My final car photo for a while, and my favorite so far this year. I can see myself in this car, in 1927. First road trip, about eight miles north of my mom’s hometown, to watch some sport named Lindbergh take off from Roosevelt Field, in a little monoplane named “The Spirit of St. Louis.” If we could find a telephone, heck, they’d just hooked up transatlantic service, so you could tell a friend on the other side of the puddle, to drive to England’s south coast, and watch for Lucky Lindy passing overhead, on his way to Paris. Then I’d dude up, in a pencil-striped, double-breasted suit. Kind of extravagant at $11.45, but if you can afford this car… We could go watch Babe Ruth hit a few home runs, or if you want to go to the pictures, we’d drive to the Roxy to see Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis”, find a speakeasy that could mix a French 75, or swing by Ziegfeld’s new theatre to see “Show Boat”.

1920's, Automobiles, History, photography

’27 Mercedes

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I’m not sure about this picture, I’ll be interested in any comments. I may post one in color, too, since this was an amazing purple color. But it just struck me as such an unusual design. A big slab of steel and chrome that somehow manages to look lighthearted – – a pretty neat trick, at 3,420 pounds.

1950's, Automobiles, Chevrolet, photography

’57 Chevy Bel Air

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Johnny Reb & Billy Yank

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Civil War, Decoration Day, First World War, History, Memorial Day, Waterloo, WWI

Memorial Day Postcards VII ~ ~ 1900 – 1945 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ” There in the fragrant pines and the cedars dusk and dim”

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A very busy photograph, but that seems appropriate for Teddy Roosevelt. The real Teddy did visit Waterloo, but by train, on a whistle-stop campaign for Governor.

 

 

 

This small village lost fifty-eight men during the Civil War.

 

 

 

The actual observance of Memorial Day, and commemoration of the fallen, will be on the 30th, as it has been, every year, for 151 years.

 

 

 

I took a picture of an old Chrysler, and didn’t see the reflection of the flags until I got home. This is similar to the one owned by Harry Truman, who would drive with his wife Bess to NYC, to visit their daughter.  He drove it himself, with no Secret Service detail.

 

 

courtesy of the Truman Library, accession Number: 2004-213 ~ ~ ~ Reminded me of the song by the band “Chicago”–  America needs you Harry Truman ~ Harry could you please come home Things are looking bad ~ I know you would be mad ~ To see what kind of men ~ Prevail upon the land you love ~ America’s wondering, how we got here ~ Harry all we get is lies~ We’re gettin’ safer cars ~ Rocket ships to Mars ~ From men who’d sell us out~  To get themselves a piece of power ~ We’d love to hear you speak your mind ~ In plain and simple ways ~ Call a spade a spade~  Like you did back in the day ~ You would play piano ~ Each morning walk a mile ~ Speak of what was going down Each honesty and style ~~ America’s calling Harry Truman ~ Harry you know what to do ~ The world is turnin’ round ~ and losin’ lots of ground Oh Harry is there something we can do to save the land we love ~~~~~ by Robert Lamm

Civil War, Decoration Day, Finger Lakes, FLX, History, Memorial Day, Upstate New York, Waterloo

151st Memorial Day Parade, Waterloo, NY.

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“Burnside’s Bridge” across Antietam Creek. A bucolic scene of a graceful old bridge, built in the 1830’s by the local German-American farmers. On September 17, 1862, hundreds of soldiers were shot down trying to cross it. I kayaked under the bridge, and you can still see countless pockmarks from bullets.

 

 

The bridge in 1862. Hand-colored photograph from Library of Congress

 

 

The “Dunker” Church at Antietam. The German Baptist Brethren were a pacifist sect. Their simple church was pockmarked with hundreds of bullets during the battle, and served as a field hospital, filled with the wounded and dying. After the battle, it was used to embalm bodies – –  just one of the many wonderful areas of technological advances during 1861-1865.

 

 

 

 

 

Repeating rifles using metal cartridges were available during the war, but the majority of soldiers were still using muzzle-loaders. So to be a soldier, all you want for Christmas is your two front teeth, to bite off the top of the paper cartridge holding the gunpowder and bullet.

 

 

Old house overlooking the Antietam battlefield.  If I remember right, it looks out toward Bloody Lane.

 

 

Gettysburg

 

 

“Little Round Top” is a rocky hill at Gettysburg. General Gouverneur Warren climbed it and instantly realized that if the approaching Confederate forces occupied it, the battle was lost. Yankees won the race up the hill, and held it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Civil War, Decoration Day, History, Memorial Day, photography, Uncategorized

Memorial Day 2017. Pictures of Gettysburg & Antietam

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WPA poster from the 1930’s

 

c. 1900-1910

 

Rushville, NY

 

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Antietam

 

 

Monument to the Irish Brigade at Bloody Lane

 

Civil War, Decoration Day, Memorial Day, Waterloo

Memorial Day Postcards & Pictures VI

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The “Flags on Parade” stamp was first issued on May 30, 1991 in Waterloo, NY, for the 125th anniversary of the village’s Memorial Day observances.

 

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c. 1900-1910

 

 

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1908  Grand Army of the Republic. Membership in the G.A.R. peaked at 490,000 in 1890. Their last “encampment” was held in Indianapolis in 1949, and it’s last member died seven years later.

 

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Decoration Day, History, Memorial Day, Uncategorized, Waterloo

Memorial Day Postcards V ~ ~ ~ 1900 – 1910 ~ ~ ~ Old Glory

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