Thursday, April 29, 2010

Just Truckin' Around

National Van Lines " Direct Van Service to 48 States

The 1955 GM Motorama 100-truck caravan on its way to Show Cities
New York, January 20 to 25; Miami, February 5 to 13; Los Angeles,
March 5 to 13; San Francisco, March 26 to April 3,
and Boston, April 23 to May 1.

U.S. Van Lines "Your Best Move is U.S.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Edison Mall

Edison Mall Shopping Center - Fort Myers, Florida - A view of one of the most popular shopping centers on the West Coast of Florida.

A view in the Mall, showing Woolworth's Department Store and the attractive design of the Edison Mall Shopping Center, Fort Myers, Florida.

Vintage Postcards

The Pilgrim Steamer at Peaks Island Landing, Portland, Maine. (Postcard circa 1910)

Colorado Avenue, looking North, La Junta, Colorado. (Postcard circa 1940)

Mo-Rest Motel - Mobridge, South Dakota - Located on U.S. 12, the shortest all black-topped route to the West Coast. Only three miles from the new gravesite of Sitting Bull, famous Sioux Chieftain. (Postcard circa 1940)

Friday, April 23, 2010

Happy Birthday Shirley!

Actress Shirley Temple, 17, gathering her unwanted
clothes together to donate to a clothing drive.
Hollywood, May 1945 - Life Photographer: Martha Holmes.

LINK: Thanks for reminding me Heidi Ann @ Gold Country Girls

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Las Vegas 1947

Las Vegas, picturesque city of Southern Nevada, is one of the last frontier towns of the West.

At night, visitors from the far corners of the earth mingle with miners, prodpectors, ranchers and other local residents under the flashing multi-colored signs along its main thoroughfares.

Here are found the finest accomodations in the West, including resort hotels, modern auto courts and restaurants. Its night clubs and casinos provide unussual diversion to the visitor.

Gateway to Boulder Dam and Death Valley, Las Vegas is the center of the Scenic Southwest. From here one may reach by pleasant drives over modern highways, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, Cedar Breaks, Grand Canyon, Valley of Fire and Mount Charleston, known as "The Desert Alps."

Las Vegas is only 30 miles from Boulder Dam, highest and most impressive in the world, to which every month come thousands of visitors from every country of the globe.

The city with its startling contrast of old-fashioned Western life and brisk modern progressiveness, and the mighty Dam and surrounding country of unusual grandeur and beauty, combine to give the visitor a series of thrilling impressions without parallel in the world.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Firestone At The Fair

The Firestone Tire and Rubber Company is a tire company founded by Harvey Firestone in 1900 to supply pneumatic tires for wagons, buggies, and other forms of wheeled transportation common in the era. Firestone soon saw the huge potential for marketing tires for automobiles. The company was a pioneer in the mass production of tires.

Firestone was originally based in Akron, Ohio, also the hometown of its archrival, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. The company initiated operations in 1900 with 12 employees. Together, Firestone and Goodyear were the largest suppliers of automotive tires in North America for over three-quarters of a century. In 1906 Firestone was chosen by Henry Ford for the Model T.

Here is the complete Firestone Tire and Rubber Company exhibit souvenir booklet from the 1933 Chicago World's Fair. ENJOY!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Soap Box Derby

The Soap Box Derby is a youth soapbox car racing program which has been run in the United States since 1934. World Championship finals are held each July at Derby Downs in Akron, Ohio. Cars competing in this and related events are unpowered, relying completely upon gravity to move.

Here are a couple of postcards from the 1950's showing large crowds and the Race at Akron's Greatest National Sport Event.

"All American Soap Box Derby." Air view showing Derby Downs Hill with Grandstands and Finish Line. Famous Goodyear Zeppelin Dock in the Background.

Akron's Greatest National Sport Event. "All American Soap Box Derby." Scene showing Derby Downs with Race being run.

LINK: Here is more info on the Soap Box Derby @ Wikipedia

Thursday, April 15, 2010

The 1971 Pontiacs

Here are some great artist rendition postcards from Pontiac automobile dealer, Keith N. Flethcher Motors, 281 Broadview Avenue, Warrenton, Virginia. The best selection of automobiles since Wide-Track... Pure Pontiac.

~ 1971 GTO Hardtop Coupe ~

~ 1971 Firebird Formula ~

~ 1971 Grand Prix Hardtop Coupe ~

~ 1971 T-37 Hardtop Coupe ~

~ 1971 Catalina Brougham 4-door Hardtop ~

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Streamliners

Here is probably one of the coolest sets of postcards that the Santa Fe Railroad and the Fred Harvey Company ever published. It is a set of 10 postcards (5 are pictured) from the 1940's. They are linen type postcards in a great envelope.

Leaders of Santa Fe's Fleet of Streamlined Trains
The Super Chief - The Chief - El Capitan

Santa Fe Transcontinental Train with its streamlined cars in gleaming stainless steel, and 6,000 H.P. Diesel-Electric locomotive.

Fitted with roomy sofas, comfortable big chairs, and small tables facing a modernistic bar, the lounge car on the "SUPER CHIEF" has panelled walls of exquisite woods with inlaid Indian ceremonial figures, and authentic Navajo patterns in the window shades and decorations.

Passengers relax leisurely for a luxurious Fred Harvey meal in the dining car of the Santa Fe's streamlined transcontinental "EL CAPITAN."

One of the unique features of the dining cars on the "SUPER CHIEF" is the specially designed china, featuribg Indian designs found on the centuries-old pottery of New Mexico.

Under the shadow of the lofty precipitous Sierra Madre Range lies beautiful San Gabriel Valley. The Valley contains about 100 square miles of territory, nearly all of which has been transformed from sterile desert into a succession of small homes and thriving little cities.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

EXPO '84

The 1984 Louisiana World Exposition was a World's Fair held in New Orleans, Louisiana. It was held 100 years after the city's earlier World's Fair, the World Cotton Centennial in 1884. It opened on Saturday, May 12, 1984 and ended on November 11, 1984. Its theme was "The World of Rivers - Fresh Waters as a Source of Life."

Plagued with attendance problems, the 1984 Louisiana World Exposition has the dubious distinction of being the only exposition to declare bankruptcy during its run. Many blamed the low attendance on the fact that it was staged just two years and two states from Knoxville's 1982 World's Fair, and also on the fact that it coincided with the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. There hasn't been a World's Fair in the United States since.

Its 82-acre setting along the banks of the Mississippi River dazzles the imagination with a wonderland of fact and fantasy. Just five minutes from the heart of New Orleans, romantic, alluring, the "City That Care Forgot."

A winding stream and shady walk leads through a large opening in the side of the Louisiana Exhibition Center. Opening off the pathway within the building are state and corporate exhibits. Performers on floating stages entertain spectators in a cool leafy setting along the stream.

Once inside the gate, a broad vista opens up. Mysterious and coloful shapes reflect themselves in a long lagoon flanked by a covered walk and landscaped park. To either side are corporate exhibits and amusements and in the distance a glass galleria leading to the river.

For many people, the first glimpse of the Fair will be looking down Canal Street toward the river. The familiar view of the International Trade Mart and the Spanish Plaza will be dramatically changed. Flags, banners, balloons, music and entertainers lead you to the entrance area. At night, bright lights, fireworks and even laser beams draw visitors down from Canal Street to the Fair.

At the back of the site, old warehouses have been converted to shops, cafes and galleries opening onto a pedestrian mall at Fulton Street. A streetcar shuttles back and forth on tracks which are normally used for freight service.