Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Howard Johnson's

Howard Johnson's . . . I like seeing my Grandpa's name - this chain doesn't have anything to do with him but it's still fun.
Classic Americana Summer - road tripping and delight upon seeing the "Host of the Highway" /  "Landmark for Hungry Americans". Or just piling the kids in the station wagon and heading to the local Orange Roof for ice cream, "The Wonderful World of 28 Flavors".  I saw a post on Go Retro about the last remaining free-standing HoJo restaurant and wanted to share these retro ads.

May 9, 1955 Life Magazine

May 30, 1955 Life Magazine

June 13, 1955 Life Magazine

June 27, 1955 Life Magazine

July 18, 1955 Life Magazine

August 8, 1955 Life Magazine

July 2, 1956 Life Magazine

May 26, 1958 Life Magazine

June 29, 1959 Life Magazine

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Birthday, America!!

My friend Tina gave me a stack of vintage postcards! Some of them portray a few events in U. S. history depicted in paintings hung at our nation's capitol.

"LANDING OF COLUMBUS ON SAN SALVADOR, OCT. 12, 1492" "Painting by Venderlyn, in the Rotunda of the Capitol Washington"

"DE SOTO'S DISCOVERY OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER, MAY, 1541" "Painting by W. H. Powell, in the Rotunda of the Capitol, Washington"

"EMBARKATION OF THE PILGRIMS, FROM DELFT HAVEN, JULY 22, 1620" "Painting by Weir, in the Rotunda of the capitol, Washington."

"DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE, U.S. CAPITOL." "Painting by John Trumbull, in the Rotunda of the Capitol, Washington. John Hancock, President of the Congress, is seated at the table, and in front of him stand the Committee of Five - Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman and Robert L. Livingston."

"SURRENDER OF CORNWALLIS, U.S. CAPITOL." "Painting by John Trumbull, in the Rotunda of the Capitol, Washington. The picture represents the officers of the British Army, passing the American and French guards and entering between the two lines of victors."

"RESIGNATION OF GEN. WASHINGTON, ANNAPOLIS, DEC. 23, 1783" "Painting by John Trumbull, in the rotunda of the Capitol, Washington. Washington's surrendered commission as Commander-in-Chief is preserved in the State Department."

"WESTWARD HO!" "Painting by Emanuel Leutze, in the Capitol, Washington. Pictures an immigrant train in the Rocky Mountains. Below is Bierstad's Golden Gate, Harbor of San Francisco."

"PROCLAMATION OF EMANCIPATION, U.S. CAPITOL." "Above the first landing, house corridor, East Entrance, hangs Frank B. Carpenter's picture of the First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation before the Cabinet, Sept. 22, 1862. The portraits, beginning at the left, are: Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War; Salmon P. Chase, Secretary of the Treasury; Abraham Lincoln, President; Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy; William H. Seward, (seated). Secretary of State; Caleb B. Smith, Secretary of the Interior; Montgomery Blair, Postmaster-General; Edward Bates, Attorney-General. The picture was presented to the United States by Mrs. Mary Elisabeth Thompson in 1878. Alex H. Stephens, ex-Vice-President of the Confederacy, and then a Member of the House, was one of the orators of its reception."

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Easter Finery

I've recently acquired a large lot of mid-century slides from e-bay. These Easter finery and Easter basket slides make me smile.
I think this family lived in Puyallup.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Trip to Victoria

I was asked yesterday if I was Canadian because of the way I say "bag".  I said, "No, but my Mother is".
My Mom and I have been messaging back and forth about a trip from Seattle to Victoria aboard the Princess Marguerite that she didn't even get to go on but her parents took my sister and me when we were very little.
I don't remember very much about it except for being in a little stateroom and my Grandma making up a fizzy, fruity softdrink for us by dropping a pastel colored tablet in a glass of water.

"The Princess Marguerite" Photo by J. Barnard "Cruising the 115.2 km (72 miles) between Victoria, B. C. and Seattle, Washington, the turbo-electric vessel Princess Marguerite carries 50 cars and 1800 passengers on her 4 1/2 hour journey across the Juan de Fuca Strait and Puget Sound."

