Monday, April 25, 2011

Exposition Postcards

At the Pacific Gas and Electric Company Exhibit
Electricity and Communications Building on
Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay
1940 Golden Gate International Exposition.

Westinghouse... The name that means everything in electricity.
1940 Golden Gate International Exposition.

Standard Oil Tower to the Sun - Plaza De America - A beautiful edifice of Mayan architecture dedicated to the Western National Parks. The tower, 108 feet tall is visible from most every point within the exposition area - America's Exposition, San Diego, California.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

San Bernardino Railroad Days

This past weekend was the 3rd Annual San Bernardino Railroad Days event. It was held (where else) at one of the most historic railroad stations in the US, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Passenger and Freight Depot - San Bernardino Station.

This is the track side of the Santa Fe Station. I took this picture about 2 years ago. Click on this Wikipedia link to read about the station and its renovation.

There were lots of trains and vintage fire trucks and other transportation vehicles on hand. I will post more of this event in the near future. But first... one of the great Santa Fe Railway steam locomotives arrived pulling a train of vintage railroad coaches and other rolling stock.

The Santa Fe 3751 is a restored 4-8-4 steam locomotive that was originally owned and operated by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The engine was built in 1927 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works.

An Old West type of show was staged and along with the many other passengers was a neferious character who had escaped from a prison up North and was apprehended and returned to the San Bernardino Marshall to be incarcerated once more.

But as fate would have it, his long time gang of outlaws would do what they must... not to allow this incarceratrion to transpire.

The Marshall and his deputies pleaded with the gunmen not to attempt to take the prisoner from them... as they would not relinquish their custody of him without a fight.

But alas, the appeal of the Marshall would fall on deaf ears. A ferocious gun battle ensued. (And I might add, loud as all hell. My ears are still ringing.)

After all the smoke had cleared... there laid three dead hombres and they would hang the fourth one at an off-site location.

Well there you have it folks, I will post more of this event in the near future.

Here is a link to the PTA Transit Authority, for one of the newest diesel locomotives manufactured by General Electric that was on display at the event. This is awesome! Take my word for it!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Shopping Centers

Northcrest Shopping Center on U.S. 30 Bypass, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Oakbrook Center - This ultra modern shopping complex is located in Oakbrook, Illinois, west of Chicago and hosts the finest store in this area.

Southdale Center - Minneapolis, Minnesota - The World's Most Fabulous Center - Seventy-five stores surround a spectacular Garden Court all under one roof and air conditioned the year 'round. Parking is provided for 5200 cars in areas designated by unique and colorful animal signs.

The Fresno Mall - A small Tram Line carries passengers the full length of the six block promenade - Fresno, California.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Around LA

Here is a look back at some Los Angeles history, as seen through the images of late 1940s postcards. I can't wait for those new modern freeways to be completed. ENJOY!

The Hollywood Freeway is one of a vast network of major highways engineered and designed to provide unobstructed driving to and from the Metropolitan Area of Los Angeles. When completed these freeways will constitute the finest and most modern motor connections with cities and towns throughout Southern California.

LUCCA RESTAURANT - One of the most colorful restaurants in America, with the charm of the old world in a new world setting and where Hollywood begins. Comfortably seats 500 in an air cooled atmosphere. The food is world famous, as Ten Million patrons can testify. Unique Pokerchip Bar, Coffee Shop and Curio Shop. Be sure to get gift souvenir pastry box. Open from noon till midnight.

The Carthay Circle Theatre in Los Angeles, is the home of gala world premieres. Thousands of cheering fans line the streets and stand outside the theatre and enthusiastically greet the hundreds of illustrious stars who attend.

"WORLD FAMOUS COCOANUT GROVE"
at the Ambassador Hotel where stars of the motion picture and
theatrical world mingle with Southern California's smart set nightly.