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50 HP Fairbanks Morse, II

50 HP Fairbanks Morse, II
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This 50HP Fairbanks-Morse engine, built in 1911 and installed at historic Mt. Wilson Observatory in 1912, was for many years the only source of power at the Observatory campus. It’s “a twin cylinder gasoline fueled engine, directly coupled to a generator capable of producing 40 kilowatts of power at 125 volts DC.” There’s more about […]

50 HP Fairbanks Morse, II

50 HP Fairbanks Morse, II

This 50HP Fairbanks-Morse engine, built in 1911 and installed at historic Mt. Wilson Observatory in 1912, was for many years the only source of power at the Observatory campus. It’s “a twin cylinder gasoline fueled engine, directly coupled to a generator capable of producing 40 kilowatts of power at 125 volts DC.” There’s more about […]

50 HP Fairbanks Morse, I

50 HP Fairbanks Morse, I

What do this place… …and these men… …have to do with this? And what the heck is this, anyway? Read the Full Story at Pasadena Daily Photo

Pasadena Central Library, East Wing, Upstairs

Pasadena Central Library, East Wing, Upstairs

We’ve returned to the main floor and the room north of the Reference Desk. I’ve looked at the floor plan and I think the room is part of the Reference Materials area. In my previous post we went downstairs. Now we’re going up, into another “staff only” area. The upstairs in this wing is less used than […]

Pasadena Central Library, East Wing, Upstairs

Pasadena Central Library, East Wing, Upstairs

We’ve returned to the main floor and the room north of the Reference Desk. I’ve looked at the floor plan and I think the room is part of the Reference Materials area. In my previous post we went downstairs. Now we’re going up, into another “staff only” area. The upstairs in this wing is less used than […]

Pasadena Central Library, East Wing

Pasadena Central Library, East Wing

Let’s go downstairs first, shall we? This stairway leads down from the room just north of the Reference Desk at the east end of the Main Hall at Pasadena’s Central Library. At the bottom you arrive in a public area where there are 30 or so (or more) computers available for public use. Just beyond that […]

Pasadena Central Library, West Wing

Pasadena Central Library, West Wing

When it comes to Pasadena’s Central Library, there might be no better tour guide than Dan McLaughlin, Librarian, Archivist and Pasadena historian. Lucky me, I asked him for a tour and he said yes. He even held my book, Act As If, when I took his picture. (Which I did not ask him to do but […]

Pasadena Central Library, West Wing

Pasadena Central Library, West Wing

When it comes to Pasadena’s Central Library, there might be no better tour guide than Dan McLaughlin, Librarian, Archivist and Pasadena historian. Lucky me, I asked him for a tour and he said yes. He even held my book, Act As If, when I took his picture. (Which I did not ask him to do but […]

Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes

This combination lock opens a door to a stairway that most Pasadenish have not climbed. Yet many of us have walked past this door. Where do you suppose we are? Here’s another clue. I’m giving it away! In the next few posts, we’ll take a behind-the-scenes tour of… Read the Full Story at Pasadena Daily […]

The Cravens Estate

The Cravens Estate

I did some volunteer work for the Pasadena Museum of History and they invited me to their volunteer meeting at the Cravens Estate. Nice digs. The Cravens Estate was built in 1930 for John S. and Mildred Cravens. It was a headquarters of the Red Cross for some years, but is no longer. It might […]

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