I only have three photos of the trip - I don't know if there are any more but my Grandma isn't in any of them.  Victoria was Grandpa's stomping grounds.  I don't think my Grandpa was shy but he appears camera shy.

Howard Johnson started his lifelong hotel industry career as a page boy at the Empress Hotel when he was a teenager. When he left that job, he got his younger brother, Thomas Johnson a job there who then went on to be their first (only?) 50 year employee.

"EMPRESS HOTEL Victoria, B.C. The stately Empress Hotel, a well known landmark in Victoria, as seen from the lawn of the Parliament Buildings." AVT-1031 Color Photo by W. J. L. Gibbons, AMPA

This is my Great Grandmother Ida Bookhout Johnson (1885-1968).  I think this might be the only photo I have of her and me together.  The other thing I remember about this trip is the matching pink and white tops my mom had sewn for my sister and me.  The inset at the neck could snap in and out.

I wish I remembered more about the trip I took with my Grandparents and being exposed to my family history there. I'm certainly glad I have a few photos.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Kalakala

Her nickname was "The Silver Slug". Some thought she was ugly. Kalakala means "Flying Bird" in the Chinook jargon.

From Wikipedia
She was constructed in 1926 as Peralta for the Key System's ferry service on San Francisco Bay. On 6 May 1933 Peralta burned as a result of an arson fire at the terminal where she was moored, resulting in the complete destruction of her superstructure. The hull was still intact and on 12 October 1933 the vessel was sold to the Puget Sound Navigation Company (PSNC), also known by its marketing name, the "Black Ball Line". PSNC funded a refit at Lake Washington Shipyards in Houghton, Washington (since annexed to Kirkland) to restore the vessel as a ferry.
In November 1934, William Thorniley, publicist for PSNC and president of the Olympic Peninsula Travel Association, named the new ferry Kalakala . . .
She made runs mostly between Seattle and Bremerton from 1935-1967.  I know she also made runs from Port Angeles to Victoria, BC as well.

Before the Space Needle, The Kalakala and The Smith Tower were considered THE Seattle icons.

"World's First Streamlined Motor Ferry M. S. Kalakala ~ Seattle, Wash." Ellis 1002. Mailed January 1945

"The World Famous M. F. Kalakala leaving the Seattle harbor on one of its many daily trips to Bremerton Washington." C5681 Ektachrome by Max R. Jensen Natural color by Mike Roberts Berkeley 2, Calif. Published by C. P. Johnston Company. Seattle, Washington

After she was retired as a ferry, she was used as a fish cannery in Alaska.  When she was retired from there, she was looking pretty injured and towed back to Puget Sound in 1998. She's been at a couple of different docks including Lake Union and then the last ten years she has been rotting and rusting in Hylebos Waterway in Tacoma and was considered an eyesore by many. There were plans to restore her to her Art Deco glory days and turn her in to a party venue or museum.

A few days after the Seattle Seahawks made their incredible all-hope-seemed-lost-come-from-behind win to earn the NFC spot in Super Bowl XLIX, the Kalakala was scrapped.  No last-minute miracle like the Seahawks for her. On Thursday January 22, 2015 she was slowly towed to the graving yard for scrapping.  I would love to purchase a small piece of Seattle history and even emailed the demolition company to inquire but I think they've been getting a lot of the similar requests.

My growing postcard collection includes several of the Kalakala so in tribute, please enjoy this unique structure. It will be a seek-and-find in some of them :-)

"Motor Ferry 'KALAKALA' World's first streamlined vessel in service between Seattle and Bremerton, Wash. on Puget Sound. (Kah-Lock-al-lah, Chinook for Flying Bird) is the world's first completely Streamlined Motor Ferry. The hull is divided into twenty-five water-tight compartments, making it virtually unsinkable, length over all 276 feet, beam over all 55.8 feet, passenger capacity 2,000, automobile capacity 110, has 5 decks, horsepower main engine 3,000, cruising speed 18 knots. The Kalakala is designed primarily to meet the needs of steadily increasing passenger and automobile traffic on Beautiful Puget Sound." C. P. Johnston Co., Seattle, Washington. 1C-P1990 Genuine Curteich - Chicago

"Seattle Skyline, Washington. In the foreground may be seen the all-metal ferry Kalakala while at the extreme right is the 42-story Smith Tower." Plastichrome by Colourpicture, Boston 15, Mass., ASA. Color by Lee Merrill, Tacoma, Wash. Pub. by Smith Scenic Views, Tacoma, Washington."

