Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Welcome to Cabela's in Glendale, Arizona - Part 1

Cabela's is a Sidney, Nebraska based specialty retailer of hunting, fishing, camping and related outdoor recreation merchandise.

Cabela's has a distinctive look to their retail operations, a look which turns them into tourist attractions as well as retail stores. The stores are more like cavernous showrooms, bringing the outdoors inside. They feature museum quality displays of taxidermied wildlife, large aquariums, indoor mountains, and archery ranges.

These pictures were taken after Christmas last year in the Glendale, Arizona store. This place is kind of like Disneyland's "Grand Canyon Diorama" and "Country Bear Jamboree" all rolled into one. OK, not really!
(Part 2 Tomorrow)

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Some of the New 2008 USPS Stamps

Albert Bierstadt's panoramic 1864 oil painting of the Yosemite Valley. Copyright 2007 USPS. All Rights Reserved

Vintage Black Cinema Posters designed by Carl Herrman. Copyright 2007 USPS. All Rights Reserved

A colorful abstract graphic illustration representing Latin jazz music illustrated by Michael Bartalos. Copyright 2007 USPS. All Rights Reserved

The final issue in The Art of Disney series. Copyright 2007 USPS. All Rights Reserved

The 100th anniversary of the popular baseball song "Take Me Out to the Ball Game". The design is based on an 1880 trade card. Art director Richard Sheaff. Copyright 2007 USPS. All Rights Reserved

Friday, January 25, 2008

Joe Davies Heritage Airpark in Palmdale CA - Part 2

North American F-100 Super Sabre.

Lockheed F-104 Starfighter.

Lockheed A-12 first CIA Blackbird.

Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird.

Lockheed U-2 Dragon Lady.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Joe Davies Heritage Airpark in Palmdale CA - Part 1

Visitors to the Joe Davies Heritage Airpark at Palmdale Plant 42 may view a collection of aircraft flown, tested, designed, produced or modified at United States Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale.

The Airpark currently includes 14 retired military aircraft on static display plus a 1/8 scale model of the B-2 Spirit and various components from other aircraft.

Additionally, a B-52, C-46 and T-33 are currently being restored and will be placed on static display in the near future. Photographed on October 28th, 2007.

Grumman F-14 Tomcat.

McDonnell F-101 Voodoo.

McDonnell F-4 Phantom II.

Republic F-105 Thunderchief.

Lockheed C-140 Jetstar.

Tomorrow - Part 2.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

UPDATE: Richland Missouri Route 66 Postcard

I did a post in November last year showing the postcard below from a Route 66 Mobil gas station and restaurant in Richland, Missouri and got an inquiry from Bill in Richland about buying this postcard.

Bill says: "I actually own the property that is directly behind it and my father in-law owns that property now, there have been a few updates to it like, there is now a large bay on the backside of the building, the gas pumps were taken out quite a few years back".

He sent me some pictures of what the place looks like today, which is 50 years later. You can still see where the Mobil name was painted over in the second picture.

To me, this is what blogging is all about. A real slice of the "Americana Pie". Thank you Bill for sending me your pictures. They are truly appreciated.

Hoover Dam - 1966 Dept of the Interior Brochure

Monday, January 21, 2008

1951 Kimberlite Gem Company Catalog

Catalogs and brochures from the 1950's have always fascinated me. This one, from the Kimberlite Gems Company, is a classic. It has the story of Kimberlite Gems, pricing information and the original order form/credit application and a great old Air Mail envelope. You'll never see these prices again and look at the order form below to see how easy it was to get credit!