Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Happy B-Day Mr. Clemens!

Samuel Langhorne Clemens was born in Florida, Missouri, on this day in 1835. He is better known by the pen name Mark Twain. Twain is most noted for his novels, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (which has since been called the Great American Novel) and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Twain enjoyed immense public popularity, and his keen wit and incisive satire earned him praise from both critics and peers. American author William Faulkner called Twain "the father of American literature."

Here are some quotes attributed to Mark Twain:

  • Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
  • Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.
  • Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
  • If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything.
  • I am opposed to millionaires, but it would be dangerous to offer me the position.
  • Saturday, November 26, 2011

    Greyhound Bus Lines

    The Greyhound Bus Lines was founded in Hibbing, Minnesota in 1914 by Carl Wickman, a Swedish born immigrant. In 1926 Wickman's bus operations became known as the Greyhound Lines.

    Wickman continued to expand the company and by 1927 his buses were making transcontinental trips from California to New York. Today, it is headquartered in Dallas, Texas and is a subsidiary of the British bus operator FirstGroup plc.

    One of Florida Greyhound's most popular Expense-Paid Tours follows the famous Overseas Highway from Miami to Key West - southernmost city in the United States - along 116 scenic miles of bridges and tropic islands. (Postcard Circa 1940's)

    Greyhound Bus Terminal, Washington D.C. (Postcard Circa 1940's)

    Greyhound Bus Depot, Charleston, West Virginia. (Postcard Circa 1940's)

    Greyhound Bus Terminal, Cincinnati, Ohio. (Postcard Circa 1940's)

    Cleveland Greyhound Terminal, Cleveland, Ohio. The beautiful new Greyhound Terminal is the largest in the world. Twenty-one loading platforms busy 24 hours a day provide fast bus service to all 48 states, Canada and Mexico. More than 300 people can be seated in the extra-spacious curve-lined lobby. This luxurious bus terminal cost over $1,250,000 to build, serves over 3,000,000 people each year. (Postcard Circa 1940's)

    Through Vacation Wonderland by Greyhound Scenicruiser. Thousands of vacation-bound travelers enjoy these luxurious dual-level air-conditioned buses operated by the Greyhound lines between hundreds of cities and vacation areas throughout the United States and Canada. (Postcard Copyright Dexter 1961)

    Monday, November 21, 2011

    Conrail Trains - 1977

    The Consolidated Rail Corporation, commonly known as Conrail, was the primary Class I railroad in the Northeast U.S. between 1976 and 1999. The federal government created it to take over the potentially profitable lines of bankrupt carriers, including the Penn Central Transportation Company and Erie Lackawanna Railway.

    With the benefit of regulatory changes, Conrail began to turn a profit in the 1980s and was turned over to private investors in 1987.

    The two remaining Class I railroads in the East, CSX Transportation and the Norfolk Southern Railway, agreed in 1997 to split the system approximately equally, returning rail freight competition to the Northeast by essentially undoing the 1968 merger of the Pennsylvania Railroad and New York Central Railroad that created Penn Central.

    Conrail EMD FP7 - Engine facility - Conway, Pennsylvania, November 11, 1977 - An eclectic early Conrail group. Note that all three colors of classification lights are lit on the 2479.

    Conrail GG-1 - Engine facility - Enola, Pennsylvania, May 21, 1977 - "Rivets" in newly acquired patriotic dress.

    Conrail EMD GP40 - Enola, Pennsylvania, May 21, 1977 - All in the family now... except for that red unit at the left, which is now Delaware & Hudson.

    Conrail GG-1 - Enola, Pennsylvania, May 21, 1977 - A colorful "Rivets" and friends.

    Conrail EMD GP38-2 - Conway, Pennsylvania, November 11, 1977 - Still relatively early in the transition era.

    LINK: Please visit George W. Hamlin's Transportation Website for more information and photos.

    Monday, November 14, 2011

    Lackland AFB

    Lackland Air Force Base is a base of the United States Air Force operated by the Air Education and Training Command (AETC). It is located in the western area of San Antonio, Texas.

    Construction on Lackland Air Force Base began in 1941, and it was originally part of Kelly Field. One year later, it became an independent organization, the San Antonio Aviation Cadet Center.

    In 1948, the facility was named Lackland AFB after Brigadier General Frank Lackland.

    Greetings from Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonia, Texas - The Gateway to the Air Force.

    Because thousands of young men report to Lackland Air Force Base as civilians and graduate as trained airmen, the base has become known as Gateway to the Air Force. The Base is also site of the Air Force's only Officer Candidate School.

    This is Lackland Air Force Base, Texas - Martin B-61 "Matador" pilotless bomber - Located in the background is the "History and Traditions Classroom".

    Air Force trainees return from parade by way of the Highway 13 overpass. The highway divides the base. Lackland AFB, the largest training center in the free world, is located nine miles southwest of downtown San Antonio.

    Lackland AFB - Matador is one of the new type of Guided Missles, which denotes the newest phase of Air Research and development.

    Link to Lackland Air Force Base website.

    Friday, November 11, 2011

    11.11.11 - Veterans Day

    The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery . The ceremony commences precisely at 11:00 a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans' organizations and remarks from dignitaries. The ceremony is intended to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces.

    Tuesday, November 1, 2011

    Newport & Balboa Postcards

    Here are a couple of my favorite 1950s Orange County postcards. ENJOY!

    Dory Fish Market - Newport Beach, California - At this picturesque market one may buy fish right from the man who caught them earlier in the day!

    Balboa Island - Newport Harbor, California - On South Bay Front of the Island, looking across the Harbor to Balboa and beyond to Newport Beach.