52 "Kalakala, Leaving Seattle Harbor on Moonlight Cruise" Chas. R. Laidlaw - Aerophoto 6A-H386 "C.T. Art Colortone" 

"Union Oil Company's Natural Color Scenes of the West. Seattle, a major Pacific Coast port and gateway to Alaska and the Orient. Tour the West this year with 76 gasoline"

"Seattle, Washington. This aerial view shows a portion of Elliott Bay, the waterfront, metropolitan area, Space Needle in the distance, Lake Union at upper right and the new freeway borders the far right of the picture. Color by Bud Kimball. Plastichrome by ColourPicture Boston, Mass. 02130"

"The Harbor Tourist - loaded with sightseers on a tour of Seattle's fascinating waterfront. No visit to this city is complete without this most enjoyable cruise." C-183 Ektachrome by Josef Scaylea Pub. by Ellis Post Card Co., Arlington, Wash. Made by Dexter West Nyack, N. Y. 39536-B

"At sunset on the Alaska Way Viaduct at Seattle, Washington. The Viaduct makes it possible to pass non-stop through the downtown business district. Docks and ships are very spectacular from the viaduct." Ektachrome by Max R. Jensen.

The Hyak was built in 1967 - the Kalakala was retired as a ferry in 1967 - they're both in this postcard.

"Seattle Waterfront - Seattle Washington This view shows the Waterfront from Ye Olde Curiosity Shop north to Magnolia Bluff. Known as 'The Gateway to the Orient,' Seattle's docks and piers accommodate ships from every country in the World At the left can be seen the new Super-Ferry M. V. Hyak as it approaches the new Ultra-Modern Ferry Terminal." Color by Pat O'Malley Plastichrome by Colourpicture Boston, Mass 12130. Distributed only by Smith-Western Co. Inc. Tacoma-Portland.

There she goes - sailing out of the picture . . .

"78 Seattle and its Famous Harbor, Washington 6A-H2682" Chas. R. Laidlaw Aerophoto. C. T. Art Colortone Reg. U.S. Pat. Off. Made only by Curt Teich & Co., Inc., Chicago. C. P. Johnston., Seattle, Washington. Postmarked September 1937

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Vintage Halloween Fun

It's been a while but I really do love the mid-century ads from Life Magazine.  Enjoy these vintage Halloween Ads!

Brach's Halloween Candy for Trick or Treat

October 20, 1958 Life Magazine
Brach's Candy For Trick or Treat

October 19, 1959 Life Magazine
Brach's Halloween Candies

October 1960 Life Magazine

Kraft Fudgies (illustrator Whitney Darrow Jr.)

October 20, 1958 Life Magazine

Kraft Candies Fudgies & Caramels

October 26, 1959 Life Magazine

Curtiss Candy Baby Ruth & Butterfinger
Saf-T-Pop, Curtiss Chum Gum, Circlets, Caramel Rolls, Penny Logs

October 1960 Life Magazine

Fleer Dubble Bubble Gum

October 29, 1956 Life Magazine

Post Treat-Pak (illustration by Dick Sargent)

October 28, 1957 Life Magazine

Post Treat Pak

October 26, 1959 Life Magazine

Reddi Wip

October 27, 1958 Life Magazine

Hawaiian Punch

October 26, 1959 Life Magazine


October 26, 1959 Life Magazine

Sunkist Frozen Fruit Punches

October 1960 Life Magazine

Alka-Seltzer "Feel UP to the fun that's so good for you . . ."

October 22, 1956 Life Magazine

Sylvania Bue Dot

October 21, 1957 Life Magazine

Chase & Sanborn (illustrator Whitney Darrow Jr.)

October 29, 1956 Life Magazine


October 1960 Life Magazine

Dutch Masters, the fine cigar

October 26, 1959 Life Magazine