Archive for the ‘Transportation’ Category
Posted by Laurie Frost on August 15, 2013
I’ve been trying to figure out how to determine the train route my great-grandmother and the 4 youngest of her 11 kids took in 1918 when she decided she had had enough of living west of the Pecos River in Texas and would join a married daughter in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Her life, I presume, must have reached the metaphorical train wreck stage to have made such a radical move.
Looking through the State Library and Archives of Florida collection in the Flickr Commons, I was surprised by how many images in the Scenes from Florida Railroad History set featured train wrecks. No one, it seems, can help but look.
But first I suppose this was the ideal, a engine blowing coal smoke into the orange groves. Date is estimated as being in the 1910’s.
As we enter the most active part of hurricane season in South Florida, consider the problem of evacuating the Florida Keys or rescuing survivors.
Rescue train swept off the tracks by the 1935 Labor Day hurricane, Sept. 5, 1935.
“The hurricane washed this 11-car special train off the track soon after reaching the stricken area. The train was trying to rescue 683 World War I veterans in a rehabilitation camp, of which around 250 died as a result of the hurricane. The veterans, a remnant of the Bonus Army that marched on Washington, were employed for highway construction in the federal work relief project.”
Here’s a train headed to the Keys on a better day,
Here’s one from 1934. Jupiter is on the East Coast of Florida, not far, interestingly, from Cape Canaveral (Cape Kennedy), where NASA launched its rockets,
How did this happen? The date is noted as “not after 1898.”
This is a mess. And I can’t figure out how it is possible that the guy standing on the rear of the train car looks so much larger than those on the ground.
There are more pictures of wrecks in this set, as well as a number of shots of trains on their tracks. But I will close with a metaphorical train wreck: the treatment of Indians in the US. I did not know that Geronimo and defeated Apaches were shipped off to Florida:
Posted in Flickr Commons, Historical, Places, Transportation | Tagged: 1935 Labor Day hurricane, Flickr Commons, Florida East Coast Railway, Florida Railroad History, Geronimo Apache train Florida, Overseas Extension bridge, Seaboard Air Line Railway train wreck 1905, State Library and Archives of Florida | Comments Off on Florida Train Wrecks in Flickr Commons
Posted by Laurie Frost on June 15, 2013
Here are a few more images from Southern Methodist University’s photostream at the Flickr Commons.
Rights: Please cite Southern Methodist University, Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library when using this image file. A high-quality version of this file may be obtained for a fee by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bibliographic material is cut and pasted from the photostream.
The Old Way. The New Way.
Title: The Old Way. The New Way.
Date: ca. 1910
Part Of: Eric Steinfeldt collection of maritime views, Southern Methodist University, Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library
Place: Galveston, Galveston County, Texas
Locomotive No. 355, Krauss-Maffei
Creator: Bellingrodt, Carl
Southern Methodist University, Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library
No. 55. In Case of Emergency. Snow plow.
Creator: Benecke, Robert, 1835-1903
Part Of: On the Kansas Pacific Railway collection, Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library
If you visit the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, you will find hundreds of artworks donated by “Ima Hogg.” There was a real woman by this name, daughter of a Texas Governor, James Stephen (Big Jim) Hogg. Why did he name his daughter Ima? Here’s the Wiki take on the matter:
“Her first name was taken from her uncle Thomas Hogg‘s epic Civil War poem The Fate of Marvin, which featured two young women named Ima and Leila. According to Virginia Bernhard’s biography of Ima Hogg, “there are some who believe that James Stephen Hogg … named his only daughter Ima Hogg to attract the attention of Texas voters” in a year when he was running in a close race for district attorney of the Seventh District in Texas,which he won. Alternatively, correspondence from Jim Hogg indicates he may not have been conscious of the combined effect of his daughter’s first and last names.“
Ima Hogg later recounted that “my grandfather Stinson lived fifteen miles [24 km] from Mineola and news traveled slowly. When he learned of his granddaughter’s name he came trotting to town as fast as he could to protest but it was too late. The christening had taken place, and Ima I was to remain.” During her childhood, Hogg’s elder brother William often came home from school with a bloody nose, the result of defending, as she later recalled, “my good name”.
