Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Rosie the Riveter Facts

For work, I've been doing research on Rosie the Riveter (in all her many guises). Some of the facts I found were staggering. They made 292,000 airplanes? Two hundred ninety two thousand airplanes? I knew World War II was big. I didn't know it was that big. I wonder how many warplanes and associated aircraft we have now? How much else would just one of those pay for?

At any rate, here are some interesting tidbits: 

Number of “Rosies” (estimated; there are no records): Over six million

Number of “Volunteer Rosies”: (Estimated; there are no records): at least 10 million

Examples of items produced by Rosies and the “few good men” who worked alongside them:
Airplanes: 297,000
Tanks: 102,000
Artillery pieces: 372,000
Warships: 88,000
Small arms ammunition: 44,000,000.000 (44 billion) rounds
Artillery ammunition: 47,000,000 tons
Examples of items produced from materials collected by volunteer Rosies:
An old shovel had enough iron for four hand grenades.
One pound of waste fat had enough glycerin for a pound of gun powder.
12,000 old razor blades had enough steel to make a bomb.
I've also seen what seem like countless images of the iconic Rosie the Riveter in red bandana, making a muscle and proclaiming "we can do it!" I prefer the image of Rosie by Norman Rockwell, which I've included here. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

New Pharaoh Titles

Hey all. I've been woefully negligent about keeping up with my blog - mainly because I've been busy. Some of what I'm busy with has now come to light.

Pharaoh Publishing USA has released the second edition of Tales From Homer by my dad, Conley McAnally. It was the first book I did with Pharaoh and over the last year or two I've figured out how to do 'em better. Tales From Homer has been with me my whole life and I wanted to give it the treatment it deserved. I've added a "Who's Who in Doodenville" and an excerpt from the sequel, Tales From the Lake, which is also out. You can order both on Amazon, here and here. I'm also busy with second editions of Conley's Jump, Alaska: Tales From the Interior and Wilson Bay: Tales From an Eskimo Village. Hopefully I'll be finished with those soon. After that, I'll tackle O'Brian's Black & Tan: Tales From an Irish Pub.

Now that I've published pretty much everything my dad has yet written, and have paid tribute to my friend Colin Lee Campbell by publishing his two great books (Tales From Cape City and Funeral Train and Other Stories), I intend to shift Pharaoh's focus from finding new authors to bringing back to print some forgotten classics in the "Tales Time Forgot" series. This will focus on little-known works of speculative fiction that have fallen into the public domain and have been largely forgotten. Even if they're not forgotten, you certainly can't find them in print anywhere. Many people are satisfied with e-books. After all, you can download almost everything ever written that is in the public domain for free or cheap. But you can't get 'em in print. And print is what I love. It's an open niche that needs to be filled.