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Continental Snow Scenes

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Steve McQueen’s XKSS

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From wikipedia:

The Jaguar XKSS was a road-going version of the Jaguar D-Type racing car.

After Jaguar withdrew from racing the company offered the remaining, unfinished chassis as the roadgoing Jaguar XKSS, by making changes to the racers: adding an extra seat, another door, a full-width windshield and folding top, as concessions to practicality. However, on the evening of 12 February 1957, a fire broke out at the Browns Lane plant destroying nine of the twenty-five cars that had already been completed or were semi-completed. Production is thought to have included 53 customer D-types, 18 factory team cars, and 16 XKSS versions.

Rancher and Son

Rancher and Son

Leather of Kings

Ads from very old issues of LIFE.

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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

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“Looking down onto fish balloon & crowds lining street during Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. 1941″

From wikipedia:

The tradition started in 1924, tying it for the second-oldest Thanksgiving parade in the United States, tied with America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit, and four years younger than the 6abc IKEA Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia. The three-hour event is held in New York City starting at 9:00 a.m. EST on Thanksgiving Day…

In the 1920s many of Macy’s department store employees were first-generation immigrants. Proud of their new American heritage, they wanted to celebrate the United States holiday of Thanksgiving with the type of festival their parents had loved in Europe.

In 1924, the inaugural parade was staged by the store. Employees and professional entertainers marched from 145th Street in Harlem to Macy’s flagship store on 34th Street dressed in vibrant costumes. There were floats, professional bands and live animals borrowed from the Central Park Zoo. At the end of that first parade, as has been the case with every parade since, Santa Claus was welcomed into Herald Square. At this first parade, however, the Jolly Old Elf was enthroned on the Macy’s balcony at the 34th Street store entrance, where he was then “crowned” “King of the Kiddies.” With an audience of over a quarter of a million people, the parade was such a success that Macy’s declared it would become an annual event.

More reading on the WSJ for this year’s parade: Part 1, Part 2

Happy Thanksgiving!

IBM in 1962

A follow up to the last post – images from LIFE.

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Proper Fashion Suits in 1960

From LIFE.

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Small Game Hunting in the Old Days

From the LIFE photo archives, here are a few series of interesting hunting pictures taken in different parts of the world and in different time periods. Two things that are prevalent in all of them: 1) hunting was and still is a very communal activity, and 2) the working relationship between the bird dog and his master.

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Trout Season Opening

Trout Season Opening
From the LIFE photo archives: http://images.google.com/hosted/life/l?imgurl=126065022138758a

Tex Johnston

54 years ago today, test pilot Tex Johnston performed a barrel roll in a Boeing 707 prototype in front a group of prospective buyers over Lake Union.

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