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Eeyore Express: 1904

Eeyore Express: 1904

California circa 1904. "Our baggage is coming on ahead." These novelty scenes were a relative rarity in the Detroit Publishing catalog. View full size.


I get it now

I usually look at the photos a couple of days, looking them over for bits I might have missed. I came back to this one today to try and see why it was labeled Eyesore Express. Give me two things back from when I was younger -- eyesight and comprehension.

Place your bets

My money says this is near Glendora.

Not my usual commenting style

BUT -- I quite disagree with CCMayMD in his estimation of California. I too grew up there and even as there have been many changes in the Los Angeles area, my family still lives there and it is hardly a "festering toilet" as he calls it. It is still an area full of many lovely spots and warm, kind people. It's far from perfect,but then no place is-it's all in how you look at it and when I look, I still lovingly see my home.

Whose mountains are they?

I'm guessing it's taken from the San Gabriel valley, or maybe from what is now Burbank/Glendale.

Giddyup! Giddyup!

I think the donkey is asleep.

Paradise lost

When I see pictures like this, and think back to the Golden State of my childhood, it is so very sad to observe what a seething, festering, bankrupt toilet it has become.

[Perhaps it's time to move to a better neighborhood. - Dave]

San Bernardino, Redlands?

I would love to know exactly where this was taken, the Mountains in the background look an awfully lot like the ones I see from my back yard.

Who Wants to Have Fun!

This is one of the reasons I'm glad I grew up in the city.

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