Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Kim Novak

Now that I am back, I thought that I had a post ready to go for today. But I was wrong! And because I did not want to dissappoint anyone, I thought I would re-post one of my favorite ladies of all-time. I hope you don't mind. ENJOY! ENJOY! ENJOY!

Cover of LIFE Magazine, March 5, 1956.

Kim Novak, age 21, Hollywood, May 1954. (Photographer: J. R. Eyerman)

Kim Novak, age 21, Hollywood, May 1954. (Photographer: J. R. Eyerman)

Actress Kim Novak in title role performing hoochie coochie dance while lolling on tiger rug during carnival tent show scene in the movie "Jeanne Eagels", 1957. (Photographer: J. R. Eyerman)

Actress Kim Novak in title role performing hoochie coochie dance while lolling on tiger rug during carnival tent show scene in the movie "Jeanne Eagels", 1957. (Photographer: J. R. Eyerman)

LINK: More Kim Novak on Wikipedia

Friday, March 26, 2010

Very Cool Motels!

I will be gone for an extended weekend and will resume posting on Tuesday the 30th. In the meantime here are some more great 1950's and 60's Motel Postcards. ENJOY!

Orangeburg Motor Court - Charles S. Way, Owner - On U.S. Highway 301 and 601 - 2 Miles South of Orangeburg, S.C. - 70 Units - Air Conditioned 100% for Summer - Hollywood Style Furniture - Radiant Heat - Queensdown Mattresses - Al Tile Baths - Carpeted Floor - Large Family Units - Jack Nolen's Air Conditioned Restaurant on the grounds.

Royal Manor Motel - 2001 South Canal St., Carlsbad, New Mexico - On U.S. Highways 180-62-285 - Tile Baths - Combination Tub and Shower in every room - TV - Radio - Room Phones - Wall to Wall Carpets - Refrigerated Air-Conditioning - Jet Flow and Electric Heated - Swimming Pool - AAA Approved - The Carlsbad Caverns National Park is open every day in the Year.

Cotton Patch Motel - Thomson, Georgia - "One of the finest in the South" - 24 Air Conditioned rooms, with TV - Steam Heat and Tile Baths - Golf privileges - AAA Approved - FREE Continental Breakfast!

Warren's Motel & Restaurant - U.S. Route 301 - N.C. Route 48, 1/2 Mile South of Virginia State Line, Pleasant Hill, North Carolina - 18 Units - Privated Tiled Baths - Tub & Shower Combination - Hot Water Heat - Free TV in Rooms - Completely Air Conditioned - Louise & Fred Warren, Owners & Operators.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

New York NY

New York City is the largest city in the United States. It was founded as a commercial trading post by the Dutch in 1625, and has been the largest city in the United States since 1790. It served as the capital of the United States from 1785 until 1790.

New York City is comprised of five boroughs: The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island and with over 8.2 million residents within an area of 304.8 square miles New York City is the most densely populated major city in the United States.

Brooklyn Bridge East River - August 1960.

Empire State Building from the Hudson - April 1959

Polo Grounds - August 1961.

South Ferry - August 1960.

The Battery - August 1961.

LINK: Thanks to Dick Leonhardt on Flickr for these great photos.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Mister Parker - R.I.P.

Fess Elisha Parker, Jr. (August 16, 1924 – March 18, 2010) was an American film and television actor best known for his 1950's portrayals of Davy Crockett for Walt Disney and his late 1960's portrayals of Daniel Boone.

Fess Parker starring in the movie "Davy Crockett" - Life Magazine Photographer Robert W. Kelley - September, 1955.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Peter Graves - R.I.P.

Peter Aurness (March 18, 1926 – March 14, 2010) - Professionally known as Peter Graves, he was an American film and television actor that is best known for his starring role in the television series Mission: Impossible from 1967 to 1973. He was the younger brother of actor James Arness.

