Category Archives: Transportation
By MyVintageGeneration | Published: February 20, 2012
John Glenn was the first American to orbit the earth. The historic flight took place 50 years ago this week. Glenn was aboard Friendship 7. NASA dubbed the mission Mercury-Atlas 6. John Glenn circled the globe three times. The entire flight lasted 4 hours, 55 minutes and 23 seconds. Upon his return to earth, a [...]
By MyVintageGeneration | Published: January 26, 2012
My car is in the auto body shop because for the second time in less than a year I was in a car accident. And just like before I was stopped at a red light and a car hit me from behind. So, this week’s My Vintage Video is a little lesson on driving safely. [...]
By MyVintageGeneration | Published: January 23, 2012
One hundred years ago this month New Mexico achieved statehood and became the 47th state. The state was dubbed the “land of enchantment.” This 1937 road map highlights various points of interest including Bottomless Lakes, Indian Reservations and Salt Lake Crater. Another interesting detail is the layout of Route 66. The original design of the [...]
By MyVintageGeneration | Published: November 11, 2011
Birthday wishes are being sent to Chevrolet for turning 100 this month. The Chevy brand was founded in Detroit, in November 1911, by racer Louis Chevrolet and William C. Durant. This week’s My Vintage Video is a TV commercial celebrating the car’s 46th birthday in 1957.
By MyVintageGeneration | Published: September 26, 2011
The TV-show Pan Am debuted on ABC Sunday night. Set in 1963, it’s a period drama in the mold of Mad Men, but this new show focuses on the pilots and flight attendants (ie: stewardesses) who work for the world-famous airline. Now Pan Am wasn’t the only airline taking to the skies in the 1960s. [...]
By MyVintageGeneration | Published: September 13, 2011
Here’s a really cool piece of ephemera I picked up recently. It’s a application to register as a chauffeur. It was filled out on July 25, 1925 and it looks like it was signed by Samuel A. Martins. He was 21 years-old, 6 feet tall and weighed 185 pounds. Martins lived in Portland, Oregon. I [...]
By MyVintageGeneration | Published: July 31, 2011
Here’s an early (1940s?) postcard showing two runways at the Laconia Airport in Gilford, New Hampshire. The airport was built on over 400 acres of farmland. Laconia Airport was one of thousands of federal WPA (Works Progress Administration) projects completed in the 1930s and 40s. It was originally conceived as a defense airport, but it [...]
By MyVintageGeneration | Published: June 29, 2011
Here’s a dandy doodle vintage license plate. This is red, white & blue plate with embossed lettering. It was made sometime during the prohibition era, which lasted from 1920 to 1933. This essentially was a traveling billboard. Was this one of the first license plates to promote a message? These days we see so many [...]
By MyVintageGeneration | Published: May 18, 2011
One of the most popular transatlantic liners from the 20th century was the RMS Queen Mary. It sailed the high seas from 1936 to 1967. The ocean liner’s route was from Southampton to Cherbourg and New York City. This abstract log provides interesting details on an excersion the Queen Mary took in 1958.
By MyVintageGeneration | Published: May 13, 2011
May is National Bike Month! Click here see what activities are taking place near you. And here’s the Facebook Fan Page. And before you hop on your bike, watch this vintage filmstrip about bike safety! Happy and safe riding!