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Some political assistance with respect to "President"s from my Amazon mp3 account:

The President's Ball
Mr. President
Dear Mr. President
The President's Bunker
JamCon '84: C. Eliot Friday's Presidental Campaign Shortwave Broadcase (live)
When I'm President
Here Comes President Kill Again
A Presidential Campaign Shortwave Broadcast by C. Eliot Friday
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Classic early photography detailed in this really interesting post.
 
The Mammoth Camera by the J.A. Anderson Company

The Mammoth camera was manufactured by the J.A. Anderson Company, Chicago in 1900. It was designed as the largest camera every made in order to capture a complete train with cars.
The following is an excerpt from the Railroad magazine, 1901:[sic]

The Chicago & Alton Railway had built a special train to go into fast daylight service from Chicago to St. Louis and wanted it photographed. Mr. Charlton, the director, believed his train to be the handsomest in the world and he wanted a photograph of it, six long Pullmans, engine, tender and all. He called the company’s photographer, George R. Lawrence, and instructed Mr. Lawrence that it was necessary to have a photograph 8 feet long of the ” Alton Limited. ” The photographer explained that the train would have to be photographed in sections, and these sections fitted together during the process of printing. But he felt obliged to add that this was an ordinary method which was not conducive to absolute truthfulness of perspective, and one which would certainly show the joints, no matter how carefully the different sections were blended together.

But the directors did not want a half-and-half photograph. They had built a faultless train, of which they demanded a faultless photograph, and it must be a photograph at least 8 feet long. The photographer assured them of his helplessness in the matter, but the directors were more than obdurate; they insisted. At last a truce was called, and the railway photographer left the boardroom with an idea.

When, sometime after the conference, the photographer returned, it was with the plans for a camera holding a single plate 8 feet by 4 1/2 feet, this being three times as large as the largest plate ever before exposed. The Chicago & Alton Railway, then and there gave Mr. Lawrence, their photographer, carte blanche to have such a camera made.

The lenses were ground at great expense and trouble. They arc the largest photographic lenses ever made. The wide angle lens has an equivalent focus of 5 1/2 feet; the other lens, a telescopic, rectilinear lens, is of 10 feet equivalent focus. The latter was the one used when taking the large photograph of the ” Alton Limited. ”

The plates for this gigantic camera are also the largest ever manufactured. They are made in St. Louis, and have to be coated entirely by hand. They cost $70 per dozen. Five gallons of developer arc used to develop one plate, and the services of eight men arc required to manipulate it during the process in the dark room.

The camera was transported on a flat freight car, but when away from the railway was moved in a specially padded van. Fifteen men were necessary to handle and set up the monster camera, to focus and photograph the train.

There was no snap-shotting this subject. On the occasion of this, the first exposure, the day was clear, but an exposure of 2 1/2 minutes was given. An isochromatic plate was used to preserve the colour-value of the train, and from the first exposure a perfect negative was secured, resulting in the largest photograph ever made on one plate, or, to quote the proud boast of the railway concerned, the largest photograph in the world of the handsomest train in the world. via https://chicagology.com/transportation/chicagoalton/
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I did one of a church, and the camera was on a gear that rotated on a tripod slowly, and one kid was on one end of a long line of people and he ran to the other end and is in the photo twice.
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April 15, 1951: This is the amazing Dialaphone, which was a precursor to touch tone phones. Described in the press release as "compact and attractive," it could dial pre-programmed numbers by cutting perforations in tape
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This is good for name and location generation, though it lacks a decent map. Interesting that in 1883-4, Tucson and Tombstone were considered "sister cities". Tombstone never really increased in importance after that (to say the least) while Tucson grew dramatically. Also included is a Benson, Arizona directory. The hotel in Tucson has ELECTRIC LIGHTS! In EVERY ROOM!!!!
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I like how it complains about the corporatists back east, or in San Francisco, sucking all the wealth out of Arizona... Seems like the wealthy haven't changed a bit...
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New thing for people who like PBTA games...I'm still thinking about if it's a good match for Westerns and if so what variety....
 
Howdy pardners! Today I released my second Patreon-fueled pbta hack entitled Raising Stakes: A wild west drama game. If six-shooters and gamblin' are your vices, this game is for you!

If you want to get a copy, you can join my Patreon (which entitles you to one free game from my roster) or wait until official release; though it's always cheaper to get a copy as a Patron.

[tips his hat] Y'all take care now, ya hear?

https://www.patreon.com/medeiros
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Some sociological observations on the subject of "Everybody" from my Amazon mp3 account:

I Love Everybody
Not Everybody Likes Us
Everybody's Got The Right
Everybody's Fool
Everybody Help The Boys Come Home
Everybody Ought To Pray
Everybody Does It In Hawaii
Everybody Loves Me But You
Everybody Loves To Cha Cha Cha
Everybody's Laughing
C'Mon Everybody
Everybody Loves My Baby
Everybody's Somebody's Fool
Everybody's Jumpin'
Everybody Wants To Rule The World
Everybody Hurts
Everybody Out Of The Water
Everybody Makes A Mistake
Everybody Pays
Everybody Needs Somebody To Love
Everybody Plays The Fool
Everybody's Everyday Girl
Everybody's Everything
Love Everybody
Everybody's Talkin'
Everybody
Everybody and Ray Speak No Americano
Everybody's Changin'

But for my money the best observation comes from Blind Willie Johnson....


.....Everybody Ought To Treat A Stranger Right.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jI3htUL82kw
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Love it!
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Hey everyone. I didn't forget about this but I'm increasingly convinced Hangouts is not a great way to run games except "for public consumption." Like, it's good for performance for an audience but not just for hangin out and playing. Especially complex games like Promethean. I'm thinking about other options. I may delete this Community at some point but will keep you all in the loop.
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Pulling out of a private feed to share here. If you're interested in the pin Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was wearing at the DNC, check this out:

Men, you're the first Negro tankers to ever fight in the American Army. I would never have asked for you if you weren't good. I have nothing but the best in my Army. I don't care what color you are as long as you go up there and kill those Kraut sonsofbitches. Everyone has their eyes on you and is expecting great things from you. Most of all your race is looking forward to your success. Don't let them down and damn you, don't let me down! They say it is patriotic to die for your country. Well, let’s see how many patriots we can make out of those German sonsofbitches.

(Of course, Patton DID actually care what color they were, but still. Also, if you haven't read Abdul-Jabbar's books, they're really solid.)
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Hey, I forgot to post a bunch of stuff here. So here's some good stuff.
 
Huge library of historical images of New York. h/t to +John Stater​ 
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I like all the stuff on the ticket
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Great find
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This is a collection of high-def imagery found in an archive in the Douglas Historical Society. Douglas, Arizona is a border town (although many of the pictures, including the picture on this post, are of Bisbee, a larger town nearby) that was the site of a copper boom. It was also one of the communities threatened by the spreading chaos of the Mexican civil war of the early 20th century. The photos date to 1905, and include boxers, soldiers, families, and a whole cross section of Western life.
Images of early 20th Century Cochise County, Arizona from the archive at the Douglas Historical Society, in Douglas, Arizona. These are some wonderful portraits discovered in an archive at the Douglas Historical Society that starts around 1905 and runs through the first two decades of that century. This is the era when Mexican populist rebel Pancho Villa was shooting up the area, and there was much turmoil on the Mexican border. The USA suppo...
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Bisbee may be small but I wouldn't call it a ghost town! It's got a very hippie/twee downtown strip that's fun to go to. Great food, too!
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