Sunday, February 28, 2010

Century 21 Expo

The Century 21 Exposition, known to most as the Seattle World's Fair, was a held from April 21, 1962, to October 21, 1962 in Seattle, Washington. Nearly ten million people attended the fair.

Seattle, Washington - The Centrury 21 Exposition, America's spage age world's fair, will thrill visitors to the five Worlds of Century 21, tied together by the exotic Boulevards of the World. Man's life in the space age will be shown in the Coliseum and the United States Science Pavilion will house the most extensive science exhibits ever assembled by the U.S. Government. Atop the 550-foot Space Needle is a restaurant and observation deck, revolving once an hour.

The Monorail for the Seattle World's Fair, ready to whisk 10,000 passengers an hour from downtown Seattle to the site of the $70,000,000 Century 21 Exposition. Built by the Alweg Rapid Transit Company, it is the world's first high speed, mass transit Monorail, covering the 1.2 mile route in 96 seconds, for a thrilling, silent ride.

Topping the 1962 Seattle World's Fair is the 600 foot Space Needle, where visitors can dine in a 250 seat revolving restaurant affording a panoramic view of the world's fair, city and mountains around this seaport. Tying the fair to downtown Seattle is the world's first high speed mass transit Monorail, shown here at the base of the Needle.

- Interior of Coliseum 21 -

- Dole Pineapple Hawaiian Pavilion -

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Celebrity Homes

Here are some more very cool 1930's and 40's Movie Star Homes postcards from my collection. And a link to my original post of Movie Star Homes postcards.

~ Mary and Doug at home "Pickfair", Beverly Hills ~

~ Residence of Ginger Rogers, Beverly Hills ~

~ Home of Bud Abbott, Encino, California ~
~ Home of Lou Costello, North Hollywood ~

~ Dolores Del Rio at home in Hollywood ~

Home of Shirley Temple, "The Darling of the Movies" - This postcard does not picture Shirley because it is actually an advertising postcard for a cleaners (see picture of the back of card below).

I suppose you advertised this way so that you didn't have to pay any money to Shirley Temple for the use of her likeness, but still got to use her name.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Dawn of a New Day

The 1939-40 New York World's Fair was the largest world's fair of all time. Many countries around the world participated in it, and over 44 million people attended its exhibits in two seasons. The Fair was the first exposition to be based on the future, with an opening slogan of "Dawn of a New Day", and it allowed all visitors to take a look at "the world of tomorrow".

Features of the Elgin Watch Building at the New York World's Fair include a fully equipped astronomical observatory and watch museum. There is an animated puppet style show, parading the latest fashions of leading designers. Watches of visitors are rated for accuracy, without charge.

Gas Exhibits Building - Four ninety-foot pylons form a unique entrance to the building through a circular Court of Flame. Several hundred gas corporations have united to make this one of the most interesting displays in the Community Interests Zone.

Parachute Jump - A 250-foot steel structure with parachutes in operation is one of the concessions in the Amusement Area of the New York World's Fair. Eleven of the 'chutes, each seating two passengers, are to be hoisted by steel cables to the top of the tower and the released to give passengers the experience of "bailing out" from a winging plane.

Men's Apparel Quality Guild Exhibit Building - Representing over fifty leading manufacturers of men's apparel, the exhibits in this building display men's wear in many attractive and colorful exhibits. Also included in this building is a magnificent sports arena featuring a daily sports program in its diving pool and on its playing firld and tennis courts.

Cosmetics Building - Erected by the Fair Corporation, this building closely resembles a container for the products of the vast cosmetic industry which is portrayed in the numerous exhibits within its walls. Motion pictures, pageants and cosmetic shows daily fill the magnificent auditorium to capacity.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Movie Star Homes

Just for fun here are some very cool 1940's linen style Movie Star Homes postcards from my collection. I have always wanted to know how many different postcards of this style were done. Does anybody out there know?

Residence of Bob Hope - North Hollywood

Home of Clark Gable - Brentwood Highlands

Home of Bette Davis - North Hollywood

Residence of Judy Garland - Bel Air

Home of Bing Crosby - Toluca Lake

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Super Chief 1969

Here are some real Santa Fe Railroad photographic gems. In this case you have the combined Super Chief and El Capitan train in Albuquerque, New Mexico in September 1969. In a little more than a year and a half this train and its service would all but dissappear as Amtrak takes over on May 1st, 1971.

These photos, and their description are the courtesy of Martin Matlack and were originally posted on RailPictures.Net. The Albuquerque, New Mexico, Santa Fe train station and Fred Harvey Alvarado Hotel are now gone. Unfortunately! Please read on and enjoy. Thank you Martin, all is very much appreciated.


ATSF F7A #35C rests in the Albuquerque station at the head end of a four-unit set in charge of the eastbound Super Chief / El Capitan. She will get a new crew, fuel, and any other attention required for the next 26 hours to Chicago.

Train travel, 1969. The westbound ATSF Super Chief / El Capitan is in the station for a service stop and crew change; the passengers have 30 minutes to stretch their legs. The dress was a bit more formal in those days. The ticket office and hotel are long gone.

The Super Chief is in! Passengers and visitors gather outside the ticket office at the Albuquerque train station, then part of the historic Alvarado Hotel. The hotel was torn down in 1970, and the station burned in the late 1990's.

Train travel in 1969 was a bit more formal than today, especially in first class on the Super Chief. This gentleman heads for the depot as a trainman climbs aboard the Pullman car to pay it some attention during it's service stop in Albuquerque.

