Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons: Blog https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog en-us (C) Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons [email protected] (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons) Thu, 11 Apr 2024 07:49:00 GMT Thu, 11 Apr 2024 07:49:00 GMT https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/img/s/v-12/u694567909-o1056855695-50.jpg Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons: Blog https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog 120 68 Ramsey Pumper Known As 'The Griffin' https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/12/ramsey Benicia Fire MuseumBenicia, 1884 Ramsey PumperThe Ramsey pumper was known as "The Griffin." This model was photographed at the Benicia Fire Museum in California.

"'Griffin' is a mythical animal typically having a head, forepart and wings like those of an eagle and the body, hind legs and tail like those of a lion and the beak of a dragon," according to the museum.

The town of Okawville, Illinois, purchased it on July 25, 1884 for $585. In 1985, it was purchased by the then-Exxon Fire Brigade. Today, it is owned by the Valero Refinery, according to the museum.

"Restoration was started and completed after 23 months of hard work by the brigade members," states the museum. "The Griffin was officially dedicated as Benicia Refineries #1 Pumper on April 26, 1985."

It is often featured in local parades.
The Ramsey pumper was known as "The Griffin." This model was photographed at the Benicia Fire Museum in California.
 
"'Griffin' is a mythical animal typically having a head, forepart and wings like those of an eagle and the body, hind legs and tail like those of a lion and the beak of a dragon," according to the museum.
 
The town of Okawville, Illinois, purchased it on July 25, 1884 for $585. In 1985, it was purchased by the then-Exxon Fire Brigade. Today, it is owned by the Valero Refinery, according to the museum.
 
"Restoration was started and completed after 23 months of hard work by the brigade members," states the museum. "The Griffin was officially dedicated as Benicia Refineries #1 Pumper on April 26, 1985."
 
It is often featured in local parades.
Benicia Fire MuseumBenicia, 1884 Ramsey PumperThe Ramsey pumper was known as "The Griffin." This model was photographed at the Benicia Fire Museum in California.

"'Griffin' is a mythical animal typically having a head, forepart and wings like those of an eagle and the body, hind legs and tail like those of a lion and the beak of a dragon," according to the museum.

The town of Okawville, Illinois, purchased it on July 25, 1884 for $585. In 1985, it was purchased by the then-Exxon Fire Brigade. Today, it is owned by the Valero Refinery, according to the museum.

"Restoration was started and completed after 23 months of hard work by the brigade members," states the museum. "The Griffin was officially dedicated as Benicia Refineries #1 Pumper on April 26, 1985."

It is often featured in local parades.
Benicia Fire MuseumBenicia, 1884 Ramsey PumperThe Ramsey pumper was known as "The Griffin." This model was photographed at the Benicia Fire Museum in California.

"'Griffin' is a mythical animal typically having a head, forepart and wings like those of an eagle and the body, hind legs and tail like those of a lion and the beak of a dragon," according to the museum.

The town of Okawville, Illinois, purchased it on July 25, 1884 for $585. In 1985, it was purchased by the then-Exxon Fire Brigade. Today, it is owned by the Valero Refinery, according to the museum.

"Restoration was started and completed after 23 months of hard work by the brigade members," states the museum. "The Griffin was officially dedicated as Benicia Refineries #1 Pumper on April 26, 1985."

It is often featured in local parades.

In the foreground, you can see a "replica of the first hand-pumper ever made was built in 1976 by Tom Wurzbach of the La Selva Beach Volunteer Fire Department," the museum notes. "Mr. Wurzbach spent many years touring the western states, displaying The Tub at musters and other fire activities. It was generously donated to the museum in 2002. Owned by Benicia Volunteer Fireman Inc."
Benicia Fire MuseumBenicia, 1884 Ramsey PumperThe Ramsey pumper was known as "The Griffin." This model was photographed at the Benicia Fire Museum in California.

"'Griffin' is a mythical animal typically having a head, forepart and wings like those of an eagle and the body, hind legs and tail like those of a lion and the beak of a dragon," according to the museum.

The town of Okawville, Illinois, purchased it on July 25, 1884 for $585. In 1985, it was purchased by the then-Exxon Fire Brigade. Today, it is owned by the Valero Refinery, according to the museum.

"Restoration was started and completed after 23 months of hard work by the brigade members," states the museum. "The Griffin was officially dedicated as Benicia Refineries #1 Pumper on April 26, 1985."

It is often featured in local parades.
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Chief Solano Engine A Benicia Legacy https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/12/solano Benicia Fire MuseumBenicia, Chief Solano Engine No. 5This Chief Solano Engine No. 5 was photographed at the Benicia Fire Museum.

"Built in Clintoville, Wisconsin, the Benicia Volunteer Fire Department took delivery of this engine in 1949," according to the museum's Website. "Currently, the FWD is the only open cab four-wheel drive fire engine west of the Mississippi. It is still capable of pumping 1300 gpm."
This Chief Solano Engine No. 5 was photographed at the Benicia Fire Museum.
 
"Built in Clintoville, Wisconsin, the Benicia Volunteer Fire Department took delivery of this engine in 1949," according to the museum's Website. "Currently, the FWD is the only open cab four-wheel drive fire engine west of the Mississippi. It is still capable of pumping 1300 gpm."
Benicia Fire MuseumBenicia, Chief Solano Engine No. 5This Chief Solano Engine No. 5 was photographed at the Benicia Fire Museum.

"Built in Clintoville, Wisconsin, the Benicia Volunteer Fire Department took delivery of this engine in 1949," according to the museum's Website. "Currently, the FWD is the only open cab four-wheel drive fire engine west of the Mississippi. It is still capable of pumping 1300 gpm."
Benicia Fire MuseumBenicia, Chief Solano Engine No. 5This Chief Solano Engine No. 5 was photographed at the Benicia Fire Museum.

"Built in Clintoville, Wisconsin, the Benicia Volunteer Fire Department took delivery of this engine in 1949," according to the museum's Website. "Currently, the FWD is the only open cab four-wheel drive fire engine west of the Mississippi. It is still capable of pumping 1300 gpm."
Benicia Fire MuseumBenicia, Chief Solano Engine No. 5This Chief Solano Engine No. 5 was photographed at the Benicia Fire Museum.

"Built in Clintoville, Wisconsin, the Benicia Volunteer Fire Department took delivery of this engine in 1949," according to the museum's Website. "Currently, the FWD is the only open cab four-wheel drive fire engine west of the Mississippi. It is still capable of pumping 1300 gpm."
Benicia Fire MuseumBenicia, Chief Solano Engine No. 5This Chief Solano Engine No. 5 was photographed at the Benicia Fire Museum.

"Built in Clintoville, Wisconsin, the Benicia Volunteer Fire Department took delivery of this engine in 1949," according to the museum's Website. "Currently, the FWD is the only open cab four-wheel drive fire engine west of the Mississippi. It is still capable of pumping 1300 gpm."
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Swiss-Italian Region: A Tapestry Of Cultures https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/12/swiss-italian Glenn Franco Simmons' digital compositions illustrating Swiss-Italian villages.Swiss-Italian VillageThis is one of my digital compositions of a Swiss-Italian setting. by Glenn Franco Simmons
 
Before my second Dad died, he told me I had Franco family members in the Swiss-Italian region of Italy and Switzerland.
 
Sadly, because my first Dad died when I was young, and because our families became estranged, I know little of my family’s heritage.
 
The region is breathtakingly beautiful and includes majestic mountains and picturesque lakes.
 
“Its fascinating tale embarks upon its formation in 1803 under the Napoleon-era Act of Mediation,” according to AI-Pro. “A peculiar blend of crucial historical events and diverse cultural influences led to the genesis of a distinctive fusion that is the Swiss-Italian identity.
 
“This region, predominantly the Swiss Canton of Ticino, underwent significant transformations over the years. Prior to the 8th century, the region was divided between Lombard Kingdom and Byzantine Empire. However, in the aftermath of the fall of the Lombard Kingdom, Ticino pledged loyalty to the Carolingian Dynasty. With this allegiance, the region was introduced to Latinization, and thus began the transition from a Germanic to a Latin-dominated land.”
 
As with all things regarding regional powers, loyalties changed.
 
“Ticino gradually fell under the influence of various neighboring powers, such as the Duchy of Milan,” AI-Pro stated. “When the Swiss Confederation expanded in the 15th century during the Helvetic Republic era, it swallowed up Ticino, turning it into a landlocked Glenn Franco Simmons' digital compositions illustrating Swiss-Italian villages.Swiss-Italian VillageThis is one of my digital compositions of a Swiss-Italian setting.
Bulwark amid the Swiss Alps. Such a patchwork quilt of rulers and influence congealed into a unique culture, language and identity, birthing present-day Swiss-Italian region.”
 
Technology further changed the region.
 
“The advent of railroads in the 19th century further transformed the landscape of the Swiss-Italian region,” according to AI-Pro. “The Gotthard Base Tunnel — a sublime human achievement — neatly knitted the northern and southern Europe, adding another layer to the characters of Switzerland and Ticino. With the tunnel’s inception, a rapid exchange of ideas, trade and culture occurred and enriched the confluence of this Swiss-Italian enclave.
 
“Today, the Swiss-Italian region stands as a multidimensional symbol of unity within diversity, rich history and the ardor of cultural fusion,” AI-Pro continued. “As you leapfrog across Ticino from ancient castles to piazzas, or traverse through the Bellinzona markets brimming with regional delights, you will be stepping on a path layered with centuries of history. A journey that weaves the charm of Italy with the precision of Swiss, the Swiss-Italian region is truly a captivating tale of historical amalgamation.”
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Benicia Has Former Arsenal Dodge Fire Truck https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/12/benicia Benicia Fire MuseumBenicia, Fire Museum's Dodge Fire EngineThis Dodge fire engine was photographed at the Benicia Fire Museum in the San Francisco Bay Area.

"Originally belonging to the Arsenal Fire Department, we are not exactly sure of the Dodge's age," states a Benicia Fire Museum summary. "In the early 1940s, the commander of the arsenal was ordered to eliminate all vehicles that had any chrome on them. This was in anticipation of the United States entering World War II. The reflective nature of the chrome could be targeted by bombing raids.

"The commander decided to sell one of this fire engines to the Benicia Volunteer Fire Department with one condition: the volunteers were to assist the Arsenal Fire Department with any fires, especially those started by bombers."
This Dodge fire engine was photographed at the Benicia Fire Museum in the San Francisco Bay Area.

"Originally belonging to the Arsenal Fire Department, we are not exactly sure of the Dodge's age," states a Benicia Fire Museum summary. "In the early 1940s, the commander of the arsenal was ordered to eliminate all vehicles that had any chrome on them. This was in anticipation of the United States entering World War II. The reflective nature of the chrome could be targeted by bombing raids.

"The commander decided to sell one of this fire engines to the Benicia Volunteer Fire Department with one condition: the volunteers were to assist the Arsenal Fire Department with any fires, especially those started by bombers."

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Capitola Venetians A Tribute To Venice https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/12/venetians Capitola VenetiansCapitola VenetiansNestled along the picturesque coastline of Central California, Capitola is a charming seaside town known for its vibrant atmosphere and rich history.

Among the town’s notable attractions are the iconic Venetians, a collection of historic buildings that evoke the charm and architectural style of Venice, Italy.
by Glenn Franco Simmons

When you first arrive in Capitola, be it as a child or an adult, you cannot help but be mesmerized by the Capitola Venetians that take up a prominent beachfront location in Capitola-by-the-Sea.

“The Venetians of Capitola, Calif., refer to a unique and charming aspect of the city’s architectural heritage,” according to Ask AI. “Capitola, a picturesque coastal town located on the central coast of California, has a distinctive history tied to its Venetian-inspired designs. Over the years, these architectural elements have played a significant role in shaping the town's identity and attracting visitors from all over.

Capitola Venetians photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Capitola VenetiansNestled along California's Central Coast is Capitola-by-the-Sea, which was founded to become a Western Venice, Italy.

In fact, Capitola used to have a canal system. Wouldn't it be neat, if it still did?
“The inspiration for the Venetian architecture in Capitola can be traced back to the early 20th century when the city was a popular tourist destination. The founder of Capitola, Frederick Hihn, sought to create a European-inspired atmosphere that would appeal to visitors. He envisioned Capitola as a Venice of America, complete with canals, arched bridges and colorful buildings reminiscent of the famed Italian city.

“To bring his vision to life, Hihn enlisted the talents of architect William H. Weeks,” Ask AI noted. “Weeks, renowned for his Mediterranean Revival Style, designed a collection of buildings influenced by Venetian and Mediterranean architecture. These structures showcased elements like stucco facades, ornate balconies and arched windows and doorways, replicating the architectural motifs found in Venice. This distinctive architectural style quickly became known as the ‘Venetian Style’ in Capitola.”

Capitola Venetians photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Capitola VenetiansNestled along California's Central Coast is Capitola-by-the-Sea, which was founded to become a Western Venice, Italy.

In fact, Capitola used to have a canal system. Wouldn't it be neat, if it still did?
The Capitola Venetian Hotel is probably the most well-known of Capitola’s Venetian architecture.

“It was later renamed the Venetian Court,” according to Ask AI. “Designed by William H. Weeks in 1924, this charming hotel stands as a testament to the town’s unique architectural heritage. Featuring a striking red exterior with white trim, arched windows, and a beautiful courtyard, the Venetian Court has become an iconic symbol of Capitola's Venetian architectural style.

“During the early 20th century, Capitola experienced an influx of visitors, drawn by the allure of its Venetian-inspired ambiance. Visitors flocked to enjoy the coastal scenery, the colorful buildings, and the charming canals that meandered through the town.”

The canals, sadly, no longer exist.

“Still, Capitola's architectural legacy can still be witnessed in the wonderfully preserved Venetian-style buildings that line the streets,” Ask AI stated. “Today, Capitola retains much of its Venetian charm, with many of the original buildings still standing and maintained in their original style. These architectural treasures, along with the city’s stunning coastline and vibrant atmosphere, continue to make Capitola a popular tourist destination.

Capitola Venetians photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Capitola VenetiansNestled along California's Central Coast is Capitola-by-the-Sea, which was founded to become a Western Venice, Italy.

In fact, Capitola used to have a canal system. Wouldn't it be neat, if it still did?
“The Venetians of Capitola, California, represent a fascinating chapter in the city’s history. Through the inspired vision of Frederick Hihn and the architectural talents of William H. Weeks, Capitola became a unique blend of American and Venetian culture. The enduring legacy of the Venetian architecture in Capitola stands as a testament to the town’s commitment to preserving its rich history and providing visitors with an unforgettable experience.”

When you first arrive in Capitola, be it as a child or an adult, you cannot help but be mesmerized by the Capitola Venetians that take up a prominent beachfront location in Capitola-by-the-Sea.

“The Venetians of Capitola, Calif., refer to a unique and charming aspect of the city’s architectural heritage,” according to Ask AI. “Capitola, a picturesque coastal town located on the central coast of California, has a distinctive history tied to its Venetian-inspired designs. Over the years, these architectural elements have played a significant role in shaping the town's identity and attracting visitors from all over.

“The inspiration for the Venetian architecture in Capitola can be traced back to the early 20th century when the city was a popular tourist destination. The founder of Capitola, Frederick Hihn, sought to create a European-inspired atmosphere that would appeal to visitors. He envisioned Capitola as a Venice of America, complete with canals, arched bridges and colorful buildings reminiscent of the famed Italian city.

Capitola VenetiansCapitola VenetiansNestled along the picturesque coastline of Central California, Capitola is a charming seaside town known for its vibrant atmosphere and rich history.

Among the town’s notable attractions are the iconic Venetians, a collection of historic buildings that evoke the charm and architectural style of Venice, Italy.
“To bring his vision to life, Hihn enlisted the talents of architect William H. Weeks,” Ask AI noted. “Weeks, renowned for his Mediterranean Revival Style, designed a collection of buildings influenced by Venetian and Mediterranean architecture. These structures showcased elements like stucco facades, ornate balconies and arched windows and doorways, replicating the architectural motifs found in Venice. This distinctive architectural style quickly became known as the ‘Venetian Style’ in Capitola.”

The Capitola Venetian Hotel is probably the most well-known of Capitola’s Venetian architecture.

“It was later renamed the Venetian Court,” according to Ask AI. “Designed by William H. Weeks in 1924, this charming hotel stands as a testament to the town’s unique architectural heritage. Featuring a striking red exterior with white trim, arched windows, and a beautiful courtyard, the Venetian Court has become an iconic symbol of Capitola's Venetian architectural style.

“During the early 20th century, Capitola experienced an influx of visitors, drawn by the allure of its Venetian-inspired ambiance. Visitors flocked to enjoy the coastal scenery, the colorful buildings, and the charming canals that meandered through the town.”

Capitola Venetians photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Capitola VenetiansNestled along California's Central Coast is Capitola-by-the-Sea, which was founded to become a Western Venice, Italy.

In fact, Capitola used to have a canal system. Wouldn't it be neat, if it still did?
The canals, sadly, no longer exist.

“Still, Capitola's architectural legacy can still be witnessed in the wonderfully preserved Venetian-style buildings that line the streets,” Ask AI stated. “Today, Capitola retains much of its Venetian charm, with many of the original buildings still standing and maintained in their original style. These architectural treasures, along with the city’s stunning coastline and vibrant atmosphere, continue to make Capitola a popular tourist destination.

“In conclusion, the Venetians of Capitola, California, represent a fascinating chapter in the city’s history. Through the inspired vision of Frederick Hihn and the architectural talents of William H. Weeks, Capitola became a unique blend of American and Venetian culture. The enduring legacy of the Venetian architecture in Capitola stands as a testament to the town’s commitment to preserving its rich history and providing visitors with an unforgettable experience.”

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Human Ingenuity Changes Blown Glass Art https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/12/ingenuity Glenn Franco Simmons' digital compositions showing abstract pastel hearts.Abstract Pastel HeartThis digital composition was created as an abstract artwork to resemble what a physical piece of blown glass artwork might look like. by Glenn Franco Simmons
 
Blown glass has captivated people from the ancient villages of Egypt to the enormous metropolis of ancient Rome to the tiny Venetian island of Murano.
 
“From the ancient civilizations of Egypt and Rome to the breathtaking masterpieces of today, blown glass has been captivating people with its delicate beauty and vibrant colors,” AI-Pro noted. “This article traces the rich history of blown glass, highlighting its development and evolution as an art form.
 
“The origins of blown glass can be traced back to the ancient Near East around the 1st century BC. The technique was discovered accidentally when glass artisans noticed that molten glass could be inflated by blowing air into it through a hollow pipe. This breakthrough led to the birth of a new artistic medium, forever changing the way glassmakers worked.”
 
As a result, blown glass became popular in ancient Egypt and Rome, but its uses were mostly functional. As a result, most blown glass was not art, from what historians understand, but containers and vessels.
 
Glenn Franco Simmons' digital compositions showing abstract pastel hearts.Abstract Pastel HeartThis digital composition was created as an abstract artwork to resemble what a physical piece of blown glass artwork might look like. “The Roman Empire, in particular, played a crucial role in spreading the art of blown glass throughout Europe during the 1st century AD,” AI-Pro noted.
 
The rise and expansion of Islam, particularly what is referred to as the “Islamic Golden Age” (eighth to 15th centuries), blown glass excelled in popularity.
 
“Glassmakers in the Middle East developed sophisticated techniques, creating intricate patterns and mesmerizing shapes,” according to AI-Pro. “The cultural exchange facilitated by the extensive Islamic trade network allowed blown glass to spread to diverse regions, shaping the trajectory of the art form.”
 
With that trade came multicultural influences in blown glass, revealing how artists and craftspersons throughout the world share a common bond of God-given inspiration, skill, creativity and dedication to hard work.
 
Abstract blown glass created by digital software by Glenn Franco Simmons.Abstract Blown GlassAbstract blown glass created by digital software by Glenn Franco Simmons. “The Renaissance period witnessed a resurgence of interest in classical art, leading to significant advancements in glassmaking techniques,” AI-Pro noted. “Italian artisans, such as the renowned Murano glassmakers in Venice, revolutionized the art of blown glass. They perfected techniques like millefiori, filigrana, and latticino, which involved layering, twisting and shaping molten glass to create intricate designs.”
 
With time comes change.
 
“The 19th and 20th centuries brought significant changes to the world of blown glass,” according to AI-Pro. “With the Industrial Revolution, mechanization and technological advancements made glass production more accessible and efficient. However, traditional craftsmanship continued to thrive in parallel, with artists pushing the boundaries of blown glass as a fine art form.
 
“The contemporary blown-glass movement showcases diverse styles and techniques, from the delicate and minimalist forms of Scandinavian design to the dynamic and exuberant creations of American studio glass artists. Today, individual glass artists and glassblowing studios explore new possibilities, pushing the limits of artistic expression.
 
“In conclusion, blown glass has truly come a long way from its accidental discovery in ancient times,” AI-Pro added. “From its humble beginnings, the art form has evolved and thrived throughout history, captivating our imagination and inspiring generations. Blown glass continues to challenge artists to experiment with new techniques and push the boundaries of creativity, ensuring that this exquisite craft remains an enduring testament to human ingenuity and artistic innovation.”
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All Prophets Are Temples Of God https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/12/all-prophets All Prophets Are TemplesAll Prophets Are TemplesIt is clear and evident to thee that all the Prophets are the Temples of the Cause of God, Who have appeared clothed in divers attire. If thou wilt observe with discriminating eyes, thou wilt behold Them all abiding in the same tabernacle, soaring in the same heaven, seated upon the same throne, uttering the same speech, and proclaiming the same Faith. Such is the unity of those Essences of Being, those Luminaries of infinite and immeasurable splendor! Wherefore, should one of these Manifestations of Holiness proclaim saying: “I am the return of all the Prophets,” He, verily, speaketh the truth. In like manner, in every subsequent Revelation, the return of the former Revelation is a fact, the truth of which is firmly established. ...
~ Bahá’u’lláh

Source: Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh. © Bahá’í International Community. Photos © Glenn Franco Simmons.
It is clear and evident to thee that all the Prophets are the Temples of the Cause of God, Who have appeared clothed in divers attire. If thou wilt observe with discriminating eyes, thou wilt behold Them all abiding in the same tabernacle, soaring in the same heaven, seated upon the same throne, uttering the same speech, and proclaiming the same Faith. Such is the unity of those Essences of Being, those Luminaries of infinite and immeasurable splendor! Wherefore, should one of these Manifestations of Holiness proclaim saying: “I am the return of all the Prophets,” He, verily, speaketh the truth. In like manner, in every subsequent Revelation, the return of the former Revelation is a fact, the truth of which is firmly established. ...  
~ Bahá’u’lláh
 
Source: Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh. © Bahá’í International Community. Photos © Glenn Franco Simmons.

 

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Pastel Hearts As Art By Franco https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/12/pastel Glenn Franco Simmons' digital compositions showing abstract pastel hearts.Abstract Pastel HeartThis digital composition was created as an abstract artwork to resemble what a physical piece of blown glass artwork might look like. These digital compositions were created as abstract artworks to resemble what a physical piece of blown glass artwork might look like.

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Franco's Digital Sunflowers In Vases https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/12/franco Glenn Franco Simmons' digital compositions showing sunflowers in vases.Sunflowers In VasesWith digital technology, it is possible to create compositions that resemble paintings. So, I love sunflowers and these were some artworks I refined over hours one night in December 2023. With digital technology, it is possible to create compositions that resemble paintings. So, I love sunflowers and these were some artworks I refined over hours one night in December 2023.

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Abstract Blown Glass Art By Glenn Franco Simmons https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/12/abstract-glass Abstract blown glass created by digital software by Glenn Franco Simmons.Abstract Blown GlassAbstract blown glass created by digital software by Glenn Franco Simmons. Abstract blown glass created by digital software by Glenn Franco Simmons.Abstract Blown GlassAbstract blown glass created by digital software by Glenn Franco Simmons. Abstract blown glass created by digital software by Glenn Franco Simmons.Abstract Blown GlassAbstract blown glass created by digital software by Glenn Franco Simmons. Abstract blown glass created by digital software by Glenn Franco Simmons.Abstract Blown GlassAbstract blown glass created by digital software by Glenn Franco Simmons. Abstract blown glass created by digital software by Glenn Franco Simmons.

 

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Pulpit To Steeple: Origin Of New England Church Architecture https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/12/pulpit Hydesville Community Church in an AI painting by Glenn Franco Simmons.Hydesville Community ChurchThis New England-style church reminded me of one I admired for decades before the weeping willow in it was cut down to make way for church expansion when I attended the church on the rural North Coast of California. I imagine that weeping willow would be this huge by now. This AI representation is not exact. Only from memory. by Glenn Franco Simmons
 
The New England-style church is an iconic representation of Colonial American architecture.
 
“Its quaint and unpretentious design speaks volumes about the simplicity, devotion and resilience of the early settlers,” according to AI-Pro. “The origin story of this remarkable architectural style is imbued with religious fervor, societal values and historic determination.”
 
“The inception of the New England style church can be traced back to the mid-17th century. The Puritans, fleeing religious oppression in England, arrived on the shores of North America. The famous Mayflower pilgrimage in 1620, which brought these seekers of religious freedom to Plymouth, Mass., was emblematic of people seeking religious freedom. Embarking on a life of simplicity and devoutness, they built their societies from the ground up, beginning with the establishment of places of worship.”
 
According to AI Pro, the first New England-style churches were modeled after English parish churches. What I love about them is their architectural simplicity, which was part philosophy and part necessity.
 
New England-style church in an AI painting by Glenn Franco Simmons.New England-style ChurchNew England-style church in an AI painting by Glenn Franco Simmons. “Due to limited resources and the pressing need for spiritual sanctuary, these early buildings were quite modest in design and often were multi-functional, serving not just as places of worship but as meetinghouses for community gatherings,” AI Pro noted. “The most truthful representation of the New England-style church lies in its stark yet elegant simplicity. Constructed primarily from wood, these churches presented a rectangular shape, a gabled roof and a towering steeple. The interior was equally modest, the centerpiece being the high pulpit from which passionate and stirring sermons were delivered.”
 
As with most architectural styles, the New England-style church designs were eventually altered throughout the United States, as these churches were built throughout the breadth of this vast country.
 
“In the 18th century, the design was slightly altered, thanks to the influence of the Georgian architectural style,” AI-Pro noted. “Importantly, the idea of a central steeple became a distinguishing feature of these churches, symbolic of their faith reaching toward Heaven. It also served a practical purpose, acting as a guidepost for travelers and a call to the community for worship or meetings.
 
New England-style church in an AI painting by Glenn Franco Simmons.New England-style ChurchNew England-style church in an AI painting by Glenn Franco Simmons. “Evolving years saw the advent of the ‘meetinghouse style,’ typically larger and with a balcony for additional seating. This design signified the growing importance of these churches as vibrant community hubs.”
 
I have personally attended services in New England-style churches on the rural North Coast of California, where it rains more than the sun shines at times.
 
“Perhaps one of the most famous New England-style churches is the Old North Church in Boston, renowned for its part in the American Revolution,” AI-Pro stated. “On the night of April 18, 1775, two lanterns were famously hung from its steeple, signaling the approach of British troops and setting the stage for Paul Revere’s historic ride.
 
“Over time, these New England-style churches have come to symbolize not just the steadfast faith of the early settlers, but also the spirit of American independence. The story of the New England-style church’s origin reflects a journey of simplicity, purpose, and community, forever etched in the timeless architecture that continues to adorn the landscape of New England.”
 
And that style has spread far beyond the borders of New England.
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Venetian Masks' History Filled With Intrigue, Mystery https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/12/venetian Glenn Franco Simmons' Venetian-style masks created from digital software.Venetian MaskThis Venetian-style mask was made with digital software. Included are various gems. by Glenn Franco Simmons
 
Venetian mask-making’s history is a tale steeped in the mystique of carnival, anonymity and intrigue.
 
“The first recorded instance of these decorative disguises appeared in a document dating back to the 13th century,” according to AI Pro. “Though they may have been initially simpler, their grandiosity increased over time as the Venetian Republic grew wealthier through trade. The masks ~ originally purposed to ensure privacy and equality among citizens, became synonymous with the magical carnival — Carnevale di Venezia.
 
“This Carnival of Venice, rooted in medieval history, was an annual celebration designed as a release from the realities of life; where all societal norms were abandoned.”
 
This meant that Venetians were able to mingle irrespective of class boundaries.
 
“The masks provided absolute anonymity, allowing commoners and nobility alike to indulge freely in revelries without compromising their identities or reputations,” according to AI Pro.
 
Glenn Franco Simmons' Venetian-style masks created from digital software.Venetian MaskThis Venetian-style mask was made with digital software. Included are various gems. The masks became so popular that their use was eventually expanded beyond the annual carnival. And there were different types of masks.
 
“Over time, the masks became so influential that their use expanded beyond the carnival,” AI Pro noted. “Some wore bauta, which is a type of mask providing complete social anonymity when worn with a black cape and tricorne.
 
“Others favored Morena masks, typically used for silence and peace — usually worn by the women when visiting convents. These masks were not merely carnival costume pieces, they were elements ingrained in Venice’s socio-political fabric.”
 
Official Venetian Republic mask-wearing eventually came to an end.
 
“When the Austrian empire seized Venice, they immediately banned these masks, viewing them as tools for immoral behavior,” AI Pro stated. “The craft of creating these masks took a drastic hit and was almost lost. It was not until the late 20th Century that it saw a revival. Artists and enthusiasts came together to restore this craft, putting it once again at the heart of the Venetian culture.
 
Glenn Franco Simmons' Venetian-style masks created from digital software.Venetian MaskThis Venetian-style mask was made with digital software. Included are various gems. “Nowadays, Venetian masks have been adopted globally, not just for tourism and festivals, but also for films, theatre and masquerade balls. Each mask tells an intimate story that evokes the essence of anonymity, artistry and mischief.”
 
Not to mention mysteriousness.
 
“Throughout its history, the Venetian mask has stood for many things — equality, anonymity, mystery, mischief and art. What began as simply pieces of fabric held to the face by breath, has transformed into intricate designs encapsulating the very essence of Venice’s illustrious past and vibrant culture. Behind these ornate decorations lays a profound narrative about Venice itself — the power to hide and express oneself simultaneously, a celebration of indulgence, an art whispering centuries-old tales of a city veiled in mystery.”
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More Dahlia, Iris Spheres Added https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/12/more Flower sphere digital compositions by Glenn Franco Simmons.Iris, Dahlia SphereMy own input helped design this AI floral sphere. Dahlias are my favorite non-fragrant flower and I love irises. My own input helped design this AI floral sphere. Dahlias are my favorite non-fragrant flower and I love irises. I have added even more dahlia and iris sphere designs.

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Irises & Dahlias Fill Out Colorful Spheres https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/12/iris Flower sphere digital compositions by Glenn Franco Simmons.Iris, Dahlia SphereMy own input helped design this AI floral sphere. Dahlias are my favorite non-fragrant flower and I love irises. My own input helped design this AI floral sphere. Dahlias are my favorite non-fragrant flower and I love irises.

Flower sphere digital compositions by Glenn Franco Simmons.Iris, Dahlia SphereMy own input helped design this AI floral sphere. Dahlias are my favorite non-fragrant flower and I love irises. Flower sphere digital compositions by Glenn Franco Simmons.Iris, Dahlia SphereMy own input helped design this AI floral sphere. Dahlias are my favorite non-fragrant flower and I love irises. Flower sphere digital compositions by Glenn Franco Simmons.Iris, Dahlia SphereMy own input helped design this AI floral sphere. Dahlias are my favorite non-fragrant flower and I love irises. Flower sphere digital compositions by Glenn Franco Simmons.Iris, Dahlia SphereMy own input helped design this AI floral sphere. Dahlias are my favorite non-fragrant flower and I love irises. Flower sphere digital compositions by Glenn Franco Simmons.Iris, Dahlia SphereMy own input helped design this AI floral sphere. Dahlias are my favorite non-fragrant flower and I love irises. Flower sphere digital compositions by Glenn Franco Simmons.Iris, Dahlia SphereMy own input helped design this AI floral sphere. Dahlias are my favorite non-fragrant flower and I love irises.

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Fort Churchill Road A Picturesque Adventure https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/12/fort-churchill Landscape photos along Fort Churchill Road taken by professional photographer Glenn Franco Simmons.Fort Churchill RoadThis photo was taken along Fort Churchill Road in Lyon County, Nev. Landscape photos along Fort Churchill Road taken by professional photographer Glenn Franco Simmons.Fort Churchill RoadThis photo was taken along Fort Churchill Road in Lyon County, Nev. Landscape photos along Fort Churchill Road taken by professional photographer Glenn Franco Simmons.Fort Churchill RoadThis photo was taken along Fort Churchill Road in Lyon County, Nev. Landscape photos along Fort Churchill Road taken by professional photographer Glenn Franco Simmons.Fort Churchill RoadThis photo was taken along Fort Churchill Road in Lyon County, Nev. These photos were taken along Fort Churchill Road in Lyon County, Nev. If you travel this road, as any road anywhere, be prepared for potential adverse weather, which can occur in any month of the year, from near blackouts in some areas due to dust or snow to violent thunderstorms, and muddy and//or snow-covered, damaged roads. I made this mostly rocky-road route in my 2011 Prius, but next time I will take our Rav4 because there are some bumpy areas. When not muddy and/or snow-covered, this road is passable for most cars.
 

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An Illustrated 'O God, guide me' Baha'i Prayer https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/12/guide The "O God Guide Me" prayer illustrated by Glenn Franco Simmons.O God, Guide Me PrayerO God, guide me, protect me, make of me a shining lamp and a brilliant star. Thou art the Mighty and the Powerful. ~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

Excerpt © Bahá’í International Community. AI image © GTFS. This artwork has not yet been reviewed by a a Spiritual Assembly; thus, it is not available for sale but will be, if approved, if I find an LSA to review my work again.
O God, guide me, protect me, make of me a shining lamp and a brilliant star. Thou art the Mighty and the Powerful. ~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
 
Excerpt © Bahá’í International Community. AI image © GTFS.
 
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Capitola Venetians A Remarkable Part of Central Coast https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/12/Capitola Capitola VenetiansCapitola VenetiansNestled along the picturesque coastline of Central California, Capitola is a charming seaside town known for its vibrant atmosphere and rich history.

Among the town’s notable attractions are the iconic Venetians, a collection of historic buildings that evoke the charm and architectural style of Venice, Italy.
by Glenn Franco Simmons
 
When you first arrive in Capitola, be it as a child or an adult, you cannot help but be mesmerized by the Capitola Venetians that take up a prominent beachfront location in Capitola-by-the-Sea.
 
“The Venetians of Capitola, Calif., refer to a unique and charming aspect of the city’s architectural heritage,” according to Ask AI. “Capitola, a picturesque coastal town located on the central coast of California, has a distinctive history tied to its Venetian-inspired designs. Over the years, these architectural elements have played a significant role in shaping the town's identity and attracting visitors from all over.
 
“The inspiration for the Venetian architecture in Capitola can be traced back to the early 20th century when the city was a popular tourist destination. The founder of Capitola, Frederick Hihn, sought to create a European-inspired atmosphere that would appeal to visitors. He envisioned Capitola as a Venice of America, complete with canals, arched bridges and colorful buildings reminiscent of the famed Italian city.
 
“To bring his vision to life, Hihn enlisted the talents of architect William H. Weeks,” Ask AI noted. “Weeks, renowned for his Mediterranean Revival Style, designed a collection of buildings influenced by Venetian and Mediterranean architecture. These structures showcased elements like stucco facades, ornate balconies and arched windows and doorways, replicating the architectural motifs found in Venice. This distinctive architectural style quickly became known as the ‘Venetian Style’ in Capitola.”
 
The Capitola Venetian Hotel is probably the most well-known of Capitola’s Venetian architecture.
 
“It was later renamed the Venetian Court,” according to Ask AI. “Designed by William H. Weeks in 1924, this charming hotel stands as a testament to the town’s unique architectural heritage. Featuring a striking red exterior with white trim, arched windows, and a beautiful courtyard, the Venetian Court has become an iconic symbol of Capitola's Venetian architectural style.
 
“During the early 20th century, Capitola experienced an influx of visitors, drawn by the allure of its Venetian-inspired ambiance. Visitors flocked to enjoy the coastal scenery, the colorful buildings, and the charming canals that meandered through the town.”
 
The canals, sadly, no longer exist.
 
“Still, Capitola's architectural legacy can still be witnessed in the wonderfully preserved Venetian-style buildings that line the streets,” Ask AI stated. “Today, Capitola retains much of its Venetian charm, with many of the original buildings still standing and maintained in their original style. These architectural treasures, along with the city’s stunning coastline and vibrant atmosphere, continue to make Capitola a popular tourist destination.
 
“In conclusion, the Venetians of Capitola, California, represent a fascinating chapter in the city’s history. Through the inspired vision of Frederick Hihn and the architectural talents of William H. Weeks, Capitola became a unique blend of American and Venetian culture. The enduring legacy of the Venetian architecture in Capitola stands as a testament to the town’s commitment to preserving its rich history and providing visitors with an unforgettable experience.”
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Thank A First-responder This Christmas Season https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/12/first-responder Nevada Law Enforcement Officers' Memorial photo by Glenn Franco Simmons.Nevada Law Enforcement Officers' MemorialThe Nevada Law Enforcement Officers' Memorial on the grounds of the state Capitol in Carson City, Nev. If you know a police officer, ambulance crew member, fire crew member, dispatcher, doctor, nurse, etc., thank them for their service over Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's.
 
Their families often make huge sacrifices for their own celebrations so we can have ours.
 
I have a 31-year-old police scanner (bought at Fortuna's former Radio Shack) in my Glenn Cave and these deputies, fire crews and ambulance crews work hard.
 
And we shouldn't forget the glue that holds it all together: the dispatchers.
 
Thank you all for your hard work, dedication and community service.
 
Photos are the firemen's memorial and the law enforcement officers' memorial near the state Legislature.
Nevada Firefighters' Memorial photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Nevada Firefighters' MemorialThis photos shows part of the Nevada Firefighters' Memorial near the state Legislature in Carson City, Nev.
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Chocolate Nugget Candy Factory A Nevada Icon! https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/12/chocolate Chocolate Nugget Candy FactoryChocolate Nugget Candy FactoryIn Old Washoe City there is one of the sweetest roadside attractions that you will ever find. It is one of the reasons I choose to take the old highway. by Glenn Franco Simmons

In Old Washoe City there is one of the sweetest roadside attractions that you will ever find.

It is one of the reasons I choose to take the old highway.

And if you are looking for a last-minute Christmas gift, check out the Chocolate Nugget Candy Factory! It's not too late and is minutes from Carson City.

The factory has been “crafting exquisite candies and chocolates since 1936,” according to the company’s nicely designed website.

Chocolate Nugget Candy FactoryChocolate Nugget Candy FactoryIn Old Washoe City there is one of the sweetest roadside attractions that you will ever find. It is one of the reasons I choose to take the old highway. And if you are looking for a last-minute Christmas gift, check out the Chocolate Nugget Candy Factory! It's not too late and is minutes from Carson City.

The factory has been “crafting exquisite candies and chocolates since 1936,” according to the company’s nicely designed website.
“We are proud to be third-generation candy makers,” Ed added. “It all began with our grandfather Frank, who discovered his passion for candy-making after purchasing a kit from a magazine. Using only the finest ingredients, such as pure chocolate, fresh dairy cream, butter and roasted nuts, he created delicious treats that quickly became a sought-after delicacy.”

I bought chocolates for my wife Kathleen there, but I have not yet tried their peanut brittle, which is my favorite candy at such candy stores. You can have all the chocolate you want, but I will take peanut brittle and so would have my late mother.

Chocolate Nugget Candy FactoryChocolate Nugget Candy FactoryIn Old Washoe City there is one of the sweetest roadside attractions that you will ever find. It is one of the reasons I choose to take the old highway. And if you are looking for a last-minute Christmas gift, check out the Chocolate Nugget Candy Factory! It's not too late and is minutes from Carson City.

The factory has been “crafting exquisite candies and chocolates since 1936,” according to the company’s nicely designed website.
“One of {Frank’s} signature creations was his thin and crispy peanut brittle, which was famously light as a potato chip,” Ed noted. “Our father Dan continued the legacy by perfecting recipes and developing new ones, while our mother Caroline managed the business alongside him until 2005.

“Today, even though our grandfather and father have passed away, our 80-year-old mother remains an active part of the business.”

That is quite a story that should make not only all Northern Nevadans proud, but all Americans. This is the type of American small family business success story that we should hear a lot more about, wouldn’t you say?

The family that has made this business a Nevada icon for generations said it will continue making scrumptious candy.

“We are committed to maintaining the same high standards that our family has always upheld by using only the best ingredients and the highest-quality chocolate,” Ed noted. “Our award-winning peanut brittle is a testament to our commitment to excellence, and we thank you for being a part of our family by indulging in our premium candies and chocolates.”

Chocolate Nugget Candy FactoryChocolate Nugget Candy FactoryIn Old Washoe City there is one of the sweetest roadside attractions that you will ever find. It is one of the reasons I choose to take the old highway. And if you are looking for a last-minute Christmas gift, check out the Chocolate Nugget Candy Factory! It's not too late and is minutes from Carson City.

The factory has been “crafting exquisite candies and chocolates since 1936,” according to the company’s nicely designed website.
Chocolate Nugget Candy FactoryChocolate Nugget Candy FactoryIn Old Washoe City there is one of the sweetest roadside attractions that you will ever find. It is one of the reasons I choose to take the old highway. And if you are looking for a last-minute Christmas gift, check out the Chocolate Nugget Candy Factory! It's not too late and is minutes from Carson City.

The factory has been “crafting exquisite candies and chocolates since 1936,” according to the company’s nicely designed website.
Chocolate Nugget Candy FactoryChocolate Nugget Candy FactoryIn Old Washoe City there is one of the sweetest roadside attractions that you will ever find. It is one of the reasons I choose to take the old highway. And if you are looking for a last-minute Christmas gift, check out the Chocolate Nugget Candy Factory! It's not too late and is minutes from Carson City.

The factory has been “crafting exquisite candies and chocolates since 1936,” according to the company’s nicely designed website.
Chocolate Nugget Candy FactoryChocolate Nugget Candy FactoryIn Old Washoe City there is one of the sweetest roadside attractions that you will ever find. It is one of the reasons I choose to take the old highway. And if you are looking for a last-minute Christmas gift, check out the Chocolate Nugget Candy Factory! It's not too late and is minutes from Carson City.

The factory has been “crafting exquisite candies and chocolates since 1936,” according to the company’s nicely designed website.
Chocolate Nugget Candy FactoryChocolate Nugget Candy FactoryIn Old Washoe City there is one of the sweetest roadside attractions that you will ever find. It is one of the reasons I choose to take the old highway. And if you are looking for a last-minute Christmas gift, check out the Chocolate Nugget Candy Factory! It's not too late and is minutes from Carson City.

The factory has been “crafting exquisite candies and chocolates since 1936,” according to the company’s nicely designed website.
Chocolate Nugget Candy FactoryChocolate Nugget Candy FactoryIn Old Washoe City there is one of the sweetest roadside attractions that you will ever find. It is one of the reasons I choose to take the old highway. And if you are looking for a last-minute Christmas gift, check out the Chocolate Nugget Candy Factory! It's not too late and is minutes from Carson City.

The factory has been “crafting exquisite candies and chocolates since 1936,” according to the company’s nicely designed website.
Chocolate Nugget Candy FactoryChocolate Nugget Candy FactoryIn Old Washoe City there is one of the sweetest roadside attractions that you will ever find. It is one of the reasons I choose to take the old highway. And if you are looking for a last-minute Christmas gift, check out the Chocolate Nugget Candy Factory! It's not too late and is minutes from Carson City.

The factory has been “crafting exquisite candies and chocolates since 1936,” according to the company’s nicely designed website.
Chocolate Nugget Candy FactoryChocolate Nugget Candy FactoryIn Old Washoe City there is one of the sweetest roadside attractions that you will ever find. It is one of the reasons I choose to take the old highway. And if you are looking for a last-minute Christmas gift, check out the Chocolate Nugget Candy Factory! It's not too late and is minutes from Carson City.

The factory has been “crafting exquisite candies and chocolates since 1936,” according to the company’s nicely designed website.
Chocolate Nugget Candy FactoryChocolate Nugget Candy FactoryIn Old Washoe City there is one of the sweetest roadside attractions that you will ever find. It is one of the reasons I choose to take the old highway. And if you are looking for a last-minute Christmas gift, check out the Chocolate Nugget Candy Factory! It's not too late and is minutes from Carson City.

The factory has been “crafting exquisite candies and chocolates since 1936,” according to the company’s nicely designed website.

 

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Blessed Is The Spot Prayer Illustrated With Redwood Meadow https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/12/blessed Blessed is the spot prayer illustrated by Glenn Franco Simmons.Blessed Is The SpotBlessed is the spot prayer. Blessed is the spot, and the house, and the place, and the city, and the heart, and the mountain, and the refuge, and the cave, and the valley, and the land, and the sea, and the island, and the meadow where mention of God hath been made, and His praise glorified.
~ Bahá’u’lláh
 
Source: Bahá’í Prayers. © Bahá’í International Community. AI painting © Glenn Franco Simmons.

 

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Big Loop Trail Breathtakingly Beautiful https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/12/loop A digital artwork showing Cal-Barrel Road by Glenn Franco Simmons.Big Tree Loop TrailThis digitally created artwork reminds me of Cal-Barrel Road in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park in Humboldt County, Calif. You can hike the Big Tree Loop Trail that includes the Karl Knapp Trail and Cathedral Trees Trail. by Glenn Franco Simmons
 
Prairie Creek’s breathtakingly beautiful The Big Tree Loop ~ along with the accompanying Prairie Creek and Cathedral Tree Trails ~ is a an easy to moderate level trail that does not require a great deal of exertion along most of it ~ for me.
 
“The Big Tree Loop is located Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park on the North Coast of California,” according to AI-Pro. “The trail gives hikers a perfect opportunity to engage with striking examples of old-growth coastal redwoods, dynamic wildlife and enchanting fern-covered hillsides that slope down to various streams.”
 
A digital artwork showing Cal-Barrel Road by Glenn Franco Simmons.Big Tree Loop TrailThis digitally created artwork reminds me of Cal-Barrel Road in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park in Humboldt County, Calif. You can hike the Big Tree Loop Trail that includes the Karl Knapp Trail and Cathedral Trees Trail. Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park is part of the Redwood National and State Park system, which encompasses approximately 132,000 acres of land, incorporating both federal- and state-managed regions.
 
“The parkland was designated a World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve, protecting the tallest trees on Earth and preserving an incredibly diverse range of species,” AI-Pro noted. “Named aptly for its comprehensive designation, The Big Tree Loop provides a representative exploration of the park, featuring a rich variety of landscapes from towering redwoods to beautiful creek views. The trail is officially regarded as moderate, engaging hikers with a mix of wide, flat meandering pathways and some steep ascents and descents.
 
“One of the chief highlights on the Big Loop Trail is Cathedral Trees, a grove of ancient, towering redwoods that leave hikers in awe of their splendor and grandeur. These silent giants, some dating back 2,000 years, are a humbling reminder of life's continuity and the longevity of the natural world.”
 
If you would like to read a comprehensive writeup about this trail, Redwood Hikes has an excellent post about it with photos.
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Biodiversity An Essential Part Of Great Basin https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/12/biodiversity Great Basin digital artwork by Glenn Franco Simmons.Great Basin(Editor's note: This digital artwork was inspired by the Great Basin in Northern Nevada.) by Glenn Franco Simmons
 
Anyone who has read an American Western is familiar with The Great Basin that spans most of Nevada and also includes portions of California, Idaho Oregon and Utah, and even a small part of Wyoming.
 
“The Great Basin is considered one of North America’s most fascinating geological regions,” according to AI-Pro. “Its story is one steeped in ancient history, rich cultural heritage and a diverse array of plants and animals.”
 
The basin itself covers about 209,000 square miles.
 
“It gets its name from the term ‘basin and range,’ describing the pattern of valleys and mountains that make up the region,” according to AI-Pro. “A ‘basin’ in the geographical sense isn’t about collecting water — it is an area of land that drains all precipitation into a river or reservoir but has no outlet to other external bodies. Thus, The Great Basin has no outlet to the ocean, yet it encompasses hundreds of discrete basins and more than a hundred separate mountain ranges.
 
“The story of the Great Basin starts over 500 million years ago, during the Early Paleozoic Era, when Nevada was covered by a warm, shallow sea. Over millions of years, the motion of tectonic plates and volcanic activities led to the formation of the varied landscape we see today.”
 
The Great Basin was inhabited by numerous Native American, including the Goshute, Paiute, Shoshone and Washoe tribes.
 
“The tribes’ rich cultural heritage added to the historical significance of the region, with many sites still bearing ancient petroglyphs and artifacts from their settlements.”
 
Today, some of the tribes’ members are integral members of the Northern Nevada community.
 
Great Basin digital artwork by Glenn Franco Simmons.Great Basin(Editor's note: This digital artwork was inspired by the Great Basin in Northern Nevada.)<br/> <br/> “An important part of the story of The Great Basin is its biodiversity,” according to AI-Pro. “It features a vast collection of ecosystems, ranging from salt flats to mountain terrain. The vast area of The Great Basin Desert is home to unique wildlife such as the desert bighorn sheep and the endangered desert tortoise. Furthermore, the region’s plant life is incredibly adaptive, able to withstand the harsh climate, including the iconic Great Basin bristlecone pine, which holds the title of being one of the oldest living trees on Earth.”
 
With the advent of Manifest Destiny and the natural exploration farther west by American settlers, things were about to change forever.
 
“European exploration of The Great Basin began with the Spanish in the late 18th century, but it was John Fremont’s journey in 1843-1844, guided by Kit Carson, which brought the region into the American psyche,” according to AI-Pro. “During their journey, they were the first to apply the term ‘Great Basin.’”
 
Personally, I’m not a fan of Kit Carson and consider some of the settlers’ and U.S. Army’s actions genocidal in their horrific persecution of Native Americans.
 
Eventually, the area would boom.
 
“From the historical discovery of silver in The Comstock Lode leading to the mining boom, to the establishment of the Great Basin National Park in 1986, the Great Basin in Nevada continues to play a significant role in the story of American growth, discovery, and preservation,” according to AI-Pro. “Today, it stands as a testament to the ages, with its vast landscape telling stories of the Earth’s past, human history and the enduring beauty of nature.”
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Van Gogh Loved Sunflowers https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/12/van-gogh Beyond Van Gogh photographs by Glenn Franco Simmons.Beyond Van GoghBefore I saw the "Beyond Van Gogh, The Immersive Experience" in Reno, Nev., I was not a Van Gogh fan, but when I left, I was a fan for life. Please read the gallery description for a post on Beyond Van Gogh. by Glenn Franco Simmons
 
One of my favorite flowers is the bright, yellow sunflower that adorns many gardens in the high desert of Northern Nevada and The Great Basin.
 
