Friday, January 1, 2016

News of the Week January 1, 1916 --January 1, 2016

The 01-January-1916 Motography featured "News of the Week as Shown in Films," with items from current newsreels.  Unfortunately, someone tore an item out of the page behind.

The caption is missing from the left-hand photo, but I see a heavy-duty railroad flatcar with the barrel of a large artillery piece, either on its way to a ship or a coastal defence fortification.

"C., M. & St. Paul installs electric engine at Butte, Mont.  Copyright, 1915, Hearst-Selig News Pictorial."  The Milwaukee Road (Chicago, Milwaukee, St Paul and Pacific Railroad) opened its Pacific Coast extension in 1909, but found it difficult to operate because of steep grades and bad weather in the mountain passes.  They electrified part of the line in Montanna and Idaho in 1914 and 1915. 

The left-hand picture is missing completely.

"First Trial of the United States amphibious automobile.  Copyright, 1915, Mutual Weekly."  Delia The Motor Duck was designed and built by Michael de Cosmo in San Francisco.

"Water falls make motive power at Great Falls, Mont.  Copyright, 1915, Hearst-Selig News Pictorial."  Hydroelectric plants supplied the power for the Milwaukee Road's Pacific Extension.

"Crow Reservation Indian chiefs visit the capitol.  Copyright 1915 by Pathe News."  I assume they are from the Crow Indian Reservation in Montana.

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