Cassini III Map On-line

November 25th, 2011

In 1744, César-François Cassini de Thury (also known as Cassini III), began the construction of a great topographical map of France, one of the landmarks in the history of cartography. The map that eventually took 70 years to complete has been digitized and is available for viewing on at least two sites that I have found – the first site being the better of the two: David Rumsey Historical Map Collection and Des Villages de Cassini. I was able to find the sections of the map that shows the region of eastern France where my Franc-Comtois ancestors lived. The first image below is centered on the town of Montecheroux from where my ggg-grandfather,  Jean Baptiste Francois Xavier Jeanin-Gaume, emigrated in the 1830’s.

The second image shows the larger area that my Franc-Comtois ancestors hailed from. Click the image to view the detail. In the lower left is Montecheroux which was then in the principality of Montebeliard and is now in France. In the upper right is Chevenez and Porrentruy which was then in the Bishopric of Basel and is now in Switzerland.

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Al Jolson–Is True What They About Dixie–1946 (VIDEO)

October 6th, 2011

There two clips here: one of Al Jolson doing a demo for his 1946 bio-pic "The Al Jolson Story" and the second is Larry Parks who played Al Jolson in the movie doing the same song. Parks received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, and the film became one of the highest-grossing films of 1946.


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PP&M – If I Had a Hammer – 1962

September 23rd, 2011

If I had a hammer, I’d crack some folks over the head, but yeah, I know, we need our eyes on the prize. Whatever!

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The Hollies – The Air That I Breathe – 1974

September 23rd, 2011

Yet another hit by the Hollies. Perhaps their greatest. A love song – I know because I lived it and it was great!

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