Friday, May 28, 2010

Memorial Day Salute

In observance of the ultimate sacrifice made by our soldiers, we salute here the fine men and woman of our Armed Forces. These soldiers represent the many that serve, fight and die everyday... so that we may live free. REMEMBER THEM ALL!

U.S. Army soldiers provide security as a convoy passes through a valley in southern Wardak province, Afghanistan, April 29, 2010. The soldiers are assigned to the 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Spc. De'Yonte Mosley

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Aaron Bunting, far left, U.S. Army Capt. Thomas Glynn, second left, and U.S. Naval Cmdr. Raymond Benedict, third left, meet with elders of Bar Kut Shomali village to gain information on the Afghanistan government and the various needs of their village, May 11, 2010. Benedict is commander of the Nuristan Provincial Reconstruction Team, and Glynn and Bunting are assigned to the PRT. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Steven Doty

U.S. Army soldiers fire a round from the 60mm mortar launcher during training at Outpost Loyalty, Nangarech, Afghanistan, May 15, 2010. The soldiers are assigned to 4th Infantry Division's Company D, 1-102nd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Mountain Warrior. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Steven Doty

U.S. Army soldiers prepare to load onto UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters upon completion of their first combat air assault missions in Paktya province, Afghanistan, May 1, 2010. The soldiers are assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 172nd Infantry Regiment, Maine National Guard. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Christopher McKenna

U.S. Army Sgt. David M. Pooler scans the area across the Kunar River as he provides security in the Noorgal district in Afghanistan's Konar province, May 1, 2010. This was part of a community development council meeting. Pooler is assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, 503 Airborne Infantry Regiment, 173 Airborne Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Lorenzo Ware

U.S. Navy Lt. j.g. Stacey Gross, left, and Petty Officer 1st Class Kathleen Leach wait to be introduced to the women of Nengarach village in eastern Afghanistan's Nuristan province, Dec. 28, 2009. Gross is a Nuristan Provincial Reconstruction Team information officer and Leach is a team operations specialist. The women and the U.S. Agency for International Development conducted a women's shura or council to discuss developing a literacy program for women to promote female equality. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Hawkins

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Vintage Amusement

Boardwalk and Amusement Center - Beautiful Daytona Beach is one of the most famous beaches in the world. It provides some of the safest and best bathing facilities on the Atlantic Coast and the bathing hour finds the beaches thronged with those enjoying the sun and surf. Postcard circa 1940's.

Steeplechase Swimming Pool, Coney Island, New York. Postcard circa 1940's.

The Rockets - Kennywood Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania "The Nation's Greatest Picnic Park". One of the largest and finest amusement parks in the United States. A wonderland of pleasure for the entire family with every kind of outdoor amusement device including a mammoth crystal clear swimming pool and beach. Not to visit Kennywood is not to know Pittsburgh. Postcard circa 1950's.

The "Roller-Boller Coaster", Savin Rock, Connecticut. Postcard circa 1900's.

White City, Denver, Colorado. Postcard circa 1900's.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Dogtown 1940's

Santa Monica is a city in western Los Angeles County, California. Situated on Santa Monica Bay, it is surrounded on three sides by the city of Los Angeles — Pacific Palisades on the northwest, Brentwood on the north, West Los Angeles on the northeast, Mar Vista on the east, and Venice on the southeast.

Santa Monica is named for Saint Monica of Hippo because the area on which the city is now located was first visited by Spaniards on her feast day. In the skateboard and surfing communities, Santa Monica's Ocean Park neighborhood (and the neighboring section of Venice) is referred to as Dogtown.

- Santa Monica Bay From Palisades -

- Looking towards Ocean Park from Beach Clubs -

- View from Pier, showing Beach Clubs along the Palisades -

Along the beautiful strand at the base of the famous Palisades, are many palatial homes, -- a colony of famous stars of screen, stage and radio.

