Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2008 - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama waves as he arrives at a rally of 100,000 supporters in St. Louis, Mo., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

A U.S. Marine, from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, has a close call after Taliban fighters opened fire near Garmser in Helmand Province of Afghanistan May 18, 2008. The Marine was not injured. (REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic)

Imam Hashim Raza leads mourners in prayer during a funeral for Mohsin Naqvi at al-Fatima Islamic Center in Colonie, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 22, 2008. Naqvi was a Muslim, a native of Pakistan (he emigrated to the U.S. with his family when he was 8 years old and became a citizen at 16) and a U.S. Army officer. He was killed by a roadside bomb while on patrol in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Children of slain Philadelphia police sergeant Stephen Liczbinski, Amber and Steve embrace after their father's funeral mass on the steps of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania May 9, 2008 Sergeant Liczbinski was gunned down as he investigated a bank robbery on May 3. (REUTERS/Tim Shaffer)

Most of the homes in the Oakridge mobile home park, which reportedly had 600-800 homes, lie in ruins after burning in the Sylmar Fire on November 15, 2008 in Sylmar, California. The fire began last night and was fueled to more than 2,600 acres by strong erratic winds in excess of 70 miles per hour which kept firefighting aircraft grounded in the morning. (David McNew/Getty Images)

A single home is left standing among debris from Hurricane Ike September 14, 2008 in Gilchrist, Texas. In its brief, but eventful life, Ike wreaked enough havoc to be blamed for over $31.5 billion dollars in damage and nearly 150 deaths across the Caribbean and Gulf Coast. (David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)

Buildings and debris are seen floating in the Cedar River against a railroad bridge Saturday, June 14, 2008, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Days after it rose out of its banks on its way to record flooding in Cedar Rapids, the Cedar River has forced at least 24,000 people from their homes, emergency officials said. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The 1957 Ford Fairlane

The 1957 Ford Fairlane 500.

The 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Town Victoria.

The 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Sunliner.

The 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Town Sedan.

The 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Club Sedan.

LINK: See many more automobile brochures at The Old Car Manual Project.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

The 1954 Ford Cars

More than ever The Standard for The American Road.

The 1954 Ford Ranch Wagon and Country Sedan.

The 1954 Ford Sunliner Convertible and Skyliner.

The 1954 Ford Victoria and Country Squire Wagon.

LINK: See many more automobile brochures at The Old Car Manual Project.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

1950's GM Motorama Cars

Motorama was an auto show staged by General Motors from 1949 to 1961. These automobile extravaganzas were designed to whet public appetite and boost automobile sales with displays of fancy prototypes, concept vehicles and other special or halo models.

1954 Motorama - The Chevrolet Corvair experimental two passenger model.

1954 Motorama - The Chevrolet Nomad experimental six passenger model.

The show officially became known as Motorama when it began to travel around the country in 1953. That year the show had more than 1.4 million visitors. Motorama's opening day in New York drew 45,000 visitors. Exhibited at this venue were the Buick Wildcat, Pontiac La Parisienne, Oldsmobile Starfire, Chevrolet Corvette, Cadillac Orleans and Le Mans.

1954 Motorama - The Pontiac Strato Streak experimental four door hardtop.

1954 Motorama - The Pontiac Bonneville Special experimental sports car.

More than 1.9 million visitors attended the show in 1954. It started on January 26 in the Waldorf Astoria, New York. On display were the experimental Oldsmobile F88 and Cutlass, Buick Wildcat II, Chevrolet Nomad station wagon, General Motors Firebird XP-21 and Pontiac Bonneville Special, Cadillac El Camino, LaEspada and Park Avenue; they all had Fiberglass bodies.

1955 Motorama - The Chevrolet Biscayne experimental four passenger model (front view).

1955 Motorama - The Chevrolet Biscayne experimental four passenger model (rear view).

The 1955 show dates were New York (January 20-25), Miami (February 5-13), Los Angeles (March 5-13), San Francisco (March 26 to April 3), Boston (April 23 to May 1). Exhibited at these venues were the Buick Wildcat III, Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad, Cadillac LaSalle II roadster and sedan, and Cadillac Eldorado Brougham.

LINK: See many more automobile brochures and manuals at The Old Car Manual Project.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

12 Days of Christmas - Day 11: Jingle Bells Children

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVE TO ALL!

Here are some more of my favorite early 1900's Christmas postcards and don't forget "It's all about the children".

Loving Christmas Wishes.

A Merry Christmas.

Christmas Greetings.

A Merry Christmas.

A Merry Christmas To You.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

12 Days of Christmas - Day 10: A Children's Christmas

More great early 1900's vintage Christmas postcards to get you into the holiday spirit and don't forget "It's all about the children".

With Christmas Greetings.

Christmas Greetings.

Merry Christmas.

A Merry Christmas.

Monday, December 22, 2008

12 Days of Christmas - Day 9: Early 1900's Santa Postcards

For me, nothing expresses the holiday spirit more than vintage Christmas postcards. Here is a sample of some of my favorite early 1900's Christmas Postcards.

Merry Christmas

Best Christmas Wishes

A Joyful Christmas

A Happy Christmas

Best Wishes For A Happy Christmas

A Merry Christmas

A Merry Christmas

Sunday, December 21, 2008

12 Days of Christmas - Day 8: Disneyland 1998 - Part 2

The last time I was at Disneyland during the Christmas Season was in 1998. We finish of with the rest of the "Christmas Fantasy Parade" pictures.






Saturday, December 20, 2008

12 Days of Christmas - Day 7: Disneyland 1998 - Part 1

The last time I was at Disneyland during the Christmas Season was in 1998. So here are some shots of the Christmas decorations on Main Street and the "Christmas Fantasy Parade". Part 2 tomorrow.