Saturday, November 11, 2023

hell of a good photo technique

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it looks like the the Salon Epoqu’auto in Lyon has a lot of fun booths

wow, great matched set Bugatti transporter and vintage racecar!

I just love the primary colors poster art of the 1890s


I don't think I've seen this one until now.

I first posted a photo of the 1947 Plaster City Chrysler rail car in 2009, just talked about it with Steve during SEMA, and randomly, found a new photo of it just now.

my 2010 post of it that Steve saw and kicked off a friendship with

Just one of the reasons I wish I could roam far and wide, and blog... there are so many interesting people out there. This guy has a fun story, and a great way of working on his Fiat

Pigeonhole parking, Chicago 1937

the WW1 cat named Spark Plug (Veterans Day post) the mascot for an aviator squad on a Curtiss Jenny

 December 28, 1917 Brooklyn Eagle ran this photo with the caption. 
Spark Plug, the cat mascot, an interested onlooker.

Princeton Aviation School

Paws At The Ready - The cats of World War One had significant role 

Give thought to all the kitties
who served in World War One.
A battalion of the finest
who never fired a gun.

Whether hunting rodents out at sea,
or loyal friends to men,
these many cats had vital roles,
time and time again.

A common sight in trenches deep,
dispatching mice and rats,
the soldiers’ had a special bond
with many of these cats.

Five hundred thousand cats were sent
to serve in the Great War.
Some detected mustard gas,
whilst others were off shore.

Togo was the Dreadnought’s cat,
The Swan had their lad Ching.
Pincher was the Vinex’s mog,
it was luck they hoped they’d bring.

‘Martinpuich’ was aptly named,
by The 9th battalion chaps.
Pitouchi was the orphaned kit,
who’d survived on army scraps.

Spark Plug, Tabby and many more
were companions to the troops.
The feline unsung heroes,
those cats who became recruits.

We’ll never truly realise
just what these cats went through.
So spare a thought and give some thanks
for what they did for you!

Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards. - Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).

fall colors must be the best time for dog photos

nearly 100 years ago in Hollywood

 Gary Cooper

Burton Frank’s Sinclair and Cabins in Salem, Missouri, 1930s and today. These were built out of pink granite mined near Elephant Rock State Park in southern Missouri.

Friday, November 10, 2023

Ford's Pikes Peak racing van

Restomod Air had a cool booth (no pun intended) and a real nice International Harvester. Using a cargo shipping container for getting your booth stuff into a convention center is a good idea

Phil Sauer owned this 51 Merc built by Dean Jeffries and striped by Von Dutch in the mid 50's and had a custom surfboard rack built for it. Photos from July 1957

the car was stuck in storage in San Diego, for 40 years, until it was pulled out in 2007

This wheeled bed by Wheel Mate was designed to be towed by motorcycle or small car. It came with a mattress and folding frame top and cost $480 in 1970.

the Gallivanting Grandmas! 1970

look at the garage made RV, a surfers traveling home, on the far left

San Onofre, 1950

and here is where is a very rare circumstance, this post evolves into the next post. Enjoy!

Bob "Hammerhead" Gravage pours beer from the keg in his car at the beach, San Onofre, California, July 1950. Life Magazine photographer Loomis Dean

1937 Ford with boards and boys, 1960s

Portugal, 1910, chassis repair?

Vintage late 70s Dodge ads

I have never seen one of these "four by four" until now. 

Leroy Grannis, prolific surfing photographer in the 60s and 70s, subsequently took some cool vehicle photos (thank you Doug!)

nice to see a random street scene with the cars that were ordinary at the time

Makaha 1962

Wikipedia says:
   Born in Hermosa Beach, California, his portfolio of photography of surfing and related sea images from the 1960s enjoys a reputation that led The New York Times to dub him "the godfather of surf photography." 

Unable to afford an education at UCLA during the Depression, Grannis dropped out and found work as a carpenter, junkyard de-tinner and spent some years at Standard Oil. 

He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943, serving as a pilot flying supplies to troops in combat and remaining on active reserve until retiring as a major in 1977.

In 1971, fed up with increased competition for the perfect angle, Grannis quit shooting surfing and soon found himself involved in hang gliding. The sport balanced surfing in his life, and he held a brief stint as photographer for Hang Gliding magazine.

Leroy's truck, Carrillo state beach, 1963

Redondo 1963

Huntington Beach 1961

Aikau Family, Sunset Beach, 1967