THE CALIFORNIA CURRENT E-NEWSLETTER

California Historical Society JUNE 2013

CLIO MUSES ON THE ROAD TRIP
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The Motorist’s Luncheon Book, May E. Southworth’s delightful little volume, harkens to an age before fast food chains edged the highways. Preparation for a road trip required more than assembling a few water bottles and gassing up the SUV. Southworth presents page after page of menus to ease the hunger pangs of weary road warriors.
    As Ms. Southworth writes on page 1, “In assembling your outfit it is necessary that you have a wary eye on the ‘mess kit’ or you may find yourself, like the Peri, perishing just outside the gates of some woodsy paradise. These ‘eats’ of the motorist are a life-saving necessity and have grown to be too important a part of the equipment to be left to the hit-or-miss style of picking up any old thing that happens to be in the house.” She goes on, “The design of this little book is not recipes, but only an endeavor to lighten the burden of the one whose task it is to cater to these joy hampers and fill them full, for whoever knew a motorist to arrive except in a starving condition?”
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California Past & Present(ly) Processed
 
Get inspired to dust off that frame and pump up those tires with this 1896 event program for The Velodrome, touted as, “The Fastest Bicycle Track in the World.” Part of the Eustan M. Boyle collection of ephemera relating to the California Cycling Club (MS 197) and viewable in the Chinese in California digital collection on Calisphere.

 
  ONLINE NOW: EXHIBITION TO TOUR

In partnership with the 4H Foundation and the Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation, CHS's I See Beauty in This Life: A Photographer Looks at 100 Years of Rural California exhibition will travel to Santa Barbara later this fall. Take a virtual tour of the exhibition when it was at the CHS galleries and view the gallery guide booklet.
 
  Digitizing History:
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Given to CHS from the University of Washington, Seattle in 1975, this amusing 16mm home film of a lively trip down to Tijuana and Agua Caliente from 1933 is now digitized and viewable on the Internet Archive. Quite a difference from the Avenida Revloución of today.


 
 
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