From the Pages of History

Stories, Pictures, Quotes & Trivia (and more) that tell the story of the world.

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Welcome to my blog! This is where I will share interesting, thought-provoking and funny stories, quotations, pictures, photos, cartoons and trivia gleaned from the pages of history. As you browse, you may gain a new perspective, learn something you didn’t know, and get a few laughs. If you were blessed by the site, please do comment and/or and follow!

A visit to the LA Times


Pictures I took at our very cool visit to the place that the Los Angeles Times newspaper is produced. :)

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Some figures.

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The paper she’s holding

The paper she’s holding

This is an old printing press from the late 1800s.

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The history of this press. Click on the picture to bring up a bigger version.

The history of this press. Click on the picture to bring up a bigger version.

It was powered by water coming down this clear tube and turning the wheel.

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This is the back where paper goes in.

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This is where the new newspaper comes out.

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Paper coming off the ink-covered plate.

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Some ads in a paper printed in 1881.

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And this is going in to the facility that makes the LA Times newspapers.

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The rolls of paper they use are HUGE.

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These “robots” carry the paper rolls around the place.

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Stacks and stacks of paper!

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Yeah, that one roll is over 2000 pounds.

Yeah, that one roll is over 2000 pounds.

This is the room where they make the plates. Plates are what they now use instead of setting metal letters into a frame like they did in olden times. Once the news info comes in to this plant, the plates for the day are created there.

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A plate

A plate

Famous front pages.

San Francisco earthquake (1906), and sinking of the Lusitania (1915)

San Francisco earthquake (1906), and sinking of the Lusitania (1915)

Hindenburg explosion (1937), and New York Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire (1911)

Hindenburg explosion (1937), and New York Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire (1911)

Armistice Day of WW I (1911), and D-Day of WW II (1945)

Armistice Day of WW I (1911), and D-Day of WW II (1945)

Man first walks on the Moon (1961)

Man first walks on the Moon (1961)

Now, the ink!

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And these are the huge machines that take the paper, the ink, and the plates, and create our newspaper!

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Just look at the papers wrapped around and coming off these machines!

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IMG_9017Looking up…

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It’s not just the LA Times that’s printed here. These are some other papers printed at this location.

LatExtra, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Personal Journal

LatExtra, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Personal Journal

Newspaper not yet printed on

Newspaper not yet printed on

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And inside the trash chute…

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Defective newspapers!

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And lastly, the big room where the newspapers are packaged and set, ready to be delivered.

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This man is packaging the papers into bundles…

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…using this machine.

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The yellow spool is plastic cording that goes around each small stack of papers.


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And here are the newspapers, all ready for delivery to your house! :D

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If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re misinformed.

-Mark Twain

The “biggest” moon of the year


Here is a photo I took tonight, of the biggest Supermoon of this year. (There was already one Supermoon in July, and one more is coming on September 9.)

Certain moons are called “supermoons” because, on their orbit around Earth, they come closer to the Earth and appear bigger and brighter than normal. Here’s more from NASA.

Sneak peek: LA Times


A sneak peek of a post coming on Monday, of our visit to the Los Angeles TImes!

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Years of Silence


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Via the “180 Movie” Facebook page. Whether you are pro-life, or pro-choice, watch this free movie here: http://www.180movie.com

The exalting of a nation


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Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.
~ Proverbs 14:34 ~

Interesting license plates 16


TMFR FUN
EVRYWMN
LAF+LOL
YITTLE
STITCH4U*
SKIDZIN
PAPA DR
LILMTNR
SKI DIVR
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ARMY70
[heart]DASHES**
B DENICE
4 [star] K8E
PLEY BL
IAMCALI
DBL VIZN
HEYNOW9
ATL FAN 1
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SUZY LO
DREEMAR
[love]Z2DRAW
WIN WTHN
IM OK
84 FRBRD
LEGAL[star]S
AMDL
I[heart]ART
LYNC 09
CHADSAM
MSCHARY
GBZCA

* Custom Embroidery
**Dashound dogs

A gardener


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Taken at a CA botanical garden

Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful!’ and sitting in the shade.
― Rudyard Kipling

Sleek and advanced: the SR-71


We recently visited an Air Force museum, and one of the things we saw and learned about was the SR-71—a US reconnaissance aircraft, and a very advanced one too. It was used from 1964 to 1990 but was then deemed too expensive and taken out of use.

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It has no wings because the sleek body serves that function. The part near the back that looks like wings is really the tail. It flew so incredibly fast and high that pilots had to wear suits similar to those worn by astronauts.

Read more at the National Museum of the US Air Force.

Images via National Museum of the US Air Force and Wikipedia.

Interesting license plates 15


NYC2RPV*
9TEEN
LIVNRM
RPV LAW
PATRON 30
CLAY LDY
TIENMN
HRTLUND
J SOPRNO
KAYAK PV**
E18HT
SHAKES 3
AVOID ME
I-WAWONA
DZNI FRK
[love]Z2SNG
BIO GAS
CRASTN8
HARD BL
SHWETAR
CEBREEZ
89 MPG E
TRISTRR
MGMGRIP
YS PLEZ
D FUN
ICEEBRD
LYDIA89
4A BRITT
EZZ TIGR
PONY 101
POLKA

* RPV = Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
** PV = Palos Verdes, CA

Happy Star Wars Day!


And Star Wars fans everywhere wish each other “May the Fourth be with you,” a pun on a famous Star Wars blessing :) Here are some pictures our family took at a “Star Wars Day at the Zoo” in 2011.

 

For more on how May 4 became Star Wars day, check out this post of mine. May the Force be with you!

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