Saturday, September 12, 2020

aviation company paper clips

bike lane keeping track of how many people use it

seems that this might be one of those stop signs from the 40s which got the red paint that faded fast... either that or this city doesn't ever pay attention to the signs at all

something tells me only the white collar admin types at the post office heardquarters who get the use of a company car are getting the ones with the USPS logo as a car emblem in the grill

after all, look at where it's parked, that's not some back of the building parking lot where all the blue collar workers are parking.

unusual set of roller blades

Local tire shop has a jar full of various things they’ve found inside of popped tires, labeled "but I didn't run over anything !"

I've been asking my grocery stores to do this for the past 3 decades

 Why the hell can't they map a store with an app? Or put a map on a website? 

different, as I've never heard of a fire dept salvage truck before

1932 crime scene, truck, and floor jack they were trying to use to lift the safe into the truck bed... how obscure is this?!!

house built on top of a railway tunnel in Derbyshire, UK

In Cal Worthington's car sales tv commercials he often appeared with his "dog" Spot — a role that was never played by a dog

He was in commercials with a hippo, a snake, a tiger, a gorilla, Shamu, a bear, and a raccoon. Probably a 100 other creatures.
Calvin Coolidge Worthington, who was born in Oklahoma in 1920 and spent his childhood mired in poverty.

Cal dropped out of school at 13 and, after working as a water boy on a road crew, signed on with the Civilian Conservation Corps, blazing trails in what would become Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. 

Keen on becoming a pilot, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942 and flew B-17 Flying Fortresses on 29 bombing missions over Germany. He left the military with the rank of captain, a Distinguished Flying Cross and hopes of becoming a commercial pilot, but lack of a college degree disqualified him.

How anyone can be a military pilot, an officer at that, and not be welcomed to fly for an airline, is a god damn shame on the commercial airline industry and America for not supporting a vet that bombed the Nazis. 

Mr. Worthington sold a lot of cars — more than a million of them, by his count — and at his peak in the 1960s ran an empire of 29 dealerships from San Diego to Anchorage.

Through the 1960s he was the top-selling Dodge dealer in the United States. He overextended, however, and the oil embargo of the early ’70s hit hard. To supplement his income he sold motorized pogo sticks and flew a helicopter, delivering live traffic reports to radio stations.

He rebounded, selling $200 million to $300 million worth of cars annually in the ’80s. 

Like so many rich car dealership owners, he was married several times, and divorced every time. 

If you need a better car, go see Cal. 
For the best deal by far, go see Cal. 
If you want your payments low, if you want to save some dough, 
Go see Cal, go see Cal, go see Cal.

If your axle is a-saggin’, go see Cal.
Maybe you need a station wagon, go see Cal. 
If your wife has started naggin’, and your tail pipe is a-draggin’ 

interesting. I don't know how it might be useful, other than purely informational

crane extensively painted like a giraffe

sunset reflected in a Jeep window

literal street art making this crosswalk more interesting with the Beatles

stop signs in France are raising awareness on global warming

oldest and newest electric UPS van, I found these less than 12 hours apart, on different websites

really loved his car I guess

pride before the fall

Friday, September 11, 2020

Having a car on the roof of your business is a proven way to get noticed... but why did the Charcoal Chef of Woodbury Ct have this on their roof in the late 60's?


in business since 1956, still run by the same family, still cooking over Kingford charcoal briquets

something seems to have went wrong in the most symmetrical way possible

Train Mishap, Oakville, CT. 1965

This photo appeared in Life Magazine in 1965. It shows a diesel engine that came up from Waterbury.

Just after crossing Falls Avenue and passing into Oakville, it jumped the track and ended up in this predicament.

The track on the right was the one the train should have stayed on. That track crossed Main Street, looped around the south side of the Pin Shop and the far side of the Pin Shop Pond and went on up to Watertown.

The track on the left was a dead end spur that went behind the north side of the Pin Shop. This spur allowed railroad cars to be loaded and unloaded without blocking the main track.

On the right, hidden among the trees are the remains of the old Oakville Train Depot.

The station was built in 1907 but slowly fell into disrepair. Sometime before this picture was taken, it burned.

Today the cement steps and loading platform are all that remain of the once handsome building.

Railroad service to Oakville and Watertown ended in February of 1974. The tracks were torn up that summer.

how about this station wagon?

the blizzard of 77

two generations apart, where obviously, hip hop music, video games, and not working on cars - made a big difference

this is great! I just found two color photos of fire fighting drill team competition cars I only had posted black and white photos of back in 2017

and it's extremely weird that the new color photos show the front, and the back, conversely, of the cars that I had a black and white photo of the OTHER end of previously  for the full gallery of the competition special customs

I'm already making December banners

damn shame to crash the van, what a nice one!

odd handmade woody

today's banners