Mike Lord

Mike Lord

4th generation Santa Fe Gringo.

Saturday, 12 January 2013 19:04

Santa Fe Skiing - Late 1940s

This is a photo of my Dad, Dee Lord Jr., taken in the late 1940s.  Before there were powered lifts, skiers climbed up the mountain and skied down.  There are some interesting equipment details here.  Near the back of his skis are attachment points for climbing skins, which is how you went up.  His poles, which were made of bamboo, are wrapped with black tape to keep them from splintering.  And, of course, the ankle-breaking bear-trap bindings with a heel that could be free for climbing and locked down for downhill.  Kathy and I started backcountry skiing 30 years ago and our equipment is very much like this - only made out of much better materials.

--Mike Lord

Wednesday, 12 December 2012 02:28

100 Years of Winter on the Plaza

Here are two photos of El Palacio.  The first was taken by Jesse Nusbaum during the winter of 1912.  The second was taken on December 10, 2012 by a photographer whose name I unfortunately do not know.  Other than the color and the facade of the Palace, not much has changed.  Happy 100th, Nuevo Mexico!

--Mike Lord

http://vimeo.com/22439936

Saturday, 03 November 2012 15:33

Cerrillos Road - 1964

Cerrillos Road in 1964.  Photo taken just south of where St. Francis Drive crosses Cerrillos.

MNM negative no. 29830

This event was held in the Palace of the Governors.

Friday, 12 October 2012 21:16

La Bandera de La Casa Gutierrez-Hubble

This is the newsletter published by the Hubble House Alliance, which is dedicated to the preservation of the Gutierrez-Hubble House and Open Space on Isleta Boulevard in Albuquerque's South Valley.  It contains photos, stories and a wonderful Corrido, "Un Corrido de Un Paisano Borreguero", composed by Thomas Lucero Sr. in 1955.  Open or download the attached pdf file to see it all.

Friday, 05 October 2012 16:41

New Mexico's Money

This is a Spanish 2 Reales COB coin minted in Lima, Peru in 1727.  The designation "COB" is from the Spanish cabo de barra, or the end of the bar.  To produce them, a shallow trench was dug into sand and molten silver poured into it.  When cool, a piece was cut from the end, crudely clipped until the weight was correct and then struck with the dies, which accounts for the irregular shape.  These coins were used throughout the Spanish colonies.

I acquired the coin from my friend Rod Frechette, who is the president of the Albuquerque Coin Club.  In honor of New Mexico's Centennial, Rod has created a display of many of the Spanish Colonial coin types that may have been brought to New Mexico up through the early 1800’s Latin American Revolutions.  The attached PowerPoint presentation is the first part of his work and gives a brief history of the Spanish era.  Give it some time to download and click to advance to the next slide.

You can find out more about the Albuquerque Coin Club at http://www.abqcc.org

--Mike Lord

Thursday, 04 October 2012 01:09

United States 47 Star Flag - January 6, 1912

New Mexico became the 47th state on January 6, 1912. At that time an American flag was produced with 47 stars. On February 14, 1912, Arizona became the 48th state and the 47 star flag became obsolete. Very few 47 star flags have survived and here's a picture of one. Viva Nuevo Mexico!

Kristi Davis posted this letter recently on Facebook.  Her grandfather was Evon Vogt, who settled  in El Morro in the early 20th century.  This is a remarkable document, as it illustrates the Navajo sense of humor during a time of turmoil.  Howard Gorman was artist R. C. Gorman's uncle.  Muchisimas gracias, Kristi.

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