Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Vista Dome

What we have here is a 6 by 9 inch GIANT postcard from the 1950s. This is one of those postcards that has a lot to say. It shows the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad consist of the California Zephyr.

The diesel locomotive is an American Locomotive Company (ALCO) PA1. Also pictured is the monument to the Vista Dome established in 1950, in Glenwood Canyon. Follow the link and go down to the middle of the page and you will see where it is now. And as always, ENJOY!

The first successful dome cars were conceived by Cyrus Osborn of General Motors Electro-Motive Division (EMD). In 1944, while traveling in an EMD-built Rio Grande locomotive through Glenwood Canyon in Colorado, it was Mr. Osborn that recognized the wonderful views the passengers could enjoy from a panoramic dome. His idea was to provide a full 360-degree view from above the train in newly built "Vista-Dome" cars.

~~~ The back of the postcard reads: ~~~

GIANT SIZE Natural Color Postcard No. 371 -- COLORFUL COLORADO -- Glenwood Canyon: the Vista Dome Railroad car was born in Colorado's magnificent multi-colored Glenwood Canyon. The monument was erected by the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad and General Motors at a cost of $6,000.00. The car is almost nine feet long and is scaled 1.25 inches to the foot.

D. & R. G. W. R. R. Color Photo. Published by Cooper Postcards Co., Lakewood, Colorado. Produced by Hirco Color, The A.B. Hirschfeld Press, Denver, Colo -- Suitable For Framing.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Amish You!

Greetimgs from Intercourse Pennsylvania - Young Amish couple out for a Sunday ride in their Courting Buggy on the road to Intercourse. ~ Editor: First time for everything, I guess! ~

The Amish Farm & House - East of Lancaster, Pennsylvania - Two Miles East of the Howard Johnson Motor Lodge and Six Miles West of Paradise, Pennsylvania - Member of the Pennsylvania Dutch Tourist Bureau.

A group of Amish children in a scale model of a stagecoach. The Amish are a Religious Sect who have retained many of their forefathers' original customs and beliefs, and live almost solely from Farming.

The Amish Homestead - Look for the Orange Milk Cans at Entrance - This beautiful and scenic 71 acre farm dates back to 1744 and is occupied by an Old Order Amish Family using horses and mules.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Welcome to Florida!

For the convenience of visitors the State of Florida provides six Information Stations, near the State Line, at the following locations: U.S. 17, near Yulee - U.S. 19 near Monticello - U.S. 301, near Hilliard - Hwy 231, near Campbellton - U.S. 41, near Jennings - U.S. 90, near Pensacola.

Famous Cypress Gardens, Florida: Cavalcade of sxcellent water skiers led by Esther Williams, famous star of Metro Goldwyn Mayer, is shown in one of the great water shows of Cypress Gardens, in preparation of one of the newest movies taken in this beautiful attraction of Florida.

"The World's Most Famous Beach" at Colorful Daytona Beach, Florida - Postcard dated October 27, 1961.

Beauty on Parade: The Aquamaids of Cypress Gardens ski four daily water ski shows and really exemplify the youthful spirit of Florida as they skim over the water in formation.

Florida's Silver Springs - Home of World Famous Glass Bottom Boats. Entrance to Silver Springs showing Cafeteria and Restaurant.

MGM's famous Bounty, Florida's first marine historical attraction, is on exhibit at the Municipal Pier in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Jungle Queen III - Under U.S. Coast Guard Inspection. 185 passenger all steel, Cummins diesel powered, triple screw, luxurious, sight-seeing boat, with retractable canopy for low bridges. 3 hour circular jungle and Everglades cruise, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily. Millionaire's Estates, Seminole Indian Village and alligator wrestling. Leaving from the Jungle Queen Docks, Bahia Mar Yacht Basin, Fort Lauderdale Beach, Florida. Phone JA 4-5596.

Friday, June 25, 2010

And More Star Homes

"Homes of the Stars" postcards were very popular back in the day. The Charlie Chaplin postcard is from the 1920's, all the rest are linen type postcards from the 1940's.