Ruthless or stupid, take your pick.
At least, “contrary to popular belief, Ima did not have a sister named Ura.”
Date: ca. 1909
Part Of: Eric Steinfeldt collection of maritime views
Place: Galveston, Galveston County, Texas
Physical Description: 1 photographic print (postcard)
Three U. S. Torpedo Boat Destroyers on Neches River, Beaumont, Texas.
Date: ca. 1910
Part Of: Eric Steinfeldt collection of maritime views, Southern Methodist University, Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library
Place: Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas
Boat deck, Lusitania
Creator: Bedford Lemere & Co.
Date: ca. 1905-1907
Part Of: Photographs of Q.S.T.S. “Lusitania”, Southern Methodist University, Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library
Posted in Flickr Commons, Historical, Places, Transportation | Tagged: Carl Bellingrodt, Flickr Commons, Ima Hogg, Krauss-Maffei, Lusitania, Robert Benecke, Southern Methodist University, U. S. Torpedo Boat Destroyer | Comments Off on Flickr Commons: Southern Methodist University’s Photostream: Trains, Boats
Posted by Laurie Frost on October 20, 2012
Here are a few items from the Nationaal Archief of the Netherlands collections in the Flickr Commons.
Can’t get enough of zeppelins and balloons, one of the collections from this source.
Santos-Dumont vaart met een zeppelin langs de Eiffeltoren / Zeppelin passing the Eiffel Tower
“Ruimtepak” voor stratosfeerballon / Space suit for stratospheric balloon, 1935
Zeppelin bij Empire State Building in aanbouw / Zeppelin near the Empire State Building under construction. The American airship ZR 3 Los Angeles flying near the Empire State Building under construction. The Zeppelin, built as LZ 126, is accompanied by some blimps. New York, the United States of America, 29 October 1930.
Another collection deals with tobacco:
Smokkelen van sigaretten in een boek /Smuggling cigarettes in a book. Germany, 1932.
Automaat voor brandende sigaretten / Cigarette machine delivering burning cigarettes for a penny. England, 1931.
Another, called Allerzielen, Allerheiligen / All Souls’ Day, All Saints’ Day, features graves.
Graven van Vincent en Theo van Gogh. The graves of the famous Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) and his brother Theo [Theodore] van Gogh (1857-1891) at the churchyard in Auvers-sur-Oise, France. Photo out of 1927.
Another focuses on “new life”:
Uit ei gebroken kuiken/Chick facing daylight for the first time, 1936.
Inventions, some stranger than others:
Houten badpakken /Wooden bathing suits, supposed to make swimming a lot easier. Haquian, Washington, USA, 1929
Eénwielige motorfiets / One wheel motor cycle. Invented by Italian M. Goventosa de Udine. Maximum speed: 150 kilometers per hour ( 93 Mph).
Gasaanvalbestendige kinderwagen / Gas war resistant pram, England, Hextable, 1938.
Posted in Exploration, Flickr Commons, Historical, People, Places, Transportation | Tagged: cigarettes, Empire State Building, Flickr Commons, hatchling chick, Nationaal Archief of the Netherlands, Space suit for stratospheric balloon, Vincent van Gogh Theo [Theodore] van Gogh graves, zeppelins | Comments Off on Flickr Commons: Nationaal Archief of the Netherlands
Posted by Laurie Frost on March 31, 2012
There are hundreds of public domain images in the Flickr Commons contributed by the National Archives of the United Kingdom. There are three collections: Africa Through a Lens; Artwork, Artifacts and Documents; and Photography.
Today’s images are from sets within the Photography Collection.
