Friday, April 24, 2015

Happy Birthday Grandpa

I doubt that's a store bought cake.

Thursday, April 23, 2015


Quite a gathering of car enthusiasts.  When I see these old photos of people and their cars, I always think they must have been the well established middle class of their day.  But, then I remember that the affordable car,  manufactured so that the ordinary working stiff could buy one, transformed American society.  Oh how things have changed.  Today, the new car has been priced beyond the average hourly worker.  I'm 60, and I've never been able to afford a new car, and I doubt I ever will.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Cars in the Woods

Sticking with the auto theme from yesterdays post.  Ever notice how people love to drive into the woods?  Off the road and under a tree.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Mobility Stupidity

There is a stupidity industry in the United States.  Just look at all the movies about dumb guys making fools of themselves.  Usually they're about stoners, money, or some other obvious thing.  My personal stupidity is mobility.  I don't make a lot of money, I've been trying to be responsible sitting around, not dipping into the bank account, but the boredom got to me, the stir craziness set in, and I headed off on the road.  Now, I knew my front tires were shot, but I told myself, they'll last the trip.  They didn't, and I found myself stranded on a back road with a flat tire, and lug nuts so tight I couldn't get the wheel off.  Sleeping out along the road wasn't too bad.  After all that was the plan, just at a different local.  What wasn't the plan was walking out and having to find road service.  To make a long story short, I got lucky and found a guy who provided a length of steal pipe that, once added to the speed wrench,  give me enough torque to get things loose.

I'll bet these three people were so thrilled to be car owners that they did something similar to what I did this weekend.  Given mobility, it's human nature to wonder what's down the road,  and who cares if the tires are bald?  I didn't.

Note the Minnesota licence plate and Chevy logo.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Indiana Harbor Postcard

It's not surprising that photos with a Mexican connection end up in Los Angeles, but Indiana?  It doesn't read on the scan, but there is an embossed studio mark on this postcard.  "ATLAS STUDIO 3517 MAIN ST. INDIANA HARBOR, IND."  Indiana Harbor is a man made harbor and ship's canal on the southern shore of Lake Michigan, near East Chicago Indiana.  My bet is that these three men were members of a ship's crew, traveling through the St. Lawrence Seaway, all the way to Lake Michigan and the Chicago area.  When this photo was taken, Chicago and Gary Indiana were both major industrial centers, receiving raw materials from all over the world, and shipping out finished goods.  What better way to show the folks back home the great adventure of world travel.

Just so you know, mere coincidence yesterdays post from Michigan City and today's from Indiana Harbor, just a few dozen  miles apart.   I've owned this card for a couple of years buying it from a local antique mall.  The Michigan City card came from a lot purchased on eBay, just a few months ago.  Actually, that purchase reminded me that this card had been sitting in my files.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Michigan City Postcard

Wow another bow tie.

 In this case Michigan City refers to Lake Michigan, and Indiana.  Printed on the back, "The Park Studios Michigan City Indiana."  I did try a search, but all Google came up with were ads for studio apartments near the park.  So much for the digital world.

Not a lot to write about Michigan City.  It was incorporated in 1836, so it's been around for awhile.  There was once a Pullman rail car factory in the town.  It's near Indiana Dunes National Lake Shore. It has a lighthouse which is kind of interesting.  And, it's the furthest stop on Chicago's interurban.  Long before interstates, most cities of a certain size had traction companies, and interurbans, light rail that ran well beyond the city limits.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Bow Tie Postcard

I'm starting a very short, three post, sequence of real photo postcards, all studio portraits.  They all have a divided back, one half for address and the other for a message. only available in the United States after 1907.  The suit is a bit big for this gentleman, so he was doing well enough to have some nice clothes, but not well enough that he could afford tailor made.