~ Charlie Chaplin's Home - Beverly Hills ~

~ Home of Loretta Young ~ Holmby Hills ~

~ The Hilltop Residence of Claudette Colbert ~

~ Residence of George Burns & Gracie Allen ~

Ann Harding's Home, Hollywood, California - High up in the hills behind the Hollywood Bowl is this magnificent home of Ann Harding commanding sweeping panoramic views of Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

More Star Homes

"Homes of the Stars" postcards were very popular back in the 1940s. The Carole Lombard postcard was made just before her death in 1942. Click on the links and read about these folks. Very interesting and talented people. ENJOY SOME MORE!

~ Carole Lombard at home in Beverly Hills ~

~ Home of Shirley Temple - Location? ~

~ Residence of Dorothy Lamour - Beverly Hills ~

~ Residence of Alice Faye - Beverly Hills ~

~ Beach home of Cary Grant - Santa Monica ~

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Hollywood Homes

These homes of the stars postcards are a real favorite of mine. They were a very popular type of postcard back in the day. The first card is dated and the rest are linen type cards from the 1940's.

Click on the links and read about these folks. Very interesting and talented people. Marion Davies had a serious beach home. ENJOY!

~ Home of Pola Negri - Hollywood, California 1932 ~

~ The Beach Home of Marion Davies - Santa Monica ~

~ Residence of Fanny Brice - Bel Air, California ~

~ Home of Janet Gaynor - Santa Monica, California ~

~ Home of Irene Dunne - Holmby Hills, California ~

Monday, June 21, 2010

D.C. Transit 1962

The following group of Washington D.C. streetcar photos were taken by John Dziobko (aka; The Godfather of Rails) in March of 1962. To see more fantastic vintage railroad pics please visit John's website "GodFatherRails.Com" - Thank you John!

D.C. Transit PCC #766 Special - Transit cars looked clean and appealing right to the very end in 1962. Nearly 60 years later, streetcars have made a return in the nation's Capital. There appears to be another car in the distance down the road. Hopefully that person with the two-tone on the right has power steering to assist getting out of that parking space without clipping that Lincoln.

D.C. Transit PCC #1512 - Union Station - Now here's a way to get to the train. And, like the Staten Island Ferry, it'll only set you back a quarter. Thanks to John Bromley for location ID assistance.

D.C. Transit PCC #1171 - 40 Lincoln Park - Indiana Ave at 1st St. NW - A street corner scene in the nation's Capital at the height of cold-war tensions. The streetcars were soon gone. Almost 50 years later they are back.

D.C. Transit PCC - U.S. Capitol Building - Late in the District of Columbia Transit streetcar era.

Thanks to Ray Peacock for supplying the information that accompanies the photos. Please visit Ray's website "HeartlandRails.Com" - Thank you Ray!

And please visit "RailPictures.Net" for the best railroad photos on the NET!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

New York World's Fair

These are a group of Giant 1964-65 New York World's Fair (can you tell, HA!) 6 by 9 inch postcards produced by Dexter Press and the Manhattan Post Card Publishing Company Inc., 913 Broadway, New York City, New York.

Counter clockwise -- New York State Exhibit; Pavilion of The Vatican; Port of New York Authority; Unisphere, theme symbol of the Fair; General Motors Futurama Building.

The Unisphere as seen from the Promenade of the Court of Nations. Symbol of the New York World's Fair, it is dedicated to "Peace Through Understanding" and will remain on its site as a permanent gift to the City of New York.

The Unisphere is the theme symbol of the Fair. Its top is 140 feet above ground level and the globe is 120 feet in diameter with an open grid of latitudes and longitudes supporting the land masses. The reflecting pool beneath is 310 feet in diameter. It dramatizes the interrelation of the peoples of the World and their yearning for "Peace Through Understanding."

