Tuesday, March 31, 2009

1950's Cheesecake

A pin-up girl or pin-up model is a model whose mass produced pictures see wide appeal as pop culture. The term "cheesecake" is synonymous with pin-up photo.

The earliest documented print usage of this sense of cheesecake is in 1934, predating pin-up. Probably used originally in the phrase (said of a pretty woman) "better than cheesecake.







LINK: All photographs are from LIFE MAGAZINE and dated May 5, 1950. Photographed by Edward Clark.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Heartland Rails: Norfolk Southern

The HeartlandRails.com post from Viewliner Ltd 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.)

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The Norfolk Southern Railway is a major Class I railroad in the United States. The company operates 21,500 route miles in 22 eastern states, the District of Columbia and the province of Ontario, Canada.

The current system was formed in 1982 with the creation of the Norfolk Southern Corporation. In 1999, the system grew substantially with the acquisition of over half of Conrail.

Norfolk Southern GE C40-8W - NS Cumberland River bridge, Burnside, Kentucky, March 11, 2001 - A fine Saturday afternoon in March yields this northbound crossing into Burnside off the Rathole.

Norfolk Southern EMD SD60 - Mike Tower, Fort Wayne, Indiana, July, 1987 - Waiting for the NW 611 I bagged this westbound manifest on the old Wabash, crossing the ex-PRR at Mike Tower. I dedicate this photo to the late Mike Abalos who taught me what a steam chase was that day.

Norfolk Southern EMD SD60 - State Line crossing, Hammond, Indiana, April 06, 1997 - I'm standing in Illinois shooting a picture of a train in Indiana. The State Line Tower is history.

Norfolk Southern EMD GP40 - NS BO Secondary MP 72, Martin, Michigan, March 16, 2009 - Here's a unique trackside building for the modelers, the elevator at Martin straddles the ex-PRR Grand Rapids & Indiana branch now operated by the Grand Elk Railroad utilizing NS power.

Norfolk Southern GE C40-9W - Cumberland National Forest, south of Burnside, Kentucky, March 11, 2001 - Just pull the lawnchairs out of the back of the van, and let the NS send em to you at MP 173 on the Rathole.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Fine Dining in the OC

These slides were all taken by The Beard Family. Although these slides are not in the greatest condition, still great Americana. Click on the link below and see many more very cool slides and read about the Beard family.

Front View - Newporter Inn February 1964.

Rear View - Newporter Inn February 1964.

Newport Dunes view from the Newporter Inn Feb 1964.

Victor Hugo's Inn Laguna Beach 1955.

View of Laguna Beach - May 1955.

LINK: All photos are from the Beard Family collection of vieilles_annonces on Flickr. (Used with permission)

Friday, March 27, 2009

Huntington Beach, CA

These slides were all taken by The Beard Family. Click on the link below and see many more very cool slides and read about the Beard family.

Looking west on Main Street - Christmas 1957.

Sheraton Beach Inn on Pacific Coast Hwy - 1964.

Pacific Ocean view from Sheraton Beach Inn - 1964.

Huntington Beach Electrical Service - 1964.

Huntington Beach Electrical Service - 1964.


LINK: All photos are from the Beard Family collection of vieilles_annonces on Flickr. (Used with permission)

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Las Vegas 1954 Slides

These slides were all taken by The Beard Family. Although these slides are not in the greatest condition, still great Americana. Click on the link below and see many more very cool slides and read about the Beard family.

El Rancho Vegas Hotel.

Wilbur Clark's Desert Inn.

Boulder Club on Fremont St.

Hotel Apache & Horseshoe Club.

On Fremont St - Nice '53 Chevy.

Golden Nugget Casino - Fremont Street.


LINK: All photos are from the Beard Family collection of vieilles_annonces on Flickr. (Used with permission)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Images of Lancaster, CA

Images and text from the book a very cool little book titled "Images of America, Lancaster" by Norma H. Gurba. Published by Arcadia Publishing.

Lancaster was home to around 2,600 residents in 1950. With the advent of the jet age, Edwards AFB and USAF Plant 42, Lancaster was ready for progress and rapid growth.

The Chester Smith Garage serviced many early Lancaster automobiles in the 1930's. Hank Hunter bought it around 1940. A Hank Hunter auto dealership still exits in Lancaster.

As early as 1918, planes were landing at Carter's Field. which would eventually become the Lancaster Airport. The 80 acre airport officially opened in 1930.