It's 6:45 am

LA's Angels Flight back on track years after crash
By DAISY NGUYEN Associated Press Writer
Posted: 03/15/2010 01:46:39 AM PDT

Los Angeles - Angels Flight, the downtown Los Angeles funicular that shut down nine years ago after a deadly accident, is set to resume service with modern braking technology never envisioned when it opened in 1901.

Operators of the so-called "Shortest Railway in the World" said they will begin ferrying passengers up and down Bunker Hill on Monday at 6:45 a.m.

Service halted in 2001 after a rail car broke loose, rolled backward and smashed into another car, killing an 83-year-old man and injuring seven others. Federal investigators concluded that faulty mechanical and brake systems were to blame.

The newly restored railway features a computerized braking system and other safety features approved last week by the California Public Utilities Commission.

Lower Station - Northeast Elevation.
(Photographer: Jack E. Boucher - October 2, 1960)

These "Angels Flight" photographs are from the Historic American Buildings Survey collection at the Library of Congress. Information on LOC Index Card prepared by A. Lewis Koue, National Park Service in 1964 reads as follows:

Lower Station - East Elevation.
(Photographer: Jack E. Boucher - October 2, 1960)

History: Built in 1901 by Colonel J.W. Eddy to serve the residential area of Bunker Hill. The last remaining cable railway, although licensed as an elevator, in Los Angeles.

Upper Station - West Elevation.
(Photographer: Jack E. Boucher - October 2, 1960)

Description: Two-block long line operating by cable traction on three rails except where the two cars pass and here they switch onto two double tracks. Counter-balancing cars utilized to augment power energy for operation of system.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

More Fair Flash

More Flash Cards from the 1964-65 New York World's Fair. These cards pictured major exhibits and attractions at the Fair, either as artist renditions or models.

  • In the dramatic elliptical pavilion of the Coca-Cola Company , the visitor enjoys a free Global Holiday as he steps into re-creations of exotic foreign locales. By utilizing the senses of touch, hearing, smell and sight, the designers have added a new dimension to realism. The visitor has the sensation he is actually there...

    These unique "experience areas" encircle a 120 foot Tower of Music which features music from the world's largest and finest electronic carillon. Programs range from full symphony to rock and roll and music of countries round the world.

  • The Radio Corporation of America's activities at the Fair feature a full equipped color television communications center and a close-circuit color television network, both of which are operated as a public service and programmed to make the Fair more enjoyable and exciting.

    Within the structure, visitors are able to see themselves on color television, enjoy a backstage view of a color TV studio in operation, and listen to stereophonic music in two lounge areas.

  • The Schaefer Center, home of America's oldest lager beer, combines unique architectural construction with a relaxing and pleasant atmosphere. The center houses a Restaurant of Tomorrow and an exhibition area under its two air-filled "floating" roofs.

  • The atmosphere of the IBM Pavilion at the Fair is that of a garden. Tall steel trees form a green translucent cover for a series of colorful exhibits that offer simple and entertaining explanations of computers and modern information handling devices.

    The main attraction is the "Information Machine", an ovoid theatre raised 90 feet above the ground. To reach the ovoid theatre, a series of elevated walkways lead visitors to 12 tiers of moving seats, a "People Wall".

    Audiences of some 400 at a time are lifted on the Wall by hydraulic mechanism into the theatre where they are shown how the methods used by computer systems are similar to those used to solve human problems in everyday life.

  • The Pavilion of the National Cash Register Company dramatically depicts the role of business machines in today's world. The colorful ground floor of the Pavilion features the International aspects of life in 1864 as typified by NCR's operations in more than 120 countries.
  • Thursday, March 11, 2010

    A Fair Flash

    Here is one of my favorite 1964-65 New York Worlds Fair Collectibles. A boxed set of 28 picture cards or Flash Cards as they are known. These cards are not numbered and depending on which box you bought, there were always a few different pictures in each box. Below are a sample of some of the cards.

    These cards pictured major exhibits and attractions at the fair, either as artist renditions or models. And as the back of the box read: "For Mailing / Affix Addressed Label and Stamp Over Pictured Area". ENJOY!

