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Soviet space researcher Oleg Gazenko holds Strelka (left) and Belka (right) aloft at the 1960 press conference immediately after their landing. In his memoirs, Gazenko referred to this as the proudest moment of his life. (© FUEL Publishing)

Soviet space researcher Oleg Gazenko holds Strelka (left) and Belka (right) aloft at the 1960 press conference immediately after their landing. In his memoirs, Gazenko referred to this as the proudest moment of his life.

Check out new work on my @Behance portfolio: "Emperor Norton I" http://be.net/gallery/57537541/Emperor-Norton-I

Check out new work on my @Behance portfolio: "Emperor Norton I" http://be.net/gallery/57537541/Emperor-Norton-I

Halloween ghosts... spooky tshirt design for Halloween

spooky tshirt design for Halloween

S.S. Franzeska on Behance

Franzeska on Behance

Bummer and Lazarus on Behance

Bummer and Lazarus on Behance

Emperor Norton I on Behance

Emperor Norton I on Behance

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Emperor_Norton_by_Robert_Cooper_2011.jpg (300×297)

Emperor Norton. From The Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley

Emperor Norton- ''Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico'' --- UC Berkeley, Bancroft Library

Joshua Abraham Norton, the self-proclaimed Imperial Majesty Emperor Norton I, was a celebrated citizen of San Francisco, California, who in 1859 proclaimed himself “Emperor of these United States". Although he had no political power, and his influence extended only so far as he was humored by those around him, he was treated deferentially in San Francisco, and currency issued in his name was honored in the establishments he frequented.

Joshua Abraham Norton, the self-proclaimed Imperial Majesty Emperor Norton I, was a celebrated citizen of San Francisco, California, who in 1859 proclaimed himself “Emperor of these United States.

The Emperor has spoken: WHEREAS, we issued our decree ordering the citizens of San Francisco and Oakland to appropriate funds for the survey of a suspension bridge from Oakland Point via Goat Island; Given under our royal hand and seal at San Francisco, this 17th day of Sept. 1872 –Emperor Norton #baybridge

THE EMPEREOR SAYS: WHEREAS, we issued our decree ordering the citizens of San Francisco and Oakland to appropriate funds for the survey of a suspension bridge from Oakland Point via Goat Island;

ca. 1855-95. Joshua Norton was a local, San Francisco eccentric who infamously anointed himself “Emperor of the United States” in 1859. Surprisingly, most embraced his title, which came to include “Protector of Mexico”, as well. For twenty-one years his emperor-ship was unchallenged. A currency was even issued in his name, printed and honored at his frequented establishments. He was also an early, outspoken advocate for a bridge to be built across the San Francisco Bay.

[carte de visite portrait of a gentlemen tentatively identified as Emperor Norton I of California], Jacob Shew via the Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Carl Manutz Collection

Emperor Norton Absinthe Dieu. I have tasted a lot of absinthe, and this one is seriously good.

I have tasted a lot of absinthe, and this one is seriously good.