Archive for November, 2012

Mini Bike! [1973]

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I can’t even begin to describe how much I wanted one of these back in the day.

In the late 1970s and early 80s I delivered newspapers using my trusty Rampar BMX bike. One day a friend let me borrow a hot-wired Honda CT70 that was sitting at his house; I used it on the paper route – without helmet, license, or even valid registration – and was hopelessly hooked. It was compact, quick, light, and did a great job of hauling the paper cart. The bike also got close to 100 mpg under my 140 pound frame. Eventually the owner reclaimed his property, and I was back on my BMX. I wanted a CT70 badly, but could never put the $700 together for a new one.

Eventually I became a motorcycle rider, probably in part to my experience with this mini bike.

This picture – courtesy of Signs And Wonders – was found as you see it, complete with cryptic “WHAT LIZ KNOWZ” message.  All the great elements are there: kid in plaid, Mom in helmet, and CT70 on lawn.  Love love love!

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King Richard and his Trans Am

Richard Petty / Goodyear - Motor Trend July 1982

A number of years ago I started collecting car magazines from the late 1970s and early 1980s, to salvage their advertisements for sale on eBay. This one – for some reason – never got sold!

Richard Petty is one of the best-known racers in NASCAR. He is still involved with racing, only not behind the wheel. The Petty family is firmly planted both in the fabric and legend of the sport, with multiple generations being involved.

The King is leaning against a 1982 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, available with a fuel-injected 5.0 liter V8 and automatic transmission.

Beret in The Barrio [1967]

From the camera lens of James Jowers, this photo captures a very urban neighborhood scene in New York City.  The man in the beret is sitting on a `57 Chevrolet, while there is a `59 Chevy across the street.  Jowers shot a series of NYC photos at an important time in US history – the 1960s.  Check out a collection of his work here on Flickr.

Jowers’ pictures and copyrights from this period were donated to The Eastman House in 2007.

Mom and The Harley [1951]

This photo was a surprise to me and my sisters.

While it wasn’t a surprise that our Grandpa Harlow rode a Harley-Davidson in high school, we were all amazed to see our Mom pull something out of the archives showing her on the back of a big twin!  Location: 9th and Gamble in Anchorage AK – still a US Territory when the picture was snapped around 1951.  “The edge of the city” at the time, my Mom said.  Behind her and friend Don is my grandpa’s Chevy Fleetline sedan.  The Chugach Mountain Range to the east is looming over everyone in the background.

Looking at Google Maps, we see that the same view in the current day is very different!

David Shire – Night on Disco Mountain

David Shire’s version of the classic Mussorgsky piece Night On Bald Mountain.  Leave it to the 1970s to give style and class a whole different perspective!

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