Friday, February 6, 2015

Where Was This Picture Taken? (UPDATE)

I told one of my co-workers about the picture my cousin sent me and he found this article about Ferries in the 1950's that may have solved the mystery.

The 8th paragraph from the bottom states: 

Another "walking beam" vessel, the SACRAMENTO, was also a 1922 rebuild, but her hull and machinery were launched in 1877 as the NEWARK. In 1954 the SACRAMENTO was retired, stripped and towed south to Redondo Beach for use as a public fishing pier for a good stretch of years. Today she sits on the bottom of the ocean, splattered into a million pieces. 

The paragraph before that one states the following:

"Attracting as much attention was the legendary sidewheeler EUREKA. Following the close of the Northwestern Pacific Railroad’s railferry terminal in Sausalito on February 28, 1941, she was transferred to the Oakland run. Her superstructure was a 1922 rebuild but her hull and machinery dated back to 1890 when launched as the UKIAH. Her demise came just-like-that. At midnight in early 1957, after picking up "Shasta Daylight" arrivals at the Mole, the EUREKA’S crank pin snapped enroute to the City. Repairs could have been minimal, but that was beside the point. The front office retired her, sentiment notwithstanding, and donated her to the Hyde Street Pier."

“Shasta Daylight arrivals” refers to the SHASTA DAYLIGHT TRAIN owned by Southern Pacific Railroad.  I previously wrote about this train because my great-grandfather, William Leon Whitley, Jr., was the Head Chef on that train for nearly 50 years.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Where Was This Picture Taken?

My cousin emailed this photo to me today, but we can't figure out where it was taken.  The two young girls are my grandmother, Leona Edna Mae Whitley (Right) and her younger sister, Coralee Whitley, natives of Berkeley, CA. I would assume this picture was taken around 1930 even though it is dated "Oct 27 1938."  Leona and Coralee were born in 1924 & 1925 so that would make them 14 and 13 respectively, and they are clearly not that old.

Was this picture actually taken in Sacramento, or on a boat known as "The Sacramento?"  If the former, was it the Delta King, or its sister ship, the Delta Queen?  Hmmm...another research project.

My grandmother passed away in 2004 so, my first step will be to ask my Aunt Coralee who is 89 years old.  Hopefully, she will remember this photo.

The backside of this photo reads: "GENUINE KRYSTAL GLOSS - GUARANTEED FOREVER - BEAR PHOTO SERVICE -OCT. 27 1938"

I Googled "Bear Photo Service" and found the following links:

Palo Alto Historical Association - Photograph Collection

Scott's Photographica Collection

WorldCat: Bear Photo Service