Saturday, August 20, 2011

LAX Revisited

Aerial view of Los Angeles Municipal Airport on Army Day, circa 1931 - Publication: Los Angeles Times - 1931.

The New Theme Building at Los Angeles International Airport, 1961. The newly expanded airport will be in full operation by May 1. A restaurant, 75 ft. above ground in this building, is scheduled to open next Saturday. Above the restaurant is an observation deck - Publication: Los Angeles Times - January 8, 1961.

Esther F. Hall and granddaughter Erika watching 747 jumbo jetliner, on route to LAX, fly over their home in Los Angeles - Publication: Los Angeles Times - September 27, 1973.

Men and women flight attendants during their training in Los Angeles. The airlines are hiring stewards now, as well as stewardesses. These trainees are about to practice emergency evacuations - Publication: Los Angeles Times - December 11, 1972.

Five flight attendants modeling mod inspired and culturally influenced uniforms. Airlines are getting away from traditional stewardess uniforms as these girls attest: Jeanne Kendall, 21, American, Mary Anne Touhy, 22, Western, Junko Kawai, Japan, Sherron Goldizen, 22, Continental, and Bonnie Campbell, 20, American - Publication: Los Angeles Times - March 22, 1967.

LINK: Much more at the UCLA Archives

Monday, August 8, 2011

Happy Birthday Esther !

Esther Williams born August 8, 1921 in Inglewood, California, is a retired American competitive swimmer and MGM movie star. Williams set multiple national and regional swimming records in her late teens as part of the Los Angeles Athletic Club swim team.

Unable to compete in the 1940 Summer Olympics because of the outbreak of World War II, Williams joined Billy Rose's Aquacade. (More about Esther on Wikipedia)

It was at Aquacade that Williams first attracted attention from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer scouts. MGM's head, Louis B. Mayer, had been looking for a female sports star for the studio to compete with Fox's figure skating star, Sonja Henie. Williams signed her contract with MGM in 1941.

Esther Williams and Van Johnson starring in the motion picture "Thrill of a Romance" released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1945.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Rawlins, Wyoming

It's funny how sometimes great minds think alike. Major Pepperidge over at Gorillas Don't Blog posted a few great pictures of this town today. Huh !!! Incredible coincidence !!! What are the odds?

Rawlins is a city in Carbon County, Wyoming. It was named for Union General John Aaron Rawlins, who camped in the locality in 1867.

Panorama view of Rawlins, from Monument Hill - Cattle and oil metropolis of the plains and long a tourist center. Located in South Central Wyoming on the Lincoln Highway "U.S. 30" and U.S. 287.

1960's Plastichrome Postcard published by Geo. Mc Co., Box 7146, Murray, Utah. (This guy must be the pre-cursor to the McPostcard chain of stores we all know and love today!)