Dietrich-made bodies, which included this 1934 convertible sedan beauty on what I believe is a 147-inch-long wheelbase, were a big hit.
Packard hoped the 1934 models would give it a boost since the year marked a deepening, for most Americans, of what would later be known as The Great Depression.
The 1934 Dietrich Packard 1108 Convertible Sedan was not a disappointment.
Even President Roosevelt owned a Packard, which illustrates the fabled brand's popularity that was earned through beautiful designs and solid performance.
In fact, the Eleventh Series Packards, as they are official known, were among the best Packards ever produced by Detroit-based Packard Motor Car Co. and later by South Bend-based Studebaker-Packard Corp. of South Bend.
Packards were produced from 1899 to 1958, and I can still remember my late Mother's admiration for them.
The bodies are named for Ray Dietrich who was a Packard designer from 1925 to 1933, when he left to take a position with Chrysler.
Although gone, Dietrich was not forgotten at Packard because the ingenious designer left behind a treasure-trove of superb designs. In 1934, Packard produced six Dietrich-designed models on the 147-inch-long chassis: Convertible, Convertible Sedan, Coupe, Sport Phaeton, Sport Sedan and Victoria.
The 1108's v-framed window and gracefully extended hood made the convertible sedan one of 1934's best designed ~ one that grows in value and popularity every year.
Packard's 1108 Dietrich also sported stately skirted fenders. It also featured what some consider "suicide doors" ~ front and rear doors that open inward and are attached centrally to the body noted for its glistening chrome.
Standard retail price was $6,555 for a V-12 powerhouse noted for its 160 HP and 445.5-cubic-inches.
The 1934 Packards also included an option to have a factory-radio installed.
The 1106 and 1107 models did not have as long of a wheelbase as the 1108.
At the time this photo was taken, this classy Packard was owned by a San Francisco Bay Area couple.
When I photographed this stunning 450 hp Stearman, owned by the Vintage Aircraft Co., I could not believe my good fortune. It had recently had some work done on it. It is very, very impressive in person. Vintage Aircraft Co. has three of them and it offers rides. Check out Vintage Aircraft's Website for a lot more information.
Verses from 1 John will be featured in this gallery.
"The First Epistle of John, often referred to as First John and written 1 John, is the first of the Johannine epistles of the New Testament, and the fourth of the Catholic epistles," according to Wikipedia. "It is attributed to John the Evangelist, traditionally thought to be the author of the Gospel of John and the other two Johannine epistles. This epistle was probably written in Ephesus in AD 95–110. The work was written to counter docetism, which is the belief that Jesus did not come 'in the flesh', but only as a spirit. It also defined how Christians are to discern true teachers: by their ethics, their proclamation of Jesus in the flesh, and by their love.
"The main themes of the epistle are love and fellowship with God. The author describes various tests by which readers may ascertain whether or not their communion with God is genuine, and teaches that the proof of spiritual regeneration is a life of active righteousness. It also distinguishes between the world (which is full of evil and under the dominion of Satan) and the children of God (who are set apart from the world)."
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This 1937 Cadillac V-16 Series 37-90 Hartmann Cabriolet (convertible) was made in the final year for Cadillac's 452-cubic-inch engines when only 50 cars were manufactured.
"Cadillac introduced a redesigned and less-expensive V-16 in 1938," according to Blackhawk Automotive Museum where this photo was taken in 2012.
"Cadillac released only two V-16 chassis to independent coachbuilders in 1937. One was sold to Philippe Barraud, a wealthy young playboy living along the fashionable Swiss Riviera, which stretched between Lausanne and Montreux on the shores of Lake Geneva.
"Barraud commissioned Willy Hartmann, a body shop owner in Lausanne, to create a look similar to a Figoni & Falaschi-designed car on this huge chassis.
"Basic stock Cadillac components were used on this streamlined hand-formed fantasy, which is one of the largest cabriolets ever built.
"Initially, there was some doubt whether it could be registered in Switzerland as a private car due to the 22-foot overall length.
"Barraud drove his car to all the fashionable haunts where it caused a sensation as it continues to do today."
The V-16 was an OHV with a 3-inch bore and 4-inch stroke with 185hp @ 3800rpm.
Verses from Isaiah will be featured in this gallery.