Before attending a Van Gogh show in Reno, I was not a fan of this painter. By the time I left, I was. My favorite paintings included those with sunflowers.
 
“Vincent van Gogh began painting sunflowers during his stay in Paris from 1886 to 1888,” according to AI-Pro. “His choice to paint sunflowers can be understood in several ways. First, van Gogh was heavily influenced by the Impressionist and Neo-impressionist movements during his time in Paris. Both of these movements emphasized the use of bright, vibrant colors and light. Sunflowers, with their yellow and gold hues, aligned perfectly with what these art movements encouraged.
 
“Secondly, sunflowers held emotional and symbolic significance for van Gogh. He saw them as symbols of happiness, but also of gratitude. They expressed his gratitude for the friendship of fellow painters, like Paul Gauguin, to whom he sent a few of his sunflower paintings as a gift, expressing an excitement for Gauguin’s visit to his house in Arles, which he called the ‘yellow house.’”
 
Beyond Van Gogh photographs by Glenn Franco Simmons.Beyond Van GoghBefore I saw the "Beyond Van Gogh, The Immersive Experience" in Reno, Nev., I was not a Van Gogh fan, but when I left, I was a fan for life. Please read the gallery description for a post on Beyond Van Gogh. The “simplicity” of sunflowers was also admired by Van Gogh.
 
“He would compare himself to the plant,” AI-Pro noted. “He once told his brother Theo that he, too, was like a sunflower, constantly seeking light. As such, in his sunflower series (especially the ones he painted while in the south of France), the blooms served as reflections of himself.’
 
Economic constraints also played a role in van Gogh’s decision to paint sunflowers.
 
“He often struggled financially and thus had to paint things that were inexpensive and readily available,” AI-Pro noted. “Sunflowers, which were abundant in the region, were a natural choice. Overall, the sunflower can be seen as van Gogh’s mark of signature. They were not just still life representations in his paintings, but they carried deep emotional and symbolic meanings for the artist.”
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'Fruit Still Life In A Landscape' One Of My Favorites https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/12/still-life Severin Roesen, Fruit Still Life in a LandscapeSeverin Roesen, Fruit Still Life in a LandscapeFruit Still Life in a Landscape by Severin Roesen (1816-ca. 1872). Courtesy of Wikipedia. I loved this “Fruit Still Life in a Landscape” by Severin Roesen (1816-ca. 1872; courtesy of Wikipedia) so much, I downloaded to include in my art section.
 
What I didn’t know about the painting was that it is an American creation, not a European.
 
“Severin Roesen, a notable German-American artist, created a masterpiece that has been celebrated and admired over the centuries: ‘Fruit Still Life in a Landscape’ painting,” according to AI-Pro. “Known for his exquisite attention to detail and vibrant color palette, Roesen made a significant impact on 19th-century American still-life painting — a genre in which artists arranged and depicted commonplace objects that may be natural or man-made.”
 
Roesen was born in Boppard, Germany, in 1816 and partially trained at the Düsseldorf School of Painting.
 
“This German institution was renowned for focusing on fine detail and an almost photographic representation of nature,” AI-Pro noted. “Emigrating to the United States around 1848, Roesen brought with him the tradition and techniques he had learned in Germany.
 
“Roesen’s ‘Fruit Still Life in a Landscape’ is more than just a typical still-life painting. It is the epitome of abundance and expensive taste. This painting, measuring 30 by 40 inches, was created in 1852. The artist spent most of his career in Pennsylvania, and the local landscapes undoubtedly influenced his artistic expression. 
 
“The painting represents an ostentatious display of fruits such as peaches, plums, grapes, cherries, raspberries, and more, arranged harmoniously on a marble ledge,” AI-Pro continues. “The artist also included a few birds, adding further vibrancy to the scene. Besides presenting a broad found still life, the landscape background adds a wider context that is not often seen in this genre. Every element in the painting is rendered in meticulous and precise detail, from the droplets of water on the fruits to the feathers on the birds, manifesting Roesen's remarkable observational skills.”
 
This and many other of Roesen’s paintings were popular with the middle to upper classes of his time.
 
“His works appealed to these individuals due to their sumptuous celebration of the growth and prosperity America was experiencing at that time, especially in the agricultural domain,” according to AI-Pro. “Roesen’s painting technique was such that each fruit and element depicted looks moist and ripe, inviting the viewer to reach out and pluck a piece. The painting is essentially a celebration of America’s bounty, providing a window into a world where prosperity abounds.”
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Abdul-Baha Endorses Meticulous Investigation Of Truth https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/12/meticulous Secrets Of The UniverseSecrets Of The UniverseHappy are those who spend their days in the pursuit of knowledge, in the discovery of the secrets of the universe, and in the meticulous investigation of truth! ~ &lsquo;Abdu&rsquo;l-Bah&aacute;<br/> <br/> Happy are those who spend their days in the pursuit of knowledge, in the discovery of the secrets of the universe, and in the meticulous investigation of truth! ~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
 
Source: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions (Haifa: Bahá’í World Centre, 2014), pp. 154–155). Proprietary AI-created image © Glenn Franco Simmons.
 

 

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'Worlds Of God Are Countless In Their Number' https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/12/infinite Worlds Of God illustrated by Glenn Franco Simmons.Worlds Of GodThe worlds of God are countless in their number, and infinite in their range. None can reckon or comprehend them except God, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise. Consider thy state when asleep. Verily, I say, this phenomenon is the most mysterious of the signs of God amongst men, were they to ponder it in their hearts. ~ Bah&aacute;&rsquo;u&rsquo;ll&aacute;h<br/> <br/> The worlds of God are countless in their number, and infinite in their range. None can reckon or comprehend them except God, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise. Consider thy state when asleep. Verily, I say, this phenomenon is the most mysterious of the signs of God amongst men, were they to ponder it in their hearts. ~ Bahá’u’lláh
 
Source: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh (online). Proprietary AI-created image © Glenn Franco Simmons.
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'Wert Thou To Speed Through The Immensity Of Space' https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/12/immensity-of-space Arabic Hidden Word 40 illustrated by Glenn Franco Simmons with a NASA image.Arabic Hidden Word 40Arabic Hidden Word 40 O SON OF MAN!
Wert thou to speed through the immensity of space and traverse the expanse of heaven, yet thou wouldst find no rest save in submission to Our command and humbleness before Our Face. ~ Bahá’u’lláh

Arabic Hidden Word 40 © Bahá’í International Community. Image courtesy of NASA. Image use does not imply NASA's endorsement of such use.

 

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Differing Flowers Refreshed By Waters Of One Spring https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/12/differing Flowers Of One GardenFlowers Of One GardenConsider the flowers of a garden. Though differing in kind, color, form and shape, yet, inasmuch as they are refreshed by the waters of one spring, revived by the breath of one wind, invigorated by the rays of one sun, this diversity increaseth their charm and addeth unto their beauty. How unpleasing to the eye if all the flowers and plants, the leaves and blossoms, the fruit, the branches and the trees of that garden were all of the same shape and color! Diversity of hues, form and shape enricheth and adorneth the garden, and heighteneth the effect thereof. In like manner, when divers shades of thought, temperament and character, are brought together under the power and influence of one central agency, the beauty and glory of human perfection will be revealed and made manifest.
~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

Source: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The World Order of Bahá’u’lláh. Excerpt © Bahá’í International Community. Digitally created artwork by/© Glenn Franco Simmons/Bahá’í Writings As Art.
Consider the flowers of a garden. Though differing in kind, color, form and shape, yet, inasmuch as they are refreshed by the waters of one spring, revived by the breath of one wind, invigorated by the rays of one sun, this diversity increaseth their charm and addeth unto their beauty. How unpleasing to the eye if all the flowers and plants, the leaves and blossoms, the fruit, the branches and the trees of that garden were all of the same shape and color! Diversity of hues, form and shape enricheth and adorneth the garden, and heighteneth the effect thereof. In like manner, when divers shades of thought, temperament and character, are brought together under the power and influence of one central agency, the beauty and glory of human perfection will be revealed and made manifest.
~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
 
Source: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The World Order of Bahá’u’lláh. Excerpt © Bahá’í International Community. Digitally created artwork by/© Glenn Franco Simmons/Bahá’í Writings As Art.

 

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[email protected] (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons) Abdul-Baha differing in kind color shape diversity increaseth their charm flowers of a garden rays of one sun unity https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/12/differing Tue, 19 Dec 2023 20:38:56 GMT
'Ye Are All The Flowers Of One Garden' https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/12/one-garden Flowers Of One GardenFlowers Of One GardenYe are all the waves of one sea, the rays of one sun, the flowers of one garden, the lions of one thicket, the birds of one meadow, and the fragrant blossoms of one rose garden: wherefore ye are even as a single soul, and this letter is in reality written to each one of you.
~ `Abdu’l-Bahá

Source: “Additional Tablets, Extracts and Talks.” Excerpt © Bahá’í International Community. Digitally created artwork © Glenn Franco Simmons/Bahá’í Writings As Art.
Ye are all the waves of one sea, the rays of one sun, the flowers of one garden, the lions of one thicket, the birds of one meadow, and the fragrant blossoms of one rose garden: wherefore ye are even as a single soul, and this letter is in reality written to each one of you.
~ `Abdu’l-Bahá
 
Source: “Additional Tablets, Extracts and Talks.” Excerpt © Bahá’í International Community. Digitally created artwork © Glenn Franco Simmons/Bahá’í Writings As Art.
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[email protected] (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons) Baha'i-inspired artwork birds of one meadow Flowers of one garden one rose garden rays of one sun waves of one sea https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/12/one-garden Tue, 19 Dec 2023 20:34:44 GMT
Love Is Foundation Of Peace, Friendship https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/11/thoughts Thoughts Of LoveThoughts Of LoveThoughts of love are constructive of brotherhood, peace,
friendship, and happiness. ~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

This excerpt is from Paris Talks, which is a compilation of talks given by ‘Abdu’l‑Bahá during His first stay in Paris (October to December 1911). Excerpt © Bahá'í International Community. Used with permission. Photo © Glenn Franco Simmons. Source link.
Thoughts of love are constructive of brotherhood, peace, friendship, and happiness. ~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

This excerpt is from Paris Talks, which is a compilation of talks given by ‘Abdu’l‑Bahá during His first stay in Paris (October to December 1911). Excerpt © Bahá'í International Community. Used with permission. Photo © Glenn Franco Simmons. Source link.

 

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Holy Spirit Baptizes Those Who Are 'Born Again' https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/11/covenant Professional photographer Glenn Franco Simmons illustrated an excerpt about the Baha'i Covenant with a photo.Baptized, Born AgainToday the pulsating power in the arteries of the body of the world is the spirit of the Covenant ~ the spirit which is the cause of life. Whosoever is vivified with this spirit, the freshness and beauty of life become manifest in him, he is baptized with the Holy Spirit, he is born again, is freed from oppression and tyranny, from heedlessness and harshness which deaden the spirit, and attains to everlasting life. Praise thou God that thou art firm in the Covenant and the Testament and art turning thy face to the Luminary of the world, His Highness Bahá'u'lláh.
~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

Source: cited in "Star of the West, vol. 14, No. 7 (October 1923), p. 225) #40, A Compilation on the Covenant. © Bahá'í International Community. Photo © Glenn Franco Simmons/Bahá'í Writings As Art.
Today the pulsating power in the arteries of the body of the world is the spirit of the Covenant ~ the spirit which is the cause of life. Whosoever is vivified with this spirit, the freshness and beauty of life become manifest in him, he is baptized with the Holy Spirit, he is born again, is freed from oppression and tyranny, from heedlessness and harshness which deaden the spirit, and attains to everlasting life. Praise thou God that thou art firm in the Covenant and the Testament and art turning thy face to the Luminary of the world, His Highness Bahá'u'lláh.
~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

Source: cited in "Star of the West, vol. 14, No. 7 (October 1923), p. 225) #40, A Compilation on the Covenant. © Bahá'í International Community. Photo © Glenn Franco Simmons/Bahá'í Writings As Art.

 

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'These Ruinous Wars Shall Pass Away' https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/11/ruinous "Fruitless strifes" excerpt illustrated by Glenn Franco Simmons with a NASA image.Ruinous Wars Shall Pass AwayWe desire but the good of the world and the happiness of the nations; yet they deem Us a stirrer up of strife and sedition worthy of bondage and banishment. ... That all nations should become one in faith and all men as brothers; that the bonds of affection and unity between the sons of men should be strengthened; that diversity of religion should cease, and differences of race be annulled—what harm is there in this? ... Yet so it shall be; these fruitless strifes, these ruinous wars shall pass away, and the ‘Most Great Peace’ shall come. ... Yet do We see your kings and rulers lavishing their treasures more freely on means for the destruction of the human race than on that which would conduce to the happiness of mankind. ... These strifes and this bloodshed and discord must cease, and all men be as one kindred and one family. ... Let not a man glory in this, that he loves his country; let him rather glory in this, that he loves his kind. ...
These fruitless strifes, these ruinous wars shall pass away, and the ‘Most Great Peace’ shall come. ... ~ Bahá’u’lláh

Source: Proclamation of Bahá’u’lláh. Author: Bahá’u’lláh. Source: U.S. Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1978 reprint. 122 pages. Page IX. Images courtesy of NASA. Images' use does not imply NASA's endorsement of such use.
We desire but the good of the world and the happiness of the nations; yet they deem Us a stirrer up of strife and sedition worthy of bondage and banishment. ... That all nations should become one in faith and all men as brothers; that the bonds of affection and unity between the sons of men should be strengthened; that diversity of religion should cease, and differences of race be annulled—what harm is there in this? ... Yet so it shall be; these fruitless strifes, these ruinous wars shall pass away, and the ‘Most Great Peace’ shall come. ... Yet do We see your kings and rulers lavishing their treasures more freely on means for the destruction of the human race than on that which would conduce to the happiness of mankind. ... These strifes and this bloodshed and discord must cease, and all men be as one kindred and one family. ... Let not a man glory in this, that he loves his country; let him rather glory in this, that he loves his kind. ... These fruitless strifes, these ruinous wars shall pass away, and the ‘Most Great Peace’ shall come. ... ~ Bahá’u’lláh

Source: Proclamation of Bahá’u’lláh. Author: Bahá’u’lláh. Source: U.S. Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1978 reprint. 122 pages. Page IX. Images courtesy of NASA. Images' use does not imply NASA's endorsement of such use.

 

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Water Lilies Date Back To Primordial Epoch https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/11/primordial A white water lily photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.Water LilyA water lily photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. by Glenn Franco Simmons

Back in the primordial epoch of the Earth’s ancient history in an anonymous tranquil pond on this uniquely blue planet, colorful creations of God’s were taking shape: water lilies.

“These aquatic plants, often celebrated for their ethereal beauty that adorned the water's surface, were more than just ornamental,” according to AI-Pro. “They were integral to the aquatic ecosystem, providing food and breeding spaces for several species of fish and water-dwelling insects.

“The life of a water lily technically started in the murky soil at the bottom of bodies of freshwater, including ponds, lakes and the calm edges of flowing rivers. As a family member of Nymphaeaceae, water lilies comprise approximately 70 known species scattered worldwide, save for some areas of the coldest tundra.”

Back in the primeval depths of the pond’s water, a rhizome took root.

“From this rhizome emerged a long slender stalk, unidirectionally reaching towards the forgiving light permeating through the water surface,” AI-Pro states. “This journey of growth symbolized resilience and hope intrinsic to the life of a water lily.

“Once the stem surfaced, it unfolded its unique leaf, characteristically known for its round shape and characteristic notch from the rim to the center. This leaf, called a lily pad, with its waxy upper surface, was resilient to water. It floated tranquilly on the water, seeking sunlight, while conducting photosynthesis and restoring energy for the plant. The lily pad also played a home for other tiny aquatic critters and insects, adding to the vitality and diversity of the pond life.”

For me, the most-enchanting part of looking at water lilies is when they bloom! Water lilies’ flowers feature a vibrant range of colors that include pink, yellow and blue. They are awesome for attracting pollinators.

“Insects including bees and beetles responded to the sweet allure of the flowers’ scent and the promise of nectar,” according to AI-Pro. “Some water lilies bloom only during the daytime ~ these are the lotus-like species, while others awaken at night, their nighttime beauty accentuating the mystical aura of the pond under the vague silvery moonlight. When pollination occurs, either self-induced or through these pollinators, the flowers once bloomed withered, drawing back into the water, where the process of seed formation happened. These mature seeds then got dispersed in the water, ready to initiate a new cycle of life, continuing the legacy of the water lilies.

“The water lilies also serve as food for certain species, forming part of the ecosystem's food chain. Their starchy rhizomes were particularly sought by wildlife, including beavers and muskrats. Having a lifespan generally ranging from several weeks to few months, every water lily leaf and flower lived a full life, essential to both its species and the biodiversity it supported.

“However, they were also valuable to humans, both symbolically and practically,” AI-Pro continues. “Beyond being a decorative feature in garden ponds and water features, they were revered as religious and spiritual symbols in several cultures. In some societies, parts of water lilies were also harvested as food or for medicinal properties.

“Thus, the lives of water lilies sketched an intricate story, as beautiful and resonating as their appearance. Their tranquil presence and ecological role in the world's water bodies highlighted an extraordinary balance and harmony of nature. Their silent saga served as a shining testament to the intricate, interconnected tapestry of life.”

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Abasement Into Glory, Weakness Into Strength Promised https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/11/glory The Baha'i "abasement into glory" prayer illustrated with freesias by Glenn Franco Simmons.Abasement Into GloryThou art He Who changeth through His bidding abasement into glory, and weakness into strength, and powerlessness into might, and fear into calm, and doubt into certainty. No God is there but Thee, the Mighty, the Beneficent.
~ Bahá'u'lláh

Source: Bahá’í Prayers. © Bahá’í International Community. www.bahai.org/r/206186707. Photo © Glenn Franco Simmons/Bahá’í Writings As Art.
I give praise to Thee, O my God, that Thou hast awakened me out of my sleep, and brought me forth after my disappearance, and raised me up from my slumber. I have wakened this morning with my face set toward the splendors of the Daystar of thy Revelation, through Which the heavens of Thy power and Thy majesty have been illumined, acknowledging Thy signs, believing in Thy Book, and holding fast unto Thy Cord.

I beseech Thee, by the potency of Thy will and the compelling power of Thy purpose, to make of what Thou didst reveal unto me in my sleep the surest foundation for the mansions of Thy love that are within the hearts of Thy loved ones, and the best instrument for the revelation of the tokens of Thy grace and Thy loving-kindness.

Do Thou ordain for me through Thy most exalted Pen, O my Lord, the good of this world and of the next. I testify that within Thy grasp are held the reins of all things. Thou changest them as Thou pleasest. No God is there save Thee, the Strong, the Faithful.

Thou art He Who changeth through His bidding abasement into glory, and weakness into strength, and powerlessness into might, and fear into calm, and doubt into certainty. No God is there but Thee, the Mighty, the Beneficent.

Thou disappointest no one who hath sought Thee, nor dost Thou keep back from Thee anyone who hath desired Thee. Ordain Thou for me what becometh the heaven of Thy generosity, and the ocean of Thy bounty. Thou art, verily, the Almighty, the Most Powerful.
~ Bahá'u'lláh

Source: Bahá’í Prayers. © Bahá’í International Community. www.bahai.org/r/206186707. Photo © Glenn Franco Simmons/Bahá’í Writings As Art.

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Bab Was A "Most Magnificent Example of Courage' https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/11/courage A.L.M. Nicolas quote about The Báb is illustrated by Glenn Franco Simmons.Magnificent Example Of CourageSpeaking of The Báb, the French historian, A. L. M. Nicolas wrote:

“His life is one of the most magnificent examples of courage which it has been the privilege of mankind to behold. … He sacrificed himself for humanity, for it he gave his body and his soul, for it he endured privations, insults, torture and martyrdom. He sealed, with his very lifeblood, the covenant of universal brotherhood. Like Jesus, he paid with his life for the proclamation of a reign of concord, equity and brotherly love. More than anyone, he knew what dreadful dangers he was heaping upon himself, … but all these considerations could not weaken his resolve. Fear had no hold upon his soul and, perfectly calm, never looking back, in full possession of all his powers, he walked into the furnace.”

Source: Release The Sun, page 186, by William Sears. National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States, 1960. Photo © Glenn Franco Simmons/Bahá'í Writings As Art.
Speaking of The Báb, the French historian, A. L. M. Nicolas wrote:

“His life is one of the most magnificent examples of courage which it has been the privilege of mankind to behold. … He sacrificed himself for humanity, for it he gave his body and his soul, for it he endured privations, insults, torture and martyrdom. He sealed, with his very lifeblood, the covenant of universal brotherhood. Like Jesus, he paid with his life for the proclamation of a reign of concord, equity and brotherly love. More than anyone, he knew what dreadful dangers he was heaping upon himself, … but all these considerations could not weaken his resolve. Fear had no hold upon his soul and, perfectly calm, never looking back, in full possession of all his powers, he walked into the furnace.”

Source: Release The Sun, page 186, by William Sears. National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States, 1960. Photo © Glenn Franco Simmons/Bahá'í Writings As Art.

 

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'Origin Of All Things' Excerpt Illustrated https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/11/origin "Origin of all things" quote illustrated with a water lily photo by Glenn Franco Simmons.Origin Of All ThingsThe knowledge of Him, Who is the Origin of all things, and attainment unto Him, are impossible save through knowledge of, and attainment unto, these luminous Beings who proceed from the Sun of Truth.
~ Bahá’u’lláh

Excerpt © Bahá’í International Community. Photo © Glenn Franco Simmons.

The knowledge of Him, Who is the Origin of all things, and attainment unto Him, are impossible save through knowledge of, and attainment unto, these luminous Beings who proceed from the Sun of Truth. ~ Bahá’u’lláh

Excerpt © Bahá’í International Community. Photo © Glenn Franco Simmons.

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Big Tree Loop Trail Digital Paintings Published https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/11/big-tree A digital artwork showing Cal-Barrel Road by Glenn Franco Simmons.Big Tree Loop TrailThis digitally created artwork reminds me of Cal-Barrel Road in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park in Humboldt County, Calif. Little-known Cal-Barrel Road in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park takes you from the old Highway 101 up into the ancient redwood forest and its where I took my lovely wife Kathleen on our first date hike together.

“Originally constructed during the mid-19th century, this road played a crucial role in connecting the isolated settlers of the area and facilitating the transportation of goods and supplies,” according to AI-Pro.

“The road derives its name from the ‘cal barrels’ used for transporting quicklime, an essential ingredient in the production of mortar used for constructing buildings. The local lime kilns, located in close proximity to the road, would produce quicklime, which was then transported via this route to various destinations.”

A digital artwork showing Cal-Barrel Road by Glenn Franco Simmons.Big Tree Loop TrailThis digitally created artwork reminds me of Cal-Barrel Road in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park in Humboldt County, Calif. You can hike the Big Tree Loop Trail that includes the Karl Knapp Trail and Cathedral Trees Trail. The hard-packed, one-lane gravel road was initially composed of only dirt, but it is moist along the coast, so gravel was eventually applied.

“As transportation North Coast roads changed, the importance of Cal-Barrel Road diminished,” according to AI-Pro. “Eventually, in the interest of environmental preservation and to protect the unique attributes of Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, the road was closed to vehicular traffic and preserved as a hiking and biking trail.

Today, Cal-Barrel Road serves as a testament to the rich history of the region and a vital link to the past. Visitors to Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park can explore the road’s remnants, enjoying the magnificent beauty of towering ancient redwoods. The road provides access to a number of trails, or you can walk it yourself.

Why is the road named Cal-Barrel? Because there used be the California Barrel Co. that produced products from redwood timber in Arcata, Calif.

A digital artwork showing Cal-Barrel Road by Glenn Franco Simmons.Big Tree Loop TrailThis digitally created artwork reminds me of Cal-Barrel Road in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park in Humboldt County, Calif. You can hike the Big Tree Loop Trail that includes the Karl Knapp Trail and Cathedral Trees Trail. “While the lumber industry had dominated the region for decades, the California Barrel

Co. was the principal employer in the city from 1906 to 1956 and the closure of the company was an unexpected hardship,” according to a past city of Arcata publication. “By 1936, the California Barrel Co. could advertise an annual payroll of approximately half a million dollars and almost 400 employees. The United Creameries Association and Golden State Milk Products Co. represented an annual butter production of one and one-half million dollars.”

The city said Cal-Barrel was the largest employer in Arcata after World War.

“Early on, it made barrels for the Spreckles Sugar Co., later expanding to supply containers to China and to provide wire-bound crates for produce and machinery in the United States,” according to Eureka-based newspaper, The Times-Standard, which used to work for as city editor. “The company cut spruce and other trees in several parts of Humboldt County, including Fickle Hill and a portion of what later became Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Much of its mill, just northwest of Samoa Boulevard and L Street in Arcata, still stands, recalling the days when it provided the paychecks for 1,142 workers.”

A digital artwork showing Cal-Barrel Road by Glenn Franco Simmons.Big Tree Loop TrailThis digitally created artwork reminds me of Cal-Barrel Road in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park in Humboldt County, Calif. You can hike the Big Tree Loop Trail that includes the Karl Knapp Trail and Cathedral Trees Trail. In terms of hiking the Cathedral Trees Trail, there are several options and the best is taking what is known as the Big Tree Trail Loop.

My favorite place to park to hike the 1.4-mile-long Cathedral Trees Trail is at the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway’s mile marker 127.27. You can also park at mile marker 127.96 to access it from Big Tree or park at the visitors’ center (fee required).

Redwood Hikes notes that one drawback of this trail is noise from the parkway. On busy days, when tourists flock to the North Coast, that may be true, but there are many days of the year, and even times of day, that you can strategically target for your hikes, especially if you live in Humboldt and/or Del Norte counties.

That said, noise from the parkway is nothing compared to what it was before the Highway 101 park bypass was constructed years ago. Do not let that caveat discourage you from this trail.

The photos in this post are part of my digitally created landscape art. Just click on any photo in this post to navigate to that gallery.

A digital artwork showing Cal-Barrel Road by Glenn Franco Simmons.Big Tree Loop TrailThis digitally created artwork reminds me of Cal-Barrel Road in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park in Humboldt County, Calif. You can hike the Big Tree Loop Trail that includes the Karl Knapp Trail and Cathedral Trees Trail.

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Plymouth's Final Pre-war Car Built On The 'Cheap" https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/11/blackout 1942 Plymouth DeLuxe Blackout Edition1942 Plymouth DeLuxe Blackout Edition1942 Plymouth DeLuxe Blackout Edition by Glenn Franco Simmons
 
I will never forget the stories my Grandma Hill told me about, when the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked Pearl Harbor, she and my Grandpa realized their two sons were probably going to war.
 
It was a time of self-sacrifice, so much so, my Grandma and Grandpa moved to the Bay Area from Goleta so my Grandpa Hill could work at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, where they built part of the fleet that helped liberate the world from totalitarianism.
 
My Grandpa said that was the least he could do with two boys at war ~ one who took part in the major battles of the Pacific, and one who was wounded at Battle of The Bulge.
 
My Grandma told me of recycling, Victory Gardens, war bonds and more.
 
And it was during the tumultuous period after Pearl Harbor ~ with a nation still in shock but doing its duty ~ that the U.S. Office of Production Management shut down all new car and truck sales.
 
“Only the most-essential people were permitted to buy new ones,” stated the owner of a 1942 Plymouth Special Deluxe (Blackout) edition that was featured at the 2012 Hillsborough Concours d'Elegance.
 
1942 Plymouth DeLuxe Blackout Edition.1942 Plymouth DeLuxe Blackout Edition1942 Plymouth DeLuxe Blackout Edition. It was building a car on the “cheap.”
 
“Cars built starting {in} January 1942 were not allowed to use any chromed parts other than bumpers, to conserve metal,” she said. “For this reason, they were known as ‘blackouts.’ Each is different because they were assembled from available parts.”
 
Amazing!
 
“This car was built in the Los Angeles Plymouth plant, and it appears as it did when new, with chrome bumpers, but painted trim headlight bezels, hood ornament and an unpainted stainless steel front grille,” the owner stated.
 
The owner also said that, according to the National Plymouth Owners Car Club, “only 1,432 Plymouth blackout models were assembled in 1942.”
 
“This example is one of only two Plymouth blackout convertibles known to exist today," she noted. “The first owner was a civilian employee at The Presidio of San Francisco.”
 
As for blackout, my Grandma Hill told me of driving along the coast near dusk and having to drive without headlights on, due to the very real threat of attacks coming from Japanese submarines off the coast. Thus, the name for the era when windows close to the coast were blacked out at night, when you could not drive with your headlights on at night, have camp fires at the beach, etc.
 
1942 Plymouth DeLuxe Blackout Edition.1942 Plymouth DeLuxe Blackout Edition1942 Plymouth DeLuxe Blackout Edition. Plymouth was one of the marque cars of what was then Chrysler. Plymouth is an integral part of American automotive history, starting in 1928 and closing, in America, in 2001 (in Canada, it closed in 1999).
 
Although there are differing accounts of the Plymouth logo, this 1942 Blackout has two logos: the Plymouth hood ornament and the Chrysler badge.
 
The brand’s badge is said to feature a rear view of the Mayflower that landed, coincidentally at Plymouth Rock.
 
However, that is not where the Plymouth brand name originated. It came from Plymouth Binder Twine, which was chosen because of its name recognition among Americans ~ particularly farmers, ranchers, dairy ranchers, etc.
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Maharajah Commissioned A Fantastic 1926 Daimler https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/11/maharajah Blackhawk Automotive Museum1926 Daimler Model 45 HP Salon CabrioletThis 1926 Daimler Model 45 HP Salon Cabriolet was special-ordered by Gulab Singh, the Maharajah of Rewa of India. by Glenn Franco Simmons

This 1926 Daimler Model 45 HP Salon Cabriolet was special-ordered by Gulab Singh, the Maharajah of Rewa of India.

The car followed the grand tradition established by the British Royal Family, which had been a Daimler customer for years.

The car was built by Barker & Co. of London.

"{It} used panels of German silver (a nickel-brass alloy) hand-formed over an intricate wooden frame," according to the Blackhawk Automotive Museum, where this photo was taken in 2012. There are two sets of windows ~ one of clear glass, and the other of smoked Triplex.

"With all the glass raised and the top up, the Maharajah's two wives could not be seen as they traveled throughout the kingdom. Boa constrictor-shaped horns are mounted on the fenders, and during hunting expeditions servants rode on the rattan seats attached to the running boards.

Blackhawk Automotive Museum1926 Daimler Model 45 HP Salon CabrioletThis 1926 Daimler Model 45 HP Salon Cabriolet was special-ordered by Gulab Singh, the Maharajah of Rewa of India. "In addition to the speedometer, tachometer and oil temperature gauge on the dashboard, another gauge measures air temperature and a gradient meter shows the angle of the huge car on the terrain. It was rumored that when the car was discovered in the 1970s, four elephants were used to carry it from the jungle in a giant sling! "The tires are original issue from 1926."

This unique rolling art features a 6-cylinder, in-line OHV 451-cubic-inch 51.36hp (RAC) engine. It was manufactured by Daimler Co. Ltd. of Coventry, England.

I was told that the tongue on the cobras actually moved when the horn is honked. I'm not sure if that is true, so don't quote me. If you know, please send me a note.

Blackhawk Automotive Museum1926 Daimler Model 45 HP Salon CabrioletThis 1926 Daimler Model 45 HP Salon Cabriolet was special-ordered by Gulab Singh, the Maharajah of Rewa of India. Blackhawk Automotive Museum1926 Daimler Model 45 HP Salon CabrioletThis 1926 Daimler Model 45 HP Salon Cabriolet was special-ordered by Gulab Singh, the Maharajah of Rewa of India. Blackhawk Automotive Museum1926 Daimler Model 45 HP Salon CabrioletThis 1926 Daimler Model 45 HP Salon Cabriolet was special-ordered by Gulab Singh, the Maharajah of Rewa of India. Blackhawk Automotive Museum1926 Daimler Model 45 HP Salon CabrioletThis 1926 Daimler Model 45 HP Salon Cabriolet was special-ordered by Gulab Singh, the Maharajah of Rewa of India. Blackhawk Automotive Museum1926 Daimler Model 45 HP Salon CabrioletThis 1926 Daimler Model 45 HP Salon Cabriolet was special-ordered by Gulab Singh, the Maharajah of Rewa of India.

 

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Owen Magnetic Hybrid Preceded Toyota Prius https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/11/hybrid 1921 Owen Magnetic Phaeton photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons at The Nethercutt Collection1921 Owen Magnetic Phaeton1921 Owen Magnetic Phaeton. by Glenn Franco Simmons

It is not often that a photographer is able to drive to a car museum in a Prius hybrid only to find just about 100 years before, a now-legendary hybrid was one of many different fuel-type (steam, different carbon-based fuels, wood, etc.) vehicles to hit the markets. This 1921 Owen Magnetic Phaeton was photographed at The Nethercutt Collection in San Sylmar (greater Los Angeles), Calif.

“Intent on ‘Banishing the Commonplace,’ the Owen-Magnetic Motor Car Corp. created automobiles that were anything but ordinary,” states a display at The Nethercutt Museum, where this rare car was photographed in Sylmar, Calif. “Building on a multitude of then-new technologies, it offered gasoline-electromagnetic hybrids.

1921 Owen Magnetic Phaeton photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons at The Nethercutt Collection1921 Owen Magnetic Phaeton1921 Owen Magnetic Phaeton photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons at The Nethercutt Collection. “Clevelanders Raymond M. and Ralph R. Owen built their first car before 1900, but their efforts to manufacture and sell automobiles were largely unsuccessful until they paired themselves with Philadelphian Justus B. Entz.

“Entz had developed an electromagnetic transmission that functioned as both clutch transmission and generator. R.M. Owen & Co. of New York first installed an Entz transmission in an Austro-Daimler and exhibited it at the 1914 New York Automobile Show. Owen-Magnetic debuted the following year.

“In the Owen-Magnetic car, a gasoline engine drives the flywheel consisting of six field coils and an iron housing rotating around an armature fixed to the drive shaft and electric motor armature. The speed differential between the engine and armature creates electricity, which is directed by a series of switches and resistors to power an electric motor behind the generator. As the vehicle’s speed increases, the engine speed and armature speed equalize, and switches allow a magnetic ‘lockup’ as the rear motor now becomes a generator. This unit also serves as a regenerative brake until the car slows to about 15 to 25 mph to remove ear and heat from the brake and suspension components. Once the engine is started by this motor/generator, the battery is effectively out of the circuit, used only for lights and accessories, but recharged by the rear motor at road speeds.

“Without clutch or gears, the car can be electrically shifted gently from rest to motion. A lever on the steering wheel controls speed. Early descriptions said the Owen-Magnetic handled ‘as though it had only one speed,’ but marketers soon changed tack, billing it as ‘the car of a thousand speeds’.

1921 Owen Magnetic Phaeton photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons at The Nethercutt Collection.1921 Owen Magnetic Phaeton1921 Owen Magnetic Phaeton photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons at The Nethercutt Collection. “The electric Entz designed transmission worked similar to a modern automatic transmission and today’s gasoline/electric hybrid automobiles. The car is smooth, powerful and quiet, as there is no transmission gear noise because there is no mechanical coupling between the engine and the differential.

“Back in 1915, new cars cost an average of $642, but the Owen-Magnetic carried a price tag of $3,750 ~ more than three times the average U.S. annual income and more than the median cost of a new home. Buyers were interested, as were other manufacturers.

“Early versions of the Entz transmission had already appeared in the 1907 and 1908 Columbia Mark 66-3 and a few 1912 Mercers. Similar technology would soon be used on other automobiles, trucks and even the Battleship New Mexico.

“R.M. Owen & Co. partnered with Baker Rauch & Lang, which held the official Entz patent, from 1916 to mid-1919. Raymond Owen then moved his manufacturing company to Wilkes-Barre, Penn. By then, war had adversely affected the market and the company did not survive much longer."

The 1921 Owen Magnetic Model 60 Phaeton "was built as a phaeton in 1921, the last year of production. When new, it cost $5,300. In 1984, J.B. Nethercutt purchased it from William Harrah.”

It features a six-cylinder Weidely overhead valve engine with a displacement of 414 cubic inches. It was capable of generating 80 hp. It had a Magneto ignition, a Zenith carburetor and an Entz magnetic transmission. The coachbuilder was Lind Motor Body (The Ohio Blower Co.) of Cleveland, Ohio.

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Only 1920 Elcar H6 Sportster On Display https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/11/only Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance1920 Elcar H6 SportsterThis 1920 Elcar H6 Sportster is stock original and the only known Elcar Sportster in existence. by Glenn Franco Simmons

This 1920 Elcar H6 Sportster is stock original and the only known Elcar Sportster in existence.

It was featured at the 2012 Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance, but I've photographed it at numerous events, including at one of the three Hillsborough Concours d'Elegances that I've visited.

Elkhart, Ind.-based Elkart Carriage Co. manufactured Elcars from 1915-31. It was owned by brothers William and George Pratt, who had been making carriages since the 1880s.

Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance1920 Elcar H6 SportsterThis 1920 Elcar H6 Sportster is stock original and the only known Elcar Sportster in existence. It was not unusual for carriage-makers to try making early automobiles.

The first Elcar was produced in 1915, with two models being produced: a 4-cylinder Lycoming-engine and a six-cylinder Continental.

"There were two models," states the Hillsborough summary, "one powered by a 4-cylinder Lycoming-engine and this type, a Continental R-8 inline 6-cylinder version.

"It is equipped with the deluxe bright work package and 35-inch Disteel wheels."

The Bay Area resident who owns this beauty has one of what is thought to be fewer than 50 Elcars remaining from a 10-year period (1918-1928) of production.

Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance1920 Elcar H6 SportsterThis 1920 Elcar H6 Sportster is stock original and the only known Elcar Sportster in existence. This model was found in a shed in Gallup, N.M., according to the Hillsborough summary.

At one time, it was featured at the Tom Jones Car Museum in Memphis, Tenn.

"It has less than 22,000 miles," the summary notes. "This car was documented by William Locke in his book, 'Elcar and Pratt automobiles, The Complete History.'"

By 1930, the company switched engines and began to use the, at the time, complex Lever engine that was manufactured by Alvah Leigh Powell. However, only four Elcar-Levers were produced.

Elcar then decided to sign what it thought was a lucrative contract with Larry Fay, a businessman and club owner, to provide the would-be El-Fay Taxi.

But with Black Tuesday on Oct. 29, 1929, the future of numerous pre-Depression era car manufacturers changed forever, and that included Elcar with its planned but never delivered El-Fay Taxi. It soon was bankrupt.

Fay was also hit hard as The Great Depression took hold. In 1933, he was shot dead.

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1915 Pierce-Arrow Touring Car An Icon https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/11/pierce This 1915 Pierce-Arrow Model 48B-3, 5-passenger touring car was photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.1915 Pierce-Arrow Touring1915 Pierce-Arrow Model 48B-3, 5-passenger touring car. by Glenn Franco Simmons

This 1915 Pierce-Arrow Model 48B-3, 5-passenger touring car ~ an elegant icon of America’s automotive golden age ~ was photographed years ago at The Nethercutt Collection in Sylmar, Calif.

It was manufactured by the Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Co. of Buffalo, N.Y. Pierce-Arrow was also the coachbuilder. It is powered by a 6-cylinder T-Head engine and could reach 48hp at peak performance.

“By 1915,” a Nethercutt summary states, “Pierce had established itself as one of America’s best automakers. The 1915 Pierce line consisted of 13 body styles. This 5-passenger touring car was the most popular.”

With its integrated headlamps and trademarked fender designs, Pierce-Arrow was more advanced than most, if not all, other American auto manufacturers.

Indeed, the five-passenger 1915 Pierce Arrow Model 48B-3 may not look like much, but it became an unforgettable icon of early American automakers.

“The Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Co., established in Buffalo, N.Y., was renowned for its commitment to quality and craftsmanship,” according to AI-Pro. “The 1915 Model 48B-3 boasted impressive features and cutting-edge technology.

“Powered by a massive 622-cubic-inch, six-cylinder engine, the Model 48B-3 had an incredible horsepower output of 48, making it one of the most powerful and fastest cars of its time. Its long, elegant body, flowing lines, and high-quality materials gave it an air of sophistication, attracting both wealthy buyers and automotive enthusiasts.”

This 1915 Pierce-Arrow Model 48B-3, 5-passenger touring car was photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.1915 Pierce-Arrow Touring1915 Pierce-Arrow Model 48B-3, 5-passenger touring car. The automaker spent even more attention to this car’s interior.

“The Model 48B-3’s interior was equally exquisite, with lavish upholstery, comfortable seating, and refined detailing,” AI-Pro noted. “The passengers could enjoy a smooth ride, thanks to the car’s advanced suspension system, which included semi-elliptic leaf springs and hydraulic dampers.

“Driving the 1915 Pierce-Arrow Model 48B-3 was a delight. Its impressive engine allowed it to effortlessly cruise at high speeds, while the car’s superior handling and precise steering ensured a comfortable and controlled driving experience. It was a vehicle that could traverse long distances with ease, making it ideal for touring and exploring the open road.”

This Pierce-Arrow was also equipped with cutting edge features.

“The attention to detail extended beyond its mechanical capabilities,” AI-Pro stated. “The Model 48B-3 was equipped with various amenities, including electric lights, self-starting capabilities, and a stylish instrument panel with a speedometer, fuel gauge and oil pressure indicator. These features were a testament to Pierce-Arrow’s commitment to providing luxury and convenience to their customers.

“The 1915 Pierce-Arrow Model 48B-3 served as a symbol of success and sophistication during its era. It was a car that attracted attention wherever it went, turning heads and capturing the hearts of automotive enthusiasts. Owning a Model 48B-3 was not only a status symbol but also a testament to one’s appreciation for the finest engineering and craftsmanship.”

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Dhammapada Says Love Is A Universal Law https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/10/dhammapada Dhammapada 1:5 illustrated by Glen Franco Simmons.Dhammapada 1:5In this world, hatred has never been defeated by hatred. Only love can overcome hatred. This is an ancient and eternal law.
~ Dhammapada 1:5.

From the public-domain Wiki Dhammapada. Photo courtesy of NASA. Photo use does not imply NASA's endorsement of such use.
Dhammapada 1:5 is one of my favorite religious verses.
 
In this world, hatred has never been defeated by hatred. Only love can overcome hatred. This is an ancient and eternal law.” ~ Dhammapada 1:5 (from the public-domain Wiki Dhammapada).
 
“The Dhammapada is a canonical Buddhist text,” according to AI-Pro. “However, it’s important to note that translations might vary somewhat depending on the source. This verse from the Dhammapada, a collection of the Buddha’s teachings, encapsulates one of the central tenets of Buddhism: the power of love and compassion in overcoming negativity.”
 
The verse I use in my art is from the public-domain Wikisource translation.
 
“‘In this world, hatred has never been defeated by hatred,’ drives home the point that responding to hatred with more hatred only breeds more of the same,” according to AI-Pro. “It perpetuates a cycle of negativity, resentment, and violence that causes suffering. There is a fundamental belief that using hatred as a tool to combat hatred doesn't resolve conflict, but instead, escalates it.
 
Dhammapada 1:5 illustrated by Glen Franco Simmons with a water lily photo.Dhammapada 1:5In this world, hatred has never been defeated by hatred. Only love can overcome hatred. This is an ancient and eternal law.
~ Dhammapada 1:5.

From the public-domain Wiki Dhammapada. Photo is copyrighted.
“‘Only love can overcome hatred’ emphasizes the transformative power of love and compassion. Instead of reacting with further anger or hatred, responding with love and kindness can dissipate hostility and promote understanding and cooperation. This concept of love is not simply romantic or affectionate love, but a deeper, all-encompassing compassion for others. As the antidote to hatred, love can heal wounds and mend relationships.
 
“‘This is an ancient and eternal law’ is a phrase that conveys that the principle of love overcoming hatred is timeless and universal,” AI-Pro continued. “Just like the laws of physics govern the material world, this ‘law’ of love and hatred is seen as an underlying, enduring truth of human interactions and the psychological world. It has always been and will continue to be relevant, regardless of the era or circumstances.”
 
Dhammapada 1:5 illustrated by Glen Franco Simmons.Dhammapada 1:5In this world, hatred has never been defeated by hatred. Only love can overcome hatred. This is an ancient and eternal law.
~ Dhammapada 1:5.

From the public-domain Wiki Dhammapada. Photo courtesy of NASA. Photo use does not imply NASA's endorsement of such use.
In my own faith, it is my understanding that when a thought of war occurs in the world, or news of one, one should think about and pray for peace. While the results of prayer often are not discernible to humans, prayers for peace surely cannot hurt, for those who are religious and believe in God.
 
“In essence, the verse teaches us the importance of countering negative emotions with positive ones,” AI-Pro noted. “It encourages acting with love and compassion in all situations, and discourages retaliation with hatred or malice.”
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Great Basin More Than Arid Desert https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/10/basin Great Basin digital artwork by Glenn Franco Simmons.Great BasinThis digital artwork was inspired by the Great Basin in Northern Nevada (Editor's note: These digital artworks were inspired by the Great Basin in Northern Nevada.)

by Glenn Franco Simmons

Around the close of the Pleistocene epoch many millennia ago, the area now known as the Great Basin was a chain of flourishing lakes and rivers, which is a contrast to the largely arid desert that typifies some, but not all the Great Basin.

“In today’s terms, the Great Basin encompasses much of Nevada and half of Utah, plus sections of California, Oregon, Idaho and Wyoming,” according to AI-Pro. “This sprawling area is defined not by political boundaries but by the unique geography of this vast area.”

Great Basin digital artwork by Glenn Franco Simmons.Great BasinThis digital artwork was inspired by the Great Basin in Northern Nevada. “The Great Basin’s topography is a pattern of consecutive north-south running mountain ranges alternating with valley floors to mountain peaks. Interestingly, it is called a ‘basin’ only because any precipitation falling into this area doesn't flow out to sea. Instead, water evaporates or leeches into the ground, sometimes forming saline lakes or playas in the basin floors.

“These ancient lakes were fed by glacial meltwaters and heavy rainfalls,” according to AI-Pro. “One of the most magnificent of these bodies of water was Lake Bonneville, which stretched across much of current-day Utah, into neighboring Nevada and Idaho as well.”

While much of the Great Basin is arid desert covered in sagebrush, there is also a rich assortment of life in numerous and diverse ecosystems.

Great Basin digital artwork by Glenn Franco Simmons.Great BasinThis digital artwork was inspired by the Great Basin in Northern Nevada. “A mortal could look across the Great Basin, and see a barren wilderness, a sagebrush ocean, but in this arid ecosystem thrives a diverse assortment of life, adapted to the harsh and mutable conditions,” AI-Pro noted. “From the diminutive pika to the majestic mule deer, from the aromatic sagebrush to the bristlecone pine, the oldest living organisms on Earth, life here represents a fierce steadiness against remarkable odds.

“Yet the Great Basin is more than an intriguing natural wonder ~ it is also brimming with rich human history. Its prehistory is etched into the landscape in the form of petroglyphs and other artifacts left by the region’s early inhabitants, including the Northern Paiute, Southern Paiute, Washoe and the Western Shoshone tribes. Later, European pioneers would cross these unforgiving terrains in their westward journey, leaving behind elements of their passage reflected in historic trails and ruins of old settlements.”

When gold and silver were discovered in what became known as The Comstock Lode ~ a region with one of the most fascinating histories in the United States, the area was changed forever.

Great Basin digital artwork by Glenn Franco Simmons.Great BasinThis digital artwork was inspired by the Great Basin in Northern Nevada. “Ghost towns almost immediately began to dot the region, but they were abandoned when the veins of riches ran dry ~ solemn reminders of a fevered chase for prosperity,” according to AI-Pro.

That is certainly true. You can see the remains of mining operations, old towns, ghost towns, former railroad lines, etc. from The Comstock Lode’s heyday.

“In more recent history, the establishment of the Great Basin National Park in 1986 led to a resurgence of interest in the area,” AI-Pro noted. “Now, stargazers travel from all around to enjoy one of the last sanctuaries of natural darkness. When night falls in the Great Basin, the sky is alight with countless stars, including the Milky Way that forms a radiant river crossing the inky canvas.

“Thus, the Great Basin, stark and resilient, continues to stand as a testament to both natural wonder and human endurance. Through every geological transformation and human epoch, it remains a ceaseless beacon of life’s tenacity and adaptability, a true jewel of the American landscape.”

Great Basin digital artwork by Glenn Franco Simmons.Great BasinThis digital artwork was inspired by the Great Basin in Northern Nevada. Great Basin digital artwork by Glenn Franco Simmons.Great BasinThis digital artwork was inspired by the Great Basin in Northern Nevada.

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Hope Valley's Autumn Colors Are Stunning https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/10/hope Hope Valley fall colors photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Hope Valley Fall ColorsHope Valley's fall colors, near the former Sorenson's Resort, now the Wylder Hope Valley Resort. I believe the restaurant is still called Sorenson's. Here, the Carson River flows through the area where the valley narrows considerably. Hope Valley's fall colors, near the former Sorenson's Resort, now the Wylder Hope Valley Resort. I believe the restaurant is still called Sorenson's. Here, the Carson River flows through the area where the valley narrows considerably. These are some of my photos from my trips to Hope Valley.

