Good Morning Gentle Readers,
Today marks the 156th anniversary of Californicate's admission to the Union (the United States not the Retail Clerks). Don't laugh, I've a friend whose 5th grader's history lessons were so cluttered with revisionism that for most of the year the boy was certain that the US gained its independence from Mexico.
As school kids, we could never figure out why school started the day after Labor Day (traditional) and then within days there was a school holiday for Admission Day. I suppose that somewhere along the line some teacher must have discussed the significance of Admission Day, but I was well into adulthood before I ever personally made the connection.
This postcard from 1916 celebrates Admission Day as part of the Panama-California Exposition in San Diego. The scene depicted looks west toward the Pacific down the main promenade of what is now Balboa Park.
This is a nice collection from the Golden Anniversary celebration of statehood for the Golden State in 1910.
And finally, there's this.....
Do you know what happened this week back in 1850 in California?
- California became a state.
- The State had no electricity.
- The State had no money.
- Almost everyone spoke Spanish.
- There were gun fights in the streets.
So basically, it was just like California today, except the women had real breasts and the men didn't hold hands.
tip of the glass to the Kosmik Kid for that elucidation.
The Wine Commonsewer