German Graf Zeppelin flies over St. Paul's Cathedral while on a press visit to London. 1930. http://flic.kr/p/8JJzmx
A British made Cierva Autogiro flies over Manhattan Island. The brainchild of Spanish aeronautical engineer Juan de la Cierva, the autogyro was developed in the early 1920s. http://flic.kr/p/74b56X
Hiram Maxim's Glider
The Anglo-American inventor of the machine gun, Sir Hiram Maxim experimented unsuccessfully with powered flight during much of the 1890s. In 1911 he established a company to develop military aircraft with Louis Blériot, the first man to fly across the English Channel and engineer Claude Grahame White, one of Britain's first qualified pilots. c.1915
Fighter squadron in formation. Photograph from the log book of RAF Squadron Leader B.J.E. Lane. 1940-2. http://flic.kr/p/8t3C1R
Photograph from the Trench Warfare Section of the Ministry of Munitions showing a man wearing breathing apparatus against gas attack. WWI. http://flic.kr/p/5Rc3AV
In the early 20th century sailing ships would compete to be the first to bring a grain cargo from Australia to the UK. Built in 1911 S.V. Passat was the winner of the final race in 1949/50, reaching Penarth, Wales in four months. Its cargo of wheat was destined for the mills of Methodist mill owner and film magnate J. Arthur Rank. http://flic.kr/p/8JJk6r
'With Captain Scott to the South Pole (British Antarctic Expedition)'. Steam Yacht 'Terra Nova' with dogs on Ice at side.'
"This image shows a single frame from the very short (3-4 frame) sections of nitrate film stock accessioned at The National Archives from Herbert Ponting's footage of the Antarctic." c.1911.
Posted in Exploration, Flickr Commons, Historical, Transportation | Tagged: autogyro, Cierva Autogiro, Flickr Commons, Graf Zeppelin, Hiram Maxim's Glider, J. Arthur Rank, National Archives of the United Kingdom, S.V. Passat, Terra Nova British Antarctic Expedition, Trench Warfare Section of the Ministry of Munitions | 2 Comments »
Posted by Laurie Frost on March 21, 2012
These images from the Flickr Commons are in the photostream provided by the Stockholm Transport Museum.
Artificial limbs aren’t what immediately come to mind when thinking of photos from a transportation museum, but they certainly do provide a means of movement.
Also in London, a nice view of double-decker buses.
This next one is interesting: old means facilitating new.
Installation of trolley bus wires with horse-drawn carriage assembly 1944. By Börje Gallén. http://flic.kr/p/ahH4i5
I like how you can see the snow fall in this next shot:
Posted in Flickr Commons, Historical, Transportation | Tagged: Artificial limbs, Börje Gallén, Elevator London underground, Flickr Commons, Gunnar Ekelund, public domain images, Stockholm Transport Museum., Stureplan Stockholm, Victoria bus station double-decker | Comments Off on Flickr Commons: Stockholm Transport Museum
Posted by Laurie Frost on February 10, 2012
We continue our tour of the Flickr Commons with Canada’s McCord Museum’s Notman Photographic Archives. Among the sets in this collection are more than fifty images each of ships and trains, as well as views of Montreal and Canada. Use the http to get to the Flickr page where you can download the image in several sizes.
Hudson's Bay Company schooner "Nannuk" stuck in ice, 1921(?). Captain George E. Mack
Whaleback S. S. Christopher Columbus at dock, Sault St. Marie(?), ON, about 1890. James Ricalton
View of the harbour, looking east, Montreal, QC, 1884. Wm. Notman & Son
Esquimault Dry Dock near Victoria, BC, 1887. William McFarlane Notman
Mrs. Cotter kayaking on the North West River, Hamilton Inlet, Labrador, Newfoundland, 1909. Hugh A. Peck
Vice-Regal train, Montreal, QC, 1878. Notman & Sandham
Tramway crossing under construction, Ste. Catherine and St. Lawrence St., Montreal, QC, 1893. Wm. Notman & Son
Hermit Range from Glacier Hotel, BC, 1887. William McFarlane Notman
- Tandem drive, Montreal, QC, 1889. Wm. Notman & Son
Harbour from Notre Dame Church, Montreal, QC, 1863. William Notman
Percé, QC, about 1900. Wm. Notman & Son
Illecillewaet Glacier, Glacier Park, British Columbia, 1909. William McFarlane Notman
Posted in Flickr Commons, Historical, Places, Transportation | Tagged: "Nannuk", Canada, Flickr Commons, Glacier Hotel, Illecillewaet Glacier, McCord Museum, Montreal, Percé, ships, Tandem drive, trains, Whaleback S. S. Christopher Columbus, William McFarlane Notman | Comments Off on Flickr Commons: Canada’s McCord Museum
Posted by Laurie Frost on September 4, 2009
Today’s images are all from the National Archives.
