Sunday, January 31, 2010

Going Postal

The Smithsonian National Postal Museum, located near the U.S. Capitol, is devoted to presenting the colorful history of the nation’s mail service. Mail transported our national culture, promoted capitalism, migration, community and identity formation.

It provided a communication link that encouraged the formation of like citizenry long before the birth of the Internet. These images provide a peek into this intriguing history. To learn more, visit the Postal Museum Website.

This is an image of the Louisville and Evansville mail packet boat, "Morning Star" on the Ohio River. (circa 1858)

Employees driving a regulation mail wagon, size 3, on an unidentified San Francisco, California, street. The wagons were painted blue, with red and white features. The wagon was owned and operated by private companies that contracted with the Post Office Department for their use to carry sacks of mail between railroad depots and post offices. (circa 1895)

City letter carrier is shown retrieving mail from a city collection box. The driver of the Columbian Mark 3 Touring Car mail vehicle was not a Post Office Department employee, but was hired to drive carriers between collection boxes and post offices. (circa 1906)

A group of Parcel Post Service wagons and the carriers assigned to each wagon pose with their postmaster. Neither the postmaster nor the city is identified in the photograph. (circa 1913)

A pair of Curtiss Jenny (JN-4H) airplanes are shown on the polo grounds at Potomac Park in Washington, DC. This location was used for the first few months of the nation's first regularly scheduled airmail service. (circa 1918)

TO BE CONTINUED...

Friday, January 29, 2010

CPTRR - Anaheim

For all you Disney fans and railroad buffs: The Castle Peak and Thunder Railroad (CPTRR) is a backyard garden railroad designed and constructed by architect David Sheegog in Anaheim, California. Enjoy these great videos below and then visit the CPTRR website.






Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Mr. Roberts - R.I.P.

The last of the Cartwright clan from the television series Bonanza has passed away. Pernell Roberts (shown on the left) died on January 24th. One of my all-time favorite actors and good guys. Together with Lorne, Dan and Michael, he now rides on the "Great Ponderosa in the Sky."

Pernell Elvin Roberts (May 18, 1928 – January 24, 2010) was an American stage, movie and television actor as well as singer. He was widely known for his roles as Ben Cartwright's eldest son, Adam Cartwright, on the western series Bonanza (a role he played from 1959 to 1965), and as chief surgeon, Dr. John MacIntyre, the title character on Trapper John, M.D. (1979-1986).

He was also widely known for his life-long activism, which included participation in the Selma to Montgomery marches in 1965 and pressuring NBC to refrain from hiring whites to portray minority characters.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

To The Moon Alice!

EXTRA LARGE Disneyland photos courtesy of ArbyReed on Flickr.

Sponsorship of the Moonliner and Rocket to the Moon attraction
was changed to Douglas Aircraft Company in 1960. (Photo 1966)

~ The Flying Saucers attraction - 1964 ~

Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Great Fair

These slides of the 1964 New York World's Fair were taken by the Uncle of "Charlotte Eats" blogger, Patrick. Enjoy these fantastic slides, and thanks again Patrick!

In the background we see the Bell Telephone Building (white roof), the Travelers Insurance Building (red roof), to the left of the Travelers building is the IBM Building with it's great Selectric Typewriter Ball. To the right of the Bell building is Disney's/GE Carousel of Progress. The Bubble-Top snack bars are the coolest.

From left to right: The Cinerama Dome, Chrysler Exhibit, the US Royal Tires ferris wheel, Sinclair Dinoland and far right the Ford Motor Company Pavilion.
Bell Telephone Exhibit Building.

US Royal Tires and Avis Rent A Car.

The New York State Building.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

GO JETS !!!

Since the New York Jets defeated the San Diego Chargers on Sunday (17-14), it gives us a good reason to celebrate their win with a look back at the 1968 AFL Championship Game (NY Jets vs Oakland Raiders) held on December 29, 1968 at Shea Stadium, New York City, New York.

These slides were taken by the Uncle of "Charlotte Eats" blogger, Patrick. This was a time in football history that would change the game forever. Enjoy these fantastic slides, and thanks again Patrick! Check out Patrick's blog here - it will make you hungry.