Hope Valley fall colors photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Hope Valley Fall ColorsHope Valley's fall colors, near the former Sorenson's Resort, now the Wylder Hope Valley Resort. I believe the restaurant is still called Sorenson's. Here, the Carson River flows through the area where the valley narrows considerably. Hope Valley fall colors photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Hope Valley Fall ColorsHope Valley's fall colors, near the former Sorenson's Resort, now the Wylder Hope Valley Resort. I believe the restaurant is still called Sorenson's. Here, the Carson River flows through the area where the valley narrows considerably. Hope Valley fall colors photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Hope Valley Fall ColorsHope Valley's fall colors, near the former Sorenson's Resort, now the Wylder Hope Valley Resort. I believe the restaurant is still called Sorenson's. Here, the Carson River flows through the area where the valley narrows considerably. Hope Valley fall colors photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Hope Valley Fall ColorsHope Valley's fall colors, near the former Sorenson's Resort, now the Wylder Hope Valley Resort. I believe the restaurant is still called Sorenson's. Here, the Carson River flows through the area where the valley narrows considerably. Hope Valley fall colors photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Hope Valley Fall ColorsHope Valley's fall colors, near the former Sorenson's Resort, now the Wylder Hope Valley Resort. I believe the restaurant is still called Sorenson's. Here, the Carson River flows through the area where the valley narrows considerably. Hope Valley fall colors photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Hope Valley Fall ColorsHope Valley's fall colors, near the former Sorenson's Resort, now the Wylder Hope Valley Resort. I believe the restaurant is still called Sorenson's. Here, the Carson River flows through the area where the valley narrows considerably. Carson River and fall colors at Wylder Hope Valley Resort.Carson River At Wylder ResortThe Carson River, in Hope Valley, near the former Sorenson's Resort, now the Wylder Hope Valley Resort. I believe the restaurant is still called Sorenson's. Here, the Carson River flows through the area where the valley narrows considerably. Carson River and fall foliage in Hope Valley photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Carson River At Wylder ResortThe Carson River, in Hope Valley, near the former Sorenson's Resort, now the Wylder Hope Valley Resort. I believe the restaurant is still called Sorenson's. Here, the Carson River flows through the area where the valley narrows considerably. Carson River and fall colors at Wylder Hope Valley Resort.Carson River At Wylder ResortThe Carson River, in Hope Valley, near the former Sorenson's Resort, now the Wylder Hope Valley Resort. I believe the restaurant is still called Sorenson's. Here, the Carson River flows through the area where the valley narrows considerably. Hope Valley fall colors photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Hope Valley Fall ColorsHope Valley's fall colors, near the former Sorenson's Resort, now the Wylder Hope Valley Resort. I believe the restaurant is still called Sorenson's. Here, the Carson River flows through the area where the valley narrows considerably. Hope Valley fall colors photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Hope Valley Fall ColorsHope Valley's fall colors, near the former Sorenson's Resort, now the Wylder Hope Valley Resort. I believe the restaurant is still called Sorenson's. Here, the Carson River flows through the area where the valley narrows considerably. Hope Valley Fall ColorsHope Valley Fall ColorsHope Valley's fall colors, near the former Sorenson's Resort, now the Wylder Hope Valley Resort. I believe the restaurant is still called Sorenson's. Here, the Carson River flows through the area where the valley narrows considerably. Hope Valley Fall ColorsHope Valley Fall ColorsHope Valley's fall colors, near the former Sorenson's Resort, now the Wylder Hope Valley Resort. I believe the restaurant is still called Sorenson's. Here, the Carson River flows through the area where the valley narrows considerably. Hope Valley Fall ColorsHope Valley Fall ColorsHope Valley's fall colors, near the former Sorenson's Resort, now the Wylder Hope Valley Resort. I believe the restaurant is still called Sorenson's. Here, the Carson River flows through the area where the valley narrows considerably. Hope Valley Fall ColorsHope Valley Fall ColorsHope Valley's fall colors, near the former Sorenson's Resort, now the Wylder Hope Valley Resort. I believe the restaurant is still called Sorenson's. Here, the Carson River flows through the area where the valley narrows considerably.

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1932 Horch Type 670 Built For Nazi War Criminal https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/10/horch This 1932 Horch V-12 Type 670 Sport Cabriolet was photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.1932 Horch V-12 Type 670 Sport Cabriolet1932 Horch V-12 Type 670 Sport Cabriolet built for a Nazi war criminal. by Glenn Franco Simmons

It was a time of inestimable horror and suffering; a short ~ but catastrophic ~ period in the world’s history when an entire group of people were subjected to the most reprehensible treatment seen in the Modern Era.

It was also a time of massive utilitarian theft, of a group of self-proclaimed and deluded “supermen” stealing everything they could from a much-maligned and innocent religious minority whose sole "crime" was being born a Jew, a Gypsy or one of many other minorities persecuted by the 1,000-year Reich.

The ill-gotten wealth derived from the wholesale theft of Jews and other victims allowed the Nazi elite to live privileged lifestyles. Those riches were enjoyed by many in the Reich, but most particularly by its new ruling class, which included a host of drug-fueled madmen along with their leader, Adolf Hitler.

This 1932 Horch V-12 Type 670 Sport Cabriolet was photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.1932 Horch V-12 Type 670 Sport CabrioletThis 1932 Horch V-12 Type 670 Sport Cabriolet was built for a Nazi war criminal. Joachim Von Ribbentrop benefited from the Reich’s stolen riches. He was Nazi Germany’s ambassador to England had a 1932 Horch V-12 Type 670 Sport Cabriolet custom-built for himself.
The United Kingdom commandeered the car in England following the outbreak of World War II.

Only 73 V-12 Horch autos were produced in little more than two years before the model was discontinued. Of the originals, only three are known to remain, including this one.

It sports a V-12, 367.9-cubic-inch L-head engine with a 3.149-inch bore and 3.937-inch stroke. At 3000 rpm, it could reach 120 hp. The body was built by Glaser Karosserie of Dresden, Germany. Horchwerke A.G. was the manufacturer. When new, it cost $10,045 in U.S. dollar valuation at the time.

This 1932 Horch V-12 Type 670 Sport Cabriolet was photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.1932 Horch V-12 Type 670 Sport CabrioletThis 1932 Horch V-12 Type 670 Sport Cabriolet was built for a Nazi war criminal. “The 1932 Horch V-12 Type 670 Sport Cabriolet was a gem of the pre-war automotive world, a testament to the marvel of German engineering,” according to AI-Pro. “During the early 20th century, Horch, an illustrious German automobile manufacturer, was almost synonymous with innovation, engineering brilliance, and unmatched luxury.

“Sweeping the European luxury car market with its ingenuity and sophistication, the Type 670 Sport Cabriolet was the brainchild of Paul Daimler, son of the automobile pioneer Gottlieb Daimler. … The engine’s performance was enhanced by a Maybach overdrive system, ensuring an exhilarating driving experience palatable to even the most discerning motorist of the era.”

This 1932 Horch V-12 Type 670 Sport Cabriolet was photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.1932 Horch V-12 Type 670 Sport CabrioletThis 1932 Horch V-12 Type 670 Sport Cabriolet was built for a Nazi war criminal. This Horch masterpiece has a lot of chrome that really lit up when I used my flash to take photos in what was then a very dark Blackhawk auto gallery.

“Glistening chrome trimming paired perfectly with its curvaceous, opulent bodywork, turning heads on even the most prestigious boulevards,” AI-Pro noted. “The lavishness of its design was mirrored by an equally posh interior, replete with the finest leather upholstery and wood paneling. The elegance bestowed upon passengers was nothing shy of royal, playing perfectly into the tastes of the aristocratic clientele who could afford such a vehicle.

“Adding up its performance, lavish comfort, and unprecedented grandeur, the 1932 Horch V-12 Type 670 Sport Cabriolet was more than just an automobile ~ it was a symbol of status, a pinnacle amongst pre-war automobiles. Its halo would remain untarnished, even when its parent company Horch, merged with Auto Union (now known as Audi) after the war.”

This 1932 Horch V-12 Type 670 Sport Cabriolet was photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.1932 Horch V-12 Type 670 Sport CabrioletThis 1932 Horch V-12 Type 670 Sport Cabriolet was built for a Nazi war criminal. Horch was actually a founding partner of Auto Union AG, which was a union of four German automakers: Horch, Audi, DKW and Wanderer.

In terms of Horch and the Nazis, there was not a facet of Nazi Germany’s economy that was not affected by authoritarian rule.

“However, the Nazi government did not directly take over Horch, but there was significant manipulation and control of the German auto industry during the Nazi regime, which affected companies like Horch,” according to AI-Pro. “… Once Hitler and the Nazi Party took power in Germany, one of their priorities was to promote a motorization policy. Their main vision was to create a car affordable for the average German citizen, which led to the creation of the Volkswagen (“People's Car”). However, the regime also understood the importance of luxury brands such as Horch, using them as a symbol of German engineering superiority.

This 1932 Horch V-12 Type 670 Sport Cabriolet was photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.1932 Horch V-12 Type 670 Sport CabrioletThis 1932 Horch V-12 Type 670 Sport Cabriolet was built for a Nazi war criminal. “While the Nazi government didn't directly ‘take over’ Horch or Auto Union, it asserted significant influence over the German auto industry. There was a clear alignment of Auto Union’s goals with the needs of Germany’s increasing militarization, as dictated by the Third Reich. Auto Union, like other German companies, was compelled to switch much of their production from civilian to military vehicles.”

German automakers faced challenges post-war.

“{It was} a difficult period due to the destruction caused by the conflict and the subsequent division of Germany,” AI-Pro stated. “Horch itself did not survive the post-war years as a separate entity; Auto Union eventually evolved through numerous mergers and alterations into the modern-day Audi.”

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Fatty Arbuckle Had Great Taste In Autos https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/10/fatty This 1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 66-A-4 touring convertible was photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.1919 Fatty Arbuckle's Pierce-ArrowThis 1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 66-A-4 touring convertible once was owned by Roscoe Conkling Arbuckle. This 1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 66-A-4 touring convertible once was owned by Roscoe Conkling Arbuckle.

Known popularly as “Fatty Arbuckle,” the legendary movie star had the Pierce-Arrow personalized in numerous ways, including a badge with the initials “RCA” for Roscoe Conkling Arbuckle.

He also had a radiator cap designed with the letter “A” with an arrow through it.

This 1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 66-A-4 touring convertible was photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons. It was once owned by Fatty Abuckle.1919 Fatty Arbuckle's Pierce-ArrowThis 1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 66-A-4 touring convertible once was owned by Roscoe Conkling Arbuckle.

Known popularly as “Fatty Arbuckle,” the legendary movie star had the Pierce-Arrow personalized in numerous ways, including a badge with the initials “RCA” for Roscoe Conkling Arbuckle.

He also had a radiator cap designed with the letter “A” with an arrow through it.

“The roly-poly Vaudevillian and early motion-picture star … wanted a car to complement his personal stature,” according to Blackhawk Automotive Museum in Danville, Calif.

The car was not featured the last time I visited in September 2012, and I’ve asked if it has been sold but have not yet received an official confirmation.

“The coachwork was a very early design by Harley J. Earl for Don Lee Coach and Body Works in Los Angeles,” Blackhawk states. “Earl would eventually have a stellar design career with General Motors.

“The chassis has a 147.5-inch wheelbase and the 38-inch tires are mounted on 24-inch ‘artillery-type’ wheels. The gas tank has a 32-gallon capacity because the car seldom got more than four miles per gallon.”

ENGINE
6 cylinder, T-head
5” bore, I stroke
825 cubic inch
82 hp @ 1800 rpm

The manufacturer, Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Co. of Buffalo, N.Y., sold the car chassis for approximately $6,000. Arbuckle then paid Don Lee another $25,000 for the coach work, which reportedly included a wet bar; however, that information is from several rather reliable Internet sources and not Blackhawk.

This was not at Blackhawk the last time I visited. I believe it was sold.
“The roly-poly Vaudevillian and early motion-picture star … wanted a car to complement his personal stature,” according to Blackhawk Automotive Museum in Danville, Calif. 
The coachwork was a very early design by Harley J. Earl for Don Lee Coach and Body Works in Los Angeles. Earl would eventually have a stellar design career with General Motors. The chassis has a 147.5-inch wheelbase and the 38-inch tires are mounted on 24-inch ‘artillery-type’ wheels. The gas tank has a 32-gallon capacity because the car seldom got more than four miles per gallon.”

ENGINE
6 cylinder, T-head
5” bore, I stroke
825 cubic inch
82 hp @ 1800 rpm

This 1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 66-A-4 touring convertible was photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons. It was once owned by Fatty Abuckle.1919 Fatty Arbuckle's Pierce-ArrowThis 1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 66-A-4 touring convertible once was owned by Roscoe Conkling Arbuckle.

Known popularly as “Fatty Arbuckle,” the legendary movie star had the Pierce-Arrow personalized in numerous ways, including a badge with the initials “RCA” for Roscoe Conkling Arbuckle.

He also had a radiator cap designed with the letter “A” with an arrow through it.

“The roly-poly Vaudevillian and early motion-picture star … wanted a car to complement his personal stature,” according to Blackhawk Automotive Museum in Danville, Calif.

The car was not featured the last time I visited in September 2012, and I’ve asked if it has been sold but have not yet received an official confirmation.

“The coachwork was a very early design by Harley J. Earl for Don Lee Coach and Body Works in Los Angeles,” Blackhawk states. “Earl would eventually have a stellar design career with General Motors.

“The chassis has a 147.5-inch wheelbase and the 38-inch tires are mounted on 24-inch ‘artillery-type’ wheels. The gas tank has a 32-gallon capacity because the car seldom got more than four miles per gallon.”

ENGINE
6 cylinder, T-head
5” bore, I stroke
825 cubic inch
82 hp @ 1800 rpm

The manufacturer, Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Co. of Buffalo, N.Y., sold the car chassis for approximately $6,000. Arbuckle then paid Don Lee another $25,000 for the coach work, which reportedly included a wet bar; however, that information is from several rather reliable Internet sources and not Blackhawk.

This was not at Blackhawk the last time I visited. I believe it was sold.
The manufacturer, Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Co. of Buffalo, N.Y., sold the car chassis for approximately $6,000. Arbuckle then paid Don Lee another $25,000 for the coach work, which reportedly included a wet bar; however, that information is from several rather reliable Internet sources and not Blackhawk.

This was not at Blackhawk the last time I visited about a decade ago. I believe it was sold.

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Airline Highway Features Beautiful Vistas https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/10/airline Airline HighwayAirline HighwayThis photo was taken along the Airline Highway in Central California. The highway is known by that moniker because pilots have used it for years for navigation. by Glenn Franco Simmons

The little-known Airline Highway in Central California is an undiscovered gem of Golden State ranch and wild lands that feature stunning vistas, cattle, barns and access to the eastern part of Pinnacles National Park that straddles both San Benito and Salinas counties.

“State Route 25 … is a state highway in the U.S. state of California between State Route 198 in Monterey County and U.S. Route 101 in Santa Clara south of Gilroy,” according to Wikipedia. “For most of its length, SR 25 runs through the center of San Benito County.”

Airline Highway photos taken by Glenn Franco Simmons.Airline HighwayThis photo was taken along the Airline Highway in Central California. The highway is known by that moniker because pilots have used it for years for navigation. There was an actual Airline Highway Association that was founded in 1933.

“{It} and was composed of representatives of Alameda, Santa Clara, San Benito, Kern and Kings counties,” Wikipedia notes in its section on the highway’s history. “Its purpose was to establish this ‘Airline Highway.’”

Wikipedia cites a June 19, 1934, Oakland Tribune article titled “NEW AIRLINE, HIGHWAY TO L.A. PLANNED.”

“It states ‘the highway would follow the air line between the northern and southern part of the state as closely as possible,’” according to Wikipedia. “The use of the word Airline is confusing as we associate it with modern-day transportation. In this sense it is defined as an Americanism dating back to 1805 meaning ‘traveling a direct route.’”

Airline Highway photos taken by Glenn Franco Simmons.Airline HighwayThis photo was taken along the Airline Highway in Central California. The highway is known by that moniker because pilots have used it for years for navigation. The Airline Highway is also known as the Bolsa Road.

“SR 25 … begins at the intersection of Peach Tree Road and State Route 198 about 11 miles west of Priest Valley, in Monterey County, and is the northern extension of Peach Tree Road {near Gilroy),” according to Wikipedia. “It heads northwest, crossing into San Benito County and passing through the community of Bitterwater.

“SR 25 provides access to the Pinnacles National Park east entrance, running parallel to the San Andreas Fault. Running parallel to the Gabilan Range and Diablo Range, SR 25 passes through the communities of Paicines and Tres Pinos before reaching the city of Hollister.

Airline Highway photos taken by Glenn Franco Simmons.Airline HighwayThis photo was taken along the Airline Highway in Central California. The highway is known by that moniker because pilots have used it for years for navigation. “Upon reaching Hollister,” Wikipedia continues, “the route turns into a four-lane undivided road, curving north and west through the east side of the city. North of Hollister, SR 25 reverts into a 2-lane road and continues northwest from Hollister, intersecting with State Route 156. From there, the route is a partially divided road until just short of a railroad crossing and eventually crossing the Pajaro River into Santa Clara County. The route then heads northwest, and at the intersection with Bloomfield Avenue, the route then curves west before its northern terminus at U.S. Route 101 south of Gilroy.

SR 25 is part of the California Freeway and Expressway System, and a small portion near Hollister is part of the National Highway System, a network of highways that are considered essential to the country's economy, defense, and mobility by the Federal Highway Administration. SR 25 is eligible to be included in the State Scenic Highway System, but it is not officially designated as a scenic highway by the California Department of Transportation.”

It is very beautiful there and the highway could easily be designated a scenic highway.

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Still-Life Tradition Dates Back Hundreds Of Years https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/10/still-life Flowers and a vase artwork digitally designed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Still-LifeThis artwork showing flowers in vase was digitally designed by Glenn Franco Simmons. by Glenn Franco Simmons

Today, I added some digitally created still-life artworks featuring flowers in a vase. Such still-life artworks are among my favorite genres.

“Still-life painting became popular in Western art during the 17th century, particularly in The Netherlands,” according to AI-Pro. “At that time, it was customary for artists to depict various objects, including flowers, in their paintings.

“The subject of flowers in a vase, also known as flower still-life, gained popularity during this Golden Age of Dutch painting. Artists sought to capture the beauty and transience of nature through their detailed and realistic portrayals. These paintings typically featured a variety of flowers arranged in an ornate vase, often accompanied by other objects such as fruits, insects, or fine glassware.”

Flowers and a vase artwork digitally designed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Still-LifeThis artwork showing flowers in vase was digitally designed by Glenn Franco Simmons. Unlike digitally created still-life paintings, natural artists found still-life artworks were a way to showcase their technical skills, especially since florals are so delicate.

AI-Pro also said the Dutch painters “were highly regarded for their ability to replicate nature with precision.”

“In the 17th century, the popularity of flower still-life paintings extended beyond The Netherlands and spread throughout Europe,” according to AI-Pro. “Artists from other countries, such as Flemish painters in Belgium, also embraced this genre of art, further enriching its development.

“One of the key factors contributing to the popularity of flower still-life paintings was the Dutch passion for horticulture. The Netherlands boasted a rich tradition of flower cultivation, which led to the abundance and variety of flowers available for artistic inspiration. Artists had access to extensive flower gardens and botanical collections, which they could study and depict in their works.”

Flowers and a vase artwork digitally designed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Still-LifeThis artwork showing flowers in vase was digitally designed by Glenn Franco Simmons. Sadly, for me, a lover of still-life paintings, the peak of their popularity was in the 18th and 19th centuries. 

“Artists like Jan van Huysum and Rachel Ruysch gained prominence,” according to AI-Pro. “These artists not only captured the beauty of flowers but also imbued their compositions with symbolism and meaning. For example, certain flowers were associated with specific emotions or virtues, and their inclusion in a painting could convey deeper messages.

“Today, flower still-life paintings continue to be appreciated by art enthusiasts worldwide. They offer a timeless charm and serve as a reminder of the fleeting beauty of nature. Artists, both contemporary and traditional, continue to explore this genre, infusing it with their unique styles and interpretations.”

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Christmas Holiday Season Almost Here https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/10/christmas23 This is a digitally created Christmas cottage by Glenn Franco Simmons.Christmas CottageThis is a digitally created Christmas cottage by Glenn Franco Simmons. The Christmas holiday season is almost upon us, but how many of us know the history of Christmas?

Let’s start from the beginning.

“The exact birthdays of historical figures from antiquity are often shrouded in uncertainty, and Jesus Christ is no exception,” according to AI-Pro. “His birth’s official recognition on Dec. 25 is more symbolic than precise, as The Bible does not cite his specific birth date. The choice of Dec. 25, interestingly, has roots in ancient Rome’s winter solstice celebrations around that period.

This is a digitally created Christmas cottage by Glenn Franco Simmons.Christmas CottageThis is a digitally created Christmas cottage by Glenn Franco Simmons. “Christian historical accounts tell us that the first Christmas was celebrated on Dec. 25 in 336 during the time of the first Christian Roman Emperor, Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared Dec. 25 as the day to celebrate Christ’s birth. However, it is critical to note that this was during a period when Christianity was trying to establish itself among other religions and infuse itself into popular customs.”

December’s significance predates Christianity in Rome, where Romans celebrated Saturnalia, an honor to their god of agriculture, Saturn, from Dec. 17-23.

“The festival was marked by feasting, merriment, gift-giving and social role reversals, with slaves temporarily enjoying the freedoms of their masters,” according to AI-Pro. “Coupled with this was the Roman celebration of the ‘Invincible Sun’ on Dec. 25, marking the winter solstice.

This is a digitally created Christmas cottage by Glenn Franco Simmons.Christmas CottageThis is a digitally created Christmas cottage by Glenn Franco Simmons. “When Christianity spread in Rome, the Church faced resistance from pagans unwilling to abandon their festivals. As a compromise, many speculate, the church merged these pagan traditions with the Christian celebrations ~ resulting in Dec. 25 being marked as Christmas Day.”

Christmas is a holiday celebrated throughout the world in diverse ways.

“Diverse traditions coincide with Christmas around the world,” according to AI-Pro. “Evergreen trees became popular Christmas decorations in 16th century Germany, symbolizing eternal life. Martin Luther, the 16th-century antisemitic Protestant reformer, is said to have added lighted candles to a tree, the precursor to today’s Christmas tree lights.”

So where did Santa Claus come from?

Digitally created solar system painting by Glenn Franco Simmons.Christmas CottageThis is a digitally created Christmas cottage by Glenn Franco Simmons. “The legend of Santa Claus has roots in the 4th-century Bishop St. Nicholas of Myra, known for secret gift-giving,” AI-Pro stated. “Dutch settlers in America referred to him as ‘Sinterklaas,’ which over time became ‘Santa Claus.’ The modern depiction of Santa ~ a jolly old man with a red suit ~ has been greatly influenced by a 19th-century poem titled ‘A Visit from St. Nicholas,’ and 20th-century Coca-Cola advertisements.”

Christmas continues to evolve.

“Despite its ancient celebrations and deeply religious origins, Christmas has evolved with society over the centuries,” AI-Pro stated. “Today, it is a global celebration that incorporates an array of traditions from various cultures and epochs. The unique blend of religious significance, ancient customs and modern-day festivities highlights the capacity for human societies to adapt and integrate diverse aspects into their celebrations. “Christmas, whether one notes from a religious or secular perspective, has become not just a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ but a universal symbol of peace, joy and goodwill toward people worldwide. For many, it remains a special time for family, charity, and reflection, echoing its historical origins while continually adopting new traditions.”

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Christmas Cottage Artworks Added Today https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/10/christmas This is a digitally created Christmas cottage by Glenn Franco Simmons.Christmas CottageThis is a digitally created Christmas cottage by Glenn Franco Simmons. I uploaded some digitally created Christmas cottages today.

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Digitally Created Solar Artworks Added Today https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/10/solar Digitally created solar system painting by Glenn Franco Simmons.Solar SystemThis fantasy "solar system" was created with digital software by Glenn Franco Simmons. These fantasy "solar systems" were created with digital software by Glenn Franco Simmons. I posted 37 of them today.

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Prairie Creek Redwoods A Gem Among Ancients https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/9/prairie Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park depicted in digitally created paintings.Prairie Creek RedwoodsPrairie Creek Redwoods State Park features more than 14,000 acres of ancient and young redwoods in Humboldt County, Calif. Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park features more than 14,000 acres of ancient and young redwoods in Humboldt County, Calif.
 
“Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park is a sanctuary for nature-lovers, hikers and bike-riders and explorers,” AI-Pro stated. “Its sprawling landscapes are adorned with towering trees, lush ferns and a myriad of wildlife that thrived within its boundaries.
 
“Established in 1923, the park was dedicated to the preservation and protection of these ancient trees, which were a testament to the Earth’s incredible history.”
 
While Prairie Creek is beautiful, be aware there are mountain lions. I have been tracked twice by mountain lions in Prairie Creek, once near park headquarters. There are online sites that explain how to react if you encounter a mountain lion, so please research this subject before going to the state park. 
 
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park depicted in digitally created paintings.Prairie Creek RedwoodsPrairie Creek Redwoods State Park features more than 14,000 acres of ancient and young redwoods in Humboldt County, Calif.

“Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park is a sanctuary for nature-lovers, hikers and bike-riders and explorers,” AI-Pro stated. “Its sprawling landscapes are adorned with towering trees, lush ferns and a myriad of wildlife that thrived within its boundaries.

“Established in 1923, the park was dedicated to the preservation and protection of these ancient trees, which were a testament to the Earth’s incredible history.”
When I was editor of the now-defunct daily newspaper The Eureka Reporter, which I co-founded, a husband and wife were attacked on the western side of the park, just off the main avenue. Both survived but the husband was severely wounded.
 
That said, an attack is an extremely unlikely event.
 
And there are other animals in the park to be excited about, including a variety of raptors, birds and Roosevelt elk.
 
I have also mountain biked down to Gold Bluff Beach and on park trails that were then approved for mountain bike riding.
 
“Walking through the park, visitors would find themselves mesmerized by the sheer scale and beauty of the Coastal Redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens: ‘ever living’),” AI-Pro stated. “Some of these towering giants, reaching heights of more than 350 feet, have trunks wide enough to fit several people standing side by side. “Some of these redwoods are among the oldest living organisms on the planet, dating back more than 2,000 years.”
 
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park depicted in digitally created paintings.Prairie Creek RedwoodsPrairie Creek Redwoods State Park features more than 14,000 acres of ancient and young redwoods in Humboldt County, Calif.

“Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park is a sanctuary for nature-lovers, hikers and bike-riders and explorers,” AI-Pro stated. “Its sprawling landscapes are adorned with towering trees, lush ferns and a myriad of wildlife that thrived within its boundaries.

“Established in 1923, the park was dedicated to the preservation and protection of these ancient trees, which were a testament to the Earth’s incredible history.”
One of the park's highlights was the Cathedral Trees Trail, which is my favorite to take to Rhododendron Trail and finish on that trail, even ducking under rhodies that grow over the trail in one place.
 
“Cathedral Trees Trail is a serene pathway that meanders through a grove of massive Coastal Redwoods,” according to AI-Pro. “The ambiance is ethereal, with the sunlight peeking through the canopy and illuminating the forest floor. The air is filled with a strong earthy fragrance, reminiscent of moss and fallen leaves.
 
“Birdwatchers travel to the park to catch a glimpse of the endangered marbled murrelets, bald eagles and great blue herons that nest in the treetops.”
 
There is a lot to do at Prairie Creek.
 
“Visitors can partake in a variety of outdoor activities, from hiking, biking and camping to kayaking and fishing,” according to AI-Pro. “The park’s extensive trail system provides adventurers with opportunities to explore the rugged terrain, witness waterfalls, walk through the magnificent Fern Canyon, and breathe in the crisp forest air.”
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Mahan Grove One Of Humboldt's Most Beautiful https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/9/mahan Glenn Franco Simmons' digital art showing Mahan Grove in Humboldt Redwoods State Park.Mahan GroveThe Mahan Grove is often referred to as the Mahan Plaque, which includes part of the general area of Founders’ Grove in Humboldt Redwoods State Park in Humboldt County, Calif. This digitally created artwork reminds of the grove, especially its entrance. The Mahan Grove is often referred to as the Mahan Plaque, which includes part of the general area of Founders’ Grove in Humboldt Redwoods State Park in Humboldt County, Calif.
 
It was named after Laura and James Mahan.
 
Today, I added more digitally created photos that remind me of the grove, complete with blooming redwood sorrel.
 
There is a trail through a redwood grove that is fully carpeted with sword and other ferns and redwood sorrel. It is a heavenly little place. 
 
Loggers came very close to clearing these trees. You can see evidence of logging on the hill above the grow ~ less so as the trees on the hill continue to grow, as they are protected from logging, although some clearing of underbrush must be done to reduce fire risk in this area. That's a personal, non-fire professional experience.
 
Mahan GroveMahan GroveThe Mahan Grove is often referred to as the Mahan Plaque, which includes part of the general area of Founders’ Grove in Humboldt Redwoods State Park in Humboldt County, Calif. This digitally created artwork reminds of the grove, especially its entrance. “Laura and James Mahan were environmental activists who played a significant role in preserving the redwoods, which are the majestic and ancient trees found primarily on the Pacific Coast of the United States,” according to AI-Pro. “They dedicated their lives to advocating for the conservation of these trees and raising awareness about their importance.
 
“The Mahans were instrumental in establishing the Mahan Grove, a grove of old-growth redwoods protected from logging activities. They worked tirelessly to protect these trees and educate the public about the vital role they play in our ecosystems. Through their advocacy efforts, they were able to secure funding and support from various organizations and individuals who shared their passion for preserving the redwood forests.
 
“They celebrated for their contributions to environmental conservation, particularly in their efforts to save the redwoods,” AI-Pro continued. “Their dedication, activism and leadership serve as an inspiration to others who continue to work towards the preservation of these magnificent trees and the amazing habitats they provide.”
 
Mahan GroveMahan GroveThe Mahan Grove is often referred to as the Mahan Plaque, which includes part of the general area of Founders’ Grove in Humboldt Redwoods State Park in Humboldt County, Calif. This digitally created artwork reminds of the grove, especially its entrance. Founders’ Grove is a popular tourist destination that is worth stopping at. It is where some of the redwood scenes were filmed in “Return of the Jedi” in the scenes were racing their contraptions through the redwoods in a chase.
 
My daughter Sarah and I watched the filming for several days.
 
The grove is worth a stop and is accessible for most capabilities, which makes it exceptionally nice for families with young children or elders who may have varying degrees of mobility.
 
“Founders’ Grove was created to honor and recognize the founders of Save the Redwoods League, an influential organization dedicated to the protection and conservation of redwood forests,” according to AI-Pro. “Save the Redwoods League was established in 1918 by a group of pioneering individuals who recognized the need to protect these ancient and majestic trees from industrial logging.
 
Mahan GroveMahan GroveThe Mahan Grove is often referred to as the Mahan Plaque, which includes part of the general area of Founders’ Grove in Humboldt Redwoods State Park in Humboldt County, Calif. This digitally created artwork reminds of the grove, especially its entrance. “Over the years, the league acquired various parcels of land, including the area that now encompasses Founders’ Grove. Through their efforts, they helped safeguard large portions of the redwood forests and ensure their preservation for future generations to enjoy.”
 
The grove is certainly an example of perseverance in the face of an imposing industrial monolith that was the North Coast’s redwood lumber industry at one time.
 
“It stands as a testament to the vision and dedication of the founders of Save the Redwoods League,” AI-Pro noted. “It showcases some of the most impressive and awe-inspiring redwood trees in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, allowing visitors to experience the magnificence of these ancient giants firsthand.”
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More Dyerville Giant Redwoods Digital Artworks Added https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/9/more Dyerville Giant redwood digital paintings by Glenn Franco Simmons.Dyerville GiantFortunately, I was able to view the Dyerville Giant many times throughout my life before the ancient redwood was toppled in a 1991 storm. I have added more Dyerville Giant redwood digitally created artworks that you might enjoy in the Humboldt Redwoods photo gallery, which is posted below in the form of a slideshow.

 

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Dyerville Giant May Be Down, But It's Still Producing https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/9/giant Dyerville GiantDyerville GiantFortunately, I was able to view the Dyerville Giant many times throughout my life before the ancient redwood was toppled in a 1991 storm. by Glenn Franco Simmons
 
Fortunately, I was able to view the Dyerville Giant many times throughout my life before the ancient redwood was toppled in a 1991 storm.
 
My children were all also to see it, as well as my lovely wife Kathleen.
 
The tree still remains on the ground in Humboldt Redwoods State Park at Founders’ Grove, which was dedicated to the efforts of the Save The Redwoods League’s founders in saving groves along what is now known as Avenue of The Giants.
 
The Dyerville Giant stood at 370 feet.
 
“Acknowledged as one of the tallest trees on earth, the Dyerville Giant was revered as a champion Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens; “ever living”), a species known for its jaw-dropping heights and longevity,” according to AI-Pro.
 
“The Giant was born over 1,600 years ago, back in an era when the Roman Empire was at its peak. As a seed, it was not much larger than that of a tomato seed.”
 
Dyerville GiantDyerville GiantFortunately, I was able to view the Dyerville Giant many times throughout my life before the ancient redwood was toppled in a 1991 storm. Yet within that miniature seed was the potential to become a titan of Humboldt Redwoods State Park.
 
“Over the centuries, it grew to a diameter of 17 feet and boasted a 52-foot circumference at its base,” AI-Pro noted. “Nature-lovers flocked to the park to witness its grandeur and stand in their echo against the whispering giant. On sunny days, the sunlight that filtered through its high branches patterned the forest floor, rendering an enchanting play of light.
 
“Its reign as one of the tallest trees in the world came to an abrupt end when a 1991 storm of epic proportions howled through the Humboldt County. As the thunder roared and lightning illuminated the park, the Dyerville Giant yielded to the sheer force of nature. With a crashing sound compared to that of a train wreck, the Giant fell.”
 
Yet that is not the end of the Dyerville Giant.
 
Dyerville GiantDyerville GiantFortunately, I was able to view the Dyerville Giant many times throughout my life before the ancient redwood was toppled in a 1991 storm.

My children were all also to see it, as well as my lovely wife Kathleen.

The tree still remains on the ground in Humboldt Redwoods State Park at Founders’ Grove, which was dedicated to the efforts of the Save The Redwoods League’s founders in saving groves along what is now known as Avenue of The Giants.

The Dyerville Giant stood at 370 feet.
“The site of the fallen majestic redwood has turned into a shrine of sorts,” according to AI-Pro. “The tree’s fall was not the end, but instead, an important part of the redwood forest’s lifecycle. It returned to the woodland's fertile soil to fuel new life. Lush clover petals, ferns, mushrooms, insects, and smaller trees thrived from the nutrient influx, continuing the cycle that the towering Giant had once been part of as a humble seed.”
 
Many visitors still flock to Founders’ Grove to view the Dyerville Giant that fell 32 years ago.
 
“Today, visitors to the park can find a plaque that pays tribute to the Dyerville Giant and the legacy that it left behind,” AI-Pro stated. “It serves as a powerful reminder of the endurance of nature and the continuous cycle of growth, destruction, and rebirth.
 
“And, the Dyerville Giant’s story remains embedded in the heart of the Humboldt Redwoods State Park, a silent testament to the raw and enchanting power of nature to create, destroy and resurrect.”
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[email protected] (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons) forest forests Glenn Franco Simmons Humboldt County North Coast Prairie Creek redwood Redwood National Park redwoods tree trees https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/9/giant Sat, 30 Sep 2023 00:14:01 GMT
Prairie Creek State Park's Magnificent Cathedral Tree Trail https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/9/cathedral  
A digital artwork portraying Cathedral Tree Trail in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park by Glenn Franco Simmons.Cathedral Trees TrailCathedral Trees Trail (Cathedral Trail) in Prairie Creek Redwood State Park is a majestic hike through Humboldt County ancient redwoods.
by Glenn Franco Simmons
 
One of the most awe-inspiring trails in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park is Cathedral Trail, sometimes referred to as Cathedral Trees Trail.
 
It is a renowned hiking trail that I have hiked countless times. I have seen spectacularly beautiful fern-covered slopes along this trail under the heavy canopy of the ancient redwoods.
 
“Known for the remarkable cathedral-like groves of ancient redwood trees it passes through, the trail offers visitors an opportunity to experience the grandeur of one of the world’s most-magnificent redwood groves,” according to AI-Pro. 
 
A digital artwork portraying Cathedral Tree Trail in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park by Glenn Franco Simmons.Cathedral Trees TrailCathedral Trees Trail (Cathedral Trail) in Prairie Creek Redwood State Park is a majestic hike through Humboldt County ancient redwoods. The meandering uphill trail takes you up to Cathedral Grove, a few trees in close proximity together. “The trail takes its name from the towering redwood trees that line its path, creating a cathedral-like atmosphere as visitors walk beneath their massive branches. These ancient giants, reaching heights of more than 300 feet, give Cathedral Trail an otherworldly ambiance and make it an unforgettable experience.”
 
It is a trail that I hiked on my first date with my lovely wife Kathleen.
 
“The trail begins near the park’s visitor center and winds through lush fern-lined groves, dense undergrowth and along the banks of scenic Prairie Creek. As hikers venture deeper into the trail, the beauty and majesty of the redwoods become increasingly apparent. The towering trees, some with diameters greater than 20 feet, create a serene and tranquil environment that captivates visitors and instills a sense of awe.
 
A digital artwork portraying Cathedral Tree Trail in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park by Glenn Franco Simmons.Cathedral Trees TrailCathedral Trees Trail (Cathedral Trail) in Prairie Creek Redwood State Park is a majestic hike through Humboldt County ancient redwoods. The meandering uphill trail takes you up to Cathedral Grove, a few trees in close proximity together. “Along the way, interpretive signs provide information and insights into the unique ecosystem of the redwood forest. Visitors can learn about the life cycle of these ancient trees, their adaptation to the environment, and the necessity of preserving their habitat. It represents an educational experience that enriches the hike and deepens the understanding of the redwood forest ecosystem.”
 
In terms of difficulty, the well-maintained but narrow two-mile-long roundtrip does have uphill sections. It also has thick roots in some sections of the trail, depending upon erosion from the previous winters. It takes one to two hours or more to walk, depending upon her pace and interest in taking in the ancient redwood ambience.
 
“Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park is home to the largest remaining old-growth coast redwood forest on Earth, and the Cathedral Trail offers a glimpse into its magnificence,” according to AI-Pro. “The park’s management prioritizes the preservation of this delicate ecosystem, ensuring that future generations can continue to appreciate and be inspired by its natural beauty.”
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Under The Harsh Desert Sun https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/9/harsh Immigration PoemImmigration PoemI wrote this poem about illegal immigration after seeing an infant and a child make their way through barb wire. Under the relentless, harsh desert sun dare they tread,
The immigrants, with hope and uncertainty in equal measure fed,
Crawling, bowing low under make-shift shields of worn-out cardboard,
For the promise of a safer haven, they labor onward.
 
Cradled under this makeshift canopy so brittle and weak,
Babies too young to protest, speak or even peek.
Shielded from the jagged teeth of the concertina wire,
Yet the sonnet of their silent plight echoes in a choir.
 
The river whispers, a deep ribbon winding with gentle sway,
Its steady current, a quiet, latent challenge of their way.
Threats of immersion, dehydration, hunger's persistent claw,
From the grip of impoverished despair, to unknown lands they withdraw.
 
But emerge from the shadows heroes clad in uniforms blue,
Not mighty in force, but in their humanity so true.
Police officers, they bear not just a badge but a vow,
Cutting through barbed wires, they kindle hope now.
 
In gentle hands, they cradle these lives fragile and worn,
Not as trespassers or outlaws, but as human beings torn.
A testament of kinship, of love that transcends the border lines,
Our shared story, painted in the palette of the complexity of our times.
 
So let’s not forget, we all are a family in this vast universe,
And charity knows no bounds in this beautiful world so diverse.
For we breathe the same air, bask under one sun,
Separated by languages, yet in essence, we are one.
 
“Immigrants,” “illegals,” “aliens” these are but constructs of the mind,
Yet in every heart the basic essence of humanity, we can find.
Illegal, legal or somewhere in between,
We are all God’s children, glimmers of the divine sheen.
 
Through trials and tribulations, of struggles spoken and not,
The message is clear, prejudices must be fought.
For the strength of spirit cannot be categorized,
Every being, every soul is equally prized.
 
So, let’s renew our pledge to compassion, to kinship extend,
Through every encounter, love and tolerance we will send.
Look beyond borders and into everyone’s heart and mind,
For in them will be our own humanity that we find.
 
~ Franco
 
 
(Image is a digitally created artwork. I wrote this poem about illegal immigration after seeing an infant and a child make their way through barb wire.)

 

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More Cal-Barrel Digital Paintings Added https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/9/cal A digital painting of Cal-Barrel Road in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.Cal-Barrel RoadThis photo reminds me of my many hikes along Cal-Barrel Road in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. It is a digitally created artwork. There is a little-known road in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park that takes you from the old Highway 101 up into the ancient redwood forest.

“Originally constructed during the mid-19th century, this road played a crucial role in connecting the isolated settlers of the area and facilitating the transportation of goods and supplies,” according to AI-Pro.

“The road derives its name from the ‘cal barrels’ used for transporting quicklime, an essential ingredient in the production of mortar used for constructing buildings. The local lime kilns, located in close proximity to the road, would produce quicklime, which was then transported via this route to various destinations.”

The hard-packed, one-lane gravel road was initially composed of only dirt, but it is moist along the coast, so gravel was eventually applied.

A digital painting of Cal-Barrel Road in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.Cal-Barrel RoadThis photo reminds me of my many hikes along Cal-Barrel Road in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. It is a digitally created artwork. “As transportation North Coast roads changed, the importance of Cal-Barrel Road diminished,” according to AI-Pro. “Eventually, in the interest of environmental preservation and to protect the unique attributes of Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, the road was closed to vehicular traffic and preserved as a hiking and biking trail.

Today, Cal-Barrel Road serves as a testament to the rich history of the region and a vital link to the past. Visitors to Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park can explore the road's remnants, enjoying its rustic charm

So that is all about the road, but why is the road named Cal-Barrel? Because there used be the California Barrel Co.

“While the lumber industry had dominated the region for decades, the California Barrel Co. was the principal employer in the city from 1906 to 1956 and the closure of the company was an unexpected hardship,” according to a past city of Arcata publication. “By 1936, the California Barrel Co. could advertise an annual payroll of approximately half a million dollars and almost 400 employees. The United Creameries Association and Golden State Milk Products Co. represented an annual butter production of one and one half million dollars.”

A digital painting of Cal-Barrel Road in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.Cal-Barrel RoadThis photo reminds me of my many hikes along Cal-Barrel Road in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. It is a digitally created artwork. The city said Cal-Barrel was the largest employer in the city after World War 2 and employed nearly three times as many people as before it shut down. United Creameries also closed years ago.

“Early on, {Cal-Barrel} made barrels for the Spreckles Sugar Co., later expanding to supply containers to China and to provide wire-bound crates for produce and machinery in the United States,” according to Eureka-based newspaper, The Times-Standard, which I used to work for as city editor. “The company cut {Sitka} spruce and other trees in several parts of Humboldt County, including Fickle Hill and a portion of what later became Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Much of its mill, just northwest of Samoa Boulevard and L Street in Arcata, still stands, recalling the days when it provided the paychecks for 1,142 workers.”

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Big Tree A Popular Destination In Prairie Creek Redwoods https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/9/big-tree A digital painting that depicts my memories of Big Tree Grove in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.Big Tree GroveThis artwork originates with my recollection of Big Tree in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park in Humboldt County, Calif. Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park is nestled in the northwestern part of Humboldt County.

Towering redwoods stand as tall sentinels throughout this magnificent North Coast park.

Prairie Creek is filled with groves and giant redwoods, even featuring a beautiful Rhododendron Trail through the redwoods, even a Cathedral Grove.

“Big Tree is a tree in a grove, which my digital artworks represent my memories of many hikes through this grove.

A digital painting that depicts my memories of Big Tree Grove in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.Big Tree GroveThis artwork originates with my recollection of Big Tree in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park in Humboldt County, Calif. “Known simply as ‘Big Tree,’ this magnificent redwood is a symbol of both the grandeur and importance of preserving the ancient forests that once flourished across the region,” according to an AI-Pro essay.

Big Tree is a coastal redwood (Sequoia sempervirens: ever living) that is also known as a Coast Redwood and California Redwood.

“Big Tree earned its name not only due to its immense height but also because of its astonishing girth,” according to AI-Pro. “Standing at a staggering 300 feet tall and boasting a diameter of nearly 24 feet, this redwood is a true testament to the power and resilience of nature.

“Scientists estimate that Big Tree began its life as a seedling more than 1,500 years ago, during the time of the Byzantine Empire. It has witnessed the passing of countless generations, weathered storms, and stood defiant against the test of time. One can only imagine the events it has silently observed throughout its long existence.

A digital painting that depicts my memories of Big Tree Grove in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.Big Tree GroveThis artwork originates with my recollection of Big Tree in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park in Humboldt County, Calif. “As you stand before Big Tree, gazing up into the sky, humbled by its sheer magnitude, you cannot help but feel a connection to the past,” AI-Pro continued. “The presence of this magnificent redwood is a living testament to the resilience and endurance of nature, and a reminder that we are mere custodians of this planet for future generations.”

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park is a sanctuary. In fact, the entire park is a cathedral unto itself. I often marveled at how close to God I felt in redwood groves.

“Besides Big Tree, the park is home to a diverse array of flora and fauna, including marbled murrelets, Roosevelt elk, and delicate ferns that thrive in the moist, shaded understory,” according to AI-Pro.

A digital painting that depicts my memories of Big Tree Grove in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.Big Tree GroveThis artwork originates with my recollection of Big Tree in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park in Humboldt County, Calif. Preservation of the park is of paramount importance.

“To protect this natural wonder, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park has implemented strict measures to ensure the preservation of its delicate habitat,” AI-Pro noted. “Visitors are encouraged to stay on designated trails to avoid damaging the fragile root systems of the ancient trees. Efforts are underway to raise awareness and educate the public about the importance of sustainable practices.”

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[email protected] (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons) forest forests Glenn Franco Simmons Humboldt County North Coast Prairie Creek redwood Redwood National Park redwoods tree trees https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/9/big-tree Thu, 28 Sep 2023 23:07:32 GMT
Digital Paintings Portray Carlotta Memories https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/9/carlotta A digital painting depicting my memories of Carlotta, Calif.Carlotta PaintingCarlotta is still an unincorporated community in Humboldt County, about 6.5 miles southeast of Fortuna on California State Route 36. Carlotta is still an unincorporated community in Humboldt County, about 6.5 miles southeast of Fortuna on California State Route 36.
 
“Carlotta is named after Carlotta Vance, daughter of John M. Vance, who laid out the town as a summer resort,” according to Wikipedia. “The first post office at Carlotta opened in 1903.”
 
These digital art creations remind me of Carlotta.
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[email protected] (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons) Carlotta paintings digital art Glenn Franco Simmons Humboldt County North Coast painting https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/9/carlotta Thu, 28 Sep 2023 22:07:45 GMT
Digital Artworks Feature Positano, Italy https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/9/positano A Positano, Italy digital painting.Positano, ItalyThis digital artwork shows Positano, Italy. It does not represent an actual physical location. These are digitally designed artworks featuring digital designs that remind me of the Amalfi Coast in Italy.

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Floral Designs Added Today https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/9/floral A digitally designed floral artwork by Glenn Franco Simmons.Floral DesignA digitally designed floral artwork by Glenn Franco Simmons. Today, more digitally designed floral artworks by Glenn Franco Simmons were posted.

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[email protected] (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons) art designs digital design floral flower flowers Glenn Franco Simmons graphic arts https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/9/floral Thu, 28 Sep 2023 21:29:07 GMT
Cal-Barrel Road Part Of Digital Redwood Artworks https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/9/cal-barrel A digital painting of Cal-Barrel Road in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.Cal-Barrel RoadThis photo reminds me of my many hikes along Cal-Barrel Road in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. It is a digitally created artwork. This gallery will feature digitally created images of redwoods in Humboldt County. They are not intended to be exact re-creations of actual groves or trees, but I believe they are beautiful. They include digitally created images of redwoods, including Cal-Barrel Road in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park and Bull Creek Flat in Humboldt Redwoods State Park.

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[email protected] (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons) forest forests Glenn Franco Simmons Humboldt County landscape landscapes redwood redwoods https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/9/cal-barrel Thu, 28 Sep 2023 18:54:29 GMT
Abstract Saucers Created From Digital Software https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/9/saucers Abstract digital designs by Glenn Franco Simmons.Bowl AbstractThis artwork was created with digital software. I have been experimenting with digital software to create artworks. Today, I worked on "abstract saucers," which I will provide a slideshow for.

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Bubble Floral Mandala Added Today https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/9/bubble Bubble floral mandala by Glenn Franco Simmons.Bubble Floral MandalaThis is a bubble floral mandala. I added this today.

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Digital Painting Dedicated To Humboldt Redwoods' Mahan Grove https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/9/mahan-grove Glenn Franco Simmons' digital art showing Mahan Grove in Humboldt Redwoods State Park.Mahan GroveThe Mahan Grove is often referred to as the Mahan Plaque, which includes part of the general area of Founders' Grove in Humboldt Redwoods State Park in Humboldt County, Calif. The Mahan Grove is often referred to as the Mahan Plaque, which includes part of the general area of Founders’ Grove in Humboldt Redwoods State Park in Humboldt County, Calif.

It was named after Laura and James Mahan.

There is a trail through a redwood grove that is fully carpeted with sword and other ferns and redwood sorrel. It is a heavenly little place. 

Loggers came very close to clearing these trees. You can see evidence of logging on the hill above the grow ~ less so as the trees on the hill continue to grow, as they are protected from logging, although some clearing of underbrush must be done to reduce fire risk in this area. That's a personal, non-fire professional experience.

“Laura and James Mahan were environmental activists who played a significant role in preserving the redwoods, which are the majestic and ancient trees found primarily on the Pacific Coast of the United States,” according to AI-Pro. “They dedicated their lives to advocating for the conservation of these trees and raising awareness about their importance.

“The Mahans were instrumental in establishing the Mahan Grove, a grove of old-growth redwoods protected from logging activities. They worked tirelessly to protect these trees and educate the public about the vital role they play in our ecosystems. Through their advocacy efforts, they were able to secure funding and support from various organizations and individuals who shared their passion for preserving the redwood forests.

“They celebrated for their contributions to environmental conservation, particularly in their efforts to save the redwoods,” AI-Pro continued. “Their dedication, activism and leadership serve as an inspiration to others who continue to work towards the preservation of these magnificent trees and the amazing habitats they provide.”

Founders’ Grove is a popular tourist destination that is worth stopping at. It is where some of the redwood scenes were filmed in “Return of the Jedi” in the scenes were racing their contraptions through the redwoods in a chase.

My daughter Sarah and I watched the filming for several days.

The grove is worth a stop and is accessible for most capabilities, which makes it exceptionally nice for families with young children or elders who may have varying degrees of mobility.

“Founders’ Grove was created to honor and recognize the founders of Save the Redwoods League, an influential organization dedicated to the protection and conservation of redwood forests,” according to AI-Pro. “Save the Redwoods League was established in 1918 by a group of pioneering individuals who recognized the need to protect these ancient and majestic trees from industrial logging.

“Over the years, the league acquired various parcels of land, including the area that now encompasses Founders’ Grove. Through their efforts, they helped safeguard large portions of the redwood forests and ensure their preservation for future generations to enjoy.”

The grove is certainly an example of perseverance in the face of an imposing industrial monolith that was the North Coast’s redwood lumber industry at one time.

“It stands as a testament to the vision and dedication of the founders of Save the Redwoods League,” AI-Pro noted. “It showcases some of the most impressive and awe-inspiring redwood trees in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, allowing visitors to experience the magnificence of these ancient giants firsthand.”