"The Book of Isaiah is the first of the Latter Prophets in the Hebrew Bible and the first of the Major Prophets in English Bibles," according to Wikipedia. "The book is identified by a superscription as the works of the 8th-century BC prophet Isaiah ben Amoz, but there is ample evidence that much of it was composed during the Babylonian captivity and later."
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(This image is cropped for display on the main gallery page, where narrow horizontals allow for a better display of photos in the gallery on computers, but not really on phones or tablets.)
The Austin-Healey was known as “The Sports-Car of Sportsmen,” and my late father, Lee Simmons, loved his Austin-Healey.
He used to take me and my late brother Mario on rides into the Santa Ynez Mountains, en route to Lake Cachuma, Santa Ynez and/or Solvang. It was the happiest time of our lives together.
We would zoom along the mountain roads without a care in the world, with what hair we had blowing in the breeze that seemed to grow stronger as we would come out of corners.
My Dad's driving would produce huge smiles and much laughter as he would speed up and zoom along the straight stretches.
I cannot remember the model my Dad with assured accuracy, but I believe it was a 3000 MK 1.
In fact, it was similar to one I had the pleasure of viewing at the 2012 Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance, although I believe my Dad’s was an earlier model.
The 1961 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk 1 at Hillsborough was a real beauty.
The Healeys were available to Americans at a time when there weren’t that many American sports cars.
“The … Austin-Healey was the joint venture of the Austin division of British Motor Corporation and Donald Healey,” stated the car owner’s summary at Hillsborough.
“Its objective was to offer and affordable sports car capable of 100 mph.”
Although my Dad was a very steady fellow, I’d wager a few pennies that he pushed it to 100 mph at least once, although Mario and I were probably not in the car.
“The first, 100 4-models had a 4-cylinder engine,” the owner’s summary continued. “The chassis was enlarged and the engine changed to an inline 6-cylinder in the second, 100 6-Series.
The 3000 was its third major series. Other than enlarging the engine displacement to 3 liters and adding front disc brakes, not much changed in the “Mark 1” (a retronym ~ it was simply the 3000 until the Mark II came along.)”
The model I photographed at Hillsborough is distinguishable from later models by its horizontal front grille, retained from the 100-6.
“In production 1959-61, this model has an inline six-cylinder undersquare 2912cc engine with twin 1.75” SU carburetors mated to 4-speed gearbox with an optional Leycock de Normanville electric overdrive available on the top two gears,” the owner’s summary stated.
“There were 13,650 made: 10,825 BT7-Series (like this example) with occasional four seating and 2,825 BN7 twin-seaters.”
"The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco houses one of the most comprehensive Asian art collections in the world, with more than 18,000 works of art in its permanent collection, some as much as 6,000 years old," according to Wikipedia.
"The museum owes its origin to a donation to the city of San Francisco by Chicago millionaire Avery Brundage, who was a major collector of Asian art. The Society for Asian Art, incorporated in 1958, was the group that formed specifically to gain Avery Brundage's collection.
"The museum opened in 1966 as a wing of the M. H. de Young Memorial Museum in Golden Gate Park. Brundage continued to make donations to the museum, including the bequest of all his remaining personal collection of Asian art on his death in 1975. In total, Brundage donated more than 7,700 Asian art objects to San Francisco.
"Until 2003, the museum shared a space with the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. As the museum’s collection grew, the facilities in Golden Gate Park were no longer sufficient to display or even house the collection. In 1987 Mayor Dianne Feinstein proposed a plan to revitalize Civic Center that included relocating the museum to the Main Library. In 1995, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Chong-Moon Lee made a $15 million donation to launch the funding campaign for a new building for the museum.
"During its last year in the park it was closed for the purpose of moving to its new location, and it reopened on March 20, 2003, in the former San Francisco city library building opposite the San Francisco Civic Center, renovated for the purpose under the direction of Italian architect Gae Aulenti. Lord Cultural Resources, a cultural professional practice, was also commissioned to undertake a three-part sequence of planning studies for the relocation of the Museum.
"The old Main library was a Beaux Arts-style building designed by George Kelham in 1917. The new $160.5 million project, designed by Gae Aulenti, introduced an indoor sky-lit court to provide a dramatic central core to the museum. Removing some interior walls, Aulenti created a sense of openness to facilitate visitor movement and the display of the artwork. The new 185,000-square-foot (17,200 m2) museum increased the exhibition space by approximately 75 percent compared to the former Golden Gate Park location.
