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Beach Time! [1960s]

Beach Time!

Here in the Pacific Northwest it’s still cold and wintery. It’s the little things – like this warm sunny picture – that keep us going around here ūüôā

American Airlines Route Map [1959]

1959 American Airlines Route Map Details

I picked this up because I love airplanes, especially what is called “1st Generation Jet Airliners” like the Boeing 707.

1959 American Airlines Route Map Details

This route map was printed in October 1959, when American Airlines was using the 707 and the Lockheed L-118 Electra.

Boeing : 707

Boeing 707

Boeing : 707

American Airlines 707 at LAX

Lockheed : L-188 : Electra

Lockheed L-188 Electra


Stewardesses and admirers near a L-118 Electra

Lockheed : L-188 : Electra

Lockheed L-188 Electra

Look closely on the map below and you’ll see that Havana Cuba was still part of the flight routes out of the US:

1959 American Airlines Route Map Details

Flights to Mexico were not nearly as comprehensive as they are today:

1959 American Airlines Route Map Details

And JFK airport in New York was still called Idlewild!

1959 American Airlines Route Map Details


The Friendly Skies [1968]

United Airlines Stewardesses [1968]

Courtesy San Diego Air & Space Museum

There was a time when people traveled in something other than sweats and slip-ons.

And security was taken care of at the gate, no shoe removal required. ¬†Flight attendants were called stewardesses, which at the time made sense because the term Steward was given to service personnel who took care of the traveler. ¬†Many facets of air travel have changed; while I would never consider taking a “short hop” flight to places like Spokane or Portland from Seattle, because it would take me longer to get through security than it would to fly there. ¬†While to the younger segments of our society this is standard, many of us remember when air travel was kinder on the soul.

Bad Apples who wanted to do us harm changed all that.

At Portland International Airport 05/1973

The fact remains that flying was once glamorous and fun, especially during the 1960s glory days. ¬†It was the closest thing to space most of us would ever see. ¬†Rarely was a motto so accurate: The Friendly Skies. ¬†I still love flying, just not at the same levels as I did at 14. ¬†I’m still amazed that a huge metal tube can hurl through thin air without falling. ¬†Goofy me: I still love looking out the window at the passing Earth below.

While the golden age of air travel may be long past, it lives on with vibrance in an unexpected place: Pinterest. ¬†In the past year I have found more airline, airliner, and flight crew photos on Pinterest than anywhere else. ¬†It’s clear that people have a love for the style and feeling of the age, which embodied a sense of hope for air travel’s future that was seemingly quelled when hijackers started ruining the trips.

So today, thanks to the Internet, we can continue flying The Friendly Skies. Shoe removal not required.

Texas Service Station [1965]


Courtesy Southern Methodist University, Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library

Trust your car to the man who wears the star!

Straight from the archives of Southern Methodist University, this photo is of a new Texaco service station outside of Houston TX Рtaken by Robert Yarnall Richie in 1965.  Richie was a noted commercial photographer, who took pictures for large businesses around the US.  He died in 1984.

The station is designed in the “Mid-Century” style, with its flat roof and jaunty positive feeling. ¬†It would be a fairly new structure, based on the size of the trees surrounding the property. ¬†That’s a `65 Ford Custom sedan in front of the fetching green-topped building. ¬†There is also a `64 Ford Galaxie inside the station getting service. ¬†At the pumps: a `65 Mustang fastback, a `65 Buick Electra, and `64 Ford pickup.

Three Models Agree: “Miami Beach is Out Of Sight” [1970]

Old tourism films are really a step into an alternate universe.

They portray the world that the marketers wanted you to believe as truth, and while the real thing was probably fairly close – let’s face it – marketing has a tendency to stretch the facts. ¬†Such is the case, I’m sure, with this promotional film done in 1970 for Miami Beach, Florida:¬†¬†Color Me Fun – “One place where colors and people best come together.” ¬†Film work includes ample use of hand-held cameras, unique camera angles, and plenty of ornate pseudo-classic fixtures backed by fuzzy wallpaper inlaid with gold. ¬†In short, the Tourist Development Authority of Miami Beach wanted you to imagine being part of a Chick-filled, Chivas-fueled weekend with¬†Tiger Tom.

Today, the city’s official Visitor Page is much more subdued and – honestly – not quite as interesting.

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One Island Has It All!

Color Me Fun is narrated by three young models with different viewpoints – in voices that are obviously dubbed. ¬†In common late 60s form, each of them is known only by their “color” instead of by their name (which is provided in the ending credits):

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“I’m Red. I love.”

