Thursday, April 30, 2009

Jayne Mansfield Postcards

I thought I would brighten up the blog a bit with my all-time favorite beauty. Here is a little bio to go along with the postcards.

Jayne Mansfield (April 19, 1933 – June 29, 1967) was an American actress working both on Broadway and in Hollywood. One of the leading blonde sex symbols of the 1950s, Mansfield was a Playboy Playmate of the Month.

She won the Theatre World Award, Golden Globe and Golden Laurel. Mansfield starred in several popular Hollywood films that emphasized her platinum blonde hair, hourglass figure and cleavage revealing costumes.





Wednesday, April 29, 2009

GM Oldsmobiles

5 years ago on this day the last Oldsmobile rolled of the assembly line. Oldsmobile was produced for most of its existence by General Motors. It was founded by Ransom E. Olds in 1897. In its 107-year history, it produced 35.2 million cars. When it was phased out, Oldsmobile was the oldest surviving American automobile marque.

1947 Oldsmobile magazine advertisement.

1957 Oldsmobile Golden Rocket 88 Holiday Coupe.

1958 Oldsmobile Rocket 88.

1961 Oldsmobile Starfire Convertible.

1963 Olds and Miss America Jacquelyn Mayer.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

LA Rapid Transit - Pacific Electric

The Pacific Electric Railway was established by railroad and real estate tycoon Henry Huntington in 1901. In 1911, the Pacific Electric became the largest operator of interurban electric railway passenger service in the world. The system ran to destinations all over Southern California.

Major 1920's PE business was "taking the Red Car" for inland folks, such as in the Pasadena area, to the beaches at Santa Monica, Del Rey, Manhattan, Redondo, Hermosa Beach, Long Beach and to Newport Beach and Huntington Beach.

Pacific Electric Red Car #103 travels along Echo Park Avenue. Circa 1940's.

Pacific Electric Red Car #975 on the Santa Monica Air Line, now the Exposition Line. Circa 1940's.

Pacific Electric Rail Car #993 on the Santa Monica Air Line during the 1950 Los Angeles Transit Lines strike.

Pacific Electric Trains #5128 a so called "Hollywood Trolley" and #436 affectionately called a "Blimp" at Amoco in the 1950s.

Pacific Electric Bus #2712 - This is one of the many buses that displaced rail on the entire Northern District of Los Angeles in 1950-51.

LINK: Photos are from the Dorothy Peyton Gray Transportation Library and Archive at the LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Monday, April 27, 2009

LA Rapid Transit - The Systems

Electric trolleys first traveled in Los Angeles in 1887. Through the decades that followed, different Rapid Transit Systems would be in use, covering a wide area of Southern California.

Rolling stock would include cable cars, trolleys, streetcars and buses. The Pasadena and Pacific Railway would boost their Southern California tourism business by living up to its motto "from the mountains to the sea."

Los Angeles Pacific Cable Railway, 1890's - Photo from the short period of time that Los Angeles had cable car rail transit, approximately 1880-1890.

Asbury Rapid Transit System. New buses at Pasadena city hall, 1935. On August 3, 1954, Metropolitan Coach Lines acquired control of the ARTS for $150,000.

Los Angeles Railway (1895-1945) P line PCC streetcar is southbound on Broadway at 6th Street 1938. Also known as the Yellow Cars of Los Angeles.

LATL 8 Lines southbound on Main at 6th Streets. Los Angeles Transit Lines (1945-1958), sucessor to Los Angeles Railway (1894-1945), acquired by Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority (1951-1964) in 1958.

Streetcar On Hollywood Blvd. and Highland Avenue headed for Subway Terminal. At right is the long gone Hollywood Hotel and down the street (left) is Graumnan's Chinese Theater, 1954.

Crosstown Suburban Lines staff members in Ford Transit, customized by Crown Coach, 1950's. The transit company served South and Southwest Los Angeles.

Tomorrow Part 2: The Pacific Electric Railway.

LINK: Photos are from the Dorothy Peyton Gray Transportation Library and Archive at the LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Heartland Rails: Canadian Pacific

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 Canadian Pacific Railway is a Canadian Class I railway. Its rail network stretches from Vancouver to Montreal, and also serves major cities in the United States such as Minneapolis, Chicago, and New York City.

Canadian Pacific Railway EMD F7 - Portage Depot, Portage, Wisconsin, May 01, 2003 - CP's derby train enroute to Louisville makes a late night crew change at Portage. CP employees on duty take a time out to pose for photos, everyone has a camera in their grip. After their photos, time to get a quick shot before highball is given.

