Sunday, April 20, 2014

The March, 1941 Davis Telephone Directory: A Frozen Moment Near the End of Small America (151)

I number myself among those who rank World War II as one of the most important events of
human history--or at least of more recent human history.

Put crudely but sharply, the events of the few years comprising WWII changed America from a land of “small” thinking and modest scale undertakings to a world of “mega” thinking and hyper-scale endeavors.

This was and is a transformation so huge that it is hard to believe and therefore to grasp.

One way we can try to get hold of the vast cognitive and social chasm between Small America and Mega America is closely to examine documents that portray the former at its fullest development just before its eclipse.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Later 1920s Panoramic Photo of The Davis Skyline (150)

This post is companion to post number 148 published on this blog on March 18, 2014. The two posts share the features of:
 -- presenting aspects of two wide-format photographs housed in UCD Special Collections folder AR-013 that were
-- created with high-resolution cameras from a high southern point on “The Farm” campus, and that are
-- examined here for a purpose not the main focus of the photographs.