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[email protected] (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons) AI art Avenue of the Giants digital art Mahan Grove redwood painting Save the Redwoods League https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/9/mahan-grove Sat, 16 Sep 2023 16:21:11 GMT
Tapestry Of Unity https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/9/tapestry Peace MonumentPeace MonumentMy intent of this poem is to be thought-provoking, capturing the essence of unity through our diversity ~ not through conformity and rigidity.


I wanted to emphasize the power of love and understanding. Poetry expresses our emotions and calls attention to important issues. It is also important to realize the necessity of tolerance and the need to overcome hate and prejudice.


Furthermore, I also wanted to bring attention to the world’s complexities. While the West has led the way in the past century-plus of resource exploitation, no country or culture is free from modern complexities, hypocrisies and, sometimes, malevolent actions. I wanted to address the challenges faced by various regions that remind us that darkness can exist in any part of this world. Humans should work together, across borders and cultures, to create a future where justice, fairness and love thrive.


And I am not endorsing any political perspective. A pox on all politics. That is how I feel after covering politicians as a journalist most of my working career.


The power of words can inspire change, and the poem hopefully reminds my fellow human brothers and sisters of the collective responsibility we must challenge injustice and promote harmony.


It is important to truly reflect and take positive, peaceful actions in our daily lives, at work, home, school, etc.

TAPESTRY OF UNITY
In a world where strife and discord reside,
Where hatred and prejudice seek to divide,
Let us rise above the darkness that ensnares,
And weave a tapestry of unity that cares.

Let tolerance be our guiding light,
A beacon that shines through each day and night,
For in diversity’s embrace we find,
A kaleidoscope of beauty, one of a kind.

Religion, culture, countries and speech,
The myriad colors that our planet does teach,
Each unique thread in this grand design,
Together, they form a masterpiece divine.

Let not the forces of hate prevail,
For love and understanding shall never fail,
Against the walls that bigotry may raise,
We’ll stand united, weaving bridges of praise.

Yet truth be told, the West’s path has strayed,
In pursuit of power, debts have been paid,
Promoting “democratic values” so dear,
While sowing seeds of conflict and fear.

Resource-rich lands, exploited and scarred,
As the West’s hunger for wealth leaves them marred,
The scales of justice tipped unfairly askew,
A testament to hypocrisy we see through.

But let us not forget, it’s not the West alone,
Injustice and greed have found hearts to own,
For darkness resides in every corner and place,
And it’s our duty to challenge it, face to face.

So let us strive for a world renewed,
Where justice and fairness are not eschewed,
Join hands, my friends, in a chorus of hope,
To build a future where all can truly cope.

Let tolerance and unity be our creed,
Across oceans and borders, we shall succeed,
For in embracing diversity’s grand array,
We'll create a world where love will forever stay.


A perigee full moon or supermoon is seen over the The Peace Monument on the grounds of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. A supermoon occurs when the moon’s orbit is closest (perigee) to Earth at the same time it is full. Photo Credit: From Flickr. NASA HQ photo by Bill Ingalls. (201408100004HQ) CC BY-NC 2.0. In this use, it is noncommercial. The poem is copyrighted by me. © Glenn Franco Simmons.
My intent of this poem is to be thought-provoking, capturing the essence of unity through our diversity ~ not through conformity and rigidity.

I wanted to emphasize the power of love and understanding. Poetry expresses our emotions and calls attention to important issues. It is also important to realize the necessity of tolerance and the need to overcome hate and prejudice.

Furthermore, I also wanted to bring attention to the world’s complexities. While the West has led the way in the past century-plus of resource exploitation, no country or culture is free from modern complexities, hypocrisies and, sometimes, malevolent actions. I wanted to address the challenges faced by various regions that remind us that darkness can exist in any part of this world. Humans should work together, across borders and cultures, to create a future where justice, fairness and love thrive.

And I am not endorsing any political perspective. A pox on all politics. That is how I feel after covering politicians as a journalist most of my working career.

The power of words can inspire change, and the poem hopefully reminds my fellow human brothers and sisters of the collective responsibility have to challenge injustice and promote harmony.

It is important to truly reflect and take positive, peaceful actions in our daily lives, at work, home, school, etc. 
NASA PlanetsNASA Planets"NASA Planets," courtesy of NASA. Image use does not imply NASA's endorsement of such use. TAPESTRY OF UNITY

In a world where strife and discord reside,

Where hatred and prejudice seek to divide,

Let us rise above the darkness that ensnares,

And weave a tapestry of unity that cares.

 

Let tolerance be our guiding light,

A beacon that shines through each day and night,

For in diversity’s embrace we find,

A kaleidoscope of beauty, one of a kind.

 

Religion, culture, countries and speech,

The myriad colors that our planet does teach,

Each unique thread in this grand design,

Together, they form a masterpiece divine.

 

Let not the forces of hate prevail,

For love and understanding shall never fail,

Against the walls that bigotry may raise,

We’ll stand united, weaving bridges of praise.

 

Yet truth be told, the West’s path has strayed,

In pursuit of power, debts have been paid,

Promoting “democratic values” so dear,

While sowing seeds of conflict and fear.

 

Resource-rich lands, exploited and scarred,

As the West’s hunger for wealth leaves them marred,

The scales of justice tipped unfairly askew,

A testament to hypocrisy we see through.

 

But let us not forget, it’s not the West alone,

Injustice and greed have found hearts to own,

For darkness resides in every corner and place,

And it’s our duty to challenge it, face to face.

 

So let us strive for a world renewed,

Where justice and fairness are not eschewed,

Join hands, my friends, in a chorus of hope,

To build a future where all can truly cope.

 

Let tolerance and unity be our creed,

Across oceans and borders, we shall succeed,

For in embracing diversity’s grand array,

We'll create a world where love will forever stay.

~ Franco

A perigee full moon or supermoon is seen over the The Peace Monument on the grounds of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. A supermoon occurs when the moon’s orbit is closest (perigee) to Earth at the same time it is full. Photo Credit: From Flickr. NASA HQ photo by Bill Ingalls. (201408100004HQ) CC BY-NC 2.0. In this use, it is noncommercial. The poem is copyrighted by me. © Glenn Franco Simmons.

 

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Sailboat Near Picturesque Lovers' Point https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/9/sail A sailing boat photographed at Lovers' Point by Glenn Franco Simmons.Pacific Grove SailboatA sailboat behind Lovers' Point in Pacific Grove, Calif. As a storm broke over Monterey Bay at Lovers’ Point one day while I was photographing, a sailboat sailed en route from Monterey to sailing down the Big Sur Coast.

“It is a picturesque and enchanting spot that has long been associated with love and romance,” according to AI Pro. “Nestled on the eastern tip of the scenic Monterey Peninsula, this iconic destination offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and an idyllic atmosphere that captures the hearts of visitors.

“The origin of the name ‘Lovers’ Point’ traces back to a beautiful legend. It is said that many moons ago, a young couple found solace in this serene spot, seeking refuge from the outside world. They spent countless hours gazing at the shimmering waves, engaging in heartfelt conversations, and cherishing each other’s company. As their love grew deeper, Lovers’ Point became their sanctuary where they pledged their eternal love.

“Over time, word of this enchanting haven spread throughout the region, and couples began visiting Lovers’ Point to bask in its romantic ambiance,” Pro AI continued. “The location later received official recognition and has become a beloved landmark for locals and tourists alike. Its natural beauty, soothing sounds of crashing waves, and stunning sunsets provide the perfect backdrop for couples to create lasting memories.”

I have seen numerous weddings and engagement photos done at Lovers’ Rock at Lovers’ Point, which is a great place for anyone who can at least leisurely walk along the Pacific Grove Beach Trail. It is in a perfect location.

Pacific Grove sailboat photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Pacific Grove SailboatA sailboat behind Lovers' Point in Pacific Grove, Calif. “Lovers’ Point offers a variety of amenities to enhance the visitor experience,” according to Pro AI. “It boasts a well-maintained park with lush green spaces, ideal for picnics, leisurely walks or a peaceful moment of solitude. The park also features charming benches strategically placed to maximize the incredible views.

“For the more adventurous couples, Lovers’ Point provides access to a scenic coastal trail that winds along the shoreline, offering mesmerizing vistas and opportunities for exploration. Whether taking a leisurely stroll or enjoying a vigorous hike, the trail ensures an unforgettable experience.

“Moreover, Lovers’ Point is a popular place for recreational activities such as kayaking, paddleboarding and swimming,” Pro AI continued. “The calm and clear waters of the Pacific Ocean beckon those seeking an adventurous escape or a refreshing swim to beat the California heat.”

It is a perfect area for viewing Pacific sunsets.

“Lovers’ Point is not just a daytime destination; it shines even more brightly as the sun begins to set,” Pro AI noted. “The warm hues of the sky enveloping the horizon, coupled with the sound of crashing waves, create a truly magical atmosphere. It is no wonder that Lovers’ Point has become a favored spot for proposals and intimate weddings.

“While Lovers’ Point is often associated with romance, it is a special place that welcomes visitors of all ages and backgrounds. Families, friends and solo tourists can all find solace and joy in this remarkable location. The beauty and serenity of Lovers’ Point offers a respite from the modern world, allowing everyone to reconnect with nature and experience its unwavering charm.”

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Point Pinos Lighthouse A Historic Legacy https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/9/point Point Pinos Lighthouse in Pacific Grove, Calif. photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Point Pinos LighthousePoint Pinos Lighthouse in Pacific Grove, Calif. The Point Pinos Lighthouse is a legendary fixture on California’s Central Coast.

“It holds a significant place in maritime history and remains an iconic landmark even today,” according to AI Pro. “It is the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the United States’ West Coast. 

“The story of Point Pinos Lighthouse began in 1852 when Congress allocated funds for the construction of a lighthouse on the rocky shores of the Monterey Peninsula. The site was chosen due to its strategic location, providing a guiding light for ships navigating the treacherous waters along the Central California coast. The lighthouse takes its name from the prominent rocky outcrop on which it stands, Point Pinos.”

For anyone who thinks California has sandy beaches and sunshine, think again. Much of the California coastline is rugged, remote and can be dangerous.

A bench at Point Pinos Lighthouse photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Point Pinos BenchA bench at Point Pinos Lighthouse. “The construction of the lighthouse proved to be a formidable challenge due to the rugged terrain and harsh weather conditions,” AI Pro noted. “It took three years of hard work to complete the structure, and on Feb. 1, 1855, the Point Pinos Lighthouse was first illuminated. The lighthouse stood tall at 50 feet, with its light visible from a distance of 17 miles out to sea.”

The lighthouse was necessary due to the region’s rocky coastline.

“Initially, the light was fueled by lard oil, which had to be constantly replenished by the lighthouse-keepers,” according to AI Pro. “In 1888, it was converted to a more efficient kerosene lamp, further Point Pinos Lighthouse in Pacific Grove, Calif. photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Point Pinos BuoyA decommissioned buoy at Point Pinos Lighthouse in Pacific Grove, Calif. improving the visibility of the light. In 1919, the lighthouse underwent a significant modernization when it was electrified. This upgrade brought greater reliability and efficiency, eliminating the need for manual adjustments and enhancing the visibility of the light’s beam. The Fresnel lens, known for its unique optical design, was also installed at this time, intensifying the light and extending its range even further.”

Lighthouse-keepers and their families lived at the lighthouse.

“These dedicated keepers performed daily maintenance tasks, watched for ships in distress, and diligently stoked the fires that kept the light shining brightly,” AI Pro stated. “In 1975, the U.S. Coast Guard automated the light, relieving the need for an on-site keeper. However, the Coast Guard continued to maintain the lighthouse and grounds. Today, the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History operates the lighthouse and offers guided tours to visitors, providing insights into its rich history and significance.”

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Gaylen Rose An Eye-catching Dahlia https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/9/gaylen Gaylen Rose dahlia photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Gaylen Rose DahliaThis Gaylen Rose dahlia photo has been sized for 36x24 inches and will fit many other sized photos. The photo was taken in San Francisco at The Dahlia Garden in Golden Gate Park. The Gaylen Rose Dahlia is known by its scientific name of Dahlia “Gaylen Rose.”

“It is a stunning flower that has gained popularity among gardeners and flower enthusiasts,” according to AI Pro. “This particular decorative dahlia cultivar has captured the attention of many due to its distinctive appearance and vibrant colors.

“It also features large, fully double flowers that can reach a diameter of up to six inches. The petals are elegantly arranged in multiple layers, giving the flower a full and lush appearance. The color palette of this dahlia cultivar is captivating, with its primary shade being a vibrant and rich pink.

Gaylen Rose dahlia photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Gaylen Rose DahliaThis Gaylen Rose dahlia photo has been sized for 36x24 inches and will fit many other sized photos. The photo was taken in San Francisco at The Dahlia Garden in Golden Gate Park. “The petals often showcase a gradient effect, transitioning into lighter shades towards the center of the flower,” AI Pro noted. “The combination of intense pinks and soft hues creates a harmonious and eye-catching display.”

The dahlia is actually named after a dahlia cultivar, Gaylen Rose, a renowned American horticulturist and flower-breeder.

“Rose dedicated years to developing and refining dahlia varieties, including the cultivar that bears her name,” according to AI Pro. “The Gaylen Rose dahlia is valued for its ability to add a touch of elegance and drama to any garden or floral arrangement.

“Cultivating the dahlia requires some attention and care. This perennial plant thrives in full sun or partial shade and prefers well-drained soil. Planting the dahlia tubers during the springtime after the danger of frost has passed is recommended. The flowers typically bloom from mid to late summer until the first frost, providing a beautiful splash of color during the warmest months of the year.”

Gaylen Rose dahlia photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Gaylen Rose DahliaThis Gaylen Rose dahlia photo has been sized for 36x24 inches and will fit many other sized photos. The photo was taken in San Francisco at The Dahlia Garden in Golden Gate Park. Gaylen Rose dahlia photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Gaylen Rose DahliaThis Gaylen Rose dahlia photo has been sized for 36x24 inches and will fit many other sized photos. The photo was taken in San Francisco at The Dahlia Garden in Golden Gate Park. Gaylen Rose dahlia photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Gaylen Rose DahliaThis Gaylen Rose dahlia photo has been sized for 36x24 inches and will fit many other sized photos. The photo was taken in San Francisco at The Dahlia Garden in Golden Gate Park.

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Seagull: A Bird I Love https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/9/seagull Asilomar Beach seagull photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Asilomar Beach SeagullA seagull on Asilomar State Beach in Pacific Grove, Calif. This seagull was photographed at Asilomar State Beach in Pacific Grove, Calif.

“Seagulls are elegant and resourceful creatures that inhabit coastlines around the world, and they have long captivated the human imagination,” according to Ask AI. “From their graceful flight to their distinctive calls, seagulls display remarkable adaptability and intelligence. 

“Seagulls boast a variety of physical adaptations that enable them to thrive in coastal environments. Their streamlined bodies and long, slender wings grant them exceptional agility in flight, allowing them to effortlessly glide on sea breezes.”

Seagulls’ webbed feet enable them to walk on sand and to swim.

Asilomar Beach seagull photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Asilomar Beach SeagullA seagull on Asilomar State Beach in Pacific Grove, Calif. “Seagulls possess sharp beaks designed for capturing a wide range of prey, including fish, mollusks and even scraps of human food,” Ask AI noted. “Seagulls exhibit remarkable social behavior, often forming large colonies or flocks called ‘seagull colonies.’ These colonies serve multiple purposes, including increased protection against predators and cooperative hunting for food. Seagulls are known for their loud and distinctive calls, which they use to communicate with one another. They engage in complex courtship rituals, with males often engaging in elaborate displays to attract mates.”

I love seagulls, even though many people see them as winged rats, but they are highly adaptable and intelligent birds.

“Seagulls are highly adaptable creatures, capable of thriving in diverse environments, from bustling cities to remote islands,” Ask AI stated. “Their resourcefulness is evident in their ability to scavenge for food in urban areas and exploit various food sources. Seagulls have also shown remarkable problem-solving skills, such as dropping hard-shelled prey onto rocks to crack them open. This adaptability and intelligence have contributed to their successful colonization of many coastal regions.

“Seagulls, with their physical adaptations, social behavior and remarkable adaptability, represent a captivating and integral part of coastal ecosystems. Their presence continues to inspire awe and curiosity among humans, reminding us of the wonders of the natural world.”

 

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Elkhorn Cattle Chute Speaks Of Bygone Era https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/9/elkhorn Elkhorn Slough cattle chute photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Elkhorn SloughA cattle chute along the Elkhorn Slough in Monterey County, Calif. The Elkhorn Slough is a rural and beautiful estuary located near Elkhorn on California’s Central Coast.

“Elkhorn Slough is renowned for its rich biodiversity, delicate ecosystems and significant environmental value,” according to Ask AI, which I subscribe to. 

The seven-plus-mile-long slough has captivated scientists, nature enthusiasts and conservationists alike.

“It encompasses approximately 2,800 acres of tidal wetlands, mudflats and open water channels,” Ask AI noted. “The slough’s primary source is the Elkhorn River, which originates from the Santa Cruz Mountains and flows into the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.”

Where I am from ~ the rural and remote North Coast of California, such a “river” would be called a minor creek.

“The surrounding hillsides provide a picturesque backdrop, enhancing the area’s natural beauty,” Ask AI noted. “The diverse vegetation ~ including pickleweed, cordgrass and eelgrass beds ~ thrives in this estuarine environment, creating a unique habitat for numerous species.”

As mentioned, the slough area is rich in biodiversity.

Elkhorn Slough cattle chute photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Elkhorn SloughA photo from Elkhorn Slough in Monterey County, Calif. “Elkhorn Slough is a haven for biodiversity, serving as a critical stopover point for migratory birds on the Pacific Flyway,” according to Ask AI. “More than 340 bird species have been recorded within its boundaries, making it an essential habitat for both resident and migratory avian populations. The slough’s marshes and mudflats provide vital feeding and nesting grounds for endangered species, such as the California brown pelican and the western snowy plover.

“Furthermore, Elkhorn Slough supports a vast array of marine life. Its waters teem with fish, including steelhead trout, anchovies and halibut. Harbor seals and sea otters frequently inhabit the slough, drawing visitors who are eager to observe these charismatic marine mammals. The slough’s biodiversity extends beyond the water, as well. Rare and endemic plant species, such as the delicate sea-blite and the marsh sandwort, flourish in the wetlands, contributing to the overall ecological richness.”

Conservation has led to the preservation of most of the land adjacent to the slough.

Elkhorn Slough photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Elkhorn SloughA photo from Elkhorn Slough in Monterey County, Calif. “Recognizing the slough’s environmental significance, various organizations and agencies have dedicated their efforts to its preservation,” Ask AI stated. “The Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, established in 1979, plays a pivotal role in scientific research, monitoring and education. Its programs focus on understanding the slough’s ecosystems, fostering stewardship, and promoting sustainable practices.

“Additionally, local conservation organizations collaborate with landowners, farmers and the community to implement sustainable land-use practices and reduce pollution runoff into the slough. These initiatives aim to maintain water quality, preserve habitats, and ensure the long-term viability of Elkhorn Slough's ecosystems.

“Elkhorn Slough stands as a shining example of a delicate and vibrant ecosystem that warrants our utmost care and protection,” Ask AI concluded. “Its wealth of biodiversity, migratory bird populations and thriving marine life make it an invaluable natural treasure.”

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1916 Simplex An Extraordinary Earl Auto Era Car https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/9/1916-simplex The Nethercutt Collection1916 Simplex Crane Model 5 TouringThis 1916 Simplex Crane Model 5 Touring sedan is one of the automobile era's earliest gems. This 1916 Simplex Crane Model 5 Touring sedan is one of the automobile era’s earliest gems.

The Simplex cost $7,500 (in 1916 dollars and, at the time I checked, $210,000 in 2023 dollars) when new. It was manufactured by Simplex Automobile Co. Inc. of New Brunswick, N.J. The coachbuilder was C.R. Kimball of Chicago, Ill.

Kimball was the Kimball of piano manufacturing lore.

The Nethercutt Collection1916 Simplex Crane Model 5 TouringThis 1916 Simplex Crane Model 5 Touring sedan is one of the automobile era's earliest gems. This Simplex was photographed at The Nethercutt Collection in Sylmar, Calif. Nethercutt said Simplex’s “high performance was legendary.”

Please be aware that cars on display in museums often change due to sales, rotation, loans, maintenance, etc., so be sure to check with the museum to determine what cars are available to view before traveling to Nethercutt.

“The 1916 Simplex Crane Model 5 Touring Car was a remarkable automobile that showcased the engineering prowess of its time,” according to Ask AI. “This luxurious vehicle left an indelible mark on the automotive industry.

“The Model 5 Touring Car boasted a powerful 6-cylinder engine, delivering an impressive 84 horsepower.”

The Nethercutt Collection1916 Simplex Crane Model 5 TouringThis 1916 Simplex Crane Model 5 Touring sedan is one of the automobile era's earliest gems. The six-cylinder, L-head engine could sustain 60 hp.

This was remarkable power for a car at that time, which allowed the car to effortlessly cruise along roads ~ often awful for cars ~ of the era, even in hilly terrains.

The well-tuned engine remains a testament to Simplex’s engineering, which ensured smooth and powerful driver and passenger experiences.

The Model 5 Touring Car’s exterior may not seem like much now, but at the time (and for me to this very day), the Simplex exudes elegance and sophistication.

“With its sleek lines, graceful curves and attention to detail, the car caught the eye of passersby wherever it went,” Ask AI notes. “Its refined aesthetics were further enhanced by the use of high-quality materials, including rich leather upholstery and polished wood accents.

The Nethercutt Collection1916 Simplex Crane Model 5 TouringThis 1916 Simplex Crane Model 5 Touring sedan is one of the automobile era's earliest gems. “Inside the car, passengers were treated to a level of comfort rarely seen in automobiles of the time. Plush seating, spacious legroom and ample headroom made long journeys a pleasure. The Model 5 Touring Car was also equipped with cutting-edge features, such as electric lighting and a reliable starting system, which were considered luxurious conveniences at the time.”

As many companies have found out throughout history, wars lead to economic catastrophes.

“Despite its many merits, the Model 5 Touring Car had a limited production run,” Ask AI stated. “The outbreak of World War I in 1914 contributed to the decline of luxury automobile sales, and the Simplex Automobile Co. eventually ceased operations in 1917.

“Today, the surviving examples of the 1916 Simplex Crane Model 5 Touring Car are cherished as rare and valuable pieces of automotive history, representing a bygone era of elegance, craftsmanship and automotive innovation.”

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Capitola Designed To Be Second Venice, Italy https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/9/venetians Capitola Venetians photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Capitola VenetiansNestled along California's Central Coast is Capitola-by-the-Sea, which was founded to become a Western Venice, Italy.

In fact, Capitola used to have a canal system. Wouldn't it be neat, if it still did?
When you first arrive in Capitola, be it as a child or an adult, you cannot help but be mesmerized by the Capitola Venetians that take up a prominent beachfront location in Capitola-by-the-Sea.

Today, I added more charming Capitola Venetian photos to this website.

“The Venetians of Capitola, Calif., refer to a unique and charming aspect of the city’s architectural heritage,” according to Ask AI. “Capitola, a picturesque coastal town located on the central coast of California, has a distinctive history tied to its Venetian-inspired designs. Over the years, these architectural elements have played a significant role in shaping the town's identity and attracting visitors from all over.

Capitola Venetians photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Capitola VenetiansNestled along California's Central Coast is Capitola-by-the-Sea, which was founded to become a Western Venice, Italy.

In fact, Capitola used to have a canal system. Wouldn't it be neat, if it still did?
“The inspiration for the Venetian architecture in Capitola can be traced back to the early 20th century when the city was a popular tourist destination. The founder of Capitola, Frederick Hihn, sought to create a European-inspired atmosphere that would appeal to visitors. He envisioned Capitola as a Venice of America, complete with canals, arched bridges and colorful buildings reminiscent of the famed Italian city.

“To bring his vision to life, Hihn enlisted the talents of architect William H. Weeks,” Ask AI noted. “Weeks, renowned for his Mediterranean Revival Style, designed a collection of buildings influenced by Venetian and Mediterranean architecture. These structures showcased elements like stucco facades, ornate balconies and arched windows and doorways, replicating the architectural motifs found in Venice. This distinctive architectural style quickly became known as the ‘Venetian Style’ in Capitola.”

Capitola Venetians photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Capitola VenetiansNestled along California's Central Coast is Capitola-by-the-Sea, which was founded to become a Western Venice, Italy.

In fact, Capitola used to have a canal system. Wouldn't it be neat, if it still did?
The Capitola Venetian Hotel is probably the most well-known of Capitola’s Venetian architecture.

“It was later renamed the Venetian Court,” according to Ask AI. “Designed by William H. Weeks in 1924, this charming hotel stands as a testament to the town’s unique architectural heritage. Featuring a striking red exterior with white trim, arched windows, and a beautiful courtyard, the Venetian Court has become an iconic symbol of Capitola's Venetian architectural style.

“During the early 20th century, Capitola experienced an influx of visitors, drawn by the allure of its Venetian-inspired ambiance. Visitors flocked to enjoy the coastal scenery, the colorful buildings, and the charming canals that meandered through the town.”

Capitola Venetians photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Capitola VenetiansNestled along California's Central Coast is Capitola-by-the-Sea, which was founded to become a Western Venice, Italy.

In fact, Capitola used to have a canal system. Wouldn't it be neat, if it still did?
The canals, sadly, no longer exist.

“Still, Capitola's architectural legacy can still be witnessed in the wonderfully preserved Venetian-style buildings that line the streets,” Ask AI stated. “Today, Capitola retains much of its Venetian charm, with many of the original buildings still standing and maintained in their original style. These architectural treasures, along with the city’s stunning coastline and vibrant atmosphere, continue to make Capitola a popular tourist destination.

“In conclusion, the Venetians of Capitola, California, represent a fascinating chapter in the city’s history. Through the inspired vision of Frederick Hihn and the architectural talents of William H. Weeks, Capitola became a unique blend of American and Venetian culture. The enduring legacy of the Venetian architecture in Capitola stands as a testament to the town’s commitment to preserving its rich history and providing visitors with an unforgettable experience.”

Capitola Venetians photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Capitola VenetiansNestled along California's Central Coast is Capitola-by-the-Sea, which was founded to become a Western Venice, Italy.

In fact, Capitola used to have a canal system. Wouldn't it be neat, if it still did?
Capitola Venetians photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Capitola VenetiansNestled along California's Central Coast is Capitola-by-the-Sea, which was founded to become a Western Venice, Italy.

In fact, Capitola used to have a canal system. Wouldn't it be neat, if it still did?

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1921 Paige Daytona Speedster 6-66 Extraordinary https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/9/1921 Capitola Rod & Custom Classics1921 Paige Daytona SpeedsterThe 1921 Paige Daytona Speedster 6-66 is an extraordinary automobile with a remarkable legacy in terms of innovation and performance. “The 1921 Paige Daytona Speedster 6-66 is a testament to the innovation and craftsmanship of the early automotive industry,” according to Ask AI. “By delving into the unique features and enduring legacy of the Paige Daytona Speedster 6-66, we gain insight into its significance in shaping the future of automobiles.


“The Speedster was introduced during a transformative period in the automotive industry. As The Roaring Twenties emerged, there was a growing demand for stylish and high-performance cars. The Paige Motor Car Co., based in Detroit, Michigan, played a pivotal role in meeting this demand by producing the Daytona Speedster 6-66.”


It was not long before the Paige gained an enthusiastic following in this early stage of the automotive industry.


“The design of the Paige Daytona Speedster 6-66 exudes elegance and sophistication,” Ask AI noted. “Its sleek and aerodynamic body, characterized by flowing lines and a low profile, epitomizes the classic aesthetic of the era.  Capitola Rod & Custom Classics1921 Paige Daytona SpeedsterThe 1921 Paige Daytona Speedster 6-66 is an extraordinary automobile with a remarkable legacy in terms of innovation and performance. The car featured a long hood, sweeping fenders and a distinctive radiator grille, which added to its timeless appeal. Additionally, the vehicle boasted a spacious and luxurious interior, with comfortable seating and refined details, making it a symbol of luxury and prestige. Under its hood, the Speedster 6-66 was equipped with a powerful six-cylinder engine. This engine, known for its exceptional performance, delivered impressive speed and acceleration, setting it apart from its contemporaries. The vehicle’s advanced engineering and innovative technologies, such as a four-wheel braking system and a sophisticated suspension, contributed to its superior handling and ride comfort.”


This grand old car made an impact when it was first sold, and it has an enduring legacy.


“The Paige Daytona left a lasting impact on the automotive industry,” according to Ask AI. “Its design and Capitola Rod & Custom Classics1921 Paige Daytona SpeedsterThe 1921 Paige Daytona Speedster 6-66 is an extraordinary automobile with a remarkable legacy in terms of innovation and performance.
performance set new standards for luxury and performance cars, influencing subsequent vehicle designs for years to come. The car’s success also helped establish Paige Motor Car Co. as a reputable manufacturer, further contributing to the brand's growth and recognition. Today, the Paige Daytona Speedster 6-66 holds a special place in the hearts of car enthusiasts and collectors. Its rarity and historical significance have made it a sought-after classic car. Restored models of the Paige Daytona Speedster 6-66 frequently make appearances at prestigious automobile exhibitions and events, showcasing its enduring appeal and timeless beauty.”


This particular car was photographed at the Capitola Custom & Classics Car Show.


“Lastly, the 1921 Paige Daytona Speedster 6-66 represents the pinnacle of automotive engineering and design from the early 20th century,” according to Ask AI. “Its elegant aesthetics, powerful performance, and lasting impact on the industry make it a revered classic car.”

Capitola Rod & Custom Classics1921 Paige Daytona SpeedsterThe 1921 Paige Daytona Speedster 6-66 is an extraordinary automobile with a remarkable legacy in terms of innovation and performance. Capitola Rod & Custom Classics1921 Paige Daytona SpeedsterThe 1921 Paige Daytona Speedster 6-66 is an extraordinary automobile with a remarkable legacy in terms of innovation and performance. Capitola Rod & Custom Classics1921 Paige Daytona SpeedsterThe 1921 Paige Daytona Speedster 6-66 is an extraordinary automobile with a remarkable legacy in terms of innovation and performance. Capitola Rod & Custom Classics1921 Paige Daytona SpeedsterThe 1921 Paige Daytona Speedster 6-66 is an extraordinary automobile with a remarkable legacy in terms of innovation and performance. Capitola Rod & Custom Classics1921 Paige Daytona SpeedsterThe 1921 Paige Daytona Speedster 6-66 is an extraordinary automobile with a remarkable legacy in terms of innovation and performance. Capitola Rod & Custom Classics1921 Paige Daytona SpeedsterThe 1921 Paige Daytona Speedster 6-66 is an extraordinary automobile with a remarkable legacy in terms of innovation and performance.

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Sacred Whispers https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/9/sacred A poem about God by Glenn Franco Simmons.Sacred Whispers A poem by Glenn appears in this post. In sacred whispers, my heart unfolds,
A symphony of love, untold.
For God, the anchor of my soul,
Whose presence, I yearn to behold.

My love for Him, an endless sea,
With every breath, it sets me free.
In His embrace, I find solace deep,
Where earthly worries softly sleep.

Yearning for peace, my spirit cries,
To feel His grace, where darkness dies.
In His light, my burdens relieved,
A haven of calm, where I'm believed.

Forgiveness sought, with humble plea,
For sins that stain, and blind my glee.
In His mercy, I find redemption's key,
A chance to rise, and truly be free.

Mysterious is He, the Divine unknown,
Unfathomable depths, to us not shown.
In awe I stand, in reverent grace,
Seeking His wisdom, His sacred embrace.

Oh God, my Love, my heart's desire,
With fervent flames that never tire,
I'll seek Your presence, till life's last breath,
In Your divine love, I find my eternal rest.
~ Franco

 

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Charger Depicting Psyche's Father https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/9/charger Psyche's Father photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Psyche's FatherI photographed this maiolica at The Legion of Honor in San Francisco. I photographed this maiolica at The Legion of Honor in San Francisco.

“Maiolica, also known as Majolica, is a type of ceramic earthenware that is covered with a tin-glaze and then decorated with colorful enamel paints,” according to AI Pro. “This term typically refers to a specific style of pottery that originated in the Renaissance period, particularly in Italy.

“The tin-glaze gives the pottery a distinctive opaque white appearance, which serves as a blank canvas for highly detailed and vibrant artwork. Maiolica pottery often features intricate designs, including floral motifs, scenes from mythology, historical events, or even everyday life. It has been admired for its beauty and continues to be cherished as a form of decorative art.”

Maiolica dates from The Renaissance and usually includes beautifully bright and vibrant colors.

In the case of this piece, The Legion's information states:

“Charger depicting Psyche's Father Consulting the Oracle, from the Fable of Psyche.”

This piece is patterned after an engraving by the Master of the Die, after Agostino Veneziano. It is Italian, Faenza, possibly from the workshop of Virgiliotto Calamella (ca. 1550-1570).

The Legion provides more information about Maiolica:

“Istoriato, story-painting, designates highly decorative pieces of maiolica depicting historical, Biblical or mythological scenes. These richly painted pieces are often inspired by graphic sources, as in the charger here showing the Fable of Pysche, and were made purely for display.”

I photographed it on The Legion's lower level. Although some visitors dine in the cafe on that level, and some tour special exhibits there, many seem to miss the gallery featuring pottery, porcelain and other artworks.

That's a real shame because the gallery is filled with beauty.

 

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Sèvres Porcelain Still Made Today https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/9/s-vres Pompadour Potpourri VasePompadour Potpourri VasePompadour Potpourri Vase photographed at The California Palace of The Legion of Honor, now called the Legion of Honor. Pompadour Potpourri Vase photographed at The California Palace of The Legion of Honor, now called the Legion of Honor. I prefer the original name.

It is French soft-paste Sèvres porcelain 1770 and decorated by Jacque-Francois Micaud (1757-1810). It was purchased by the museum via a San Francisco Foundation Grant from the Michael Taylor Trust (1998).

Believe it or not, Sèvres Porcelain is still manufactured.

“Since 1740, the Manufacture de Sèvres has asserted its vocation, both heritage and experimental. The Manufacture {company} is a unique, lively laboratory and an important player in the artistic scene, design and decorative arts,” according to Sèvres Manufacture Musèe Nationaux. “It draws its strength from the excellence of the 120 ceramists who exercise and master around thirty trades but also from that of its materials (pastes, colors, emals, etc.) manufactured in situ according to preserved old techniques and which are today exceptional and privileged tools of contemporary artistic expression.”


 

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Aelst's 'Flowers In A Vase' A Treasure https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/9/aelst Flowers in a Silver Vase, Willem van Aelst, photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Flowers In A Silver Vase“After training as a painter in his native city of Delft, {Willem} van Aelst worked in France and Italy before settling in Amsterdam, where he created this still life,” according to the Fine Art Museums of San Francisco’s website. “Sumptuous flowers from different months of the spring and summer ~ tulip, rose, iris, poppy ~ are tempered by symbols of decay and the rapid passage of time: an open watchcase, a snail-eaten leaf, a tulip opened to drop its seed.”

This photo was taken at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, which said visitors may find this artwork in Gallery 015.
“After training as a painter in his native city of Delft, {Willem} van Aelst worked in France and Italy before settling in Amsterdam, where he created this still life {Flowers in a Silver Vase}
,” according to the Fine Art Museums of San Francisco’s website. “Sumptuous flowers from different months of the spring and summer ~ tulip, rose, iris, poppy ~ are tempered by symbols of decay and the rapid passage of time: an open watchcase, a snail-eaten leaf, a tulip opened to drop its seed.”

This photo was taken at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, which said visitors may find this artwork in Gallery 015.

 

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Asilomar Beach A California Gem https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/9/asilomar-beach Pacific Grove Beach photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Asilomar State BeachA wave crashes off Asilomar State Beach in Pacific Grove, Calif. Asilomar State Beach is a gem among many jewels along the Central California Coast, most of which is considered Big Sur.

Asilomar means “Asylum or refuge by the sea” and is pronounced a-SIL-o-mar. According to Bing Chat, Asilomar is a combination of two Spanish words: “asilo” and “mar.”

“It is part of the native homeland of the Rumsen Ohlone people,” according to Bing Chat. “The name was chosen by Phoebe Apperson Hearst, one of the founders of the YWCA, who envisioned Asilomar as a conference center and summer camp for young women.”

“By exploring the beach’s unique characteristics, visitors can gain a deeper understanding of its value as a treasured coastal destination,” according to Ask AI, which I pay to use. “The beach, located on the Monterey Peninsula in California, is renowned for its pristine coastline, diverse ecosystems and rich historical heritage. It stretches along approximately one mile of the Pacific coastline, showcasing a picturesque landscape of sandy shores, dramatic rock formations and windswept dunes.

“Asilomar State Beach is bordered by towering Monterey pines and cypress trees, creating a scenic backdrop that adds to its natural allure. The intertidal zone, characterized by tide pools teeming with vibrant marine life, is a significant feature of the beach, attracting nature enthusiasts and marine biologists alike.”

There are a variety of ecosystems within the state beach property.

“{They support} a remarkable array of flora and fauna,” Ask AI stated. “The beach is home to numerous endemic and migratory bird species, including the threatened western snowy plover. The surrounding dunes provide critical nesting sites for these birds, contributing to their conservation efforts.

“Additionally, the intertidal zone supports a rich biodiversity of marine organisms, such as anemones, starfish and crabs, offering a unique opportunity for visitors to explore and learn about these delicate ecosystems.

Recreational opportunities abound at Asilomar.

“The beach offers a wide range of recreational activities for visitors of all interests,” Ask AI noted. “The sandy shores provide an ideal setting for sunbathing, beachcombing, and picnicking amid the serene coastal environment. The beach is also popular among surfers, who can catch the waves that roll in from the Pacific Ocean. Nature lovers can partake in birdwatching, tidepool exploration and guided nature walks to observe the region’s distinct flora and fauna.

“Moreover, the beach is equipped with facilities for camping, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of Asilomar State Beach for an extended period.

“Beyond its natural splendor, Asilomar State Beach holds significant historical and cultural value,” Ask AI continued. “The beach and its surrounding area were inhabited by the indigenous people of the Rumsen tribe for thousands of years. The tribe relied on the abundant resources provided by the ocean and the surrounding land.”

If you visit the beach, you will notice some interesting structures that have immense historic significance.

“Today, the beach features several structures designed by renowned architect Julia Morgan, including the Asilomar Conference Grounds, which served as a gathering place for intellectuals and scientists in the early 20th century,” according to Ask AI. “These historic buildings serve as a reminder of the beach’s past and contribute to its unique ambiance.”

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Spectacular Pacific Grove Sunset https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/9/spectacular Pacific Grove sunset photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Pacific Grove SunsetA Pacific Grove sunset. Pacific Grove Beach is a popular coastal destination located in the city of Pacific Grove in Monterey County, Calif., along picturesque Ocean View Drive that eventually becomes Pebble Beach Drive.

“Pacific Grove Beach is situated on the southern end of the Monterey Peninsula, adjacent to Monterey Bay,” according to Ask AI, which I pay to use. “Ocean View Drive and the beach are known for their scenic beauty, dramatic coastline and breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.

“The beach features sandy beaches, rocky outcrops and vibrant tide pools, making it a haven for nature lovers, photographers, and beach enthusiasts.”

Pacific Grove sunset photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Pacific Grove SunsetA Pacific Grove sunset. Lovers Point Park is on the eastern end of the beach and includes a well-known and beautiful park that offers various recreational activities and amenities. I have seen wedding and engagement photos taken there.

“It has picnic areas, barbecues, a children’s playground and walking paths,” Ask AI notes. “The park also features a historic gazebo that serves as a popular spot for weddings and other events.

“One of the main attractions at Pacific Grove Beach is the iconic Lovers Point Park and Beach Mural, a large-scale mosaic mural that depicts the local marine life and the history of Pacific Grove. The mural is a vibrant and colorful representation of the area’s natural beauty.”

Pacific Grove Beach visitors will not be bored; that is for sure!

“The beach is suitable for swimming, sunbathing, beachcombing and picnicking,” Ask AI stated, although I’ve never, ever seen anyone in the water other than a wetsuit there.

“The rocky shoreline and tide pools provide opportunities for exploring and discovering marine life such as sea stars, anemones, and hermit crabs,” according to Ask AI. “Additionally, Pacific Grove Beach is a popular spot for scuba diving and snorkeling due to its clear waters and diverse marine ecosystem. It offers a chance to observe kelp forests, various fish species and other fascinating underwater creatures.

“The beach is easily accessible, with a parking lot available nearby. There are also restroom facilities and outdoor showers for visitors’ convenience. The surrounding area offers several restaurants, cafes and shops, making it convenient for visitors to grab a bite to eat or shop for souvenirs.”

Ask AI included one of the most-important things to know when visiting the Pacific Coast, and it applies to the entire Pacific Coast:

“It is important to note that beach conditions, including water temperature, currents and weather, can vary throughout the year. It is advisable to check local weather and surf reports before visiting Pacific Grove Beach to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.”

 

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Marble Sarcophagi Features Elaborate Figures https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/9/marble Marble sarcophagi features elaborate figural compositions photographed at the De Young Museum in San Fransico.Marble SarcophagiThis marble sarcophagi features elaborate figural compositions that were expensive luxuries even in ancient times, according to the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco's website where this artwork is featured. This marble sarcophagi features elaborate figural compositions that were expensive luxuries even in ancient times, according to the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco’s website where this artwork is featured.

Dating from AD 260-280, this Roman masterpiece was photographed at the M.H. de Young Museum a few years ago.

“This Roman example contains imagery symbolic of both the agricultural seasons and Dionysiac ritual,” according to FAMSF.

Marble sarcophagi features elaborate figural compositions photographed at the De Young Museum in San Fransico.Marble SarcophagiThis marble sarcophagi features elaborate figural compositions that were expensive luxuries even in ancient times, according to the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco's website where this artwork is featured. The detail in the marble is extraordinary.

“The lively figures sculpted in high relief include youths holding plants and the bounty of the harvest. Standing winged figures (childlike erotes) are carved almost in the round; their cornucopias are free-standing, as are the wings on the two central figures supporting the roundel, which contains a portrait of a noble woman, the deceased,” FAMSF noted.

“Around the sarcophagus, small wingless figures ride and frolic with animals associated with Dionysus, the god of wine, vegetation, and resurrection, and engage in activities that take place in the various seasons. On coffins and other monuments of the late Roman period, figures representing the seasons were popular features, perhaps expressing the transitory and recurring phases of life and the inevitable passage of time.”

Marble sarcophagi features elaborate figural compositions photographed at the De Young Museum in San Fransico.Marble SarcophagiThis marble sarcophagi features elaborate figural compositions that were expensive luxuries even in ancient times, according to the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco's website where this artwork is featured. Marble sarcophagi features elaborate figural compositions photographed at the De Young Museum in San Fransico.Marble SarcophagiThis marble sarcophagi features elaborate figural compositions that were expensive luxuries even in ancient times, according to the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco's website where this artwork is featured. Marble sarcophagi features elaborate figural compositions photographed at the De Young Museum in San Fransico.Marble SarcophagiThis marble sarcophagi features elaborate figural compositions that were expensive luxuries even in ancient times, according to the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco's website where this artwork is featured. Marble sarcophagi features elaborate figural compositions photographed at the De Young Museum in San Fransico.Marble SarcophagiThis marble sarcophagi features elaborate figural compositions that were expensive luxuries even in ancient times, according to the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco's website where this artwork is featured. Marble sarcophagi features elaborate figural compositions photographed at the De Young Museum in San Fransico.Marble SarcophagiThis marble sarcophagi features elaborate figural compositions that were expensive luxuries even in ancient times, according to the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco's website where this artwork is featured. Marble sarcophagi features elaborate figural compositions photographed at the De Young Museum in San Fransico.Marble SarcophagiThis marble sarcophagi features elaborate figural compositions that were expensive luxuries even in ancient times, according to the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco's website where this artwork is featured. Marble sarcophagi features elaborate figural compositions photographed at the De Young Museum in San Fransico.Marble SarcophagiThis marble sarcophagi features elaborate figural compositions that were expensive luxuries even in ancient times, according to the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco's website where this artwork is featured.


 

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Olson's Orchard: Yummy Cherries in Sunnyvale https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/9/olsons-orchard Glenn Franco Simmons' photo of Olson's Cherry Orchard in Sunnyvale, Calif.Olson's Cherry OrchardOlson's Cherry Orchard in Sunnyvale, Calif. The cherries from this orchard are yummy. It is one of only two commercial orchards left in what is known as Silicon Valley proper. Nestled in the heart of Sunnyvale, Calif., are two orchards that are icons of a once-flourishing agricultural industry in Silicon Valley before this vast, lush acreage was turned into an overcrowded morass of concrete and asphalt.

One of the treasures is Olson's Cherry Orchard. The other is Heritage Orchard, which is the subject of a past post.

“With its picturesque landscape and bountiful cherry trees, this enchanting orchard has become a beloved destination for locals and visitors alike,” according to Ask AI. “Offering an unforgettable experience amidst nature's beauty, Olson’s Cherry Orchard is a must-visit destination for those seeking a serene escape from the bustling city life.

Glenn Franco Simmons' photo of Olson's Cherry Orchard in Sunnyvale, Calif.Olson's Cherry OrchardOlson's Cherry Orchard in Sunnyvale, Calif. The cherries from this orchard are yummy. It is one of only two commercial orchards left in what is known as Silicon Valley proper.
The orchard boasts a rich legacy that dates back to the early 1900s.

“It was established by the Olson family, who recognized the fertile soil and ideal climatic conditions of Sunnyvale as the perfect environment for cultivating cherry trees,” according to Ask AI. “Over the years, the Olsons' commitment and passion for cherry farming transformed their humble orchard into a thriving business that has become an integral part of the local community.


“As you step foot into Olson's Cherry Orchard, you are greeted by a symphony of vibrant colors and delicate fragrances. The rows upon rows of cherry trees, with their branches laden with ripe, succulent fruit, create a mesmerizing sight. The orchard spans over acres of land, offering visitors ample space to explore and immerse themselves in the tranquility of nature.”

For Silicon Valley residents and tourists alike, one of the orchard’s main attractions occurs in late Spring.

“Visitors can don baskets provided by the orchard and wander through the rows of trees, handpicking cherries at the peak of ripeness,” Ask AI notes. “The experience of plucking cherries directly from the trees is not only enjoyable but also allows visitors to truly appreciate the freshness and flavor of these delectable fruits.

Glenn Franco Simmons' photo of Olson's Cherry Orchard in Sunnyvale, Calif.Olson's Cherry OrchardOlson's Cherry Orchard in Sunnyvale, Calif. The cherries from this orchard are yummy. It is one of only two commercial orchards left in what is known as Silicon Valley proper. “Additionally, Olson's Cherry Orchard offers various activities and amenities to enhance visitors' experiences. Families can enjoy picnics amidst the cherry blossoms, savoring the sweet aroma of cherries while relishing the tranquility of the surroundings. The orchard also hosts events such as cherry blossom festivals and farm-to-table workshops, providing educational and entertaining experiences for all ages.”

The orchard is on one of the main thoroughfares in Silicon Valley. Thousands of people pass by it every day. The orchard itself is small in size. The adjacent tennis courts are almost as large as is the orchard.

Glenn Franco Simmons' photo of Olson's Cherry Orchard in Sunnyvale, Calif.Olson's Cherry OrchardOlson's Cherry Orchard in Sunnyvale, Calif. The cherries from this orchard are yummy. It is one of only two commercial orchards left in what is known as Silicon Valley proper.
The Olson family, who also used to have a store near the orchard have been committed to sustainable farming practices and cherishes its role as a steward of the land.

“The orchard employs environmentally friendly techniques to cultivate its cherries, ensuring the preservation of natural resources and the promotion of biodiversity,” according to Ask AI. “This dedication to sustainability not only enhances the quality of the cherries but also contributes to the overall well-being of the ecosystem.

Glenn Franco Simmons' photo of Olson's Cherry Orchard in Sunnyvale, Calif.Olson's Cherry OrchardOlson's Cherry Orchard in Sunnyvale, Calif. The cherries from this orchard are yummy. It is one of only two commercial orchards left in what is known as Silicon Valley proper. “Olson's Cherry Orchard in Sunnyvale offers a delightful escape into nature, where visitors can immerse themselves in the beauty of cherry blossoms and indulge in the pleasure of cherry picking,” Ask AI states. “With its rich history, picturesque landscape, and commitment to sustainable farming, the orchard has become an integral part of Sunnyvale’s cultural fabric. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, a food lover or simply seeking a peaceful retreat, Olson’s Cherry Orchard is a destination that promises an unforgettable experience.”

My lovely wife Kathleen and I know from personal experience how yummy are those cherries. And the apricots from Heritage Orchard are just as mouth-watering delicious.

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1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen A Significant Automobile https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/9/186-benz Blackhawk Automotive Museum1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen (replica)This working replica of an 1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen is one of the most significant automobiles in transportation history, but you might not know that by looking at it. This working replica of an 1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen is one of the most significant automobiles in transportation history, but you might not know that by looking at it.

"The 1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen was the first commercially available automobile ever offered," states an interpretive display at the Danville-based Blackhawk Automotive Museum, where it is displayed on the second floor.

"Karl Benz, the vehicle's creator, used his love of bicycles as inspiration for the design. He applied for and received a patent in 1886 as an automobile fueled by gas.

"Seen here is a working replica of the original. Utilizing a rear-mounted, single-cylinder four-stroke .75hp engine, the Motorwagen can achieve 25mpg and have a top speed of 8mph.

Blackhawk Automotive Museum1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen (replica)This working replica of an 1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen is one of the most significant automobiles in transportation history, but you might not know that by looking at it. "It boasts solid rubber tires, large steel-spoked wheels and a single-speed transmission.

"Although extremely simple by today's standards, it was revolutuionary at the time and the father of automotive innovation."

Thank you, to Blackhawk, for featuring this replica. It is a history lesson just looking at it.
The one-cylinder engine was 984cc with .75hp @ 400rpm. When new, it cost $600 deutsche marks (at the value accorded in 1885). Please remember that cars displayed at museums change.

The body/coachbuilder and the manufacturer was Rheinische Gasmotorenfabrik Benz & Cie. from Mannheim, Germany.

Blackhawk Automotive Museum1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen (replica)This working replica of an 1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen is one of the most significant automobiles in transportation history, but you might not know that by looking at it.

"The 1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen was the first commercially available automobile ever offered," states an interpretive display at the Danville-based Blackhawk Automotive Museum, where it is displayed on the second floor.

"Karl Benz, the vehicle's creator, used his love of bicycles as inspiration for the design. He applied for and received a patent in 1886 as an automobile fueled by gas.

