All good things must come to an end. And what an end it is.

 Happy Halloween fellow travelers! 

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More HALLOWEEN PARTY in the garage

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Welcome to a Schnabel Halloween Party!

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SEAPLANES take flight

In honor of Sepia Saturdays 200th post anniversary I am reposting this from April 14, 2012. From what I've been able to figure out I first posted on Sepia Saturday in 2010. I have not been a consistent regular, and when I'm away from it I do miss it. 

So thank you to Alan Burnett and Kat Mortensen for creating this meeting place. May it go on and evolve for years to come as a place where folks from around the world gather for show and tell.

As to a bio of myself...let's just say I'm a book designer who lives in Northern California with a love of old photos. I, along with the images I collect, am tattered and lost.

All of the images below were taken by my father who maintains all copyrights.

A plethora of flight images for this week's Sepia Saturday.

In the late 1940s and during the Korean War my father flew seaplanes as a Naval aviator.

These first shots in black and white were taken in San Diego of a PBM utilizing JATO packs for take off. You can see the JATO rockets on the side of the plane. There were two on each side and a pilot could activate one on each side or all four at once. JATO stands for jet-fuel assisted take off. Click here to read about JATO.
The Martin PBM Mariner was a patrol bomber flying boat of World War II and the early Cold War period. It was designed to complement the Consolidated PBY Catalina in service. A total of 1,366 were built, with the first example flying on 18 February 1939 and the type entering service in September 1940. (SOURCE: Wikipedia)
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You can see the JATO packs in this shot.

To see a shot of a PBM in for service click here.

The second group of shots are of P5M’s in Iwokuni, Japan. I have no idea who any of the people are.

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The Martin P5M Marlin (P-5 Marlin after 1962), built by the Glenn L. Martin Company of Middle River, Maryland, was a twin-engined piston-powered flying boat entering service in 1951 and serving into late 1960s in service with the United States Navy for naval patrol. It also served in the U.S. Coast Guard and with the French Navy. 285 were produced overall. (SOURCE: Wikipedia)
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P5M approaching tender.

P5M refueling.

Stern of tender.
During the Second World War, both the American and the Japanese Navies built a number of seaplane tenders to supplement their aircraft carrier fleets. However, these ships often had their catapults removed, and were used as support vessels that operated seaplanes from harbours rather than in a seaway. These aircraft were generally for long range reconnaissance patrols. The tenders allowed the aircraft to be rapidly deployed to new bases because their runways did not have to be constructed, and support facilities were mobile much like supply ships for submarines or destroyers.
The German navy in World War II did not operate any seaplane tenders. However, the German air force, Luftwaffe, had 19 seaplane tenders of both large and small sizes in operation. These ships were mostly converted from existing civilian seaplane tenders, and were capable of carrying 1-3 seaplanes. The French and Italian navies also had seaplane tenders in service.
Seaplane tenders became obsolete at the end of the Second World War. A few remained in service after the war but by the late-1950s most had been scrapped or converted to other uses such as helicopter repair ships. (SOURCE: Wikipedia)
To see another post about a P5M click here.

Over the years I’ve heard my father tell a lot of seaplane stories; one event during the Korean War in which only two planes took part is even mentioned in a book. The only one of his planes I was ever on was a P5M. I was a little girl and it was a huge plane. A vivid memory I'll have forever.

To see more about planes visit my other site, Tattered and Lost Ephemera, where I have been featuring vintage trading cards from the late 1950s entitled "Defenders of America".


NO extra driving required

Part 1 can be seen here. And now we have an additional piece to the puzzle. Who knows what I'll find in the future.



BABY TAKES WING...it's a category

I tell you, it's a category. Images of babies about to take flight. Rarely captured on film. So far I've only found them with their little engines revving. Tops on my bucket list: Baby in full flight. A simple dream I know, but let's see how many years it takes to find one.

I am a little concerned with the landing gear. The eventual landing might prove to be very bumpy since one gear seems to be facing the wrong direction during takeoff. Let's hope there was a good ground crew standing by.

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To see the first in the "series" click here.


CYANOTYPE shoe shine

There's got to be a story for this cyanotype, but I don't know what it is. Any ideas?

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From Mike Brubaker:
Every Saturday, Earl stops by Mrs. Blair's boarding house with his shoeshine kit. Mr. Hansen likes to gets his best shoes shined before hitting the town that night. Sometimes the Weber sisters come out for a smoke. Today he brought his brother Lester along so he could practice with his camera. Lester thinks he can make money taking photos of the tourists who stay at the boarding houses. Earl thinks that's foolish as most tourists don't have much money and a lot are sick with consumption. Lester made a couple of prints but no one ever bought any. They sat in his desk drawer for years until his nephew sold them to an antique dealer.



I can't be certain, but I think most of the Kodachrome slides I purchased from Betty Schnabel's estate were taken by her father, Donald G. Schnabel. However, this one of Mr. Schnabel on the tarmac at the Las Vegas airport in 1955 was perhaps taken by Betty.

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Both of these photos come from the Betty Schnabel estate. I'm guessing they belonged to her father.

There's no information given about when they were taken, just that they were both of the Tony Limardi Band and/or Dance Orchestra.

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Tony Limardi Dance Orchestra, 76 Inf. Div., Camp McCoy, Wisconsin

Tony Limardi Band, U.S.O., Sparta, Wisconsin

There's always been one thing I feel I missed out on being born when I was and that was the opportunity to hear the big bands play. It's the music I grew up with and the bands my mother went to see. Sadly you can't even find it on the radio anymore. For a long time there was a station in San Francisco that played the music, but I think the station eventually became an internet station. Admittedly those who remember the bands are passing away, but I hate to think the same will happen to the music.

This is my submission to this weeks Sepia Saturday "let's put on a show" theme.



A STRAND OF PEARLS, a pair of shorts, a cigarette, and a Miller High Life

This is Betty and Joe. I'm betting this was a sweater from a sweater set Betty owned.

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SIAMESE CAT predicts no more days of summer

For some reason a groundhog is used to predict spring. Seriously, I'm not going to look up the history of it. It is what it is and it doesn't factor into my life. However...what about summer? Wouldn't we all like to know how much summer is left before fall arrives?

I give you the Siamese Cat in a Bucket. Your guess is as good as mine as to what it's predicting. I just know it's warm here and the wind is blowing like there's a blackhole nearby sucking everything into it.


PUPPY freedom

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