"In October 2011, the museum launched a new identity. Designed by the branding agency Wolff Olins, the logo is an upside down A, representing the idea of approaching Asian art from a new perspective.
"In March, 2016, the museum announced that it will build an additional new pavilion to its current San Francisco Civic Center Building. The new pavilion will sit atop an existing, lower-level wing on the museum’s Hyde Street side; and it will add about 9,000 square feet of new space to the museum’s first floor. The collection has approximately 18,000 works of art and artifacts from all major Asian countries and traditions, some of which are as much as 6,000 years old. Galleries are devoted to the arts of South Asia, Iran and Central Asia, Southeast Asia, the Himalayas, China, Korea and Japan. There are 2,500 works on display in the permanent collection."
My favorite part is the Avery Brundage Collection.
"The museum has become a focus for special and traveling exhibitions, including: the first major Chinese exhibition to travel outside China since the end of World War II (in 1975), an archaeological exhibition which attracted 800,000 visitors over an eight-week period, and an exhibition on wisdom and compassion opened by the Dalai Lama in 1991."
I've viewed and photographed many items that are attributed to The Avery Brundage Collection.
Eventually, I asked myself, "Who is Avery Brundage?"
So, I looked him up. You can read about him on Wikipedia. As with any of us, there is a nuanced human being who was not perfect by any means. His life is filled with significant accomplishments and contributions, and, in my opinion, positive qualities should be focused on. For me, it is his contributions to art that I'm interested in.
Although Wikipedia does contain errors throughout its vast encyclopedia ~ numerous factual errors I've caught myself, especially regarding Native Americans in Humboldt County, Calif., I still choose to quote from it because I have not found it that more inaccurate than standard encyclopedias and/or other sources.
In fact, on some subjects, I've found it is more accurate than traditional encyclopedias.
And, it is something I can quote from without getting a cease-and-desist order regarding copyrights. (I edited the article and changed the city of San Francisco to The City of San Francisco, as I was taught and still favor. I also have removed citations, so please read the full article in Wikipedia for references.)
"Brundage's interest in Asian art stemmed from a visit he made to an exhibition of Chinese art at the Royal Academy in London in early 1936, after the Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen," states Wikipedia. "Brundage stated of the experience, 'We [his first wife Elizabeth and himself] spent a week at the exhibition and I came away so enamored with Chinese art that I've been broke ever since.'
"He did not begin active collecting until after the Brundages' two-week visit to Japan in April 1939, where they visited Yokohama, Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, and Nikko. They followed up Japan with visits to Shanghai and Hong Kong, but due to the war between Japan and China, were unable to explore further on Avery Brundage's only visit to mainland China—this disappointment bothered him his whole life.
"On his return to the United States after the June 1939 IOC session in London, Brundage systematically set about becoming a major collector of Asian art.
The unsettled conditions caused wealthy Chinese to sell family heirlooms, and prices were depressed, making it an opportune moment to collect. He bought many books on Asian art, stating in an interview that a 'major library is an indispensable tool'.
"After the US entered World War II, stock owned by Japanese dealers in the United States was impounded; Brundage was able to purchase the best items. Dealers found him willing to spend money, but knowledgeable and a hard bargainer.
Brundage rarely was fooled by forgeries, and was undeterred by the few he did buy, noting that in Asian art, fake pieces were often a thousand years old.
In his 1948 article on Brundage for Life, Butterfield noted that 'his collection is regarded as one of the largest and most important in private hands in this country'.
"Brundage engaged the French scholar René-Yvon Lefebvre d'Argencé, then teaching at the University of California, as full-time curator of his collection and advisor on acquisitions.
"The two men made a deal ~ no piece would be purchased unless both men agreed.
They built a collection of jade which ranged from the neolithic period to the modern era; and hundreds of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean bronzes, mostly Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.
The painter who Brundage admired the most was Huizong, 12th-century Chinese emperor of the Sung Dynasty; the collector never was able to obtain any of his work.
"Brundage several times bought pieces smuggled out of their lands of origin to restore them there. When Brundage sold a piece, it was most likely because he no longer favored it artistically, rather than to realize a profit.
"In 1954, a financial statement prepared for Brundage listed the value of his collection as more than $1 million. In 1960, Robert Shaplen, in his article on Brundage for The New Yorker, noted that Brundage, during his travels as IOC president, always found time to visit art dealers, and stated that the collection was valued at $15 million.