"Seen here is a working replica of the original. Utilizing a rear-mounted, single-cylinder four-stroke .75hp engine, the Motorwagen can achieve 25mpg and have a top speed of 8mph.

"It boasts solid rubber tires, large steel-spoked wheels and a single-speed transmission.

"Although extremely simple by today's standards, it was revolutuionary at the time and the father of automotive innovation."

Thank you, to Blackhawk, for featuring this replica. It is a history lesson just looking at it.
The one-cylinder engine was 984cc with .75hp @ 400rpm. When new, it cost $600 deutsche marks (at the value accorded in 1885).

The body/coachbuilder and the manufacturer was Rheinische Gasmotorenfabrik Benz & Cie. from Mannheim, Germany.

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1910 Pratt Touring Car A Remarkable Icon https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/9/1910-pratt Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance1910 Pratt Elkhart Touring CarThe 1910 Pratt Elkhart touring car was produced by Elkhart Carriage &amp; Harness Mfg. Co. The 1910 Pratt Elkhart touring car was produced by Elkhart Carriage & Harness Mfg. Co.

The company was founded by Vermont-born businessman Frederick B. Pratt. His first major success was just prior to The Civil War when he was engaged in the dry-goods business.

1910 Pratt Elkhart touring car photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.1910 Pratt Elkhart Touring CarThe 1910 Pratt Elkhart touring car was produced by Elkhart Carriage &amp; Harness Mfg. Co. After a series of ventures, including working for his uncle's hardware business, in 1873 Pratt ~ showing his entrepreneurship and genius ~ and his oldest son William founded F.B. Pratt & Son and would soon begin manufacturing buggies.

After years of success with them, Pratt turned his attention to "motorized" buggies when, in 1906, his company manufactured two prototypes.

In 1909, Pratt & Son had their first commercial product with an air-cooled, 2-cyliner and self-described "auto buggy" that cost $430. Based on various inflation adjusters that only go back to 1913, the inflation-adjusted (1913) cost would approximately $12,349 in early June 2023.

The 1910 model came in three models: touring car, roadster, and tonneau.

Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance1910 Pratt Elkhart Touring CarThe 1910 Pratt Elkhart touring car was produced by Elkhart Carriage &amp; Harness Mfg. Co. In 1915, the company's name of Pratt-Elkhart was changed to Pratt Motor Car Co. but with a car brand name of Pratt. In 1916, the car brand name was changed to the legendary Elcar.

In 1922, this storied company ceased being Pratt-family owned when it was sold. The Pratt company ceased operating in 1936 in the midst of The Great Depression.

Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance1910 Pratt Elkhart Touring CarThe 1910 Pratt Elkhart touring car was produced by Elkhart Carriage & Harness Mfg. Co.

The company was founded by Vermont-born businessman Frederick B. Pratt. His first major success was just prior to The Civil War when he was engaged in the dry-goods business.

After a series of ventures, including working for his uncle's hardware business, in 1873 Pratt ~ showing his entrepreneurship and genius ~ and his oldest son William founded F.B. Pratt & Son and would soon begin manufacturing buggies.

After years of success with them, Pratt turned his attention to "motorized" buggies when, in 1906, his company manufactured two prototypes.

In 1909, Pratt & Son had their first commercial product with an air-cooled, 2-cyliner and self-described "auto buggy" that cost $430. Based on various inflation adjusters that only go back to 1913, the inflation-adjusted (1913) cost would approximately $12,349 in early June 2023.

The 1910 model came in three models: touring car, roadster, and tonneau.

In 1915, the company's name of Pratt-Elkhart was changed to Pratt Motor Car Co. but with a car brand name of Pratt. In 1916, the car brand name was changed to the legendary Elcar.

In 1922, this storied company ceased being Pratt-family owned when it was sold. The Pratt company ceased operating in 1936 in the midst of The Great Depression.
1910 Pratt Elkhart Touring Car1910 Pratt Elkhart Touring CarThe 1910 Pratt Elkhart touring car was produced by Elkhart Carriage & Harness Mfg. Co.

The company was founded by Vermont-born businessman Frederick B. Pratt. His first major success was just prior to The Civil War when he was engaged in the dry-goods business.

After a series of ventures, including working for his uncle's hardware business, in 1873 Pratt ~ showing his entrepreneurship and genius ~ and his oldest son William founded F.B. Pratt & Son and would soon begin manufacturing buggies.

After years of success with them, Pratt turned his attention to "motorized" buggies when, in 1906, his company manufactured two prototypes.

In 1909, Pratt & Son had their first commercial product with an air-cooled, 2-cyliner and self-described "auto buggy" that cost $430. Based on various inflation adjusters that only go back to 1913, the inflation-adjusted (1913) cost would approximately $12,349 in early June 2023.

The 1910 model came in three models: touring car, roadster, and tonneau.

In 1915, the company's name of Pratt-Elkhart was changed to Pratt Motor Car Co. but with a car brand name of Pratt. In 1916, the car brand name was changed to the legendary Elcar.

In 1922, this storied company ceased being Pratt-family owned when it was sold. The Pratt company ceased operating in 1936 in the midst of The Great Depression.
Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance1910 Pratt Elkhart Touring CarThe 1910 Pratt Elkhart touring car was produced by Elkhart Carriage & Harness Mfg. Co.

The company was founded by Vermont-born businessman Frederick B. Pratt. His first major success was just prior to The Civil War when he was engaged in the dry-goods business.

After a series of ventures, including working for his uncle's hardware business, in 1873 Pratt ~ showing his entrepreneurship and genius ~ and his oldest son William founded F.B. Pratt & Son and would soon begin manufacturing buggies.

After years of success with them, Pratt turned his attention to "motorized" buggies when, in 1906, his company manufactured two prototypes.

In 1909, Pratt & Son had their first commercial product with an air-cooled, 2-cyliner and self-described "auto buggy" that cost $430. Based on various inflation adjusters that only go back to 1913, the inflation-adjusted (1913) cost would approximately $12,349 in early June 2023.

The 1910 model came in three models: touring car, roadster, and tonneau.

In 1915, the company's name of Pratt-Elkhart was changed to Pratt Motor Car Co. but with a car brand name of Pratt. In 1916, the car brand name was changed to the legendary Elcar.

In 1922, this storied company ceased being Pratt-family owned when it was sold. The Pratt company ceased operating in 1936 in the midst of The Great Depression.
Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance1910 Pratt Elkhart Touring CarThe 1910 Pratt Elkhart touring car was produced by Elkhart Carriage & Harness Mfg. Co.

The company was founded by Vermont-born businessman Frederick B. Pratt. His first major success was just prior to The Civil War when he was engaged in the dry-goods business.

After a series of ventures, including working for his uncle's hardware business, in 1873 Pratt ~ showing his entrepreneurship and genius ~ and his oldest son William founded F.B. Pratt & Son and would soon begin manufacturing buggies.

After years of success with them, Pratt turned his attention to "motorized" buggies when, in 1906, his company manufactured two prototypes.

In 1909, Pratt & Son had their first commercial product with an air-cooled, 2-cyliner and self-described "auto buggy" that cost $430. Based on various inflation adjusters that only go back to 1913, the inflation-adjusted (1913) cost would approximately $12,349 in early June 2023.

The 1910 model came in three models: touring car, roadster, and tonneau.

In 1915, the company's name of Pratt-Elkhart was changed to Pratt Motor Car Co. but with a car brand name of Pratt. In 1916, the car brand name was changed to the legendary Elcar.

In 1922, this storied company ceased being Pratt-family owned when it was sold. The Pratt company ceased operating in 1936 in the midst of The Great Depression.
Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance1910 Pratt Elkhart Touring CarThe 1910 Pratt Elkhart touring car was produced by Elkhart Carriage & Harness Mfg. Co.

The company was founded by Vermont-born businessman Frederick B. Pratt. His first major success was just prior to The Civil War when he was engaged in the dry-goods business.

After a series of ventures, including working for his uncle's hardware business, in 1873 Pratt ~ showing his entrepreneurship and genius ~ and his oldest son William founded F.B. Pratt & Son and would soon begin manufacturing buggies.

After years of success with them, Pratt turned his attention to "motorized" buggies when, in 1906, his company manufactured two prototypes.

In 1909, Pratt & Son had their first commercial product with an air-cooled, 2-cyliner and self-described "auto buggy" that cost $430. Based on various inflation adjusters that only go back to 1913, the inflation-adjusted (1913) cost would approximately $12,349 in early June 2023.

The 1910 model came in three models: touring car, roadster, and tonneau.

In 1915, the company's name of Pratt-Elkhart was changed to Pratt Motor Car Co. but with a car brand name of Pratt. In 1916, the car brand name was changed to the legendary Elcar.

In 1922, this storied company ceased being Pratt-family owned when it was sold. The Pratt company ceased operating in 1936 in the midst of The Great Depression.
Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance1910 Pratt Elkhart Touring CarThe 1910 Pratt Elkhart touring car was produced by Elkhart Carriage & Harness Mfg. Co.

The company was founded by Vermont-born businessman Frederick B. Pratt. His first major success was just prior to The Civil War when he was engaged in the dry-goods business.

After a series of ventures, including working for his uncle's hardware business, in 1873 Pratt ~ showing his entrepreneurship and genius ~ and his oldest son William founded F.B. Pratt & Son and would soon begin manufacturing buggies.

After years of success with them, Pratt turned his attention to "motorized" buggies when, in 1906, his company manufactured two prototypes.

In 1909, Pratt & Son had their first commercial product with an air-cooled, 2-cyliner and self-described "auto buggy" that cost $430. Based on various inflation adjusters that only go back to 1913, the inflation-adjusted (1913) cost would approximately $12,349 in early June 2023.

The 1910 model came in three models: touring car, roadster, and tonneau.

In 1915, the company's name of Pratt-Elkhart was changed to Pratt Motor Car Co. but with a car brand name of Pratt. In 1916, the car brand name was changed to the legendary Elcar.

In 1922, this storied company ceased being Pratt-family owned when it was sold. The Pratt company ceased operating in 1936 in the midst of The Great Depression.

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One Family, One Planet, Please! https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/9/one-family Unity in diversity artwork created by Glenn Franco Simmons.One Planet, One People!While this appear in the Bahá’í-inspired art gallery, this image when combined with the slogan are an artwork creation entirely of my own. The image is courtesy of NASA. Image use does not imply NASA's endorsement of such use. I also did not originate the slogan. I'm not sure of its origin. While this appear in the Bahá’í-inspired art gallery, this image when combined with the slogan are an artwork creation entirely of my own. The image is courtesy of NASA. Image use does not imply NASA's endorsement of such use. I also did not originate the slogan. I'm not sure of its origin.

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9-Pointed Abstract Inspired By Faith https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/9/abstract-art © Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons9-sided Flower TempleI chose nine-sided flower temples because of my religion, the Bahá'í Faith, which constructs its houses of worship with nine sides. The houses of worship are sometimes referred to as temples. I updated the gallery that features some of my abstract art designed that were created from my photo collections while I lived in Cupertino and now in Carson City. I chose nine-sided flower temples because of my religion, the Bahá'í Faith, which constructs its houses of worship with nine sides. The houses of worship are sometimes referred to as temples.


 

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[email protected] (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons) abstract and art Carson City. collections created Cupertino designed features from gallery I in lived my now of photo some that the updated were while https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/9/abstract-art Thu, 07 Sep 2023 16:39:36 GMT
New Abstract Artwork Published https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/9/new-abstract Glenn Franco Simmons' abstract with a nine-sided artwork.9-sided Flower TempleI chose nine-sided flower temples because of my religion, the Bahá'í Faith, which constructs its houses of worship with nine sides. The houses of worship are sometimes referred to as temples.
I updated the gallery that features some of my abstract art designed that were created from my photo collections while I lived in Cupertino and now in Carson City. Here are two designs.

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Type 15 Bugatti A Step Up From Type 13 https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/9/type-15-bugatti Blackhawk Automotive Museum1913 Type 15 Bugatti Carrosserie TorpedoBugattis are one of the most-sought-after brand of cars in the world, and it's easy to see why. Not only are they stylish, but they fast earned a reputation for their outstanding performance.

This 1913 Type 15 Bugatti Carrosserie Torpedo "was a refinement of the first production Bugatti, the Type 13, which appeared in 1910," according to the Danville, Calif.-based Blackhawk Automotive Museum, where this are vehicle is displayed.

"These tiny cars were part of the 8-valve series built between 1910 and 1920 and included the Type 13, 15, 17, 22 and 23," Blackhawk notes. "Styles included 2-, 3- and 4-passenger open or closed bodies. The Bugatti Trust {of} Prescott Hill, Gotherington, Cheltenhem, England has records validating that only 435 cars in the 8-valve series were constructed during the 10-year period."

One thing about Blackhawk is that it provides plenty of information on displays for visitors.

"Early Bugattis — dubbed 'petit pur-sang' or little thoroughbred for Ettore Bugatti's love of horses — established a reputation for being quite successful in track competitions, hill climbs and other motor-racing events," Bugatti said.

Blackhawk said Ettore Bugatti created a new breed of small car typified by excellent performance and style that remains unique today.

"The oval-shaped radiator first appeared in the 1913-1914 Bugatti Data Catalogue, which also contains race results up to October 1913," Blackhawk states. ""This radiator shape evolved into the 'horse-collar' radiator, which remains one of the marquee's strongest trademarks. "In 1914, the Types 15 and 17 became the Types 22 and 23, respectively."

ENGINE
4 cylinders, SOHC
2.56" bore; 3.94" stroke
80.95 cubic inch (1327 cc)
15 bhp. @ 2500 rpm. (estimated)

BODY/COACHBUILDER
Carrosserie Chauvet
Le Vallois, France

MANUFACTURER
Automobiles E. Bugatti
Molsheim, France
Bugattis are one of the most-sought-after brand of cars in the world, and it's easy to see why. Not only are they stylish, but they fast earned a reputation for their outstanding performance.

This 1913 Type 15 Bugatti Carrosserie Torpedo "was a refinement of the first production Bugatti, the Type 13, which appeared in 1910," according to the Danville, Calif.-based Blackhawk Automotive Museum, where this are vehicle is displayed.

"These tiny cars were part of the 8-valve series built between 1910 and 1920 and included the Type 13, 15, 17, 22 and 23," Blackhawk notes. "Styles included 2-, 3- and 4-passenger open or closed bodies. The Bugatti Trust {of} Prescott Hill, Gotherington, Cheltenhem, England has records validating that only 435 cars in the 8-valve series were constructed during the 10-year period."

One thing about Blackhawk is that it provides plenty of information on displays for visitors.

"Early Bugattis — dubbed 'petit pur-sang' or little thoroughbred for Ettore Bugatti's love of horses — established a reputation for being quite successful in track competitions, hill climbs and other motor-racing events," Bugatti said.

Blackhawk Automotive Museum1913 Type 15 Bugatti Carrosserie TorpedoBugattis are one of the most-sought-after brand of cars in the world, and it's easy to see why. Not only are they stylish, but they fast earned a reputation for their outstanding performance.

This 1913 Type 15 Bugatti Carrosserie Torpedo "was a refinement of the first production Bugatti, the Type 13, which appeared in 1910," according to the Danville, Calif.-based Blackhawk Automotive Museum, where this are vehicle is displayed.

"These tiny cars were part of the 8-valve series built between 1910 and 1920 and included the Type 13, 15, 17, 22 and 23," Blackhawk notes. "Styles included 2-, 3- and 4-passenger open or closed bodies. The Bugatti Trust {of} Prescott Hill, Gotherington, Cheltenhem, England has records validating that only 435 cars in the 8-valve series were constructed during the 10-year period."

One thing about Blackhawk is that it provides plenty of information on displays for visitors.

"Early Bugattis — dubbed 'petit pur-sang' or little thoroughbred for Ettore Bugatti's love of horses — established a reputation for being quite successful in track competitions, hill climbs and other motor-racing events," Bugatti said.

Blackhawk said Ettore Bugatti created a new breed of small car typified by excellent performance and style that remains unique today.

"The oval-shaped radiator first appeared in the 1913-1914 Bugatti Data Catalogue, which also contains race results up to October 1913," Blackhawk states. ""This radiator shape evolved into the 'horse-collar' radiator, which remains one of the marquee's strongest trademarks. "In 1914, the Types 15 and 17 became the Types 22 and 23, respectively."

ENGINE
4 cylinders, SOHC
2.56" bore; 3.94" stroke
80.95 cubic inch (1327 cc)
15 bhp. @ 2500 rpm. (estimated)

BODY/COACHBUILDER
Carrosserie Chauvet
Le Vallois, France

MANUFACTURER
Automobiles E. Bugatti
Molsheim, France
Blackhawk said Ettore Bugatti created a new breed of small car typified by excellent performance and style that remains unique today.

"The oval-shaped radiator first appeared in the 1913-1914 Bugatti Data Catalogue, which also contains race results up to October 1913," Blackhawk states. ""This radiator shape evolved into the 'horse-collar' radiator, which remains one of the marquee's strongest trademarks. "In 1914, the Types 15 and 17 became the Types 22 and 23, respectively."

ENGINE
4 cylinders, SOHC
2.56" bore; 3.94" stroke
80.95 cubic inch (1327 cc)
15 bhp. @ 2500 rpm. (estimated)

BODY/COACHBUILDER
Carrosserie Chauvet
Le Vallois, France

MANUFACTURER
Automobiles E. Bugatti
Molsheim, France

 

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Henry Knox A Pioneer Prior To 1914 Model 46 https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/9/1914Knox The Nethercutt Collection1914 Knox Model 46It was a time when entrepreneurs were most commonly referred to as “pioneers” in their field or industry.

Henry Knox was one such pioneer, a man whose vision helped revolutionize transportation not only in America, but throughout the world.

It was Knox who built one of the first four-cylinder opposed-internal combustion engines. In 1895.

He went to work for Duryea Motor Wagon Co., the proud winners of the first automobile race ~ Chicago to Evanston and back ~ in the United States.

However, Knox was endowed with an independent and inventive spirit, so in 1898 he formed his own auto company in Springfield, Ill.

Knox Automobile Co. would first produce three-wheeled air-cooled autos. Four-wheeled autos were soon produced with a substantial number being manufactured by 1901.

In 1911, Knox introduced America to superbly crafted six-cylinder models, but it was the 1914 model that Knox believed to be a revolutionary design of craftsmanship ~ a six-cylinder, air-cooled model that represented the apex of Knox’s automotive designs.

The company was so proud of its achievements in producing this model that they were included in promotional material:

“Our aim in the design of the Model 46 has been to fulfill the requirements of that large number of automobile enthusiasts who desire a trim, handsome six of reasonable capacity, designed with an efficient motor of sufficient power and flexibility to meet the requirements of both town and country service.”

Keep in mind that “country service” was more akin to what today’s city dwellers would consider off-road driving without four-wheel drive.

The Model 46 was more than a trim vehicle. It featured a then-powerful 46-horsepower, 496-cubic-inch overhead valve six-cylinder engine.

Surviving Knox autos today are very rare and extremely valuable, as is this 1914 Knox photographed at The Nethercutt Museum in Sylmar, Calif. ~ on the edge of the San Fernando Valley and within a 10-minute drive from Interstate 5.

Besides quality cars, Knox Motors was also known for building finely crafted trucks and farm tractors, according to information provided by Nethercutt.

The 1914 version in these photos was built “to meet the growing demand for a high-quality six-cylinder car,” Nethercutt noted.

Sadly, the Knox may have been ahead of its time because low demand for this six-cylinder version resulted in it being the final year for Knox auto production.
It would be years before there would be mass demand for six-cylinder cars.

This 1914 Knox was known as the Model 46 Little Six Touring model, which was Knox’s pride and joy because it capped a 16-year genesis of a pioneering automaker whose capstone was to be a six-cylinder auto.

The model sold for a $4,350, which was mid-priced among similar car models for that era.

In 1914, Knox Auto had succumbed to its creditors’ demands and reorganized.
Out of the ashes of the original company arose Knox Motor Truck/Atlas Motor Car Co.

For the next two years, the new company would go on to manufacture fire apparatus ~ including fire trucks, tractor-trailers and trucks.

Martin Rocking Fifth Wheel Co. merged with Militor Motors Co. to form Knox Motors Association in Springfield.
Under the new name of Knox-Martin, the merged company then manufactured winch tractors and other vehicles.

By 1924, the post-World War I recession (prior to the start of The Great Depression) took its toll on Knox-Martin, and it was shuttered for all time.
It was a time when entrepreneurs were most commonly referred to as “pioneers” in their field or industry, and 
Henry Knox was one such pioneer.

He was a man whose vision helped revolutionize transportation not only in America, but throughout the world. It was Knox who built one of the first four-cylinder opposed-internal combustion engines. In 1895. He went to work for Duryea Motor Wagon Co., the proud winners of the first automobile race ~ Chicago to Evanston and back ~ in the United States.

However, Knox was endowed with an independent and inventive spirit, so in 1898 he formed his own auto company in Springfield, Ill. Knox Automobile Co. would first produce three-wheeled air-cooled autos. Four-wheeled autos were soon produced with a substantial number being manufactured by 1901.

The Nethercutt Collection1914 Knox Model 46It was a time when entrepreneurs were most commonly referred to as “pioneers” in their field or industry.

Henry Knox was one such pioneer, a man whose vision helped revolutionize transportation not only in America, but throughout the world.

It was Knox who built one of the first four-cylinder opposed-internal combustion engines. In 1895.

He went to work for Duryea Motor Wagon Co., the proud winners of the first automobile race ~ Chicago to Evanston and back ~ in the United States.

However, Knox was endowed with an independent and inventive spirit, so in 1898 he formed his own auto company in Springfield, Ill.

Knox Automobile Co. would first produce three-wheeled air-cooled autos. Four-wheeled autos were soon produced with a substantial number being manufactured by 1901.

In 1911, Knox introduced America to superbly crafted six-cylinder models, but it was the 1914 model that Knox believed to be a revolutionary design of craftsmanship ~ a six-cylinder, air-cooled model that represented the apex of Knox’s automotive designs.

The company was so proud of its achievements in producing this model that they were included in promotional material:

“Our aim in the design of the Model 46 has been to fulfill the requirements of that large number of automobile enthusiasts who desire a trim, handsome six of reasonable capacity, designed with an efficient motor of sufficient power and flexibility to meet the requirements of both town and country service.”

Keep in mind that “country service” was more akin to what today’s city dwellers would consider off-road driving without four-wheel drive.

The Model 46 was more than a trim vehicle. It featured a then-powerful 46-horsepower, 496-cubic-inch overhead valve six-cylinder engine.

Surviving Knox autos today are very rare and extremely valuable, as is this 1914 Knox photographed at The Nethercutt Museum in Sylmar, Calif. ~ on the edge of the San Fernando Valley and within a 10-minute drive from Interstate 5.

Besides quality cars, Knox Motors was also known for building finely crafted trucks and farm tractors, according to information provided by Nethercutt.

The 1914 version in these photos was built “to meet the growing demand for a high-quality six-cylinder car,” Nethercutt noted.

Sadly, the Knox may have been ahead of its time because low demand for this six-cylinder version resulted in it being the final year for Knox auto production.
It would be years before there would be mass demand for six-cylinder cars.

This 1914 Knox was known as the Model 46 Little Six Touring model, which was Knox’s pride and joy because it capped a 16-year genesis of a pioneering automaker whose capstone was to be a six-cylinder auto.

The model sold for a $4,350, which was mid-priced among similar car models for that era.

In 1914, Knox Auto had succumbed to its creditors’ demands and reorganized.
Out of the ashes of the original company arose Knox Motor Truck/Atlas Motor Car Co.

For the next two years, the new company would go on to manufacture fire apparatus ~ including fire trucks, tractor-trailers and trucks.

Martin Rocking Fifth Wheel Co. merged with Militor Motors Co. to form Knox Motors Association in Springfield.
Under the new name of Knox-Martin, the merged company then manufactured winch tractors and other vehicles.

By 1924, the post-World War I recession (prior to the start of The Great Depression) took its toll on Knox-Martin, and it was shuttered for all time.
In 1911, Knox introduced America to superbly crafted six-cylinder models, but it was the 1914 model that Knox believed to be a revolutionary design of craftsmanship ~ a six-cylinder, air-cooled model that represented the apex of Knox’s automotive designs. 
The company was so proud of its achievements in producing this model that they were included in promotional material:

“Our aim in the design of the Model 46 has been to fulfill the requirements of that large number of automobile enthusiasts who desire a trim, handsome six of reasonable capacity, designed with an efficient motor of sufficient power and flexibility to meet the requirements of both town and country service.”

Keep in mind that “country service” was more akin to what today’s city dwellers would consider off-road driving without four-wheel drive. The Model 46 was more than a trim vehicle. It featured a then-powerful 46-horsepower, 496-cubic-inch overhead valve six-cylinder engine.

Surviving Knox autos today are very rare and extremely valuable, as is this 1914 Knox photographed at The Nethercutt Museum in Sylmar, Calif. ~ on the edge of the San Fernando Valley and within a 10-minute drive from Interstate 5. (Please remember that any photos of museum cars I have may no longer be an accurate portrayal of what any museum has on display because cars are often rotated for various reasons.)

The Nethercutt Collection1914 Knox Model 46It was a time when entrepreneurs were most commonly referred to as “pioneers” in their field or industry.

Henry Knox was one such pioneer, a man whose vision helped revolutionize transportation not only in America, but throughout the world.

It was Knox who built one of the first four-cylinder opposed-internal combustion engines. In 1895.

He went to work for Duryea Motor Wagon Co., the proud winners of the first automobile race ~ Chicago to Evanston and back ~ in the United States.

However, Knox was endowed with an independent and inventive spirit, so in 1898 he formed his own auto company in Springfield, Ill.

Knox Automobile Co. would first produce three-wheeled air-cooled autos. Four-wheeled autos were soon produced with a substantial number being manufactured by 1901.

In 1911, Knox introduced America to superbly crafted six-cylinder models, but it was the 1914 model that Knox believed to be a revolutionary design of craftsmanship ~ a six-cylinder, air-cooled model that represented the apex of Knox’s automotive designs.

The company was so proud of its achievements in producing this model that they were included in promotional material:

“Our aim in the design of the Model 46 has been to fulfill the requirements of that large number of automobile enthusiasts who desire a trim, handsome six of reasonable capacity, designed with an efficient motor of sufficient power and flexibility to meet the requirements of both town and country service.”

Keep in mind that “country service” was more akin to what today’s city dwellers would consider off-road driving without four-wheel drive.

The Model 46 was more than a trim vehicle. It featured a then-powerful 46-horsepower, 496-cubic-inch overhead valve six-cylinder engine.

Surviving Knox autos today are very rare and extremely valuable, as is this 1914 Knox photographed at The Nethercutt Museum in Sylmar, Calif. ~ on the edge of the San Fernando Valley and within a 10-minute drive from Interstate 5.

Besides quality cars, Knox Motors was also known for building finely crafted trucks and farm tractors, according to information provided by Nethercutt.

The 1914 version in these photos was built “to meet the growing demand for a high-quality six-cylinder car,” Nethercutt noted.

Sadly, the Knox may have been ahead of its time because low demand for this six-cylinder version resulted in it being the final year for Knox auto production.
It would be years before there would be mass demand for six-cylinder cars.

This 1914 Knox was known as the Model 46 Little Six Touring model, which was Knox’s pride and joy because it capped a 16-year genesis of a pioneering automaker whose capstone was to be a six-cylinder auto.

The model sold for a $4,350, which was mid-priced among similar car models for that era.

In 1914, Knox Auto had succumbed to its creditors’ demands and reorganized.
Out of the ashes of the original company arose Knox Motor Truck/Atlas Motor Car Co.

For the next two years, the new company would go on to manufacture fire apparatus ~ including fire trucks, tractor-trailers and trucks.

Martin Rocking Fifth Wheel Co. merged with Militor Motors Co. to form Knox Motors Association in Springfield.
Under the new name of Knox-Martin, the merged company then manufactured winch tractors and other vehicles.

By 1924, the post-World War I recession (prior to the start of The Great Depression) took its toll on Knox-Martin, and it was shuttered for all time.
Besides quality cars, Knox Motors was also known for building finely crafted trucks and farm tractors, according to information provided by Nethercutt. 
The 1914 version in these photos was built “to meet the growing demand for a high-quality six-cylinder car,” Nethercutt noted.

Sadly, the Knox may have been ahead of its time because low demand for this six-cylinder version resulted in it being the final year for Knox auto production. It would be years before there would be mass demand for six-cylinder cars.

This 1914 Knox was known as the Model 46 Little Six Touring model, which was Knox’s pride and joy because it capped a 16-year genesis of a pioneering automaker whose capstone was to be a six-cylinder auto. The model sold for a $4,350 (approximately $133,000 in 2023 dollars at the time I checked it), which was mid-priced among similar car models for that era.

In 1914, Knox Auto had succumbed to its creditors’ demands and reorganized.
Out of the ashes of the original company arose Knox Motor Truck/Atlas Motor Car Co.

For the next two years, the new company would go on to manufacture fire apparatus ~ including fire trucks, tractor-trailers and trucks.

Martin Rocking Fifth Wheel Co. merged with Militor Motors Co. to form Knox Motors Association in Springfield. Under the new name of Knox-Martin, the merged company then manufactured winch tractors and other vehicles. By 1924, the post-World War I recession (prior to the start of The Great Depression) took its toll on Knox-Martin, and it was shuttered for all time.

 

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Luke 17:5-6: Faith Like Grain Of A Mustard Seed https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/9/luke-17-5 Luke 17:5-6 illustrated with yellow mustard blossoms in a meadow.Luke 17:5-6The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” The Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you would tell this sycamore tree, ‘Be uprooted, and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.” ~ Luke 17:5-6

Please share, if so inclined. Verse source: public-domain World English Bible®. The photo is copyrighted by Bible Verses As Art. The photo was taken at Almaden Meadows in Almaden Valley, San Jose, Calif.
The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” The Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you would tell this sycamore tree, ‘Be uprooted, and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.” ~ Luke 17:5-6

Please share, if so inclined. Verse source: public-domain World English Bible®. The photo is copyrighted by Bible Verses As Art. The photo was taken at Almaden Meadows in Almaden Valley, San Jose, Calif.

 

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[email protected] (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons) Almaden Almaden Meadows Park Almaden Valley Bible Verses As Art faith like a grain grain of mustard seed illustrated Bible verses increase our faith it would obey you Luke Luke 17:5-6 planted in the sea San Jose sycamore tree https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/9/luke-17-5 Sat, 02 Sep 2023 19:04:36 GMT
1914 Rauch & Lang: An EV Pioneer https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/9/1914EV The Nethercutt Collection1914 Rauch & Lang B4 BroughamThis very rare 1914 Rauch & Lang B4 Electric Brougham was photographed with an equally rare 1914 General Electric Mercury Arc, 100-amp battery charger/rectifier. Both were photographed at the The Nethercutt Collection in Sylmar, Calif.

Although I was not able to get close for a photo of this Brougham’s interior, it is luxurious.

“Electric automobiles were sold with home battery chargers, so owners could maintain their own vehicles,” according to the museum. “Rauch & Lang electric automobiles were quiet, easy to operate and efficient.

"However, internal combustion engine technology advanced at a faster pace than battery-powered electrics and doomed the electric car.”

Gas-powered cars were an epochal change for the automotive industry which, at the turn of the century, manufactured the majority of cars that were either electrical- or steam-powered.

In fact, Rauch & Lang’s first electric car was manufactured a decade earlier than this model.

“The Rauch & Lang Carriage Co. was an American electric automobile manufactured in Cleveland, Ohio, from 1905 to 1920 and Chicopee Falls, Mass., from 1920-1932,” according to Wikipedia.
Posted by Glenn Franco Simmons

I love my 2011 Prius, but it may not have been possible without Rauch & Lang’s foray into electric automobiles.

“The 1914 Rauch & Lang B4 Electric Brougham was a remarkable automobile that played a significant role in the early days of electric vehicles,” according to Ask AI, which I subscribe to. “As one of the earliest electric cars produced by Rauch & Lang, a renowned American electric vehicle manufacturer, the B4 Electric Brougham stood out for its innovative design, advanced technology, and luxurious features.

“The Rauch & Lang Co. was founded in 1905 in Cleveland, Ohio, by brothers Charles and Richard Rauch, along with Henry Lang. The company specialized in the production of electric vehicles, capitalizing on the growing interest in EVs during the early 20th century. Rauch & Lang quickly gained recognition for their commitment to quality, reliability, and cutting-edge technology.”

The Nethercutt Collection1914 Rauch & Lang B4 BroughamThis very rare 1914 Rauch & Lang B4 Electric Brougham was photographed with an equally rare 1914 General Electric Mercury Arc, 100-amp battery charger/rectifier. Both were photographed at the The Nethercutt Collection in Sylmar, Calif.

Although I was not able to get close for a photo of this Brougham’s interior, it is luxurious.

“Electric automobiles were sold with home battery chargers, so owners could maintain their own vehicles,” according to the museum. “Rauch & Lang electric automobiles were quiet, easy to operate and efficient.

"However, internal combustion engine technology advanced at a faster pace than battery-powered electrics and doomed the electric car.”

Gas-powered cars were an epochal change for the automotive industry which, at the turn of the century, manufactured the majority of cars that were either electrical- or steam-powered.

In fact, Rauch & Lang’s first electric car was manufactured a decade earlier than this model.

“The Rauch & Lang Carriage Co. was an American electric automobile manufactured in Cleveland, Ohio, from 1905 to 1920 and Chicopee Falls, Mass., from 1920-1932,” according to Wikipedia.
“The Rauch & Lang Carriage Co. was an American electric automobile manufactured in Cleveland, Ohio, from 1905 to 1920 and Chicopee Falls, Mass., from 1920-1932,” according to Wikipedia.

Rauch & Lang’s first electric car was manufactured a decade earlier than this model. The 1914 EV model boasted a distinctive and elegant design.

“The Brougham body style, characterized by a fully enclosed passenger compartment and an open chauffeur's seat, was popular during the horse-drawn carriage era and seamlessly transitioned into the automotive industry,” according to Ask AI. “The vehicle's sleek exterior featured flowing lines, rounded edges, and a high roofline, exuding a sense of luxury and sophistication.”

Generally, a “Brougham car” is a term that refers to a body style of a vehicle that has an outside seat for the driver and an enclosed cabin for the passengers, similar to a limousine.

The Nethercutt Collection1914 Rauch & Lang B4 BroughamThis very rare 1914 Rauch & Lang B4 Electric Brougham was photographed with an equally rare 1914 General Electric Mercury Arc, 100-amp battery charger/rectifier. Both were photographed at the The Nethercutt Collection in Sylmar, Calif.

Although I was not able to get close for a photo of this Brougham’s interior, it is luxurious.

“Electric automobiles were sold with home battery chargers, so owners could maintain their own vehicles,” according to the museum. “Rauch & Lang electric automobiles were quiet, easy to operate and efficient.

"However, internal combustion engine technology advanced at a faster pace than battery-powered electrics and doomed the electric car.”

Gas-powered cars were an epochal change for the automotive industry which, at the turn of the century, manufactured the majority of cars that were either electrical- or steam-powered.

In fact, Rauch & Lang’s first electric car was manufactured a decade earlier than this model.

“The Rauch & Lang Carriage Co. was an American electric automobile manufactured in Cleveland, Ohio, from 1905 to 1920 and Chicopee Falls, Mass., from 1920-1932,” according to Wikipedia.
“The term comes from a horse-drawn carriage that was invented by Henry Peter Brougham, a British statesman and jurist,” according to Conversation with Bing (AI Chat). “The Brougham carriage was popular in 19th century Europe for its comfort, privacy, and versatility.

“The Brougham body style was adopted by many luxury car manufacturers in the early days of the automobile, such as Rolls-Royce, Bentley, and Packard. However, the layout was not very convenient for the chauffeurs, who had to endure the weather and noise outside. By the 1930s, the traditional open-air Brougham design was fading away.

“In the later decades,” Bing continued, “the term Brougham was used to denote the most opulent and luxurious version of a car model, usually with features like vinyl roofs, opera windows and plush interiors. Some examples of cars that used the Brougham name are Cadillac Brougham, Oldsmobile Cutlass The Nethercutt Collection1914 Rauch & Lang B4 BroughamThis very rare 1914 Rauch & Lang B4 Electric Brougham was photographed with an equally rare 1914 General Electric Mercury Arc, 100-amp battery charger/rectifier. Both were photographed at the The Nethercutt Collection in Sylmar, Calif.

Although I was not able to get close for a photo of this Brougham’s interior, it is luxurious.

“Electric automobiles were sold with home battery chargers, so owners could maintain their own vehicles,” according to the museum. “Rauch & Lang electric automobiles were quiet, easy to operate and efficient.

"However, internal combustion engine technology advanced at a faster pace than battery-powered electrics and doomed the electric car.”

Gas-powered cars were an epochal change for the automotive industry which, at the turn of the century, manufactured the majority of cars that were either electrical- or steam-powered.

In fact, Rauch & Lang’s first electric car was manufactured a decade earlier than this model.

“The Rauch & Lang Carriage Co. was an American electric automobile manufactured in Cleveland, Ohio, from 1905 to 1920 and Chicopee Falls, Mass., from 1920-1932,” according to Wikipedia.
Supreme Brougham, and Ford LTD Brougham. The Brougham name was often associated with elegance and prestige.”

This very rare electric Brougham was photographed with an equally rare 1914 General Electric Mercury Arc, 100-amp battery charger/rectifier. Both were photographed at the The Nethercutt Collection in Sylmar, Calif. Although I was not able to get close to take a photo of this Brougham’s interior, I have seen photos and it is luxurious.

“The B4 Electric Brougham was powered by an electric motor and a set of lead-acid batteries, which were housed beneath the floorboards,” according to Ask AI. “It had a range of approximately 60-70 miles on a single charge, making it suitable for urban transportation and short-distance travel. The electric motor provided a smooth and silent ride, a characteristic inherent in most electric vehicles of that era.

The Nethercutt Collection1914 Rauch & Lang B4 BroughamThis very rare 1914 Rauch & Lang B4 Electric Brougham was photographed with an equally rare 1914 General Electric Mercury Arc, 100-amp battery charger/rectifier. Both were photographed at the The Nethercutt Collection in Sylmar, Calif.

Although I was not able to get close for a photo of this Brougham’s interior, it is luxurious.

“Electric automobiles were sold with home battery chargers, so owners could maintain their own vehicles,” according to the museum. “Rauch & Lang electric automobiles were quiet, easy to operate and efficient.

"However, internal combustion engine technology advanced at a faster pace than battery-powered electrics and doomed the electric car.”

Gas-powered cars were an epochal change for the automotive industry which, at the turn of the century, manufactured the majority of cars that were either electrical- or steam-powered.

In fact, Rauch & Lang’s first electric car was manufactured a decade earlier than this model.

“The Rauch & Lang Carriage Co. was an American electric automobile manufactured in Cleveland, Ohio, from 1905 to 1920 and Chicopee Falls, Mass., from 1920-1932,” according to Wikipedia.
“The interior of the B4 Electric Brougham was crafted with utmost attention to detail and comfort. The cabin accommodated four passengers, with two facing bench seats. The use of high-quality materials, such as plush upholstery and fine wood trim, elevated the overall luxury of the vehicle. The absence of a noisy internal combustion engine contributed to a serene environment for passengers, allowing for peaceful conversations and an enjoyable travel experience.”

As always, making the travel experience more enjoyable is much of what modern automotive history is all about.

“Rauch & Lang incorporated several technological advancements into the B4 Electric Brougham,” Ask AI continued. “The vehicle featured electric lights ~ a rare feature at the time, and a state-of-the-art electric starting system, which eliminated the need for manual cranking. Additionally, the B4 offered regenerative braking, a feature that allowed the vehicle to recover energy during deceleration, thereby extending its range.”

The advancements in this model were significant.

The Nethercutt Collection1914 Rauch & Lang B4 BroughamThis very rare 1914 Rauch & Lang B4 Electric Brougham was photographed with an equally rare 1914 General Electric Mercury Arc, 100-amp battery charger/rectifier. Both were photographed at the The Nethercutt Collection in Sylmar, Calif.

Although I was not able to get close for a photo of this Brougham’s interior, it is luxurious.

“Electric automobiles were sold with home battery chargers, so owners could maintain their own vehicles,” according to the museum. “Rauch & Lang electric automobiles were quiet, easy to operate and efficient.

"However, internal combustion engine technology advanced at a faster pace than battery-powered electrics and doomed the electric car.”

Gas-powered cars were an epochal change for the automotive industry which, at the turn of the century, manufactured the majority of cars that were either electrical- or steam-powered.

In fact, Rauch & Lang’s first electric car was manufactured a decade earlier than this model.

“The Rauch & Lang Carriage Co. was an American electric automobile manufactured in Cleveland, Ohio, from 1905 to 1920 and Chicopee Falls, Mass., from 1920-1932,” according to Wikipedia.
“The 1914 Rauch & Lang B4 Electric Brougham played a crucial role in promoting the adoption of electric vehicles during the early 20th Century,” Ask AI noted. “Its luxurious design, advanced technology and impressive performance helped dispel the notion that electric cars were inferior to their gasoline-powered counterparts. The B4 Electric Brougham’s success paved the way for further advancements in electric vehicle technology and contributed to the foundation of the modern electric vehicle industry.

“{In conclusion}, the 1914 Rauch & Lang B4 Electric Brougham was an exceptional electric vehicle that left an indelible mark on the history of automotive engineering,” Ask AI stated. “Its elegant design, innovative features and emphasis on passenger comfort set new standards for electric vehicles of the time.”

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Pierce-Arrow Model 48B-3 One Of 15 Body Styles https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/9/Pierce-48b-3 The Nethercutt Collection1915 Pierce-Arrow TouringThis 1915 Pierce-Arrow Model 48B-3, 5-passenger touring car. This 1915 Pierce-Arrow Model 48B-3, 5-passenger touring car was photographed at The Nethercutt Collection in Sylmar, Calif.

It was manufactured by the Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Co. of Buffalo, N.Y. Pierce-Arrow was The Nethercutt Collection1915 Pierce-Arrow TouringThis 1915 Pierce-Arrow Model 48B-3, 5-passenger touring car was photographed at The Nethercutt Collection in Sylmar, Calif.

It was manufactured by the Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Co. of Buffalo, N.Y. Pierce-Arrow was also the coachbuilder. It is powered by a 6-cylinder T-Head engine and could reach 48hp at peak performance.

“By 1915,” a Nethercutt summary states, “Pierce had established itself as one of America’s best automakers. The 1915 Pierce line consisted of 13 body styles. This 5-passenger touring car was the most popular.

“Pierce-Arrow was decades ahead of any other manufacturer with its trademarked fender design and integrated headlamps.”

also the coachbuilder. It is powered by a 6-cylinder T-Head engine and could reach 48hp at peak performance.

“By 1915,” a Nethercutt summary states, “Pierce had established itself as one of America’s best automakers. The 1915 Pierce line consisted of 13 body styles. This 5-passenger touring car was the most popular.

“Pierce-Arrow was decades ahead of any other manufacturer with its trademarked fender design and integrated headlamps.”

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1919 Pierce-Arrow Once Owned By Fatty Arbuckle https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/9/fatty This 1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 66-A-4 touring convertible was photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons. It was once owned by Fatty Abuckle.1919 Fatty Arbuckle's Pierce-ArrowThis 1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 66-A-4 touring convertible once was owned by Roscoe Conkling Arbuckle.

Known popularly as “Fatty Arbuckle,” the legendary movie star had the Pierce-Arrow personalized in numerous ways, including a badge with the initials “RCA” for Roscoe Conkling Arbuckle.

He also had a radiator cap designed with the letter “A” with an arrow through it.

“The roly-poly Vaudevillian and early motion-picture star … wanted a car to complement his personal stature,” according to Blackhawk Automotive Museum in Danville, Calif.

The car was not featured the last time I visited in September 2012, and I’ve asked if it has been sold but have not yet received an official confirmation.

“The coachwork was a very early design by Harley J. Earl for Don Lee Coach and Body Works in Los Angeles,” Blackhawk states. “Earl would eventually have a stellar design career with General Motors.

“The chassis has a 147.5-inch wheelbase and the 38-inch tires are mounted on 24-inch ‘artillery-type’ wheels. The gas tank has a 32-gallon capacity because the car seldom got more than four miles per gallon.”

ENGINE
6 cylinder, T-head
5” bore, I stroke
825 cubic inch
82 hp @ 1800 rpm

The manufacturer, Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Co. of Buffalo, N.Y., sold the car chassis for approximately $6,000. Arbuckle then paid Don Lee another $25,000 for the coach work, which reportedly included a wet bar; however, that information is from several rather reliable Internet sources and not Blackhawk.

This was not at Blackhawk the last time I visited. I believe it was sold.
This 1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 66-A-4 touring convertible once was owned by Roscoe Conkling Arbuckle.

Known popularly as “Fatty” Arbuckle, the legendary movie star had the Pierce-Arrow personalized in numerous ways, including a badge with the initials “RCA” for Roscoe Conkling Arbuckle.

He also had a radiator cap designed with the letter “A” with an arrow through it.

“The roly-poly Vaudevillian and early motion-picture star … wanted a car to complement his personal stature,” according to Blackhawk Automotive Museum in Danville, Calif., where this car was featured when I photographed it. However, I’ve since read it has This 1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 66-A-4 touring convertible was photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons. It was once owned by Fatty Abuckle.1919 Fatty Arbuckle's Pierce-ArrowThis 1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 66-A-4 touring convertible once was owned by Roscoe Conkling Arbuckle.

Known popularly as “Fatty Arbuckle,” the legendary movie star had the Pierce-Arrow personalized in numerous ways, including a badge with the initials “RCA” for Roscoe Conkling Arbuckle.

He also had a radiator cap designed with the letter “A” with an arrow through it.

“The roly-poly Vaudevillian and early motion-picture star … wanted a car to complement his personal stature,” according to Blackhawk Automotive Museum in Danville, Calif.

The car was not featured the last time I visited in September 2012, and I’ve asked if it has been sold but have not yet received an official confirmation.

“The coachwork was a very early design by Harley J. Earl for Don Lee Coach and Body Works in Los Angeles,” Blackhawk states. “Earl would eventually have a stellar design career with General Motors.

“The chassis has a 147.5-inch wheelbase and the 38-inch tires are mounted on 24-inch ‘artillery-type’ wheels. The gas tank has a 32-gallon capacity because the car seldom got more than four miles per gallon.”

ENGINE
6 cylinder, T-head
5” bore, I stroke
825 cubic inch
82 hp @ 1800 rpm

The manufacturer, Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Co. of Buffalo, N.Y., sold the car chassis for approximately $6,000. Arbuckle then paid Don Lee another $25,000 for the coach work, which reportedly included a wet bar; however, that information is from several rather reliable Internet sources and not Blackhawk.

This was not at Blackhawk the last time I visited. I believe it was sold.

been sold. The color of the car also changes a bit, due to available lighting and the flash. My apologies for that. It used to be very, very dark at Blackhawk. I don’t know if it still is.

“The coachwork was a very early design by Harley J. Earl for Don Lee Coach and Body Works in Los Angeles,” Blackhawk states. “Earl would eventually have a stellar design career with General Motors.

“The chassis has a 147.5-inch wheelbase, and the 38-inch tires are mounted on 24-inch ‘artillery-type’ wheels. The gas tank has a 32-gallon capacity because the car seldom got more than four miles per gallon.”

ENGINE
6-cylinder, T-head
5” bore, I stroke
825 cubic inch
82 hp @ 1800 rpm

The manufacturer, Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Co. of Buffalo, N.Y., sold the car chassis for approximately $6,000. Arbuckle then paid Don Lee another $25,000 for the coach work, which reportedly included a wet bar. This 1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 66-A-4 touring convertible was photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons. It was once owned by Fatty Abuckle.1919 Fatty Arbuckle's Pierce-ArrowThis 1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 66-A-4 touring convertible once was owned by Roscoe Conkling Arbuckle.

Known popularly as “Fatty Arbuckle,” the legendary movie star had the Pierce-Arrow personalized in numerous ways, including a badge with the initials “RCA” for Roscoe Conkling Arbuckle.

He also had a radiator cap designed with the letter “A” with an arrow through it.

“The roly-poly Vaudevillian and early motion-picture star … wanted a car to complement his personal stature,” according to Blackhawk Automotive Museum in Danville, Calif.

The car was not featured the last time I visited in September 2012, and I’ve asked if it has been sold but have not yet received an official confirmation.

“The coachwork was a very early design by Harley J. Earl for Don Lee Coach and Body Works in Los Angeles,” Blackhawk states. “Earl would eventually have a stellar design career with General Motors.

“The chassis has a 147.5-inch wheelbase and the 38-inch tires are mounted on 24-inch ‘artillery-type’ wheels. The gas tank has a 32-gallon capacity because the car seldom got more than four miles per gallon.”

ENGINE
6 cylinder, T-head
5” bore, I stroke
825 cubic inch
82 hp @ 1800 rpm

The manufacturer, Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Co. of Buffalo, N.Y., sold the car chassis for approximately $6,000. Arbuckle then paid Don Lee another $25,000 for the coach work, which reportedly included a wet bar; however, that information is from several rather reliable Internet sources and not Blackhawk.

This was not at Blackhawk the last time I visited. I believe it was sold.

 

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1938 Nash Ambassador Known For Comfort, Power, Elegance https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/9/nash Good Guys' Auto Show, Pleasanton1938 Nash AmbassadorIn 1938 Nash Ambassador. In 1938, Nash Motors introduced a remarkable automobile known as the Nash Ambassador that boasted fresh, elegant styling and advanced features, which made it an iconic car even for its time.

The Nash Ambassador was a full-sized luxury vehicle that aimed to offer the utmost comfort and convenience to its passengers. It was available in three body styles: sedan, coupe and convertible. The exterior design featured smooth, flowing lines with a distinctive V-shaped grille that conveyed a sense of prestige.

“Ambassador was the model name applied to the senior line of Nash automobiles from 1932 until 1957,” Good Guys' Auto Show, Pleasanton1938 Nash AmbassadorIn 1938, Nash Motors introduced a remarkable automobile known as the Nash Ambassador that boasted fresh, elegant styling and advanced features, which made it an iconic car even for its time.

The Nash Ambassador was a full-sized luxury vehicle that aimed to offer the utmost comfort and convenience to its passengers. It was available in three body styles: sedan, coupe and convertible. The exterior design featured smooth, flowing lines with a distinctive V-shaped grille that conveyed a sense of prestige.

“Ambassador was the model name applied to the senior line of Nash automobiles from 1932 until 1957,” according to Wikipedia. “From 1958 until the end of the 1974 model year, the Ambassador was the product of American Motors Corp., which continued to use the Ambassador model name on its top-of-the-line models, making it one of the longest-lived automobile nameplates in automotive history.”

