New flying reptile species was one of largest ever flying animals

Cryodrakon boreas, from the Azhdarchid group of pterosaurs (often incorrectly called ‘pterodactyls’), was a flying reptile with a wingspan of up to 10 metres which lived during the Cretaceous period around 77 million years ago.

Its remains were discovered 30 years ago in Alberta, Canada, but palaeontologists had assumed they belonged to an already known species of pterosaur discovered in Texas, USA, named Quetzalcoatlus.

The study, published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, reveals it is actually a new species and the first pterosaur to be discovered in Canada.

Leading to this delightfully fanciful illustration by David Maas:

Source: New flying reptile species was one of largest ever flying animals

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Fancy & freaky fucking footwear!

Along with some other lower limb oddities.

Posted in Art, Beauty, Culture, Humor, Satire, Scary, Star Wars | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

My Building Museum

After my HASF posters post I received several requests for views of the rest of the building. Since I became manager in the 1990s I have turned it into a museum of San Francisco & California memorabilia.
The tour starts at the bottom of the stairs:

View from 1st landing. The 4 postcards in the black frame change to show old and new views

Tickets for the playground and carousel (World’s 1st public playground)

A real estate developer’s illustration from 1893

The coin is a token for a free loaf of bread at a Haight St bakery

At the first floor foyer on the left are photos of the GGBridge under construction:

Given by a friend who rescued them from a dumpster.

A large image, also rescued.

On the right side are a large SFFD map from 1980 and several construction bonds.

Hall of Flowers 1964

Hetch Hetchy 1932

The city hall that burned down in 1906

Every time the map changes every dept. in the city gets new maps. About $10

Note name of Moscone Center

McCarran Field/SFO 1949

SFFD map, 1970 whole view

Returning to the stairs and ascending we see a plethora of memorabilia:

Bay Area Discovery Museum bought at Building Resources

Bird’s eye view 1870

Bird’s eye view 1894 from a Mid-Winter Exhibition guide book

Bird’s eye view 1950s

Don’t come to San Francisco now! (wait til the war is over)

Karl Maulden autograph card from “The Streets of San Francisco”

NORTON I., Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico

Please move to San Francisco ad from Nat’l Geo magazine

MUNI bus roll (replica)

Turning the corner we find a collection of more maps and photos:

1910s map showing distance from downtown in time
(wrapping paper from Mendel’s)

GGB under construction 1930s with SS Lurline Matson Line

GGB Construction from Ft Baker 1930s

Hotel Turpin 1930s (next to an apt. of a tenant named Turpin)

Illustrated map 1920s (wrapping paper from Mendel’s)

Playland-at-the-Beach (1930s judging by the cars)

Skunk Line train & US Army Presidio map 1960s

Every solid red line was a streetcar line

The second floor foyer is where I posted the HASF posters and the Orpheum and actors’ cards. Here’s a better look at the latter:

The large cards are lobby cards, the small are tobacco cards, most from Australia, bought in Bangkok

Kathleen Myers, femme fatale in the Silent Era

Returning to the stairs and again ascending we have this classic:

At the next landing are 2 more photos and a painting I won in a raffle:

GGB Construction from Ft Baker 1930s

One-Mile Light at entrance to Golden Gate 1960s?

This, like several other rare objects, has the original wrapped in acid-free paper behind this copy.

At the top of the stairs are these memories of our City’s darkest days and one bright one:

I was looking for a frame when I found this at a garage sale but couldn’t use it. There is a lipstick print over the description of the Cable Congress Motel on Lombard.
Tryst? Honeymoon?

Loma Prieta 1989
I was the only person in the bldg. with a working phone. All my neighbors had cordless. Today, I still have the only landline, just in case…

SF Fire from St Francis Hotel roof

Finally, we reach the pièce de résistance, the wall outside my apartment:

In greater detail here:

Bay Bridge ashtray, Victory matches, Matson Lines (1st to go union), 1964 GOP Conv, SF Air Raid warden WW2, Dairy where Roberts Hdware is today, 1970 SF State strike, WHERE WE SINNED IN FABULOUS SAN FRANCISCO 1940-ish

Cockettes with Divine at the Temple of Beauty 1839 Geary

A collection of Hammett’s first stories from ‘Black Mask’ 1927. With map of the stories’ locales on the back cover.

