|The World Book Encyclopedia. Chicago: |
Field Enterprises Educational Corporation, 1971.
Monday, August 21, 2017
Sunday, August 20, 2017
Happy Hours in Story Land. New York: McLoughlin Bros., 1901.
How kids spent their leisure time before smart phones.
From the Online Etymology Dictionary:
handkerchief (n.) 1520s, from hand + kerchief, originally "cloth for covering the head," but since Middle English used generally as "piece of cloth used about the person." A curious confluence of words for "hand" and "head." By-form handkercher was in use 16c.-19c. A dropped handkerchief as a token of flirtation or courtship is attested by mid-18c.
I'm not up on contemporary courtship etiquette, but is a dropped cellphone today's token of flirtation?
Saturday, August 19, 2017
|Cary Hoge Mead, Wings over the World The life of George Jackson Mead, The Swannet Press, 1971|
NEW YORK, May 26  (A. P.) Gar Wood, driving his motor speed boat Baby Gar IV, today beat the time of the crack 20th Century Limited between Albany and New York City.
Gar Wood, who was in the boat with his brother George, said the craft's times for the journey was 2 hours 58 minutes and 20 seconds. The official time of arrival was given out as 8:50:20.
Wood's time between the railroad bridge at Albany and the Columbia Yacht Club at 86th St., Manhattan, was given out by the official observer in the coat as 2 hours, 58 minutes and 20 seconds. The 20th Century's official time between Albany Station and the Grand Central Terminal is 3 hours and 10 minutes.
Richard F. Hoyt, who stole a march to Wood by sending his speed boat, the Teaser, over the course, racing against time from Manhattan to Albany last Wednesday, covered the same distance n 2h 40m.
The day after the Teaser's performance, Wood offered to bet Hoyt $25,000 "or any other sporty amount" that either of his boats could defeat the Teaser over the same course.
Hoyt did not accept the challenge.
According to Google maps, driving this route today (using I-87) would take 2 hrs 31 minutes.
|Funk & Wagnalls New Practical Standard Dictionary. Britannica World Language Edition. 1946, 1957.|
Since this 1957 edition, the term "skein screw" has fallen out of usage. I don't know what exactly it was designed for, other than being a very coarse-threaded lag bolt. Interesting also that this diagram included a "saw screw", used to hold the wooden handles on hand saws. Another largely vanished piece of hardware.