Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Beehive State

More pictures found in the photo album. Taken on a 1974 trip to Utah.

Downtown Manti, Utah. Looks like the 1950's, and take away most of the cars, the 1940's.

Salina, Utah. The Pamela Theater. Showing Walt Disney's Herbie Rides Again. Starring Helen Hayes, Stefanie Powers, Ken Berry and Keenan Wynn.

Thomas Grocery and Phillips 66 service station. If memory serves, the store was just outside Manti, Utah.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

GM EMD Trains

The Union Pacific Railroad "City of Denver". #CD-05 was one of four identical 2400 hp diesel-electric streamliner trains with 2-car power sets that were delivered in May through July 1936 by the Pullman Standard Co. Engines and internal locomotive equipment were produced by General Motors Electro-Motive Division.

Southern Pacific's #6002, Union Pacific's #104 and Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe's #340 on display at Los Angeles Union Station. The diesel-electric locomotives are General Motors Electro-Motive Divsion "F and E Cab Units". Power Output: 1,500 to 2000 hp.

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway train arriving at the Del Mar, California, Santa Fe depot. The train is powered by 2 General Motors, Electro-Motive Division (EMD) "F7" diesel-electric locomotives.

The Western Pacific Railroad's #804-A. Known as the "California Zephyr" it was operated by the WPRR from Salt Lake City to Oakland, California. The train is powered by 2 General Motors, Electro-Motive Division "F7" diesel-electric locomotives.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Woodward OK - 1981

I lived in Woodward, Oklahoma in 1957. Great town, even greater people. These photos were taken in 1981 downtown.

The movie theater where I saw my first ever motion picture. Gunfight at the OK Corral. 10 cent Saturday Matinee in 1957.

JC Penneys and the Rexall Drug Store where I actually drank sarsaparilla, kind of like root beer but not as good. Never could developed a taste for it.

The Bank of Woodward where I kept all my money. 80 cents in the Christmas club in 1957. Talking bucks, Baby!!!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Atlantic City Slides

Atlantic City 1951 - Ballantine Ale and Beer.

Atlantic City 1951 - Boardwalk - Traymore Hotel.

Atlantic City 1956 - Brighton Hotel.

Atlantic City 1960's - Boardwalk - Schmidt's Beer.

Atlantic City 1964 - Boardwalk - Barry Goldwater.

Atlantic City 1967 - Boardwalk - Zaberers Smorgasbord.

LINK: See many more photos at 20th Century Nostalgia from vieilles_annonces on Flickr.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Westwood Before & After

Westwood is a district in western Los Angeles, California and is best known as the home of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Westwood was carved from the old Wolfskill Farm, a 3,000 acre tract that was purchased in 1919 by wealthy retailer Arthur Letts.

1941 - Heading north on Westwood Blvd approaching Wilshire Blvd in Westwood Village. Ralphs Grocery store in the distance on the right hand side.

Today from Google Maps. Best shot I could get to see the old Ralphs grocery store building.

1941 - Westwood Village Ralph's Supermarket on the corner of Linbrook Drive and Westwood Blvd.

Today from Google Maps. The old Ralphs grocery story building, I believe this is now a coffee and tea cafe.

1941 - Bank of America on the corner of Kinross Ave and Westwood Blvd.

Today from Google Maps. No more Bank of America neon sign tower on the building.

LINK: 20th Century Nostalgia from vieilles_annonces on Flickr.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Business In The 1940's

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.

Swift's & Company, milk and butter fat receiving depot, Caldwell, Idaho - July 1941 (Photographer: Russell Lee)

Dee's Cafe and Cascade Club in Cascade, Idaho - July 1941 (Photographer: Russell Lee)

Baker's Garage in Wisdom, Montana - April 1942 (Photographer: John Vachon)

Grocery store on Route 74, Mount Gilead, Ohio - 1942 (Photographer: John Vachon)

Rogers Canning Company plant "Where Peas are the Principal Project", Milton-Freewater, Oregon - July 1941 (Photographer: Russell Lee)

LINK: More pictures at Library of Congress

Monday, October 20, 2008

America's Famous Dessert

Gelatin has been well known and used for many years. It was popularized in the Victorian era with spectacular and complex "jelly moulds". Gelatin was sold in sheets and had to be purified, which was very time-consuming. In 1845, industrialist Peter Cooper (who built the first American steam powered locomotive, the Tom Thumb), obtained a patent for powdered gelatin.