The Jets would reach the pinnacle of their existence and provide the moment that would indicate the AFL's coming of age. Under Joe Namath's guidance, the Jets rose to the top of the AFL, defeating the Oakland Raiders in a thrilling AFL championship game, 27-23.

The win qualified them to represent their league in a game that was being referred to for the first time as the Super Bowl (and referred to retroactively as Super Bowl III). They were pitted against the champions of the NFL, the Baltimore Colts.

At the time, the AFL was considered to be inferior to the NFL, and most people considered the Jets to be considerable underdogs and treated the Jets as such. That would change three nights before the game while Namath was being honored by the Miami Touchdown Club as its Player Of The Year.

Namath took exception to a heckling Colts fan and used that moment to lament the lack of respect his team had gotten to that point. He then said "The Jets will win Sunday. I guarantee you." His audacious remark proved correct, as the Jets created one of the greatest upsets in football history by defeating the Colts 16–7. This victory showed that the AFL was capable of competing with the NFL.

And to finish of the post, here is a great photo of "Broadway" Joe during the New York Jets - Denver Broncos game in 1973.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

First Trip West

John Dziobko, Jr. was born in Newark, N.J., in 1932, as a young boy John was facinated by the trains his father would take him to see. He took his first black and white photos in July 1948. That September he took his first color photos, and by July 1950 John was shooting his first Kodachrome slides.

For the next 59 years continuing to this day, John has traveled the globe in search of vanishing steam locomotives and their colorful replacements. He hopes you enjoy seeing some of his work here. You will see why at slideshows his friends refer to him as "The Godfather".

Southern Pacific Railroad Alco PA-1 - 3rd & Townsend - San Francisco, California, September, 1957 - A flurry of activity greets John on his first trip west.

Western Pacific EMD F3 - Terminal trackage - Oakland, California, September, 1957 - John arrived in time to snap off a frame of this WP inbound train.

Los Angeles Railway Yellowcar - San Pedro Street - Los Angeles, California, September, 1957 - Afternoon rush on the S Line as seen from San Pedro looking north at the El Rey. Yellow cars and Red Cars of the Pacific Electric shared San Pedro street.

LA Streetcar - San Pedro Street - Los Angeles, California, September, 1957 - Bus vs. Red Line in this afternoon rush scene on the S Line as viewed from San Pedro looking north at the El Rey. We all know who won this war.

LINK: To see more great railroading photos visit The Photography of John Dziobko at GodfatherRails.com

LINK: And thanks goes out to Ray Peacock for the text above. Visit his train site at HeartlandRails.com

Sunday, January 17, 2010

NYWF Finale

Here is the final group of postcards from the 1964 New York World's Fair. "Peace through Understanding". I hope you have enjoyed this look back at what I consider, "The Greatest Modern Fair" of all time.

Schaefer Center - The Schaefer Center is unique. The two buildings making up the Center are constructed entirely of plastic and fiberglass. It is a haven for foot-sore and thirsty visitors. On weekends, visitors are met and greeted by outstanding sports celebrities. (Editor: Good Beer!)

U.S. Rubber - Visitors may ride four to a gondola on an 80 foot Ferris Wheel disguised as a giant tire. The tire, which is floodlighted at night, stands in a landscaped area; at the entrance to the ride are interesting displays of the company's products.

Westinghouse Time Capsule - Man's progress during the past 25 years will be recorded for peoples 5,000 years in the future in Westinghouse Time Capsule II, to be buried alongside the original 1939 Time Capsule at the close of the Fair.

Chrysler Corporation Exhibit - This giant World's Fair Exhibit, called "Autofare", has the biggest car in the world, a 50 foot dragon inside an engine, an auto assembly line, and many other amazing sights.

The New York State Exhibit - The Tent of Tomorrow has the world's biggest suspension roof made up of translucent colored panels and supported by sixteen concrete columns 100 feet high. There are three observation towers, one of which is the tallest structure at the Fair.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

NYWF Artist Views

This time we take a look at some "Artist Rendition" postcards from the NY World's Fair. Definitely a style of postcard that are among my favorites. We will finish a look at the 1964 New York World's Fair through postcards, tomorrow.

