Contemplating.

Contemplating.
Wayzata, Minnesota

Friday, July 22, 2011

Sepia Saturday #84 Saturday 23 2011

      As Alan from Sepia Saturday put it...... "10 - 9 - 8 - 7 - 6 - 5 - 4 - 3 - 2 - 1 - Lift off"   or in other words.... welcome to another Sepia Saturday post.....I'm staying on course "pretty much" with Alan's theme photo which arrived from 1964 with an Apollo Moon project researcher testing out an early space suit.....

But, yes I'm adding a bit of my own feel from his photo.....as the words testing and project researching bring a few other things to mind for me as well....


Beginning with these intelligent, capable and distinguished young college students studying for their big exam.   From a college somewhere in Minnesota, this photo was taken on January 15, 1924....


They both appear calm and ready to tackle any test.  Surely they have done all the research necessary, for their test....and I wonder what could be in that bottle sitting between them!  Who knows what kind of research and/or testing they may have done after graduating.

      As long as we're on the subject of first flights, and testing here's a good example of both.... 

This is my cousin Jorg, he's one proud young kite builder ready for his first attempt to see if it works or if he'll be back at the kite drawing board!  Looks pretty good to me...but is his paint dry?!

 As long as we're on the first flight and the testing of an early space suit here is an "early snow-suit" from back in about 1924 ....since Jerry was born in 1922.

Little Jerry (a family friend of my grandmother (and possibly my father's playmate) out with his cool ride and nifty snow suit (appearing to be really dressed for cold weather) this darling little lad became a U.S. Army Sargent and is buried today in the Fort Custer National Cemetery.

"Okay are you ready for a brief glimpse into some space adventures....follow along in space flight...."
On the left is EDWARD H. WHITE II (1930-1967) U.S. Project Gemini astronaut.  He died in the tragic Apollo fire 1/27/67.  Shown with him in this postcard are crew mates Gus Grissom and Roger Chaffee.  This is a NASA Photo post card.

Speaking of N.A.S.A. one must include it's John F. Kennedy Space Center (a place I someday hope to visit first hand) with this aerial view post card...
This is a view of CRAWLER-TRANSPORTER # 1 and it was used to carry the APOLLO/SATURN V from the Vehicle Assembly Building to launch pad 38.  The first Crawler arrived on Merritt Island November 1, 1964.

Not to leave out the research and testing programs that N.A.S.A. was known for....this "Static Test Tower post card" from Marshall Space Flight Center will enter now...
The Saturn booster undergoes static firing at the NASA George C. Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama. The booster has been successfully static fired many times prior to the launching of the first Saturn from Cape Canaveral, Florida on October 27, 1961, and the same tower has been used for Redstone and Jupiter programs.  STATIC TESTING of a missile consists of locking the missile into place on the stand and firing it.  The missile does not "take off" but as it strains against the mighty grip of the great tower its roaring engine can be studied for performance characteristics as if it were actually in flight.
The next photo is an amazing monument I hope to take photos of myself someday... but today this post card is the best I can offer...

Erected in honor of the Seven Original Astronauts ...it consists of the Symbol for the Planet Mercury. The number seven is mounted on the cross of valor.  A time capsule to be opened in 2464, with information about the Mercury Flights, was buried beneath the monument in November 1964.  Courtesy of John F. Kennedy Space Center N.A.S.A. post card.
If we may go back to that testing part of my post.....I'm closing with a humorous post card (mailed on May 21, 1914) which shows a bit of "testing" of his own ...in hopes of "catching" or as he puts it, sticking to her...

They had such a sweet sort of humor for post cards back in the day, that you just can't find today...


Mrs. John W. Clark wrote this post card to her cousin Miss Leona Rath and once she runs out of room she continues on the front side of the card.  I'm not sure what she meant by the glass not breaking when they had their faces taken, perhaps she mailed a photo to them as well.  I still don't really understand why women back then couldn't use their own name, especially when writing to her own cousin.  I guess we'll just never know who Mrs. John W. Clark really was.

