Sunday, October 31, 2010


Contestants for queen of Newport Beach Tournament of Lights, California, 1947 - Among 50 girls who will compete Sunday in contest to choose queen of Newport Beach Tournament of Lights are standing, left to right, Pat Sayre, Anita Coane and Joyce Purcell. Dorothy Babcock is seated. Junior Chamber of Commerce sponsors event. (Los Angeles Times Photo - UCLA Archives)

Ed Holovchik [aka Ed Fury], bodybuilder and Mr. Los Angeles contestant with model Jackie Coey, 1953 - (Los Angeles Daily News Photo - UCLA Archives)

Eight girls laying in the sand while tanning with jetty in the background at Cabrillo Beach, California, 1947 - (Los Angeles Times Photo - UCLA Archives)

Women's world surfing champion Joyce Hoffman standing with longboard in San Juan Capistrano, California, 1964 - (Los Angeles Times Photo - UCLA Archives)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Vintage Vegas

The New Thunderbird Hotel, five minutes from the heart of Las Vegas, Nevada. America's most luxurious desert hotel, a miracle of modern comfort in the heart of the scenic west. Cheerful service, free and easy informality, endless fun, superb cuisine.

Stardust Hotel - Las Vegas Strip - Most exciting gaming casino in the world. Fine dining, super accommodations - Home of Spectacular "Lido de Paris".

Fremont Street - Las Vegas, Nevada - Casino district in all its incandescent and neon splendor. Some say the entire output of all Hoover Dam is required to keep these lights on... you must see it to believe it.

The Flamingo Hotel - A fantastic "Chuck Wagon" Midnight Buffet - This colorful array of just a part of a typical spread of the worlds finest foods, both hot and cold. All you can eat makes it no place for a calorie counter.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Penn Station to Kansas City

This article written by C. Thomas Carr is from the 1994 National Railway Bulletin, Volume 59, #2.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Model Trains

I know its early, but these model railroad advertising pages from the Fall 1958 issue of Model Trains magazine will give you an idea of what I would like for Christmas. I think the prices have gone up a little though. ENJOY!

Great Santa Fe Railroad, OK Brand trains from Herkimer Tool & Model Works, Inc. - 278 Harter Street, Herkimer, New York.

Kusan-Auburn KMT Model Kits - Nashville, Tennessee - New Haven Railroad Alco PA Locomotive with military railroad equipment.

Model Railroading by Athearn Inc., Dept MT, 11929 S. Western Avenue, Los Angeles 47, California - (These are in fact my favorite brand of model trains)

Monday, October 11, 2010

Cool Motels

Frontier Motel - Flagstaff, Arizona - One Mile East of Flagstaff, on Highway 66 and 89 - 31 Brand New De-Luxe Units with Individually Controlled Heat, Tubs and Showers - Room Phones, TV - Refrigeration - Heated Swimming Pool - George and Vera Skylstead, Owners. (PC circa 1960s)

Jack Rogers - Jump N' Jack Motor Hotel - 2880 Pacific Coast Hwy (U.S. 101 Alt) - Torrance, California - Phone: 325-0660 -- 775-6661 - Heated Pool, 88 Individually Air Conditioned Rooms and Suites. Accomodations for Business Gathering and Conventions. Centrally located for Vacationers. Switchboard Service, Restaurant, Cocktail Lounge, Coffee Shop, Barber Shop, Water Beds, King Size Beds, Efficiency Apartments - South Bay Area's Newest and Finest. (PC circa 1950s)

Thunderbird Motel - Silver Springs Boulevard - Silver Springs, Florida - Florida State 40, 300 yards from entrance to World Famous Silver Springs - 54 "Kingsize" Rooms... Luxurious but not expensive... All fully carpeted... Centrally air-conditioned and heated with thermostatic control... Free T.V. in rooms... Heated swimming pool... Children's poolside sun deck... Family units... Fun for all! - Phone: MArion 9-3797 - Albert F. Meli, Owner - Operator. (PC circa 1950s)

Show-Me MOTEL - 34 Rooms "The Motel of the Future" - Air Conditioned - Steam Heat - Telephones - Free Radios - Restaurant - TV - Highway 40-63 North, Columbia, Missouri - Phone GI 3-8787. (PC circa 1950s)

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Famous Streets

Times Square, New York City - 1950s.

"The Fence" which serves as the International boundary between the United States and Mexico. Nogales, Sonora, Mexixo is to the left of the fence Nogales, Arizona to the right. Where U.S. Hwy 89 connects with Mexican Federal 15.

The fabulous new Turner Turnpike was completed at a cost of over $38,000,000. It has reduced the driving distance between Tulsa and Oklahoma City to 88 unimpeded miles - 1950s.

National Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C. - Looking Towards Capitol - Rates: American Plan $2.50 to $4.00 - European Plan $1.00 to $2.50 - 1900s.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

EMD Diesels

EMD E and F units were a line of Diesel Electric locomotives produced between 1937 and 1963 by the General Motors Electro-Motive Division at La Grange, Illinois.

Union Pacific EMD E9(A) at Cheyenne Depot,
Cheyenne, Wyoming, 1974.

Great Northern EMD E7(A) at Minneapolis Union Station,
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1956.

Missouri Pacific EMD F7(A) in Sugar City, Colorado, 1956.

Denver & Rio Grande EMD F7 at Denver Union Station,
Colorado, July, 1958.

Chicago, Burlington & Quincy EMD E8(A) in Fargo,
North Dakota, April, 1971.

LINK: All images are copyright Jim Hinkhouse on RailPictures.Net