number of times, and have related it's story here once before. Suffice to say, I always take advantage of any opportunity to photograph this beautiful machine. It is truly one of a kind.
I was also pleasantly surprised to see it during this visit to the Illinois Railway Museum. It wasn't scheduled to operate that Saturday, so I was surprised when I walked through it's storage shed to discover a big, Zephyr sized empty space and the bouquet of diesel fumes. It appears that they pulled it out and parked it to...I don't know, warm it up? Test the air conditioning? Whatever the reason, it was parked on a gentle curve, perfect for the classic old-school brochure shot. I secretly think it was done on purpose!
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Monday, May 28, 2012
A surprising number of kids shouted "DOC!" when they saw this car. He won the Piston Cup, after all!
Friday, May 25, 2012
This vintage porcelain sign was on the door at the former Erickson Jewelers shop in Andersonville, a neighborhood on the north side of Chicago. The shop's neon sign hung there for quite some time after the shop closed as well. The space has since been turned into a restaurant, and I don't know if this little sign is still there. I rather doubt it.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Fun fact-for many years, you'd see ads for ex-military Jeeps "still in the crate", having been found in some backwater base in the desert Southwest, or rescued from a long forgotten supply depot on a tiny Pacific island. In fact, for a long time there were ads from collectors wanting to buy WW2 Jeeps still in their crates.
Jeeps never shipped in crates.
Friday, May 18, 2012
The place is packed all summer long. Naturally I went when it was rainy and cold-I'm kind of glad. The colors really popped.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Anyway, I liked the packaging on these old trains, and I would love to take better shots of them from the other side of the window. I also like the car reflection-it turned out well.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Monday, May 14, 2012
Essentially handmade, the Skylark differed from the Roadmaster in a number of ways. Most noticeably was the lowered windshield and seating, accomplished by the tried and true method of chopping the frame and lowering the seat frames. Between that and the new fenders and doors, the Skylark was basically a factory built custom car.
This one's a '53.
Friday, May 11, 2012
I also have no idea what the Olympian Breakfast includes-I've never been there early enough!
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Monday, May 7, 2012
This one's a '60.
Friday, May 4, 2012
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
I've lived around here most of my life and have never seen this sign till last week. Just goes to show that you should always take a walk down the side streets and back alleys.