"By the late 1950s, Brundage was increasingly concerned about what to do with his collection. His homes in Chicago and California were so overwhelmed with art that priceless artifacts were kept in shoeboxes under beds.
"In 1959, Brundage agreed to give part of his collection to The City of San Francisco. The following year city voters passed a bond issue of $2,725,000 to house the donation. The result was the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, which opened in 1966 in Golden Gate Park, initially sharing space with the M. H. de Young Memorial Museum before moving to its own facility near the Civic Center in 2003.
"Brundage made another major donation in 1969 (despite a fire which destroyed many pieces at his California home, 'La Piñeta' near Santa Barbara in 1964), and left the remainder of his collection to the museum in his will. Today, the museum has 7,700 pieces from Brundage among the 17,000-plus objects which make up its collection.
"Brundage connected the world of art and that of amateur sports in his own mind. In a speech to the IOC session in Tokyo in 1958, he discussed netsuke, used at one time by Japanese to anchor items hung from kimono sashes, and of which he owned several thousand; he held two in his hands as he spoke.
"He told the members that a netsuke was at one time carefully carved by the man who wore it, building 'something of himself into the design', and although a class of professional netsuke makers arose later, whose work might have been more technically adept, it was, 'ordinarily cold, stiff, and without imagination. ...
Missing was the element of the amateur carver, which causes these netsuke to be esteemed so much higher by the collector than the commercial product carved for money.' Brundage later commented about his speech, 'Here was the difference between amateurism and professionalism spelled out in a netsuke.'"
Mr. Brundage left a beautiful legacy, and I, for one, am so grateful.
"Kalimát-i-Maknúnih or The Hidden Words is a book written in Baghdad around 1857 by Bahá’u’lláh, the Founder of the Bahá’í Faith," according to Bahaikipedia. "This work is written partly in Arabic and partly in Persian.
"The Hidden Words is written in the form of a collection of short utterances, 71 in Arabic and 82 in Persian, in which Bahá’u’lláh has taken the basic essence of certain spiritual truths and written them in brief form. Bahá’ís are advised by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to read them every day and every night and to implement its latent wisdom into their daily lives. He also said that The Hidden Words is 'a treasury of divine mysteries' and that when one ponders its contents, "the doors of the mysteries will open."
Religious artwork created by Glenn can be downloaded. It is released under the CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 license; however, it remains copyrighted and cannot be used commercially.
This North American SNJ-4 Texan is owned by Vintage Aircraft Co. at the Sonoma Valley Airport. You may ride in it for the thrill of a lifetime. To find out rates and other information, visit Vintage Aircraft Co.'s Website.
"Sonoma Valley Airport (FAA LID: 0Q3) is a public-use airstrip opened in 1959 in Schellville, Sonoma, California, United States," Wikipedia states.
"Located 4.14 nmi (7.67 km) south of central district of Sonoma (4.76 mi, 7.67 km) and 26.9 nmi (49.8 km) north of San Francisco (30.94 mi, 49.8 km), the airfield offers two asphalt runways, of which the 17/35 is restricted, with prior permission required.
"Among other fixed-wing aircraft, vintage planes can be seen on Sonoma Valley's apron, such as a fully restored, flying Curtiss P-40, a North American SNJ-4, three Boeing-Stearman PT-17 biplanes, a Globe Swift, a Cessna 195, a Douglas DC-3, a Dornier Do 27 or a Seabee amphibious. Others are being restored, like a Howard DGA-15."
Vintage Aircraft Co. offers rides that are definitely worth the price. It would be the thrill of a lifetime to ride in one of the vintage aircraft at Sonoma Valley Airport. It offers biplane rides, rides in the Navy version of the famed AT6 "Texan."
Vintage Aircraft Co. has three Boeing PT-17 Stearmans which, the company notes, would be "the first aircraft a cadet would fly during training prior to and during World War II."
"Known for its stability and strength," the company continues, "the Stearman was a reliable primary trainer and remains a popular classic today."
Vintage Aircraft's 1942 Stearmans have been modified to carry two passengers in the cockpit. It says the seating is cozy, but that's the last thing I'd think about if I rose in one of them. Think about cruising over one of the world' premiere wine-growing regions.
The North American SNJ-4 Texan is also a historic plane.
