Heart of Texas

Yesterday we drove from Alamogordo, to Roswell and Carlsbad, then finally Hobbs, New Mexico in the southeast corner of the state. Hobbs seems an unforgiving town, surrounded by oil fields. The air is… Continue reading


Day six of our trip brought us to Alamogordo, New Mexico. After our earlier Indio stopover, we headed to just north of Tucson, Arizona for a few days with my father. Yesterday morning… Continue reading

Side trip to San Manuel

On Wednesday we took a little hour-long jaunt from Oro Valley to the town of San Manuel, Arizona. Pretty mining country. [vimeo 46077685]

In Indio, California

A few miles southeast of Palms Springs in the desert off I-10 lies the town of Indio. We usually stop there when travelling between L.A. and Tucson. There’s a nice thrift store there,… Continue reading

All the Way to Memphis?

So we’re on the road, the very first leg of our three week trip. The plan, more or less, is to drive from Northern California to Tucson, Arizona; then San Antonio, Texas; then… Continue reading

Early 20th century homesteader snapshots (part 2)

Compiled into the pdf booklet below is another series of photographs from the same homesteading people who gave us the “Kodak Scenes” we posted earlier. The images were reproduced from original negatives using a cheap… Continue reading

Beautifully illustrated 1972 children’s book about computers – featuring punch cards, FORTRAN, magenta, burnt orange

Scroll down a bit for the full book, embedded as a .pdf (hosted by Scribd).

1930s Roller Derby Scrapbook

Here are a few images from a tattered 1930s scrapbook documenting a roller derby event in Oakland, California. Derbyists include Mary Youpelee (a “full-blooded Indian princess”), Ivy King (aka “Poison” Ivy), Ma Bogash and… Continue reading

Smoky Mountains / Four Corners

Perhaps our two favorite destinations in the United States are the East Tennessee/Smoky Mountain area and the Four Corners region of northwest New Mexico. Both locales have rich musical cultures, some artifacts of… Continue reading

Mean-Spirited Greeting Cards from the 1970s

The contents of a three-quarters full box of greeting cards from Rinehart Cards of Springfield, Tennessee. Teresa and I found these somewhere in Eastern Oregon.