Model Julia Hayes is the passionate one who finds enjoyment in the surroundings and nightlife.

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“I’m Yellow. I groove.”

Model Diane Squires is the everyday traveler on a budget. While the others indulge their appetites on fancy fare, Yellow chews on pizza and sandwiches.

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“I’m Blue. I appreciate.”

Model Joan Murphy is the one who lives high and travels far. ¬†She calls the mansions in town “cottages,” speaks with an unidentifiable accent, and uses words like “Divertisment” in place of “Entertainment.”

The Color Girls navigate us through the streets and buildings of Miami Beach, sharing food, entertainment, sports, recreation; this shining beacon of marketing flash is touched by the Florida sun and punctuated by an upbeat groovy soundtrack which includes Keith Mansfield’s Funky Fanfare, an instrumental that is also used as the theme song for Animal Planet’s Pit Boss. ¬†Manfield’s Gold Medal was also used. ¬†The dialogue is peppered with Sixtyisms that describe things as “where it’s at,” “groovy,” “far out,” and “now.”

Gotta admit that it beats “ginormous” or “epic.”

Blue starts the show, pulling up to the attended parking at a swanky restaurant, and promptly visiting the kitchen to show wear all the magic is done. ¬†“Most people – whereEVER they live – are content with…Hamburger, she proclaims with smug physical punctuation. “But,” Blue continues, “when they come to Miami Beach everything changes.” ¬†Yellow orders a corned beef sandwich, happy with the notion that she orders and it ¬†arrives.

“Imagine what kind of service I’d get if I knew someone!”

Meanwhile Red is at the oldest restaurant in Miami Beach eating Stone Crab – “Cold…or in Hot. ¬†Melted. Butter,” she proclaims with a half smile.

“It may not be elegant, but it’s out of sight.”

I’ve collected some screen shots from the film and posted them in this blog. ¬†Each one tells a story stuck in time.

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“We’ll shoot into the sun and have the family run past us to the shore. ¬†That technique is so new and now that people will think that Miami Beach is the grooviest place on earth! ¬†Right?”

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Have no idea what they just put on the table, but I suspect that won’t matter if enough Chianti is consumed.

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Where colors and people blur into a cool-hued homage to Vegas…

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Yellow: “Groovy place…groovy people too.”

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Red: “This is too much!”

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Cruising Highway 1A northbound.

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Looking north along the Atlantic Ocean.   Scenery has changed a bit in last 40+ years.

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Blue: “Next year’s fashions come here first.”

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Red cheers on the ponies. ¬†“Go Number Two!”

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Blue: “You know I’ve been everywhere. ¬†The In Islands, the Out Islands. ¬†Anywhere that counts.”

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Yellow: “If I can catch fish here, anyone can!”

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What visit to Southern Florida would be complete without a rocket? ¬†This one was put into space with less computer processing power than my Smart Phone…

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Red: “Miami Beach is Today, and so is the State of Florida.”

Below is a Youtube excerpt from the 13-minute film, which is also available in full HERE.  It may not have been a real depiction of Miami Beach, but it sure was real entertaining.  Enjoy!

Trip To Hawaii [1985]

Diamondhead and Downtown Honolulu Hawaii, 1985

There’s no telling what we’ll find at our house.

Earlier this year I was going through a box of belongings that the stunning Mrs. BelRedRoad and I have shared for knick knacks for the last 22 years, when I found a roll of Kodak VR 100 film buried beneath the papers and curios of the past.¬† Initially I thought it was a roll of film I’d shot in Seattle in the early 1980s; it was of the same type I would have purchased, and shot with a second-hand Pentax K1000. ¬†After getting the roll developed, it was clear that the photos weren’t mine at all.

Kodak Kodacolor VR 100

Turns out Mrs. BelRedRoad had shot the film in Hawaii while on a 1985 familiarization trip as a Travel Agent – and then promptly forgot about it.

Hawaiian Sundown [1985]

The photos – like this Oahu sunset – now survive as a time capsule, and testament to what the Hawaiian islands looked like in the time between the two Hawaii Five-Os. ¬†I’ve never been there, so I get to live it through her.

