Friday, January 28, 2011

Rio Grande Zephyr

The Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad, served mainly as a transcontinental bridge line between Denver, Colorado, and Salt Lake City, Utah, with a motto of "Through the Rockies, not around them".

The Rio Grande was the epitome of mountain railroading, operating the highest mainline rail line in the United States, the over 10,240 ft Tennessee Pass in Colorado, and the famed routes through the Moffat Tunnel and the Royal Gorge.

Known for its independence, the D&RGW operated the last private longhaul passenger train in the United States, the Rio Grande Zephyr. (All photographs copyright Chris Nuthall)

Burns, Colorado, December 12, 1981 - Vista domes Silver Pony and Silver Sky trail the westbound Rio Grande Zephyr as it follows the horseshoe bends of the Colorado River at Dell, on the Dotsero cut off.

Helper, Utah, October 18, 1981 - With a skittering of snow on a relatively open area between Colton and Kyune, the #18 Denver-bound Rio Grande Zephyr still has the Price River Canyon in front of it on the way down from Solder Summit.

Pinecliff, Colorado, March 20, 1982 - With business car Wilson McCarthy trailing, #17 Rio Grande Zephyr is up to full load as it approaches Tunnel 29.

Glenwood Springs, Colorado, June 13, 1981 - Attempts to emulate the classic California Zephyr shot in Glenwood Canyon with the RGZ was always made difficult by the RGZ passing through the canyon seemingly earlier in the day to the CZ.

Glenwood Springs, Colorado, June 13, 1981 - Close to midday near the longest day of the year, the westbound Rio Grande Zephyr travels through the west switch at Range on the Dotsero cut off.

Burns, Colorado, December 12, 1981 - The Rio Grande Zephyr follows the Colorado River near Burns on the Dotsero cut-off on its westbound journey to Salt Lake City.

LINK: See more of Chris Nuthall's railroad pictures on RailPictures.Net

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Pan Am Terminal

Pan American Airways was founded in 1927 as a scheduled air mail and passenger service operating between Florida (Key West, and later Miami) and Havana, Cuba.

Entrance to Pan American Airways Terminal Building, Miami, Florida.

Pan American Airways Terminal, Dinner Key, Coconut Grove, Florida.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Boeing Flying Boat

The Boeing 314 was a long-range flying boat produced by the Boeing Airplane Company between 1938 and 1941. One of the largest aircraft of the time, it used the massive wing of Boeing’s earlier XB-15 bomber prototype to achieve the range necessary for flights across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Twelve Clippers were built for Pan American World Airways.

Sun Line Helicopters

SUN LINE HELICOPTERS, Inc. - 1050 MacArthur Causeway, Miami, Florida - Sightseeing by helicopter is one of Miami's finest attractions. Thousands of visitors annually enjoy the incomparable panoramic view of the Gold Coast from a Sun Line helicopter.

Friday, January 21, 2011

War Humor

War is HELL! But HUMOR is PRICELESS! When your having a bad day and feeling somewhat down at times, just think about what these guys are going through on a daily basis.

Thank God they can still maintain their sense of humor over there! You gotta love these guys. SUPPORT THEM ALWAYS! Sorry about the small picture size, but I think you get the point.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

More Sunshine Girls

Here are some more great 1950's Florida pin-up girl postcards. The girl with the Alligator is Bettie Page.

~ There Is Fun Under The Florida Sun ~

~ Greetings From Florida ~

~ Oh! Those Florida Oranges ~

Monday, January 17, 2011

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Sunshine Girls

Beautiful Aquamaids at Florida's Cypress Gardens
"America's Tropical Wonderland"

The Weeki Wachee Mermaids pose for photographers with the Mermaid Statues which adorn the newly decorated front of Weeki Wachee, just north of Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater on U.S. 19.

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

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Surfside 6

Surfside 6 is an ABC television series (1960–1962) about a Miami Beach detective agency set on a houseboat, featuring Troy Donahue as Sandy Winfield, II, Van Williams as Kenny Madison and Lee Patterson as Dave Thorne. Diane McBain co-starred as socialite Daphne Dutton, whose yacht was parked next to their houseboat.

Margarita Sierra also had a supporting role as Cha Cha O'Brien, an entertainer who worked at The Boom Boom Room, a popular Miami Beach hangout at the Fontainebleau Hotel, directly across the street from Surfside 6.

Surfside 6 was in fact a real address in Miami Beach, where an unrelated houseboat was moored at the time; it can also be seen in the sweeping aerial establishing shot of the Fontainebleu in 1964's Goldfinger.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Here's To Yah!

Beer is the world's most widely consumed and probably the oldest of
alcoholic beverages, it is the third most popular drink overall,
after water and tea.

One of the magnificent eight horse hitches of International Champion Clydesdales used by the largest brewery in the world - Anheuser-Busch, Inc., St Louis, Missouri - Brewers of the famous Budweiser, King of Bottled Beer - 2 fold postcard circa 1950s.

Coors America's Fine Light Beer - Adolph Coors Company
Golden, Colorado - 100 Years 1873 - 1973.

The Hospitality Center - Adolph Coors Company
Golden, Colorado - 100 Years 1873 - 1973.

The Schiltz brewery, founded in 1849, welcomes 100,000 visitors every year from every part of the world. In the beauty and comfort of the Schlitz Assembly, they receive a warm greeting before touring the home of "The Beer that made Milwaukee Famous" - Copyright 1959 Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

I would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year and wish all of you the best in the year to come.

Having returned home again after visiting family and friends for the holidays, I thought it would be cool to show everyone what traveling by train was all about in the 1950's, depicted on Fred Harvey - Santa Fe railroad postcards.

A way of travel that has many great memories for yours truly. ENJOY!

The Famous Santa Fe Streamlined Fleet - Super Chief, The Chief, El Capitan, Texas Chief, Chicagoan - Kansas Cityan, The Tulsan, Golden Gate and San Diegan. These swift streamliners provide daily service between Chicago -- California -- Texas and between points in California and the Southwest.

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.

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

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 Santa Fe's streamlined transcontinental El Capitan.

Cajon Pass at the summit of the Coast Range is the Santa Fe's gateway to Southern California. In the descent from the summit (altitude 3,819) a drop of 2,700 feet is made in twenty-five miles.

Santa Fe's streamlined "SAN DIEGAN" train arriving at the Santa Fe station in San Diego, California.