Happy throngs gather daily during the summer months to enjoy sunbathing and water sports at one of the finest bathing beaches in the West. Several miles of wonderful surf and sand stretch below the famous Palisades of Santa Monica.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Beach Party Girls

Since it is getting closer and closer to summer. I thought I would change it up a little bit with some beautiful girls enjoying a day at the beach. Postcards from the 60's that are as "AMERICANA" as Apple Pie Folks! Annette is here somewhere.



Friday, May 21, 2010

Salton Sea Postcards

The Salton Sea is an inland saline lake in the Sonoran Desert of extreme southeastern California. It occupies the Salton Basin, a remnant of prehistoric Lake Cahuilla. It is borderded on the south by the rich agricultural areas of the Imperial Valley and on the west, by Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

DESERT SHORES (234 Ft. Below sea level) - Salton Sea, California - This popular resort on the west shore of this sea in the desert provides all types of accomodations for the vacationing public. The boating facilities are the best and a modern motel, trailer park and cafe will add to your vacationing pleasure here on the shores of the world's fastest body of water.

SALTON BAY YACHT CLUB - Salton City, California - The pictureque Yacht Club is considered to be one of the most luxurious Yacht Clubs in the Western States. This unique facility is situated in the heart of the Inland Desert Empire on the shores of the fabulous Salton Sea.

SALTON SANDS, CALIFORNIA - This picture was taken in the spring of 1958 on the Salton Riviera's opening day -- the day a city was born on the shores of the Salton Sea. A few months later these tents were replaced by permanent buildings and a beautiful modern city was on its way.

THE HOFBRAU RESTAURANT - Salton City, California - The most popular and picturesque restaurant on the shores of the Salton Sea where the finest of foods and cocktails are served.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Fishermans Wharf 1940s

Fisherman's Wharf gets its name and neighborhood characteristics from the city's early days during the Gold Rush where Italian emigre fishermen settled in the area and fished for the Dungeness Crab. From then until present day it remained the home base of San Francisco's fishing fleet. Despite its redevelopment into a tourist attraction during the 1970s and 1980s, the area is still home to many active fishermen and their fleets.

The embarking and landing point of the city's many fishermen is located on Taylor Street at the Embarcadero. The wharf seethes with activity - fishermen and their gear, dealers, the shell fish stands, with their big iron caldrons where freshly caught crabs are boiled and the neighboring seafood restaurants.

The Outdoor Fish Markets and Restaurants of San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf, largely supply her with abundance of various shell and freshly caught fish. Here you may also come to enjoy a fresh crab, shrimp or lobster cocktail or a full course Sea Food Dinner, under most interesting and picturesque Latin environment.

This is a general view which shows part of the fishing fleet at ancjor, the inclined boat railway used for repairs - and the eating places, curio and souvenir shops in the background.

One of the principal industries of San Francisco is fishing and centers around this point. From Fisherman's Wharf the fishing boats leave each morning to make their catches of shell fish and other sea foods. Here too one may partake of the freshly caught ocean delicacies in one of the many outdoor stands or in the fine restaurants adjacent.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Press Photos NYWF

This will be a large post because I will be gone for the next few days. So enjoy and have a great week. Thank you all for stopping by. Be back soon!

These are a group of 1964 New York World's Fair Press photographs. Of all the Fairs, this is the one that I enjoy the most. I guess it is because it is easier to relate to than the 1893 World's Fair. Although the 1893 has to be one the greatest fairs of all time, if not the greatest.

The Pepsi-Cola Pavilion - Featuring Walt Disney's "It's A Small World" - And the greatest sculpture ever built, Rolly Crump's, "The Tower of the Four Winds." I know, I know, I use great or greatest a little to much sometimes. But then so did Tony the Tiger, OK!

General Electric's Progressland Featuring Walt Disney's
"Carousel of Progress." The greatest..... Never Mind!

The Ford Motor Company Pavilion
Featuring.... OK, Your turn!

The IBM Pavilion and Gardens.

