Saturday, June 25, 2011

Holiday Inn

Kemmons Wilson initially came up with the idea after a family road trip to Washington, D.C., during which he was disappointed by the quality and consistency provided by the roadside motels of the time.

The name Holiday Inn was given to the original hotel by his architect Eddie Bluestein as a joke, in reference to the Bing Crosby movie. The first Holiday Inn opened on Summer Avenue in Memphis, the main highway to Nashville, in 1952. (More Info on Wikipedia)

"Your Host From Coast to Coast"

Holiday Inn 180th Street - Miami Beach, Florida - 18001 Collins Avenue - Swim time at the beach or pool, delightful dining in the attractive restaurant, game time at the recreation area, refreshment time in the cocktail lounge or at the pool patio - All await you at the Holiday Inn - Tel: 947-0671.

Holiday Inn - Lake City, Florida - U.S. 90 at Interstate 75 - Post Office Drawer 1239 - Phone 752-3901 - Air Conditioned, Restaurant, Swimming Pool, Free TV and Free Holidex Reservations.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

The UP City Trains

Here are some vintage 1940's Union Pacific Railroad "City Trains" luggage labels. Awesome stuff! ENJOY!

The City of Portland was a named passenger train operated by the Union Pacific Railroad and Chicago and North Western Railway between Chicago, Illinois, and Portland, Oregon. It started in June 1935, using the M-10001 streamliner trainset with only one set of equipment the train left each of its terminals five times a month. It was the first of the Chicago-to-Coast streamliners, and its 39 hour 45 minute schedule became the standard. (More on Wikipedia)

The City of San Francisco was a streamlined passenger train operated jointly by the Chicago and North Western Railway, the Southern Pacific Railroad, and the Union Pacific Railroad. The train ran between Chicago, Illinois and Oakland, California, with a ferry connection to San Francisco.

The City of San Francisco is perhaps best remembered for the January 1952 event when a blizzard in the Sierra Nevada Mountains entrapped the train for six days at Donner Pass, California. (More on Wikipedia)

The City of Denver was a passenger train operated jointly by the Chicago and North Western and Union Pacific railroads. The train operated on both railroads' rights of way between Chicago, Illinois, and Denver, Colorado. In 1955 the Milwaukee Road assumed the service, replacing the Chicago and Northwestern between Chicago and Omaha. This train service was the fastest long-distance passenger train in the world when it debuted in 1936. (More on Wikipedia)

The City of Los Angeles was a streamlined passenger train that ran between Chicago, Illinois and Los Angeles, California, via Omaha, Nebraska and Ogden, Utah. Between Omaha and Los Angeles, the train was operated by the Union Pacific Railroad. East of Omaha, the train was operated by the Chicago and North Western Railway until 1955, and by the Milwaukee Road thereafter.

This train was the top-of-the-line for UP, which marketed it as a direct competitor to the Super Chief, a streamlined passenger train operated by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, and the Golden State, a streamlined passenger train jointly operated by the Rock Island and Southern Pacific railroads. (More on Wikipedia)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Streets of LA

For your viewing pleasure, here are some more of my favorite postcards of the Los Angeles area during the 1950s. Oh! how things have changed. ENJOY!

BRAND BOULEVARD - Glendale, California - New modern shops on Glendale's main thoroughfare. A city beautiful, nestled in California mountains.

SEVENTH AND BROADWAY - Los Angeles, California - The heartbeat of a busy metropolis.

SAN FERNANDO ROAD - Burbank, California - New modern shops on Burbank's main thoroughfare, constantly increasing with Burbank's fabulous growth.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Jack Delano - Photographer

Photographers working for the U.S. government's Farm Security Administration (FSA) and later the Office of War Information (OWI) between 1939 and 1944 made approximately 1,600 color photographs depicting life in the United States.

Jack Delano was one of those photographers. The following are a sample of some of the 100's of pictures he took during this period. These photographs are now housed at the Library of Congress. Wikipedia Link for Jack Delano.

1940 - Sylvia Sweets Tea Room corner of School & Main streets, Brockton, Massachusetts.

1943 - View of part of the South Water Street freight depot of the Illinois Central Railroad, Chicago, Illinois.

