Giant Seaplane blazes a trail to Manila and the Orient November 22 2014, 0 Comments
79 years ago today, history was in the making as Pan American’s China Clipper set off from Alameda Airport on its inaugural transpacific airmail service flight to the Philippine Islands.
On November 22, 1935, 20,000 spectators including hundreds of schoolchildren cheered as the 25-ton Clipper taxied from its anchorage and lifted off gracefully from the water. Loaded with almost two tons of first class and official mail, the majestic China Clipper dipped under the San Francisco Bay Bridge cables and thundered westward on it’s 7,982 mile voyage to the Phillipines. Piloted by Pan American’s No. 1 pilot, Edward Musik, the trailblazing trip went from Alameda to Honolulu to Midway and Wake Islands, on to Guam then Manila. Flying at top speeds of 179 miles per hour, the silver winged sky queen was the biggest airship built at the time. Cutting the distance between the West Coast and the Orient from three weeks to three days, the China Clipper blazed a trail in international relations and charted a new course in aviation history.
Our new China Clipper tee pays tribute to this magnificent sky queen and celebrates the 79th anniversary of its inaugural flight departing from our very own Alameda Airport.
Happy Birthday Neptune Beach! March 31 2014, 0 Comments
On this day, 97 years ago, Neptune Beach opened it's gates to the public.
Coined the “Coney Island of the West Coast", you could enter Neptune Beach Park for a mere 10¢ and take a dip in the largest open air swimming tank in the world, sample the first “sno-cones” and dare a roller coaster ride on the Whoopee! Patrons attended gypsy balls, séances, boxing matches, swimming competitions, and watched hair raising aerial stunts of dare-devils on high wires. The 87 acre resort included a long sandy beach that was home to bathers, jolly picnickers and merry makers.
How fun would it be to spend a day at Neptune Beach?!
Remarkable Alameda Women in History March 10 2014, 1 Comment
In honour of Women's History Month, we’re tipping our hats to some remarkable Alameda women in history.
“Alameda Softball Queens bring home World Title Trophy”
That was the headline in 1939 when the J.J. Krieg women’s softball teamwon back-to-back national softball championships. “One of the best feminine outfits ever to be assembled in California,” the Alameda team won more than 100 games in a row (some against men’s teams). They were the first women’s softball team west of the Mississippi to win the title, and performed in front of a crowd of over 35,000 fans in the 1938 championship game at Soldier Field. Team members included Alameda High alums Tillie Souza and Aloha Knoblich, pitcher Wilda “Willie” Mae Turner, one of the best hurlers of all time, and Olympic javelin thrower Gloria Russell Hillenbrand.
When you see the Alameda Girls Softball League on the diamond today, know that they are carrying on a tradition of champions!
We tip our caps to these great athletes.
Did you know Alameda had it’s own mermaid?
In 1912, nineteen year-old Alamedan, Nell Schmidt set a record for speed and endurance by swimming across San Francisco Bay
in 3 hours and 6 minutes. Later that same year, she swam around all 4 of the Seal Rocks near the Cliffhouse, a feat never before performed by man or woman. Nicknamed, The Alameda Mermaid, she competed in Swimming events at Neptune Beach and forever changed women’s swimsuit fashion by swimming in men’s abbreviated, one-piece silk suits. In 2011 the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame recognized Nell as one of the early pioneers of open water swimming.
Flags Fly Forever November 20 2013, 0 Comments
We've been getting some great suggestions for tee designs and one of the most enthusiastic requests has been for us to do an Alameda Flag tee. We wholeheartedly agreed... Alameda has one pretty cool flag.
We did a little digging and found some fun Alameda flag facts:
- In early 1984, a local flag collector suggested to the mayor of Alameda that the city have its own flag.
- The city then launched a flag design contest open to all regardless of age or residency.
- By March 31st, 226 entries had been submitted to the city clerk.
- A panel of 5 judges narrowed the initial 226 designs down to 50 finalists.
- The winning design by Alamedan Donald Ingraham was announced on April 15.
- The very first Alameda flag, sewn by Alamedan Joanne Litherland, was raised on the City Hall flag pole on Flag Day, June 14, 1984.
A little Alameda historical tidbit from us to you…
Behind the Scenes September 16 2013, 0 Comments
We've been spending a lot (like really A LOT) of time at the screen printers lately. A big shout out to TNT's Screen Printing in Emeryville. Simply put...they are awesome. Here are a few hot off the press (literally hot off the press!) behind the scenes looks.