Forty years later the patent was sold to a LeRoy, New York-based carpenter and cough syrup manufacturer, Pearle B. Wait. He and his wife May added strawberry, raspberry, orange and lemon flavoring to the powder and gave the product its present name, "Jell-O in 1897. Unable to successfully market their concoction, in 1899 the Waits sold the business to a neighbor, Orator Francis Woodward, for $450.

Beginning in 1902, Woodward's Genesee Pure Food Company placed advertisements in the Ladies' Home Journal proclaiming Jell-O to be "America's Most Famous Dessert." Jell-O remained a minor success until 1904, when Genesee Pure Food Company sent enormous numbers of salesman out into the field to distribute free Jell-O cookbooks, a pioneering marketing tactic at the time.

In 1923, the newly rechristened Jell-O Company launched D-Zerta, an artificially sweetened version of Jell-O. Two years later, Postum and Genesee merged, and in 1927 Postum acquired Clarence Birdseye's frozen foods company to form the General Foods Corporation.

By 1930, there appeared a vogue in American cuisine for congealed salads, and the company introduced lime-flavored Jell-O to complement the various add-ins that cooks across the USA were combining in these aspics and salads. By the 1950s, these salads would become so popular that Jell-O responded with savory and vegetable flavors such as celery, Italian, mixed vegetable and seasoned tomato. These savory flavors have since been discontinued.

This 1910's, 14 page booklet is part of the Nicole Di Bona Peterson Collection of Advertising Cookbooks, circa 1870s-1990s at Duke University.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives

The Diner Puts on Airs, a 1954 magazine article by Blake Ehrlich, picturing Hugo's miniature diner somewhere in Los Angeles - Converted railroad car diner and the Palace diner in Fort Pierce, Florida - Santa Fe locomotive type diner in San Diego.

The Original (and patent applied for) Zep Diner sometime during the 1920's I presume. Don't have a location for this one, although the area in this picture for some reason reminds me of early Culver City, CA pictures I have seen ???

The Fish Tale Diner in Salisbury Massachussetts. This has got to be a good place for fried clams and New England clam chowder... I hope! (Photo Credit: Elizabeth Thomsen's photostream on Flickr)

The American City Diner on Connecticut Avenue in Washington D.C. Movie classics? Anyone know about this place?

And last but not least Mickey's Diner in Saint Paul, Minnesota. What a great looking place. (Ray P., have you ever been there?)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Aberdeen Proving Ground

For Victory - Buy United States War Bonds and Stamps.

"ANZIO ANNIE" - Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. - This captured famous German railway gun poured fire into the American forces on the Anzio beachhead in Italy in World War II. In the right background is a U.S. 280mm gun, M65, the Atomic Cannon.

Aberdeen Proving Ground is a United States Army facility located near Aberdeen, Maryland. It is the Army's oldest active proving ground, it was established on October 20, 1917, six months after the United States entered World War I.

The location allowed design and testing of ordnance materiel to take place near contemporary industrial and shipping centers. The first gun was fired there on January 2, 1918. APG was created as a successor to the Sandy Hook Proving Ground, which was too small for some of the larger weapons being tested.

Aberdeen Proving Ground occupies 72,962 acres (114.0 sq mi). Its northernmost point is near the mouth of the Susquehanna River, where it enters the Chesapeake Bay. On the south it is bordered by the Gunpowder River. The installation lies on two peninsulas separated by the Bush River.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Universal Studios - 1971

These photographs were taken by Nguyen Ngoc Chinh, a retired long time journalist. "Photography I believe, is an art of remembering the past as well as looking up at the future", he says.

Here is a link to see much more of Nguyen Ngoc Chinh's photography on Flickr. There is a lot to see and enjoy.