Saturday, October 07, 2023

no one seems to do these panel paintings anymore

clever marketing just needs a better name on the same product everyone makes

the Museum d'Orsay used to be a railroad station, now it's a world class fine art museum featured in the Netflix series Lupin

In 1900, the Orleans railway company transformed a plot of land on the banks of Paris' Seine River into the Gare d'Orsay (“Orsay Station”).

Formerly occupied by the Palais d'Orsay—a building erected under Napoleon and destroyed in 1871 by the Paris Commune, a radical and revolutionary government—this centrally located site was the perfect place to build a bustling train station.

Designed by French architects Émile Bénard, Victor Laloux, and Lucien Magne during Paris' Belle Époque, the Gare d'Orsay paired a beautiful Beaux-Arts aesthetic with top-of-the-line technologies. These included elevators and escalators, luggage ramps, and electrified tracks. Given its modernity, the station's debut was planned to coincide with the 1900 Paris Exposition. This world's fair was held to highlight the innovations and inventions that were transforming the world at the turn of the century.

Following this event, the Gare d'Orsay served as the terminus for railways out of southwestern France for nearly four decades.

 By 1939, however, its platforms proved to be too short for newer, longer trains, and it gradually stopped operating as a train station.

The station was then used as an expedition center, a reception center for prisoners of war, an auction house, the residence of a theater company, even as a parking garage. It was also used as a setting for several films, including The Trial of Kafka adapted by Orson Welles.

Famous for its vast collection of Impressionist paintings, Musée d'Orsay holds the largest number of famous paintings in the world by Monet, Manet, Pissarro, Morisot, and Renoir.

Facing the Louvre and the Tuileries and overlooking the Quai de Seine, it is in the center of Paris, located in a strategic location.

interesting old cars from European manufacturers

WW2 lighters

70s street machines

a rare pair of tires that survived the 70s without being transformed into smoke

Jason Statham is in a new movie coming out in January, with an old Ford truck


Hollywood really likes 50 year old vehicles lately

Friday, October 06, 2023

A West Sacramento police officer arrested over the weekend for DUI once received an award from MADD for his work in arresting drunk drivers in 2014

DUI officer of the year for 2013, arrested for drunk driving and fleeing the scene of the crash he caused when driving his Jeep over a Mustang

The North Myrtle Beach Police Department told WMBF News in a statement that Sgt. Chris King’s arrest came after he was involved in an accident while off duty on Sept. 7 in Surfside Beach.

A police report from the Surfside Beach Police Department states the crash happened on Highway 17. An officer was told that a Jeep Wrangler was seen cutting across the highway and collided with a Ford Mustang, ultimately ending up on top of it.

Formula G... that's clever

6 in a row, the boot man earned it today, easy


a claw foot tub on a bike? Now that's weird... but typical of the crazy stuff on one of my favorite Instagrams to browse, "What is New York"

a lot of people don't know what snow tires are... or were.

these are 50 years old

Fred kept immaculate records of his Road Runner, this is the gas mileage

cars look great in fall color surroundings, because our eyes like the color yellow, probably because the sun is yellow (that's my working theory)

Thursday, October 05, 2023

Here's a post to celebrate the most amazing Zamboni driver ever! A 42-year-old Zamboni driver who earned a win in his one and only NHL game, because he was the designated emergency backup goaltender (EBUG) on standby

his background as a goaltender had seen him take some reps in practice for both squads, the Carolina Hurricanes and Toronto Marlies, but his primary job was driving a Zamboni for the farm club and tending to other maintenance duties at the arena.

However, by the time the night came to an end, he’d unexpectedly made his NHL debut at the age of 42 after both the team's goalies had to leave the game with injuries, prompting the Zamboni driver to play against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the home team. and walked away with a win against the franchise that signed his paychecks.

Ayres was the designated EBUG when the Maples Leafs and Hurricanes kicked off their game on February 22nd, and while he was watching the contest in the stands when the puck dropped, he got a text instructing him to head down to the locker room to throw on some gear after Carolina goalie James Reimer was knocked out of the game in the first period.

Reimer was replaced by the backup goalie was also injured after taking a hit to the head during a collision with around nine minutes left in the second period. As a result, Ayres made his way onto the ice and spent a few minutes warming up before play resumed to kick off his NHL debut with a 3-1 lead.

The 42-year-old helped the Hurricanes in their 6-3 win by blocking eight of the 10 shots on goal against him in the last 30 minutes of the game.

Ayres is the second-oldest player to make their professional debut in NHL history, after Lester Patrick in 1927, according to the NHL.

I bet there was a really interesting story behind this wreck in the woods of Minnesota

thank you Chuck!

GM sponsored the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Winter Games, and I haven't seen these until now

1966 Pontiac GTO, 1959 Cadillac Eldorado, 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air, 1949 Buick Roadmaster Series 70 Sedanette, and 1964 GMC 3/4 Ton Step Side Pickup

neat! The advertising in the 1960s was playing on the nostalgia for the 1890s 1910s and barbershop quartet era... if you search online for "backbar display", Pabst had a decent sized ad campaign based on "Old Time Flavor at Popular Prices"

by the way, these 1960-1970 old lights easily go for $100 - $500 on Etsy and Ebay. 

I get a kick out of this stock certificate art too 

Pabst Brewing Company, originally called Best Brewing, was founded in Wisconsin in 1844 by Jacob Best, Sr., with his four sons, Jacob, Jr., Charles, Phillip, and Lorenz. 

Charles and Lorenz left the family business in 1850 to start the Plank Road Brewery, which would eventually become the famous Miller Brewing Company.

By 1859, Phillip was the sole remaining family member running the Best brothers’ company, so he changed the name to the Phillip Best Brewing Company.

Steamboat captain Frederick Pabst married Phillip’s daughter Maria and got involved in the brewing business in 1864, when he purchased half the company for $21,057.05 and was named Vice President.

The brewery was finally incorporated in 1873, a year Best produced more than 100,000 barrels. Under the leadership of Pabst and his brother-in-law, Emil Schandein, Phillip Best Brewing Company jumped on the hottest technological advancements, ranging from artificial ice machines to incandescent lights. In 1882, the company also became one of the first American breweries to offer public tours.

Following Schandein’s death in 1888, Pabst finally renamed the family business the Pabst Brewing Company. At Chicago’s 1893 Columbian Exposition, Pabst was awarded a certificate for brewing excellence for its elaborate terra-cotta model of the brewing company’s buildings along with several of its products. Pabst built on this exposure and invested in real-estate across the U.S. to establish a network of bars that exclusively sold Pabst beers, reaching all of the largest American cities by 1900.