Before you leave home this holiday weekend, consider all options:
Poster circulated in Philadelphia in 1839 to discourage the coming of the railroad. It reads in part: “Philadelphians, your RIGHTS are being invaded! regardless of your interests or the LIVES OF YOUR LITTLE ONES. THE CAMDEN AND AMBOY with the assistance of other companies without a Charter, and in VIOLATION OF LAW as decreed by your Courts, are laying a LOCOMOTIVE RAILROAD! RALLY PEOPLE in the Majesty of your Strength and forbid THIS OUTRAGE!” 30-N-46-1957. (american_cities_096.jpg)
Maybe they were right, considering the scene less than 60 years later.
Horse-drawn wagons and carriages, an electric trolley car, and pedestrians congest a cobblestone Philadelphia street in 1897.30-N-36713. (american_cities_100.jpg) [Archives]
This happy couple has chosen a gentler means of travel for their 1886 Washington tour. Would you call this a quadcycle?
Archives 77-RP-7347-4. (american_cities_056.jpg)
Here’s another shot from 1886. These folks are in Loup Valley, Nebraska. No indication of where they started from or how long they’ve left to go.
In 1912, covered wagons shared the road with automobiles in Nebraska.
Covered wagon with jackrabbit mules encounters an automobile on the trail near Big Springs, Nebr. By A. L. Westgard, 1912. 30-N-9OO6. [Archives]
Don’t forget to pack a picnic. Rifle optional.
Officers and guests lunch under giant cactus near Fort Thomas, Arizona. February 18, 1886. 111-SC-83730
Posted in Animals, Historical, National Archives, Places, Plants, Transportation | Tagged: A. L. Westgard, Big Springs Nebraska, covered wagon, Fort Thomas Arizona, giant cactus, jackrabbit mules, Loup Valley Nebraska, National Archives, Philadelphia 1839, Philadelphia 1897, public domain images, unusual bicycle | Comments Off on Are We There Yet?
Posted by Laurie Frost on August 21, 2009
Credit: OAR/NURP [nur09515]
Once more to the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Photo Library, for some images that just might surprise you.
Take, for example, the one above, “In 1680, physicist Giovanni Borelli attempts to recycle his own breathing air.” You’ll find it under Graphics in the National Undersea Research Program (NURP) album, which is part of the Voyage to Inner Space – Exploring the Sea with NOAA collection.
The next three are from the Treasures of the NOAA Library Collection.
This man-goat-fish “merman satyr” is an illustration from a 1696 volume, Specula physico-mathematico-historica by Johann Zahn. (Credit: Archival Photograph by Mr. Sean Linehan, NOS, NGS [libr0079])
Or perhaps you’d prefer to encounter “A Monster Born of a Ewe,” like in this illustration appearing in the 1714 Journal des Observations Physiques, Mathematiques et Botaniquesby Louis Feuillee. The NOAA caption page notes that what we have here is “A ‘monster’ observed by the author in Buenos Aires in 1708. The author was serious as he reported this creature to the King of France.” (Credit: NOAA libr0408)
Isn’t this a pleasant looking sun? It reminds me of the one on The Teletubbies but is in fact from the title page of De Thermis Andreae Baccii Elpidiani, Civis Romani by Andrea Bacci, published 1622. (Credit: libr0469)
These two, filed under Sculpture and Carvings in the Art of the NOAA Photo Library collection, were shot by NOAA photographer William Folsom in the Florida Keys. He found the first on Islamorada (Credit: NOAA, NMFS [line1108]); the giant spiny lobster is at Treasure Village on Plantation Key (Credit: NOAA, NMFS [line1115]).
