Sunday, February 26, 2012

and now for something of historical significance II

I have managed to amass quite a tidy collection of vintage photographs over the years - this being the prized piece - a previously unpublished photograph of President Roosevelt.
These were taken in 1934 when he visited the Norris Dam in Tennessee.

Here is a link to the speech FDR made on that day.

These were taken by Bernie Presnal, who helped build the Norris Dam while working in a CCC camp. I found a massive collection of his photographs abandoned in an apartment here in Florida many years ago. Many more of his pictures and letters can be seen here.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

State Fair Take II

There's a big difference between going to the fair at 10AM on a Wednesday and 6PM on a Saturday. I had to go back to get pictures with all the lights on.

And here's a little video of the Magnum in action. You might want to turn your volume down - there's quite a bit of screaming.

The rest of the pics are here for your viewing pleasure.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

FL State Fair 2012

Dawn and I went up to Tampa today for the state fair. It was lots of fun, as the pictures I took will attest. These are my favorite kinds of things to shoot. I think maybe my calling in life is to document the great American carnival. I can think of a lot worse jobs.

That ball landing in the bowl represents one of 4 goldfish that Dawn won.

Master Shake's cooler big brother, Magnum Coke

You could get rides in the original Bat-copter! If I'd had my Phenergan on me I'd have done it, but no one wants to be the guy who puked in the original Bat-copter.

Zamora the Gorilla Girl was in Diamonds are Forever (as was the clown game I shot at Circus Circus at New Years) -but maybe not the same Zamora. We didn't go in to see her.

Pretty sure they had a nutria in here.

There were tons of animals also, but I didn't get many pics of them. I needed both hands to pet and feed them.
Lots more pics here.