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Will Eisner the originator of the graphic novel, namesake of the Eisner Award, the comic book and cartoon industry equivalent of the Oscar, drew comics for, and about, the U.S. military to assist the maintenance mechanics in learning the dull info

April 19th, 2018 by admin

At one point, Eisner traveled to Korea to get a firsthand knowledge of GI requirements.

the official mascot of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana

March 7th, 2018 by admin

The official mascot of the Boilermakers is a replica of a Victorian-era locomotive. Conceived by a Purdue student in the 1930s to exemplify the engineering and agrarian heritage of the university, the first Special was provided by a group of alumni working in executive positions in the rail and automotive industries. Boilermaker Special I made its debut on the first day of classes in 1940.

The president of the Studebaker Corporation in South Bend, donated a 1940 Studebaker chassis to the university.

Next the president of the Purdue Alumni Association and vice president of Baldwin Locomotive Works in Pennsylvania agreed to build the superstructure for the mascot. With designs by an alumni and through changes in the chassis by Ross Gear and Tool Company and the Peter Anderson Motor Company of Lafayette, the chassis arrived in Philadelphia on September 3, 1939. There, the Boilermaker Special was completed.

Alumni, students, faculty and staff have raised funds throughout the years to replace the Special as it has worn out – in 1953, 1960, 1993 and, most recently, in 2011.

The Special returned to campus in July of 2011 as Boilermaker Special VII. Lafayette semi-trailer manufacturer Wabash National took the lead in providing materials and labor to update the Special, and a Navistar 4600 chassis was part of the upgrade

Why are Purdue students and alumni called Boilermakers?

In 1889, Purdue’s football team traveled to Crawfordsville, Indiana, to play Wabash College, whom they defeated 18-4. Wabash students and the people of Crawfordsville were devastated by the defeat. According to one correspondent from the era, the town began referring to the Purdue team as “a great big burly gang of corn-huskers,” “rail-splitters,” “foundry molders,” and “log-haulers.”

Over the next few years, Purdue’s reputation did not dim, and when their team gave Wabash College a 44-0 drubbing in 1891, the local press wrote wildly about the carnage. One sports writer for the Daily Argus headlined his story “Slaughter of Innocents,” with the line under that reading, “Wabash Snowed Completely Under by the Burly Boiler Makers from Purdue.”

From 1891 to 1897, the fully operational steam locomotive, The Schenectady, was on hand for research, placed in a newly established locomotive laboratory. It was one more step in the development of Purdue as one of the world’s leaders in engineering teaching and research.

At every home football game the Xtra Special leads the team on the field.

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the official mascot of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana

on Wednesday, Lyft will deploy cars from the 1930s in New York City to promote a new Budweiser beer called 1933 Repeal Reserve Amber Lager.

October 23rd, 2017 by admin

Riders looking for a 15-minute trip taking passengers “past landmarks and neighborhoods that were integral to Prohibition,” the vintage experience can sign up through Lyft’s website, and will receive a $10 credit to cover the cost of the ride.

The fleet of vintage cars includes a 1930 Buick, a 1936 Riley Kestrel, 1937 and 1938 Packards, and a 1942 Cadillac. Cars will only pick up riders in Manhattan between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Oct. 25.

“When Budweiser told us they wanted to offer a fleet of vintage cars to launch Repeal Reserve, we knew Lyft was the perfect option to celebrate the new recipe in a stylish and unexpected way,” said Melissa Waters, vice president of marketing, Lyft. “We encourage everyone to make the right choice to drink responsibly and keep our roads safe, and that’s why we continue to team up with Budweiser, a brand that shares the same commitment.”

Also as part of the marketing around the product, Budweiser is working with alcohol delivery service Drizly to offer consumers $5 off their first purchase of 1933 Repeal Reserve with the code Prohibition.

Budweiser and Lyft team up often, on holidays, to reduce drunk driving and celebrate those late-night heroes who give — and take — responsible rides home.

Each night thousands of Lyft drivers are doing their part to keep drunk drivers off the road.

Now Budweiser’s “Give a Damn. Don’t Drive Drunk” campaign is making the right choice easier than ever by providing up to 150,000 total round-trip rides during weekends and holidays through the end of the year. The rides will be available across 10 states: New York, Colorado, Illinois, Florida, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Texas, Georgia, and Washington, D.C.

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on Wednesday, Lyft will deploy cars from the 1930s in New York City to promote a new Budweiser beer called 1933 Repeal Reserve Amber Lager.

True stories that seem impossible…

September 28th, 2017 by admin

There was a Pennsylvania boxcar that needed repair, and so was shoved on to a storage siding to await repair sometime in 1932.

2 year follow up on the all girls garage, success! There are now 6 garages in the USA owned by women. So if you, too, support this, take your business to them

May 18th, 2017 by admin

I posted about this in June of 2015 when it was still a goal:

the Girls Auto Clinic offers full-service auto repair, female mechanics, manis, pedis, and blowouts while you wait, all in a beautiful lounge tailored to women.

the Prosperity Special

May 17th, 2017 by admin

the Prosperity Special was a train made up entirely 24 Baldwin locomotives, part of an order of 50, left on May 27, 1922. They “headed west out of the Baldwin Locomotive Plant to East St. Louis, took the Cotton Belt Line across Texas and was switched to SP tracks in El Paso.

Thousands of spectators lined the tracks to see an almost half mile long train made up entirely of new locomotives cross the country bound for California. A large sign was erected on the lead locomotive that read, ‘The Prosperity Special’.

The special arrived at Taylor Yard in Los Angeles in early June. Half of the locomotives would stay here and run heavy freights over Beaumont Hill and Tehachapi Pass. The rest of the locos went to Sacramento for duty over the Sierra Nevadas, the train stopped to take on water before the descent into Bakersfield and the trip up the valley to their new home in Sacramento.

A couple of years ago I posted this pic of the completed 50 at Eddystone, Pennsylvania:

Penn Station, New York 1910

February 6th, 2017 by admin

Penn Station, operating staff consulting with train engineer on platform,

the Motometer Collection of Francis Clax at the Antique Automobile Club Of America Exhibition

April 11th, 2015 by admin

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Imagine getting the chance to buy your great-grand dads fire truck, the one he was the Fire Chief on

March 10th, 2015 by admin

photo by Dale Gerhard

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the 1933 August storm flood took out the center bridge support, and the photographer took a photo from both ends of the track near Kenilworth

March 1st, 2015 by admin

The Crescent Limited operated from New York to Washington on the Pennsylvania Railroad, on the Southern Railway from Washington to Atlanta

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