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Sep 29, 2013

COWBOYS & INDIANS

THE WEST BEGINS IN TEXAS
"I am not sure but I think these are the Texas Rangers"
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"I can't figure out what (The department of H-- of those days-- in Texas) really means, any ideas?" 
Judge Roy Bean, the "Law West of the Pecos." holding court at the old town of Langtry, Texas, in 1900, trying a horse thief.  This building was courthouse and saloon.  No other peace officers in the locality at that time.

Sep 28, 2013

"SUNDAY FUNNIES"


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How I spent my Summer Vacation

Old City Gates, St. Augustine, Florida


 The Oldest City in The United States.
I always love a stop over in St. Augustine and a trip to 
the Columbia Spanish Restaurant for dinner.

 
"One of my visits to St. Augustine."
CHARLOTTE STREET, ST. AUGUSTINE
OLD PUBLIC MARKET
Been there...
Done that!

Sep 27, 2013

FABULOUS FLORIDA FAVORITES

Waiting for My Pals on the Sands of Florida.

"Isn't that Cute?"

Sep 24, 2013

New Addition to my Collection

Lake Ella Motor Court
Two Typical Cottages
Tallahassee, Florida, one mile from business district west on U.S. 90 and 27.  20 new individual Rock and Brick cottages.  Tile baths,steam-heat, Beautyrest mattresses, venetian blinds, Radio in Every Room, a delightful location.  Catering to Tourist and travelers only.  Member A.A.A. Duncan Hines and Quality Courts United.

Posted August 8th of 1946  from Pensacola, Florida

Dear Lucy,  We stopped in one of these cottages the other night. It is lovely here, not hot as we expected and we are covering ground faster than I thought.  Have had lots of rain.  I drove 225 miles in rain yesterday.  Had first tire trouble today.  We are thinking of stopping to see you on way in about 2 weeks I guess. Love Clara
  

"GO AHEAD, TAKE A DIP"

Swimming Pool, El Mirador, 
Palm Springs, California

Story posted from the;

      latimes.com  

 Fire Destroys Palm Springs'

El Mirador Hotel 

July, 27, 1989

JENIFER WARREN and SCOTT HARRIS | Times Staff Writers

PALM SPRINGS — The stately remains of El Mirador Hotel, a desert landmark for six decades and a one-time winter playground for the rich and famous, was reduced to rubble Wednesday by an early morning fire.
Although firefighters arrived shortly after flames were spotted at 12:15 a.m., they were unable to prevent the blaze from destroying the historic hotel and toppling its dramatic bell tower.
Visited through the years by W. C. Fields, Clark Gable, Gary Cooper, Marlene Dietrich and countless captains of industry, the El Mirador last received guests in 1973. It was boarded up and unoccupied at the time of the fire, serving as a warehouse for the current owner, Desert Hospital. The fire came just hours after the board of directors at the hospital--located next to the hotel on Indian Avenue--approved a $2-million renovation plan to reinforce the fragile tower and reconstruct the hotel's single remaining building in its original style. The hospital planned to use the new structure as a rehabilitation facility for cardiac patients.
"It's such a cruel irony," hospital spokeswoman Kay Hazen said. "After working very hard to save the tower, to integrate it into the plans, we were finally ready to go ahead. And then this."
As temperatures soared to 113, Palm Springs fire investigators prowled the charred ruins, looking for clues to what sparked the blaze. Fire Department spokesman Mark Avner said there were unconfirmed reports that transients--who had previously been chased from the vacant building by hospital security guards--were spotted inside the structure late Tuesday night.
Fire officials completed their investigation Wednesday evening and listed the cause as suspicious since no accidental causes were apparent. The fire started in a wing having no electrical wiring, ruling out an electric spark as a cause. However, investigator Duane Sands said damage from flames was so extensive "we may never know the answer to this one."
Avner said three of the 30 firefighters who battled the blaze suffered minor injuries. It took three hours to put the fire out.
News of the blaze spread quickly through town and cast a gloom over many Palm Springs residents, who considered the hotel and 68-foot tower cultural treasures and a rare remaining symbol of the city's past. Many said its destruction was like losing an old friend.
"To me, the El Mirador was Palm Springs. It was the heart and soul of the city," said former Mayor Frank Bogert, who handled promotion for the hotel in the mid-1930s and lived in a guest room there for four years. "To lose it is like losing the family crest."
"It's one of those sickening moments when you realize a piece of your history is gone and there's nothing you can do about it," said Janice Lyle, chairwoman of the Historic Site Preservation Board, which has fought hard over the past decade to save the hotel from demolition.
Culver Nichols, whose father-in-law built the El Mirador 62 years ago, called the hotel "the most splendid work of art in our community. It was an inspiration, and now it's gone."
Hazen said, however, that the hospital would proceed with the project and also rebuild the tower. She noted that pieces from the original--including a steel weather vane that sat atop it--had been salvaged from the fire.
The El Mirador--roughly translated as "The Watchtower"--opened its doors on New Year's Eve, 1927, and quickly became a mecca for Hollywood stars and the corporate elite. The 200-room hotel was built by a tubercular Colorado cattleman-turned-real estate investor named Prescott Thresher Stevens at a cost of $1 million--a staggering sum in that era--and was designed by Los Angeles architects Walker & Eisen, who also drew plans for the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
The hotel--built in the Spanish-Colonial Revival style popular in Southern California in the 1920s--featured lavish guest rooms with hand-carved furniture and sun decks. The signature feature was the bell tower crowned by a cap of colorful tile in a Moorish mosaic pattern. The tower had an imported Italian bronze bell later supplemented by electric chimes. The hotel would boast the Coachella Valley's first golf course as well as tennis courts and stables.
Its Olympic-size pool had three diving boards and lured aquatic stars such as Esther Williams and Johnny Weismuller. And vast gardens teemed with a rich diversity of native desert plants.
Escapist Fantasy
During the Depression, El Mirador kept showing up on newsreels as an escapist fantasy of carefree extravagance. Al Jolson and George Raft had laughs by the pool, and Weismuller did complimentary Tarzan yells. Guests George Burns and Gracie Allen went for bicycle rides.
The hotel's fame in the 1930s was such that Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll--better known as radio's "Amos 'n' Andy"--came out of the winter cold of Chicago for a visit. They came back for the next several winters to broadcast the most popular show of its time from what had by then become known as the "Tower of the Stars."
 As temperatures soared to 113
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"I made the mistake of passing through Palm Springs 
in the summer time.  It was like being in a convection oven."
                                                      
