Powell Crosley, Jr., Part One - June 25, 2014

Before you put any effort into finding an old Powell Crosley, Jr. record album, stop!  You won't find one. Crosley never released his own record, although he did have a serious impact on music and, indirectly, the fate of automatic music.  He was an amazing man, and it is a shame he is hardly remembered at all today.

Powell was a native of Cincinnati, Ohio born in 1886.  He teamed up with his brother Lewis to start many businesses over his long and distinguished life.  It would seem, though, that whatever he did, he could never shake his love of cars.  At twenty-one years old, Crosley produced his first car, called the Marathon Six.  It failed, as did a few other efforts, before he turned to automobile accessories.  One of his big sellers was an apparatus people could attach to their car radiator caps that would prominently display small American flags - to show off their patriotism during World War I.  By 1919, the Crosley brothers had sold thousands of parts, and could afford to diversify.  Stay tuned tomorrow for more from the Crosley brothers!

QUESTION:  The flag holder was one of Crosley's biggest sellers prior to the 1920's.  What was another?

a)  A tire re-liner

b)  A manual windshield wiper

c)  Quick-remove brake pads

d)  Seat belts

Answer below

HISTORY TODAY:

All you loyal American Treasure Tour blog readers will recall our efforts to acknowledge the anniversaries of each state's ratification of the U.S. Constitution, back when we were just starting out as a country.  Well, we have another one today, and this one was crucial.  Without the approval of Virginia, it is unlikely any other state would bother signing on with the new government.  Virginia was physically the largest state (remember, until 1863, West Virginia was still part of 'regular' Virginia), and one of the most heavily populated.  The Constitution was ratified on June 25th, 1788.

Today is the anniversary of another event, one that was so significant historically that a national battlefield was dedicated to it.  In 1876, General George Armstrong Custer and members of his 7th Cavalry were soundly defeated by an army of Lakota Sioux, Cheyenne, and other Native Americans.  Custer, his brother, and over two hundred other soldiers died in the conflict.  It was a bad day.

BIRTHDAYS:

We celebrate the 89th birthday today of the actor June Lockhart, best recognized for playing tv moms in two popular shows from the 1950's and 60's.  From 1958 to 1964, she starred as Ruth Martin in Lassie, followed the next year by playing Dr. Maureen Robinson in the cult favorite Lost in Space.  Along with a distinguished career in television, Lockhart has been in over twenty films.

Moving away from Hollywood for our next birthday, we acknowledge the 60th birthday of one of the newest Supreme Court judges - Sonia Sotomayor, the third woman and first Hispanic to ever hold a position in the mightiest court of the land.  Sotomayor received her first federal position in 1991, when President George H.W. Bush appointed her to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, but it was not until the retirement of Justice Souter in 2009 that President Obama gained her the seat in Washington, D.C.

QUOTE:  I do know one thing about me:  I don't measure myself by others' expectations or let others define my worth. - Sonia Sotomayor

Answer:  a)  A tire re-liner, which helped prolong the life of tires.