Monthly Archives: May 2017

The Sensational Saga of Talbot H. Green — Part 2

No extant portrait of Talbot H. Green exists. In a day when forty-niners right and left were having their likenesses made, he avoided the camera. He is absent from a group photograph of Thomas O. Larkin and his business associates. … Continue reading

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The Sensational Saga of Talbot H. Green

San Francisco in 1851 was a booming, bustling place. Fortunes were made and lost daily. Men who had come to California with hardly a penny in their pockets rose to prominence, while others who had struck it rich in the … Continue reading

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Sunday Morning in the Mines

This being a Sunday morning, I’d like to share one of my favorite paintings with you: Sunday Morning in the Mines, by Charles Christian Nahl. It was painted in 1872, but harks back to the “Days of ’49.” The painting … Continue reading

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A Piece of California History

Who doesn’t like to see and hold in their hands a genuine piece of California history? Today I was lucky enough to see and admire the gold-headed walking stick that belonged to Joseph B. Chiles, one of the earliest American … Continue reading

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Eureka!

No, I haven’t struck gold. But I found something I’ve been looking for — an old episode of Death Valley Days. A year ago or so I found out that John Bidwell featured in the episode The Lady With the … Continue reading

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