Thursday, September 30, 2010

Happy 50th Guys

The Flintstones animated television sitcom ran from September 30, 1960 to April 1, 1966 on ABC. Produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions, The Flintstones is about a working class Stone Age man's life with his family and his next door neighbor and best friend.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

California Zephyr

The country's most famous train, the California Zephyr is westbound in Altamont Pass east of Livermore, California an hour east of Oakland, its destination, April 22, 1950. The CZ, train No. 17, provides luxury travel from Chicago to California with sleepers, dome cars, full diners and coaches.

The new diesel powered, stainless steel California Zephyr between Chicago, Denver, Salt Lake City and San Francisco features the unique Vista-Dome cars.

The diesel powered, stainless steel California Zephyr. This train operates via Burlington, Rio Grande and Western Pacific Railroads through the Colorado Rockies and Feather River Canyon ... the Scenic Way Across America.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

More KBF Postcards

The years prior to the 20th Century were the days of the Stage Coach, narrow gauge Steam Railroad and the Cable Car. Thes are preserved to a flavorable age at Knott's Berry Farm, Buena Park, California.

Town Clock - This unique handmade clock tells time in 13 different countries. It was created in two years by a fine German watchmaker who lived in Long Beach, California.

Editors note: If you would like to read more about the Town Clock and where it is now located, visit --- Dreger Clock - An historical restoration project of the Buena Park Historical Society.

Entrance to Jungle Island, filled with Woodimals for children to climb upon and trails to discover - All at Knott's Berry Farm and Ghost Town, Buena Park, California.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Howard Fogg

These postcards are from the New York Central Railroad System and are paintings by renowned railroad artist Howard Fogg. Why there is no biography of him on Wikipedia is beyond me. But HERE are more of his paintings and a little information about him. To see more of these cards please visit my other blog... The PTA Transit Authority. ENJOY!

"The Steam Locomotive Speed King", New York Central & Hudson River Railroad locomotive No.999 on "The Empire State Express" - 1893. The locomotive that ran at a speed of 112 miles per hour on May 10, 1893, the first machine to operate in excess of 100 m.p.h.

West portal of tunnel under Pittsburgh Works, Jones & Laughlin Steel Corporation.

2-8-4 Berkshire Type Locomotive at Dickerson Run 1948.

Blast Furnaces of the National Tube Division, The United States Steel Corporation, McKeesport, Pennsylvania.

Niagara Type 4-8-4 Locomotive, Class S-1-b, on New York Central Train No. 50 - "The Empire State Express", in the Highlands of the Hudson, 1948.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Ghost Mountain Park

Ghost Mountain Park in Maggie Valley, North Carolina, was a theme park that featured an 'old west' theme with the Old Mining Town, overland stage, ghost town street scene, general store, shoot-outs and much more. -- If anybody has more information about this place, please let us know.

Street scene in the Ghost Town - Ghost Mountain Park located at Maggie Valley, North Carolina on U.S. Highway No. 19.

The Mountaineer Town is, in its aown unique creation, an interesting sight to see. The Old Mill and real shops to wander through. The Mystery House is an unbelievable sight... water actually runs uphill. You lose your equilibrium... a wonderful experience.

Ghost Town Marshals gun down bank robbers before the eyes of Chief Marshal and judge standing in front of bank.

Ghost Mountain's Doc Holiday finds slain cowboy's boots two sizes too large after gunfight on streets of Ghost Town.

The Frontier Community Church of Ghost Mountain Park - In a more sentimental mood, the little white church stands like a sentinel at the end of the street. Sunday Services are held here and the view out the window behind the pulpit overlooks a world of high purple mountains, the log green valley and a sky as crystal blue as a gem stone with slowly drifting white clouds.

This view typifies the unconquerable beauty of Western North Carolina... a playground land, a land of pleasant living, a land of virgin unspoiled forests, sparkling streams and lakes... one which lives up to the name by which it has become renowned, "The Land of the Sky".

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Pennsylvania Railroad

The Pennsylvania Railroad was founded in 1846. Commonly referred to as the "Pennsy", the PRR was headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The PRR was the largest railroad by traffic and revenue in the US throughout its 20th-century existence and was at one time the largest publicly traded corporation in the world. At its peak, it controlled about 10,000 miles of rail line and employed approximately 250,000 workers.

Lima B1 electric at the PRR Harrisburg station in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - September 10, 1951.

Baldwin BP60 diesel at the PRR Altoona station, in Altoona, Pennsylvania - September 10, 1951 (aka: Centipede).

Electro-Motive EMD F3A diesel at the PRR Altoona yard in Altoona, Pennsylvania - June 11, 1953.

Baldwin E3b electric at the PRR Meadows Yard in Kearny, New Jersey - May 02, 1953.

LINK: To see more great railroad photography by John Dziobko Jr. visit Godfather Rails.

Thursday, September 9, 2010


Official "Able-Stik" New York World's Fair Travel Stickers - No Water, No Mess... Just Peel and Press! - 50 Cents - Allen Hollander Co., Inc., Bronx, N.Y. 10451

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Knotts in HD - Part 2

Here are more of my favorite 1950s and 60s Knott's Berry Farm postcards. Enjoy and have a great Labor Day Weekend.

Knott's Berry Farm and Ghost Town Street Scene.

Calico Saloon Show Time - French Can-Can dancing highilights the daily shows that include singing to the rinky-tink piano. Enjoy the wildest drink in town, bubbling boysenberry juice. Ladies without escorts, welcome.

Saturday Night in Calico, 1888. From the 20 foot Mural in the Calico Saloon - This huge painting by Paul V. Klieben gives a vivid idea of the famous silver mining town as it appeared in the eighties and of its reckless and adventurous streetlife. Calico Ghost Town, 11 miles out of Barstow on Highway 91 is now being restored to its former glory by Knott's Berry Farm.

Organ Grinder and His Monkey - Music from the organ grinder's Hurdy Gurdy will draw you to the Bottle House where "Shorty" the monkey delights young and old.

This card will give you a faint idea of what we saw at the Covered Wagon Diorama in the old Ghost Town Hotel here. The beautiful night effect of the dramatic panorama, the words and music we heard are something we will never forget. The entire big painting was created in honor of Walter Knott's mother who came by Covered Wagon in 1868 - You must see it when you come here.

Wedding Party - At the office of Judge Roy Bean, Justice of the Peace - The cowboy brings his girl to be married by the Justice of the Peace.