Fillmore Piru Citrus Association Wind Chill Chart

When you grow up in the city where Sunkist Orange was founded you get to know a few things about citrus. I recently saw an article in the Los Angeles Times wherein people were going to a museum that had a “smudge pot,” and no one knew what it was.

If you grew up in the “Citrus Capital of the World,” you know your smudge pots and you know what a freeze will do to the crop if it happens, hence the chart and the smudge pots. They still use smudge pots in the County of Ventura, where lemons and oranges are king.



Stock Certificate, Keystone Mines, Amador City California, May, 12, 1915

I can’t imagine there was much left in the Keystone Mines in Amador City in 1915. This is another possible example of “mining by assessment.” This was a simple premise wherein the folks allegedly working on the mines kept hitting their investors for more money while actually delivering little more than a “dry hole.” Lots of mining fortunes were made this way. Pretty certificate though.

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“In The Police Court” 6-18-1902, San Francisco Bulletin

“In the Police Court,” was conceived of and executed by Thomas A. Dorgan, or as he is better known to the cartooning and boxing world, “TAD.” At this time one of Tad’s favorite hobbies was to go down to the local San Francisco Police Court and watch what we would now call “criminal arraignments,” and then sketch and report on the defendants. Most of his drawings of the defendants were racist, stereotypical, and funny as hell. TAD definitely had an eye for the absurd in both his observations, and drawings.