Wednesday, April 9, 2014

1928 Weaver Family drive on the National Road

 After visiting the east coast, and Washington DC, Noah Elwood Weaver's 1928 album included snap shots of their trip back on the National Hiway, or National Pike as it was in the time which went through the Cumberland Gap to the Ohio River basin.

From wiki "The National Road (Cumberland Road) was the first major improved highway in the United States to be built by the federal government. The approximately 620-mile (1,000 km) long National Road provided a connection between the Potomac and Ohio Rivers and a gateway to the West for thousands of settlers."


The year 2011 marks the 200th Anniversary of the start of construction on the Cumberland Road / National Road, America's first federally funded interstate highway. Construction began at "a stone at the corner of lot No. 1, in Cumberland, near the confluence of Will's creek and the north branch of the Potomac river" in May, 1811 and ended in Vandalia, Ill. in 1839.

Over its venerable history, the road has gone by various names... The Cumberland Road, The National Turnpike, The National Road, The National Highway and US Route 40, to name but a few. The original Road has been "realigned" and "redirected" in some places over the years, fueled by our need for speedy automobile travel, but, for the most part, the old road lives on.

The history of the Road itself, the planning, construction and politics has been well documented over the last 200 years. The grand purpose of the Cumberland Road Project, instead, is to document the history of the people, families, businesses, towns and cities that grew alongside. What I hope will evolve is cloth woven of personal and family histories, stories of towns, cities and businesses prospering and, sometimes, fading away and observations of travelers, both past and present, of life along the road.

I invite you to share your family histories, information, photographs, references and observations. Your contributions will enhance our collective knowledge of a most important part of America's past.
~ Steve Colby, Cumberland, MD  (I am sending Steve an email to perhaps include some of these photos which need location identification support

Town Hill Mountain, with Tom leaning on the sign at the left.   Town Hill Hotel at the right.
From the site - Town Hill Mt is the second ridge west of Hancock MD.

 Camp Site, not labeled.  In the album after Town Hill.
"Imperial"  "Gulf" observation gas station.  Paul H Weaver, my father in front with the two Ohio cars on the right.  
 Tom, family son and wife with Paul Henry and Edna Eicher Weaver on top of viewing tower in Maryland.

Casselman Bridge - Note the large span...

Capt. Hoye on the Casselman Bridge
Bridges and culverts on the Cumberland Road were well built of stone. One of the most noted of the bridges was at the Little Crossings over the Casselman River, then known as "Little Youghiogheny." This 80 foot span was the largest stone arch in America when constructed in 1813. It is said that it was built larger than needed to carry the river water in order that the proposed C. & O. canal might pass under it.
A public celebration was held on the day the supporting timbers of the bridge were removed. But people who had seen the arch under construction said it would collapse when the supports were removed. So the superintendent, David Shriver, with a few laborers, on the night before the celebration, quietly removed the "key" of the supporting timbers. The bridge stood without support, as it stands today. It carried the traffic of a great highway for 120 years, until the present iron bridge was built in 1933.
Capt. Charles. E. Hoye: The Glades Star, September 30, 1947

Noah Elwood with his straw hat, Big Savage Mt Sign.

Noah Elwood and Edna Eicher Weaver stopping for a water break.  Near ____? town PA.

Tom's son, Tom, Edna E Weaver and Tom's wife, lunch break on wooden fence.
 Long wavy bridge with cars.
Long wavy bridge without cars.

Below "Tom"'s son and wife at the opening to a mine with tracks.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Venture to Washington DC Spring time 2014

 Arrived at National (Reagan) airport along the Potomac in VA around 11 AM.  David Frye my host in DC, works at the SEC Building around the corner from Union Station, where I took the Metro Red Line transferring from the Yellow that I hopped on at the airport.   Here is a view from the cafe where we had lunch in the Station.  Doing repairs after an earthquake a couple of years ago

Went to the nearest Smithsonian Museum the National Postage Museum at the old main PO just across the street from Union Station.   I always loved the hobby of stamp collecting and shared by many over the world.  I was struck by who has been stamp collector.  3rd photo is John Lennon with his dad.....all these photos on my iphone that is new....My other camera holds many, and I forgot to bring the cord attachment. 
John Lennon, another stamp collector, with his dad.

The word Exchange, to me, implies a balance, a back and forth.  How mail is the past, letters were shared over time.  My collection of stamps as a kid allowed me to exchange stamps of the US and United Nations with other kids in the 1960's.   I had friends in New Zealand, Australia, Southern Rhodesia, Czechoslovakia, Tanganyika, during my teenage years...

 Being a long term philatelist since childhood, many of you may know I collected stamps from Taiwan, the only "China" we could recognize in the 1960's.  I have many stamps from Taiwan and more recently from PRC..
 Here is the card introducing the Exhibit at the National Postage Museum
 Here is the colorful inviting poster of our two nations, China and US Mail History...

From the exhibit......

For me, The Republic of China (on Taiwan since 1949, and mainland China, Peoples Republic of China,  was "red China".  In 1971 the connection of our two countries, mainland, the People's Republic of China began to thaw with the Ping Pong players from the US were game to go there...

 I remember in 1971, when I went to the Soviet Union when relations started thawing.  Here in the April 26, 1971 cover of Time Magazine.. see
Ping-pong diplomacy (Chinese: {{{3}}} Pīngpāng wàijiāo) refers to the exchange of table tennis (ping-pong) players between the United States and People's Republic of China (PRC) in the early 1970s. The event marked a thaw in U.S.–China relations that paved the way to a visit to Beijing by President Richard Nixon.
 Covers of TV Guide with Nixon and Zhou Enlai....and Chairman Mao shacking hands..

The history of Chinese immigration to the US of A - Mail as a life line between people and families.

