Friday, October 26, 2012

Vintage Vegas Baby!

International Hotel - The finest resort hotel accomodations, immense casino area, restaurants serving food for every taste, the greatest stars of stage, screen and television appear nightly. Luxury living rooms and suites fit for a king - Now appearing... Elvis Presley - Postcard postmarked May 1972.

Sands Hotel - The superlative Sands Hotel is one of the most beautiful and ultra modern on the Las Vegas Strip. The Sands' "new look" is one of the latest and most modern styles of architecture and its height has changed the whole Las Vegas skyline - Now appearing... Frank Sinatra and Count Basie - Postcard postmarked October 1967.

Hotel Sahara - This beautiful hotel is a jewel out of a Morroccan fairyland and brings to Las Vegas, Nevada, an oasis of modern luxury and comfort - Now appearing... a total babe in a Cadillac convertible - Postcard postmarked April 1958.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Happy Birthday Annette!

In 1955, 12-year-old Annette was discovered by Walt Disney as she performed as the Swan Queen in Swan Lake at a dance recital in Burbank. On the basis of this appearance, Disney cast her as one of the original Mouseketeers.

She was the last to be selected, and the only one picked by Walt Disney. She soon proved to be very popular. By the end of the first season of the Mickey Mouse Club, she was receiving 6,000 letters a month.

In addition to appearing in many of the Mouseketeers' sketches and dance routines, Funicello starred in a number of serials on The Mickey Mouse Club. Including Adventure in Dairyland and her own self titled serial, Walt Disney Presents: Annette.

It was in a hayride scene in the Annette serial that she performed the song that was to launch her singing career. The studio received so much fan mail about "How Will I Know My Love," written by the Sherman Brothers, that Walt Disney decided to issue it as a single, and to give Annette a recording contract.

Friday, October 19, 2012

1950s Hotel Beauties

More postcards from my collection. Great hotels with beautiful women. What more can you ask for? ENJOY!

Stardust Hotel - The World's Largest Resort Hotel - Big Dipper Swimming Pool... Luxurious and delightful, with its promise of cool refreshment, this swimming pool is the largest in Las Vegas. Immediately adjacent is the Pool Pavilion, where cool drinks and wonderful food are served.

Sarasota Terrace Hotel Florida - Sarasota's finest downtown hotel - having 125 air conditioned rooms - heated swimming pools - shuffleboard - Convenient to transportation and shopping - Home of the Chicago White Sox - Close to the snow -white beaches and blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

The Tropicana Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada - This new Multi-million dollar hotel on the Las Vegas Strip was designed and built to top all of the fabulous hotels that have made this city famous. A stroll through the plush corridors, beautiful casino and semi-tropical gardens is an experience long to be remembered.

Thunderbird Motor Hotel - Restaurant - Cocktail Lounge - Swimming Pool - Television - Air Conditioned - Room Phones - For advanced reservations TWX - JK 159 - To Alt. U.S. 1 & Alt. U.S. 90 - P.O. Box 8731 - Jacksonville 11, Florida.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

New York, New York

Times Square - New York City - The miracles of Broadway are reflected in the millions of lights that illuminate the "great white way." Broadway is the center of the theatrical world; the stage, movies, music, television, radio, any entertainment is Broadway.

Friday, October 12, 2012

California Classic

Westwood Village - West Los Angeles, California - Westwood Village is ultra modern, different in every respect, in a land of unusual communities. Smart shops, intimate restaurants, outdoor skating rink and the college atmosphere, all leand to make Westwood one of the most unusual and picturesque of California's newer cities.

Fullerton, California - Looking north on Spadra Street at Commonwealth.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Vintage Arizona

Downtown Mesa, Arizona - The beautiful broad main throroughfare in Mesa well deserves its national designation as U.S. Highways 60-70-80.

Metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona - Looking north on Central Avenue the variety of colored lights and signs make an interesting picture against the evening sky.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

East Coast Rail

Seaboard Coast Line EMD E8(A) - Broad Street Station, Richmond, Virginia, January, 1969 - SCL #584 with the "Everglades" consist awaiting departure.

New York Central EMD E8(A) - Yard, Croton, New York, July 31, 1967 - NYC #4020 with the "Ohio State Limited" accelerates west on the Hudson Division after the change from electric to diesel at Croton-Harmon.

Penn Central EMD FL9 - Yard, Stamford, Connecticut, June 02, 1973 - Something to suit a variety of tastes: in addition to the FL9 pair, two then-new M-2 MUs; older MUs in both "Washboard" and "Mutt" varieties; and an Alco switcher.

Penn Central EMD E8(A) - Station, Peekskill, New York, May 06, 1973 - All the equipment is former New York Central, and the locomotive is lettered Penn Central, but Amtrak is over two years old now.

Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) EMD GP40 - Station, Staunton, Virginia, May 27, 1973 - The railfan at the right is getting married later on this day... but that doesn't prevent getting in a little railfanning in the morning!

LINK: For transportation information and more great pictures, visit George W. Hamlin's website.