The Bell Telephone System Pavilion.

The Eastern Airlines Pavilion.

RCA Communications Center.

The Coca-Cola Pavilion.

The Eastman Kodak Pavilion.

And this is the biggest damn spare tire I have ever seen.
The United States Rubber Company Ferris Wheel.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Lena Horne R.I.P.

Lena Mary Calhoun Horne (June 30, 1917 – May 9, 2010)

Horne joined the mike chorus of the Cotton Club at the age of sixteen and became a nightclub performer before moving to Hollywood, where she had small parts in numerous movies, and more substantial parts in the films Cabin in the Sky and Stormy Weather. Due to the Red Scare and her left-leaning political views, Horne found herself blacklisted and unable to get work in Hollywood.

Returning to her roots as a nightclub performer, Horne took part in the March on Washington in August 1963, and continued to work as a performer, both in nightclubs as well as television, and releasing well received albums.

Horne announced her retirement in March 1980, but the next year starred in a one woman show, Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music, which ran for more than three hundred performances on Broadway, and earned her numerous awards and accolades, and she would continue recording and performing sporadically into the 1990s.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

On Tour

At this posting the Viewliner Limited is on tour celebrating National Train Day. We'll be back soon! RIDE THE TRAIN and TAKE THE TIME to see AMERICA !!!

Northern Pacific Railway EMD F9 - Stone Arch Bridge - Minneapolis, Minnesota, April, 1968 - The Mainstreeter moves out on to Stone Arch Bridge, heading east from Minneapolis to St. Paul. It is showing that the end is near for Class I-operated passenger service. Although BN will continue the train, it will terminate in St. Paul instead of Chicago starting in 1970, and will not be carried on by Amtrak after the 1971 takeover. This bridge is also no longer in service as a rail bridge. (Photo Credit: Jim Hinkhouse on RailPictures.Net)

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Today Is The Day!

May 8th, 2010 - National Train Day !!! --- Today marks the third annual celebration of National Train Day, we celebrate this occasion with great train pictures from some of the many contributors to the Viewliner Blog ----- ENJOY and RIDE THE TRAIN !!! (See more pictures on the PTA Transit Authority Blog)

The National Train Day celebration, sponsored by AMTRAK and others, will have large-scale, family-friendly events that provide opportunities to explore interactive, educational exhibits that bring to life the rich narrative of how trains have transformed America and will continue to do so in the future.

Long Island Railroad - Fairbanks Morse CPA20-5 - LI shoefly track - Hicksville, New York, July, 1964 - Here's a suburban train negotiating a shoefly to get around construction of the elevated right of way. (Photo credit: John Dziobko at GodfatherRails.com)

Union Pacific - EMD SD70ACe - UP Adams sub MP 276 - Clyman Junction, Wisconsin, May 05, 2010 - Today's UP special is running a bit behind schedule as it passes under an old CNW mainline fueling "pad" at Clyman. (Photo credit: Ray Peacock at HeartlandRails.com)

New York Central - Electric T-Motor - Southbound platform - North White Plains, New York, June 20, 1968 - Hauling P-Motor (and coaches) to the yard that had brought the RDCs in the background out from Grand Central. (Photo credit: George W. Hamlin Transporation Consulting)

Southern Pacific Railroad - EMD F9(A) - LAUPT - Los Angeles, California, July, 1956 - The Argonaut arrives at LAUPT in the summer of 1956. The Argonaut was a "mail & milk" train between Houston and Los Angeles. (Photo credit: Jim Hinkhouse on Railpictures.Net)

Burlington Northern Santa Fe - BNSF Ravenna Subdivision - Phillips, Nebraska, March 18, 2010 - BNSF 800103 is a flat car modified to carry Boeing aircraft fuselages. The heavy steel collar protects the expensive aircraft body from sideswipe damage. (Photo credit: Kevin Piper on Railpictures.Net)

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (ATSF) - EMD FP45 - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, February, 1990 - A true rarity...a lash-up of three FP45's in silver/red warbonnets in 1990. ATSF 106 leads, followed by sisters 103 and 102. Only 14 FP45's were produced from 1967-1968. I believe 9 were sold to ATSF and the other 5 to the Milwaukee Road. (Photo credit: Tom Pearson on Railpictures.Net)

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Amtrak / Santa Fe

May 8th, 2010 marks the third annual celebration of National Train Day, we celebrate the occasion with some great train pictures from Martin Matlack @ RailPictures.Net ----- ENJOY and RIDE THE TRAIN !!!

