Friday, July 31, 2009

See Hawaii

The Swan Vintage Poster Auction will be held on August 5, 2009 - Highlights include a fine selection of beach and summer resort images, WWI & WWII posters, Mather work incentive posters and more. Swan Website Link.

- United Airlines Joins in Saluting the 50th State -

- United Airlines Hawaii -

- Hawaii by Clipper Pam American Airways 1948 -

- Hawaii Fly TWA -

- Matson Lines Hawaii -

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Smell The Noise

The following train pictures are all from Viewliner Limited contributors. Thanks to all of them for making this blog more interesting and informative. Jim, John, George, Kevin, Drew and Ray, all is appreciate guys. I wish you all the best, Richard.

Union Pacific Steam 4-8-4 ~ Hermosa, Wyoming, 1968 ~ UP 8444 special blasting westward out of Hermosa Tunnels. (Photo Credit: Jim Hinkhouse on RailPictures.Net)

New York Central Steam 4-8-4 ~ Crestline, Ohio, May 29, 1954 ~ A profile of Niagara #6014 during a midday station stop at Crestline. (Photo Credit: John Dziobko at GodfatherRails.Com)

Norfolk & Western Steam 2-6-6-4 ~ Manassas, Virginia, September 28, 1991 ~ # 1218 Departing the yard to power an excursion west from Manassas. (Photo Credit: George W. Hamlin Transportation website)

Chessie System Steam 4-8-4 ~ Sawyer, Michigan, July 31, 1977 ~ Former Reading T1 2101 wearing Chessie colors, leads the "Chessie Steam Special" eastbound near Sawyer, Michigan. The special train barnstormed the Chessie railroads for two years, in celebration of B&O's 150th birthday. (Photo Credit Kevin Piper on RailPictures.Net)

Union Pacific Steam 4-8-4 ~ Along the Truckee West of Boca, California, April 17, 2009 ~ UP 844 Along the Truckee on the bank opposite from Interstate 80. (Photo Credit: Drew Jacksich at

Milwaukee Road Steam 4-8-4 ~ Saint Paul, Minnesota, October 05, 2003 ~ The Buick is only 4 years younger than 261 and makes a classy chasing vehicle. (Photo Credit: Ray Peacock at HeartlandRails.Com)

Monday, July 27, 2009

Tomorrowland 1967

This is my all-time favorite Disneyland postcard folder. 12 colorful scenes from Tomorrowland circa 1967.

Mission Control prepares to monitor the blast-off as a towering space ship counts down for a flight to the moon. Atomobiles shrink steadily as they move into the dark reaches of a huge microscope bound for an adventure through inner space. A diving alarm sounds and a Nuclear Submarine quicky submerges, headed for the unchartered depths of the world's oceans.

Here is TOMORROWLAND! Glimpse into future years. A search for new frontiers. A tribute to man's hopes and dreams for a better way of life.

Sleek Autopia cars speed down twisting turnpikes, silent electric monorails flash by overhead carrying passengers in speed and comfort never before dreamed possible. A startling new concept in transportation, the people mover, quietly moves throughout this amazing world of the future.

The Carousel of Progress moves back through the time barrier, tracing man's achievements from the turn of the Century and predicting his accomplishments to come in futuristic Progress City. An audience sways with the realism of Circlevision 360, tomorrow's concept in movie screens, as they experience a whirlwind tour of America the beautiful.

Yes ... TOMORROWLAND is indeed a vista into the wonderful, promising new age that lies just ahead. An age that will benefit our children and generations to come.

Entrance to Tomorrowland

Corridor of Murals ...
sparkling warmth in the world of tomorrow

Atomobiles head for an adventure through inner space

The Carousel of Progress in World of 1890

The Carousel of Progress looks at today's
modern living - electrically

Rocket Jets soar high above Tomorrowland

Mission Control monitors a flight to the moon

A futuristic garden becomes a rising stage
for Tomorrowland entertainment

Turnpike cruising on the Autopia

Matterhorn Bobsled careens into glacier lake

Submarine Falls - aboard air-conditioned submarine
guests view underwater panorama

Tomorrowland - vista into a future world of new discoveries

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Beauty Sells!

Lucky's for Christmas? WOW! - Ann Sothern 1954.

What a cover shot, Beauty!- Janet Leigh 1951.

