Saturday, May 26, 2012
OK, I admit it... today's "Anything Goes" installment was a rush job! Still, I think you'll enjoy the two somewhat random images.
Here's a mystery slide dating from the early to mid 1960's; this appears to be a full-size model of a V-2 rocket - the kind that Wernher von Braun was developing for Germany during the late stages of World War II. In spite of its militaristic origins, the V-2 was an important advancement in rocketry, eventually helping the U.S. get to the moon. I can only guess that this parking lot was at an early aerospace facility somewhere in Southern California... it looks like Tujunga or La Cañada/Flintridge, but could be any one of a thousand other locations. There's not much in the way of clues, unfortunately. I can't help wondering if one of my genius readers will know where this was!
The next photo is dated September 1961; it is actually stitched together from two photos. Is there anything you can't do with Photoshop? This idyllic scene shows the Heinz factory in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. As factories go, that's a pretty friendly looking example. Lots of red brick, and I like the smokestack with the word "Heinz" painted on it. Wonder if that's still there? In the foreground is a lovely pond where two boys (I see two bikes - Schwinns?) are fishing for bluegill or perch or "sunnies". Unbeknownst to them, a killer duck is about to pounce!
I hope you have enjoyed today's half-assed "Anything Goes" post.