Sunday, September 25, 2011

Collecting Davis History Artifacts: Some Vicissitudes (11)


One of my hobbies is collecting artifacts of Davis history.  I look for such items in several places, including “antique” paper shows and shops, estate sales, and E-bay auctions.

I have found that I am often the only person who cares to own such arcane items and prices are therefore low--mostly in the range of a few dollars or less.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

A Reminder of the 1950’s “Out With The Old” View of the Built Environment (10)

Browsing at an estate sale recently, I happened onto an original copy of the August 27, 1953 issue of the Davis Enterprise.  I bought it for 25 cents.

I like to waste my time reading this sort of thing and in doing so I encountered an editorial by Chelso Maghetti, the fellow who bought the Enterprise from William Henry Scott and appears also to have purchased Scott’s outlook.

As you can read in the graphic, Maghetti thinks the historic California governor’s mansion--which is now a state park-- is a “gingerbread high-ceiling” “monstrosity” and “eyesore.”

Monday, September 12, 2011

History By Dribbles: The W. R. Pugh Beer Letters (09)


A couple of weeks ago, a seller of “antique paper” in Michigan put a 1913 letter by W. R. Pugh addressed to the El Dorado Brewing Company of Stockton up for auction on E-bay.

I bid the required minimum, no one else bid, and I got the letter. It is reproduced here as Image 1.

Several aspects of this letter are interesting to me.

>>  I asked the seller how he came to have this letter (and three others by Pugh addressed to the same company, also buying beer or returning empties). He told me they came from a trunk in a basement in a Michigan house. He had bought the truck for “the paper” and he knew nothing more.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Davis History Art (08)


I am sometimes intrigued by the idea of “Davis history art,” by which I mean art objects that display Davis history in some fashion.

>>  I use the term “art” in two ways, narrowly and broadly. Narrowly, “Art” with a capital a is about such objects as paintings, sculptures, photographs, short stories, poems, and other such productions labeled art by credible claimers.

More broadly, art is about “crafts,” or objects of ordinary life rendered especially well, as in pottery, apparel, and various other utilitarian or decorative objects.