Saturday, March 07, 2015
Let's hop in a "car of the Imagination" and take a short ride around the U.S.A!
I think it's safe to assume that this "Thunderbird Trading Post" (circa 1961) was located in the American Southwest, but the slide was unlabeled, so I can only guess. A Google search revealed other Thunderbird Trading Posts that look nothing like this one.
The giant Kachina dolls are en eye-catching addition (I want one of those), and there are bright-yellow hitching posts in case you showed up on horseback. I wouldn't mind owning an authentic Indian rug; and as for jewelry, who couldn't use a little more turquoise and silver in their lives? My mind reels at the thought of what other treasures were inside this store; rubber snakes, toy bows and arrows, headdresses, decorated clay pots, snow globes… it was probably like King Tut's tomb, only better!
This next one was undated, and the only label was "Tulip parade". Which makes me think that this is from Holland, Michigan - home of the famous Tulip Festival (see my recent post about it HERE). Local beauties put those colorful flowers to shame as they wave to the gathered crowds. I love the detail of the many people gathered on top of that building in the distance.
And finally, here's a scan of slide (circa 1959) that was in a box of random photos. I didn't recognize the city, but after a little bit of research, discovered that this is a picture of Denver, Colorado. Over toward the left, way in the distance, you can see a slender old tower, known as the Daniels and Fisher Tower (built in 1910 as part of a department store). As for any other buildings in the photo… I have no idea! I wanted to try to find a similar, modern view of Denver, and had no luck (this one appears to have been taken from the top of a tall building). Like every other large city, Denver has grown and developed to the point where the Daniels and Fisher tower can be hard to see nowadays.
I hope you have enjoyed your tour of "Random USA"!