1940 - Trucks outside of a starch factory, Caribou, Aroostook County, Maine.

1943 - Pennsylvania R.R. ore docks, unloading ore from a lake freighter by means of Hulett unloaders, Cleveland, Ohio.

1943 - Freight Depot of the U.S. Army consolidating station, Chicago, Illinois.

1943 - C&NW Railroad, putting the finishing touches on a rebuilt caboose at the rip tracks at Proviso yard, Chicago, Illinois.

1940 - Children in the tenement district, Brockton, Massachusetts.

Monday, June 6, 2011

D-Day June 6th, 1944

The Normandy Landings were the first operations of the Allied Powers' invasion of Normandy, also known as Operation Neptune and Operation Overlord, during World War II. D-Day for the operation, postponed 24 hours, became June 6, 1944, H-Hour was 6:30 am. The assault was conducted in two phases: an air assault landing of American and British airborne divisions shortly after midnight, and an amphibious landing of Allied infantry and armoured divisions on the coast of France.

The operation was the largest single-day invasion of all time, with over 130,000 troops landed on June 6th 1944. 195,700 Allied naval and merchant navy personnel were involved. The landings took place along a stretch of the Normandy coast divided into five sections: Gold, Juno, Omaha, Sword and Utah.

American assault troops in a landing craft huddle behind the protective front of the craft as it nears a beachhead, on the Northern Coast of France. Smoke in the background is Naval gunfire supporting the landing.

A LCVP (Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel) from the U.S. Coast Guard-manned USS Samuel Chase disembarks troops of the U.S. Army's First Division on the morning of June 6, 1944 (D-Day) at Omaha Beach. (Chief Photographer's Mate (CPHOM) Robert F. Sargent, U.S. Coast Guard)

Members of an American landing party lend helping hands to other members of their organization whose landing craft was sunk be enemy action of the coast of France. These survivors reached Omaha Beach, by using a life raft. (Photographer: Weintraub, 6 June 1944)

Crossed rifles in the sand are a comrade's tribute to this American soldier who sprang ashore from a landing barge and died at the barricades of Western Europe.

Landing ships putting cargo ashore on Omaha Beach, at low tide during the first days of the operation in June, 1944. Among identifiable ships present are LST-532 (in the center of the view); USS LST-262 (3rd LST from right); USS LST-310 (2nd LST from right); USS LST-533 (partially visible at far right); and USS LST-524. Note barrage balloons overhead and Army "half-track" convoy forming up on the beach. The LST-262 was one of 10 Coast Guard-manned LSTs that participated in the invasion of Normandy, France.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Los Angeles Streetcars

Here is a very cool look back at the transit system in and around the Los Angeles area in 1957. All brought to you by the photography of John Dziobko at and descriptions by Ray Peacock at Thank you John and Ray !!!

Metropolitan Coach Lines - MCL 5119 Los Angeles, California - September 13, 1957 - Down the line in Watts - Graham Tower controlled the maze of trackage radiating from Graham yard.

Metropolitan Coach Lines - MCL5116 Slauson Jct. - Los Angeles, California - September 13, 1957 - Looking at northbound cars to downtown, about to cross Slauson Ave. The branch behind is the Pacific Electric Whittier-Fullerton branch.

Metropolitan Coach Lines - MCL 407 San Pedro - Long Beach line - Los Angeles, California - September 09, 1957 - Express cars roll by at Slauson Jct. in south central L.A. The inner two mains were express tracks, running from downtown to Long Beach. Don't be mislead by the term 'express', as the preponderance of grade crossings through this part of the line, protected only by wig-wags, kept speeds at 25mph max.

Unfortunately the wig wags weren't the objective of the photographer on this day, but we can all be thankful for John's documentation of the line in color. Note the sharp-dressed motorman through the window. Today this is the Metrolink Blue Line.

Metropolitan Coach Lines - MCL 415 San Pedro - Long Beach line - Los Angeles, California - September 09, 1957 - Car 415 moves towards downtown after crossing the Santa Fe Harbor line at Slauson Tower on the MCL Southern District. This is the main stem of the MCL system as it existed in 1957, express trains ran on the inner two mains of the 4-track right of way, in the heart of south-central L.A.