Monday, June 27, 2022


Jacquard looms like this were high level automation for the era.  They used paper punch cards to define the pattern woven into the cloth.  Up until the manufacture of reliable magnetic films this same technology dominated computing as well!

Seen at the Leeds Industrial Museum.

Monday, June 13, 2022


Clearbrook VA. That convenience store has (or at least had?) a nice little lunch counter in the back.  There is plenty of traffic through here thanks to local industries, but somehow this intersection of Hwy. 11 and the Winchester Western feels like it’s frozen in time.  The feed store across the road probably helps with that too.  I hope the encroachment of fast food and boxmarts doesn’t do away with this little scene any time soon.

Monday, May 23, 2022

The postcard was nicer

 Remember, when planning a trip to England, the post card pictures were probably taken on one of the 3 sunny days you can expect on any given year.  

Monday, May 09, 2022

Torpedo room

I don't think the Becuna is ready for much action these days, but I still wouldn't recommend attacking Penn's Landing via the Delaware.

Monday, May 02, 2022

Rails on the move

Gone are the days of the gandy dancers laying segmented rail.  Now rails are rolled in pieces up to 480 feet and welded into quarter mile long sections that are then transported by special trains like this one. 


Monday, April 25, 2022

Not so weak & weary

It's not the most artistic framing for a train picture, but sometimes a wedgie still makes for a good photo.