Thursday, July 31, 2014

“First Pickets in Davis History” the Enterprise Declares in September 25, 1958 Headline (168)


Today is the third anniversary of Davis History Today. Numerically, this means 168 posts have been published over 156 weeks. Amazing to me, Google’s counting device reports almost 30,000 visits to this site over that period and, in the last year, almost a thousand “hits” a month. Davis history is an exotic and specialized topic. I am therefore heartened to think that a reasonable number of people seem to be interested in it. Moreover, this website has brought me into contact with dozens of Davis history inquirers that I would otherwise have never met and it has expanded my relations with many I already knew. I am very much in their debt for enriching my life by inviting me to participate in their research journeys.


Friday, July 25, 2014

12th of 12 Transforming Davis Color Photos: Northwest Corner Anderson & Russell Circa ‘70 (167)

Twelfth of twelve posts reporting recently discovered color photos of major Davis business locations taken in the “transforming” period of Davis history. The context of the photos is explained in DHT post number 155, “Twelve Color Photos of ‘50s-‘70s Transforming Davis: Series Introduction.”
1. Northwest Corner Anderson & Russell Circa '70
Snapshot number 12, labeled “1” in this post, is truly remarkable because it is the result, I think, of an action Mr. Brinley planned several years before when he stood in Anderson Road and made snapshot number 11 (the subject of the immediately previous post).

11th of 12 Transforming Davis Color Photos: Northwest Corner Anderson and Russell Circa ‘60 (166)

Eleventh of twelve posts reporting recently discovered color photos of major Davis business locations taken in the “transforming” period of Davis history. The context of the photos is explained in DHT post number 155, “Twelve Color Photos of ‘50s-‘70s Transforming Davis: Series Introduction.”
1. Northwest Corner Anderson & Russell Circa '60
My surmise about snapshot 11, reproduced here labeled “1,” is that Mr. Brinley is standing near the middle of Anderson Road looking west toward the road we see in the far distance that is today called California State Route 113.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

10th of 12 Transforming Davis Color Photos: Russell At S. Campus Way Circa ‘70 (165)

Tenth of twelve posts reporting recently discovered color photos of major Davis business locations taken in the “transforming” period of Davis history. The context of the photos is explained in DHT post number 155, “Twelve Color Photos of ‘50s-‘70s Transforming Davis: Series Introduction.”


1. Russell at S. Campus Way Circa '70
John Weber Brinely’s exceptional grasp of long-term change in Davis is seen in all six of these snapshot pairs, of course. But the sharpness of his cognition is particularly on display in this fifth pair.

9th of 12 Transforming Davis Color Photos: Russell At S. Campus Way Circa ‘60 (164)

Ninth of twelve posts reporting recently discovered color photos of major Davis business locations taken in the “transforming” period of Davis history. The context of the photos is explained in DHT post number 155, “Twelve Color Photos of ‘50s-‘70s Transforming Davis: Series Introduction.”
1. Russell At S. Campus Way Circa '60
In his fifth and sixth “time lapse” pairs of snapshots, Brinley shifts his attention from the downtown to the vicinity of Russell Boulevard and Anderson Road.The first of these two pairs was taken standing on the south shoulder of Russell Boulevard more-or-less across from Oeste Drive (graphic 1).

Sunday, July 20, 2014

8th of 12 Transforming Davis Color Photos: 3rd Street 600s Circa ‘70 (163)

Eighth of twelve posts reporting recently discovered color photos of major Davis business locations taken in the “transforming” period of Davis history. The context of the photos is explained in DHT post number 155, “Twelve Color Photos of ‘50s-‘70s Transforming Davis: Series Introduction.”
1. 3rd Street 600s Circa '70
The second snapshot in this fourth pair is jarringly clear in its display of how the irregular profiles of wooden residential structures seen in the previous shot have been replaced by starkly horizontal masonry forms.

7th of 12 Transforming Davis Color Photos: 3rd Street 600s Circa ‘60 (162)

Seventh of twelve posts reporting recently discovered color photos of major Davis business locations taken in the “transforming” period of Davis history. The context of the photos is explained in DHT post number 155, “Twelve Color Photos of ‘50s-‘70s Transforming Davis: Series Introduction.”
1. 3rd Street 600s Circa '60
Snapshots numbers 7 and 8 forming the fourth pair in the six pairs of Brinley’s “time lapse” snaps continue his documentation of deep and thorough change in four downtown blocks and two Russell Blvd. locales.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

6th of 12 Transforming Davis Color Photos: Northwest Corner 2nd & E Circa ‘71 (161)

This is the sixth of twelve posts reporting recently discovered color photos of major Davis business locations taken in the “transforming” period of Davis history. The context of the photos is explained in DHT post number 155, “Twelve Color Photos of ‘50s-‘70s Transforming Davis: Series Introduction.”
1. 2nd & E Looking Northwest Circa 1971
Mr. Brinley’s second snapshot in this 2nd & E pair once more displays the “new” and even transformed Davis, which is still very much the one we know today both at this corner and in other of his six pairs of snapshots.

5th of 12 Transforming Davis Color Photos: Northwest Corner 2nd & E Circa ‘66 (160)

This is the fifth of twelve posts reporting recently discovered color photos of major Davis business locations taken in the “transforming” period of Davis history. The context of the photos is explained in DHT post number 155, “Twelve Color Photos of ‘50s-‘70s Transforming Davis: Series Introduction.”
1. 2nd & E Looking Northwest Circa 1966
Snapshots numbers 5 and 6 form a somewhat different kind of pair than the 10 shots forming the other five "time-lapse" pairs.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

4th of 12 Transforming Davis Color Photos: 2nd Street 600s Circa ‘70 (159)

This is the fourth of twelve posts reporting recently discovered color photos of major Davis business locations taken in the “transforming” period of Davis history. The context of the photos is explained in DHT post number 155, “Twelve Color Photos of ‘50s-‘70s Transforming Davis: Series Introduction.”
1. 2nd Street 600s Looking West, Circa '70
Brinley’s second snapshot of the 2nd Street 600s looking west appears to have been taken about 1970.

3rd of 12 Transforming Davis Color Photos: 2nd Street 600s Circa ‘63 (158)

This is the third of twelve posts reporting recently discovered color photos of major Davis business locations taken in the “transforming” period of Davis history. The context of the photos is explained in DHT post number 155, “Twelve Color Photos of ‘50s-‘70s Transforming Davis: Series Introduction.”
1. 2nd St. 600s Looking West, Circa '63 
Let me now start assuming that John Weber Brinley did, in fact, make and organize these 12 color photographs.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

2nd of 12 Transforming Davis Color Photos: G Street 200s Circa ‘70 (157)

This is the second of twelve posts reporting recently discovered color photos of major Davis business locations taken in the “transforming” period of Davis history. The context of the photos is explained in DHT post number 155, “Twelve Color Photos of ‘50s-‘70s Transforming Davis: Series Introduction.”

The centerpiece snapshot of this post--labeled “1”--is not a mere snapshot.
1. G St. 200s Looking East Circa '70

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

lst of 12 Transforming Davis Color Photos: G Street 200s Circa ’60 (156)

This is the first of twelve posts reporting recently discovered color photos of major Davis business locations taken in the “transforming” period of Davis history. The context of the photos is explained in DHT post number 155, “Twelve Color Photos of ‘50s-‘70s Transforming Davis: Series Introduction.” 
1. G St. 200s Looking East Circa '60