United States Map, 1778

From what you can see listed on this map from 1778, there was not a lot known about the western portion of the country. I wonder what it must have looked like?

The Pentagram, Number Seven, Autumn 1967

The idea that you could be arrested and prosecuted as a witch in the UK up until the 1960’s is mind-boggling. Arrested and prosecuted for being a witch? In the 20th century? I can’t even imagine it. This is the seventh book in a series. I have never even seen a copy of number six, but I have originals of numbers 1-5. I don’t even show those to folks because they contain actual witchcraft spells. Do they work? I have no idea because I do not fool around with that stuff.

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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.



Rod Action Magazine, February 1973

Good old “Rod Action” Magazine. There were just a ton of these magazines until Detroit started making cars out of plastic instead of metal. Something gained and something lost I am afraid, but that’s progress. I love the way the Pinto ad fails to mention that it will turn into a giant fireball if you are rear ended. 


Something Very Odd

I’m getting ready to start my own actual website. I am using a professional website builder and they are asking me questions about inventory, sales, analytics, and a whole bunch of other stuff I know nothing about.

It seems the only reason a person starts a website is to sell you something. Everyone is always trying to sell you something. I use the example “soap,” because I think everyone has had an encounter with soap, at least once in their lifetimes. Well, that’s really it. All this internet stuff is set up to sell soap. It might be food soap, or sex soap, or relationship soap, you get the idea.

Except for me.

And this has mystified my website designers, because I don’t want you to buy soap, as a matter of fact I would feel the same about you if you looked here, found nothing interesting, and then moved on. Nothing for sale, no sales come on. Nothing. I have an eBay page that most of this stuff is on or has been sold on, but you will have to find that yourself because I am not sticking it here to ask you to go there and buy something. 

Don’t buy anything that does not make your heart move. 

Especially soap.

Fritz Pulpaneck Violin Bridge, Made in Los Angeles California


1933 Boy Scout Handbook

Back in the 1930’s they took the motto, “Be Prepared,” a lot more seriously that today. This thing is so handy for everything, I still keep a copy of it around, in case of emergencies.

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Bela Fleck

Bela Fleck has done more for the banjo and banjo playing than 10 people you could name. Just an incredible player who is really keeping the banjo alive as an art form, Just great playing from this guy.


“2001: a space odyssey,” “Facts for Editorial Reference”

This is your basic promo for the movie “2001.” I remember seeing this movie when it first came out and I always wondered if we would ever get to the places shown in this movie. What’s cool is the person making this promo figured out most of the moviegoers watching this would still be alive in the year 2001. I wonder if they were disappointed?