 From my collection...1939 envelope
Dr Sun with Lincoln First Day Cover 1959 (Got this when I was 12)  my collection
 1960, World Boy Scout Jamboree First Day Cover. my collection
"Thunder Tiger" Aerobatic Team first day cover from Taiwan, Tainan cancellation...Feb collection

 I sat on the grass at the National Mall and took a few photos of the  same Smithsonian Buildings that my dad and grandparents visited in 1928.  Closed for a remodel.  I did visit the Air and Space Museum next door crowded with curious young people, and then walked into the Castle where I got some maps and a bottle of hard cider as the temp was such that liquid refreshment was important!

The Arts and Industry Building in 2014.  Looking from a similar view that was in 1928.
The Castle, the original building donated by Smithson.  I was led to go inside from the garden in the back....

I noticed the four young men walking this way, and I was led to go in here, and have a nice cool the visitors center.. 
From the Castle I walked to the other side of the Mall..A highlight for me, was the visit to the National History Museum where I made a bee line to the basement to take in Julia Child's Kitchen.  They have a loop of many of her TV show with other cooks that are just hilarious. Such a great teacher!   I hoot.  I sat there for nearly an hour and just took in the comments of the variety of people from all over the world! 

 I view of the kitchen as it was in Cambridge MA

On my wall back up the Mall to go to Union Station to meet David, I stopped at this pool and really liked this shot! Warm spring day. 

David and Paige had lived in Takoma Park on the DC side and took me too a small Korean American Cafe in downtown Takoma in MD.   A fish like box of food with a local MD porter beer.  Very sweet to have the local fare.... 

Here is a cherry tree beginning blossoming in front of Union Station as I neared David's office at the SEC Building. 

History of Union Station.  In front of Thurgood Marshall Building and then the SEC Building in the back where David, my host works.  
My friend Paree I know from MKP International, who promised me a special view of Washington DC.  Here he is with his great smile as we walk over the bridge on the MD side of the Potomac at the Great Falls...Thanks Paree.

 Paree's photo of me on one of the bridge at the Great Falls of the Potomac.   Olmstead Island....
 View of the Great Falls of the Potomac as led by Paree...who has lived in DC for 21 years...

DC license plate....the 3 stars and 2 stripes are part of the Washington Family Crest.
Now I can visit the Library of Congress.  Thanks to Paige for her suggestion that is might draw me back in the next two years..

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

1960's American First Day Covers - Education on an Envelope!

During the 1950's and 60's I was raised in a household where collecting stamps was something my parents did, through having international friends who did exchange, as well as the free First Day Covers my MD father got through Ayerst Labs, a pharmaceutical company. In any case, I learned a lot about the culture of the US of A, through what the US Postal Service issued.
And lessons in history, Patrick Henry from Virginia, "Give me Liberty or give me death"

Here in 1962, my grandmother Inez Chase Glessner, hand addressed this cover to me for the 1962 -50 Year anniversary of Arizona Statehood.  Many winters my grandparents stayed in and around Phoenix...
This first day cover, I remember being a surprise issue.   With the orbital flight of the first American, John Glenn in 1962.
John Muir is a well known natural history advocate who lived in California and advocated for protection of natural sites.

1965 commemoration of the Magna Carta singed in Britain.   750th Anniversary to look at the written history of human rights...

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Washington DC The Nations Capitol - Camping Visit by the Weaver Family & Friends from Ohio 1928

Here in 1928 are the commemorative stamps for the International Civil Aeronautics Conference in Washington DC in December of 1928.   Looking at the stamps of this time..
Commemorative of " the 25th anniversary of the first sustained and controlled human flight in a self-propelled heavier-than-air craft by the Wright brothers"
2-Cent stamp showing the Wright Flyer I airplane, in left profile, used by the Wright brothers in their first successful flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C., on 17 December 1903
5-Cent stamp showing a Ryan B‑5 Brougham airplane with an outline of the globe in the background

 Here in 1928 are the two cars from Ohio camping somewhere near Natural Bridge Virginia on their way to camp by Washington DC.  Note the watermelon on the table. Friends of the Weavers (father's name is Tom, no labels found in travel album of surname)  are on the left, and standing on the right are Paul Henry Weaver (this authors father) and Edna Helena Eicher Weaver (my paternal grandmother)..
View of the front of Mt Vernon 1928 visited by the Weavers and friends...
 Noah Elwood and wife Edna Weaver, friends son and wife, with Paul Henry Weaver in the garden of Mt Vernon, George Washington's home south of Washington DC in Virginia.
Camping area with both Ohio cars and two tents in 1928 with the Washington Memorial in the background.  
1928 Weaver car in front of the Smithsonian on the National Mall..
Shot of the "Castle" building of the Smithsonian in 1928. 

 Construction of a large building.  Not sure as is not labeled in NEW's album.  Might be part of the National Cathedral in 1928?
 1928 view of the Capitol Building with the vintage cars lined up in front.

 Ohio Group blurry snap shot with Noah Elwood Weaver, family mom, dad and son, with Edna Eicher Weaver likely taken by 18 yr old Paul Henry Weaver, my dad.  On the steps of one of the national buildings....

Lincoln Memorial

Both Ohio cars in front of the Lincoln Memorial in 1928. The monument was dedicated in 1922. 

 Edna E Weaver, with family, Tom ___with wife and son, at the Lincoln Memorial. 

Ohio families visiting the White House portico....
Note the carriages in front of the capital building, clearly from the 19th Century before a lot of automobiles! 

Curious to know if they used the large format bills in 1928.  Here is a Two Dollar note from the series of 1917, with Jefferson on the front and a green back design of the numbers with no building image. 

This is the small bill size from the 1928 series, familiar to those living in the 1920th Century. Jefferson on the front and Monticello on the green back.