Doggie Diner 18th&Mission 1985

Original wall menu from the Drugstore Cafe 1967

Haight Ashbury 1968 by Joe Gomez (bottom of illustration painted on wall at Gus’s Market)

Haight shopping map 1969

I Left My Heart (1st edition UK):Cable Car restoration 1984

If All the World’s a Stage, San Francisco is the Cast Party (my 1st time in Herb Caen) 1977

LANDSAT photograph 1960s Found at St Vincent de Paul from long before NASA photos were available as posters

1st edition “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” sheet music:Silly Pink Bunny bobble head:Folger’s and Hills Bros coffees:HO-scale MUNI Boeing street car:Doggie Diner head

Souvenir Matchbooks World’s Fair 1939

Trade card for Commercial Machinery on 9th St. I made the present BMW repair shop at the same address copies

Pin-up trade cards; WW2 USO map of GG Park, original panorama postcard of the 1915 PPIE

Trade card for Commercial Machinery on 9th St. I made the present BMW repair shop at the same address copies

Joe Parilla’s clever business card with hose washers

A proposed Rapid Transit map from 1936-37. Unfortunately never executed.

Slapsy Maxie Rosenthal’s O’Farrell St. nightclub 1940s:Lincoln Theater (Clement & 9th Ave) 1912:Carol Doda @ the Condor 1969

Sundance Incence (sic) 1377 Haight St, (SE corner of Haight & Masonic)

Assemblage of World’s Fair and Bay Bridge memorabilia, 1930s

The check Regis Philbin handed me in 2000

I forgot the laundry room and side entrance:

Posted in Art, Beauty, Haight Ashbury, History, Photography, San Francisco, Science, Technology | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Haight Ashbury  Street Fair Posters

Today I finally got around to hanging up my rather extensive Haight Ashbury Street Fair poster collection. Every year the Fair holds a contest to select the poster and the artist gets $500.


I also included a couple of non street fair posters:

A 1967 Diggers Clean-In and a HA Free Clinic 25th Anniversary

Here’s a pan shot:

And wide views:

Also in that foyer is this:

That’s the original Orpheum (“Built at a cost of $1,000,000!) and a collection of actors’ promo and tobacco cards of that era that I bought in 1976 in a Tenderloin bookstore.

Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

For Sale: 1939 Porsche Type 64  

1939 Porsche Type 64

RM | Sotheby’s – MONTEREY 15 – 17 AUGUST 2019

A strive for technological advancement in motor car performance drove the motorsport industry in the 1920s and 1930s, resulting in some of the most iconic race cars of the period, which served as great sources of national pride. The advent of World War II saw Professor Ferdinand Porsche forced to shift focus to a car for the masses—the KdF-Wagen:

Volkswagen Advertisement, 1930s. Caption: Der kdf Wagen [Kdf stands for Kraft durch Freude- Strength through Joy]. Name for large state-controlled leisure organization in Nazi Germany. 


However, he retained a vision to produce a lighter, faster version of the model that would showcase the nation’s technology and realize his sports car dreams.

It was a road race that never took place that would give birth to the Type 64. The 1,500-kilometer Berlin-Rome race was set for September 1939 and would be used to promote Germany’s autobahn system as well as celebrate the launch of the KdF-Wagen production car. In preparation for the race, the government-owned Volkswagen commissioned three special long-distance racing versions of the KdF-Wagen, known internally to Porsche and his engineers as the Type 64. Designed by the same engineers who would go on to create the 356, the cars were built at Reutter Works across the street from Zuffenhausen over 1939-1940, with lightweight aluminum bodies and the wheels fully covered in removable alloy panels.

While the Type 64 shares the same drivetrain and suspension as the Type 1 Volkswagen, it is otherwise very different. The chassis and riveted alloy body utilize WWII aircraft technology, while the original air-cooled flat-four engine was tuned to 32 bhp. Just as the first of the three cars was finished, and weeks before the Berlin-Rome race was set to start, war was officially declared and government interest turned to military vehicles, with the first Type 64 becoming property of the German labor front.

A young Ferry Porsche did not give up, and he moved forward with the two additional cars, which would serve as experimental test beds for Porsche as they developed their own production sports car, essentially making the Type 64 the missing link between Volkswagen and the Porsche 356. The second car was completed in December 1939 and the third, using the chassis of the first car, which had been damaged following an accident with the Managing Director of Volkswagen at the wheel, by June 1940.

The third Type 64 was retained as a personal family car and driven extensively by Ferry and Ferdinand Porsche. When the company was forced to relocate headquarters to Gmünd, Austria from 1944-1948, it was kept alongside the second Type 64 at the family estate in the picturesque lakeside town of Zell-am-See.

No. 3 was the only example to survive the war, and Ferry Porsche himself applied the raised letters spelling out “PORSCHE” on the nose of the car when he had in registered in Austria under the new company name in 1946.

