An Almanac entry for Magicians Day

July 16, 2009
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This summer marks the 70th anniversary of the California WPA guide, the only Book-of-the-Month selection among the guidebooks. We also pause to note the 1939 San Francisco almanac (subtitled “An Almanac for Thirty-niners”) and its observance of Magicians Day on July 16. Sounds like something Kenneth Rexroth, while editing in the WPA San Francisco office, would have appreciated. The following day’s entry marks the anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone, in 1853, of the city’s first cathedral, Old St. Mary’s, on Grant Ave. and California Street. Check out California’s Living New Deal Project for landmarks in 1930s California today.

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