Friday, October 24, 2014

See My Car

In my collecting, I've noticed that people love to pose with cars.  This one is dated "July 1920," just a few years after World War 1, and at the beginning of one of the most expansive bubble economies in American history.  There must have been a lot of photos like this one, people posing with cars, that just a few years earlier, they couldn't have purchased.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


This one's labeled "Ferry tender at Cherbourg."  I have no way of knowing, but I hope this photo is from the twenties, the years when the lost generation, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Henry Miller, and many other Americans headed of to Paris to become writers, painters, or drunks.  An era I wish I had seen.

Now, for a bit of shameless self promotion.  Every so often I pick up a few non photographic bits of ephemera.  I also find images from the net that I enjoy visiting from time to time. (Considering my background and interests, it's no surprise that those images are mostly photographs.)  To make things easy, I've put them up on another blog,  For those who have enjoyed this nautically themed post, in the past few months, I've put up an activities schedule from an Italian ocean liner, a passenger list from The Matson Lines, and a nineteenth century oil painting of a S.F. Bay ferry.

Friday, October 17, 2014

An Attractive Couple

I'm not about to scroll back through 1,000 + posts to confirm, but I'm almost certain I've used this title before.  Photos of attractive couples....not exactly uncommon.  Anyway, I'm guessing somewhere in the forties or fifties.  Back when men were well thought of if they bought their wife a fur coat.  Now, it's maybe yes, maybe condemnation and red paint thrown on the mink.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Dawson Garage

This one, dated "Oct. 25, 1917," is a rich little picture.  Let's see, a cop, a street cart, a Valvoline Oil sign, Delco Batteries, tires for sale,  a Bell Telephone enameled sign, streetcar tracks, and a palm tree in the background.  And what is a half sole tire?

Monday, October 13, 2014

Camping At the Beach

This one is labeled "Palisades," and since I purchased it here, in Los Angeles, I'm guessing Pacific Palisades in Santa Monica.  Things are a lot different today.  Now, The Palisades, is a very upscale, wealthy, neighborhood.  Except for live-in staff, there aren't many people with an income less than the mid six figures living there.  Too, camping at the beach has become a good way to get arrested.

I get why camping at the beach is a bad idea.  There are too many people in L.A. to allow tents, camp fires, and long term parking along Pacific Coast Highway.  Still, wouldn't it be great to drive to the beach, pitch a tent, and just hang out by the beach for a few days.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

One Piece

They don't make swimsuits like this anymore.  Too bad, I think she's kind of hot.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

3 Girls

There has to be some meaning to this pose.  The dresses and hair bows don't look like everyday wear to my not particularly well informed eye.  Maybe it's the prize petunias they're trying to highlight, or some weird, town celebration.