Maui Hill Hotel Resort Pool [1985]

Maui Hill Hotel Resort [1985]

Maui Hill Hotel Resort [1985]

Want to be there right now? ¬†Me too…

Maui Hill Hawaiian Resort [1985]

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific [1985]

This is at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, made famous in both runs of the hit show Hawaii Five-O

Maui Hill Hotel Resort [1985]

Love this staircase.  So does the guy in the blue shirt. While the high-waisted shorts are dated, much of the wardrobe in these photos would not look out of the ordinary if I were to see it today.

Hawaii / Last Shot on Roll [1985]

The stunning Mrs. BelRedRoad fiddling with her camera in the hotel room. ¬†Last shot in Hawaii for her before the long ride home; despite its shaky spooky nature, it’s one of my favorite photos of her. ¬†I would meet her three years later, and the rest is retro-history!

Found Photos from New York [1963-64]

Feb. 2, 1963 New York, 42 Street a

Susan Healey got bitten by the old camera bug.

It’s an addictive habit; old cameras come in so many shapes and sizes, plus many of them still work. ¬†In my world, people give me film cameras because they have moved completely to digital. ¬†If anything, they are cool to look at even if they don’t work (case in point is this Canon AL-1, which doesn’t power up). ¬†Sometimes it’s nice to have a collection for comparison purposes, and there are plenty of clubs around the US that still provide a camera nut with plenty to see.

To feed her addiction to cameras, Susan spends a lot of time at camera swap meets and events. “I discovered the Photographic Historical Society of New England a few years ago,” she said in an email, “and a couple of times a year they have a big event called Photographica.”

Like other types of swap meets, people come from all over the place to buy and sell cameras, film and other photographic equipment. On one occasion, she found more than cameras at a table. ¬†“One of the vendors had a few piles of old photos,” Susan explained. “When I saw them I couldn’t believe they hadn’t been snatched up yet.

For about $5.00, they were mine.”

I agree with Susan’s description of these photos as “an amazing glimpse of well-known areas and time.” The signage, the cars, and the buildings are all so perfectly preserved in photographic form that it’s almost as if we are pulled right into the scenes. And the people in the photos also are very stylish; the cut of the clothing they’re wearing is clearly money, and the care each has taken to be presentable – save one photo – is very obvious. I know it would be corny to mention Mad Men at this point, but I am truly reminded of that hit series when looking at these photos.

Susan’s take on the collection is heart-felt.

“Every time I go (to the swap meets), I look through the old photos but have never found anything that moved me as much as these ones did.”

I totally agree. The photos are truly a hashmark on the map of time.  The colors, while a bit faded, are very accurate for the era.  It helps that the pictures are clear, and that the photographer seems to be good at what she/he did.  Check out each photo below; they range from big city scenes to snowy rural backgrounds Рwith stylish 60s beach photos sure to peak some interest in the the folks over at We Heart Vintage.  Click on any of the pictures to go see more info about them on Flickr.


Aug. 3, 1963

1960s halter tops left nothing to imagine. ¬†Gotta admit she’s pretty ripped for being in the 1960s. That’s a 1960 Ford Galaxie behind her.

Aug. 3,1963

One has to wonder if they ever got all of that into the little red Corvair!


Love the old Texaco sign.  Same Corvair from above appears to be making an encore appearance in the background.

December 1963

Umm…is he peeing in the snow? ¬†Next to the Corvair?

Feb. 17, 1963 Time Square NY

New York City, 42nd Street – Dodge Lancer speeds past an old Buick on the left and a yellow 1963 Chev Bel-Air taxi on the right.

Feb.  2, 1963 New York Broadway

Feb. 2, 1963 New York, 42 Street

1962 Chev Bel-Air taxi speeds through intersection, followed by an Oldsmobile and Thunderbird.

Feb. 2, 1963 Empire State Building

Empire State Building

April 12, 1963 Castkill

Bridge to the Catskills.

July 4, 1963 Big Beach  P. Jeff

They look like a Chet and a Burl. ¬†I’m kinda impressed that that they don’t have floppy double-martini 60s bodies.

July 5, 1963 P.J.

Chet and Burl’s chicks.

Aug. 1963

What a trio; they are so stylish!  This shot alone made the five-dollars Susan paid for the whole album worth the purchase.

Jan 30, 1963 155 Park Ave, Lyndhurst

Oct. 12, 1963 Jency Ln Pency ln

March 1964

The Whitehouse

April 12, 1963 Suffern

Suffern NY – 1963. ¬†That’s a righteous Dodge or Plymouth.

Apr. 13, 1963

Studebaker at the pump!  Bonus points for the `55 Ford on the right.

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