Canadian Pacific Railway EMD F7(A) - Camp Douglas, Wisconsin, May, 2003 - CP's Kentucky Derby train returns west over the former MILW. This is CP's Tomah sub, and on this day the clouds keep getting thicker as rain soaks the air.

Canadian Pacific Railway EMD F7(A) - CP Watertown sub MP 157, Town of Fountain Prairie, Wisconsin, May 05, 2003 - Returning west to Calgary from the Kentucky Derby, CP's RCP nears CTC Dodge West and single track.

Canadian Pacific Railway EMD F7(A) - CP Watertown sub MP 150, Columbus, Wisconsin, May 05, 2003 - CP Kentucky Derby special returns to Canada after the big weekend in Louisville, passing the depot at Columbus.

Canadian Pacific Railway - CP Watertown sub MP 150 - Columbus, Wisconsin, May 05, 2003 - A timeless railroad image as CP's Royal Canadian returns from the Kentucky Derby and passes a Civil-War-era depot at Columbus. Only welded rail and the FRED give this away as modern.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Reed Family: The Grande Finale

Today we have the final installment of the Reed Family vacation destinations pictures. I would like to thank Leon Reed for allowing me to post these great photographs of his family's vacation destinations these past few weeks. For many more fantastic photographs, please visit Leon Reed's Photostream on Flickr.

1960 Airstream rally. Anyone know where?

1960 San Francisco street and Golden Gate Bridge.

1960 Fisherman's Wharf and Alioto's, San Francisco.

1960 Golden Nugget and Fremont St., Las Vegas.

1960 Lucky Strike Club, Fremont St., Las Vegas.

1960 Graumann's Chinese Theater, Hollywood.

1960 Palm lined street in Beverly Hills.

1961 Flower Market, Disneyland.

1961 Monorail & Motor Boats, Disneyland.

1961 Jungle Cruise Dock, Disneyland.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Reed Family: 1964 NYWF

Here is another group of great pictures from the Reed Family, taken at the New York World's Fair in 1964. Be sure not to miss tomorrow's Reed Family pictures Grande Finale. Very cool stuff! (All pictures used with permission of Leon Reed)

  • "I've traveled since I was young. My parents used to take a long vacation every summer in our trailer, and by the time I was 14, I had been in all 48 (lower) states. A few years ago, my dad gave me his extensive slide collection from the 50s and 60s. My dad was (is) an outstanding photographer and, fortunately, he used Kodachrome. Almost all of the photos were taken by my dad -- though my mom, who actually worked as a professional photo finisher, was no slouch either." ~ Leon Reed.


    New York World's Fair and freeway.

    Equitable Life Insurance population clock.

    AT&T building, New York World's Fair.

    General Motors building, New York World's Fair.

    IBM exhibit, New York World's Fair.

    One of the many snack bars at the NYWF, 1964.
  • Thursday, April 23, 2009

    Reed Family: Florida 1963

    As you can see the Reed's have a new Ford Station Wagon and an Airstream trailer now. So lets join them on their 1963 trip to Florida. Tomorrow the Reed family will visit the 1964 New York World's Fair. (All pictures used with permission of Leon Reed)

  • "I've traveled since I was young. My parents used to take a long vacation every summer in our trailer, and by the time I was 14, I had been in all 48 (lower) states. A few years ago, my dad gave me his extensive slide collection from the 50s and 60s. My dad was (is) an outstanding photographer and, fortunately, he used Kodachrome. Almost all of the photos were taken by my dad -- though my mom, who actually worked as a professional photo finisher, was no slouch either." ~ Leon Reed.

    Florida welcome station, 1963.

    The historic city of St. Augustine.

    The oldest house in America, St. Augustine.

    The oldest schoolhouse in America, St. Augustine.

    Skier posing with kite, Cypress Gardens, 1963.

    Southern belles at Cypress Gardens, 1963.
  • Wednesday, April 22, 2009

    Reed Family: Seattle World's Fair - Part 2

    We continue with pictures taken by the Reed Family at the Seattle World's Fair in 1962. Tomorrow the Reed family will visit Florida in 1963. (All pictures used with permission of Leon Reed)

  • "I've traveled since I was young. My parents used to take a long vacation every summer in our trailer, and by the time I was 14, I had been in all 48 (lower) states. A few years ago, my dad gave me his extensive slide collection from the 50s and 60s. My dad was (is) an outstanding photographer and, fortunately, he used Kodachrome. Almost all of the photos were taken by my dad -- though my mom, who actually worked as a professional photo finisher, was no slouch either." ~ Leon Reed.

    Looking down on the Fair from the Space Needle.

    The Ford Pavillion.

    The Spanish Village Flamenco Dancers.

    Water skiing exhibition.

    Chevron. Hats, candy and souvenirs.