The Festival of Gas - "First at the Fair", the gas industry's exhibit helped set the festive mood of the Fair with its Carousel, Fun House, Puppet Show and the Festival Restaurant, which uses gas for cooking, cooling and to generate power.

Walter's International Wax Museum - The museum contains more than 30 life size tableaux based on famous paintings, historical and contemporary figures, mythology, religious events and motion picture and television personalities.

Johnson's Wax Pavilion - Within this circular colonnade is a gold disc, thirty feet thick in the center, containing a theatre. Suspended twenty-four feet off the ground, it is reached by a ramp.

The Port of New York Authority - Heliport and Exhibit Building - "Top of the Fair" restaurant and the "Drinks Around the World" cocktail lounge both located just below the 120 foot high landing deck for helicopters bringing visitors to the Fair from Manhattan and other points.

The Pavilion of the Sudan - In the shape of a contemporary mosque featuring teak lattice walls of Islamic design to achieve characteristic lighting effects inside as well as outside.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

More NY World's Fair

A look at some more very cool postcards from the 1964 New York World's Fair. "Peace through Understanding"

Continental Circus - John Ringling North Presents the Continental Circus Follies, First Time in America, and the Circus Museum in a 50,000 sq. ft. Building seating 5,000 Persons.

General Motors Futurama Building - This night view of the largest building ever constructed for a Fair exhibit is keynoted by an enormous slanting canopy 110 feet high over the entrance to the exhibit area. The exhibit projects its visitors into the life of the future as predicted by GM's technicians.

Court of the President of the United States of America - Showing the Polynesian Restaurant in the background. Palm trees are planted about and there is a lagoon where beautiful Polynesian girls pilot outrigger canoes and natives dive for oysters.

Kodak Pavilion - The most complete and colorful exhibit ever assembled to display photography's impact on our lives will be housed in this two level pavilion topped by an 81 foot high Picture Tower displaying the world's largest outdoor color prints.

Pepsi-Cola Pavilion - Walt Disney's "It's a Small World" - A salute to UNICEF, dedicated by the Pepsi-Cola Company to all the children of the world, is one of the most popular highlights.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

NY World's Fair

A look at some of the very cool postcards from the 1964 New York World's Fair. "Peace through Understanding"

The Coca-Cola Pavilion - The "Tower of Music" rises from the court of this pavilion. It features the world's largest and finest electronic carillon. Leading carillonneurs from all over the world have been engaged to perform on this unique instrument. The pavilion also features a free "Global Holiday."

The Pepsi-Cola Pavilion - Animated figures representing children in national costumes entertain visitors on a Walt Disney created cruise taken in specially designed boats. A UNICEF exhibit is also included.

Reddy Kilowatt says: "At the New York World's Fair, the Tower of Light is the world's most brilliant welcome light. "A Total Electric Gold Medallion Home is the world's most modern home - it's as clean as electric light itself.

General Motors Futurama Building - An eight and one-half acre setting with a 230,000 square foot structure surrounded by trees, grass, rock gardens and reflecting pools.

The AMF Monorail - The AMF Monorail ride at the New York World's Fair provides every member of the family with an enjoyable new experience aboard the transportation of the future. While riding in silent air-conditioned comfort three stories above ground, passengers see and can photograph many scenic Fair sights during the eight minute trip.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Fabulous Strip - Part 2

Here is one of my favorite Las Vegas postcard folders from 1967 -- 14 Views in Natural Color. Copyright MCMLXVII Curt Teich & Co., Inc., Chicago, U.S.A. - LINK: Fabulous Strip Part 1

- Night Lights on the Fabulous Strip -

- The Tropicana Hotel and Casino -

- The Sands, featuring Don Adams,
Vikki Carr and Louis Prima -

- The Riviera, featuring Allen & Rossi,
The Sandpipers and Sarah Vaughan -

- The Stardust, featuring the New Christy Minstrels -

The Sahara, featuring Don Rickles, Frank Gorshin
And for your dining pleasure,
Don the Beachcomber Restaurant

- The Thunderbird, featuring Minsky's Burlesque -