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The recent events which took place in Charlottesville, Virginia have begun a debate as to removing statues which glorify the Confederacy. But this could easily become a slippery slope as the argument for removal of other statues which offend one group or another is considered. Where does it end, or does it? More importantly who decides which statues to remove? Are there any humans without fault?

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National Oil Company oil well pump jack (August 1956)


According to a report in the Wall Street Journal of August 21, 2017 (pp. B1-B2) the iconic oil pump jack is making a comeback among small and medium sized oil companies seeking to turn a profit despite an oil glut. These pump jack oil wells can be set up for under $1 million as compared to a fracking oil well running between $6 million to $8 million. We have several images of oil pump jacks including this recent arrival of a National Oil Company pump jack in Montana (August 1956).

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"Simple Man" by Lynyrd Skynyrd


Mama told me when I was young

“Come sit beside me my only son

And listen to what I say

And if you do this it’ll help you some sunny day.”




“And be a simple kind of man

Oh, be something you love and understand

Baby be a simple kind of man

Oh, won’t you do this for me, son, if you can”


From “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd.   Words to live by.

So called following the assassination of "Wild Bill" Hickok in 1876 as he was holding Aces & Eights.


In this high stakes poker game we catch a glimpse of this man’s hand. Note the upside down Ace of spades. “Wild Bill” Hickok was assassinated in Deadwood in 1876 during a poker game and his cards were picked up from the floor. The story has changed some over the years, but it is now accepted that Hickok was holding a pair of Aces and a pair of eights.  This became known in lore as the Dead Man’s Hand.

See the movie starring Denzel Washington.  New Orleans, c.1950

Déjà Vu: The Canal Street Ferry

If you enjoy watching science fiction films as I do, and you enjoy watching Denzel Washington acting as I do, you should catch the film “Déjà Vu” (2006). I have seen the movie countless times for these two reasons even though the film gets a bit carried away at the end. If you buy into the plot stay with it until the end. If you are unfamiliar with the film you can get all the background here.

When we became aware of this photo there was no question that we had to acquire it. Art does truly imitate life. Pictured here is the Canal Street Ferry “Westside” in New Orleans as it is loading for a trip across the Mississippi River to Algiers c.1950. The ferry service plays a critical part in the film. In fact, if you have seen or intend to watch this film viewing this photo is a must.