The Antelope Valley has long been synonymous with aeronautical achievements that have stirred our national pride and imagination. Charles "Chuck" Yeager was the first man to fly faster than the speed of sound on October 14, 1947.

This 1950's Greyhound Bus depot, provided Lancaster residents another way to commute to the Los Angeles basin.

Santa waves to vistors on Lancaster Boulevard during the downtown Christmas parade in 1959.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Red Rock Canyon

After my trip to Randsburg we stopped at Red Rock Cannyon State Park and took some pictures. This is a place of emense beauty. ENJOY!

Red Rock Canyon is an approximately 27,000 acres unit within the Mojave Sector of the Tehachapi District of the California State Park System, located along State Highway 14 in Kern County, about 80 miles east of Bakersfield and 25 miles north of Mojave.

The area was once home to the Kawaiisu Indians. Some petroglyphs and pictographs are found in the El Paso mountains and represent the ritual sites from these people and their ancestors.

The colorful rock formations in the park served as landmarks during the early 1870s for 20-mule team freight wagons that stopped for water. The park protects significant paleontology sites and the remains of 1890s-era mining operations.

Red Rock Canyon provides magnificent views of the pristine desert landscape, includes two natural preserves, and offers, among other recreation activities, camping, sightseeing, equestrian activities, hiking, and opportunities for reflection and solitude.

Due to its unique features and proximity to Los Angeles, Red Rock Canyon has frequently been used as a filming location for motion pictures, television series, advertisements, and rock videos. Such diverse movies as Jurassic Park, Missile to the Moon, The Car, Westworld as well as many westerns such as The Outlaw were filmed here.


LINK: California State Parks - Red Rock Canyon

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Heartland Rails: Southern Pacific RR

The HeartlandRails.com post from Viewliner Ltd 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.)

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Southern Pacific Railroad EMD FP7 - Mount Shasta, California, July 03, 2005 - SP 6304 on the McCloud Railway interchange tracks at Mt. Shasta.

Southern Pacific Railroad Steam 4-8-4 - MP 80 Fallbridge sub, Bingen, Washington, July 05, 2005 - Western Star steam special led by SP 4449 rounds the curve and enters a cut after leaving Wishram. The entire train is in view.

Southern Pacific Railroad EMD GP60 - SP/TP&W crossing, Chenoa, Illinois, March 14, 1993 - The SP finally reaches Chicago with it's aquisition of the ex-GM&O line, here a southbound rattles over the TP&W next to the derelict depot.

Southern Pacific Railroad EMD GP60 - Joliet Union Station, Joliet, Illinois, May, 1991 - Our goal was to shoot a few pics of new warbonnets passing the soon to be removed semaphores, but we got this SP train off the GM&O instead. Notice the blades have already been removed from the signal bridge in the distance.

Southern Pacific Railroad GE C44-9W -Burlington Northern Galesburg yard, Galesburg, Illinois, December 19, 1994 - The Chicago Roper manifest is on the Quincy main and headed out of the yard at CP Saluda.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Randsburg, CA - Part 4: Leaving Town

I recently took a trip to Randsburg, a town known as "A Living Ghost Town". I had driven through there about two years ago and vowed to go back as soon as possible to take as many pictures as I could. I took about 150 pictures, here are some of them. ENJOY!

Randsburg is located in Kern County, California. It is on the west side of U.S. Route 395 between Kramer Junction to the south and Ridgecrest to the north.

White House Saloon.

White House Saloon rest area.

Randsburg Inn, Lodging & Antiques.

Austin's Second Hand Garage,
with some folks sitting out on the porch.

Randsburg's Opera House Banquet Hall and Cafe.
Banquet hall facilities offer fine service and good food.
Opera House Entertainers in period costumes add charm
reminiscent of the glory days in this gold mining camp.

I think they sell Westminster Musical Wind Chimes here!

Lelyns Leather & Gift Shop.

Parkers Powder Room Antiques.
Come On In - It Will Blow Your Mine.

An original stamping mill.

An original mine train.

An original ore wagon.

And finally, an original old building. I hope you enjoyed
looking at these pictures. I will try my best to update these
pictures as I gather more information about them.
But for now, Thank You For Looking.

If anyone has more information on any of these pictures, please don't hesitate to contact me. I will use it to update this post.

To see Parts 1, 2 and 3 of the Randsburg story, just scroll down.