Thursday, March 29, 2012

1940s Santa Fe PCs

I know I have been slow to post. But I have been very busy. And being busy is a good thing. So here we go... ENJOY!

These 2 postcards were presented by the Santa Fe Railway, exclusively to Military Service Personnel in the 1940s.

The Santa Fe System embraces more than 13,100 miles of track, stretching from the Great Lakes, west to the Pacific Coast, and south to the Gulf of Mexico and the Mexican border.

It is the only railroad under one management between Chicago and California, and operates the only double track line between Chicago and Los Angeles.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Earl Moran

Earl Steffa Moran was born in Belle Plaine, Iowa, in December 1893. Like many of his contempories Moran studied at the Chicago Art Institute, while at the same time working for a large engraving house which specialised in men's fashion illustrations. Moran studied in Chicago for two years before moving on to Manhattan where he enrolled at the Art Students League.

In 1931 he moved back to Chicago and opened a small studio, specialising in photography and illustration. In 1932 he signed an exclusive contract with Brown and Bigelow. Unlike Elvgren and others, Moran did not continually re-work one type of situation, and his pin-ups have more variety than any other major contributor to the field. His most enduring pin-ups feature his famous late '40s model, Marilyn Monroe.

Cover Art from Beauty Parade Magazine - October 1941

Cover Art from Beauty Parade Magazine - July 1943

Cover Art from Eyeful Magazine - March 1943

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Willys-Overland

Willys-Overland magazine advertisements from the early 1950's.

Willys was the brand name used by the United States automobile company, Willys-Overland Motors, best known for its design and production of military Jeeps and civilian versions during the twentieth century.

In 1908, John North Willys bought the Overland Automotive Division of Standard Wheel Company and in 1912 renamed it Willys-Overland Motor Company. From 1912 to 1918, Willys was the second largest producer of automobiles in the United States behind only the Ford Motor Company.

Jeep is now an automobile marque of Chrysler. It is the oldest off-road vehicle brand, with Land Rover coming in second.