Friday, February 24, 2017

Journal of Antiquity

An advertisement was placed in the Knoxville Daily Chronicle in late November of 1871.  A new journal would soon be published.  Almost an almanac.  Plenty of room to make notes.

Knoxville Daily Chronicle - November 18, 1871

It rolled off the presses in early January.

Knoxville Daily Chronicle - January 4, 1872

Dr. C.W. Crozier was Carrick White Crozier, son of Captain John and Hannah Barton Crozier.  His brother, John H. Crozier, was a US Representative in the late 1840s.  Here's a photo of the Crozier brothers and friends.

Knoxville Daily Chronicle - January 3, 1872

Two months later the second issue was printed.

Knoxville Daily Chronicle - March 9, 1872

Apparently their friends and patrons didn't aid in extending the circulation of this journal.  I cannot find any more information about the Journal of Antiquity, save for the fact that there is one copy in the Rare Book Room at the McClung Collection.  My guess is that the one copy could be both numbers bound together.

From Calvin M. McClung's catalog, there are only two issues in his collection.

Calvin Morgan McClung historical collection of books, pamphlets, manuscripts, pictures and maps relating to early western travel and the history and genealogy of Tennessee and other southern states, 1921

I need to make a visit.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Colorizing Gay Street

I came across a photo imaging tool today that colorizes black and white photos., part of Algorithmia, makes it easy to add color to photos.  I went to the Library of Congress website and found an image of Gay Street, looking north from Wall Street.  I assume the photo was taken around 1905 or so.

The first image is right from the LoC.  The second shows a partially colorized version.  The third shows the final product.

Is it perfect?  No.  Is it fun?  Yes.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

B.B. Smith and The Flashlight Herald

I was speaking with Louisa Trott, who is the Digital Projects Librarian at the University of Tennessee. For sometime she has been the Project Coordinator of the Tennessee Newspaper Digitization Project.

On that site is a list of African-American Tennessee newspapers.  A title from that list that has intrigued me is The Flashlight-Herald.  In the spreadsheet that the TNDP maintains there is no publisher/editor listed.

Using the resources of the Knox County Public Library and their Papers to Pixels Project I was able to find out more about The Flashlight-Herald.

From The Knoxville News-Sentinel I've collected just a few of the many instances where The Flashlight-Herald is mentioned.

It starts in early 1931.  B. B. (Bernis Branner) Smith published a paper in Kentucky and was coming to Knoxville.

Smith was in and out of legal trouble during his career.  Sometimes he lost.

Sometimes he won.

This is the only photo of Smith that I could find.  He's on the far right.

Trouble followed him and he was shot in the hip.

Smith died in 1958 and is buried at Longview Cemetery in Knoxville.

There's much more to the story of the Smith and The Flashlight-Herald to be told.  Maybe another day.

Monday, June 6, 2016


72 years ago today (June 6, 1944), the Allies landed on the northern coast of France.  Here's what the folks of Knoxville saw in their local paper.

The Knoxville News-Sentinel - June 6, 1944

The next day there was more news.

The Knoxville News-Sentinel - June 7, 1944

Images from the Paper to Pixels project of the Knox County Public Library.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Armistice Day Parade - 1940

75 years ago there was a parade on Gay Street, celebrating the 22nd year of peace. Back then they called it the Great War, or the World War. No numbers after it. They were celebrating Armistice Day. Today we celebrate Veterans Day.

It was a rainy day in 1940 but people came to participate and to watch.

Knoxville News Sentinel - November 11, 1940

The newspaper images are grainy and blurred.  I made this composite of the women pictured above from UT's annual.

1941 Volunteer
from University of Tennessee Library

It was a day to honor those service members then, as it is today.

Thank you, veterans.  Thank you.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

A bit more about The Thin Man

Jack Neely wrote up another fine piece called The Thin Man for the Knoxville Mercury paper.  In it he tells the story of a Nazi spy who was captured at the YMCA in Knoxville.

Before Jack gets to the subject of his story, he wonderfully paints a picture of Knoxville as it was in July of 1944.  He mentions Carl Doyle who played for the Frolics baseball team. Carl played in the majors for portions of four seasons where he went 6-15, with a robust 6.96 ERA.  He finished out his professional playing days in Knoxville in 1943 where he went 0-3 and had an ERA of 11.12 that season.

Jack also mentions some movies playing around town.  Young & Willing at the Roxy.  Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble at the Tennessee.  The Bridge of San Luis Rey at the Riviera.  The Bridge was a remake of a 1929 film and was remade in 2004The Impostor, being shown at the Bijou, was also released as Bayonet Charge and Strange Confession.

Now on to the meat of the story.  The Augusta Chronicle and The Macon Telegraph carried the same UP wire story about the arrest of Walter Othmer.

The Macon Telegraph - July 21, 1944

As Jack states in his article, Walter was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison.  I found a mention of he and his family in the Richmond Time-Dispatch around Christmas of 1955.  His son, Siegfried, who was just spending his fourth Christmas in America, would have come to the States in about 1951.

Walter's obituary just four years later shed a bit more light on his life.  At the time of his death he was an engineer for Stone and Webster Engineering Corp.  His wife's name was Rosemarie.  He had two sons. Siegfried and Hans; four brothers and a sister.

Richmond Times-Dispatch - August 6, 1959

Richmond Times-Dispatch - August 7, 1959
Walter is interred at Forest Lawn Cemetery near Rosemarie, who passed away in January of 1987.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Happenings at Chilhowee Park in 1902

While doing some research on the 1902 Knoxville City Baseball League I came across these wonderful ads in the Knoxville Journal and Tribune.  They were featured during the summer of that year.

The images were taken with a cellphone camera from a microfilm reader at the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection.