Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Skoda trolleybus, San Francisco

One of 240 of this model built between 1999 and 2003, this one is seen exiting the Stockton Street tunnel that marks the boundary between the Financial District and Chinatown.

trains by the Mississippi River at Minneapolis, circa 1910

Sunday, July 29, 2018

'On motorways through Europe' Nazi era German ad

At the time there weren't many outside Germany which was pretty much the innovator of the concept.

20th Century Limited poster, 1941

This train was operated by the New York Central system and ran from New York to Chicago overnight. See earlier posts.

1937 Imperial Airways posters featuring Short Empire flying boats


1963 Ferrari 250 GT

"You can't park there, madam, let me park it for you."
"OK but you no scratcha da paint or I smacka da face."
"Can we leave it here on the grass?"
"I expect that flunky will tell us we can't."

Monday, July 23, 2018

Indianapolis Motorway Speedway poster, 1909

This poster announed the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's inaugural race in 1909, which drew a crowd of 12,000 spectators. Two drivers, two mechanics and two spectators died during the event, the track having been surfaced by crushed rocks and tar. The Austrian engineer Louis Schwitzer won the day with an average speed of 57.4 miles per hour (92 km/h). 

1955 Leyland Beaver truck

1950s Leyland Octopus truck ad

1950 Packard full range

Saturday, July 21, 2018

1975 Mazda B1600 pickup

SS 'Himalaya', P. & O.

The 28,000 grt, 708' 8" (216 metre) Himalaya was built at Barrow-in-Furness by Vickers-Armstrongs and launched 5 October 1948. 

She had an identical hull and machinery to Orient Lines' Orcades (yard no. 950 to Himalaya's 951), though differing in superstructure and internal layout. She began her service on the Tilbury-Bombay-Australia route in 1949 following her departure from the shipbuilding yard in August. During her commission Himalaya underwent a number of improvements the first of which was, although controversial at the time, a funnel cowl to keep the liner's decks clear of debris without interference to the boilers. Following the sale of the Strath Class liners by P&O Himalaya (along with Orcades) was converted to allow the transportation of tourist class passengers only.

The last voyage took place in October 1974 and scarppig happened the following year in Taiwan.