Looking down on the Unisphere and the Court of Nations. The reflecting pool beneath the Unisphere is 310 feet in diameter and dramatizes the interrelation of the peoples of the World and their yearning for "Peace Through Understanding."

The Unisphere is the theme symbol of the Fair. Its top is 140 feet above ground level and the globe is 120 feet in diameter with an open grid of latitudes and longitudes supporting the land masses. The reflecting pool beneath is 310 feet in diameter. It dramatizes the interrelation of the peoples of the World and their yearning for "Peace Through Understanding."

Editor: So now you know that the Unisphere is the symbol of the Fair and that there is a whole bunch of people in the World yearning for "Peace Through Understanding." GOT IT !!!

Monday, June 14, 2010

New York New York

These are a group of 1960s Giant 6 by 9 inch postcards produced by the Manhattan Post Card Publishing Company Inc., 913 Broadway, New York City, New York.

(1) Plaza of Rockefeller Center - (2) Glittering Midtown Manhattan at night - (3) Radio City Music Hall - (4) RCA Building and statue of Prometheus - (5) Channel Gardens - (6) Time and Life Building.

Lower Manhattan Skyline From the Air - This historic area where half a million people work includes City Hall, the Battery, Federal Hall, Trinity Church, the new 60-story Chase Manhattan Bank Building and Wall Street, the financial capital of the world.

Times Square - Within the area of Broadway are over 50 theatres offering stage productions of drama, comedy, musicals and opera. The profusion of restaurants, hotels and shops offers variety to the visitor.

Night Falls on Midtown Manhattan - The wheels of business and industry still spinning late into the night. Looking southeast over Midtown Manhattan, showing RCA Building, Chrysler Building and Empire State Building.

Statue of Liberty - Liberty Island in New York Harbor - This 300 ft. statue at the "Gateway to the New World", has become the symbol of Liberty and was presented to the people of the United States in 1883, by the people of France.

Friday, June 11, 2010

San Fran in the 1940s

The International Settlement of today shows but little of the old Barbary Coast of the rowdy past. It is an interesting, noisy, good-natured section of restaurants, night clubs and places of entertainment.

San Francisco's hilly streets are navigated by cable cars. These little conveyances ascend the seemingly perpendicular heights almost without effort. Both residents and visitors crowd aboard for a bouncing exciting trip over the hills of the fabulous city.

Lombard Street, between Leavenworth and Hyde Streets winds tortuosly eight times within the block. An unexcelled view of San Francisco and the Bay may be seen from the top of precipitous Lombard Street.

Powell and Market Streets in San Francisco is the famous corner where the cable car turns around on a turn table. Both residents and visitors alike crowd aboard the unique vehicles for bouncing exciting trip over the of the fabulous city.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Eat and Sleep

301 Motor Court - New, Modern Guest Rooms, all with private baths (tub or shower). Steam Heat - Air Cooled - Beautyrest Beds. Restaurant 1 block. Telephone 9802 - Mr & Mrs Cecil Durrence, Owners - Managers. On U.S. 301 and U.S. 25, North Side of Glenville, Georgia.

For Real Southern Food near Atlanta, Georgia - Aunt Fanny's Cabin - Smyrna, George - Aunt Fanny Says: "Save your Confederate Money Folks, The South will rise again!

President Cafe - Opposite Ball Park Minneapolis - I Like The Place, Try it when in Minneapolis - 3021 Nicollet Avenue.

Pines Camp Hotel Cottages - 77 Units - 77 Tiled Baths - In the Heart of the City - North Side - Heated - Ceiling Fans - Radios - On U.S. 41 - Valdosta, Georgia - W.U. Tel. 9111.

Pecks Tourist and Vacation Court on Lake Erie is a complete Vacation Center. 38 all modern cottages and cabins, restaurant, shuffleboard, outdoor fireplaces, swimming, horseshoes and joyous loafing. 4 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. Ohio Route 2 and U.S. 6 - 4 miles west of Vermillion, Ohio.