Blast From the Past — 1903

This report not only states the obvious but begs the question, “Did they use cheap slide rules in the design and construction of this bridge?”

Source: Santa Cruz Evening News Newspaper, January 27, 1903 via California Digital Newspaper Collection, Center for Bibliographic Studies and Research, University of California, Riverside

  12 comments for “Blast From the Past — 1903

  1. February 18, 2019 at 9:03 PM

    Regards the ‘cheap slide rule’ perhaps they we’re switching from English to metric and back 😉 . (There was a road repair not so long ago that got caught that way: )


    • February 20, 2019 at 10:24 AM

      Yikes!!! Thanks for the link, I hope that everything is ok by now for all concerned.


  2. February 15, 2019 at 1:30 PM

    They managed to get to the moon, and back, using slide rules!


    • February 15, 2019 at 5:43 PM

      And they float! Thanks for joining the conversation, Peter.

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      • February 18, 2019 at 8:47 PM

        Well, the wood ones do. I had (er, have) a metal one (OK, I’m dated.). It sinks for sure. But it never needs batteries or charging 🙂 .

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      • February 20, 2019 at 10:22 AM

        One of my college roommates had a Breitling watch that had a circular slide rule around the edge of the watch face. It came in handy for him on more than one exam.

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  3. February 15, 2019 at 11:41 AM

    Sliderules now there’s a blast from the past… a wonderful piece of technology. We had to shell out for a fancy calculator for my daughter’s high school algebra. Now those are probably passé!

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    • February 15, 2019 at 5:42 PM

      I remember the first Texas Instruments calculator I ever saw. It was about 1970 and cost the guy $180.00. It didn’t even do Square Roots. 15 years later I got a solar-powered one at Long’s drugs for $6.00. It was the size of a credit card, did Square Roots, and had a memory option. Amazing changes in our lifetimes.


      • February 15, 2019 at 5:55 PM

        Fond memories. My Very smart son-in-law took his TI calculators apart and repaired a bug in it for his science project. The teacher wouldn’t except it because it wasn’t science.! In the 5th grade…we’re proud of him needless to say.

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      • February 15, 2019 at 6:08 PM

        Good grief, what a missed opportunity for the teacher.


      • February 15, 2019 at 6:14 PM

        Fortunately it didn’t squelch his interest. He is one of those well paid SF techies you hear about now a Days. 🎉

        Liked by 1 person

      • February 16, 2019 at 2:14 PM



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