Saturday, December 29, 2012
On today's "Anything Goes Saturday", we will visit the island paradise of Hawaii! Pass the poi, please.
Here's a beautiful vintage view of Diamond Head, the distinctive volcanic cone in Honolulu (on the island of Oahu). Besides being a nice photo, you can tell that it is pretty old due to the lack of monstrous beachfront hotels.
In fact, the photographer panned to the left just a bit to capture the famous Royal Hawaiian hotel - one of the first hotels established on Waikiki Beach; notice the barbed wire barrier, in place to impede any Japanese soldiers who might try to invade via submarine. So we can date these pictures to WWII!
I am not 100% positive that this is Hawaii (there was at least one photo in the lot that is definitely from Casablanca in the 40's), but it sure looks like it could be. Anyway, it ties in to the WWII theme, showing a military airfield in the distance - not to mention gorgeous mountains and clouds.
Zooming in on the planes, we can see the distinctive tails of some B-24 Liberators - heavy bombers that were used throughout the war. B-24's were introduced in 1941, and the Ford Motor Company manufactured over 18,000 of the aircraft. One of Ford's factories turned out 650 of the planes in a single month!