I love looking back at old family photos... especially the ones pre-me. This is Mom & Dad.. before marriage, children, family responsibilities, financial struggles.. all the things that weigh a person down. And i think this one is my favorite... just two young people, madly in love, frozen in time, waiting for me to someday see. 🥰😍🥰
A day at the park...
If you're thinking this is an old photo of an Appalachian child... you know, the pitiful little underpriveledged children that Ricky Skaggs would get choked up when he talked about... well, you would be wrong. It's a photo of me, taken in Moraine, Ohio. I laugh every time I see it! What were my parents thinking?!?
My brother, R.T. & me..
Uncle Burt holding R.T. & me.
I have such sweet memories of Uncle Burt. When he came to visit, he would take my brother and me to the little neighboorhood country store called The Tradin' Post, hand us each a quarter, and let each of us fill up our own little brown bag full with our choice of penny candies. A quarter could buy a lot back then...
This was the day Dad and Mom decided to stop cursing... well, Dad always called it "blackguarding"... Anyway, according to the story they told me, after Sunday School, all us kids came back into the sanctuary, carrying our Sunday School papers with us. Well, my big brother, R.T. decided he liked mine better than his, so he snatched mine out of my hand. Apparently, I was quite upset, because they said I screamed, "R.T. ... You little Sh*t A$$!!!" ...Needless to say, Dad and Mom never went back to that church. They found a new church to go to after I finally learned to stop blackguarding.
I had the look mastered by 2 and 1/2 years of age, wouldn't you say? It must be genetic, because my youngest daughter inherited it...
Karen Broke My Camel!
Art was my favorite subject in school...so much so, that my art teacher left the art room door unlocked for a few weeks so that a fellow classmate and myself could make paper mache projects after school. They chose to create an ostrich, and as you can see, I chose to make a camel.
Dad built a sawhorse type frame from wood scraps to support the legs and back, and dropped it off at school after he got off work on the day I started the project. My classmate and I stayed after school for an hour a day for three weeks to complete our projects. They both turned out very well for our first attempt at working with paper mache!
Dad was so proud of my hard work on the camel. He was very careful with handling it when he picked it up and brought it home. He called my brother, R.T. and sister, Karen outside to take pictures with it. Karen got excited and jumped on it, almost breaking its front legs off. I was not happy as you can see in the following photograph:
On the other hand, check out the little smirk on Karen's face.
This is a photo of me, and my brother, R.T. - Our Grandpa Padgett used to pick us up on Saturday mornings and take us to the radio station in Crossville, TN. We would sing "in the can" during 'Gospel Hour'. People would phone in with song requests. They always wanted me to sing 'The Good Ol' Gospel Ship'. Afterwards, Grandpa would take us to Joe Gunner's grocery store. Joe always gave us free lemonade, and sometimes a Moon Pie... sweet memories!
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My Great-Grandparents (Pittman)
Hostess and Cake Delivery Trucks
1925 FORD TRUCK
The pickup truck has existed for a long, long time. In the early years, a pickup truck denoted a vehicle with an aftermarket pickup bed attached to a factory-built chassis/cab. Apparently, the first actual factory-built pickup truck was built by the Ford Motor Company, in 1925, near the end of the Model T’s long run.
First "Drive-In" Gas Station
The advertisement that announced the world’s first drive-in service station in Pittsburgh read, "The Gulf Refining Company desires to announce that to accommodate its rapidly growing trade in the East End, it has opened a gasoline filling station on the corner of Baum Boulevard and St. Clair Street, fully equipped with the latest and most modern appliances, where it will supply That Good Gulf Gasoline. This gasoline is of high quality homogeneous and carefully refined from crude oil. It is also prepared to supply a full and complete line of automobile lubricating oils and greases, and invites particular attention to the high quality of its Supreme Auto Oil which is offering in three grades, viz. light, medium and heavy. Your patronage is respectfully solicited."
Pittsburgh, PA. December 1st, 1913.
Spitlers Auto Supply Company, 205 Commerce Street, Fredericksburg, Virginia, closed in 1931. It was an example of curbside pumps used before Gulf Refining Company established covered, drive-through stations.
William Powell admires Gary Cooper’s Duesenberg.
The First Cadillac
The first Cadillac was completed on Oct. 17, 1902 and was given its maiden test drive by Alanson P. Brush, the twenty-four-year-old Leland and Faulconer engineer who had contributed substantially to the car's design and who would later build the Brush Runabout.
In January the Cadillac was taken to the New York Automobile Show where company sales manager William E. Metzger (formerly of Olds Motor Works, later the "M" of E-M-F) took orders for an astounding 2286 cars before declaring mid-week that the Cadillac was "sold out."
Cadillac did not use the "A" designation in 1903; however, later Cadillac publications combined references to the 1903 "Cadillac" and "1904 Model A" and used "Model A" in reference to all single cylinder cars with two front springs and angle steel frame.
What made the Model A Cadillac such a best-seller, in addition to Metzger's super-salesman technique, was its refinement. Though the 10 horsepower developed by its single-cylinder copper-jacketed engine was exemplary, its two-speed planetary transmission and center chain drive via Brown-Lipe differential was conventional. Still, in a day when many automobile productions had a machine shop look to them, the Cadillac, comparatively, looked like a jewel from Tiffany's. And the price was just $750. The four passenger model sold for $850. The cars gained a reputation for reliability, ease, economy of maintenance, and remarkable pulling and climbing capability. Publicity shots show Cadillacs pulling heavily loaded wagons up slopes and climbing the steps of public buildings.
Wright Brothers Celebration 1909
The Wright Brothers Celebration in June, 1909. It shows a horse drawn fire engine; firemen are identified as Captain Clinton Hill and Al Raffel. The two horses names were Babe and Rock
Author Kathy Hardin I am a mother, nana, secret keeper, shoulder to cry on, finder of all lost things, pet lover, friend, and nurse.
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