Sunday, October 30, 2011

Happy Halloween to All!

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Established in 1791
524 Chestnut Ridge Road - Tel. (201) 391-6555
Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey 07675

For your pleasure, we have constructed this "bewitching" display. Our vegetables, fruits and flowers are among the finest grown in the heart of Bergen County's finest farmland. (Dexter Press postcard)

Monday, October 24, 2011

Nightime at the Fair

A Century of Progress International Exposition was the name of a World's Fair held in Chicago from 1933 to 1934 to celebrate the city's centennial. The theme of the fair was technological innovation. Its motto was "Science Finds, Industry Applies, Man Adapts" and its architectural symbol was the Sky Ride, a transporter bridge perpendicular to the shore on which one could ride from one side of the fair to the other.

Magnificent ad the view is in sublight, it becomes a real wonder at night, with thousands of colorful light, many concealed, thereby developing indirect lighting. This view shows Northerly Island with Lake Michigan in the background.

One of the most interesting features of Chicago's World's Fair is the "Sky Ride". The towers are 600 feet high. Double decked rocket cars run suspended from 4 cable tracks between and around the two towers.

Here is the supreme thrill of a lifetime - a ride on the Sky Ride, an unequalled view of the Fair Grounds and the City of Chicago from rocket cars suspended beneath the rails. Approximately 1,800 feet apart: the rocket cars shoot across this space at a level of 210 feet.

Colorful, dazzling lights, some soft and dim, others dharp and contrasting - a magnificent sight to behold. This view, taken from the observation platform of the Sky Ride, 629 feet high, shows the Electrical Building in the foreground, across the lagoon showing a few of the many general exhibit buildings.

The Interior Court of the Hall of Science by Night, brilliantly illuminated by indirect colored flood lights.

(Postcards published by C.T. Art Colortone, Chicago and distributed by Max Rigot Selling Company, Chicago, for the Century of Progress Exposition)

Friday, October 21, 2011

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Beauty of Cyd

Cyd Charrise has always been one of my favorite actresses, so here are three very nice pictures of a beautiful and very talented woman.

Cyd Charisse entered films in the 1940s. Her roles usually focussed on her abilities as a dancer, and she was paired with Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. Her films include Singin' in the Rain (1952), The Band Wagon (1953) and Silk Stockings (1957). She stopped dancing in films in the late 1950s, but continued acting in film and television.

In her later years, she discussed the history of the Hollywood musical in documentaries, and participated in That's Entertainment! III in 1994.

She was awarded the National Medal of the Arts and Humanities in 2006.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Disneyland & Knotts PCs

Here are a couple of my favorite Disneyland and Knott's Postcards. ENJOY!

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World's finest selection of Authentic American Indian arts & crafts.
Pueblo Indian girl "Cradle Star" models beaded Indian costume.
1960's Dexter Postcard by Locantore - Costa Mesa, Calif - Card #39077-C.

Prospector and Indian Chief - Knotts Berry Farm and Ghost Town
Buena Park, California - Mid 1950's Postcard.