This 1938 Nash Ambassador was photographed at a Good Guys Auto Show held at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in California.

Under the hood, the 1938 Nash Ambassador boasted a robust 6-cylinder engine, which delivered ample power for its size. The engine was mated to a three-speed manual transmission, providing smooth gear changes and effortless driving experience.

One of the Ambassador’s notable innovations was its advanced suspension system. The car featured Nash’s exclusive “Weather Eye” system, which provided improved ride quality by incorporating an independent front suspension and coil springs. This innovation helped to reduce road noise and vibrations, elevating the driving comfort to new heights.

Inside the cabin, the 1938 Nash Ambassador offered a wealth of luxurious features. Plush upholstery, rich wood trim and spacious seating provided a first-class experience for its occupants. The car was equipped with ample legroom, making long journeys a breeze. Additionally, the Nash Ambassador featured innovative amenities such as an in-dash clock, a cigarette lighter and even a retractable ashtray.

Safety was also a top priority for Nash Motors, and the Nash Ambassador reflected this commitment. It featured a sturdy steel body construction, ensuring the highest level of occupant protection. The car was equipped with hydraulic brakes and a robust braking system, providing reliable stopping power in any situation.

The 1938 Nash Ambassador received critical acclaim for its performance, style and craftsmanship. It was praised for its smooth ride, refined handling, and attention to detail. This model became particularly popular among wealthy individuals, executives and dignitaries of the time.

The Nash Ambassador line remained highly regarded throughout its production years. Along with its successors, it remains a classic automobile that represents the excellence and innovation of the Nash brand in the late 1930s.

according to Wikipedia. “From 1958 until the end of the 1974 model year, the Ambassador was the product of American Motors Corp., which continued to use the Ambassador model name on its top-of-the-line models, making it one of the longest-lived automobile nameplates in automotive history.”

This 1938 Nash Ambassador was photographed at a Good Guys Auto Show held at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in California.

Under the hood, the 1938 Nash Ambassador boasted a robust 6-cylinder engine, which delivered ample power for its size. The engine was mated to a three-speed manual transmission, providing smooth gear changes and effortless driving experience.

One of the Ambassador’s notable innovations was its advanced suspension system. The car featured Nash’s exclusive “Weather  Good Guys' Auto Show, Pleasanton1938 Nash AmbassadorIn 1938, Nash Motors introduced a remarkable automobile known as the Nash Ambassador that boasted fresh, elegant styling and advanced features, which made it an iconic car even for its time.

The Nash Ambassador was a full-sized luxury vehicle that aimed to offer the utmost comfort and convenience to its passengers. It was available in three body styles: sedan, coupe and convertible. The exterior design featured smooth, flowing lines with a distinctive V-shaped grille that conveyed a sense of prestige.

“Ambassador was the model name applied to the senior line of Nash automobiles from 1932 until 1957,” according to Wikipedia. “From 1958 until the end of the 1974 model year, the Ambassador was the product of American Motors Corp., which continued to use the Ambassador model name on its top-of-the-line models, making it one of the longest-lived automobile nameplates in automotive history.”

This 1938 Nash Ambassador was photographed at a Good Guys Auto Show held at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in California.

Under the hood, the 1938 Nash Ambassador boasted a robust 6-cylinder engine, which delivered ample power for its size. The engine was mated to a three-speed manual transmission, providing smooth gear changes and effortless driving experience.

One of the Ambassador’s notable innovations was its advanced suspension system. The car featured Nash’s exclusive “Weather Eye” system, which provided improved ride quality by incorporating an independent front suspension and coil springs. This innovation helped to reduce road noise and vibrations, elevating the driving comfort to new heights.

Inside the cabin, the 1938 Nash Ambassador offered a wealth of luxurious features. Plush upholstery, rich wood trim and spacious seating provided a first-class experience for its occupants. The car was equipped with ample legroom, making long journeys a breeze. Additionally, the Nash Ambassador featured innovative amenities such as an in-dash clock, a cigarette lighter and even a retractable ashtray.

Safety was also a top priority for Nash Motors, and the Nash Ambassador reflected this commitment. It featured a sturdy steel body construction, ensuring the highest level of occupant protection. The car was equipped with hydraulic brakes and a robust braking system, providing reliable stopping power in any situation.

The 1938 Nash Ambassador received critical acclaim for its performance, style and craftsmanship. It was praised for its smooth ride, refined handling, and attention to detail. This model became particularly popular among wealthy individuals, executives and dignitaries of the time.

The Nash Ambassador line remained highly regarded throughout its production years. Along with its successors, it remains a classic automobile that represents the excellence and innovation of the Nash brand in the late 1930s.
Eye” system, which provided improved ride quality by incorporating an independent front suspension and coil springs. This innovation helped to reduce road noise and vibrations, elevating the driving comfort to new heights. If you have driven and/or been a passenger in an older vehicle, you might find that some are noisier and provide a less comfortable ride than contemporary automobiles. On the other hand, compared to the small cars I've driven my whole life, they feel like tanks in terms of weight, but many usually don't drive like tanks, thankfully!

Inside the cabin, the 1938 Nash Ambassador offered a wealth of luxurious features. Plush upholstery, rich wood trim and spacious seating provided a first-class experience for its occupants. The car was equipped with ample legroom, making long journeys a breeze. Additionally, the Nash Ambassador featured innovative amenities such as an in-dash clock, a cigarette lighter and even a retractable ashtray.

Good Guys' Auto Show, Pleasanton1938 Nash Ambassador1938 Nash Ambassador. Safety was also a top priority for Nash Motors, and the Nash Ambassador reflected this commitment. It featured a sturdy steel body construction, ensuring the highest level of occupant protection. The car was equipped with hydraulic brakes and a robust braking system, providing reliable stopping power in any situation.

The 1938 Nash Ambassador received critical acclaim for its performance, style and craftsmanship. It was praised for its smooth ride, refined handling, and attention to detail. This model became particularly popular among wealthy individuals, executives and dignitaries of the time.

The Nash Ambassador line remained highly regarded throughout its production years. Along with its successors, it remains a classic automobile that represents the excellence and innovation of the Nash brand in the late 1930s.

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Almaden Meadows Park: A San Jose Gem https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/9/almaden Almaden Meadows ParkAlmaden Meadows ParkWild yellow mustard blossoms line the trail to Almaden Meadows in South San Jose. Almaden Meadows Park is a hidden gem in San Jose that offers a peaceful and relaxing escape from Silicon Valley, a metropolis whose generally rude, unforgiving and crime-plagued reality is not as pretty as that portrayed on some tinsel screens.

Today, I added the photo above to the landscape gallery.

The park, however, is a great place to enjoy nature, exercise, play or simply unwind. Whether you are looking for a family outing, a romantic date or a solo adventure, Almaden Meadows Park has something for everyone.

It is just a shame that amid the ocean of boring suburban houses, asphalt streets and concrete, more acreage could not be set aside for the harried overcrowded Silicon Valley residents.

Almaden MeadowsAlmaden MeadowsWild yellow mustard blossoms line the trail to Almaden Meadows in South San Jose. The nearly 16-acre Almaden Meadows Park is a park located at Camden Avenue and Meridian Avenue in San Jose.

The park features two playgrounds, one for children under 5 years old and another for children more than 5 years old. The playgrounds have slides, swings, climbing structures and benches. The park also has a large open field where people can play soccer, frisbee or other games. There are no barbecue grills or picnic tables in the park, but visitors can bring their own food and drinks and enjoy them on the grass.

One of the main park attractions is the hill in the center of it, which offers a panoramic view of the surrounding Silicon Valley to the north and Almaden and Coyote Valleys to south. There are vistas east Almaden Meadows Park photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Almaden Meadows ParkWild yellow mustard blossoms line the trail to Almaden Meadows in South San Jose. and west, too. The hill has several trails that lead to the top, where people can admire the scenery, watch the sunset or do some birdwatching. The hill is also covered with yellow mustard in the springtime, creating a beautiful contrast with the green grass. However, I haven't photographed there for a number of years and the long drought in California devastated the mustard shown in this photo. By 2018, the last time I visited, the mustard had still not recovered to pre-drought growth.

The park is open from sunrise to an hour after sunset every day. There is no entrance fee or reservation required. Parking is available on the street along Camden and Meridian avenues. The park is also accessible by public transportation, as there are bus stops nearby on both streets. The park does not have restrooms or drinking fountains, so visitors should plan accordingly ~ especially on hot days.

Posted by Glenn Franco Simmons with assistance from Conversation with Bing, Sept. 2, 2023:

(1) https://bing.com/search?q=Almaden+Meadows+Park+in+San+Jose%2c+California.

(2) Almaden Meadows Park; http://sanjoseca.gov/facilities/facility/details/24.

(3) Almaden Meadows Park - San Jose, CA; Yelp. https://www.yelp.com/biz/almaden-meadows-park-san-jose.

(4) Search Parks & Playgrounds | City of San José; https://www.sanjoseca.gov/Home/Components/FacilityDirectory/FacilityDirectory/2084/2028.

(5) Almaden Meadows Park, 6275 Meridian Ave, San Jose, CA, Hiking; https://www.mapquest.com/us/california/almaden-meadows-park-369320264.

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Virginia City Saloon Features Silver Queen https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/9/silver Photos of the Silver Dollar Saloon by Glenn Franco Simmons.Silver Dollar Hotel/SaloonTucked into a nonchalant C Street storefront in Nevada's historic Viginia City is the Silver Hotel, Saloon and Wedding Chapel, which still offers visitors to this Western mining frontier town 29 rooms from which to choose to stay in.

There are rooms filled with history that would delight any ghost-hunting buff, amateur or professional historian, a quick getaway from Reno or Carson City for a weekend stay or for a family who wants to enjoy the many family-friendly tourist attractions in Virginia City.

The hotel’s owner Connie Carlson has made a great effort to restore the 29 rooms and keep the saloon in authentic, top-notch condition.

In the saloon there is a painting that features a woman in an evening dress “decorated with 3,261 Morgan silver dollars minted in Carson City,” according to Google Generative AI. “The number of dollars honors the deepest mine in Virginia City, which was 3,261 feet deep.”

Although I do not believe in ghosts, it must be noted that the hotel is also famous for “its haunted reputation, especially for the ghost of Rosie, a prostitute who allegedly committed suicide in Room 11,” according to Wikipedia. “The hotel was originally built for Billy Chollar, who discovered the Chollar Silver Lode in 1861. Chollar later lost his mine and home to the bank.”

If you chose a different room to escape Rosie, then you might encounter her on the stairs, where she is also known to frequent!

The 1870s-era saloon counter and back bar are so massive that they both reportedly had to be built inside the saloon.
Tucked into a nonchalant C Street storefront in Nevada's historic Virginia City is the Silver Hotel, Saloon and Wedding Chapel, which still offers visitors to this Western mining frontier town 29 rooms from which to choose to stay in.

There are rooms filled with history that would delight any ghost-hunting buff, amateur or professional historian, a quick getaway from Reno or Carson City for a weekend stay or for a family who wants to enjoy the many family-friendly tourist attractions in Virginia City.

The hotel’s owner Connie Carlson has made a great effort to restore the 29 rooms and keep the saloon in authentic, top-notch condition. Photos of the Silver Dollar Saloon by Glenn Franco Simmons.Silver Dollar Hotel/SaloonMy lovely wife Kathleen.  In the saloon there is a painting that features a woman in an evening dress “decorated with 3,261 Morgan silver dollars minted in Carson City,” according to Google Generative AI. “The number of dollars honors the deepest mine in Virginia City, which was 3,261 feet deep.”

Although I do not believe in ghosts, it must be noted that the hotel is also famous for “its haunted reputation, especially for the ghost of Rosie, a prostitute who allegedly committed suicide in Room 11,” according to Wikipedia. “The hotel was originally built for Billy Chollar, who discovered the Chollar Silver Lode in 1861. Chollar later lost his mine and home to the bank.”

If you chose a different room to escape Rosie, then you might encounter her on the stairs, where she is also known to frequent!

The 1870s-era saloon counter and back bar are so massive that they both reportedly had to be built inside the saloon.

Photos of the Silver Dollar Saloon by Glenn Franco Simmons.Silver Dollar Hotel/SaloonTucked into a nonchalant C Street storefront in Nevada's historic Viginia City is the Silver Hotel, Saloon and Wedding Chapel, which still offers visitors to this Western mining frontier town 29 rooms from which to choose to stay in.

There are rooms filled with history that would delight any ghost-hunting buff, amateur or professional historian, a quick getaway from Reno or Carson City for a weekend stay or for a family who wants to enjoy the many family-friendly tourist attractions in Virginia City.

The hotel’s owner Connie Carlson has made a great effort to restore the 29 rooms and keep the saloon in authentic, top-notch condition.

In the saloon there is a painting that features a woman in an evening dress “decorated with 3,261 Morgan silver dollars minted in Carson City,” according to Google Generative AI. “The number of dollars honors the deepest mine in Virginia City, which was 3,261 feet deep.”

Although I do not believe in ghosts, it must be noted that the hotel is also famous for “its haunted reputation, especially for the ghost of Rosie, a prostitute who allegedly committed suicide in Room 11,” according to Wikipedia. “The hotel was originally built for Billy Chollar, who discovered the Chollar Silver Lode in 1861. Chollar later lost his mine and home to the bank.”

If you chose a different room to escape Rosie, then you might encounter her on the stairs, where she is also known to frequent!

The 1870s-era saloon counter and back bar are so massive that they both reportedly had to be built inside the saloon.
Photos of the Silver Dollar Saloon by Glenn Franco Simmons.Silver Dollar Hotel/SaloonTucked into a nonchalant C Street storefront in Nevada's historic Viginia City is the Silver Hotel, Saloon and Wedding Chapel, which still offers visitors to this Western mining frontier town 29 rooms from which to choose to stay in.

There are rooms filled with history that would delight any ghost-hunting buff, amateur or professional historian, a quick getaway from Reno or Carson City for a weekend stay or for a family who wants to enjoy the many family-friendly tourist attractions in Virginia City.

The hotel’s owner Connie Carlson has made a great effort to restore the 29 rooms and keep the saloon in authentic, top-notch condition.

In the saloon there is a painting that features a woman in an evening dress “decorated with 3,261 Morgan silver dollars minted in Carson City,” according to Google Generative AI. “The number of dollars honors the deepest mine in Virginia City, which was 3,261 feet deep.”

Although I do not believe in ghosts, it must be noted that the hotel is also famous for “its haunted reputation, especially for the ghost of Rosie, a prostitute who allegedly committed suicide in Room 11,” according to Wikipedia. “The hotel was originally built for Billy Chollar, who discovered the Chollar Silver Lode in 1861. Chollar later lost his mine and home to the bank.”

If you chose a different room to escape Rosie, then you might encounter her on the stairs, where she is also known to frequent!

The 1870s-era saloon counter and back bar are so massive that they both reportedly had to be built inside the saloon.
Silver Queen Website photos montageSilver Queen Website photos montageFrom the hotel's website. Photos of the Silver Dollar Saloon by Glenn Franco Simmons.Silver Dollar Hotel/SaloonMy lovely wife Kathleen and the Silver Queen. Photos of the Silver Dollar Saloon by Glenn Franco Simmons.Silver Dollar Hotel/SaloonTucked into a nonchalant C Street storefront in Nevada's historic Viginia City is the Silver Hotel, Saloon and Wedding Chapel, which still offers visitors to this Western mining frontier town 29 rooms from which to choose to stay in.

There are rooms filled with history that would delight any ghost-hunting buff, amateur or professional historian, a quick getaway from Reno or Carson City for a weekend stay or for a family who wants to enjoy the many family-friendly tourist attractions in Virginia City.

The hotel’s owner Connie Carlson has made a great effort to restore the 29 rooms and keep the saloon in authentic, top-notch condition.

In the saloon there is a painting that features a woman in an evening dress “decorated with 3,261 Morgan silver dollars minted in Carson City,” according to Google Generative AI. “The number of dollars honors the deepest mine in Virginia City, which was 3,261 feet deep.”

Although I do not believe in ghosts, it must be noted that the hotel is also famous for “its haunted reputation, especially for the ghost of Rosie, a prostitute who allegedly committed suicide in Room 11,” according to Wikipedia. “The hotel was originally built for Billy Chollar, who discovered the Chollar Silver Lode in 1861. Chollar later lost his mine and home to the bank.”

If you chose a different room to escape Rosie, then you might encounter her on the stairs, where she is also known to frequent!

The 1870s-era saloon counter and back bar are so massive that they both reportedly had to be built inside the saloon.
Photos of the Silver Dollar Saloon by Glenn Franco Simmons.Silver Dollar Hotel/SaloonTucked into a nonchalant C Street storefront in Nevada's historic Viginia City is the Silver Hotel, Saloon and Wedding Chapel, which still offers visitors to this Western mining frontier town 29 rooms from which to choose to stay in.

There are rooms filled with history that would delight any ghost-hunting buff, amateur or professional historian, a quick getaway from Reno or Carson City for a weekend stay or for a family who wants to enjoy the many family-friendly tourist attractions in Virginia City.

The hotel’s owner Connie Carlson has made a great effort to restore the 29 rooms and keep the saloon in authentic, top-notch condition.

In the saloon there is a painting that features a woman in an evening dress “decorated with 3,261 Morgan silver dollars minted in Carson City,” according to Google Generative AI. “The number of dollars honors the deepest mine in Virginia City, which was 3,261 feet deep.”

Although I do not believe in ghosts, it must be noted that the hotel is also famous for “its haunted reputation, especially for the ghost of Rosie, a prostitute who allegedly committed suicide in Room 11,” according to Wikipedia. “The hotel was originally built for Billy Chollar, who discovered the Chollar Silver Lode in 1861. Chollar later lost his mine and home to the bank.”

If you chose a different room to escape Rosie, then you might encounter her on the stairs, where she is also known to frequent!

The 1870s-era saloon counter and back bar are so massive that they both reportedly had to be built inside the saloon.
Photos of the Silver Dollar Saloon by Glenn Franco Simmons.Silver Dollar Hotel/SaloonTucked into a nonchalant C Street storefront in Nevada's historic Viginia City is the Silver Hotel, Saloon and Wedding Chapel, which still offers visitors to this Western mining frontier town 29 rooms from which to choose to stay in.

There are rooms filled with history that would delight any ghost-hunting buff, amateur or professional historian, a quick getaway from Reno or Carson City for a weekend stay or for a family who wants to enjoy the many family-friendly tourist attractions in Virginia City.

The hotel’s owner Connie Carlson has made a great effort to restore the 29 rooms and keep the saloon in authentic, top-notch condition.

In the saloon there is a painting that features a woman in an evening dress “decorated with 3,261 Morgan silver dollars minted in Carson City,” according to Google Generative AI. “The number of dollars honors the deepest mine in Virginia City, which was 3,261 feet deep.”

Although I do not believe in ghosts, it must be noted that the hotel is also famous for “its haunted reputation, especially for the ghost of Rosie, a prostitute who allegedly committed suicide in Room 11,” according to Wikipedia. “The hotel was originally built for Billy Chollar, who discovered the Chollar Silver Lode in 1861. Chollar later lost his mine and home to the bank.”

If you chose a different room to escape Rosie, then you might encounter her on the stairs, where she is also known to frequent!

The 1870s-era saloon counter and back bar are so massive that they both reportedly had to be built inside the saloon.

 

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1913 Chalmers A Transition Model https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/8/1913-chalmers The Nethercutt Collection1913 Chalmers Model 18 TouringThis 1913 Chalmers Model 18 Touring car was photographed at The Nethercutt Collection in Sylmar, Calif.

“Chalmers were named after Hugh Chalmers of the National Cash Register Co.,” according to a vehicle summary provided by The Nethercutt Museum.

Chalmers purchased the Thomas-Detroit Car Co. in 1907 and changed its name to his own.

“This car has a six-cylinder, 54 bhp F-head engine, and the body is one of six different variations built on the same Model 18 chassis,” according to Nethercutt.

“It was found in unrestored original condition in a garage just a few blocks from the J.B. Nethercutt premises in Sylmar, where it had been hidden away for more than 30 years. The car has only 9,800 miles on the clock.”

This car’s price when new was $2,400 in 1913 dollars. Its 446.8-cubic-inch F-head engine had topped out at 54 hp.

“The 1913 Chalmers was a real transition model,” according to Nethercutt. “The car is equipped with a compressed air starter, but has an electric generator for electric headlamps and combination oil-electric side and tail lamps.

“The following year, 1914 Chalmers followed the rest of the industry and offered an efficient electric starter, moved the drive from right-hand to left and moved the shifting mechanism to the center from left. The 1913 Chalmers was the end of an automotive era.”

“In 1920, with many car companies in difficulties, the Chalmers Co. joined forces with the Maxwell Car Co., which in turn later became a Chrysler subsidiary. The last Chalmers’ car rolled off the production line in 1923.”
This 1913 Chalmers Model 18 Touring car was photographed at The Nethercutt Collection in Sylmar, Calif.

“Chalmers were named after Hugh Chalmers of the National Cash Register Co.,” according to a vehicle summary provided by The Nethercutt Museum.

Chalmers purchased the Thomas-Detroit Car Co. in 1907 and changed its name to his own.

“This car has a six-cylinder, 54 bhp F-head engine, and the body is one of six different variations built on the same Model 18 chassis,” according to Nethercutt. “It was found in unrestored original condition in a garage just a few blocks from the J.B. Nethercutt premises in Sylmar, where it had been hidden away for more than 30 years. The car has only 9,800 miles on the clock.”

The Nethercutt Collection1913 Chalmers Model 18 TouringThis 1913 Chalmers Model 18 Touring car was photographed at The Nethercutt Collection in Sylmar, Calif.

“Chalmers were named after Hugh Chalmers of the National Cash Register Co.,” according to a vehicle summary provided by The Nethercutt Museum.

Chalmers purchased the Thomas-Detroit Car Co. in 1907 and changed its name to his own.

“This car has a six-cylinder, 54 bhp F-head engine, and the body is one of six different variations built on the same Model 18 chassis,” according to Nethercutt.

“It was found in unrestored original condition in a garage just a few blocks from the J.B. Nethercutt premises in Sylmar, where it had been hidden away for more than 30 years. The car has only 9,800 miles on the clock.”

This car’s price when new was $2,400 in 1913 dollars. Its 446.8-cubic-inch F-head engine had topped out at 54 hp.

“The 1913 Chalmers was a real transition model,” according to Nethercutt. “The car is equipped with a compressed air starter, but has an electric generator for electric headlamps and combination oil-electric side and tail lamps.

“The following year, 1914 Chalmers followed the rest of the industry and offered an efficient electric starter, moved the drive from right-hand to left and moved the shifting mechanism to the center from left. The 1913 Chalmers was the end of an automotive era.”

“In 1920, with many car companies in difficulties, the Chalmers Co. joined forces with the Maxwell Car Co., which in turn later became a Chrysler subsidiary. The last Chalmers’ car rolled off the production line in 1923.”
This Chalmers’ 
price when new was $2,400 in 1913 dollars. Its 446.8-cubic-inch F-head engine had topped out at 54 hp.

“The 1913 Chalmers was a real transition model,” according to Nethercutt. “The car is equipped with a compressed air starter but has an electric generator for electric headlamps and combination oil-electric side and tail lamps.

“The following year, 1914 Chalmers followed the rest of the industry and offered an efficient electric starter, moved the drive from right-hand to left and moved the shifting mechanism to the center from left. The 1913 Chalmers was the end of an automotive era.”

“In 1920, with many car companies in difficulties, the Chalmers Co. joined forces with the Maxwell Car Co., which in turn later became a Chrysler subsidiary. The last Chalmers’ car rolled off the production line in 1923.”

The Nethercutt Collection1913 Chalmers Model 18 TouringThis 1913 Chalmers Model 18 Touring car was photographed at The Nethercutt Collection in Sylmar, Calif.

“Chalmers were named after Hugh Chalmers of the National Cash Register Co.,” according to a vehicle summary provided by The Nethercutt Museum.

Chalmers purchased the Thomas-Detroit Car Co. in 1907 and changed its name to his own.

“This car has a six-cylinder, 54 bhp F-head engine, and the body is one of six different variations built on the same Model 18 chassis,” according to Nethercutt.

“It was found in unrestored original condition in a garage just a few blocks from the J.B. Nethercutt premises in Sylmar, where it had been hidden away for more than 30 years. The car has only 9,800 miles on the clock.”

This car’s price when new was $2,400 in 1913 dollars. Its 446.8-cubic-inch F-head engine had topped out at 54 hp.

“The 1913 Chalmers was a real transition model,” according to Nethercutt. “The car is equipped with a compressed air starter, but has an electric generator for electric headlamps and combination oil-electric side and tail lamps.

“The following year, 1914 Chalmers followed the rest of the industry and offered an efficient electric starter, moved the drive from right-hand to left and moved the shifting mechanism to the center from left. The 1913 Chalmers was the end of an automotive era.”

“In 1920, with many car companies in difficulties, the Chalmers Co. joined forces with the Maxwell Car Co., which in turn later became a Chrysler subsidiary. The last Chalmers’ car rolled off the production line in 1923.”
The Nethercutt Collection1913 Chalmers Model 18 TouringThis 1913 Chalmers Model 18 Touring car was photographed at The Nethercutt Collection in Sylmar, Calif.

“Chalmers were named after Hugh Chalmers of the National Cash Register Co.,” according to a vehicle summary provided by The Nethercutt Museum.

Chalmers purchased the Thomas-Detroit Car Co. in 1907 and changed its name to his own.

“This car has a six-cylinder, 54 bhp F-head engine, and the body is one of six different variations built on the same Model 18 chassis,” according to Nethercutt.

“It was found in unrestored original condition in a garage just a few blocks from the J.B. Nethercutt premises in Sylmar, where it had been hidden away for more than 30 years. The car has only 9,800 miles on the clock.”

This car’s price when new was $2,400 in 1913 dollars. Its 446.8-cubic-inch F-head engine had topped out at 54 hp.

“The 1913 Chalmers was a real transition model,” according to Nethercutt. “The car is equipped with a compressed air starter, but has an electric generator for electric headlamps and combination oil-electric side and tail lamps.

“The following year, 1914 Chalmers followed the rest of the industry and offered an efficient electric starter, moved the drive from right-hand to left and moved the shifting mechanism to the center from left. The 1913 Chalmers was the end of an automotive era.”

“In 1920, with many car companies in difficulties, the Chalmers Co. joined forces with the Maxwell Car Co., which in turn later became a Chrysler subsidiary. The last Chalmers’ car rolled off the production line in 1923.”
The Nethercutt Collection1913 Chalmers Model 18 TouringThis 1913 Chalmers Model 18 Touring car was photographed at The Nethercutt Collection in Sylmar, Calif.

“Chalmers were named after Hugh Chalmers of the National Cash Register Co.,” according to a vehicle summary provided by The Nethercutt Museum.

Chalmers purchased the Thomas-Detroit Car Co. in 1907 and changed its name to his own.

“This car has a six-cylinder, 54 bhp F-head engine, and the body is one of six different variations built on the same Model 18 chassis,” according to Nethercutt.

“It was found in unrestored original condition in a garage just a few blocks from the J.B. Nethercutt premises in Sylmar, where it had been hidden away for more than 30 years. The car has only 9,800 miles on the clock.”

This car’s price when new was $2,400 in 1913 dollars. Its 446.8-cubic-inch F-head engine had topped out at 54 hp.

“The 1913 Chalmers was a real transition model,” according to Nethercutt. “The car is equipped with a compressed air starter, but has an electric generator for electric headlamps and combination oil-electric side and tail lamps.

“The following year, 1914 Chalmers followed the rest of the industry and offered an efficient electric starter, moved the drive from right-hand to left and moved the shifting mechanism to the center from left. The 1913 Chalmers was the end of an automotive era.”

“In 1920, with many car companies in difficulties, the Chalmers Co. joined forces with the Maxwell Car Co., which in turn later became a Chrysler subsidiary. The last Chalmers’ car rolled off the production line in 1923.”
The Nethercutt Collection1913 Chalmers Model 18 TouringThis 1913 Chalmers Model 18 Touring car was photographed at The Nethercutt Collection in Sylmar, Calif.

“Chalmers were named after Hugh Chalmers of the National Cash Register Co.,” according to a vehicle summary provided by The Nethercutt Museum.

Chalmers purchased the Thomas-Detroit Car Co. in 1907 and changed its name to his own.

“This car has a six-cylinder, 54 bhp F-head engine, and the body is one of six different variations built on the same Model 18 chassis,” according to Nethercutt.

“It was found in unrestored original condition in a garage just a few blocks from the J.B. Nethercutt premises in Sylmar, where it had been hidden away for more than 30 years. The car has only 9,800 miles on the clock.”

This car’s price when new was $2,400 in 1913 dollars. Its 446.8-cubic-inch F-head engine had topped out at 54 hp.

“The 1913 Chalmers was a real transition model,” according to Nethercutt. “The car is equipped with a compressed air starter, but has an electric generator for electric headlamps and combination oil-electric side and tail lamps.

“The following year, 1914 Chalmers followed the rest of the industry and offered an efficient electric starter, moved the drive from right-hand to left and moved the shifting mechanism to the center from left. The 1913 Chalmers was the end of an automotive era.”

“In 1920, with many car companies in difficulties, the Chalmers Co. joined forces with the Maxwell Car Co., which in turn later became a Chrysler subsidiary. The last Chalmers’ car rolled off the production line in 1923.”
The Nethercutt Collection1913 Chalmers Model 18 TouringThis 1913 Chalmers Model 18 Touring car was photographed at The Nethercutt Collection in Sylmar, Calif.

“Chalmers were named after Hugh Chalmers of the National Cash Register Co.,” according to a vehicle summary provided by The Nethercutt Museum.

Chalmers purchased the Thomas-Detroit Car Co. in 1907 and changed its name to his own.

“This car has a six-cylinder, 54 bhp F-head engine, and the body is one of six different variations built on the same Model 18 chassis,” according to Nethercutt.

“It was found in unrestored original condition in a garage just a few blocks from the J.B. Nethercutt premises in Sylmar, where it had been hidden away for more than 30 years. The car has only 9,800 miles on the clock.”

This car’s price when new was $2,400 in 1913 dollars. Its 446.8-cubic-inch F-head engine had topped out at 54 hp.

“The 1913 Chalmers was a real transition model,” according to Nethercutt. “The car is equipped with a compressed air starter, but has an electric generator for electric headlamps and combination oil-electric side and tail lamps.

“The following year, 1914 Chalmers followed the rest of the industry and offered an efficient electric starter, moved the drive from right-hand to left and moved the shifting mechanism to the center from left. The 1913 Chalmers was the end of an automotive era.”

“In 1920, with many car companies in difficulties, the Chalmers Co. joined forces with the Maxwell Car Co., which in turn later became a Chrysler subsidiary. The last Chalmers’ car rolled off the production line in 1923.”
The Nethercutt Collection1913 Chalmers Model 18 TouringThis 1913 Chalmers Model 18 Touring car was photographed at The Nethercutt Collection in Sylmar, Calif.

“Chalmers were named after Hugh Chalmers of the National Cash Register Co.,” according to a vehicle summary provided by The Nethercutt Museum.

Chalmers purchased the Thomas-Detroit Car Co. in 1907 and changed its name to his own.

“This car has a six-cylinder, 54 bhp F-head engine, and the body is one of six different variations built on the same Model 18 chassis,” according to Nethercutt.

“It was found in unrestored original condition in a garage just a few blocks from the J.B. Nethercutt premises in Sylmar, where it had been hidden away for more than 30 years. The car has only 9,800 miles on the clock.”

This car’s price when new was $2,400 in 1913 dollars. Its 446.8-cubic-inch F-head engine had topped out at 54 hp.

“The 1913 Chalmers was a real transition model,” according to Nethercutt. “The car is equipped with a compressed air starter, but has an electric generator for electric headlamps and combination oil-electric side and tail lamps.

“The following year, 1914 Chalmers followed the rest of the industry and offered an efficient electric starter, moved the drive from right-hand to left and moved the shifting mechanism to the center from left. The 1913 Chalmers was the end of an automotive era.”

“In 1920, with many car companies in difficulties, the Chalmers Co. joined forces with the Maxwell Car Co., which in turn later became a Chrysler subsidiary. The last Chalmers’ car rolled off the production line in 1923.”

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A Pasture's Song; The Meadow's Embrace https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/8/a-pasture A poem about a pasture by Glenn Franco Simmons.Pasture's SongA poem by Glenn Franco Simmons. In the meadow’s embrace, after rain’s gentle touch,

Where the sky turns to blue, and clouds break up and such,

The sun peeks through, with warmth that's kind and true,

A symphony of nature unfolds, as new life starts to pursue.

 

The grass, once adorned with glistening morning dew,

Rejoices in the sunlight, painting a vivid hue.

Each blade stands proud, stretching toward the sky,

As if whispering secrets only they and the wind imply.

 

The pasture awakens, a canvas alive and vast,

A masterpiece of colors, entwined in a vibrant contrast.

Emerald greens dance, with hints of golden light,

As the sun’s tender kisses imbue the meadow so bright.

 

Tiny droplets sparkle, adorning petals so fine,

Gems upon the wildflowers, they dazzle and shine.

Their fragrance dances on the air, an ode to life anew,

A symphony of scents, refreshing and true.

The song of birds, once hidden by the rain's disguise, A poem about a pasture by Glenn Franco Simmons.Pasture's SongA poem by Glenn Franco Simmons.

Now fills the air with melodies that mesmerize.

Their voices carry joy, on wings so light and free,

Celebrating nature's bounty, in perfect harmony.

 

And as the day awakens, with skies of tranquil blue,

The meadow whispers secrets, to those who wander through.

A tranquil haven, a moment captured in time,

Where the beauty of the pastures sings a sweet rhyme.

 

So, cherish the meadow's afterglow, as the rain subsides,

When the sky turns to blue, and the sun gently guides.

For in those fleeting moments, amidst the grass so lush,

Nature’s wonder unfolds, in a meadow’s tender hush.

 

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Bonsai Wisteria: Exquisite Beauty With Fragrance A Bonus https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/8/bonsai Bonsai wisteria photographed by professional photographer Glenn Franco Simmons.Bonsai WisteriaBonsai wisteria photographed in the San Francisco Bay Area. Bonsai cultivation is a centuries-old art form that originated in China and later gained popularity in Japan.

The art of transforming trees into compact, exquisite versions of their natural counterparts has captivated enthusiasts worldwide.

One such captivating specimen is the bonsai wisteria tree. In this article, the unique characteristics, cultivation techniques and care requirements that make bonsai wisteria trees a fascinating addition to any collection will be explored.

I. The Elegance of Bonsai Wisteria Trees:
The wisteria tree (Wisteria spp.) is renowned for its cascading clusters of fragrant, vibrant flowers, which infuse any landscape with color and allure.

When skillfully cultivated as a bonsai, wisteria trees retain their captivating beauty, but on a smaller scale. These mesmerizing bonsai specimens showcase gracefully twisted trunks, delicate foliage, and small flowers that mirror the enchantment of their larger counterparts.

II. Cultivating Bonsai Wisteria Trees:
A. Seed Propagation:
Bonsai wisteria trees can be grown from seeds, which allows for better control over their development. Seeds are harvested from mature wisteria plants and require a stratification period before sowing. This helps break the seed's dormancy and encourages germination.

B. Air Layering:
Air layering is another popular method to propagate wisteria bonsai. This technique involves partially girdling a branch and encouraging roots to form at that specific location while still attached to the mother tree. Once roots develop, the newly formed tree can be cut and repotted, enabling it to grow as a separate bonsai.

Bonsai wisteria photographed by professional photographer Glenn Franco Simmons.Bonsai WisteriaBonsai wisteria photographed in the San Francisco Bay Area. III. Care and Maintenance:
A. Light and Temperature:
Bonsai wisteria trees thrive in full sun to partial shade. However, they should be protected from extreme heat or frost. A temperature range of 50°F to 86°F (10°C to 30°C) is ideal for their growth.

B. Watering:
Wisteria bonsai trees prefer evenly moist soil. Regular watering is necessary, especially during the warmer months when moisture can evaporate more rapidly. Care should be taken not to overwater, as it can lead to root rot.

C. Training and Pruning:
Training and pruning play a crucial role in the development of bonsai wisteria trees. Regular shaping and wiring should be performed during the growing season to guide the branches and trunk into desired positions. Pruning should be done after flowering to maintain the tree's aesthetic balance.

D. Fertilization:
Providing proper nutrition to bonsai wisteria trees is essential for their healthy growth. A balanced, slow-release organic fertilizer formulated for bonsai trees can be applied during the growing season to ensure adequate nourishment.

IV. The Symbolism and Aesthetics:
In Japanese culture, wisteria represents longevity, beauty and a harmonious partnership. The cascading clusters of flowers found on wisteria bonsai trees symbolize the ethereal beauty of nature. Displaying a bonsai wisteria tree in your home or garden can bring tranquility and a sense of calm to your surroundings.

Conclusion:
Cultivating bonsai wisteria trees is an art that merges a passion for nature and a love for miniature landscapes. These enchanting specimens offer a unique opportunity to witness the splendor of wisteria flowers in a compact form. With careful cultivation, proper care, and attention, bonsai wisteria trees reward their owners with gracefulness and beauty that can be cherished for years to come.

Posted by Glenn Franco Simmons using proprietary ChatGPT.

 

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[email protected] (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons) Bonsai Filoli Filoli bonsai wisteria wisteria bonsai wisteria Filoli https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/8/bonsai Thu, 31 Aug 2023 19:49:56 GMT
Nevada A Great State To View Clouds https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/8/clouds Caron City CloudsCaron City CloudsInteresting cloud formation in Carson City, Nev., in summer 2023. Since I've been in Nevada, I've often thought, I should take more photos of cloud formations. There are so many here and the sky seems to go on forever.

Clouds are mesmerizing natural wonders that captivate us with their ever-changing shapes, colors and textures. They embellish the sky, adding depth and serenity to our surroundings. But have you ever wondered how clouds are formed? Let's see what a proprietary ChatGPT software program I use has to say about clouds. It sure beats Wikipedia.

The Basics of Cloud Formation:

Clouds are a manifestation of the water cycle, a continuous process through which water molecules move between the Earth's surface, the atmosphere, and back again. To understand cloud formation, an individual must familiarize oneself with three crucial components: water vapor, condensation nuclei and cooling processes.

Water Vapor:

Water vapor is the gaseous form of water, which is an invisible component of our atmosphere. This moisture arises from various sources such as evaporation from oceans, lakes, rivers and even transpiration from plants.

Caron City CloudsCaron City CloudsInteresting cloud formation in Carson City, Nev., in summer 2023. Condensation Nuclei:

Condensation nuclei are microscopic particles present in the atmosphere that serve as a nucleus around which water vapor can condense to form liquid droplets. These particles can include dust, pollen, salt particles from the ocean, or even pollutants formed from human activities.

Cooling Processes:

The third essential factor in cloud formation is cooling processes. As moist air rises in the atmosphere, it experiences a decrease in temperature due to a decrease in atmospheric pressure. The cooling process can also occur through contact with a cooler surface or by mixing with colder air masses.

The Process of Cloud Formation:

Now that we have a basic understanding of the components involved, let's explore the process of cloud formation:

1. Moisture Accumulation:

Water vapor accumulates in the atmosphere through evaporation and transpiration. This moisture mixes with the surrounding air, increasing its humidity.

2. Cooling and Condensation:

As warm, humid air rises, it encounters a region or air mass with cooler temperatures. This cooling causes the water vapor to condense around the condensation nuclei, forming tiny water droplets or ice crystals.

3. Cloud Growth:

These tiny water droplets or ice crystals adhere to one another, forming larger droplets or crystals. Updrafts in the atmosphere carry the moisture higher, allowing the cloud to grow both vertically and horizontally.

Caron City CloudsCaron City CloudsInteresting cloud formation in Carson City, Nev., in summer 2023. 4. Cloud Types:

Different cloud types emerge based on altitude, temperature, and atmospheric conditions. Common cloud types include cumulus, stratus, cumulonimbus, and cirrus clouds.

5. Precipitation:

If cloud masses continue to grow and their droplets become heavy enough, precipitation occurs. It can come in the form of rain, snow, sleet, or hail depending on the atmospheric conditions within the cloud.

Conclusion:

Understanding the process of cloud formation allows us to appreciate the natural phenomenon that often graces our skies. Clouds are the visible results of the water cycle, condensing water vapor into beautiful formations of droplets or ice crystals. From the initial accumulation of moisture to the eventual precipitation, clouds are an intricate part of Earth's weather patterns. Next time you gaze at the sky and witness an awe-inspiring cloud display, remember the fascinating processes that brought them to life.

Posted by Glenn Franco Simmons using proprietary ChatGPT. Caron City CloudsCaron City CloudsInteresting cloud formation in Carson City, Nev., in summer 2023.

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Carmen Bunky Dahlia Added To Gallery https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/8/carmen-bunky Carmen Bunky dahlia photographed by professional photographer Glenn Franco Simmons.Carmen Bunky DahliaThis is a Carmen Bunky dahlia photographed in San Francisco at The Dahlia Garden in Golden Gate Park. Today, I added a Carmen Bunky dahlia photo to the flower gallery. It was photographed in San Francisco at The Dahlia Garden in Golden Gate Park.

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[email protected] (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons) Carmen Bunky dahlia dahlia dahlia photo dahlia photos dahlias Golden Gate Park San Francisco The Dahlia Garden https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/8/carmen-bunky Wed, 30 Aug 2023 23:54:55 GMT
More Cherry Blossoms Added To Gallery https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/8/more-blossoms Cupertino Cherry Blossoms photographed by professional flower photographer Glenn Franco Simmons.Cupertino Cherry BlossomsCupertino cherry blossoms photographed by professional floral photographer Glenn Franco Simmons. Cupertino Cherry Blossoms photographed by professional flower photographer Glenn Franco Simmons.Cupertino Cherry BlossomsCupertino cherry blossoms photographed by professional floral photographer Glenn Franco Simmons. Transience refers to the state or quality of being temporary or impermanent. It describes something that does not last for a long time, but instead has a fleeting or transient nature. Transience can be applied to various aspects of life, such as emotions, experiences, relationships or physical objects. It suggests that these things are not meant to endure indefinitely, but rather change or disappear over time.

And that is part of the symbology behind annual cherry blossom festivals throughout the world. Cherry blossoms have become symbols of beauty, but also of transience. Both beauty and life itself are transient.

I’ve never been to Japan, but of the many videos I’ve watched of Japanese landscapes and gardens, I can imagine that nestled amount the furrowed foothills in Japan, the merging of symbol and blossom began with people captivated by their ethereal, and fleeting existence.

In Japan, particularly, cherry blossoms, known as “Sakura,” hold significant cultural and historical importance. Today, I added a few more cherry blossom photos that might be appreciated by Sakura fans.

Saratoga cherry blossoms photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Saratoga Cherry BlossomsSaratoga cherry blossoms photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons. The history of cherry blossom festivals can be traced back to ancient Japan. The practice of welcoming spring with cherry blossoms dates to the Nara period (710-794) and the Heian period (794-1185). During that time, the aristocracy would gather underneath blooming cherry trees, composing poetry and partaking in extravagant feasts, appreciating the ephemeral nature of the blossoms.

In the Edo period (1603-1868), cherry blossom viewing became increasingly popular among the masses. This period saw the establishment of Hanami, the traditional Japanese custom of enjoying the beauty of cherry blossoms. People eagerly awaited the arrival of spring, eagerly watching for the cherry trees to burst into bloom.

Over time, cherry blossom festivals spread to various parts of Japan. One of the most famous locations for Hanami is the historic city of Kyoto. Here, the Gion District transforms into a mesmerizing spectacle of cherry blossoms each spring. The streets come alive as locals and tourists gather to admire the delicate pink petals, savor traditional street food and revel in the festive atmosphere.

In Tokyo, the capital of Japan, the annual cherry blossom festival held at Ueno Park is a major attraction. Ueno Park showcases more than a thousand cherry trees, creating a stunning sea of pink blooms. Visitors can experience vibrant cultural performances, enjoy Yozakura (cherry blossom viewing at night), and witness the breathtaking beauty of these iconic trees.

Saratoga cherry blossoms photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Saratoga Cherry BlossomsSaratoga cherry blossoms photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons. Beyond Japan, cherry blossom festivals have gained popularity around the world. Many cities, such as Washington, D.C., Vancouver, and Paris, host their own celebrations to honor the blossoming cherry trees. These events aim to foster a sense of harmony with nature and raise awareness about the significance of cherry blossoms in Japanese culture.

The history of cherry blossoms and their festivals reflects the ephemeral nature of life itself. It teaches us to appreciate beauty in every moment, reminding us that time passes swiftly, just like the blossoms that fall with the gentlest breeze. So, whether in Japan or beyond, immerse yourself in the splendor of cherry blossoms and let their enchanting presence fill your heart with wonder and gratitude.

by Glenn Franco Simmons with the assistance of proprietary ChatGPT.

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[email protected] (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons) cherry blossoms Cupertino Cupertino Memorial Park floral photos flower photographer flower photography flower photos Glenn Franco Simmons photos Silicon Valley https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/8/more-blossoms Wed, 30 Aug 2023 18:07:56 GMT
'Blessed are You, LORD our God, King of the universe' https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/8/blessed-are Blessed are You, LORD our GodBlessed are You, LORD our GodBaruch ata Adonai Eloheinu, melekh ha’olam po’ke’ah ivrim.

Blessed are You, LORD our God, King of the universe.

Image courtesy of NASA. Image use does not imply NASA's endorsement of such use.
Today, I added a new entry in the Jewish Blessings photo gallery. There are no Jewish religious texts translated from Hebrew to English that I can use for my word art, as using copyrighted texts would be illegal, so I will have to only offer non-copyrighted Jewish religious verses and Jewish blessings. Here is the blessing:

Baruch ata Adonai Eloheinu, melekh ha’olam po’ke’ah ivrim.

Blessed are You, LORD our God, King of the universe.

The photo is copyrighted.
 

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[email protected] (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons) abundant is your faithfulness give thanks before you Jewish blessing Jewish blessings King living and eternal Modeh Ani returned within me https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/8/blessed-are Wed, 30 Aug 2023 17:35:23 GMT
1924 Hispano-Suiza Nicknamed 'Tulipwood Torpedo. https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/8/1924-hispano-suiza Blackhawk car photos1924 Hispano-SuizaThis 1924 Hispano-Suiza Model H6C Tulipwood Torpedo was photographed at the Danville, Calif.-based Blackhawk Automotive Museum.

"In 1924, the Tulipwood Torpedo was commissioned by André Dubonnet who, at the age of 26, was an accomplished and well-known aviator and driver," according to Blackhawk.

"The Dubonnet family had amassed a fortune from the aperitifs and cognacs that continue to bear the family name.

"Dubonnet contracted the Nieuport Aviation Co. to build a lightweight body suitable for both racing and touring.

"Nieuport craftsmen formed a frame of wooden ribs measuring up to 3/4-inch thick that were covered with 1/8-inch wooden veneer.

"Strips of tulipwood of uneven thickness and length were fastened to the veneer with thousands of brass rivets.

"The body was then sealed, sanded and varnished. When fully equipped, the body was to have eight approximately 160 pounds.

"The torpedo tail enlosed a 46-gallon gas tank for long-distance racing.

"In 1924, Dubonnet entered the Hispano-Suiza in the Sicilian Targa Florio and he finished sixth."

Blackhawk said he finished fifth in the Coppa Florio and first in the over 4.5-liter class.

This beauty boasts a 6-cylinder, SOHC engine with a 4.33-inch bore and 5.51-inch stroke.

It's 487 cubic inches featured 200hp @ 3050rpm.

When new, it cost $15,000 in 1924 dollars.

It was built by Nieuport Aviation Co. of Bois-Colombes, France. It was manufactured in Sté. Française, France.
This 1924 Hispano-Suiza Model H6C Tulipwood Torpedo was photographed at the Danville, Calif.-based Blackhawk Automotive Museum. (It was a number of years ago and museum exhibits frequently change.)

"In 1924, the Tulipwood Torpedo was commissioned by André Dubonnet who, at the age of 26, was an accomplished and well-known aviator and driver," according to Blackhawk. "The Dubonnet family had amassed a fortune from the aperitifs and cognacs that continue to bear the family name. Dubonnet contracted the Nieuport Aviation Co. to build a lightweight body suitable for both racing and touring.

"Nieuport craftsmen formed a frame of wooden ribs measuring up to 3/4-inch thick that were covered with 1/8-inch wooden veneer. Strips of tulipwood of uneven thickness and length were fastened to the veneer with thousands of brass rivets. The body was then sealed, sanded and varnished. When fully equipped, the body was to have eight approximately 160 pounds. The torpedo tail enlosed a 46-gallon gas tank for long-distance racing. In 1924, Dubonnet entered the Hispano-Suiza in the Sicilian Targa Florio and he finished sixth."

Blackhawk car photos1924 Hispano-SuizaThis 1924 Hispano-Suiza Model H6C Tulipwood Torpedo was photographed at the Danville, Calif.-based Blackhawk Automotive Museum.

"In 1924, the Tulipwood Torpedo was commissioned by André Dubonnet who, at the age of 26, was an accomplished and well-known aviator and driver," according to Blackhawk.

"The Dubonnet family had amassed a fortune from the aperitifs and cognacs that continue to bear the family name.

"Dubonnet contracted the Nieuport Aviation Co. to build a lightweight body suitable for both racing and touring.

"Nieuport craftsmen formed a frame of wooden ribs measuring up to 3/4-inch thick that were covered with 1/8-inch wooden veneer.

"Strips of tulipwood of uneven thickness and length were fastened to the veneer with thousands of brass rivets.

"The body was then sealed, sanded and varnished. When fully equipped, the body was to have eight approximately 160 pounds.

"The torpedo tail enlosed a 46-gallon gas tank for long-distance racing.

"In 1924, Dubonnet entered the Hispano-Suiza in the Sicilian Targa Florio and he finished sixth."

Blackhawk said he finished fifth in the Coppa Florio and first in the over 4.5-liter class.

This beauty boasts a 6-cylinder, SOHC engine with a 4.33-inch bore and 5.51-inch stroke.

It's 487 cubic inches featured 200hp @ 3050rpm.

When new, it cost $15,000 in 1924 dollars.

It was built by Nieuport Aviation Co. of Bois-Colombes, France. It was manufactured in Sté. Française, France.
Blackhawk said he finished fifth in the Coppa Florio and first in the over 4.5-liter class. 
This beauty boasts a 6-cylinder, SOHC engine with a 4.33-inch bore and 5.51-inch stroke. It's 487 cubic inches featured 200hp @ 3050rpm. When new, it cost $15,000 in 1924 dollars (approximately 254,000 in 2023's dollars, according to one source). It was built by Nieuport Aviation Co. of Bois-Colombes, France. It was manufactured in Sté. Française, France.