Posted in Animals, Exploration, Historical, NOAA Photo Library, People, Transportation | Tagged: Bacci, De thermis Andreae Baccii Elpidiani, Feuillee, Giovanni Borelli, Johann Zahn, Journal des Observations Physiques, merman satyr, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, public domain images, Sean Linehan, Specula physico-mathematico-historica, William Folsom | Comments Off on NOAA: The Unexpected
Posted by Laurie Frost on July 20, 2009
After looking at the Tissandier collection at the Library of Congress (see previous post), I decided to see what other images of balloons in the public domain I could find. Three categories emerged: exploration, science, and war.
Should I have been surprised that within weeks of the first manned hot-air balloon ascent in 1783, Benjamin Franklin was speculating on the effectiveness of employing this new technology in battle? I learned this at the website archiving the transcripts for Engines of Ingenuity, a radio program produced by KUHF-FM in Houston and broadcast on NPR. Since 1988, John Lienhard and others have examined “the record of history to reveal the way art, technology, and ideas have shaped us.”
Lienhard explains that shortly after the first hot air balloon ascent, Franklin had watched the launch of a hydrogyn balloon. In a letter to a Dutch botanist, Franklin offered several observations to the effect, Lienhard writes, that
it’s too bad so many rulers fail to take balloons seriously, because it’d be impossible to defend against an attack of steerable balloons. He suggests that an invading force of 5000 balloons, two men in each, would cost about as much as one ship of the line, and would pose a far greater threat….Franklin ends by discussing the relative merits of hydrogen and hot air. Hydrogen costs a lot more and takes days to generate, but it also has five times the lifting force and you don’t need a fire to stay aloft. He mentions some work being done on a gas made from sea coal, but he doesn’t yet know its relative lifting force.
Another episode of Engines of Ingenuity reports that the first use of balloons during war was by the French when its Revolutionary Army used them to locate enemy artillery troops in 1794.
In the American Civil War, both the Union and Confederacy used manned balloons for surveillance. The US Army Balloon Corps was founded in 1862. Its “Chief Aëronaut,” Thaddeus Lowe
had three balloons and what he described as an “aeronautic train, consisting of four army wagons and two gas generators.”
The two gas generators are shown in these photos, part of the National Archives digital collection [“Professor Thaddeus Lowe’s Balloon Gas Generators. The U.S. Capitol in background, Washington, DC, circa 1861. ARC ID 512776].
The second [ARC ID 525085], from the Archives’ collection of Mathew Brady’s work, shows a balloon being inflated using the generators. These worked by adding sulphuric acid to water and iron filings, thus producing hydrogyn. The Library of Congress supplies the third, a picture of Lowe transferring fuel from one balloon, the Constitution, to another, the Intrepid [LC-B811- 2349].
Although the Balloon Corps didn’t survive the Civil War, balloons were used by the Americans, among other forces, for reconaissance in World War I. From the National Archives: “Close-up view of an American major in the basket of an observation balloon flying over territory near front lines” 06/1918 [ARC ID 530737] and “Returning from a U-Boat scouting party. Aerial naval observer coming down from a ‘Blimp’ type balloon after a scouting tour somewhere on the Atlantic Coast” 1918 [ARC Identifier 533474].
I wouldn’t guess that this was the routine way to exit a balloon, would you?
Posted in Historical, Library of Congress, National Archives, People, Transportation | Tagged: Balloon Gas Generators, Benjamin Franklin, Engines of Ingenuity, John Lienhard, Library of Congress, Mathew Brady, National Archives digital collection, Thaddeus Lowe, US Army Balloon Corps | Comments Off on Balloons at War