Constitution Day: 1787, 1937 and 2017.

In honor of our Constitution's 230th anniversary, a couple of political cartoons celebrating the 150th anniversary in 1937. They're 80 years old and yet remain a timeless affirmation of American values. They speak to why our system of government and our rights and freedoms are so valuable. These things are something many today either take … Continue reading Constitution Day: 1787, 1937 and 2017.


Disney parodies part II: Little Hiawatha.

Continuing on the theme from my previous post, here are more contemporary Disney parodies. In 1937 Disney released Little Hiawatha, loosely based upon the poem Song of Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. It seems to have been a pretty successful film; although Disney never made any further cartoons with the character, he did show up in Disney … Continue reading Disney parodies part II: Little Hiawatha.

Pigs in a Parody.

In the spring of 1933, Walt Disney released what unexpectedly became one of his studio's biggest hits, Three Little Pigs. The short cartoon, and the original song it contained, Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?, became smash hits. The story of these pigs literally keeping the wolf away from their door and their defiant song connected with … Continue reading Pigs in a Parody.

The Rise and Fall of the Marble Bank Building.

This is the story of a long-lost building, the Marble Bank Building (1893), in Spokane, Washington. Its history is well-documented here, it was a building of small size but amazing opulence. The bank that constructed it failed mere weeks before it was to move into the building, the Old National Bank ultimately bought the building … Continue reading The Rise and Fall of the Marble Bank Building.

Downtown Spokane, Then and Now.

It's always fascinating to look at old photographs of cities, and a nice recent development has been Google Street View which has made it easy to see what these locations look like today. I recently found a bunch of nice pictures of downtown Spokane in the 1950s and found what they look like in modern … Continue reading Downtown Spokane, Then and Now.