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Category Archives: Transportation

Brief History of the Studebaker Automobile & Brochures

The 1950s was the beginning of the end for Studebaker. The iconic car company was founded by the Studebaker Brothers in 1852. They first built horse drawn vehicles, but made the switch to electric cars in 1902. For the first 45 years, the Studebaker was synonymous with quality. However, by the end of World War […]
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1950 Eastern Airlines Plane and Baggage Claim Tickets

Tickets for two on Eastern Air Lines please! The couple who bought these tickets took a quick jaunt from New York to Boston in 1950. They made the trip in early June; a pleasant time to go. The cost for a one-way ticket was $12.82.
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NASA 50th Anniversary of John Glenn’s Orbit Flight

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 […]
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1954 Car Driving Safety Film

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. […]
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Official Road Map of New Mexico 1937

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 […]
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Happy 100th Birthday to Chevrolet

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.
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TWA Airline Matchbook Cover

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. […]
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1925 Chauffeur Job Application

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 […]
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Vintage Postcard: Laconia Airport in New Hampshire

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 […]
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Keep and Enforce Prohibition License Plate

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 […]
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