The Masked Banker

Why is this man wearing a mask? Is he a gangster? Has he put on a disguise for Halloween? No, he's actually protecting himself from a highly contagious disease.

The year is 1918. The worst of the First World War is over and peace is just around the corner. Hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world . . . → Read More: The Masked Banker

The Women’s Land Army

I've known for some time about the Women's Land Army. But not until last week did I finally meet it face-to-face while shuffling through some records that the University of California's Agricultural Extension Service has given to the Museum.

Here's some background. The setting is World War I. England and its allies are locked in a struggle . . . → Read More: The Women’s Land Army

Racing Cars in Stockton

I like old photographs. I like them especially when I know something about them—for example, the names of the subjects and the context. When I don't, I'm tempted to make up imaginary stories that may or may not be grounded in reality.

Leon Clancy Collect., S.J. Co. Hist. Museum

Several months ago, I came across the photograph . . . → Read More: Racing Cars in Stockton

The Good Old Days Revisited

The past always holds surprises. Several weeks ago, Stockton historian Alice van Ommeren started an online discussion among local archivists about "wanted postcards," postcards that law enforcement officials from an earlier age circulated by mail hoping to catch criminals. That exchange reminded me of a scrapbook I found in the Museum’s collection some time ago.

Wanted . . . → Read More: The Good Old Days Revisited