Friday, August 29, 2014

Southern Pacific "Daylight" Coast Line

The first two postcards show Southern Pacific's Coast "Daylight" train circa 1938-40.

The streamlined Daylight began on March 21, 1937, pulled by GS-2 steam locomotives on a 9 3⁄4-hour schedule. It was the first of the Daylight series that later included the San Joaquin Daylight, Shasta Daylight, Sacramento Daylight, and Sunbeam.

The second postcard has the following description on the back:
The brightly colored, orange and red, Million Dollar Southern Pacific "Daylight" speeds daily along the magnificent California Coast line between San Francisco and Los Angeles — the route of the Missions. No rail trip anywhere, unfolds more thrilling scenery — following the very edge of the Pacific Ocean for more than a hundred miles.
The Coast Daylight ran behind steam until January 7, 1955, long after most streamliners had been powered by diesel. The next postcard shows the Coast Daylight powered by diesel locomotives on its daily journey between San Francisco and Los Angeles. The train offered "a picture-window view of sun, sand, and surf for 113 miles."

The Coast Daylight operated until 1974, one of the few passenger trains retained by Amtrak in 1971. Amtrak merged it with the Coast Starlight in 1974. (source: Wikipedia)

Amtrak's Coast Starlight/Daylight, which operated between Seattle and Los Angeles, is shown on the postcard below.

The video below, titled "Daylighting the Padres' Trail," is a documentary made by the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1937 to showcase the "Daylight" luxury passenger train service.

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GGIE: 1939 World's Fair Cake

1000 - Pound
California Fruit Cake
A presentation to the Golden Gate International Exposition in honor of the Baking Industry. Made from California products only and from the same recipe as the cake sent from California to President and Mrs. Roosevelt each Christmas. The decorations, made entirely of sugar and certified pure food coloring took one year to make. The dimensions of the cake: 5 feet on the base, 3 feet high and 3 feet across on the top of the cake. 
Designed, baked and decorated by
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Ask your grocer or send for
Soya or Lima Bean literature


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Saturday, August 23, 2014

USSR Postage Stamps

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This postcard features a variety of stamps from the Soviet Union. I only tried to identify a few of the stamps. In the center is a stamp from a 1954 agriculture set. The bright red stamps just to the left and right of center are from a 1977 October revolution set. In the bottom left corner (upside down) is a 1976 Innsbruck Winter Olympics stamp. In the center of the right side is a stamp from a 1977 postal service set (I featured the postal service set in a previous post History of USSR Mail on Stamps).

Here  is a brief video about a Russian philatelist and his collection. I enjoyed watching it even though it is in the Russian language, and I didn't understand anything he said.

This is a post for Sunday Stamps at Viridian's Postcard Blog

Friday, August 22, 2014

New York World's Fair: Crosley Car of Tomorrow

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Fans & Flowers Greetings

Fans, often combined with flowers, were common motifs on early twentieth century greeting postcards. A fan shape could serve as background, frame, or both.

I even have two postcards in my "cat collection" that include fans.


Fans are most common on everyday and birthday greetings, but they are also found on holiday postcards.

Next, and last, is a novelty postcard made up of a variety of materials and add-ons.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Map: Arkansas Comic

Arkansas — area 53, 335 square miles, of which 810 sq. miles is water; 26th state in size; admitted into the Union in 1836. State flower — Apple Blossom. Capital — Little Rock. Places of interest: oil fields at El Dorado and Smackover; Hot Springs National Park, 1 ½ sq. mi., containing 46 hot springs said to possess medicinal properties.

postmarked 1957