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Out West Again …

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Gold Panning 2 _ RTP _ 5x5 _ SFW

I believe that the above image was taken somewhere in Colorado, but where I have no idea.  It was taken in the late 1950’s … I cannot make out the writing on the bottom of the sign so there might be a clue written on it.  The town looks remote and isolated.  You see no signs for gas and this was obviously a time before convenience stores.  Isn’t hard to remember a time when there were no Tom Thumbs or Seven-Elevens or Quik Marts?  The kids today sure cannot!  This little town does not look to even have a strip mall … now that is hard to believe!!  I believe that the idea for strip malls was hatched in Florida.  I might need a fact check on my last statement, however with all of the strip malls we have in Florida and so many of them look to have been built in the early 1960’s, I am pretty sure that I am correct.  Now, moving on to California …

 

Coast Road US 1 _ RTP 2_ 14 Nov 14  SFW

Pacific Coast  2 _ Cleaned Up _ RTP _ Best _ SFW

Pacific Coast 1955 _ RTP _ 12 Aug 14  _ SFW

Pacific Coast _ Almost RTP_ 14 Nov 14 SFW

The drive along the Pacific Ocean looks like this now – for the most part – as it did back in the 1950’s.  The only difference is that the road has been repaved and maybe these turn a rounds have been surfaced … how about that old Buick.  Could you imagine driving across the United States in a car that was not air conditioned?  No, I did not think so.  We have all gotten soft and spoiled.  Ok, ok , I am not talking about everyone … I am sure that there are a handful of you out there that could, especially you motorcycle riders.   I can remember on some of these trips out west when we would wait until the sun went down to drive across the desert for fear of the car over-heating.  I used to sit in the back with the window down staring out at the stars for hours.  Then I would spot a little disk with a lighted dome on top flying across the sky and think that Eastern has sure come up with weird new planes… Thanks for looking and if you have any comments or questions, I want to hear them.

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June 12, 2015 at 9:01 am

Out West With The Hardy Family …

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Indians 1 _RTP_5x7_2 June 15 _SFW

I have posted some of these type images earlier, so when I ran across this one I thought that I would throw it up.  The next image is one with my mother, me and a friend who’s family traveled out to Denver with us.  I am the littlest ” paleface ” in the photo.  I wish that I could say that I remember this event in my life and have something to share with you, but I was too young.  Here we are …

 

Us and Indians 3  _RTP_5x5_2 June 15_SFW

I am not really sure where these were taken, but I would guess New Mexico.  Thanks for looking and I have been busy with other things this month and have neglected my blogs.  But I have been working on posts for this blog and my photography blog, so do not dessert me.  Thanks for looking and please check back.  If anyone has a clue where these photos were taken, please let us hear from you …

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June 2, 2015 at 6:28 pm

Indian Dance …

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Indians Dancing  _ RTP _ 2 Mar 15 _ SFW

Here is one more of the Indian dancers that I had posted sometime earlier.  I ran across these negatives in a jewelery box of my mother’s and what they were doing in there I have no clue.  I like the out of focus / movement that this image has … I just wish I knew something about the Indians – tribe, location, etc… – maybe someone will see something that they recognize and share it with us.  I have been scanning these full-framed and have not bothered cropping it out, so I hope that does not bother or confuse you.  Thanks for looking and please check back …Frank

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March 3, 2015 at 2:58 pm

Old Faithful …

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Old Faithful _ RTP _ 26 Feb 15 _ SFW

Here is Old Faithful Geyser out in Yellowstone National Park.  This was taken around 1957 and I am pretty sure that it looks the same today as it did 68 years ago when this image was taken.  Here   is a link to the Wikipedia site and it also shows some current images of the geyser and they look just like this.  I would have imagined that the Park Service would have put some benches or seats somewhere around the area, but apparently they have not.  I guess there is only so much you can do with a hole in the ground … sort of like Carlsbad Caverns.  Just another hole in the ground, seen one your seen them all.  The high light to me at Carlsbad is when all of the bats come screaming out of the opening … if you are not fore-warned, the noise that they make flying out is terrifying … imagine an Alfred Hitchcock movie, but real!!  I have some other posts ready and one is long with a lot of photos – the fire on 12th Avenue back in 1975 when the block burnt down.  That is all for now … thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

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February 26, 2015 at 5:42 pm

Douglas Fairbanks ….

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Douglas Fairbanks Grave  _ RTP _ 29 Jan 15 _ SFW

Here lies the resting place of one of America’s most famous swashbucklers … Douglas Fairbanks.  The Thief of Bagdad, Robin Hood and  too many more to mention.  This is a link to his Wikipedia site and you can read all about him here.  He died in 1939, so no telling how much this cost back then, but I am impressed and I have never been here!  I ran across more negatives from his trips out west and will be posting more in the near future.  If you want to share your Douglas Fairbanks memories, please feel free.  I love a good Fairbanks story as well as the next person … Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

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January 29, 2015 at 9:40 am

1940’s Street Scene …

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Street Somewhere _ RTP_ 22 Jan 15 _ SFW

I did not know what to call this photo since I did not know where this street scene is located.  The thing that attracted me was all of the old cars on the street … it looks like a movie set to me.  I do not know the date, but I would guess that it might be in the 1940’s just from looking at the cars .  It could be some street out in California because of the palm trees lining the road.  If anyone has any idea where this could be, let us hear from you … Thanks for looking … Frank

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January 22, 2015 at 8:49 am

Yogi Begging For Food …

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Out West 2_RTP_7 Nov 14 SFW

Yes, ladies and gentlemen … that is a bear ( it could be Yogi or maybe BooBoo ) stopping this car and is begging for food.  This was back in the 1940’s when bears were nice and friendly and you were not scared of a bear ripping your arm out it’s socket or attacking you for no apparent reason.  Why, I bet this bear would even let you rub his head and the worst thing that could happen would be him slobbering on you or giving you a big old bear kiss.  I long for the good old days … how about you?  I imagine that this was out in Yellowstone National Park or maybe Yosemite Park.  Let me hear you bear stories … I know that some of you out there have had to run across a friendly bear or two in your travels.  Thanks for looking and that is all for now … Frank

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November 7, 2014 at 6:29 pm

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