Volume VI, Number 7. San Pedro, California 21 May, 1938.
Blue Bonnet Articles
" EDITOR'S note:
We take pleasure in quoting
the below article from the
" Blue Bonnet", ship's paper
of the heavy cruiser, U. S. S.
Houston, recently returned in
company with the U. S. Fle~"
from the Hawaiian Islards.
Our fond memories of he
Magic Isles are identical ' lith
those expressed in >-, ar-ticle.
But our remembra ~.. • al- ~ .~
ways been so variNl ... ,' sr! · anting .....
that we dared n to 1\-. lm in-to
words, lest llhould fail to do
them justice and mar their beauty."
Once again the BLUE
BONNET is mentioned in other Navy
publications. In the last issue of
" NAUTICAL NOVELTIES" which is
published by the Navy Recruiting Station,
Salt Lake City, Utah, ( Lieutenant
J. L. Graham, U. S. N. - Editor)
" Fond Memories of Hawaii" was reo
printed. This article was written by
the BLUE BONNET'S editor and appeared
in the issue of the BLUE
BONNET just after the Houston left
Over 300 copies of the
BLUE BONNET are mailed each week
to: Recruiting Stations throughout the
United States, other ships and stations
of the Navy, Army and Navy
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Other Navy publications
and ship's papers have used the Blue
Bonnet articles from time to time.
We feel proud of our ship's paper and
desire that it be used to benefit any
part of the Navy.
Paper And Printing
PROBABLY you have
read many, many ship's papers, but
have you ever IItopped to consider
what is behind this little sheet you are
holding? Had you lived many years
ago this sheet would have been a thin
pellicle of papyrus - the plant from
which paper takes its name - and it
would have been in a roll, like the
ones used on a player piano. Part of
this sheet you hold was once a tree you
may have climbed this sheet once.
And the larger part of the remainder
you may have worn at one time because
it is made from old rags. This
tree and those old rags were teasled
out, boiled under pressure in a bisulphite
of lime solution, bleached,
rinsed a dozen times or so, run out on
a web, pressed and surfaced in a calendaring
machine, then sold to the
United States Navy.
The printing of · . the letters
of this sheet was a far more
difficult problem and printing, as wa
know it, first made its infant- like debut
about the time Columbus came over.
For many decades each little let. ter
was picked up, placed in its place,
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This will be the last time
many of the officers aboard this vessel will ever be
together as quite a few officer personnel are being detached
to other details of the Nzvy.
T HE HoustoR wardroom
officers are gIVIng a costume- hard- times party next
Thursday night which promises to be both novel and
entertaining. Humorous invitations have been sent out
so that those who are coming can be all set to enter
in the fun and spirit of the occasion.
Sweep the cobwebs off
your old bus, crank it up, and head
it towards Los Angeles. On the outskirts
of L. A. swing left until you
run across Vermont Avenue. Turn
right on Vermont and continue on
this avenue to its very end. You will
find yourself in Griffith Park - and
by looking up, on top of the extreme
left hill, perched like an eagle's nest
jutting towards the sky, you'll see a
building with three copper domes.
This is the planetarium.
Follow the winding road
up into the hills until your bus grinds
to a stop in front of a beautiful lawn,
flowers, and landscaped entrance to the
planetarium. From the inspiring height
at this point one can see the city of
Los Angeles, spread out far below like
a vast sea - a maze and hodge podge
of buildings, houses, streets, and
tracks. On one of the hills nearby i8
a huge block of upright letters spel ·
ling out the word " Hollywoodland".
A few years ago a woman committed
suicide by jumping off the 1st " L" in
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HAVE you ever
had the yen to look through a
giant telescope at one of the
heavenly bodies? If you have,
the ideal place for you to
visit is the Planetarium, lo-cated
in Griffith Park, Hollywood.
Not only will you have
a chance to look at other bodies
in the universe, but you
will be surrounded on all
sides by evidences of astronomical
sciences - the right atmosphere to
make one interested if not already.