Saturday, May 12, 2012
Hey folks! I have been blogging away for six gorillariffic years. Back in 2006, something compelled me to start sharing my collection of Disneyland (etcetera) photos. I think it was Russian microwaves that are to blame, but hey, I'm no scientist. Anyway, today isn't really a celebration (since I recently celebrated my 2000th post) but I wanted to mention it anyway.
Today's post features a few random images that I hope you will enjoy. Like this picture (probably from somewhere in Pennsylvania) from August 1958, with an elephant in a shopping center parking lot! Elephants are so cool; look at that massive head! If we weren't so used to them, they'd look pretty alien. Jumbo is pulling a cart full of kids, and the cart has "Animaland USA" painted on it. Animaland was billed as "America's largest traveling zoo" - with its home in Sarasota, Florida, and had "wild animals and regular circus amusements".
Now let's head over to Belgium, circa 1958, for the Brussels World's Fair! That's France's pavilion, easily recognizable because of that jutting pointy thingamabob. Oh, and the sign that says "France". This was the first major post-WW2 Fair, and it looks like it was really cool.
This slide was undated, but is probably from the early 1950's, and features two ladies enjoying a frosty A&W root beer. I have a ton of great memories of going to a similar A&W stand in Austin, Minnesota (which is still there). It has car-hop service, so you would order over a speaker system, and a girl (it was always a girl) brought your tray, which hung on the window of your car. Somehow the hamburgers, onion rings, and root beer (in those wonderful ice-cold heavy glass mugs) tasted better than anything!
And finally, how about a visit to Chillicothe, Ohio, on July 7th 1940? This photo was taken looking down South Paint Street. I just love seeing color photos from over 70 years ago!
Here's a similar picture (the closest I could find), from Wikipedia, showing what South Paint Street looks like today! Chillicothe looks like a nice town.