Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Lunch With The Roundhouse Ladies

There was always plenty to talk about at lunch with the roundhouse wiper gang of 1943 of the Chicago NW Railroad in Clinton, Iowa.  Fashion statements were made using the handkerchief on your head.

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

A Fine Day To Build A Plane

When the sun is shining and you have the parts, nothing suites like building a plane, especially if the ladies are watching. 1942.

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Dinner with Cowboys

Food always tastes better out of doors, especially on the trail in Yellowstone, Montana.

Cowboy Camp

Click for full image.

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Bookend Beer Halls

Main St. in Cascade, Idaho – July 1941. 

Main St Cascade Idaho Jul 1941

From Beer Hall to Beer Hall with a Drug Store and Restaurant between.

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Wreck of the old 97

The wreck of the old 97.  Made famous in song and tale, the actual wreck was a mail train made up of four cars and locomotive No.1102.  Train No. 97 crashed on September 27, 1903 in Pennsylvania County, Kentucky.

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Mini-van of the 19th Century

Mini-vans weren’t a 20th century invention.  MAV’s (mother’s assault vehicles) were popular in the 19th century too.


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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Assembling B-25’s WWII

Assembling B-25’s during World War II – North American Aviation – Kansas City – October 1942.

Assembling B-25 bombers at North American Aviation. Kansas City, Kansas, October 1942. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Alfred T. Palmer. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Memories of Yesterday

Memories from grandma and grandpa’s world.

The Grand Grocery Company, Lincoln, Nebraska in 1942.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Monday, August 30, 2010

WWII – Homeless Children In London

July 1940 – German bombs destroyed large sections of London including the housing of tens of thousands of its residents.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Harvesting Bumpers for Scrap Metal

Actress Rita Hayworth participates in the ‘Harvesting Bumpers for Scrap Metal’ drive during World War II. 

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Dr. Scott’s Electric Hair Brush

1899 ad for Dr. Scott’s Electric Hair Brush, claimed to protect you from dandruff, baldness, falling hair, headache and neuralgia all for the bargain basement price of $1.00.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

For Home and Country

Financing a war involves the acquisition of revenue and resources from any possible source.   Families' ‘loaned’ their men and also donated to the cause in goods, rationing and the purchase of victory bonds.

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Aida – at the Hippodrome

All of the elite took time to go see Aida presented by the Hippodrome Opera Co.

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Friday, July 16, 2010

Another Version of Keeping Baby on Bottle

Keep mom inebriated and the baby will enjoy the benefits too.  Who came up with this inane advertisement?

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Friday, July 9, 2010

What Was That? An Early Auto Accident

Auto accidents always have a memorable impact on those involved.  Unfortunately, they all too often result in serious injury and death. 

In 1918, residents in the city witnessed something new in their experience.  A vehicle accident on the street in front of their apartments.


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Saturday, July 3, 2010

It’s Never Too Early To Start Shaving

Who knows what goes through the minds of advertisers.  Approval of this campaign boldly proclaimed the detachment from reality enjoyed by all involved.



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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Tap Lightly and Don’t Smoke

Civil War: Union soldiers removing the powder from Confederate torpedoes at James River, Virginia in 1864.

Life expectancy of the sappers was short.  The powder shack sat in a deep gully to protect others in the area from any unexpected explosion.


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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Quiet Man

After a long week of hassles at work, home or on the road, taking a break to watch a well acted movie without the crudity and flashing of flesh seen so often today is a welcome escape.

Put the 1952 classic movie, “The Quiet Man” in the player, sit back and enjoy John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara in the 1933 story by Maurice Walsh…    Life is good..

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Putting the Pepsin in Gum

Dr. Edward E. Beeman invented and marketed a chewing gum made of pepsin powder and chicle as an aid to digestion.

Sales of Beman’s “Original Pepsin” Chewing Gum ceased in 1978 but was later produced again in a nostalgia campaign.


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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Remembering D-Day

Sixty-six years ago, at 6:30 AM, 6 June 1944 the Alllied invasion of France commenced in Normandy to free Nazi occupied Europe.

160,000 troops landed on the five assault sectors now well-known by the world as Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword. 

They were supported by 195,700 naval and merchant personnel.

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

I’m A Patriot

Normal supplies of many foods and consumer goods were in short supply during World War II.  The U.S. Government ran many programs to encourage its citizenry to get by with less and make do with what they had.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Northern – Vehicle Dust Eliminator

The Northern Touring Auto Dust Eliminator.  A blast of air pointed under the car to eliminate dust created by the vacuum under a fast moving vehicle.


Saturday, May 15, 2010

Harbor of Port Arthur is Open

The Japanese and Russians engaged in military hostilities in early June 1904.   The result was the opening of the harbor of Port Arthur for commercial shipping.

Harbor of Port Arthur Open 14 Jun 1904

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Buying a Set of New Wheels

Our ancestors may have set aside a Saturday to add a set of ‘Wheels’ to their stable of conveyances..  Did they shop by catalog or try to find a dealer somewhere?


Monday, May 3, 2010

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Monday, April 19, 2010

The Gibson Girls

Gibson Girls were the creation of illustrator Charles Dana Gibson in the late 1800’s.  Their stories and images flowed from his pen for over twenty years.

The images of the girls quickly became the standard visage of a beautiful woman.






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Monday, April 12, 2010

Barnum & Bailey Circus

Created from a merger of the Cooper and Bailey Circus in 1881, the Barnum and Bailey Circus quickly established itself as the premiere circus in America.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Klondike Gold Rush

Fifty years after the California gold rush, another gold rush started.  On 16 August 1896, Keish Skookum Jim Mason, found placer deposits in Bonanza Creek in the Yukon.  Shortly thereafter, the rush was on.  A deep recession and related bank failures had plagued residents ‘down below’ and news of the find couldn’t have come at a better time.

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Growing Up In The Depression

Almost all wage workers suffered during the Great Depression  Their angst and desperation was also reflected in the faces of their families.

Depression 8

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Good Wine

Advertising often enhances our perception of the absurd to attract attention to the Ad. 

Nothing sells products faster than a photo of a lady chugging a bottle of wine in a field with a big bow on her dress.


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Monday, March 22, 2010

Civil War River Transport

Technological advances that allowed moving troops over rivers and bays did not originate in the 20th Century.

Witness the pontoonmobiles used in the Civil War.



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