Thursday, March 31, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
I suppose I've just ruined it for you!
Monday, March 28, 2011
The Hawks were restyled for '61, courtesy of designer Brooks Stevens, and the cars got a cleaner, up to date look. The GT Hawk also had higher performing engines, including supercharged options, and a more luxurious interior. Sadly, it was a case of too little, too late, and in late 1963 Studebaker closed its South Bend plant, and with it ended Hawk production once and for all. Studebaker itself would soldier on for only two more seasons.
Friday, March 25, 2011
just fine (or it did when I saw it last). Naturally, I chose to show it in stunning, lifelike black and white, for that authentic Tech-Pan feel.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
I have a vague notion as to why I like them-I think it has something to do with the solitude they often evoke.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
This pump is in front of a local themed restaurant, one of those "crap on the walls" places with a petroliana theme. Sadly, it seems that someone's busted the Koolmotor glass in the front.
Monday, March 21, 2011
shown it here at least once. I can't help but be a little sad at the sight of it, covered in dead leaves and mold, slowly going to ground.
Friday, March 18, 2011
This sign really should have been saved and moved to the new location.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
You still see these small tags today, usually in grease pencil or paint pen, and most frequently on older cars. Some of them are years, or even decades old, some of them are still fresh. This happens to be Colossus of Roads, a pretty well known mark. His jaunty cowboy is usually accompanied by a short message-in this case "Summer Complaint-Crimps In Pages". I've no idea what it means, but I like it.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Cock Robin was best known for it's steakburgers, the One-In-A-Million-Malted, and it's square shaped ice cream scoops. By the 50's they were widespread in the area (everyone I know "of a certain age" seems to have eaten at one back in the day), but by the 90's there were only a few left. The last one, in Brookfield, closed in 2006. This one's in Wheaton, and is still open as a burger joint/ice cream shop, but doesn't call itself Cock Robin, even though the sign is still on the top.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
This is an old Chevrolet truck, and I found it on a farm surrounded by a couple of others of similar vintage. All long disused, all rusty, all sinking into the ground.
Friday, March 11, 2011
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Thursday, March 10, 2011
Anyway, this one is in front of a cooperative in rural Earlville, Illinois. It looks like it used to light up, and maybe was from a gas station. It looks properly aged, though.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
This one, CB&Q 3007, is a Baldwin and dates from 1930.
Monday, March 7, 2011
This happens to be a TD, a '53 if the plates are anything to go by. I like to see older cars on display with appropriate accessories. This one was well turned out, with a tartan travel blanket and a Harris Tweed flat 'at on the passenger's seat, that age appropriate license plate and British tax disc, and an impressive set of picnic baskets on the luggage rack.
Friday, March 4, 2011
This sign is on Chicago's far north side, in or around the Uptown/Edgewater area (I forget which side of the boundary this falls on). But there are several more in the city, and at least two out in Aurora as well. All of them seem to have one thing in common-really old signs. I kinda like 'em more for it.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Bethlehem Steel eventually rose to great prominence in American industry, developing rolling techniques that allowed wide-flange shapes to be made, and helping to usher in the age of skyscrapers. Bethlehem eventually became a major supplier to the construction industry.
However, Bethlehem didn't just make steel girders-the company made an enormous range of products, large and small. Bethlehem Shipbuilding was-naturally-a shipbuilding concern, and during both World Wars the company was a major supplier of armor plate and other ordinance to the U.S. military. In addition to this, Bethlehem was still a big supplier of building materials, everything from girders to sewer grates. Heck, I still see manhole covers with the company's name on them.
This is the counterweight on an old, hand operated railroad switch at the Fox River Trolley Museum. The switch itself dates from the early sixties, and was made in Chicago. Like many industrial things, it features the manufacturer's name cast right into it, and is perfectly legible even after decades of being outside.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
This is the Fabyan Lighthouse on a particularly dim, snowy day. I do like this one, though. I think it has a really old-timey feel, like a vintage postcard or a local history book in a particularly dusty corner of the town hall.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
I've also warbled on at length about TtV photography so I'll skip that too, except to say "is it live, or is it Full-Vue?"
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