Saturday, July 09, 2011

1954 VW-Porsche Escher Kleinbahn Prototyp

vw / porsche engine A 1954 VW-Porsche Escher Kleinbahn Prototyp in Hamburg. These Were Little trains built from 1954 to 1971 and were used in parks and botanical gardens. It pulled three cars which had space for 90 passengers. Its not a accident that the design of the locomotive looks like a cross between the legendary TEE train and the Porsche 356. This locomotive was powered by a VW industrial engine and was the prototype of the VW-Porsche trains.
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Street car in a trolley barn 1932

The car is sitting on a transfer table. Transfer tables were used to switch cars using a much smaller space than a traditional yard with turnouts.

taking the pretty girl for a ride, 1911. She is a airplane passenger pioneer

her name and the circumstances at

notice they don't have seatbelts, but her dress is carefully tied around her legs so her ankles will remain demurely out of sight. The look on their faces is terrrific

the origin of the soapbox derby; Kirkman's Borax Soap. derbycars are now streamliners of the gravity powered race cars...

yes, these aren't ready for the races yet, but step one is getting the boxes, step two is the wheels
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100 years ago, this was the comfort best in tour busses. They look like overstuffed couches on wheels  for the original with comments, like, the license plates are sequential

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looks like a 1972 Dodge Charger

The aristocrat of medium priced cars, the Hudson sharing a dealership showroom with a Peerless

 1909 Hudson Model 20 Roadster with some test drive dirt under the fenders

 This company was the Michigan distributor for Peerless, Pope, Hartford and Hudson Automobiles. from

Friday, July 08, 2011

street scene of Detroit in 1910, with touring cars, a street car equipped with a people catcher, and a 1910 Hudson Model 20 touring car taxi parallel parking

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A sunday drive in the Adirondacks in 1909 on a Franklin

the ride must have been rough before paved roads, but this road does look like it has been graded, and maybe recently... looks very loose, or maybe just really sandy. Those seats on the car appear to be as plush as leather couches
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is this a tire patch? Or a protection of a weak spot in the tire?

found in the lower left corner of a photo on Shorpy and in the comments, one person optimistically asks if it is a Patented Herniated Tire Belt

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Looking into the past, the Cameraist - James Powell's incredible project

Richard asked in the comments how the addresses were found for the old photos, in order to find the current location to do these cool double images... Jason replied in the comments that the landmarks are fairly well known to him, as he has lived in DC a long time. I want to add to that this info, the photos are from, and it's a great website I've browsed for years and reposted many images here, and in the numerous comments after each photo that Shorpy posts you can usually find the address, and the cross street, and more trivia about the items in the photos.

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Voo Doo Kapu has a fine reproduction of Von Dutch's rabbit

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New photo of the Hemi Honker

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Motor Mania, the Disney cartoon of how Goofy has a reckless-dangerous alter ego when driving

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Donald Duck was a hot rodder:

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

The California Shaker

I think the pinstriping design is great, but the humor of painting on a keyhole is terrific

Scalloped Pontiac


No doors needed when it looks this good

Terrific boxcar toybox by David and Bernise Shiller furnituremakers, I love it

Found in the book, Treasure Chests, which is great! The Studley tool chest is in that book, and so are steamer chests, military footlockers, tool chests, travelers trunks, and even such historically cool things like George Washingtons footlocker, Thomas Jeffersons portable writing desk, and most incredible: maybe the only surviving Boston Tea Party tea chest from China

If anyone knows of any other woodwork from David and Bernise, please let me know where to find it on the internet, because Google came up with nothing at all

effing cool toothy grin on this rail

found in this months Traditional Rod and Kustom Illustrated, one of the best magazines. Found in a lot of magazine racks.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

More cool stuff from

all from but beware that it's changed a bit from being primarily race cars and hot rods, there are lots of nude women, lingerie, etc etc. Yup, that's awesome, but don't let your boss sneak up on you to see what you are surfing the web looking at