    Monday, March 8, 2010

    To Be Fair Again

    A Century of Progress International Exposition was the name of a World's Fair held in Chicago, Illinois from 1933 to 1934 to celebrate the city's centennial. The theme of the fair was technological innovation. Its motto was "Science Finds, Industry Applies, Man Conforms".

    World's Tallest Thermometer - Twenty-one stories (218 ft.) high. Shows temperature by neon light tubes. Sponsored by Indian Refining Company, Lawrenceville, Illinois, makers of Waxfree Havoline Motor Oil -- best for all cars, winter or summer, because it contains no wax.

    Wax turns candle-hard with cold, water-thin with heat. Keep wax out of your Motor! Waxfree Havoline Motor Oil is Sold at All Texaco Stations.

    A view looking south over the World's Fair Grounds showing the General Exhibits Group in the foreground; also showing Time and Fortune Pavilion, Firestone Exhibit, Paris, Thermometer, etc.

    The Belgian Village consists of 30 buildings, exact reproductions of buildings found in Brussels or Antwerp, the same stone and brick pavements; everywhere a strictly Belgian atmosphere prevails.

    Travel and Transport Building - This building is nearly 1,000 feet long, and offers some new concepts in architecture never before attempted. The dome of the building houses the railroad exhibit at "A Century of Progress".

    Official Post Card of A Century of Progress #235 - Murals - General Electric Exhibit - Copyright 1933 and Published by The Reuben H. Donnelley Corporation, Chicago.

    Saturday, March 6, 2010

    A Century of Progress

    A Century of Progress, like the sunset, is never twice the same. Its lagoons, reflecting the changing sky, its modernistic buildings, its movement of watercraft, buses and crowds, played upon by the sunligtht, or in the mists of the evening moonlight, are an ever-unfolding panorama.

    Here is a new world in epitome recording a past century of progress and opening the door to a new century of progress. ~ Allen D. Albert, Honorary Secretary, The Architectural Commission.

    The postcards viewed here are from this souvenir view book of the Chicago World's Fair, and were published by The Reuben H. Donnelley Corporation of Chicago, Copyright 1933.

    The Chrysler Motor Company exhibits and car-testing track.

    The General Motors Building, framed by the Aurora Borealis.

    The Sears, Roebuck Building, on the Avenue of Flags.

    The Walgreen Building, with its revolving tower.

    Travel and Transport Building,
    with immense dome supported by "sky hooks."

    Federal Building and States Group,
    an architectural dramatization of national unity.

    Thursday, March 4, 2010

    GM for '57

    GM for '57 - Gives You More For Your Money.

    The beautiful new Bel Air Sport Sedan, with Body by Fisher, shows off Chevrolet's bold new grille and deeper windshield.

    The Pontiac Star Chief 4-Door Catalina offers a new kind of elegance exclusive to Pontiac's regal line, and with the all new Strato-Streak V-8 engine.

    The Oldsmobile Starfire 98 Holiday Coupe with lavish Tech-Style interior and the sure response of the Rocket T-400 engine.

    The Buick Roadmaster 2-Door Riviera rises to new record might with the great new 364 cubic inch high compression V-8 engine.

    The faboulous Cadillac Eldorado Brougham is a limited production motor car created exclusively for America's most demanding motor car buyers.

    LINK: More brochures and manuals at The Old Car Manual Project.

    Tuesday, March 2, 2010

    Desert Icons

    Here are some places of interest around the Mojave Desert area close to where I live. You'll always fined something unique out here. I took these pictures around 2004. I love this place!

    Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Station located next to the 20 Mule Team Museum in Boron.

    The Original Site of the First Del Taco (founded 1961) located in Yermo. Now known as the Burger Den.

    The Bagdad Cafe, Home of the Famous Buffalo Burger on Route 66 - Newberry Springs.

    Roy Rogers Double R Bar Ranch Billboard on Route 66 - Helendale. The ranch is still there but the sign is now gone.