ATSF Special Historical Exhibit Car #5005 sits behind the baggage car on the eastbound Super Chief / EL Capitan.

ATSF train #17, the westbound Super Chief/El Capitan, basks in the afternoon sun as it gets washed during it's service stop in Albuquerque. This is a piece of equipment that is long gone but was very much appreciated by the passengers.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

RCA Victor Stars

Here are some great 1940's promotional postcards from the Radio Corp of America, RCA Victor Division, Camden, New Jersey. The text comes from the back of the postcards with links for more information about the Artists on Wikipedia. ENJOY!

Vaughn Monroe, the singing maestro. First celebrated as Wisconsin State champion trumpet player, directed church choir in Cudahy, Wisconsin, enrolled at Carnegie Tech. Jack Marshard retired from bandleading and convinced Vaughn to take over. Played Boston and Miami society jobs, awarded radio contracts, hotel and theatre billings, his Victor waxings on best-seller lists.

Freddy Martin, the talk of the country for putting longhair music in three quarter time. Played sax in high school, enrolled at Ohio State, toured with band in England. Started his own band in Brooklyn hotel, garnered radio sponsors and a Victor recording contract. Crashed Hollywood, voted most popular dance ork on West Coast.

David Rose, talented composer, arranger, conductor of popular music. Born in London, studied piano at Chicago's College of Music, NBC Staff ork. Roy Shields arranger pianist, original compositions premiered by Chicago Symphony, arranged for Hollywood's singing stars, one of youngest musical directors ever appointed a West Coast network. Debuted on Victor label with unusual, sparkling originals, "Holiday for Strings" and "Our Waltz", now a national favorite.

Tommy Dorsey, that Sentimental Gentleman. Remarkable record as one of the nation's favorite dance bands year in 'n' year out, constantly on call for big budget musicals, countless commercial air shots. Draws capacity crowds at theatres and hotels, traffic jams wherever he goes. In the early days of swing, had stints with almost every important musical organization in the country. His Victor discings of today's top tunes get "rave" notices.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Pierce Arrow

Pierce-Arrow was an American automobile manufacturer based in Buffalo, New York, which was active between 1901 and 1938. Best known for its expensive luxury cars, Pierce-Arrow also manufactured commercial trucks, fire trucks, camp trailers, motorcycles, and bicycles.

In 1903 Pierce decided to concentrate on making a larger, more luxurious auto for the upscale market, and the Pierce-Arrow automobile was born. In 1908 Pierce Motor Company was renamed The Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Company.

In 1909, U.S. President William Howard Taft ordered two Pierce-Arrows to be used for state occasions, the first official automobiles of the White House. An open-bodied Pierce-Arrow carried Woodrow Wilson and Warren G. Harding to Harding’s 1921 inauguration.

In 1914, Pierce-Arrow adopted its most enduring styling hallmark when the headlights of the vehicle were moved from the traditional placement on either side of the radiator into flared housings molded into the front fenders of the car.

The Pierce-Arrow was a status symbol, owned by many Hollywood stars, corporate tycoons and royalty of many foreign nations had at least one Pierce-Arrow in their collections. In American luxury cars it was rivaled only by Peerless and Packard.

Pierce-Arrow advertisements were artistic and understated. The Pierce-Arrow was typically depicted in elegant and fashionable settings. Some advertisements featured the car in places an automobile would not normally go, such as the West and other rural settings, a testament to car's ruggedness and quality. (These advertisements are from the collection of John Donovan).

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Burton Frasher

Burton Frasher was born in Colorado in 1888 and in the early 1900's he had a photo studio in Wapato, Washington later moving to Lordsburg, California and still later settling in Pomona, Los Angeles County, California.

He was active in California, Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico from the mid-teens into the early 1950's. His real photo postcards will often have his imprint on the front of the cards, reading Frashers. Inc., Pomona, California.

1931 Barstow, California.

1938 Barstow, California.

1943 Barstow, California.

1940 C & A Chevron, West Broadway St, Needles, California.

1940 Front Street and E Street Needles, California.

1940's Fremont Street (Looking East), Las Vegas, Nevada.

1943 Fremont Street (Looking West), Las Vegas, Nevada.

LINK: Postcards courtesy of Jason at Wishbook's photostream on Flickr

Monday, February 15, 2010

In Glorious B & W

Star of the Silky Way - When better automobiles are built, Buick will build them - The Custom Built Roadmaster by Buick.

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Happy Introduction to a Colorado Vacation - The Rock Island Rocky Mountain Rocket - This is the train that goes directly from Chicago to Colorado Springs and Denver.

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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Newport Beach

From a series of Newport Beach and Balboa area California postcards published by Barrett & Barrett, highlighting some of the paintings from local artist, Steve Simon.

Newport Pier Seafood Restaurant - Located at the end of the Newport Pier landmark, the restaurant serves the finest seafood and cocktails with beautiful ocean views.

Doryman Fishing Fleet - Since the 1890's, the Newport Beach Pier has been the site of the Doryman Fishing Fleet and a source of fresh seafood.

Balboa Island Ferry - This historical landmark began service in 1909 and makes crossings from Balboa Island to the Peninsula daily.

Balboa Fun Zone - Bordered by the Pavilion and the Ferry, the Fun Zone was refurbished in 1972 and now includes arcades and rides.

Balboa Pavilion - Built in 1906 at the terminus of the Red Car Line, the Balboa Pavilion is noted in the National Register of Historic Places.