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Goodyear Hot Wheels Blimp



This neat little model of the Goodyear Airship came out in 1992, according to information up on the web.  On the bottom of the passenger car is “1991 Malaysia”.

Turning the tailpiece changes the display.

It’s 3.5″ long and about 1.5″ from bottom to top.

Pan American Airways System


The 1937 edition.  It’s 4 x 7″ and, ta da!, it opens out to this:


Martin M-130 Clipper (there were three made for Pan Am starting in 1935: The China Clipper, The Philippine Clipper and the Hawaii Clipper) (one more, I found out, was made for the Soviet Union: the Russian Clipper) (parenthetically write much?)  The other aircraft could be an artist’s rendition of a DC-2, which Pan-Am was also flying in the 1930s.
This pamphlet lists all the departure and destination points for Pan Am in 1937.  They were all over the place.

TCRA – in 1968


TCRA in the 1968 Shell Airport Directory.  Any pilots viewing this will be able to read it immediately.  Everyone else goes, “Big whoops…”

Young Man With Boots

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This is a ferrotype, but more commonly known as a tintype.  No tin, just thin iron (it responds crisply to a magnet) coated with a black paint, then overlaid with an emulsion that can be exposed quickly.  The image is actually a negative, but, because of the black background, it’s seen as a positive.
This was taken in a studio, with clunky props.  The hat is a “gents’ or young mens'” hat that retailed in the late 19th century for around $2.25.  The coat is likely wool, with velvet trim.  He’s wearing a vest and a tie over a clean white shirt.  The boots are worn and rather grubby. The emulsions of this period were sensitive to the red spectrum, so I think this hands aren’t dirty so much as slightly reddish around the nails.   If this was taken in winter, which the coat and boots seem to indicate, this hands may have just been recovering from the cold.
Notice that he gives the impression of being quite self-possessed.  Interesting expression.

Snow Trees

I took this on Bays Mountain just after a wet snow had blown into the area.

Florist Shop – Christmas

This greenhouse is no longer in existence. Many years ago, I was out walking on a snowy evening and saw these Poinsettias through a fogged window.

Gas Pump

Brave old gas pump.  Up on Hazel Mountain Road in Southwest Virginia.