Friday, January 30, 2009

EXPO Poster Stamps

1926 - New York Philatelic Exhibition poster stamp
produced by the American Bank Note Company.

1939 - Golden Gate International Exposition
"A Pageant of the Pacific"
Copyright Sidney Kessler, San Francisco.

1940 - National Feed Week October 11 to 16.
1930 - American Gas Assoc. 12th Annual Convention, Atlantic City.
1941 - Housewares & Major Appliance Exhibit, Palmer House.
1915 - Panama Pacific Intenational Exposition, San Francisco.

1940 - Washington Gift Show "A Capital Show", Hotel Willard.
1930 - The Adrian Hotel, Posrtland, Oregon.
1936 - 21st Hotel Exposition, Grand Central Palace, New York.
1924 - American Gas Assoc. 6th Annual Convention, Atlantic City.

1940 - 11th Annual Retail Clothiers Expo, Grand Central Palace.
1939 - Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco.
1938 - I.B.C.A Convention, St. Paul, Minnesota.
1901 - Pan American Exposition, Buffalo, Niagara.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Bus Transport Service

Bus services play a major role in the provision of public transport. These services can take many forms, varying in distance covered, types of vehicle used, and can operate with fixed or flexible routes and schedules.

Public Transport Inc. Bus No. 8 in Chillicothe, Ohio, 1940.

Naval Air Station Bus No. 50 in Cristobal, Panama, 1945.

Greyhound Buses at the 1964 New York World's Fair.

Vintage 1930's "White" Yellowstone Park tour bus.

Union Pacific Bus at the Davis Railroad Yard in Roseville, Ca.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Dry Cleaner Labels

In the 1930's and 40's dry cleaners used these types of labels to advertise their services. When they wrapped up your shirts, blouses or un-mentionables in kraft paper bundles, these labels would seal the ends of the paper.

Labels would also advertise services like fur storage. I don't think there is much of a market for scientific and insured fur storage today!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Eaton Poster Stamps

1930's poster stamps made by the American Bank Note Company for the Eaton Paper Corporation depicting views of New York City and advertising Eaton's Fine Letter Papers.

United States Liner Manhattan

Pennsylvania Railroad Broadway Limited

New York From The Air

Brooklyn Bridge

George Washington Bridge

New York Public Library

Central Park In April

1938 magazine advertisement for the
Eaton Paper Corporation's Fine Letter Papers

Saturday, January 24, 2009

New York City Advertising

Camel cigarette billboard featuring open mouthed aviator that blows out real smoke rings, on Broadway & 44th Street - 1944 - Photographer: Peter Stackpole - LIFE Magazine Archive.

New York City Republican mayoral candidate Johan J. Goldstein speaking to prospective voters - (Note the patriotic bunting, flags, service star banners and VJ Day painted storefront, reminders of the recent VJ Day celebrations marking the end of WWII) - October 1945 - Photographer: William Shrout - LIFE Magazine Archive.

Cars parked in front of four Navy uniform stores on Sand Street, Brooklyn, NY - March 1946 - Photographer: Andreas Feininger - LIFE Magazine Archive.

View of traffic congestion on Broadway looking North from 45th Street past rows of movie theaters including the Capitol Theatre - February 05, 1954 - Photographer: Andreas Feininger - LIFE Magazine Archive.

Night view looking North on 45th Street. Neon "Budweiser Preferred Everywhere" billboard looms overhead - February 05, 1954 - Photographer: Andreas Feininger - LIFE Magazine Archive.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Playing Cards on the SPRR

1948 Southern Pacific Railroad "Daylight" Train
Deck of Playing Cards.

One of the joker cards advertises "The Salad Bowl"
featured on the Southern Pacific Dining Cars.
"Made of the choicest vegetables. All you want.
You help yourself. Fresh. Crisp. Delicious".

Contract Bridge Score card dated October 1, 1948.

Every card in this deck of playing cards has a different picture on them depicting some of the trains of the Southern Pacifc Railroad and many of the views you would see while traveling on the SP RR.