Salome & Margarine, What a combo! - Rita Hayworth 1953.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Santa Fe All The Way!

There are no trains more important in my life than Santa Fe Railway trains. The examples below illustrate the beauty and power I see in them. The first picture, dated 1971, tells it all... 14 years earlier, as a 10 year old, I would be on the "Super Chief" heading West.

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe - EMD F7 - Dearborn Street Station - Chicago, Illinois, April, 1971 - During the golden years of railroading, Chicago boasted six downtown passenger stations. The oldest was Dearborn Street, opened in 1885. Located at Dearborn and Polk Streets, Amtrak closed the station after it decided to consolidate Chicago operations. On the eve of Amtrak's startup, an unidentified Santa Fe train prepares to depart.

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe - EMD F7 - Santa Fe Corwith Yard - Chicago, Illinois, July 07, 1973 - Santa Fe 339 was built as a passenger locomotive in 1953. It was later modified for use in freight service, and received this "Yellow Bonnet" paint variation.

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe - EMD F7 - Santa Fe Corwith Yard - Chicago, Illinois, September 15, 1973 - Although a bit tattered after two years in freight service, Santa Fe 313 is shown still wearing what is probably the most famous diesel locomotive image of all. The former passenger hauler was built in March 1953.

LINK: See more great RR photos from Kevin Piper on RailPictures.Net

Friday, July 24, 2009

The Berlin Airlift

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift. The heroic efforts of the United States and her Allies saved more than 2 million men, women and children in Berlin.

The Berlin Airlift began on June 26, 1948. The Soviets sealed off the western portion of Berlin controlled by American, British and French forces. In response, the western allies took to the skies and began flying in provisions for West Berlin’s 2.2 million residents, an effort that grew into the Berlin Airlift.

In one of the greatest humanitarian actions of all time, American and British aircraft supplied the inhabitants of Berlin with food, fuel and other supplies during the unprecedented Berlin Airlift, which came to be known as “Operation Vittles”. At midnight on May 12, 1949, the Soviets reopened land and water routes into Berlin ending the 322-day blockade of Berlin.

Newest class of US Air Force pilots grouped in front of C-47 & C-54 cargo transport planes which they are training to fly during Operation Vittles, the plan to break the Soviet blockade of Berlin, aka the Berlin Airlift. Great Falls, Montana - October 1948 - LIFE Magazine - Photographer: J. R. Eyerman.

Citizens of Berlin stand amid rubble near the edge of Tempelhof Airfield to watch an American C-47 cargo plane arrive with food & supplies, part of the Allied effort to counter a Soviet blockade of the city during the Berlin airlift - July 1948 - LIFE Magazine - Photographer: Walter Sanders.

Rhein-Main Airfield in Frankfurt at night showing streaks of landing lights of C-54 during Berlin Airlift operation - July 1948 - LIFE Magazine - Photographer: Walter Sanders.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Buick for 1955

Buick originated as an independent motor car manufacturer, the Buick Motor Company, incorporated on May 19, 1903, by David Dunbar Buick in Detroit, Michigan. Later that year, the struggling company was taken over by James H. Whiting who moved it to his hometown of Flint, Michigan, and brought in William C. Durant in 1904 to manage his new acquisition.

The model name Century came about when Buick was designing its first production automobile capable of reaching a speed of 100mph. The division needed to come up with a name. One of the Buick executives had returned from a recent trip to the British isles and told the other executives that the British referred to going 100mph as "doing the century". The executives liked the Century name and it stuck.

The ideal Buick customer is comfortably well off, possibly not quite rich enough to afford a Cadillac, nor desiring the ostentation of one, but definitely in the market for a car above the norm. Over time Buick has become a traditional luxury brand in the GM group whereas Cadillac has focused more on cutting edge products.

A traditional Buick styling cue dating to 1949 is a series of three or four portholes or vents on the front fender behind the front wheels. The source of this design feature was a custom car of Buick stylist Ned Nickles, which in addition had a flashing light (not used by Buick) within each hole each synchronized with a specific spark plug simulating the flames from the exhaust stack of a fighter airplane.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Apollo 11 - 40 Years Ago

The Apollo 11 mission was the first manned mission to land on the Moon. It was the fifth human spaceflight of Project Apollo and the third human voyage to the Moon. It was also the second all veteran crew in manned spaceflight history.