Blackhawk car photos1924 Hispano-SuizaThis 1924 Hispano-Suiza Model H6C Tulipwood Torpedo was photographed at the Danville, Calif.-based Blackhawk Automotive Museum.

"In 1924, the Tulipwood Torpedo was commissioned by André Dubonnet who, at the age of 26, was an accomplished and well-known aviator and driver," according to Blackhawk.

"The Dubonnet family had amassed a fortune from the aperitifs and cognacs that continue to bear the family name.

"Dubonnet contracted the Nieuport Aviation Co. to build a lightweight body suitable for both racing and touring.

"Nieuport craftsmen formed a frame of wooden ribs measuring up to 3/4-inch thick that were covered with 1/8-inch wooden veneer.

"Strips of tulipwood of uneven thickness and length were fastened to the veneer with thousands of brass rivets.

"The body was then sealed, sanded and varnished. When fully equipped, the body was to have eight approximately 160 pounds.

"The torpedo tail enlosed a 46-gallon gas tank for long-distance racing.

"In 1924, Dubonnet entered the Hispano-Suiza in the Sicilian Targa Florio and he finished sixth."

Blackhawk said he finished fifth in the Coppa Florio and first in the over 4.5-liter class.

This beauty boasts a 6-cylinder, SOHC engine with a 4.33-inch bore and 5.51-inch stroke.

It's 487 cubic inches featured 200hp @ 3050rpm.

When new, it cost $15,000 in 1924 dollars.

It was built by Nieuport Aviation Co. of Bois-Colombes, France. It was manufactured in Sté. Française, France.
Blackhawk car photos1924 Hispano-SuizaThis 1924 Hispano-Suiza Model H6C Tulipwood Torpedo was photographed at the Danville, Calif.-based Blackhawk Automotive Museum.

"In 1924, the Tulipwood Torpedo was commissioned by André Dubonnet who, at the age of 26, was an accomplished and well-known aviator and driver," according to Blackhawk.

"The Dubonnet family had amassed a fortune from the aperitifs and cognacs that continue to bear the family name.

"Dubonnet contracted the Nieuport Aviation Co. to build a lightweight body suitable for both racing and touring.

"Nieuport craftsmen formed a frame of wooden ribs measuring up to 3/4-inch thick that were covered with 1/8-inch wooden veneer.

"Strips of tulipwood of uneven thickness and length were fastened to the veneer with thousands of brass rivets.

"The body was then sealed, sanded and varnished. When fully equipped, the body was to have eight approximately 160 pounds.

"The torpedo tail enlosed a 46-gallon gas tank for long-distance racing.

"In 1924, Dubonnet entered the Hispano-Suiza in the Sicilian Targa Florio and he finished sixth."

Blackhawk said he finished fifth in the Coppa Florio and first in the over 4.5-liter class.

This beauty boasts a 6-cylinder, SOHC engine with a 4.33-inch bore and 5.51-inch stroke.

It's 487 cubic inches featured 200hp @ 3050rpm.

When new, it cost $15,000 in 1924 dollars.

It was built by Nieuport Aviation Co. of Bois-Colombes, France. It was manufactured in Sté. Française, France.
Blackhawk car photos1924 Hispano-SuizaThis 1924 Hispano-Suiza Model H6C Tulipwood Torpedo was photographed at the Danville, Calif.-based Blackhawk Automotive Museum.

"In 1924, the Tulipwood Torpedo was commissioned by André Dubonnet who, at the age of 26, was an accomplished and well-known aviator and driver," according to Blackhawk.

"The Dubonnet family had amassed a fortune from the aperitifs and cognacs that continue to bear the family name.

"Dubonnet contracted the Nieuport Aviation Co. to build a lightweight body suitable for both racing and touring.

"Nieuport craftsmen formed a frame of wooden ribs measuring up to 3/4-inch thick that were covered with 1/8-inch wooden veneer.

"Strips of tulipwood of uneven thickness and length were fastened to the veneer with thousands of brass rivets.

"The body was then sealed, sanded and varnished. When fully equipped, the body was to have eight approximately 160 pounds.

"The torpedo tail enlosed a 46-gallon gas tank for long-distance racing.

"In 1924, Dubonnet entered the Hispano-Suiza in the Sicilian Targa Florio and he finished sixth."

Blackhawk said he finished fifth in the Coppa Florio and first in the over 4.5-liter class.

This beauty boasts a 6-cylinder, SOHC engine with a 4.33-inch bore and 5.51-inch stroke.

It's 487 cubic inches featured 200hp @ 3050rpm.

When new, it cost $15,000 in 1924 dollars.

It was built by Nieuport Aviation Co. of Bois-Colombes, France. It was manufactured in Sté. Française, France.
Blackhawk car photos1924 Hispano-SuizaThis 1924 Hispano-Suiza Model H6C Tulipwood Torpedo was photographed at the Danville, Calif.-based Blackhawk Automotive Museum.

"In 1924, the Tulipwood Torpedo was commissioned by André Dubonnet who, at the age of 26, was an accomplished and well-known aviator and driver," according to Blackhawk.

"The Dubonnet family had amassed a fortune from the aperitifs and cognacs that continue to bear the family name.

"Dubonnet contracted the Nieuport Aviation Co. to build a lightweight body suitable for both racing and touring.

"Nieuport craftsmen formed a frame of wooden ribs measuring up to 3/4-inch thick that were covered with 1/8-inch wooden veneer.

"Strips of tulipwood of uneven thickness and length were fastened to the veneer with thousands of brass rivets.

"The body was then sealed, sanded and varnished. When fully equipped, the body was to have eight approximately 160 pounds.

"The torpedo tail enlosed a 46-gallon gas tank for long-distance racing.

"In 1924, Dubonnet entered the Hispano-Suiza in the Sicilian Targa Florio and he finished sixth."

Blackhawk said he finished fifth in the Coppa Florio and first in the over 4.5-liter class.

This beauty boasts a 6-cylinder, SOHC engine with a 4.33-inch bore and 5.51-inch stroke.

It's 487 cubic inches featured 200hp @ 3050rpm.

When new, it cost $15,000 in 1924 dollars.

It was built by Nieuport Aviation Co. of Bois-Colombes, France. It was manufactured in Sté. Française, France.
Blackhawk car photos1924 Hispano-SuizaThis 1924 Hispano-Suiza Model H6C Tulipwood Torpedo was photographed at the Danville, Calif.-based Blackhawk Automotive Museum.

"In 1924, the Tulipwood Torpedo was commissioned by André Dubonnet who, at the age of 26, was an accomplished and well-known aviator and driver," according to Blackhawk.

"The Dubonnet family had amassed a fortune from the aperitifs and cognacs that continue to bear the family name.

"Dubonnet contracted the Nieuport Aviation Co. to build a lightweight body suitable for both racing and touring.

"Nieuport craftsmen formed a frame of wooden ribs measuring up to 3/4-inch thick that were covered with 1/8-inch wooden veneer.

"Strips of tulipwood of uneven thickness and length were fastened to the veneer with thousands of brass rivets.

"The body was then sealed, sanded and varnished. When fully equipped, the body was to have eight approximately 160 pounds.

"The torpedo tail enlosed a 46-gallon gas tank for long-distance racing.

"In 1924, Dubonnet entered the Hispano-Suiza in the Sicilian Targa Florio and he finished sixth."

Blackhawk said he finished fifth in the Coppa Florio and first in the over 4.5-liter class.

This beauty boasts a 6-cylinder, SOHC engine with a 4.33-inch bore and 5.51-inch stroke.

It's 487 cubic inches featured 200hp @ 3050rpm.

When new, it cost $15,000 in 1924 dollars.

It was built by Nieuport Aviation Co. of Bois-Colombes, France. It was manufactured in Sté. Française, France.
Blackhawk car photos1924 Hispano-SuizaThis 1924 Hispano-Suiza Model H6C Tulipwood Torpedo was photographed at the Danville, Calif.-based Blackhawk Automotive Museum.

"In 1924, the Tulipwood Torpedo was commissioned by André Dubonnet who, at the age of 26, was an accomplished and well-known aviator and driver," according to Blackhawk.

"The Dubonnet family had amassed a fortune from the aperitifs and cognacs that continue to bear the family name.

"Dubonnet contracted the Nieuport Aviation Co. to build a lightweight body suitable for both racing and touring.

"Nieuport craftsmen formed a frame of wooden ribs measuring up to 3/4-inch thick that were covered with 1/8-inch wooden veneer.

"Strips of tulipwood of uneven thickness and length were fastened to the veneer with thousands of brass rivets.

"The body was then sealed, sanded and varnished. When fully equipped, the body was to have eight approximately 160 pounds.

"The torpedo tail enlosed a 46-gallon gas tank for long-distance racing.

"In 1924, Dubonnet entered the Hispano-Suiza in the Sicilian Targa Florio and he finished sixth."

Blackhawk said he finished fifth in the Coppa Florio and first in the over 4.5-liter class.

This beauty boasts a 6-cylinder, SOHC engine with a 4.33-inch bore and 5.51-inch stroke.

It's 487 cubic inches featured 200hp @ 3050rpm.

When new, it cost $15,000 in 1924 dollars.

It was built by Nieuport Aviation Co. of Bois-Colombes, France. It was manufactured in Sté. Française, France.
Blackhawk car photos1924 Hispano-SuizaThis 1924 Hispano-Suiza Model H6C Tulipwood Torpedo was photographed at the Danville, Calif.-based Blackhawk Automotive Museum.

"In 1924, the Tulipwood Torpedo was commissioned by André Dubonnet who, at the age of 26, was an accomplished and well-known aviator and driver," according to Blackhawk.

"The Dubonnet family had amassed a fortune from the aperitifs and cognacs that continue to bear the family name.

"Dubonnet contracted the Nieuport Aviation Co. to build a lightweight body suitable for both racing and touring.

"Nieuport craftsmen formed a frame of wooden ribs measuring up to 3/4-inch thick that were covered with 1/8-inch wooden veneer.

"Strips of tulipwood of uneven thickness and length were fastened to the veneer with thousands of brass rivets.

"The body was then sealed, sanded and varnished. When fully equipped, the body was to have eight approximately 160 pounds.

"The torpedo tail enlosed a 46-gallon gas tank for long-distance racing.

"In 1924, Dubonnet entered the Hispano-Suiza in the Sicilian Targa Florio and he finished sixth."

Blackhawk said he finished fifth in the Coppa Florio and first in the over 4.5-liter class.

This beauty boasts a 6-cylinder, SOHC engine with a 4.33-inch bore and 5.51-inch stroke.

It's 487 cubic inches featured 200hp @ 3050rpm.

When new, it cost $15,000 in 1924 dollars.

It was built by Nieuport Aviation Co. of Bois-Colombes, France. It was manufactured in Sté. Française, France.

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[email protected] (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons) 1924 Hispano-Suiza 1924 Hispano-Suiza Model H6C Tulipwood Torpedo Blackhawk Automotive Museum classic car photos Glenn Franco Simmons Hispano-Suiza torpedo cars vintage car photos https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/8/1924-hispano-suiza Tue, 29 Aug 2023 16:59:21 GMT
Owen-Magnetic The Hybrid Prius Of Its Time https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/8/owen-magnetic The Nethercutt Collection1921 Owen Magnetic Phaeton“Intent on ‘Banishing the Commonplace,’ the Owen-Magnetic Motor Car Corp. created automobiles that were anything but ordinary,” states a display at The Nethercutt Museum, where this rare car was photographed in Sylmar, Calif. “Building on a multitude of then-new technologies, it offered gasoline-electromagnetic hybrids.

“Clevelanders Raymond M. and Ralph R. Owen built their first car before 1900, but their efforts to manufacture and sell automobiles were largely unsuccessful until they paired themselves with Philadelphian Justus B. Entz.

“Entz had developed an electromagnetic transmission that functioned as both clutch transmission and generator. R.M. Owen & Co. of New York first installed an Entz transmission in an Austro-Daimler and exhibited it at the 1914 New York Automobile Show. Owen-Magnetic debuted the following year.

“In the Owen-Magnetic car, a gasoline engine drives the flywheel consisting of six field coils and an iron housing rotating around an armature fixed to the drive shaft and electric motor armature. The speed differential between the engine and armature creates electricity, which is directed by a series of switches and resistors to power an electric motor behind the generator. As the vehicle’s speed increases, the engine speed and armature speed equalize, and switches allow a magnetic ‘lockup’ as the rear motor now becomes a generator. This unit also serves as a regenerative brake until the car slows to about 15 to 25 mph to remove ear and heat from the brake and suspension components. Once the engine is started by this motor/generator, the battery is effectively out of the circuit, used only for lights and accessories, but recharged by the rear motor at road speeds.

“Without clutch or gears, the car can be electrically shifted gently from rest to motion. A lever on the steering wheel controls speed. Early descriptions said the Owen-Magnetic handled ‘as though it had only one speed,’ but marketers soon changed tack, billing it as ‘the car of a thousand speeds’.

“The electric Entz designed transmission worked similar to a modern automatic transmission and today’s gasoline/electric hybrid automobiles. The car is smooth, powerful and quiet, as there is no transmission gear noise because there is no mechanical coupling between the engine and the differential.

“Back in 1915, new cars cost an average of $642, but the Owen-Magnetic carried a price tag of $3,750 ~ more than three times the average U.S. annual income and more than the median cost of a new home. Buyers were interested, as were other manufacturers.

“Early versions of the Entz transmission had already appeared in the 1907 and 1908 Columbia Mark 66-3 and a few 1912 Mercers. Similar technology would soon be used on other automobiles, trucks and even the Battleship New Mexico.

“R.M. Owen & Co. partnered with Baker Rauch & Lang, which held the official Entz patent, from 1916 to mid-1919. Raymond Owen then moved his manufacturing company to Wilkes-Barre, Penn. By then, war had adversely affected the market and the company did not survive much longer."

The 1921 Owen Magnetic Model 60 Phaeton "was built as a phaeton in 1921, the last year of production. When new, it cost $5,300. In 1984, J.B. Nethercutt purchased it from William Harrah.”

It features a six-cylinder Weidely overhead valve engine with a displacement of 414 cubic inches. It was capable of generating 80 hp. It had a Magneto ignition, a Zenith carburetor and an Entz magnetic transmission. The coachbuilder was Lind Motor Body (The Ohio Blower Co.) of Cleveland, Ohio.
“Intent on ‘Banishing the Commonplace,’ the Owen-Magnetic Motor Car Corp. created automobiles that were anything but ordinary,” states a display at The Nethercutt Museum, where this rare car was photographed in Sylmar, Calif. “Building on a multitude of then-new technologies, it offered gasoline-electromagnetic hybrids.

“Clevelanders Raymond M. and Ralph R. Owen built their first car before 1900, but their efforts to manufacture and sell automobiles were largely unsuccessful until they paired themselves with Philadelphian Justus B. Entz and the 1921 Owen Magnetic Model 60 Phaeton was created.

The Nethercutt Collection1921 Owen Magnetic Phaeton“Intent on ‘Banishing the Commonplace,’ the Owen-Magnetic Motor Car Corp. created automobiles that were anything but ordinary,” states a display at The Nethercutt Museum, where this rare car was photographed in Sylmar, Calif. “Building on a multitude of then-new technologies, it offered gasoline-electromagnetic hybrids.

“Clevelanders Raymond M. and Ralph R. Owen built their first car before 1900, but their efforts to manufacture and sell automobiles were largely unsuccessful until they paired themselves with Philadelphian Justus B. Entz.

“Entz had developed an electromagnetic transmission that functioned as both clutch transmission and generator. R.M. Owen & Co. of New York first installed an Entz transmission in an Austro-Daimler and exhibited it at the 1914 New York Automobile Show. Owen-Magnetic debuted the following year.

“In the Owen-Magnetic car, a gasoline engine drives the flywheel consisting of six field coils and an iron housing rotating around an armature fixed to the drive shaft and electric motor armature. The speed differential between the engine and armature creates electricity, which is directed by a series of switches and resistors to power an electric motor behind the generator. As the vehicle’s speed increases, the engine speed and armature speed equalize, and switches allow a magnetic ‘lockup’ as the rear motor now becomes a generator. This unit also serves as a regenerative brake until the car slows to about 15 to 25 mph to remove ear and heat from the brake and suspension components. Once the engine is started by this motor/generator, the battery is effectively out of the circuit, used only for lights and accessories, but recharged by the rear motor at road speeds.

“Without clutch or gears, the car can be electrically shifted gently from rest to motion. A lever on the steering wheel controls speed. Early descriptions said the Owen-Magnetic handled ‘as though it had only one speed,’ but marketers soon changed tack, billing it as ‘the car of a thousand speeds’.

“The electric Entz designed transmission worked similar to a modern automatic transmission and today’s gasoline/electric hybrid automobiles. The car is smooth, powerful and quiet, as there is no transmission gear noise because there is no mechanical coupling between the engine and the differential.

“Back in 1915, new cars cost an average of $642, but the Owen-Magnetic carried a price tag of $3,750 ~ more than three times the average U.S. annual income and more than the median cost of a new home. Buyers were interested, as were other manufacturers.

“Early versions of the Entz transmission had already appeared in the 1907 and 1908 Columbia Mark 66-3 and a few 1912 Mercers. Similar technology would soon be used on other automobiles, trucks and even the Battleship New Mexico.

“R.M. Owen & Co. partnered with Baker Rauch & Lang, which held the official Entz patent, from 1916 to mid-1919. Raymond Owen then moved his manufacturing company to Wilkes-Barre, Penn. By then, war had adversely affected the market and the company did not survive much longer."

The 1921 Owen Magnetic Model 60 Phaeton "was built as a phaeton in 1921, the last year of production. When new, it cost $5,300. In 1984, J.B. Nethercutt purchased it from William Harrah.”

It features a six-cylinder Weidely overhead valve engine with a displacement of 414 cubic inches. It was capable of generating 80 hp. It had a Magneto ignition, a Zenith carburetor and an Entz magnetic transmission. The coachbuilder was Lind Motor Body (The Ohio Blower Co.) of Cleveland, Ohio.
“Entz had developed an electromagnetic transmission that functioned as both clutch transmission and generator. R.M. Owen & Co. of New York first installed an Entz transmission in an Austro-Daimler and exhibited it at the 1914 New York Automobile Show. Owen-Magnetic debuted the following year.

“In the Owen-Magnetic car, a gasoline engine drives the flywheel consisting of six field coils and an iron housing rotating around an armature fixed to the drive shaft and electric motor armature. The speed differential between the engine and armature creates electricity, which is directed by a series of switches and resistors to power an electric motor behind the generator. As the vehicle’s speed increases, the engine speed and armature speed equalize, and switches allow a magnetic ‘lockup’ as the rear motor now becomes a generator. This unit also serves as a regenerative brake until the car slows to about 15 to 25 mph to remove ear and heat from the brake and suspension components. Once the engine is started by this motor/generator, the battery is effectively out of the circuit, used only for lights and accessories, but recharged by the rear motor at road speeds.

The Nethercutt Collection1921 Owen Magnetic Phaeton“Intent on ‘Banishing the Commonplace,’ the Owen-Magnetic Motor Car Corp. created automobiles that were anything but ordinary,” states a display at The Nethercutt Museum, where this rare car was photographed in Sylmar, Calif. “Building on a multitude of then-new technologies, it offered gasoline-electromagnetic hybrids.

“Clevelanders Raymond M. and Ralph R. Owen built their first car before 1900, but their efforts to manufacture and sell automobiles were largely unsuccessful until they paired themselves with Philadelphian Justus B. Entz.

“Entz had developed an electromagnetic transmission that functioned as both clutch transmission and generator. R.M. Owen & Co. of New York first installed an Entz transmission in an Austro-Daimler and exhibited it at the 1914 New York Automobile Show. Owen-Magnetic debuted the following year.

“In the Owen-Magnetic car, a gasoline engine drives the flywheel consisting of six field coils and an iron housing rotating around an armature fixed to the drive shaft and electric motor armature. The speed differential between the engine and armature creates electricity, which is directed by a series of switches and resistors to power an electric motor behind the generator. As the vehicle’s speed increases, the engine speed and armature speed equalize, and switches allow a magnetic ‘lockup’ as the rear motor now becomes a generator. This unit also serves as a regenerative brake until the car slows to about 15 to 25 mph to remove ear and heat from the brake and suspension components. Once the engine is started by this motor/generator, the battery is effectively out of the circuit, used only for lights and accessories, but recharged by the rear motor at road speeds.

“Without clutch or gears, the car can be electrically shifted gently from rest to motion. A lever on the steering wheel controls speed. Early descriptions said the Owen-Magnetic handled ‘as though it had only one speed,’ but marketers soon changed tack, billing it as ‘the car of a thousand speeds’.

“The electric Entz designed transmission worked similar to a modern automatic transmission and today’s gasoline/electric hybrid automobiles. The car is smooth, powerful and quiet, as there is no transmission gear noise because there is no mechanical coupling between the engine and the differential.

“Back in 1915, new cars cost an average of $642, but the Owen-Magnetic carried a price tag of $3,750 ~ more than three times the average U.S. annual income and more than the median cost of a new home. Buyers were interested, as were other manufacturers.

“Early versions of the Entz transmission had already appeared in the 1907 and 1908 Columbia Mark 66-3 and a few 1912 Mercers. Similar technology would soon be used on other automobiles, trucks and even the Battleship New Mexico.

“R.M. Owen & Co. partnered with Baker Rauch & Lang, which held the official Entz patent, from 1916 to mid-1919. Raymond Owen then moved his manufacturing company to Wilkes-Barre, Penn. By then, war had adversely affected the market and the company did not survive much longer."

The 1921 Owen Magnetic Model 60 Phaeton "was built as a phaeton in 1921, the last year of production. When new, it cost $5,300. In 1984, J.B. Nethercutt purchased it from William Harrah.”

It features a six-cylinder Weidely overhead valve engine with a displacement of 414 cubic inches. It was capable of generating 80 hp. It had a Magneto ignition, a Zenith carburetor and an Entz magnetic transmission. The coachbuilder was Lind Motor Body (The Ohio Blower Co.) of Cleveland, Ohio.
“Without clutch or gears, the car can be electrically shifted gently from rest to motion. A lever on the steering wheel controls speed. Early descriptions said the Owen-Magnetic handled ‘as though it had only one speed,’ but marketers soon changed tack, billing it as ‘the car of a thousand speeds’.

“The electric Entz designed transmission worked similar to a modern automatic transmission and today’s gasoline/electric hybrid automobiles. The car is smooth, powerful and quiet, as there is no transmission gear noise because there is no mechanical coupling between the engine and the differential.

“Back in 1915, new cars cost an average of $642, but the Owen-Magnetic carried a price tag of $3,750 ~ more than three times the average U.S. annual income and more than the median cost of a new home. Buyers were interested, as were other manufacturers.

The Nethercutt Collection1921 Owen Magnetic Phaeton“Intent on ‘Banishing the Commonplace,’ the Owen-Magnetic Motor Car Corp. created automobiles that were anything but ordinary,” states a display at The Nethercutt Museum, where this rare car was photographed in Sylmar, Calif. “Building on a multitude of then-new technologies, it offered gasoline-electromagnetic hybrids.

“Clevelanders Raymond M. and Ralph R. Owen built their first car before 1900, but their efforts to manufacture and sell automobiles were largely unsuccessful until they paired themselves with Philadelphian Justus B. Entz.

“Entz had developed an electromagnetic transmission that functioned as both clutch transmission and generator. R.M. Owen & Co. of New York first installed an Entz transmission in an Austro-Daimler and exhibited it at the 1914 New York Automobile Show. Owen-Magnetic debuted the following year.

“In the Owen-Magnetic car, a gasoline engine drives the flywheel consisting of six field coils and an iron housing rotating around an armature fixed to the drive shaft and electric motor armature. The speed differential between the engine and armature creates electricity, which is directed by a series of switches and resistors to power an electric motor behind the generator. As the vehicle’s speed increases, the engine speed and armature speed equalize, and switches allow a magnetic ‘lockup’ as the rear motor now becomes a generator. This unit also serves as a regenerative brake until the car slows to about 15 to 25 mph to remove ear and heat from the brake and suspension components. Once the engine is started by this motor/generator, the battery is effectively out of the circuit, used only for lights and accessories, but recharged by the rear motor at road speeds.

“Without clutch or gears, the car can be electrically shifted gently from rest to motion. A lever on the steering wheel controls speed. Early descriptions said the Owen-Magnetic handled ‘as though it had only one speed,’ but marketers soon changed tack, billing it as ‘the car of a thousand speeds’.

“The electric Entz designed transmission worked similar to a modern automatic transmission and today’s gasoline/electric hybrid automobiles. The car is smooth, powerful and quiet, as there is no transmission gear noise because there is no mechanical coupling between the engine and the differential.

“Back in 1915, new cars cost an average of $642, but the Owen-Magnetic carried a price tag of $3,750 ~ more than three times the average U.S. annual income and more than the median cost of a new home. Buyers were interested, as were other manufacturers.

“Early versions of the Entz transmission had already appeared in the 1907 and 1908 Columbia Mark 66-3 and a few 1912 Mercers. Similar technology would soon be used on other automobiles, trucks and even the Battleship New Mexico.

“R.M. Owen & Co. partnered with Baker Rauch & Lang, which held the official Entz patent, from 1916 to mid-1919. Raymond Owen then moved his manufacturing company to Wilkes-Barre, Penn. By then, war had adversely affected the market and the company did not survive much longer."

The 1921 Owen Magnetic Model 60 Phaeton "was built as a phaeton in 1921, the last year of production. When new, it cost $5,300. In 1984, J.B. Nethercutt purchased it from William Harrah.”

It features a six-cylinder Weidely overhead valve engine with a displacement of 414 cubic inches. It was capable of generating 80 hp. It had a Magneto ignition, a Zenith carburetor and an Entz magnetic transmission. The coachbuilder was Lind Motor Body (The Ohio Blower Co.) of Cleveland, Ohio.
“Early versions of the Entz transmission had already appeared in the 1907 and 1908 Columbia Mark 66-3 and a few 1912 Mercers. Similar technology would soon be used on other automobiles, trucks and even the Battleship New Mexico.

“R.M. Owen & Co. partnered with Baker Rauch & Lang, which held the official Entz patent, from 1916 to mid-1919. Raymond Owen then moved his manufacturing company to Wilkes-Barre, Penn. By then, war had adversely affected the market and the company did not survive much longer."

The 1921 Owen Magnetic Model 60 Phaeton "was built as a phaeton in 1921, the last year of production. When new, it cost $5,300. In 1984, J.B. Nethercutt purchased it from William Harrah.”

It features a six-cylinder Weidely overhead valve engine with a displacement of 414 cubic inches. It was capable of generating 80 hp. It had a Magneto ignition, a Zenith carburetor and an Entz magnetic transmission. The coachbuilder was Lind Motor Body (The Ohio Blower Co.) of Cleveland, Ohio.

The Nethercutt Collection1921 Owen Magnetic Phaeton“Intent on ‘Banishing the Commonplace,’ the Owen-Magnetic Motor Car Corp. created automobiles that were anything but ordinary,” states a display at The Nethercutt Museum, where this rare car was photographed in Sylmar, Calif. “Building on a multitude of then-new technologies, it offered gasoline-electromagnetic hybrids.

“Clevelanders Raymond M. and Ralph R. Owen built their first car before 1900, but their efforts to manufacture and sell automobiles were largely unsuccessful until they paired themselves with Philadelphian Justus B. Entz.

“Entz had developed an electromagnetic transmission that functioned as both clutch transmission and generator. R.M. Owen & Co. of New York first installed an Entz transmission in an Austro-Daimler and exhibited it at the 1914 New York Automobile Show. Owen-Magnetic debuted the following year.

“In the Owen-Magnetic car, a gasoline engine drives the flywheel consisting of six field coils and an iron housing rotating around an armature fixed to the drive shaft and electric motor armature. The speed differential between the engine and armature creates electricity, which is directed by a series of switches and resistors to power an electric motor behind the generator. As the vehicle’s speed increases, the engine speed and armature speed equalize, and switches allow a magnetic ‘lockup’ as the rear motor now becomes a generator. This unit also serves as a regenerative brake until the car slows to about 15 to 25 mph to remove ear and heat from the brake and suspension components. Once the engine is started by this motor/generator, the battery is effectively out of the circuit, used only for lights and accessories, but recharged by the rear motor at road speeds.

“Without clutch or gears, the car can be electrically shifted gently from rest to motion. A lever on the steering wheel controls speed. Early descriptions said the Owen-Magnetic handled ‘as though it had only one speed,’ but marketers soon changed tack, billing it as ‘the car of a thousand speeds’.

“The electric Entz designed transmission worked similar to a modern automatic transmission and today’s gasoline/electric hybrid automobiles. The car is smooth, powerful and quiet, as there is no transmission gear noise because there is no mechanical coupling between the engine and the differential.

“Back in 1915, new cars cost an average of $642, but the Owen-Magnetic carried a price tag of $3,750 ~ more than three times the average U.S. annual income and more than the median cost of a new home. Buyers were interested, as were other manufacturers.

“Early versions of the Entz transmission had already appeared in the 1907 and 1908 Columbia Mark 66-3 and a few 1912 Mercers. Similar technology would soon be used on other automobiles, trucks and even the Battleship New Mexico.

“R.M. Owen & Co. partnered with Baker Rauch & Lang, which held the official Entz patent, from 1916 to mid-1919. Raymond Owen then moved his manufacturing company to Wilkes-Barre, Penn. By then, war had adversely affected the market and the company did not survive much longer."

The 1921 Owen Magnetic Model 60 Phaeton "was built as a phaeton in 1921, the last year of production. When new, it cost $5,300. In 1984, J.B. Nethercutt purchased it from William Harrah.”

It features a six-cylinder Weidely overhead valve engine with a displacement of 414 cubic inches. It was capable of generating 80 hp. It had a Magneto ignition, a Zenith carburetor and an Entz magnetic transmission. The coachbuilder was Lind Motor Body (The Ohio Blower Co.) of Cleveland, Ohio.
So, what is a phateon"?

"As a car, a phaeton is a style of open automobile without any fixed weather protection," according to Conversation with Bing. "It is similar to an early racing car or a convertible. Phaetons were popular from the 1900s until the 1930s, when they were replaced by more comfortable and safer models.

The Ford Model T, Cadillac V-16 and Volkswagen Phaeton are three popular phaetons.

The Nethercutt Collection1921 Owen Magnetic Phaeton“Intent on ‘Banishing the Commonplace,’ the Owen-Magnetic Motor Car Corp. created automobiles that were anything but ordinary,” states a display at The Nethercutt Museum, where this rare car was photographed in Sylmar, Calif. “Building on a multitude of then-new technologies, it offered gasoline-electromagnetic hybrids.

“Clevelanders Raymond M. and Ralph R. Owen built their first car before 1900, but their efforts to manufacture and sell automobiles were largely unsuccessful until they paired themselves with Philadelphian Justus B. Entz.

“Entz had developed an electromagnetic transmission that functioned as both clutch transmission and generator. R.M. Owen & Co. of New York first installed an Entz transmission in an Austro-Daimler and exhibited it at the 1914 New York Automobile Show. Owen-Magnetic debuted the following year.

“In the Owen-Magnetic car, a gasoline engine drives the flywheel consisting of six field coils and an iron housing rotating around an armature fixed to the drive shaft and electric motor armature. The speed differential between the engine and armature creates electricity, which is directed by a series of switches and resistors to power an electric motor behind the generator. As the vehicle’s speed increases, the engine speed and armature speed equalize, and switches allow a magnetic ‘lockup’ as the rear motor now becomes a generator. This unit also serves as a regenerative brake until the car slows to about 15 to 25 mph to remove ear and heat from the brake and suspension components. Once the engine is started by this motor/generator, the battery is effectively out of the circuit, used only for lights and accessories, but recharged by the rear motor at road speeds.

“Without clutch or gears, the car can be electrically shifted gently from rest to motion. A lever on the steering wheel controls speed. Early descriptions said the Owen-Magnetic handled ‘as though it had only one speed,’ but marketers soon changed tack, billing it as ‘the car of a thousand speeds’.

“The electric Entz designed transmission worked similar to a modern automatic transmission and today’s gasoline/electric hybrid automobiles. The car is smooth, powerful and quiet, as there is no transmission gear noise because there is no mechanical coupling between the engine and the differential.

“Back in 1915, new cars cost an average of $642, but the Owen-Magnetic carried a price tag of $3,750 ~ more than three times the average U.S. annual income and more than the median cost of a new home. Buyers were interested, as were other manufacturers.

“Early versions of the Entz transmission had already appeared in the 1907 and 1908 Columbia Mark 66-3 and a few 1912 Mercers. Similar technology would soon be used on other automobiles, trucks and even the Battleship New Mexico.

“R.M. Owen & Co. partnered with Baker Rauch & Lang, which held the official Entz patent, from 1916 to mid-1919. Raymond Owen then moved his manufacturing company to Wilkes-Barre, Penn. By then, war had adversely affected the market and the company did not survive much longer."

The 1921 Owen Magnetic Model 60 Phaeton "was built as a phaeton in 1921, the last year of production. When new, it cost $5,300. In 1984, J.B. Nethercutt purchased it from William Harrah.”

It features a six-cylinder Weidely overhead valve engine with a displacement of 414 cubic inches. It was capable of generating 80 hp. It had a Magneto ignition, a Zenith carburetor and an Entz magnetic transmission. The coachbuilder was Lind Motor Body (The Ohio Blower Co.) of Cleveland, Ohio.
The Nethercutt Collection1921 Owen Magnetic Phaeton“Intent on ‘Banishing the Commonplace,’ the Owen-Magnetic Motor Car Corp. created automobiles that were anything but ordinary,” states a display at The Nethercutt Museum, where this rare car was photographed in Sylmar, Calif. “Building on a multitude of then-new technologies, it offered gasoline-electromagnetic hybrids.

“Clevelanders Raymond M. and Ralph R. Owen built their first car before 1900, but their efforts to manufacture and sell automobiles were largely unsuccessful until they paired themselves with Philadelphian Justus B. Entz.

“Entz had developed an electromagnetic transmission that functioned as both clutch transmission and generator. R.M. Owen & Co. of New York first installed an Entz transmission in an Austro-Daimler and exhibited it at the 1914 New York Automobile Show. Owen-Magnetic debuted the following year.

“In the Owen-Magnetic car, a gasoline engine drives the flywheel consisting of six field coils and an iron housing rotating around an armature fixed to the drive shaft and electric motor armature. The speed differential between the engine and armature creates electricity, which is directed by a series of switches and resistors to power an electric motor behind the generator. As the vehicle’s speed increases, the engine speed and armature speed equalize, and switches allow a magnetic ‘lockup’ as the rear motor now becomes a generator. This unit also serves as a regenerative brake until the car slows to about 15 to 25 mph to remove ear and heat from the brake and suspension components. Once the engine is started by this motor/generator, the battery is effectively out of the circuit, used only for lights and accessories, but recharged by the rear motor at road speeds.

“Without clutch or gears, the car can be electrically shifted gently from rest to motion. A lever on the steering wheel controls speed. Early descriptions said the Owen-Magnetic handled ‘as though it had only one speed,’ but marketers soon changed tack, billing it as ‘the car of a thousand speeds’.

“The electric Entz designed transmission worked similar to a modern automatic transmission and today’s gasoline/electric hybrid automobiles. The car is smooth, powerful and quiet, as there is no transmission gear noise because there is no mechanical coupling between the engine and the differential.

“Back in 1915, new cars cost an average of $642, but the Owen-Magnetic carried a price tag of $3,750 ~ more than three times the average U.S. annual income and more than the median cost of a new home. Buyers were interested, as were other manufacturers.

“Early versions of the Entz transmission had already appeared in the 1907 and 1908 Columbia Mark 66-3 and a few 1912 Mercers. Similar technology would soon be used on other automobiles, trucks and even the Battleship New Mexico.

“R.M. Owen & Co. partnered with Baker Rauch & Lang, which held the official Entz patent, from 1916 to mid-1919. Raymond Owen then moved his manufacturing company to Wilkes-Barre, Penn. By then, war had adversely affected the market and the company did not survive much longer."

The 1921 Owen Magnetic Model 60 Phaeton "was built as a phaeton in 1921, the last year of production. When new, it cost $5,300. In 1984, J.B. Nethercutt purchased it from William Harrah.”

It features a six-cylinder Weidely overhead valve engine with a displacement of 414 cubic inches. It was capable of generating 80 hp. It had a Magneto ignition, a Zenith carburetor and an Entz magnetic transmission. The coachbuilder was Lind Motor Body (The Ohio Blower Co.) of Cleveland, Ohio.
The Nethercutt Collection1921 Owen Magnetic Phaeton“Intent on ‘Banishing the Commonplace,’ the Owen-Magnetic Motor Car Corp. created automobiles that were anything but ordinary,” states a display at The Nethercutt Museum, where this rare car was photographed in Sylmar, Calif. “Building on a multitude of then-new technologies, it offered gasoline-electromagnetic hybrids.

“Clevelanders Raymond M. and Ralph R. Owen built their first car before 1900, but their efforts to manufacture and sell automobiles were largely unsuccessful until they paired themselves with Philadelphian Justus B. Entz.

“Entz had developed an electromagnetic transmission that functioned as both clutch transmission and generator. R.M. Owen & Co. of New York first installed an Entz transmission in an Austro-Daimler and exhibited it at the 1914 New York Automobile Show. Owen-Magnetic debuted the following year.

“In the Owen-Magnetic car, a gasoline engine drives the flywheel consisting of six field coils and an iron housing rotating around an armature fixed to the drive shaft and electric motor armature. The speed differential between the engine and armature creates electricity, which is directed by a series of switches and resistors to power an electric motor behind the generator. As the vehicle’s speed increases, the engine speed and armature speed equalize, and switches allow a magnetic ‘lockup’ as the rear motor now becomes a generator. This unit also serves as a regenerative brake until the car slows to about 15 to 25 mph to remove ear and heat from the brake and suspension components. Once the engine is started by this motor/generator, the battery is effectively out of the circuit, used only for lights and accessories, but recharged by the rear motor at road speeds.

“Without clutch or gears, the car can be electrically shifted gently from rest to motion. A lever on the steering wheel controls speed. Early descriptions said the Owen-Magnetic handled ‘as though it had only one speed,’ but marketers soon changed tack, billing it as ‘the car of a thousand speeds’.

“The electric Entz designed transmission worked similar to a modern automatic transmission and today’s gasoline/electric hybrid automobiles. The car is smooth, powerful and quiet, as there is no transmission gear noise because there is no mechanical coupling between the engine and the differential.

“Back in 1915, new cars cost an average of $642, but the Owen-Magnetic carried a price tag of $3,750 ~ more than three times the average U.S. annual income and more than the median cost of a new home. Buyers were interested, as were other manufacturers.

“Early versions of the Entz transmission had already appeared in the 1907 and 1908 Columbia Mark 66-3 and a few 1912 Mercers. Similar technology would soon be used on other automobiles, trucks and even the Battleship New Mexico.

“R.M. Owen & Co. partnered with Baker Rauch & Lang, which held the official Entz patent, from 1916 to mid-1919. Raymond Owen then moved his manufacturing company to Wilkes-Barre, Penn. By then, war had adversely affected the market and the company did not survive much longer."

The 1921 Owen Magnetic Model 60 Phaeton "was built as a phaeton in 1921, the last year of production. When new, it cost $5,300. In 1984, J.B. Nethercutt purchased it from William Harrah.”

It features a six-cylinder Weidely overhead valve engine with a displacement of 414 cubic inches. It was capable of generating 80 hp. It had a Magneto ignition, a Zenith carburetor and an Entz magnetic transmission. The coachbuilder was Lind Motor Body (The Ohio Blower Co.) of Cleveland, Ohio.
The Nethercutt Collection1921 Owen Magnetic Phaeton“Intent on ‘Banishing the Commonplace,’ the Owen-Magnetic Motor Car Corp. created automobiles that were anything but ordinary,” states a display at The Nethercutt Museum, where this rare car was photographed in Sylmar, Calif. “Building on a multitude of then-new technologies, it offered gasoline-electromagnetic hybrids.

“Clevelanders Raymond M. and Ralph R. Owen built their first car before 1900, but their efforts to manufacture and sell automobiles were largely unsuccessful until they paired themselves with Philadelphian Justus B. Entz.

“Entz had developed an electromagnetic transmission that functioned as both clutch transmission and generator. R.M. Owen & Co. of New York first installed an Entz transmission in an Austro-Daimler and exhibited it at the 1914 New York Automobile Show. Owen-Magnetic debuted the following year.

“In the Owen-Magnetic car, a gasoline engine drives the flywheel consisting of six field coils and an iron housing rotating around an armature fixed to the drive shaft and electric motor armature. The speed differential between the engine and armature creates electricity, which is directed by a series of switches and resistors to power an electric motor behind the generator. As the vehicle’s speed increases, the engine speed and armature speed equalize, and switches allow a magnetic ‘lockup’ as the rear motor now becomes a generator. This unit also serves as a regenerative brake until the car slows to about 15 to 25 mph to remove ear and heat from the brake and suspension components. Once the engine is started by this motor/generator, the battery is effectively out of the circuit, used only for lights and accessories, but recharged by the rear motor at road speeds.

“Without clutch or gears, the car can be electrically shifted gently from rest to motion. A lever on the steering wheel controls speed. Early descriptions said the Owen-Magnetic handled ‘as though it had only one speed,’ but marketers soon changed tack, billing it as ‘the car of a thousand speeds’.

“The electric Entz designed transmission worked similar to a modern automatic transmission and today’s gasoline/electric hybrid automobiles. The car is smooth, powerful and quiet, as there is no transmission gear noise because there is no mechanical coupling between the engine and the differential.

“Back in 1915, new cars cost an average of $642, but the Owen-Magnetic carried a price tag of $3,750 ~ more than three times the average U.S. annual income and more than the median cost of a new home. Buyers were interested, as were other manufacturers.

“Early versions of the Entz transmission had already appeared in the 1907 and 1908 Columbia Mark 66-3 and a few 1912 Mercers. Similar technology would soon be used on other automobiles, trucks and even the Battleship New Mexico.

“R.M. Owen & Co. partnered with Baker Rauch & Lang, which held the official Entz patent, from 1916 to mid-1919. Raymond Owen then moved his manufacturing company to Wilkes-Barre, Penn. By then, war had adversely affected the market and the company did not survive much longer."

The 1921 Owen Magnetic Model 60 Phaeton "was built as a phaeton in 1921, the last year of production. When new, it cost $5,300. In 1984, J.B. Nethercutt purchased it from William Harrah.”

It features a six-cylinder Weidely overhead valve engine with a displacement of 414 cubic inches. It was capable of generating 80 hp. It had a Magneto ignition, a Zenith carburetor and an Entz magnetic transmission. The coachbuilder was Lind Motor Body (The Ohio Blower Co.) of Cleveland, Ohio.
The Nethercutt Collection1921 Owen Magnetic Phaeton“Intent on ‘Banishing the Commonplace,’ the Owen-Magnetic Motor Car Corp. created automobiles that were anything but ordinary,” states a display at The Nethercutt Museum, where this rare car was photographed in Sylmar, Calif. “Building on a multitude of then-new technologies, it offered gasoline-electromagnetic hybrids.

“Clevelanders Raymond M. and Ralph R. Owen built their first car before 1900, but their efforts to manufacture and sell automobiles were largely unsuccessful until they paired themselves with Philadelphian Justus B. Entz.

“Entz had developed an electromagnetic transmission that functioned as both clutch transmission and generator. R.M. Owen & Co. of New York first installed an Entz transmission in an Austro-Daimler and exhibited it at the 1914 New York Automobile Show. Owen-Magnetic debuted the following year.

“In the Owen-Magnetic car, a gasoline engine drives the flywheel consisting of six field coils and an iron housing rotating around an armature fixed to the drive shaft and electric motor armature. The speed differential between the engine and armature creates electricity, which is directed by a series of switches and resistors to power an electric motor behind the generator. As the vehicle’s speed increases, the engine speed and armature speed equalize, and switches allow a magnetic ‘lockup’ as the rear motor now becomes a generator. This unit also serves as a regenerative brake until the car slows to about 15 to 25 mph to remove ear and heat from the brake and suspension components. Once the engine is started by this motor/generator, the battery is effectively out of the circuit, used only for lights and accessories, but recharged by the rear motor at road speeds.

“Without clutch or gears, the car can be electrically shifted gently from rest to motion. A lever on the steering wheel controls speed. Early descriptions said the Owen-Magnetic handled ‘as though it had only one speed,’ but marketers soon changed tack, billing it as ‘the car of a thousand speeds’.

“The electric Entz designed transmission worked similar to a modern automatic transmission and today’s gasoline/electric hybrid automobiles. The car is smooth, powerful and quiet, as there is no transmission gear noise because there is no mechanical coupling between the engine and the differential.

“Back in 1915, new cars cost an average of $642, but the Owen-Magnetic carried a price tag of $3,750 ~ more than three times the average U.S. annual income and more than the median cost of a new home. Buyers were interested, as were other manufacturers.

“Early versions of the Entz transmission had already appeared in the 1907 and 1908 Columbia Mark 66-3 and a few 1912 Mercers. Similar technology would soon be used on other automobiles, trucks and even the Battleship New Mexico.

“R.M. Owen & Co. partnered with Baker Rauch & Lang, which held the official Entz patent, from 1916 to mid-1919. Raymond Owen then moved his manufacturing company to Wilkes-Barre, Penn. By then, war had adversely affected the market and the company did not survive much longer."

The 1921 Owen Magnetic Model 60 Phaeton "was built as a phaeton in 1921, the last year of production. When new, it cost $5,300. In 1984, J.B. Nethercutt purchased it from William Harrah.”

It features a six-cylinder Weidely overhead valve engine with a displacement of 414 cubic inches. It was capable of generating 80 hp. It had a Magneto ignition, a Zenith carburetor and an Entz magnetic transmission. The coachbuilder was Lind Motor Body (The Ohio Blower Co.) of Cleveland, Ohio.
The Nethercutt Collection1921 Owen Magnetic Phaeton“Intent on ‘Banishing the Commonplace,’ the Owen-Magnetic Motor Car Corp. created automobiles that were anything but ordinary,” states a display at The Nethercutt Museum, where this rare car was photographed in Sylmar, Calif. “Building on a multitude of then-new technologies, it offered gasoline-electromagnetic hybrids.

“Clevelanders Raymond M. and Ralph R. Owen built their first car before 1900, but their efforts to manufacture and sell automobiles were largely unsuccessful until they paired themselves with Philadelphian Justus B. Entz.

“Entz had developed an electromagnetic transmission that functioned as both clutch transmission and generator. R.M. Owen & Co. of New York first installed an Entz transmission in an Austro-Daimler and exhibited it at the 1914 New York Automobile Show. Owen-Magnetic debuted the following year.

“In the Owen-Magnetic car, a gasoline engine drives the flywheel consisting of six field coils and an iron housing rotating around an armature fixed to the drive shaft and electric motor armature. The speed differential between the engine and armature creates electricity, which is directed by a series of switches and resistors to power an electric motor behind the generator. As the vehicle’s speed increases, the engine speed and armature speed equalize, and switches allow a magnetic ‘lockup’ as the rear motor now becomes a generator. This unit also serves as a regenerative brake until the car slows to about 15 to 25 mph to remove ear and heat from the brake and suspension components. Once the engine is started by this motor/generator, the battery is effectively out of the circuit, used only for lights and accessories, but recharged by the rear motor at road speeds.

“Without clutch or gears, the car can be electrically shifted gently from rest to motion. A lever on the steering wheel controls speed. Early descriptions said the Owen-Magnetic handled ‘as though it had only one speed,’ but marketers soon changed tack, billing it as ‘the car of a thousand speeds’.

“The electric Entz designed transmission worked similar to a modern automatic transmission and today’s gasoline/electric hybrid automobiles. The car is smooth, powerful and quiet, as there is no transmission gear noise because there is no mechanical coupling between the engine and the differential.

“Back in 1915, new cars cost an average of $642, but the Owen-Magnetic carried a price tag of $3,750 ~ more than three times the average U.S. annual income and more than the median cost of a new home. Buyers were interested, as were other manufacturers.

“Early versions of the Entz transmission had already appeared in the 1907 and 1908 Columbia Mark 66-3 and a few 1912 Mercers. Similar technology would soon be used on other automobiles, trucks and even the Battleship New Mexico.

“R.M. Owen & Co. partnered with Baker Rauch & Lang, which held the official Entz patent, from 1916 to mid-1919. Raymond Owen then moved his manufacturing company to Wilkes-Barre, Penn. By then, war had adversely affected the market and the company did not survive much longer."

The 1921 Owen Magnetic Model 60 Phaeton "was built as a phaeton in 1921, the last year of production. When new, it cost $5,300. In 1984, J.B. Nethercutt purchased it from William Harrah.”

It features a six-cylinder Weidely overhead valve engine with a displacement of 414 cubic inches. It was capable of generating 80 hp. It had a Magneto ignition, a Zenith carburetor and an Entz magnetic transmission. The coachbuilder was Lind Motor Body (The Ohio Blower Co.) of Cleveland, Ohio.
The Nethercutt Collection1921 Owen Magnetic Phaeton“Intent on ‘Banishing the Commonplace,’ the Owen-Magnetic Motor Car Corp. created automobiles that were anything but ordinary,” states a display at The Nethercutt Museum, where this rare car was photographed in Sylmar, Calif. “Building on a multitude of then-new technologies, it offered gasoline-electromagnetic hybrids.

“Clevelanders Raymond M. and Ralph R. Owen built their first car before 1900, but their efforts to manufacture and sell automobiles were largely unsuccessful until they paired themselves with Philadelphian Justus B. Entz.

“Entz had developed an electromagnetic transmission that functioned as both clutch transmission and generator. R.M. Owen & Co. of New York first installed an Entz transmission in an Austro-Daimler and exhibited it at the 1914 New York Automobile Show. Owen-Magnetic debuted the following year.

“In the Owen-Magnetic car, a gasoline engine drives the flywheel consisting of six field coils and an iron housing rotating around an armature fixed to the drive shaft and electric motor armature. The speed differential between the engine and armature creates electricity, which is directed by a series of switches and resistors to power an electric motor behind the generator. As the vehicle’s speed increases, the engine speed and armature speed equalize, and switches allow a magnetic ‘lockup’ as the rear motor now becomes a generator. This unit also serves as a regenerative brake until the car slows to about 15 to 25 mph to remove ear and heat from the brake and suspension components. Once the engine is started by this motor/generator, the battery is effectively out of the circuit, used only for lights and accessories, but recharged by the rear motor at road speeds.

“Without clutch or gears, the car can be electrically shifted gently from rest to motion. A lever on the steering wheel controls speed. Early descriptions said the Owen-Magnetic handled ‘as though it had only one speed,’ but marketers soon changed tack, billing it as ‘the car of a thousand speeds’.

