Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Before Credit Card Gas Pumps - 1951

From Popular mechanics Magazine April 1951

I trust you picked up on the relationship of quarters and gallons of gas. Gas was about 20 to 25 cents a gallon in 1951.  What is also unique is, it is in New Jersey which I don't think allow self service gas pumps today.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Things That Upset A Librarian

I have just watched an episode of 60 minutes in which they tour the Vatican Library.  60 Minutes' Morley Safer and Vatican library curator Timothy Janz wandered around picking up books, bibles manuscripts all with their BARE hands!!  I could not believe it, in all the archives and libraries in our area if you handle something that is over 75 years old or fragile you have to wear cotton gloves so the dirt and oil on your hands does not get on the paper you are handling and here they are just thumbing thru thousand year old documents bare handed.  In most area archives if you were caught without gloves on handling books etc., besides being ejected from the building, you would have your fingers cut off.

Sunday Trivia

Exmore, Va.
In the 1880's the Pennsylvania and Norfolk railroad built additional train stations from Delmar to Cape Charles.  The 10th station built, after you left Delmar, was in an area that had no name so the employee gave it the name X-more (X as in ten).  By 1884 the area had a post office and the name was officially Exmore.

Zerone Ad 1956