Monday, June 30, 2008

Chevrolet Corvette - 55 Years Old Today

The Corvette has been manufactured by Chevrolet since 1953. On June 30th of that same year the first Corvette rolled off the assembly line in Flint, Michigan. Taking its name from the corvette, a small, maneuverable fighting frigate, the first Corvettes were virtually handbuilt in Flint, Michigan in Chevrolet's Customer Delivery Center.

1953 Corvette

1956 Corvette

1958 Corvette

1961 Corvette

1962 Corvette

1965 Corvette

1971 Corvette Stingray

1982 Corvette

1996 Corvette Grand Sport

2003 Corvette

2007 Corvette

Model Circa 1985?

Thanks goes out to all the good people who captured some of these fantastic images found on Flickr.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Chicago, Rock Island, and Pacific Railroad

The Chicago, Rock Island, and Pacific Railroad is better known as the "Rock Island Line". The following article titled " Power on the Rock" is from the National Railway Bulletin, Vol 52, #6, 1987.







Friday, June 27, 2008

Route 66 - Decommissioned in 1985

On this day in 1985, U.S. 66 was officially removed from the United States Highway System, after it was decided the route was no longer relevant and had been replaced by the Interstate Highway System.

Route 66 was established on November 11, 1926, It originally ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California, before ending at Los Angeles for a total of 2,448 miles. It was a major path of the migrants who went west, especially during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, and supported the economies of the communities through which the road passed.


Summit Inn - Cajon Summit, California

Pawn Shop - Gallup, New Mexico

Wigwam Motel - Rialto, California

General Store - Joshua Tree, California

Route 66 scene - Joshua Tree, California

Route 66 Gas Station - Williams, Arizona

Coleman Theater - Miami, Oklahoma

Phillips 66 Gas Station - McLean, Texas

Thursday, June 26, 2008

A Potpourri Of Americana

Captain America socking Hitler comic book cover - March 1941

Pan American Airways Boeing 314 "Honolulu Clipper"

1939-40 U.S World's Fairs poster stamp article

Campbell Soup Co., Saturday Evening Post advertisement 1943

Esther Williams WWII Pinup

My brother took this photo years ago. I know it was taken somewhere in Southern California. Does anybody know what house this is and where this was taken? I really would like to know.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Vermont State Fair September 1941 - Part 2

Photographers working for the U.S. government's Farm Security Administration (FSA) and later the Office of War Information (OWI) between 1939 and 1944 made approximately 1,600 color photographs depicting life in the United States.

Jack Delano was one of those photographers. The following are a sample of some of the 100's of pictures he took during this period. These slides are preserved at the Library of Congress.




A little history of the Rutland/Vermont State Fair: In the fall of 1846, the first Rutland Fair (as it was known then) took place in a field near Castleton. In 1859 the Rutland Fair was held at it's present location. The first year the Fair was closed was in 1917 when the State of Vermont closed the Fair with all other public gatherings due to an epidemic of influenza.

The Fair started as a one day event, moved to a two day event and in 1893 the Fair was held for three days. By 1933 the Fair was a six day event. In 1926 the Rutland Fair was rated the third largest in New England and among the top 10 in the nation. In 1942, with the United States in conflict with World War II, the Fair was only a one day event.

The Fair will celebrate its 162nd Anniversary this year with the 2008 dates being August 29th through September 7th.





Link: Jack Delano on Wikipedia

Link: Library of Congress

Monday, June 23, 2008

Vermont State Fair September 1941 - Part 1

Photographers working for the U.S. government's Farm Security Administration (FSA) and later the Office of War Information (OWI) between 1939 and 1944 made approximately 1,600 color photographs depicting life in the United States.

Jack Delano was one of those photographers. The following are a sample of some of the 100's of pictures he took during this period. These slides are preserved at the Library of Congress.




A little history of the Rutland/Vermont State Fair: In the fall of 1846, the first Rutland Fair (as it was known then) took place in a field near Castleton. In 1859 the Rutland Fair was held at it's present location. The first year the Fair was closed was in 1917 when the State of Vermont closed the Fair with all other public gatherings due to an epidemic of influenza.

The Fair started as a one day event, moved to a two day event and in 1893 the Fair was held for three days. By 1933 the Fair was a six day event. In 1926 the Rutland Fair was rated the third largest in New England and among the top 10 in the nation. In 1942, with the United States in conflict with World War II, the Fair was only a one day event.

The Fair will celebrate its 162nd Anniversary this year with the 2008 dates being August 29th through September 7th.




Part 2 tomorrow.

Link: Jack Delano on Wikipedia

Link: Library of Congress

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Vintage Railway Stations

Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad station - Marlinton, West Virginia. (Photo: August 2006)

Central Railroad of New Jersey depot - Fanwood / Scotch Plains, New Jersey. (Photo: June 1977)

Central Railroad of New Jersey Freight Station on Lackawanna Ave - Scranton, Pennsylvania. (Photo: October 2007)

Reading Railroad's former Hopewell Station - Hopewell, New Jersey. (Photo: February, 2008)

Grand Trunk Western Railroad Union Station - Durand, Michigan. (Photo: February 2007)

Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad station - Chillicothe, Illinois.