April 29, IN HISTORY – labor relations

This year, for the “Wednesday photos” feature, I will be including photos that reference the date of the post in their description or when they were taken. For some reason, lots of photos from Aprils 29th were available, we have Presidents, Writers, Opera Singers, plus bombs and wreckage.  Enjoy!

President

Teddy Roosevelt speaking in Illinois about currency 4/29/03
Teddy Roosevelt speaking in Illinois about currency 4/29/03

Opera Singers

Mary Garden, 4/29/13
Mary Garden, 4/29/13
Geraldine Farrar 4/29/13
Geraldine Farrar 4/29/13

Writer

Upton Sinclair, 4/29/14
Upton Sinclair, 4/29/14

Upton Sinclair was arrested for protesting the conditions of Colorado Miners, 1,200 of whom were attacked in their camp that very morning by the Colorado National Guard in what was called the Ludlow Massacre.

The Ludlow Massacre 4/29/14
The Ludlow Massacre 4/29/14
Lieut. Scott's Aero Bomb 4/29/12
Lieut. Scott’s Aero Bomb 4/29/12

Dispatch from the Age of Electracy: C2E2 edition

One of my prized possessions (thank you, Joe Hancock and Joy Sperling) is a Dawn of the Dead poster signed by George Romero, Ken Foree, David Emgee, Scott Reiniger, and Gaylen Ross.  Among the various bits of stuff that the seller provided were photos of the signings — attesting to their provenance.  With C2E2 today, I now find myself in the position of preparing to seek photos and autographs from luminaries and scribblers, so this seemed an apt time to offer a few comments on signatures.

Paintings or It Didn't Happen
Paintings or It Didn’t Happen

The signature attests to presence and agreement.  It used to be ubiquitous on contracts and love letters.  It had to be witnessed (the more important the contract, the more crucial the witness).  We have special people whose job it is to watch other people apply their signatures.  In encounters with celebrities, we ask them to sign things as a souvenir, as an agreement (I was here with this thing).  It’s a tangible thing we can take away from our encounter with them.  I can imagine two teens in high school in the fifties:

Teen 1: You’ll never guess who I met when I was in Los Angeles last weekend.  Maryiln Monroe!
Teen 2: Autograph or it didn’t happen.

Of course, the signature only stays reliable as long as we want it to.  In the age of the digital manipulation, it’s but a matter of moments to scan, copy, paste, and render a document that looks as though it was signed by someone who didn’t sign it.  One of the more bizarre ways we maintain a belief in the integrity of the signature is in the use of Faxed, but not emailed, documents.  Two different financial organizations I work with accept faxes as legally binding documents, but NOT email.  Of course, the easiest way for me to fax things is to scan them and use a PDF to Fax service to send them.  We’re approaching angels on pinhead territory here.

With the rise of ubiquitous cameras, the autograph has given way to another form of “I met a celebrity” — the selfie or posed picture.  When we were at Comic-Con last year, we were far more interested in getting photos with recognizable celebrities than autographs.  First, they’re much more compelling as something to share.  Second, they document the human interaction — I met this person — rather than the human/object interaction — this person touched this thing.  Third, for the celebrity, the photo attests to true fanhood because it’s not a commodity.  No one will want to buy a copy of my photo of me and John Hodgman, though there might be people who’d pay slightly more for my autographed copies of his books.

It will be interesting to see if the photograph of the signing makes its way back into legal spaces.  I can imagine photos embedded as part of legal documents showing all the signers and witnesses together, holding up the signed document.  There would be joyous photos (the shared signing of incorporation papers, for instance) and grim ones (I can imagine a thread somewhere highlighting the most depressing divorce-papers-signing photos).

Someday, we’ll have to upload a photo to attach to our e-filing of our taxes, face next to the screen.  It will be automatically updated as our driver’s license picture, and the circle will be complete.

 

Back next week

Hi All,

With the PCA/ACA 2015 conference last week, I’ve been swamped and thus pretty non-bloggy.  I will be so this week as well, but should be able to resume some semblance of a regular schedule next week.

In the meantime, here’s a picture of me with Martin Sheen.

martin-sheen-and-me

March 11, IN HISTORY

This year, for the “Wednesday photos” feature, I will be including photos that reference the date of the post in their description or when they were taken.

There was only one good March 11 photo in the Flickr Commons stream:

Twin Engine Bombers
Twin Engine Bombers being sent to Britain via Lend-Lease Act (National Archives, 1941; cc-licensed)

March 4, IN HISTORY (The Inauguration Edition)

This year, for the “Wednesday photos” feature, I will be including photos that reference the date of the post in their description or when they were taken.

What do Lincoln, Taft, and Wilson all have in common?  March 4 Inauguration day!

Lincoln's Second Inauguration, (cc licensed)
Lincoln’s Second Inauguration, 1861 (cc licensed)
Taft's Inauguration, 1909 (cc-licensed)
Taft’s Inauguration, 1909 (cc-licensed)
Wilson's First Inauguration, 1913 (cc-licensed)
Wilson’s First Inauguration, 1913 (cc-licensed)

After George Washington set the date as March 4 at his second inaugural, every President up to Rutherford B. Hayes was inaugurated on March 4.  Hayes was sworn in on March 5th, 1877.  Then we went back to the 4th until FDR’s second term, when the 20th amendment changed the inauguration day to Jan 20.

Enrique Flores Magón, IWW 1923 (cc-licensed)
Enrique Flores Magón, IWW 1923 (cc-licensed)

I just thought Magón’s look here was so plaintive, I had to include it too.

