A strong military government was expected …

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Oct 21

Danger at Exposition Park Race Track

Click here to view the embedded video. The specter of death has hovered over auto racing from its earliest days. Though many of the advancements in automotive engineering can be traced to lessons learned in the crucible of competition, the knowledge has had a price in human lives. From hydraulic brakes to crumple zones many …

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Oct 19

Hollister Adobe, at Cuesta College campus

Interior view of Hollister Adobe at Camp San Luis Obispo, later Cuesta College. © Telegram-Tribune Jim Vestal How do you build a house without nails? In the early 1800s steel nails were costly, individually hand made by a blacksmith with raw material that came in by ship. You may want to skip that expense. Rawhide, …

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Oct 17

San Luis Obispo County Map, 1941

This map published in the October 9, 1941 edition of the Telegram-Tribune was drawn for the paper by California School of Fine Arts student Phyllis Mason. It is interesting to see what was deemed is important at the time. Cattle are shown where Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant is today. Almond trees bloom west fo …

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Oct 15

Tour the Telegram-Tribune in 1941 World War II week by week

The Telegram-Tribune had been through a whirlwind of changes over the last 15 years. In the mid-1920s there were three papers under different owners. The Telegram, the leading paper at the time under scrappy president C.L. Day. The venerable Tribune edited for four decades by Benjamin Brooks. The upstart the Obispan later renamed the Herald, …

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