In 1947, restoration work was commissioned by Porsche and completed by a young Pinin Farina in Turin, Italy. Nearly one year later, Porsche demonstrated the Type 356 roadster, no. 1, on public roads in Innsbruck, with the Type 64 by its side. Austrian privateer driver Otto Mathé completed demo laps in the Type 64 and fell in love, buying it from Porsche the following year. He enjoyed a successful racing career with the car in the 1950s—the very first to do so in a Porsche product—and kept it for 46 years until his death in 1995.

In 1997, the Type 64 changed hands for just the second time in six decades and appeared at a handful of vintage racing events with its third owner, Dr. Thomas Gruber of Vienna, including Goodwood and the Austrian Ennstal Classic. Dr. Gruber is the author of the renowned Carrera RS book and one of the most respected Porsche specialists worldwide.

“Without the Type 64, there would be no Porsche 356, no 550, no 911,” says Marcus Görig, Car Specialist, RM Sotheby’s.

“This is Porsche’s origin story, the car that birthed the company’s legend, and it offers collectors what is likely an unrepeatable opportunity to sit in the seat of Ferdinand and Ferry Porsche. With this car, the new owner will not only be invited to the first row of every Porsche event worldwide—they will be the first row!”

Gord Duff, Global Head of Auctions, RM Sotheby’s, continues: “We’ve had the honor of presenting some of the most significant cars in the history of numerous top marques at Monterey, and the Type 64 now stands among them. The Type 64 helped define what a sports car is today, and it carries many of traits we’ve seen throughout seven decades of Porsche production and still see in some of the marque’s most sought-after contemporary models. We’re grateful to have been entrusted by the owner with this important piece of automotive, engineering, and world history and we look forward to sharing it with the collector car hobby this summer.”

Andy Prill, well-respected marque specialist who has recently inspected the Type 64, adds: “I’ve seen countless special Porsches in my career, but nothing like this. I was very careful in examining the authenticity of the Type 64, No. 3 and its chassis. After spending many days with the car, I have found evidence that all key components of the cars are original as built in 1939/1940. This is the most historically significant of all Porsche cars and it is simply incredible to find the very first Porsche in this original condition.”

Source: RM Sotheby’s – 1939 Porsche Type 64 | Monterey 2019

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Scored a Righteous T @ Haight Ashbury Today

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

San Francisco MUNI in the 1970s 

When I moved here in 1976 I was dating a woman who lived on Russian Hill and after being fortunate enough to spend the night with her I would take the cable car to my job near Union Square. I usually hung out on the back deck with the conductor and smoked cigarettes.

When I spent the night at home in Noe Valley I took the J Church streetcar to work:

All of MUNI, the cable cars, the streetcars, and the buses cost 25 cents and came with a free transfer that was good for 2 ½ hours.

In a wide variety of livery, here is a small bit of the MUNI fleet in the 1970s:

Source: David Pirmann  Flickr

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment


This concrete parking strip on Haight Street near Masonic Ave was installed in 1968. As part of the new improvement plan the section with this graffiti was removed and tomorrow it will likely be demolished.
To take a few last pictures that show it off today, I outlined the words in chalk:

The Haight is now down to 5 things that we know the date of, were created in the 1960s, and are visible to the public. (one of which is in front of Hunter S. Thompson’s old place up on Parnassus near UCSF where it still says “FUCK NIXON” in the concrete)

I know of another LSD graffiti in the concrete in front of 1237 Masonic that I will be seeking to learn the date of.

Posted in Art, Drugs, Haight Ashbury, Hippies, History, San Francisco, Video | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

An Ex-Army Medic’s Collection

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Astronomers Make Massive Discovery on the Far Side of the Moon | Smithsonian

A 1,200-mile-wide crater on the far side of the moon was formed when a huge asteroid with a heavy metal core smashed into the lunar surface billions of years ago. When that happened, the asteroid drilled through layers of the moon’s crust while losing mass of its own. Molten rock partially refilled the impact area, melting chunks of the asteroid’s busted metal core along the way. Peter James, a planetary scientist at Baylor University explains that today, metal from the asteroid’s core could still be embedded in the lunar mantle, causing the extra mass.

The exact size of the asteroid and the date of impact have yet to be determined but one thing is certain: Had this rock missed the moon and smacked into Earth it would have been a very, very bad day for whatever critters were living here then.


Source: Astronomers Make Massive Discovery on the Far Side of the Moon | Smart News | Smithsonian

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment