Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Post Card #1.
This is the 5-act I put together and later worked in the center ring with the Blue Show.
"Carmen", "Mudu", "Peggy", "Rebecca" and "Zina", all former Billy Smart elephants.
Seems I remember hearing that Mudu's name had been "Chi Chi" with Billy Smart which Hugo Schmitt immediately changed on arrival.
The girl out front is Miguel Vargas' daughter Marcella who both came with us on our return from Mexico after accepting this job.
I might add that Kenneth Feld told me at the time that I was the first Dept. head he had ever hired and hoped I would work out OK.
Posted by Buckles at 12/30/2014 06:09:00 AM
Monday, December 29, 2014
Sunday, December 28, 2014
Just in the past year I’ve been collecting electric trains from the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s that were made by the Louis B. Marx Company. (Unlike Lionel electric trains, you can still find vintage Marx trains on eBay at reasonable prices.) I’ve been buying them primarily to photograph them in close-up in tabletop settings. Marx trains, however, are becoming quite collectable, so my collection is also an investment of sorts. Although I don’t have a permanent train layout, I did set up some track around the base of our Christmas tree this year. By a adding a few trackside accessories and three light-up ceramic buildings that I found in a thrift store, I was able to come up with a modest, but fairly respectable layout. (Marx O-gauge trains were always meant to be played with on the floor, particularly around Christmas time!) Since some of you are also train fans, I thought I might share a few photos of my Marx Christmas layout.
Posted by Buckles at 12/28/2014 06:32:00 AM
Two more Marx die cast engines, a 666 and a 333. Sold through the big retail outfits like Sears and Wards, hundreds of thousands of Marx electric train sets were sold every year around Christmas time. It is generally acknowledged that Marx made more electric trains than any other company. Modestly priced and ruggedly built, they were electric trains for the masses.
Posted by Buckles at 12/28/2014 06:29:00 AM
Marx was able to keep down the cost of its engines and cars through the use of lithographed tin bodies. This version of the Union Pacific M10000 Streamliner was first introduced in 1934, shortly after the prototype train went into service. Like most of Marx’s engines, it was also available with a spring-wound motor.
Posted by Buckles at 12/28/2014 06:27:00 AM
The Mercury, which was produced by Marx from 1938 to 1952, was inspired by the New York Central’s family of daytime streamliner passenger trains designed by noted industrial designer Henry Dreyfuss. (The last NYC Mercury made its final run in 1959.)
Posted by Buckles at 12/28/2014 06:26:00 AM
One of the most colorful of Marx’s lithographed engines was this replica of a Fairbanks-Morse Diesel with the Kansas City Southern paint scheme. (One of Marx’s factories was located in Erie, Pennsylvania where the Fairbanks-Morse plant was located.)
Posted by Buckles at 12/28/2014 06:23:00 AM
This 120' that came with Sid Kellner's purchase of the Mills Bros. equipment was a nice size.
With two rows of quarter poles it gave a circusy effect and squeezed in pretty well on the Shopping Center parking lots we played.
These are three of his four elephants "Ellie", "Lovie" and "Sue", when I joined, "Ellie" would go up with the quarters on one side and a fork lift on the other so I quickly slapped harnesses to these two little guys and it sped things up considerably.
I was informed by Mrs. Woodcock that if I even thought about putting a work harness on "Anna May" they could both be contacted by long distance in Ruskin, Florida
Posted by Buckles at 12/28/2014 05:30:00 AM