Launched on July 16, 1969, it carried Mission Commander Neil Alden Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin Eugene 'Buzz' Aldrin, Jr. On July 20, Armstrong and Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the Moon, while Collins orbited above.

The mission fulfilled President John F. Kennedy's goal of reaching the moon by the end of the 1960s, which he expressed during a speech given before a joint session of Congress on May 25, 1961:

"I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth."

The Apollo 11 Lunar Module Eagle, in a landing configuration was photographed in lunar orbit from the Command and Service Module Columbia. Inside the module were Commander Neil A. Armstrong and Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin. The long rod-like protrusions under the landing pods are lunar surface sensing probes. Upon contact with the lunar surface, the probes sent a signal to the crew to shut down the descent engine.

Little girl holding the Washington Post newspaper on Monday, July 21st 1969. "The Eagle Has Landed Two Men Walk on the Moon".

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, lunar module pilot, walks on the surface of the Moon near the leg of the Lunar Module (LM) "Eagle" during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity (EVA). Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, commander, took this photograph with a 70mm lunar surface camera.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Walter, Dead at 92

Walter Leland Cronkite, Jr., best known as anchorman for the CBS Evening News for 19 years (1962–81). During the heyday of CBS News in the 1970s and 1980s, he was often cited in viewer opinion polls as "the most trusted man in America" because of his professional experience and kindly demeanor. Cronkite died on July 17, 2009 at the age of 92 after an extended battle with cerebrovascular disease.

In 1950, Cronkite joined CBS News in its young and growing television division, recruited by Edward R. Murrow, who had previously tried to hire Cronkite from UP during the war. Cronkite began working at WTOP-TV, the CBS affiliate in Washington, D.C.

Cronkite succeeded Douglas Edwards as anchorman of the CBS Evening News on April 16, 1962, a job in which he became an American icon. The program expanded from 15 to 30 minutes on September 2, 1963, making Cronkite the anchor of American network television's first nightly half-hour news program.

Cronkite is vividly remembered by many Americans for breaking the news of the death of President Kennedy on Friday November 22, 1963. Cronkite had been standing at the United Press International wire machine in the CBS newsroom as the bulletin of the President's shooting broke and clamored to get on the air to break the news.

Editor: Walter, I Will Miss You! You were one of a handfull of people that thought me what this great country was all about. I thank you for all that you have shared we me and millions of other Americans, I'll never forget you!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Disneyland 54 Years

To celebrate Disneyland's 54th anniversary, I thought I would show 4 of my favorite postcards from the 1960's. These represent what My Disneyland was all about (at least the Tomorrowland part). I know you have seen them all before, but it's "Anniversary Time" at Disneyland! So lets celebrate all weekend long! Happy Birthday "D".

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Ward Kimball's Trains

The story of the Grizzly Flats Railroad began in 1938, in the backyard of Ward and Betty Kimball's San Gabriel, California orange grove. Ward, an animator for the Walt Disney Studios and part-time railroad hobbyist, decided to purchase the last remaining passenger coach from Southern Pacific's narrow gauge railroad.

About the same time, a railfan friend suggested the Kimballs should have an engine to go with their "new" 1881 coach. The historic Nevada Central Railroad was about to be abandoned, and had for sale a nice, vintage Mogul-type steam locomotive, numbered 2 and once named "Sidney Dillon", which had operated in the Nevada desert since 1881.

The rest is history. The newly-acquired locomotive and coach were brought to Southern California by rail and by truck, and soon were resting on a short section of track among the Kimball orange trees. Ward and Betty decided to name their new operation the Grizzly Flats Railroad, and heralded it as the "Scenic Wonder of the West".

In the beginning, Grizzly Flats September 1938 - Ward Kimball photo, OERM Collection.

The Emma Nevada under steam, 1940's - Named for an 1800's opera star, the "Emma Nevada" was the pride of Ward and Betty Kimball's backyard Grizzly Flats Railroad - Ward Kimball photo, OERM Collection.

Chloe at work during a 1997 steam-up - Named for Ward and Betty's daughter Chloe, this former Hawaiian sugar plantation locomotive arrived in 1948 - John Smatlak photo.

LINK: For much more information on Ward's trains visit the Orange Empire Railway Museum website.