February 25, IN HISTORY

This year, for the “Wednesday photos” feature, I will be including photos that reference the date of the post in their description or when they were taken.

1964, Championship fight between Cassius Clay and Sonny Liston: Miami Beach, Florida (cc-licensed)
1964, Championship fight between Cassius Clay and Sonny Liston: Miami Beach, Florida (cc-licensed)
1911, Confetti Throwing at the Departure of the Geo. Washington
1911, Confetti Throwing at the Departure of the Geo. Washington (cc-licensed)
1916, Display of pig carcasses outside J. Morgan's butcher shop on Broad Street, Waterford
1916, Display of pig carcasses outside J. Morgan’s butcher shop on Broad Street, Waterford (cc-licensed)

Also (from Wikipedia):

  • 1836 – Samuel Colt is granted a United States patent for the Colt revolver.
  • 1901 – J. P. Morgan incorporates the United States Steel Corporation.
  • 1907 – Mary Chase born, American playwright, author of Harvey (d. 1981)
  • 1986 – People Power Revolution: President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos flees the nation after 20 years of rule; Corazon Aquino becomes the Philippines’ first woman president.

 

February 18, IN HISTORY

This year, for the “Wednesday photos” feature, I will be including photos that reference the date of the post in their description or when they were taken.

Sir Richard John Musgrave, 5th Baronet of Tourin
Sir Richard John Musgrave, 5th Baronet of Tourin, with his Jack Russell Terrier
(cc-licensed from Ntnl Library of Ireland)

 

Fonds Trutat - Photographie ancienne (Automobile) cc-licensed by Bibliothèque de Toulouse
Fonds Trutat – Photographie ancienne (Automobile)
(cc-licensed by Bibliothèque de Toulouse)

To be completely honest, this second photo was posted on February 18, but there weren’t any other good ones with the date in their actual information.

Events from February 18:

  • 1922 – Helen Gurley Brown born, American author and publisher (d. 2012)
  • 1930 – While studying photographs taken in January, Clyde Tombaugh discovers Pluto.
  • 1970 – The Chicago Seven are found not guilty of conspiring to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

February 11th, IN HISTORY

This year, for the “Wednesday photos” feature, I will be including photos that reference the date of the post in their description or when they were taken.

Billy Graham in Tallahassee, 1961
Billy Graham in Tallahassee, 1961 (cc-licensed)
Carr Woodall Tires shop, 1954
Carr Woodall Tires shop, 1954 (cc-licensed)

Also (from Wikipedia):

 

  • 1531 – Henry VIII of England is recognized as supreme head of the Church of England.
  • 1938 – BBC Television produces the world’s first ever science fiction television program, an adaptation of a section of the Karel Čapek play R.U.R., that coined the term “robot”.
  • 1978 – Censorship: China lifts a ban on works by Aristotle, William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens.

 

February 4th, IN HISTORY

This year, for the “Wednesday photos” feature, I will be including photos that reference the date of the post in their description or when they were taken.

Congress Street Panorama, Austin
Congress Street Panorama, Austin (SMU Central Library, cc-licensed)
Miami Beach Having a Good Time
Miami Beach Having a Good Time (floridamemory cc-licensed)

January 28th, IN HISTORY

This year, for the “Wednesday photos” feature, I will be including photos that reference the date of the post in their description or when they were taken.

Penguins on the Palmer Penninsula (flickr cc-licensed)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/smithsonian/6351079304
Unidentified children playing with makeup (flickr cc-licensed)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/floridamemory/4563073211

January 21st, IN HISTORY

This year, for the “Wednesday photos” feature, I will be including photos that reference the date of the post in their description or when they were taken.

Lieutenant H.J.P. King outside the Officers' Mess
Lieutenant H.J.P. King outside the Officers’ Mess, 1901

Lt King listed his occupation as “Scholar.”  I can just tell his classes would have been awesome.

City, personnel, IBM room
City, personnel, IBM room, 1959

I bet IT help calls were a lot more fun in those days:

“Did you open the side drawer and check the huge rack of tangled wires?”

“No.”

“Well, that’s the first thing you should do whenever there’s a problem.  Call me back after you check.”

January 14, IN HISTORY

This year, for the “Wednesday photos” feature, I will be including photos that reference the date of the post in their description or when they were taken.

Coretta Scott King with Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, Martin Luther King, Sr., Andrew Young and other civil rights leaders
Coretta Scott King w/ Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, Martin Luther King, Sr., Andrew Young & other civil rights leaders
Four wheel bulk cement wagons (nicknamed "Bubbles") at Kildare Train Station.
Four wheel bulk cement wagons (nicknamed “Bubbles”) at Kildare Train Station.

January 7th, IN HISTORY

This year, for the “Wednesday photos” feature, I will be including photos that reference the date of the post in their description or when they were taken.

 Diver entering water, Grand Coulee Dam construction site
Diver entering water, Grand Coulee Dam construction site, 1938
Guests at Curraghmore House
Guests at Curraghmore House, 1922

May You Be Happy As Kittens

Here’s hoping your holidays are filled with warmth, visits with friends and family, and that you’re happy as kittens.

Merry Christmas - May You Be Happy As Kittens

The Steinmetz family set the bar for Christmas Cards pretty damn high

The Steinmetz family set the bar for Christmas Cards pretty damn high

Steinmetz Family Christmas Card, 1950 Steinmetz Family Christmas Card, 1942 Steinmetz Family Christmas Card, 1937 Steinmetz Family Christmas Card, 1936 Steinmetz Family Christmas Card, 1934