The National Train Day celebration, sponsored by AMTRAK and others, will have large-scale, family-friendly events that provide opportunities to explore interactive, educational exhibits that bring to life the rich narrative of how trains have transformed America and will continue to do so in the future.

Santa Fe Railroad EMD FP45 - Lamy train station - Lamy, New Mexico, July, 1968 - Santa Fe's combined El Capitan Super Chief rolls out of Lamy behind FP45u's #103 and #102, looking like someone was in a hurry to get this train out of Los Angeles - note the silver paint overspray on the pilot and anticlimber, and the mis-placed transition baggage car in the consist! Photo by George Matlack, my late father, used with permission.

Amtrak / Santa Fe EMD F7 - Waldo, New Mexico, September, 1972 - Ex-ATSF F7A #308 leads a six-unit power lashup on the point of the Southwest Limited chasing the setting sun through the ghost remains of Waldo. Amtrak is young, and it's early striping can be seen on the transition/baggage car and coaches.

Amtrak / Santa Fe EMD F7 - La Bajada Hill, West of Los Cerrillos, New Mexico, October, 1972 - Amtrak #3, The Southwest Limited, descends La Bajada Hill, westbound for Albuquerque. Amtrak is just over 1 year old and is still using old ATSF Warbonnet power, and the train is still a combination of low and high-level equipment. Early Amtrak stripes are visible on the baggage car and coaches. A dome car, probably ex-Turquoise Room, is visible in the first-class section toward the rear of the consist.

Amtrak / Santa Fe EMD F7 - La Bajada Hill, West of Los Cerrillos, New Mexico, October, 1972 - Amtrak #4, The Southwest Limited, ascends La Bajada Hill, eastbound for Lamy. Amtrak is just over 1 year old and is still using old ATSF Warbonnet power, and the train is still a combination of low and high-level equipment. Early Amtrak stripes are visible on the baggage car.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

More National Train Day

May 8th, 2010 marks the third annual celebration of National Train Day, we celebrate the occasion with some great train pictures from Chris Nuthall @ CN Rail ----- ENJOY and RIDE THE TRAIN !!!

The National Train Day celebration, sponsored by AMTRAK and others, will have large-scale, family-friendly events that provide opportunities to explore interactive, educational exhibits that bring to life the rich narrative of how trains have transformed America and will continue to do so in the future.

Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad EMD F9 - Rollinsville, Colorado, October 10, 1981 - The westbound Rio Grande Zephyr applies the horses as it climbs out of Rollinsville towards the Moffat Tunnel in October 1981.

Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad EMD F9 - Glenwood Springs, Colorado, May 16, 1981 - The westbound "Silver Lady" glides to halt for the Glenwood Springs stop in May 1981.

Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad EMD F9 - Glenwood Springs, Colorado, March 03, 1982 - After a light sprinkling of overnight snow on the mountain tops, the westbound Rio Grande Zephyr departs Glenwood Springs behind the usual suspects on a glorious March day in 1982.

Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad EMD F9 - Grand Junction, Colorado, October 18, 1981 - A close up of the three Rio Grande Zephyr covered wagons being provisioned during the eastbound stop at Grand Junction in October 1981.

Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad EMD F9 - Byers Canyon - Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado, April 03, 1982 - The westbound Rio Grande Zephyr snakes slowly through Byers Canyon in April 1982.