Thursday, April 16, 2015

Church at Grand Tetons Wyoming [1950s]

From our collection of old postcards ...

"The Chapel of the Transfiguration is a small log chapel in Grand Teton National Park, in the community of Moose. The chapel was sited and built to frame a view of the Cathedral Group of peaks in a large window behind the altar. The chapel, which was built in 1925, is owned and operated by St. John's Episcopal Church in Jackson." --- Wikipedia

We think this one qualifies for Good Fences.  Thanks, Tex, for hosting.

Have you visited the Grand Teton National Park?

Thank you for stopping by John's Island.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Monarch of the Road [ca.1913]

From our collection ... the Monarch of the Road ... King of the Speedway ... National Automobile ... these vintage ads are from approximately 1913 ...

"Nothing classier in the automobile world than this
four-passenger, fore-door toy tonneau, mounted on the
famous National 40 chassis. $2,600."
Our collection is mostly trains and ships, but we could not resist throwing in a few old cars for good measure. And, in that caption above, it's not a typo, the ad calls it a "fore-door" ... apparently because the doors were "forward" from where you were sitting? Is that correct?

"The seven-passenger body is longer and roomier. It is
mounted on the National 40 chassis, which has ample
power to carry twice as big a car. $3,000."

"The popular and convenient open-front type of body may
be had in either the five-passenger touring car or four-passenger
toy tonneau. $2,500."

"Faster than anything you will meet on the road, carrying
you hundreds of miles without a stop, it is small wonder that this
car is the favorite of men who want and can have the best
in motordom. $2,500."
Yes, in the caption above, quoted from the ad, we know it says favorite of "men" ... like many of you have commented, these old ads frequently make us aware of the stereotypical culture of the day. We are not saying we approve of it, just showing it the way it was.

Unless you wanted the limo model (below) it looks like you would be getting an open top. We have to wonder what it was like driving those cars in a heavy rain, or even worse, snow storm.

"Luxury is embodied in every line and movement of the National 40,
seven-passenger limousine. Its appointments are as complete
as it is possible to make them. $4,000."
 We like the little drawings at the bottom of the ads.

"Carrying four passengers in perfect comfort, the National toy
tonneau has won its recognition as one of the neatest,
trimmest body designs in motordom. $2,500."
Thank you for stopping by John's Island.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

National Parks of the West [1935]

From our collection ... Adventuring through the National Parks of the West ... A Souvenir from the California Pacific International Exposition, San Diego 1935 ... Please click on the images for a larger view ...

The story begins …

“TRAVELER, in planning your national parks holidays, remember that each of these enchanted wonderlands is an adventure in itself. You must visit them all to know your national parks. Each surpasses all the others in some outstanding, incomparable natural wonder.”

Yosemite - Sequoia - General Grant

Lassen Volcanic - Crater Lake

Mt. Rainier - Glacier

Yellowstone - Teton - Carlsbad Caverns

Grand Canyon - Zion - Bryce

National Monuments
This little booklet was prepared and published by the Standard Oil Company of California in 1935.

Back Cover

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Fences - Skies - Trains - Planes

Good Fences ...

Could this fence also be a good Sundial?

We like the ornaments on posts.

Fitting for city-slicker fence.

Fence or wall?

Linking up today with Good Fences.  Thanks Tex!

Good Skies ...

April 3rd - near Sunset
Seattle, Washington, USA

April 3rd again - later

April 6 - See the rain?
For perspective ... The dot in lower left is an auto ferry.
This is looking over Puget Sound to the west.

April 6 Sunset
Olympic Mountains

April 7 Sunset

April 8 - Afternoon sun on Puget Sound
Linking up with Skywatch Friday  Thanks to the Skywatch hosts!

On Track ...

Planes riding trains?

Enroute Boeing Factory

For Railfans ... Nothing but Power

Power Headquarters Pacific Northwest Region
Balmer Yard - Seattle

Over 100 car Container Train heading
into Seattle.
Space Needle on the left.

Thank you for stopping by John's Island.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Southern Pacific Sunset Route [1890s]

From our collection a little flyer to get you interested in a trip across country (and quite possibly one of the oldest travel brochures you've ever seen) ... the Southern Pacific Sunset Route ...

Unfolds into a little map illustration showing the trip from San Francisco to New Orleans ... or vice versa ...

Western part ...

Middle part ...

Eastern part ...

How much did it cost and how long did it take?

All the details ...

"To break the monotony of life is to live longer and better."  ....

Bevys of northern ladies on a shopping bent? Read on ...

"It is a grand journey, however, and is rich with memorable experiences." ...

The back cover ...

This little brochure is one of the oldest in our collection. How old is it? It's hard to say exactly, but let's put it this way:  When the only competition was a stage coach, and it took more than four and one-half days to go from New Orleans to San Francisco on the train, and cost $15 for a sleeper ... well, you get the idea.

Thank you for stopping by John's Island.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Wishing You a Blessed Easter

From our collection of old postcards ...

This card features a stained glass window in a Memorial Chapel in Fort Worth, Texas.

Thank you for stopping by John's Island.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Rainier National Park - Vintage Poster [circa 1925]

Poster published by Brown & Bigelow about 1925.
Size is about 30" x 40"
Originals in good condition are rare.
History ...

The Northern Pacific Railway (NP) was a transcontinental railroad that operated across the northern tier of the western United States from Minnesota to the Pacific Coast. It was approved by Congress in 1864 and given nearly 40 million acres (160,000 km2) of land grants, which it used to raise money in Europe for construction. Construction began in 1870 and the main line opened all the way from the Great Lakes to the Pacific when former president Ulysses S. Grant drove in the final "golden spike" in western Montana on Sept. 8, 1883. The railroad had about 6800 miles of track and served a large area, including extensive trackage in the states of Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin. In addition the company had international branches to Winnipeg, Manitoba, and southeastern British Columbia, Canada. The main activities were shipping wheat and other farm products, cattle, timber and minerals; bringing in consumer goods, transporting passengers; and selling land. The company was headquartered first in Brainerd, Minnesota, then in Saint Paul, Minnesota. It had a tumultuous financial history, and in 1970 it merged with other lines to form the Burlington Northern Railroad. (From Wikipedia)

About the Artist ...

Gustav Wilhelm Krollman (1888 - 1962) was born in Vienna, Austria and trained to be a portrait painter at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. He served as an artillery officer in the Austrian Army during World War I. While serving he painted portraits of members of the general staff of the 12th Army Corps. Before coming to the United States, he studied and travelled in England, France, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Hungary, Rumania, and Czechoslovakia. In 1923 he immigrated to the United States and settled in Minneapolis, Minnesota. By the late 1920s he was working for the Northern Pacific Railroad as an artist for the railroad’s promotional travel poster campaign specifically to create posters that would attract visitors to the scenic locations along the rail route.  (From an article written by Linda Andrean and posted online, 2011.)

About the Mountain ...

An Icon on the Horizon - Ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. An active volcano, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S.A., spawning six major rivers. Subalpine wildflower meadows ring the icy volcano while ancient forest cloaks Mount Rainier’s lower slopes. Wildlife abounds in the park’s ecosystems. A lifetime of discovery awaits. (From the National Parks Service - Mount Rainier website)

Thank you for stopping by John's Island.