 One interesting note, I finally met 10BWD (person I buy many of my post cards from) today at a post card convention.....I was shocked when earlier today I arrived at my usual antique store to browse through post cards (I didn't have anything space related) and to my horror all the post cards were gone!  When I asked the person at the desk where they were she told me about the post card show....so off I went to my very first Post Card Show!  I was amazed at the number of tables set up with cards after cards all in neat order for better browsing....and after meeting 10BWD he even gave me a deal on the cards I bought today!

So if you too want to hop on or get ready for lift off too just go here

http://sepiasaturday.blogspot.com/2011/07/sepia-saturday-84-saturday-23-july-2011.html

For your Sepia Saturday adventure.....even if you don't want to post your own why not check out the other posts ...........you will be pleased if you do!

20 comments:

darlin said...

I love the little guys in his snow suit, that's quite the snow suit! Your photos are all so interesting and good for you to get a good deal on your post cards! It sounds like a fun way to spend an afternoon. Enjoy your weekend!

Little Nell said...

An interesting space ride through your postcards. I would have loved to visit that postcard fair; sounds like you got bargain! The poignant picture of the little snowbaby is my favourite I have to say.

Bob Scotney said...

I was particularly taken by the Mercury 7 monument and the static testing tower. I'd just like to know where the paster stuck his poster.

Jinksy said...

I rather liked the Mercury 7 thing, too...

Karen S. said...

Darlin thanks, he's a cutie, and I used to think it was my dad until I turned over the photo and saw a different name! His snow suit must be handmade.

Little Nell it was cool and I got some dates for more upcoming post card events!

Bob S. and Jinksy the Mercury 7 Monument is cool and I don't think I ever saw it before this post card!

Tattered and Lost said...

Wonderful kite though I can imagine it floating by someone's window and scaring the heck out of them.

PattyF said...

Love your post! I think you covered all the bases, too! I've never been to a postcard show, but you have me curious. I may have to see if there's one in my area sometime in the near future. Thanks for sharing!!

Christine H. said...

Great post. Jorg with the kite is my favorite.

Now, that you've been to a postcard show, there will probably be more. It's so much more fun than the little antique store bins.

Karen S. said...

PattyF - Yes, if you can find a show go..run quickly you will enjoy it...but watch the time it goes far too quickly!

Christine - Thanks, Jorg is one of my favorite cousins that I saw more in photos than real life, and you are so right about the postcard show, there will be more! It was amazing! Most of them have other goodies too at their booths, but's it's how they have everything filed so nicely that you can quickly find things. I like searching for my relatives sending old cards as well...! You just never know what you may find!

Karen S. said...

Tattered and Lost - I think his mother worried about that too!

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

What a great selection of cards! The students at the top must be medical students, judging by the posters on the wall.

I remember my grandmother making the "crack the glass" remark, a joke supposedly meaning that you were so ugly it would crack the glass of a mirror.

Alan Burnett said...

Nobody could ask for more. The ability to put together a selection of cards and images around a given theme is an art-form in itself (it is a kind of digital scrapbooking) : an art-form you demonstrate so well.

TICKLEBEAR said...

nice collection and i like the angle you took on things. if we were to put all of our posts together, a mine of information could be found there. but my heart goes to that kite pic. brings back memories!!
:)~
HUGZ

Postcardy said...

You must have been at the same postcard show I was at. I have one of those cards with the time capsule. It seems kind of naive to think that it will be found and opened in 500 years!

Mike Brubaker said...

A nice medley. The kid and kite is a winner!

Karen S. said...

Alan- Thanks for your kind words, I always appreciate them and I just have way too much with Sepia Saturday, so glad I joined your party! I am learning and enjoying everyone's take on things of yesterday...and it's quite a ride!

Karen S. said...

Postcardy- Maybe we were. Mine was in Eagan, at their Community Center! Some time capsule do get opened (we had one here in our yard for my daughter and her best friend-they opened it after their high school graduation...it had all their younger years stuff...but that one being so far away....it seems maybe too far off! But the thought is cool!

Karen S. said...

Ticklebear and Mike Brubaker- the kiter builder is my cousin, and he was always so creative...and that kite I understand was one of his pride and joys! Amazing ! I too am a fan of kite flying, yes even today!

Karen S. said...

Sheila- yeah it is a funny quote, but something tells me that Mrs. John W. Clark was beautiful...and quite humorous!

tony said...

Jorg had ,like, the best Kite Ever!!!!.