Postmarked June 18, 1956: PIKES PEAK AUTO RACE Here on Labor Day of each year gather the world's best dirt track drivers to test their skill on the 10% grade up the side of Pikes Peak, rising 14,110 feet above sea level.
For this batch of vintage postcards, I wanted to go for some mid-century Christmas kitsch rather than the really old stuff. Because that's how I roll, as loyal readers must know by now. (via Flickr user califboy101) (via The Pie Shops) (via Calsidyrose) (via Neato Coolville)
Labor Day -- and the unofficial end of summer -- is nearly upon us. It's important, in this age of cushy office jobs and whatnot, that the day is meant to celebrate, well, labor. That said, I like old photographs of parades and celebrations, so let's look at some vintage Labor Day celebrations!
You ever talk to one of those annoying people who always feels compelled to one-up your tales of woe? You try to get a little sympathy for spraining your ankle, and all they can do is go on about the time they broke their leg twenty years ago. Then there's the other variation, where you try to talk about a difficult situation with an older relative and they bust out the "back in my day..." line to trump you. It's like, enough already old timer. Well here's the thing about the folks who lived through the Dust Bowl of the 1930s - their stories really are worse than your stories. Every time. And they don't have to embellish or exaggerate. The trick is to make those stories readable and engaging, which isn't as easy as it may seem. Fortunately we have Timothy Egan's 2005 work, The Wo
This countdown first ran in 2007, and is now updated through the end of 2012. While a few plates have changed since '07, only one was drastic enough to merit a change in the rankings -- Kansas lost the #7 spot to Nebraska. License plates are one of the most effective ways for a state to advertise itself to the world. And since a license plate design is usually much more long-lasting than an ad campaign, the choice of design is very important. This is a topic that weighed heavily on my mind as I drove home from Cape Cod last weekend, believe it or not. So in an effort to be as scientific (anal) as possible, I rated all 50 U.S. plates based on the following criteria: Typeface -- Fonts used, as well as their arrangement, are considered. Text -- Includes mottoes, slogans, or any other...