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Ghost Convention

My regular reader will know how much I enjoy, and how often I recommend the Shorpy photo site.

There is some weird and wonderful stuff there. How about this picture of the cabin crew at Deep South Airlines in 1922 for instance?

Then there was this photo of US artist Gerrit A. Beneker and a model with a USA Dept of Labor poster from 1918:

 

 

The one that caught my eye on this visit though was from the lobby of the Hotel Secor, Toledo Ohio taken in 1909.

 

The lobby looks deserted until you view the full sized shot which you can do by clicking here. Because of the time exposure method used in photography at that time, you’ll see some ghostly figures. The contributor wonders if they are still there?

I don’t think the hotel is still there but here is what it looked like back in the day.

Thanks to Stu for the original recommendation of the Shorpy site.

City Losses

I wrote here in September 2008 that Manchester City had become the richest football club in the world by virtue of their wealthy Arab owners/benefactors. I expressed concern on what effect such ‘investment’ was having on the people’s game.

This morning The Sun reports that City in fact lost around half a million quid PER DAY in the last financial year. As the club mounts an assault on the Champions League this could bring them into conflict with UEFA’s FFP (Financial Fair Play) rules and even see them banned from the Champions League.

City’s total income for the year was a very impressive, indeed whopping, £153 million. However their wage bill was £174 million.

Mind boggling.

At a guess, I’d reckon that figure would be more than double the wage bill for the entire professional game in Scotland.

In other news I see Hearts have two interested parties in Vladimir Romanov’s majority shareholding in the club.

I doubt if Sheikh Mansour is interested.

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