The Southern Pacific #4449 was the last engine manufactured in Southern Pacific's first order of GS-4 locomotives. 4449 was placed into service on May 30, 1941, and spent its early career assigned to the Coast Daylight, SP's premier passenger train between San Francisco and Los Angeles, California, but it also pulled many other of the SP's named passenger trains.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Smokey Bear Poster Stamps

Smokey Bear is the mascot of the U.S. Forest Service created to educate the public on the dangers of forest fires. Smokey Bear's message "Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires" was created in 1944 by the Ad Council.

Before World War II, forest fire prevention campaigns used colorful posters to bring attention to the problem. During the war, images of the Axis powers of World War II leaders were depicted to drive home the message that forest fires hurt the country’s war effort. Lumber was a critical natural resource needed for the armed forces.

On August 13, 1942, Disney's 5th full-length animated motion picture Bambi premiered in New York City. Soon after, Walt Disney allowed his characters to appear in fire prevention public service campaigns. However, Bambi was only loaned to the government for a year, so a new symbol was needed.

Sticking with the popular animal theme, a bear was chosen. His name was inspired by "Smoky" Joe Martin, a New York City Fire Department hero who shrugged off burns and blindness in a bold 1922 rescue.

Smokey's debut poster was released on August 9, 1944, which is considered his birthday. Overseen by the Cooperative Forest Fire Prevention Campaign, the first poster was illustrated by Albert Staehle. In it Smokey was depicted wearing jeans and a campaign hat, pouring a bucket of water on a campfire. The message underneath reads, "Smokey says – Care will prevent 9 out of 10 forest fires!"

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Heartland Rails: Heartland Steam Trains

The post from Viewliner Limited contributor Ray Peacock will be a regular feature on Sunday's and will showcase Ray's great railroad photography. (To visit Heartland Rails just click on the banner.)

Steam locomotive manufacturing was always customised. Railroads ordered locomotives tailored to their specific eequirements. Specialised manufacturers constructed locomotives for all rail companies. Companies manufacturing locomotives in the US included Baldwin Locomotive Works, American Locomotive Works (ALCO), Lima Locomotive Works and others.

Milwaukee Road Steam 4-8-4 ~ Burke siding, Savanna, Illinois, June 20, 2002 ~ 261 climbs out of the Miss. river valley hardly breaking a sweat, enroute to Chicago and a weekend of excursions. The farmer who's property I'm shooting from is awestruck standing next to me. He'd been resting in the shade when I approached on this muggy day.

SOO Line Steam 2-8-2 ~ Horicon, Wisconsin, July 08, 2002 ~ SOO 1003 highballs Horicon enroute to Milwaukee and the Great Circus Parade. Geeps on the left are cannibalized, the 1003 survived the diesels that were bought to replace her.

Pere Marquette Steam 2-8-4 ~ Carland, Michigan, August 16, 2003 ~ PM 1225 blasts past the old elevator at Carland, Michigan. Only the mini-van & pickups parked in front of the elevator reveal the era the photo was taken in. This is former AA trackage, nearing Owosso.

Union Pacific Steam 4-6-6-4 ~ West Chicago, Illinois, June 16, 2002 ~ UP Challenger highballs West Chicago for day #2 of excursions to Milwaukee. Even the tower employee takes a shot of this steam show in the cool early morning air!

Polson Logging Steam 2-8-2 ~ Mid Continent RR trackage, North Freedom, Wisconsin, February 20, 2000 ~ At the time, Mid Continent RR only operating steamer, Polson Logging #2, runs south on a sunny winter's afternoon to LaRue.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Comic Poster Stamps

Terry and the Pirates was an action adventure comic strip created by cartoonist Milton Caniff. The daily strip began October 22, 1934, with the Sunday color pages beginning December 9, 1934.

In 1946, Caniff won the first Cartoonist of the Year Award from the National Cartoonist Society for his work on Terry and the Pirates. Poster stamps produced in the 1940's.

And just for fun here are a couple of Combat Insignia poster stamps designed by the Disney Studios and produced in 1942 by the Hearst newspaper syndicate.