Been there...
Done that!

Sep 22, 2013

How I spent my Summer Vacation

Typical Charleston Home, Charleston, S.C. "America's Most Historic City"
 "Charleston makes a great stop on the way home."
The old Historic Market, Charleston
Been there...
Done that!
"In Charleston, it's Henry's 54 Market Street for foods"
 FAMOUS FOR SEA FOODS

My Charleston movie
Ashley Hall
CHARLESTON

"SUNDAY FUNNIES"

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Sep 20, 2013

COWBOYS & INDIANS

BLACKFEET SQUAWS LIGHTING UP, GLACIER NATIONAL PARK

WHAT IS INDIAN TOBACCO?

Pueblo Indian Dancer in Full Regalia
Beautilful, rare, beaded buckskin costumes are used by many tribes of Indians in their ceremonial dances.  Most of these are valuable antiques handed down from their forefathers.

Sep 19, 2013

"FULL MOON"

"Shine on HARVEST MOON."
09/19/13
PERRY MOTOR COURT.
"FOR THOSE WHO CARE"
PERRY, FLA.
U.S. HIGHWAY 19, ONE MILE SOUTH OF PERRY, FLA.
31 Units, Steam Heat, Tile Baths.
Phones: Office 177W  Gas Station 1220
Member of United Motor Court and AAA
O.W. JONES AND A.L. LOUQUE, OWNERS AND MANAGERS

Message on back:
Thurs, A.M.
We are traveling up the West Coast of Florida, 
have 200 miles to go before the State line.  
It will be a long drive home.  
Will call home tonite.  Cool this A.M.,
Ethel

Post Mark:  Jun 9, 1949 from Perry FL

How I spent my Summer Vacation...

Royal Governor's Palace and Colonial Coach  Williamsburg,  Virginia

"My Movie of Colonial Williamsburg."


Governor's Palace Garden
Rear Gardens of Governor's Palace
Been there...
Done that!
 "Enjoy your Visit."

How I spent my Summer Vacation...

Kitchen of Governor's Palace
"Interior, Governor's Palace"
Sign of the Golden Ball

"Relaxing in Williamsburg." 
Travis House

Sep 18, 2013

How I spent my Summer Vacation...

The Barber and Peruke Maker's Shop
"Citizens of Colonial Williamsburg at work."
Ayscough Shop, Williamsburg 
 
Raleigh Tavern

How I spent my Summer Vacation...

"Colonial Williamsburg was truly the Highlight of my Summer Vacation."

"So many things to see and enjoy.  Everything is so beautiful."

"Market Square Tavern"
"Market Square Tavern"

How I spent my Summer Vacation...

Bruton Parish Church
"Snaps of my trip to Colonial Williamsburg."

Garden of the Prentis House
 "Daily life in Colonial Williamsburg."

Printing Office