• Hats, 3/20/15

    Are auto mobiles really here to stay?
    The first Department of Motor Vehicles has been created in 1915 with the acceptance in Sacramento of Senator E. S. Birdsall’s Vehicle Act of 1915.1 Nation wide, Americans are driving 191,000 horseless carriages 2 The one millioneth sale is expected later this year. In 1914, California began issuing its first permanent license plates upon establishment of auto mobile laws by the legislature in 1913. The manufacture of home made tags was outlawed. The 1914 plate was brick red with white characters. Affixed to the plate was a metal validating tab, roughly square with scalloped edges, inscribed with Registered Motor Vehicle, State of California. An assigned number followed. The 1915 plate was yellow with black characters. An octagonal-shaped, metal validating tab affixed to the plate noted the year. The legislature is considering transferring the California Motor Vehicles Department into the California Division of Motor Vehicles, operated under the Department of Finance as a revenue-producing entity. The change is being hampered by a handful of legislators who believe the auto mobile will prove to deserve only a temporary place in society. The horses and carriages of these individuals can be seen tethered outside the state capitol each time the senate meets.

    Goes nude in movies
    Actress Audrey Munson has promised that those who purchase tickets will soon get to see all of her. Now that promise is being kept. Audrey strips down to the altogether to startle viewers in the film entitled Inspiration. During interview, Audrey said that she felt ill-at-ease for a few minutes, knowing that almost all of the technical crew were male. Gradually, however, she got used to the nude phenomenon. The film is about a sculptor’s female model who loses her memory. She must endure certain trials—including disrobing—to find a cure. The film will not be screened in Pacific Grove, but the owners of the Monterey and Seaside theaters said that they are trying to arrange showings. 1

    Americans irate
    World War I continues to rage in Europe. Italy has joined the entente with Great Britain and Canada, hoping to knock Turkey out of combat. Meanwhile, Germany has used deadly chemicals in gas form, a despicable act that Americans implore. Germany said that the use of gas was necessary to end the stalemate existing on the western front. The German navy continues to use U-boats to interrupt shipping to Great Britain. Several ships flying United States’ flags have been damaged or sunk.

    Remembering Abe Lincoln
    A remembrance that has been in the works a long while is now becoming reality. At a modest celebration held in Washington last week, the first stone in the Abraham Lincoln memorial was laid. Mister Lincoln was one of our most notable Presidents.

    Ku Klux Klan Reorganized
    Those who favored the Confederacy will be glad to get the word, supporters of the North not so much. At a confab convened at Stone Mountain near Atlanta, George, the Ku Klux Klan was declared back in business. William J. Simmons, proclaiming himself the Grand Wizard, chaired the session. The Klan alleges itself to be a fraternal organization.

    Farmers join fight against eight hour workday
    The Farmers’ Protective League, having a sizable membership spread throughout California, has taken a room at the Traveler’s Lodge in Sacramento. The room is to serve as headquarters in the fight against limiting working days to eight hours. Anti eight-hour people have until November to get the job done. The League intends to distribute literature pointing out the inequities of the law. Most, for instance, are unaware that employing people to work more than eight hours a day could result in the employer being sent to jail. Frank Levitt, President of the League said working hours should be set in negotiation between employer and worker and not universally dictated by the state.

    Sinclair may be speaker
    Upton Sinclair, the famed author and affirmed socialist, has been approached about participating in this summer’s Chautauqua. Sinclair is currently attending classes about movie making offered by Cal Poly, San Dimas which is currently holding classes on what was once the campus of the Voorhis School for boys.

    Side track
    Tidbits from here and there…
    Mrs. Laura Conklin, once a resident of the Grove, is dead. Mrs. Conklin moved to Salinas but returned to the Grove each Sunday to attend church.
    Edward Berwick has returned to the Grove from Oakland where he attended a conference held by the Peace in Schools Association. Berwick was named President for the next year.

    And the cost is…
    Stop by Cramer’s and check out the specials displayed in our window every day. We have a salve for eczema. Guaranteed to work. 35ȼ a bottle. Two bottles for 65ȼ. 547 Lighthouse avenue.
    Our luck didn’t hold and we’re offering for sale a complete infant’s outfit, alas unused, including a stroller. After one week, we’ll sell it all to the family bidding the best price over $20. Get connected with Red 402 to make an appointment to examine the offering.
    We make complete three piece suits cut to order. On special for $15. A. A. Pullman, Tailor. Work guaranteed. Stop by for measurement at my home-office, 721 Lighthouse

    Author’s notes…
    1. Munson’s bare breasts did not deflate the box office. Inspiration was the highest revenue producer to date.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on March 20, 2015

    Topics: High Hats and Parasols

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