“The electric Entz designed transmission worked similar to a modern automatic transmission and today’s gasoline/electric hybrid automobiles. The car is smooth, powerful and quiet, as there is no transmission gear noise because there is no mechanical coupling between the engine and the differential.

“Back in 1915, new cars cost an average of $642, but the Owen-Magnetic carried a price tag of $3,750 ~ more than three times the average U.S. annual income and more than the median cost of a new home. Buyers were interested, as were other manufacturers.

“Early versions of the Entz transmission had already appeared in the 1907 and 1908 Columbia Mark 66-3 and a few 1912 Mercers. Similar technology would soon be used on other automobiles, trucks and even the Battleship New Mexico.

“R.M. Owen & Co. partnered with Baker Rauch & Lang, which held the official Entz patent, from 1916 to mid-1919. Raymond Owen then moved his manufacturing company to Wilkes-Barre, Penn. By then, war had adversely affected the market and the company did not survive much longer."

The 1921 Owen Magnetic Model 60 Phaeton "was built as a phaeton in 1921, the last year of production. When new, it cost $5,300. In 1984, J.B. Nethercutt purchased it from William Harrah.”

It features a six-cylinder Weidely overhead valve engine with a displacement of 414 cubic inches. It was capable of generating 80 hp. It had a Magneto ignition, a Zenith carburetor and an Entz magnetic transmission. The coachbuilder was Lind Motor Body (The Ohio Blower Co.) of Cleveland, Ohio.
The Nethercutt Collection1921 Owen Magnetic Phaeton“Intent on ‘Banishing the Commonplace,’ the Owen-Magnetic Motor Car Corp. created automobiles that were anything but ordinary,” states a display at The Nethercutt Museum, where this rare car was photographed in Sylmar, Calif. “Building on a multitude of then-new technologies, it offered gasoline-electromagnetic hybrids.

“Clevelanders Raymond M. and Ralph R. Owen built their first car before 1900, but their efforts to manufacture and sell automobiles were largely unsuccessful until they paired themselves with Philadelphian Justus B. Entz.

“Entz had developed an electromagnetic transmission that functioned as both clutch transmission and generator. R.M. Owen & Co. of New York first installed an Entz transmission in an Austro-Daimler and exhibited it at the 1914 New York Automobile Show. Owen-Magnetic debuted the following year.

“In the Owen-Magnetic car, a gasoline engine drives the flywheel consisting of six field coils and an iron housing rotating around an armature fixed to the drive shaft and electric motor armature. The speed differential between the engine and armature creates electricity, which is directed by a series of switches and resistors to power an electric motor behind the generator. As the vehicle’s speed increases, the engine speed and armature speed equalize, and switches allow a magnetic ‘lockup’ as the rear motor now becomes a generator. This unit also serves as a regenerative brake until the car slows to about 15 to 25 mph to remove ear and heat from the brake and suspension components. Once the engine is started by this motor/generator, the battery is effectively out of the circuit, used only for lights and accessories, but recharged by the rear motor at road speeds.

“Without clutch or gears, the car can be electrically shifted gently from rest to motion. A lever on the steering wheel controls speed. Early descriptions said the Owen-Magnetic handled ‘as though it had only one speed,’ but marketers soon changed tack, billing it as ‘the car of a thousand speeds’.

“The electric Entz designed transmission worked similar to a modern automatic transmission and today’s gasoline/electric hybrid automobiles. The car is smooth, powerful and quiet, as there is no transmission gear noise because there is no mechanical coupling between the engine and the differential.

“Back in 1915, new cars cost an average of $642, but the Owen-Magnetic carried a price tag of $3,750 ~ more than three times the average U.S. annual income and more than the median cost of a new home. Buyers were interested, as were other manufacturers.

“Early versions of the Entz transmission had already appeared in the 1907 and 1908 Columbia Mark 66-3 and a few 1912 Mercers. Similar technology would soon be used on other automobiles, trucks and even the Battleship New Mexico.

“R.M. Owen & Co. partnered with Baker Rauch & Lang, which held the official Entz patent, from 1916 to mid-1919. Raymond Owen then moved his manufacturing company to Wilkes-Barre, Penn. By then, war had adversely affected the market and the company did not survive much longer."

The 1921 Owen Magnetic Model 60 Phaeton "was built as a phaeton in 1921, the last year of production. When new, it cost $5,300. In 1984, J.B. Nethercutt purchased it from William Harrah.”

It features a six-cylinder Weidely overhead valve engine with a displacement of 414 cubic inches. It was capable of generating 80 hp. It had a Magneto ignition, a Zenith carburetor and an Entz magnetic transmission. The coachbuilder was Lind Motor Body (The Ohio Blower Co.) of Cleveland, Ohio.

 

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[email protected] (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons) 1921 Owen Magnetic Model 60 Phaeton Entz transmission Glenn Franco Simmons Owen Magnetic The Nethercutt Collection Weidely engine https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/8/owen-magnetic Tue, 29 Aug 2023 16:51:36 GMT
1934 Dietrich A Graceful Packard https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/8/34packard 1934 Dietrich Packard 1108 Convertible Sedan photographed by Classic Cars As Art of Silicon Valley.1934 Packard 1108 Convertible DietrichThis 1934 Packard 1108 Convertible Dietrich was photographed at a Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance.

The bodies are named for Ray Dietrich who was a Packard designer from 1925 to 1933, when he left to take a position with Chrysler.

Although gone, Dietrich was not forgotten at Packard because the ingenious designer left behind a treasure-trove of superb designs. In 1934, Packard produced six Dietrich-designed models on the 147-inch-long chassis: Convertible, Convertible Sedan, Coupe, Sport Phaeton, Sport Sedan and Victoria.

The 1108's v-framed window and gracefully extended hood made the convertible sedan one of 1934's best designed ~ one that grows in value and popularity every year.

Packard's 1108 Dietrich also sported stately skirted fenders. It also featured what some consider "suicide doors" ~ front and rear doors that open inward and are attached centrally to the body noted for its glistening chrome.

Standard retail price was $6,555 for a V-12 powerhouse noted for its 160 HP and 445.5-cubic-inches.

The 1934 Packards also included an option to have a factory-radio installed.

The 1106 and 1107 models did not have as long of a wheelbase as the 1108.

At the time this photo was taken, this classy Packard was owned by a San Francisco Bay Area couple.
Dietrich-made bodies, which included this 1934 convertible sedan beauty on what I believe is a 147-inch-long wheelbase on this Packard, were a big hit.

Packard hoped the 1934 models would give it a boost since the year marked a deepening, for most Americans, of what would later be known as The Great Depression.

The 1934 Dietrich Packard 1108 Convertible Sedan was not a disappointment.

Even President Roosevelt owned a Packard, which illustrates the fabled brand's popularity that was earned through beautiful designs and solid performance.

In fact, the Eleventh Series Packards, as they are official known, were among the best Packards ever produced by Detroit-based Packard Motor Car Co. and later by South Bend-based Studebaker-Packard Corp. of South Bend.

1934 Dietrich Packard 1108 Convertible Sedan photographed by Classic Cars As Art of Silicon Valley.1934 Packard 1108 Convertible DietrichThis 1934 Packard 1108 Convertible Dietrich was photographed at a Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance.

The bodies are named for Ray Dietrich who was a Packard designer from 1925 to 1933, when he left to take a position with Chrysler.

Although gone, Dietrich was not forgotten at Packard because the ingenious designer left behind a treasure-trove of superb designs. In 1934, Packard produced six Dietrich-designed models on the 147-inch-long chassis: Convertible, Convertible Sedan, Coupe, Sport Phaeton, Sport Sedan and Victoria.

The 1108's v-framed window and gracefully extended hood made the convertible sedan one of 1934's best designed ~ one that grows in value and popularity every year.

Packard's 1108 Dietrich also sported stately skirted fenders. It also featured what some consider "suicide doors" ~ front and rear doors that open inward and are attached centrally to the body noted for its glistening chrome.

Standard retail price was $6,555 for a V-12 powerhouse noted for its 160 HP and 445.5-cubic-inches.

The 1934 Packards also included an option to have a factory-radio installed.

The 1106 and 1107 models did not have as long of a wheelbase as the 1108.

At the time this photo was taken, this classy Packard was owned by a San Francisco Bay Area couple.
Packards were produced from 1899 to 1958, and I can still remember my late Mother's admiration for them.

The bodies are named for Ray Dietrich who was a Packard designer from 1925 to 1933, when he left to take a position with Chrysler.

Although gone, Dietrich was not forgotten at Packard because the ingenious designer left behind a treasure-trove of superb designs. In 1934, Packard produced six Dietrich-designed models on the 147-inch-long chassis: Convertible, Convertible Sedan, Coupe, Sport Phaeton, Sport Sedan and Victoria.

The 1108's v-framed window and gracefully extended hood made the convertible sedan one of 1934's best designed ~ one that grows in value and popularity every year.

Packard's 1108 Dietrich also sported stately skirted fenders. It also featured what some consider "suicide doors" ~ front and rear doors that open inward and are attached centrally to the body noted for its glistening chrome.

Standard retail price was $6,555 for a V-12 powerhouse noted for its 160 HP and 445.5-cubic-inches.

The 1934 Packards also included an option to have a factory-radio installed.

The 1106 and 1107 models did not have as long of a wheelbase as the 1108.

At the time this photo was taken, this classy Packard was owned by a San Francisco Bay Area couple.

1934 Dietrich Packard 1108 Convertible Sedan photographed by Classic Cars As Art of Silicon Valley.1934 Packard 1108 Convertible DietrichThis 1934 Packard 1108 Convertible Dietrich was photographed at a Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance.

The bodies are named for Ray Dietrich who was a Packard designer from 1925 to 1933, when he left to take a position with Chrysler.

Although gone, Dietrich was not forgotten at Packard because the ingenious designer left behind a treasure-trove of superb designs. In 1934, Packard produced six Dietrich-designed models on the 147-inch-long chassis: Convertible, Convertible Sedan, Coupe, Sport Phaeton, Sport Sedan and Victoria.

The 1108's v-framed window and gracefully extended hood made the convertible sedan one of 1934's best designed ~ one that grows in value and popularity every year.

Packard's 1108 Dietrich also sported stately skirted fenders. It also featured what some consider "suicide doors" ~ front and rear doors that open inward and are attached centrally to the body noted for its glistening chrome.

Standard retail price was $6,555 for a V-12 powerhouse noted for its 160 HP and 445.5-cubic-inches.

The 1934 Packards also included an option to have a factory-radio installed.

The 1106 and 1107 models did not have as long of a wheelbase as the 1108.

At the time this photo was taken, this classy Packard was owned by a San Francisco Bay Area couple.
1934 Dietrich Packard 1108 Convertible Sedan photographed by Classic Cars As Art of Silicon Valley.1934 Packard 1108 Convertible DietrichThis 1934 Packard 1108 Convertible Dietrich was photographed at a Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance.

The bodies are named for Ray Dietrich who was a Packard designer from 1925 to 1933, when he left to take a position with Chrysler.

Although gone, Dietrich was not forgotten at Packard because the ingenious designer left behind a treasure-trove of superb designs. In 1934, Packard produced six Dietrich-designed models on the 147-inch-long chassis: Convertible, Convertible Sedan, Coupe, Sport Phaeton, Sport Sedan and Victoria.

The 1108's v-framed window and gracefully extended hood made the convertible sedan one of 1934's best designed ~ one that grows in value and popularity every year.

Packard's 1108 Dietrich also sported stately skirted fenders. It also featured what some consider "suicide doors" ~ front and rear doors that open inward and are attached centrally to the body noted for its glistening chrome.

Standard retail price was $6,555 for a V-12 powerhouse noted for its 160 HP and 445.5-cubic-inches.

The 1934 Packards also included an option to have a factory-radio installed.

The 1106 and 1107 models did not have as long of a wheelbase as the 1108.

At the time this photo was taken, this classy Packard was owned by a San Francisco Bay Area couple.
1934 Dietrich Packard 1108 Convertible Sedan photographed by Classic Cars As Art of Silicon Valley.1934 Packard 1108 Convertible DietrichThis 1934 Packard 1108 Convertible Dietrich was photographed at a Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance.

The bodies are named for Ray Dietrich who was a Packard designer from 1925 to 1933, when he left to take a position with Chrysler.

Although gone, Dietrich was not forgotten at Packard because the ingenious designer left behind a treasure-trove of superb designs. In 1934, Packard produced six Dietrich-designed models on the 147-inch-long chassis: Convertible, Convertible Sedan, Coupe, Sport Phaeton, Sport Sedan and Victoria.

The 1108's v-framed window and gracefully extended hood made the convertible sedan one of 1934's best designed ~ one that grows in value and popularity every year.

Packard's 1108 Dietrich also sported stately skirted fenders. It also featured what some consider "suicide doors" ~ front and rear doors that open inward and are attached centrally to the body noted for its glistening chrome.

Standard retail price was $6,555 for a V-12 powerhouse noted for its 160 HP and 445.5-cubic-inches.

The 1934 Packards also included an option to have a factory-radio installed.

The 1106 and 1107 models did not have as long of a wheelbase as the 1108.

At the time this photo was taken, this classy Packard was owned by a San Francisco Bay Area couple.
Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance1934 Pierce-Arrow 840A ConvertibleThis 1934 Pierce Arrow 840A Convertible Coupe was photographed at the 2009 Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance. The Pierce-Arrow's badge.

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[email protected] (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons) 1934 1108 Packard 1934 Packard 1934 Packard Convertible Sedan 1934 Packard Dietrich convertible Dietrich Packard Packards Ray Dietrich sedan https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/8/34packard Tue, 29 Aug 2023 16:40:21 GMT
1936 Duesenberg Body Designed By Bohman & Schwartz https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/8/36duesenberg Blackhawk Automotive Museum1936 Duesenberg Model SJThis 1936 Duesenberg was on display in when I photographed it at the Danville, Calif.-based Blackhawk Automotive Museum; however, it’s probably long gone by now as cars are loaned out, rotated and bought.

The museum features some of the rarest, most interesting and most expensive cars on the planet.

This 1936 Duesenberg Model SJ Convertible Sedan is more than impressive when you stand next to it. Its size is daunting. It clearly takes you back to an era when automotive artistry was just that: art.

“The Duesenberg Model SJ designation indicates that this is a supercharged (S) version of the Model J,” according to a Blackhawk vehicle summary. “The supercharged Lycoming engine became available in 1932 and substantially increased the {car’s} horsepower from 265 to 320!”

The 8-cylinder engine is an in-line DOHC that reaches its peak horsepower at 4200 rpm.

“This custom convertible sedan body was created by Bohman & Schwartz Coach Builders in Pasadena, Calif., which was founded in 1932 by Christian Bohman and Maurice Schwartz — both of whom had previously been employed by the renowned coachbuilding firm of Walter M. Murphy Co. at the same Pasadena location.

“Bohman and Schwartz design trademarks included skirted rear fenders, spare tire covers, external exhaust pipes, lengthening the hood to the windshield, sloping painted radiator shells and lowered, sharply raked windshields.”

Blackhawk said external exhausts were standard factory-issue features for that era’s supercharged cars. It also said the standard chrome radiator shell is evident through the grille.

It also said Bohman & Schwartz was in business until 1944.

“This car was first owned by Henry J. (Bob) Topping Jr., a millionaire and socialite who owned the New York Yankees and who was married to Lana Turner from 1948 to 1952.”

When new, the car cost $16,000 (approximately $352,000 in 2023, according to one source). Duesenberg manufactured it in Indianapolis, Ind.
This 1936 Duesenberg was on display in when I photographed it at the Danville, Calif.-based Blackhawk Automotive Museum; however, it’s probably long gone by now as cars are loaned out, rotated and bought.

The museum features some of the rarest, most interesting and most expensive cars on the planet.

This 1936 Duesenberg Model SJ Convertible Sedan is more than impressive when you stand next to it. Its size is daunting. It clearly takes you back to an era when automotive artistry was just that: art.

Blackhawk Automotive Museum1936 Duesenberg Model SJThis 1936 Duesenberg was on display in when I photographed it at the Danville, Calif.-based Blackhawk Automotive Museum; however, it’s probably long gone by now as cars are loaned out, rotated and bought.

The museum features some of the rarest, most interesting and most expensive cars on the planet.

This 1936 Duesenberg Model SJ Convertible Sedan is more than impressive when you stand next to it. Its size is daunting. It clearly takes you back to an era when automotive artistry was just that: art.

“The Duesenberg Model SJ designation indicates that this is a supercharged (S) version of the Model J,” according to a Blackhawk vehicle summary. “The supercharged Lycoming engine became available in 1932 and substantially increased the {car’s} horsepower from 265 to 320!”

The 8-cylinder engine is an in-line DOHC that reaches its peak horsepower at 4200 rpm.

“This custom convertible sedan body was created by Bohman & Schwartz Coach Builders in Pasadena, Calif., which was founded in 1932 by Christian Bohman and Maurice Schwartz — both of whom had previously been employed by the renowned coachbuilding firm of Walter M. Murphy Co. at the same Pasadena location.

“Bohman and Schwartz design trademarks included skirted rear fenders, spare tire covers, external exhaust pipes, lengthening the hood to the windshield, sloping painted radiator shells and lowered, sharply raked windshields.”

Blackhawk said external exhausts were standard factory-issue features for that era’s supercharged cars. It also said the standard chrome radiator shell is evident through the grille.

It also said Bohman & Schwartz was in business until 1944.

“This car was first owned by Henry J. (Bob) Topping Jr., a millionaire and socialite who owned the New York Yankees and who was married to Lana Turner from 1948 to 1952.”

When new, the car cost $16,000 (approximately $352,000 in 2023, according to one source). Duesenberg manufactured it in Indianapolis, Ind.
“The Duesenberg Model SJ designation indicates that this is a supercharged (S) version of the Model J,” according to a Blackhawk vehicle summary. “The supercharged Lycoming engine became available in 1932 and substantially increased the {car’s} horsepower from 265 to 320!”

The 8-cylinder engine is an in-line DOHC that reaches its peak horsepower at 4200 rpm.

“This custom convertible sedan body was created by Bohman & Schwartz Coach Builders in Pasadena, Calif., which was founded in 1932 by Christian Bohman and Maurice Schwartz — both of whom had previously been employed by the renowned coachbuilding firm of Walter M. Murphy Co. at the same Pasadena location.

“Bohman and Schwartz design trademarks included skirted rear fenders, spare tire covers, external exhaust pipes, lengthening the hood to the windshield, sloping painted radiator shells and lowered, sharply raked windshields.”

Blackhawk Automotive Museum1936 Duesenberg Model SJThis 1936 Duesenberg was on display in when I photographed it at the Danville, Calif.-based Blackhawk Automotive Museum; however, it’s probably long gone by now as cars are loaned out, rotated and bought.

The museum features some of the rarest, most interesting and most expensive cars on the planet.

This 1936 Duesenberg Model SJ Convertible Sedan is more than impressive when you stand next to it. Its size is daunting. It clearly takes you back to an era when automotive artistry was just that: art.

“The Duesenberg Model SJ designation indicates that this is a supercharged (S) version of the Model J,” according to a Blackhawk vehicle summary. “The supercharged Lycoming engine became available in 1932 and substantially increased the {car’s} horsepower from 265 to 320!”

The 8-cylinder engine is an in-line DOHC that reaches its peak horsepower at 4200 rpm.

“This custom convertible sedan body was created by Bohman & Schwartz Coach Builders in Pasadena, Calif., which was founded in 1932 by Christian Bohman and Maurice Schwartz — both of whom had previously been employed by the renowned coachbuilding firm of Walter M. Murphy Co. at the same Pasadena location.

“Bohman and Schwartz design trademarks included skirted rear fenders, spare tire covers, external exhaust pipes, lengthening the hood to the windshield, sloping painted radiator shells and lowered, sharply raked windshields.”

Blackhawk said external exhausts were standard factory-issue features for that era’s supercharged cars. It also said the standard chrome radiator shell is evident through the grille.

It also said Bohman & Schwartz was in business until 1944.

“This car was first owned by Henry J. (Bob) Topping Jr., a millionaire and socialite who owned the New York Yankees and who was married to Lana Turner from 1948 to 1952.”

When new, the car cost $16,000 (approximately $352,000 in 2023, according to one source). Duesenberg manufactured it in Indianapolis, Ind.
Blackhawk said external exhausts were standard factory-issue features for that era’s supercharged cars. It also said the standard chrome radiator shell is evident through the grille.

It also said Bohman & Schwartz was in business until 1944.

“This car was first owned by Henry J. (Bob) Topping Jr., a millionaire and socialite who owned the New York Yankees and who was married to Lana Turner from 1948 to 1952.”

When new, the car cost $16,000 (approximately $352,000 in 2023, according to one source). Duesenberg manufactured it in Indianapolis, Ind.

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[email protected] (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons) 1936 Duesenberg Model SJ Convertible Sedan Blackhawk Automotive Museum Bohman & Schwartz Danville Duesenberg Duesenberg Inc. Duesenberg photos Henry Topping Jr. Lana Turner https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/8/36duesenberg Tue, 29 Aug 2023 16:23:16 GMT
1911 Ghost 40/50 Better Known As Silver Ghost https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/8/1911-ghost Blackhawk Automotive Museum1911 Rolls-Royce Model 40/50 Silver Ghost TourerThis 1911 Rolls-Royce Model 40/50 Silver Ghost Tourer is a rare automobile preserved from the dawning of the automobile era.

"The Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost name refers both to a car model and one specific car from that series," according to Wikipedia. "Originally named the 40/50 h.p., the chassis was first made at Royce's Manchester works, with production moving to Derby in July 1908, and also, between 1921 and 1926, in Springfield, Mass.

"Chassis no. 60551, registered AX 201, was the car that was originally given the name Silver Ghost. Other 40/50 hp cars were also given names, but the Silver Ghost title was taken up by the press, and soon all 40/50s were called by the name, a fact not officially recognized by Rolls-Royce until 1925, when the Phantom range was launched.

"The Silver Ghost was the origin of Rolls-Royce's claim of making the Best car in the world ~ a phrase coined not by themselves, but by the prestigious publication Autocar in 1907."

Rolls-Royce was founded in 1904 by Charles Stewart Rolls and Frederick Henry Royce.

The Derby-England based automaker was a renowned British-owned automaker for decades, and its marquee still inspires car enthusiasts of all ages.

“Royce was a respected engineer and manufacturer who had developed an interest in motor cars as an efficient means of transportation,” notes Danville, Calif.-based Blackhawk Automotive Museum, where this photo was taken. Rolls was a pioneer motorist whose firm of C.S. Rolls and Company sold quality French motor cars.”

It was at the London Motor Show in November 1906 that the Silver Ghost was first introduced, with production continued until the spring of 1925 at Derby.

The Silver Ghost was also produced in the United States at a manufacturing facility in Springfield, Mass.

At the time this photo was taken in 2010, Blackhawk itself owned a 1923 Springfield-manufactured Rolls-Royce Tourer, which I have photos of and will hopefully post in the future.

“The Rolls-Royce radiator mascot, The Spirit of Ecstasy, was designed by illustrator/sculptor Charles Sykes and debuted in 1911,” Blackhawk stated. “The Rolls-Royce grille shape and the mascot are covered by Britain's Protection of Monuments Act.”

ENGINE
6 cylinder, in-line, L-head
4.50” bore, 4.75” stroke
453 cubic inch
40/50 hp.

BODY/COACHBUILDER
J.A. Lawton & Co.
London, England, and Paris, France.

MANUFACTURER
Rolls-Royce Ltd.
Derby, England.
This 1911 Rolls-Royce Model 40/50 Tourer ~ better known as the Silver Ghost ~ is a rare automobile preserved from the dawning of the Automobile Era.

“The Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost name refers both to a car model and one specific car from that series,” according to Wikipedia. “Originally named the 40/50 hp, the chassis was first made at Royce’s Manchester works, with production moving to Derby in July 1908, and also, between 1921 and 1926, in Springfield, Mass. “Chassis no. 60551, registered AX 201, was the car that was originally given the name Silver Ghost.

Blackhawk Automotive Museum1911 Rolls-Royce Model 40/50 Silver Ghost TourerThis 1911 Rolls-Royce Model 40/50 Silver Ghost Tourer is a rare automobile preserved from the dawning of the automobile era.

"The Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost name refers both to a car model and one specific car from that series," according to Wikipedia. "Originally named the 40/50 h.p., the chassis was first made at Royce's Manchester works, with production moving to Derby in July 1908, and also, between 1921 and 1926, in Springfield, Mass.

"Chassis no. 60551, registered AX 201, was the car that was originally given the name Silver Ghost. Other 40/50 hp cars were also given names, but the Silver Ghost title was taken up by the press, and soon all 40/50s were called by the name, a fact not officially recognized by Rolls-Royce until 1925, when the Phantom range was launched.

"The Silver Ghost was the origin of Rolls-Royce's claim of making the Best car in the world ~ a phrase coined not by themselves, but by the prestigious publication Autocar in 1907."

Rolls-Royce was founded in 1904 by Charles Stewart Rolls and Frederick Henry Royce.

The Derby-England based automaker was a renowned British-owned automaker for decades, and its marquee still inspires car enthusiasts of all ages.

“Royce was a respected engineer and manufacturer who had developed an interest in motor cars as an efficient means of transportation,” notes Danville, Calif.-based Blackhawk Automotive Museum, where this photo was taken. Rolls was a pioneer motorist whose firm of C.S. Rolls and Company sold quality French motor cars.”

It was at the London Motor Show in November 1906 that the Silver Ghost was first introduced, with production continued until the spring of 1925 at Derby.

The Silver Ghost was also produced in the United States at a manufacturing facility in Springfield, Mass.

At the time this photo was taken in 2010, Blackhawk itself owned a 1923 Springfield-manufactured Rolls-Royce Tourer, which I have photos of and will hopefully post in the future.

“The Rolls-Royce radiator mascot, The Spirit of Ecstasy, was designed by illustrator/sculptor Charles Sykes and debuted in 1911,” Blackhawk stated. “The Rolls-Royce grille shape and the mascot are covered by Britain's Protection of Monuments Act.”

ENGINE
6 cylinder, in-line, L-head
4.50” bore, 4.75” stroke
453 cubic inch
40/50 hp.

BODY/COACHBUILDER
J.A. Lawton & Co.
London, England, and Paris, France.

MANUFACTURER
Rolls-Royce Ltd.
Derby, England.
“Other 40/50 hp cars were also given names, but the Silver Ghost title was taken up by the press, and soon all 40/50s were called by the name, a fact not officially recognized by Rolls-Royce until 1925, when the Phantom range was launched. The Silver Ghost was the origin of Rolls-Royce's claim of making the Best car in the world ~ a phrase coined not by themselves, but by the prestigious publication Autocar in 1907.”

Rolls-Royce was founded in 1904 by Charles Stewart Rolls and Frederick Henry Royce. The Derby-England based automaker was a renowned British-owned automaker for decades, and its marquee still inspires car enthusiasts of all ages.

Blackhawk Automotive Museum1911 Rolls-Royce Model 40/50 Silver Ghost TourerThis 1911 Rolls-Royce Model 40/50 Silver Ghost Tourer is a rare automobile preserved from the dawning of the automobile era.

"The Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost name refers both to a car model and one specific car from that series," according to Wikipedia. "Originally named the 40/50 h.p., the chassis was first made at Royce's Manchester works, with production moving to Derby in July 1908, and also, between 1921 and 1926, in Springfield, Mass.

"Chassis no. 60551, registered AX 201, was the car that was originally given the name Silver Ghost. Other 40/50 hp cars were also given names, but the Silver Ghost title was taken up by the press, and soon all 40/50s were called by the name, a fact not officially recognized by Rolls-Royce until 1925, when the Phantom range was launched.

"The Silver Ghost was the origin of Rolls-Royce's claim of making the Best car in the world ~ a phrase coined not by themselves, but by the prestigious publication Autocar in 1907."

Rolls-Royce was founded in 1904 by Charles Stewart Rolls and Frederick Henry Royce.

The Derby-England based automaker was a renowned British-owned automaker for decades, and its marquee still inspires car enthusiasts of all ages.

“Royce was a respected engineer and manufacturer who had developed an interest in motor cars as an efficient means of transportation,” notes Danville, Calif.-based Blackhawk Automotive Museum, where this photo was taken. Rolls was a pioneer motorist whose firm of C.S. Rolls and Company sold quality French motor cars.”

It was at the London Motor Show in November 1906 that the Silver Ghost was first introduced, with production continued until the spring of 1925 at Derby.

The Silver Ghost was also produced in the United States at a manufacturing facility in Springfield, Mass.

At the time this photo was taken in 2010, Blackhawk itself owned a 1923 Springfield-manufactured Rolls-Royce Tourer, which I have photos of and will hopefully post in the future.

“The Rolls-Royce radiator mascot, The Spirit of Ecstasy, was designed by illustrator/sculptor Charles Sykes and debuted in 1911,” Blackhawk stated. “The Rolls-Royce grille shape and the mascot are covered by Britain's Protection of Monuments Act.”

ENGINE
6 cylinder, in-line, L-head
4.50” bore, 4.75” stroke
453 cubic inch
40/50 hp.

BODY/COACHBUILDER
J.A. Lawton & Co.
London, England, and Paris, France.

MANUFACTURER
Rolls-Royce Ltd.
Derby, England.
“Royce was a respected engineer and manufacturer who had developed an interest in motor cars as an efficient means of transportation,” notes Danville, Calif.-based Blackhawk Automotive Museum, where this photo was taken. Rolls was a pioneer motorist whose firm of C.S. Rolls and Company sold quality French motor cars.”

It was at the London Motor Show in November 1906 that the Silver Ghost was first introduced, with production continued until the spring of 1925 at Derby. The Silver Ghost was also produced in the United States at a manufacturing facility in Springfield, Mass. At the time this photo was taken in 2010, Blackhawk itself owned a 1923 Springfield-manufactured Rolls-Royce Tourer, which I have photos of and will hopefully post in the future.

Blackhawk Automotive Museum1911 Rolls-Royce Model 40/50 Silver Ghost TourerThis 1911 Rolls-Royce Model 40/50 Silver Ghost Tourer is a rare automobile preserved from the dawning of the automobile era.

"The Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost name refers both to a car model and one specific car from that series," according to Wikipedia. "Originally named the 40/50 h.p., the chassis was first made at Royce's Manchester works, with production moving to Derby in July 1908, and also, between 1921 and 1926, in Springfield, Mass.

"Chassis no. 60551, registered AX 201, was the car that was originally given the name Silver Ghost. Other 40/50 hp cars were also given names, but the Silver Ghost title was taken up by the press, and soon all 40/50s were called by the name, a fact not officially recognized by Rolls-Royce until 1925, when the Phantom range was launched.

"The Silver Ghost was the origin of Rolls-Royce's claim of making the Best car in the world ~ a phrase coined not by themselves, but by the prestigious publication Autocar in 1907."

Rolls-Royce was founded in 1904 by Charles Stewart Rolls and Frederick Henry Royce.

The Derby-England based automaker was a renowned British-owned automaker for decades, and its marquee still inspires car enthusiasts of all ages.

“Royce was a respected engineer and manufacturer who had developed an interest in motor cars as an efficient means of transportation,” notes Danville, Calif.-based Blackhawk Automotive Museum, where this photo was taken. Rolls was a pioneer motorist whose firm of C.S. Rolls and Company sold quality French motor cars.”

It was at the London Motor Show in November 1906 that the Silver Ghost was first introduced, with production continued until the spring of 1925 at Derby.

The Silver Ghost was also produced in the United States at a manufacturing facility in Springfield, Mass.

At the time this photo was taken in 2010, Blackhawk itself owned a 1923 Springfield-manufactured Rolls-Royce Tourer, which I have photos of and will hopefully post in the future.

“The Rolls-Royce radiator mascot, The Spirit of Ecstasy, was designed by illustrator/sculptor Charles Sykes and debuted in 1911,” Blackhawk stated. “The Rolls-Royce grille shape and the mascot are covered by Britain's Protection of Monuments Act.”

ENGINE
6 cylinder, in-line, L-head
4.50” bore, 4.75” stroke
453 cubic inch
40/50 hp.

BODY/COACHBUILDER
J.A. Lawton & Co.
London, England, and Paris, France.

MANUFACTURER
Rolls-Royce Ltd.
Derby, England.
“The Rolls-Royce radiator mascot, The Spirit of Ecstasy, was designed by illustrator and sculptor Charles Sykes and debuted in 1911,” Blackhawk stated. “The Rolls-Royce grille shape and the mascot are covered by Britain's Protection of Monuments Act.”

ENGINE
6 cylinder, in-line, L-head
4.50” bore, 4.75” stroke
453 cubic inch
40/50 hp.

BODY/COACHBUILDER
J.A. Lawton & Co.
London, England, and Paris, France

MANUFACTURER
Rolls-Royce Ltd.

Derby, England

Blackhawk Automotive Museum1911 Rolls-Royce Model 40/50 Silver Ghost TourerThis 1911 Rolls-Royce Model 40/50 Silver Ghost Tourer is a rare automobile preserved from the dawning of the automobile era.

"The Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost name refers both to a car model and one specific car from that series," according to Wikipedia. "Originally named the 40/50 h.p., the chassis was first made at Royce's Manchester works, with production moving to Derby in July 1908, and also, between 1921 and 1926, in Springfield, Mass.

"Chassis no. 60551, registered AX 201, was the car that was originally given the name Silver Ghost. Other 40/50 hp cars were also given names, but the Silver Ghost title was taken up by the press, and soon all 40/50s were called by the name, a fact not officially recognized by Rolls-Royce until 1925, when the Phantom range was launched.

"The Silver Ghost was the origin of Rolls-Royce's claim of making the Best car in the world ~ a phrase coined not by themselves, but by the prestigious publication Autocar in 1907."

Rolls-Royce was founded in 1904 by Charles Stewart Rolls and Frederick Henry Royce.

The Derby-England based automaker was a renowned British-owned automaker for decades, and its marquee still inspires car enthusiasts of all ages.

“Royce was a respected engineer and manufacturer who had developed an interest in motor cars as an efficient means of transportation,” notes Danville, Calif.-based Blackhawk Automotive Museum, where this photo was taken. Rolls was a pioneer motorist whose firm of C.S. Rolls and Company sold quality French motor cars.”

It was at the London Motor Show in November 1906 that the Silver Ghost was first introduced, with production continued until the spring of 1925 at Derby.

The Silver Ghost was also produced in the United States at a manufacturing facility in Springfield, Mass.

At the time this photo was taken in 2010, Blackhawk itself owned a 1923 Springfield-manufactured Rolls-Royce Tourer, which I have photos of and will hopefully post in the future.

“The Rolls-Royce radiator mascot, The Spirit of Ecstasy, was designed by illustrator/sculptor Charles Sykes and debuted in 1911,” Blackhawk stated. “The Rolls-Royce grille shape and the mascot are covered by Britain's Protection of Monuments Act.”

ENGINE
6 cylinder, in-line, L-head
4.50” bore, 4.75” stroke
453 cubic inch
40/50 hp.

BODY/COACHBUILDER
J.A. Lawton & Co.
London, England, and Paris, France.

MANUFACTURER
Rolls-Royce Ltd.
Derby, England.
Blackhawk Automotive Museum1911 Rolls-Royce Model 40/50 Silver Ghost TourerThis 1911 Rolls-Royce Model 40/50 Silver Ghost Tourer is a rare automobile preserved from the dawning of the automobile era.

"The Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost name refers both to a car model and one specific car from that series," according to Wikipedia. "Originally named the 40/50 h.p., the chassis was first made at Royce's Manchester works, with production moving to Derby in July 1908, and also, between 1921 and 1926, in Springfield, Mass.

"Chassis no. 60551, registered AX 201, was the car that was originally given the name Silver Ghost. Other 40/50 hp cars were also given names, but the Silver Ghost title was taken up by the press, and soon all 40/50s were called by the name, a fact not officially recognized by Rolls-Royce until 1925, when the Phantom range was launched.

"The Silver Ghost was the origin of Rolls-Royce's claim of making the Best car in the world ~ a phrase coined not by themselves, but by the prestigious publication Autocar in 1907."

Rolls-Royce was founded in 1904 by Charles Stewart Rolls and Frederick Henry Royce.

The Derby-England based automaker was a renowned British-owned automaker for decades, and its marquee still inspires car enthusiasts of all ages.

“Royce was a respected engineer and manufacturer who had developed an interest in motor cars as an efficient means of transportation,” notes Danville, Calif.-based Blackhawk Automotive Museum, where this photo was taken. Rolls was a pioneer motorist whose firm of C.S. Rolls and Company sold quality French motor cars.”

It was at the London Motor Show in November 1906 that the Silver Ghost was first introduced, with production continued until the spring of 1925 at Derby.

The Silver Ghost was also produced in the United States at a manufacturing facility in Springfield, Mass.

At the time this photo was taken in 2010, Blackhawk itself owned a 1923 Springfield-manufactured Rolls-Royce Tourer, which I have photos of and will hopefully post in the future.

“The Rolls-Royce radiator mascot, The Spirit of Ecstasy, was designed by illustrator/sculptor Charles Sykes and debuted in 1911,” Blackhawk stated. “The Rolls-Royce grille shape and the mascot are covered by Britain's Protection of Monuments Act.”

ENGINE
6 cylinder, in-line, L-head
4.50” bore, 4.75” stroke
453 cubic inch
40/50 hp.

BODY/COACHBUILDER
J.A. Lawton & Co.
London, England, and Paris, France.

MANUFACTURER
Rolls-Royce Ltd.
Derby, England.
Blackhawk Automotive Museum1911 Rolls-Royce Model 40/50 Silver Ghost TourerThis 1911 Rolls-Royce Model 40/50 Silver Ghost Tourer is a rare automobile preserved from the dawning of the automobile era.

"The Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost name refers both to a car model and one specific car from that series," according to Wikipedia. "Originally named the 40/50 h.p., the chassis was first made at Royce's Manchester works, with production moving to Derby in July 1908, and also, between 1921 and 1926, in Springfield, Mass.

"Chassis no. 60551, registered AX 201, was the car that was originally given the name Silver Ghost. Other 40/50 hp cars were also given names, but the Silver Ghost title was taken up by the press, and soon all 40/50s were called by the name, a fact not officially recognized by Rolls-Royce until 1925, when the Phantom range was launched.

"The Silver Ghost was the origin of Rolls-Royce's claim of making the Best car in the world ~ a phrase coined not by themselves, but by the prestigious publication Autocar in 1907."

Rolls-Royce was founded in 1904 by Charles Stewart Rolls and Frederick Henry Royce.

The Derby-England based automaker was a renowned British-owned automaker for decades, and its marquee still inspires car enthusiasts of all ages.

“Royce was a respected engineer and manufacturer who had developed an interest in motor cars as an efficient means of transportation,” notes Danville, Calif.-based Blackhawk Automotive Museum, where this photo was taken. Rolls was a pioneer motorist whose firm of C.S. Rolls and Company sold quality French motor cars.”

It was at the London Motor Show in November 1906 that the Silver Ghost was first introduced, with production continued until the spring of 1925 at Derby.

The Silver Ghost was also produced in the United States at a manufacturing facility in Springfield, Mass.

At the time this photo was taken in 2010, Blackhawk itself owned a 1923 Springfield-manufactured Rolls-Royce Tourer, which I have photos of and will hopefully post in the future.

“The Rolls-Royce radiator mascot, The Spirit of Ecstasy, was designed by illustrator/sculptor Charles Sykes and debuted in 1911,” Blackhawk stated. “The Rolls-Royce grille shape and the mascot are covered by Britain's Protection of Monuments Act.”

ENGINE
6 cylinder, in-line, L-head
4.50” bore, 4.75” stroke
453 cubic inch
40/50 hp.

BODY/COACHBUILDER
J.A. Lawton & Co.
London, England, and Paris, France.

MANUFACTURER
Rolls-Royce Ltd.
Derby, England.
Blackhawk Automotive Museum1911 Rolls-Royce Model 40/50 Silver Ghost TourerThis 1911 Rolls-Royce Model 40/50 Silver Ghost Tourer is a rare automobile preserved from the dawning of the automobile era.

"The Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost name refers both to a car model and one specific car from that series," according to Wikipedia. "Originally named the 40/50 h.p., the chassis was first made at Royce's Manchester works, with production moving to Derby in July 1908, and also, between 1921 and 1926, in Springfield, Mass.

"Chassis no. 60551, registered AX 201, was the car that was originally given the name Silver Ghost. Other 40/50 hp cars were also given names, but the Silver Ghost title was taken up by the press, and soon all 40/50s were called by the name, a fact not officially recognized by Rolls-Royce until 1925, when the Phantom range was launched.

"The Silver Ghost was the origin of Rolls-Royce's claim of making the Best car in the world ~ a phrase coined not by themselves, but by the prestigious publication Autocar in 1907."

Rolls-Royce was founded in 1904 by Charles Stewart Rolls and Frederick Henry Royce.

The Derby-England based automaker was a renowned British-owned automaker for decades, and its marquee still inspires car enthusiasts of all ages.

“Royce was a respected engineer and manufacturer who had developed an interest in motor cars as an efficient means of transportation,” notes Danville, Calif.-based Blackhawk Automotive Museum, where this photo was taken. Rolls was a pioneer motorist whose firm of C.S. Rolls and Company sold quality French motor cars.”

It was at the London Motor Show in November 1906 that the Silver Ghost was first introduced, with production continued until the spring of 1925 at Derby.

The Silver Ghost was also produced in the United States at a manufacturing facility in Springfield, Mass.

At the time this photo was taken in 2010, Blackhawk itself owned a 1923 Springfield-manufactured Rolls-Royce Tourer, which I have photos of and will hopefully post in the future.

“The Rolls-Royce radiator mascot, The Spirit of Ecstasy, was designed by illustrator/sculptor Charles Sykes and debuted in 1911,” Blackhawk stated. “The Rolls-Royce grille shape and the mascot are covered by Britain's Protection of Monuments Act.”

ENGINE
6 cylinder, in-line, L-head
4.50” bore, 4.75” stroke
453 cubic inch
40/50 hp.

BODY/COACHBUILDER
J.A. Lawton & Co.
London, England, and Paris, France.

MANUFACTURER
Rolls-Royce Ltd.
Derby, England.

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[email protected] (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons) 1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost Tourer Automotive Blackhawk Charles Stewart Rolls Derby Frederick Henry Royce Glenn Franco Simmons J.A. Lawton Museum Springfield https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/8/1911-ghost Tue, 29 Aug 2023 15:42:08 GMT
Ford Model T: 'Most Influential Car of 20th Century' https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/8/influential Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance1911 Model T FordThis 1911 Model T Ford was photographed at the Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance in the San Francisco Bay Area. This 1911 Ford Model T was photographed at a Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance.

“In production from 1908-1927, the Ford Model T was named the world’s ‘most influential car of the 20th century,’ according to an owner’s summary. “Henry Ford said, ‘I will build a car for the great multitude. It will be large enough for the family but small enough for the individuals to run and care for it. It will be constructed of the best materials, by the best men to be hired, after the simplest designs that modern engineering can device. But, it will be so low in price that no man making a good salary will be unable to own one ~ and enjoy with his family the blessing of hours of pleasure in God’s great open spaces.’

"Over the years, many different body styles and engines were offered. This is a ‘Torpedo Roadster’ that was recently restored. The Buffalo wire wheels were an accessory.”

Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance1911 Model T FordThis 1911 Model T Ford was photographed at the Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance in the San Francisco Bay Area. Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance1911 Model T FordThis 1911 Model T Ford was photographed at the Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance in the San Francisco Bay Area. Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance1911 Model T FordThis 1911 Model T Ford was photographed at the Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

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[email protected] (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons) 1911 Ford 1911 Model T Ford Glenn Franco Simmons Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/8/influential Tue, 29 Aug 2023 15:29:21 GMT
Flower Gallery Updated With Another Dahlia Photo Today https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/8/dahlias_ Pink dahlia photographed at Golden Gate Park by Glenn Franco Simmons.Dahlia, Unknown, PinkA pink dahlia photographed in San Francisco at The Dahlia Garden in Golden Gate Park. In the heart of San Francisco’s picturesque and westward-sloping descent toward Sunset Beach in the Sunset, there is a breathtaking oasis known as The Dahlia Garden in Golden Gate Park.

Dahlia photos make up a significant amount of my work and I am adding one or more dahlias a day to my re-designed website where I had to remove all of my past photos. I added another dahlia photo to the flower gallery today. Just click either photo to navigate to the flower gallery, where you can scroll my flower images that also include roses, freesias, magnolias and much more.

Located within majestic Golden Gate Park, The Dahlia Garden is a near-hidden sanctuary that most people, in my experience, miss because they are so focused on touring the adjacent and equally amazing San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers.

The park also straddles the Richmond District in its westward-facing descent to Sunset Beach.

Beautiful dahlia photographed in San Francisco at The Dahlia Garden in Golden Gate Park by Glenn Franco Simmons.Dahlia, UnknownThis beautiful dahlia is a mix of pink, purple and lavender tones. This dahlia is one of my favorites. It was photographed in San Francisco in The Dahlia Garden in Golden Gate Park. If you are able to identify this dahlia, please let me know. Woven into the garden’s tapestry are tapestries of captivating colors, shapes and sizes that leave visitors spellbound by the garden’s ethereal beauty.

As the noise level of Fulton Street traffic ebbs and flows, there is an unmistakably unique ambience surrounding the garden’s location on Pompei Circle that even rush-hour traffic cannot ruin.

Bathed in the soft glow of sunlight that dances through the leaves, this horticultural oasis transforms into an otherworldly realm that amazes dahlia experts and amateurs alike.

Strolling in a circular path around the garden, one is transported to a realm where time becomes unimportant. The air hums with buzzing bees.

Each blossom unfolds into a symphony of color, imbued with an iridescent sparkle that mesmerizes the soul.

 

 

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[email protected] (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons) dahlia dahlias Golden Gate Park Pompei Cir Pompei Circle San Francisco The City The Dahlia Garden https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/8/dahlias_ Tue, 29 Aug 2023 15:20:17 GMT
When A Man Turns His Face To God He Finds Sunshine Everywhere https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/8/sunshine When a man turns his face toward God he finds sunshine everywhere quote illustrated with a dahlia.When A Man Turns His Face To GodWhen a man turns his face to God he finds sunshine everywhere. All men are his brothers. Let not conventionality cause you to seem cold and unsympathetic when you meet strange people from other countries. Do not look at them as though you suspected them of being evildoers, thieves and boors. You think it necessary to be very careful, not to expose yourselves to the risk of making acquaintance with such, possibly, undesirable people.
~ `Abdu’l-Bahá

Source: Paris Talks. Excerpt, © Bahá’í International Community. Photo © Glenn Franco Simmons.
When a man turns his face to God he finds sunshine everywhere. All men are his brothers. Let not conventionality cause you to seem cold and unsympathetic when you meet strange people from other countries. Do not look at them as though you suspected them of being evildoers, thieves and boors. You think it necessary to be very careful, not to expose yourselves to the risk of making acquaintance with such, possibly, undesirable people.

I ask you not to think only of yourselves. Be kind to the strangers, whether come they from Turkey, Japan, Persia, Russia, China or any other country in the world.

Help to make them feel at home; find out where they are staying, ask if you may render them any service; try to make their lives a little happier.

When a man turns his face toward God he finds sunshine everywhere quote illustrated with a dahlia.When A Man Turns His Face To GodWhen a man turns his face to God he finds sunshine everywhere. All men are his brothers. Let not conventionality cause you to seem cold and unsympathetic when you meet strange people from other countries. Do not look at them as though you suspected them of being evildoers, thieves and boors. You think it necessary to be very careful, not to expose yourselves to the risk of making acquaintance with such, possibly, undesirable people.
~ `Abdu’l-Bahá

Source: Paris Talks. Excerpt, © Bahá’í International Community. Photo © Glenn Franco Simmons.
In this way, even if, sometimes, what you at first suspected should be true, still go out of your way to be kind to them — this kindness will help them to become better.

After all, why should any foreign people be treated as strangers?

Let those who meet you know, without your proclaiming the fact, that you are indeed a Bahá’í.

Put into practice the Teaching of Bahá’u’lláh, that of kindness to all nations. Do not be content with showing friendship in words alone, let your heart burn with loving kindness for all who may cross your path.

When a man turns his face toward God he finds sunshine everywhere quote illustrated with a dahlia.When A Man Turns His Face To GodWhen a man turns his face to God he finds sunshine everywhere. All men are his brothers. Let not conventionality cause you to seem cold and unsympathetic when you meet strange people from other countries. Do not look at them as though you suspected them of being evildoers, thieves and boors. You think it necessary to be very careful, not to expose yourselves to the risk of making acquaintance with such, possibly, undesirable people.
~ `Abdu’l-Bahá

Source: Paris Talks. Excerpt, © Bahá’í International Community. Photo © Glenn Franco Simmons.
Oh, you of the Western nations, be kind to those who come from the Eastern world to sojourn among you. Forget your conventionality when you speak with them; they are not accustomed to it. To Eastern peoples this demeanor seems cold, unfriendly. Rather let your manner be sympathetic. Let it be seen that you are filled with universal love. When you meet a Persian or any other stranger, speak to him as to a friend; if he seems to be lonely try to help him, give him of your willing service; if he be sad console him, if poor succor him, if oppressed rescue him, if in misery comfort him. In so doing you will manifest that not in words only, but in deed and in truth, you think of all men as your brothers.

What profit is there in agreeing that universal friendship is good, and talking of the solidarity of the human race as a grand ideal? Unless these thoughts are translated into the world of action, they are useless.

When a man turns his face toward God he finds sunshine everywhere quote illustrated with a dahlia.When A Man Turns His Face To GodWhen a man turns his face to God he finds sunshine everywhere. All men are his brothers. Let not conventionality cause you to seem cold and unsympathetic when you meet strange people from other countries. Do not look at them as though you suspected them of being evildoers, thieves and boors. You think it necessary to be very careful, not to expose yourselves to the risk of making acquaintance with such, possibly, undesirable people.
~ `Abdu’l-Bahá

Source: Paris Talks. Excerpt, © Bahá’í International Community. Photo © Glenn Franco Simmons.
The wrong in the world continues to exist just because people talk only of their ideals, and do not strive to put them into practice. If actions took the place of words, the world’s misery would very soon be changed into comfort.

A man who does great good, and talks not of it, is on the way to perfection.

The man who has accomplished a small good and magnifies it in his speech is worth very little.

If I love you, I need not continually speak of my love—you will know without any words. On the other hand if I love you not, that also will you know—and you would not believe me, were I to tell you in a thousand words, that I loved you.

People make much profession of goodness, multiplying fine words because they wish to be thought greater and better than their fellows, seeking fame in the eyes of the world. Those who do most good use fewest words concerning their actions.