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I purchased this framed photo at an estate sale in Birmingham. This image looks like it may be Sloss Furnace, now a Birmingham historic site, at the turn of the century. View full size.
Main Street, USA in Disneyland, that is, where my friend has captured me on Kodachrome with bell-bottoms billowing and armed with Super-8 camera. I didn't know this photo existed until a few days ago when he and I discovered a cache of slides in a forgotten box at his place. In fact, I'd totally forgotten we'd taken this Southern California road trip at all. Much to his amusement. View full size.
No, Tommie's not the guy with the anchor up ... well, with the anchor. That's me. Tiburon is a Marin County town on San Francisco Bay, and Tiburon Tommie's was a Chinese restaurant with a decor and cocktail selection that today would be called Tiki. Opened about 1955 by Tommie Cox and former Trader Vic's employee Johnnie Won, it closed around 1997 and today exists only in the warm nostalgic memories of older Marinites. This is the bay side of the building, which itself no longer exists. Existing was something that I didn't know this slide did until a couple days ago, when my friend who took it in 1969 and I were rooting around the spare room of his house and found a bunch of slides he'd forgotten about. This one's a 126 Ektachrome taken with a Kodak Instamatic. I recognized those aluminum sticks in the lower right corner as legs of my tripod, so I must have been taking Super-8 movies that day. View full size.
My grandfather, Warren Erickson, at the upper left with his pals and co-workers at the Lockheed factory in Burbank, California in May 1958. These guys were with TWA, charged with getting this graceful beast working right. This was the model 1649, the Super Constellation, and the last version made. The first was the 049, dating back to WW2. TWA was the primary customer of this bird. It was a daunting and formidable job, indeed. They had the some of the most formidably complicated piston engines to maintain, the Wright R-3350 Duplex-Cyclones.
I was told how he loved his job and the guys he worked with. They were involved with one of the most beautiful planes ever made, working tirelessly to get the problems resolved. These were the days of slide rules, screwdrivers, and cocktail napkin drawings. View full size.
My grandfather, Warren Erickson, a Trans World Airlines mechanic and inspector. He's in Burbank, California as a quality assurance guy stationed at Lockheed's plant as TWA accepted the Constellation into their fleet. This picture, taken in 1958 or 1959, is from a promotional set showing Warren inspecting part of the wing. My Mother told me that TWA commissioned these shots taken as a way of showing their top guy was on the job.
The Constellation was a Clarence "Kelly" Johnson design. It was a cutting edge airplane. Nothing was sleeker than the Connie. The Connie had a lot of growing pains, as did other piston engine airliners of that era. By the time Lockheed and TWA worked out the problems in the late '50s the aircraft was obsolete.
Catherine & Augusta Thiele with pets, Auburn, California, c. 1895. View full size.