Photos from the Vault
Posted by David Middlecamp on April 23, 2014
April 18, 1944
The post-war Iron Curtain of Communism might have had a different shape if D-Day had been on the beaches of Yugoslavia rather than France. As the calendar pages turned toward an anticipated spring invasion, many ideas were floated, perhaps encouraged by Allied command in an attempt to force Hitler to distribute forces widely. The April 18, 1944 Telegram-Tribune featured a map from the NEA suggesting a vice-like plan of attack that would quickly trap the Nazi forces in eastern Europe. Early in the war Britain stood alone against Nazi power. At that time Stalin believed his border was protected with a paper agreement with Hitler. Staling was soon betrayed by Hitler. By 1944 Stalin was fearful that Britain and America would leave the Soviets alone to fight on the battlefield. Now that the Soviets were taking territory Churchill was interested in checking Russian ambitions after the war. The Balkan invasion plan ignores the logistical problem of getting the needed material from stockpiles in Britain. In addition President Roosevelt did not share Churchill's level of distrust with the Soviet Union.
A playground was planned for City Park in San Luis Obispo. Now known as Mitchell Park, playground installation had been stalled because of wartime manpower shortage. Exchange and Lions Club members were buying, painting and installing benches, swings and slides. The city would provide concrete work and oil and sand for the play area as soon as oil could be obtained.
Posted by David Middlecamp on April 18, 2014
Curfew, post office woes and the old courthouse rooster were stories from 70 years ago.
Posted by David Middlecamp on April 7, 2014
The first county woman to deliver mail started her rounds 70 years ago in San Luis Obispo.
Posted by David Middlecamp on April 3, 2014
As Paso Robles celebrates 125 years as a city it is a good time to republish this Oct. 1, 1987, article by Telegram-Tribune reporter Phil Dirkx.
Posted by David Middlecamp on April 1, 2014
Upon further review, a curfew might not be needed. Telegram-Tribune stories from 70 years ago.
Posted by David Middlecamp on March 26, 2014
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. A small out-of-the-way community, one of the longest university names in the U.S. Pronunciation mistakes were made.