“All men are created equally free and independent, and have certain inherent rights, of which they cannot, by any compact, deprive or divest their posterity; among which are the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing the obtaining of happiness and safety.” – George Mason
Useful, Yet Forgotten
I was reading through a series of posts on a hobby forum when I came across the word mollycoddle. It was being used to describe the treatment of a merchant with an apparent penchant for bad service. Another visitor, no doubt a dandiprat, mocked the perfect use of mollycoddle.
Sailing into History
“You would make a ship sail against the winds and currents by lighting a bonfire under her deck…I have no time for such nonsense.”
At the mention of steam power, we often envision roaring freight trains winding through the countryside. In the early twentieth-century, the power of steam was also moving massive freighters across the Great Lakes.
Not far from my childhood home is a rail bed that once belonged to the Atlantic & Great Western Railroad. Many of my summer afternoons were spent patiently waiting along the rails for a glimpse of the local shortline freight train to pass. Those lazy afternoons gave me time to imagine what it would have been like to see a mighty A&GW train rumble pass.
The SS Conte Grande was a Lloyd Sabaudo Line ocean liner built in 1927 by Stabilimento Tecnico Triestino in Trieste, Italy, to service the transatlantic passenger line between Genoa, Italy, and New York City. Launched on 29 June 1927, her maiden voyage was from Genoa to Naples to New York City, which occurred on 13 April 1928. SS Conte Grande had what could only be described as the most magnificent public rooms on any ship at the time. She was decorated in the then popular Chinoiserie style, gilt and marble.
Like Txt Messages From the Past
I’ve begun work on a digital archive of postcards related to Akron, Ohio. You can visit the Akron History project at http://Akron.ThomConte.com. At this time, I’ve only added postcards for rubber companies and Union Station. More will be included in the near future: municipal properties, county properties, parks, hospitals, churches and hotels.