"World War II cadets flew in a series of three aircraft: primary, basic and advanced trainers," Vintage notes. "The North American AT-6 (Texan or SNJ-4) was an advanced trainer designed to give cadets a taste for the higher speeds and more complex systems of fighters, bombers and transport aircraft.
"Vintage Aircraft operates a restored SNJ-4. Flying low over the surrounding hills gives the passenger a feel for the speed and excitement of WWII military flying. Passengers may also request aerobatics!"
I plan to return to the airfield someday and take photos with my upgraded gear. When I took the photos in this gallery, I was using a consumer-grade digital before I made the financial plunge to professional digital gear.
This is one of three Boeing PT-17 Stearmans owned by Vintage Aircraft Co. at the Sonoma Valley Airport. You may ride in it for the thrill of a lifetime. To find out rates and other information, visit Vintage Aircraft Co.'s Website.
"The Port of Oakland is a major container ship facility located in Oakland, Calif., on San Francisco Bay," Wikipedia notes. "It was the first major port on the Pacific Coast of the United States to build terminals for container ships.
"It is now the fifth-busiest container port in the United States, behind Long Beach, Los Angeles, Newark, and Savannah. Development of an intermodal container handling system in 2002 culminated over a decade of planning and construction to produce a high volume cargo facility that positions the Port of Oakland for further expansion of the West Coast freight market share.
"Originally, the estuary, 500 feet (150 m) wide, had a depth of two feet at mean low tide. In 1852, the year of Oakland's incorporation as a town by the California State Legislature, large shipping wharves were constructed along the Oakland Estuary, which was dredged to create a viable shipping channel; 22 years later, in 1874, the previously dredged shipping channel was deepened to make Oakland a deep water port.
"In the late 19th century, the Southern Pacific was granted exclusive rights to the port, a decision the city soon came to regret. In January 1906, a small work party in the employ of the Western Pacific Railroad, which had just begun construction, hastily threw a crossing over the SP line to connect the WP mainline with trackage built on an area of landfill. This act, protested by the SP and later held up in court, broke the railroad's grip on the port area. The courts ruled that all landfill since the date of the agreement did not belong to the SP. This ruling ended SP control and made the modern Port of Oakland possible.
"On May 6, 1915, the Admiral Dewey became the first vessel to dock at the foot of Clay Street. Captain J. Daniels, master of the vessel, was greeted by Commissioner of Public Works Harry S. Anderson and Harbor Manager W.W. Keith, the two men who had so much to do with the upbuilding of the city's waterfront, were the first aboard the boat.
"... The project in 1921 dug a channel 30 feet deep at mean low water from the bay to Brooklyn Basin, a distance of four and three quarters miles, and then a channel 25 feet deep around the basin and 18 feet to San Leandro Bay, an added distance of four miles (6 km). However, the port was not officially named the Port of Oakland until 1927, under the leadership of the newly organized Board of Port Commissioners.
"Under the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1922, the project produced the channel 30 feet deep and 800 feet wide through the shoal south of Yerba Buena Island narrowing to 600 feet at the end of the Oakland jetties, widening of the estuary channel to 600 feet to Webster Street, dredging of the south channel basin to 30 feet and a turning basin, then 30 feet to Park street, at a cost to the federal government of $6 million.
"In 1962, the Port of Oakland began to admit container ships. Container traffic greatly increased the amount of cargo loaded and unloaded in the Port. By the late 1960s, the Port of Oakland was the second-largest port in the world in container tonnage. However, depth and navigation restrictions in San Francisco Bay limited its capacity, and by the late 1970s it had been supplanted by the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach as the major container port on the West Coast.
"During an expansion of the Port in the late 1960s, fill material was added to what remained of the old Southern Pacific mole. The fill came largely from the concurrent excavation of the Berkeley Hills Tunnel during the construction of the BART system. The BART trunk line also crosses over part of the port, and the east portal of the Transbay Tube that carries BART trains from Oakland to San Francisco lies within the Port.
"One of the main limitations to growth was the inability to transfer containers to rail lines, all cranes historically operating between ocean vessels and trucks. In the 1980s the Port of Oakland began the evaluation of development of an intermodal container transfer capability, i.e. facilities that would allow transloading of containers from vessels to either trucks or rail modes. The Port retained VZM, Korve Engineering and Earth Metrics to perform engineering and environmental studies to allow detailed engineering to proceed.
"In 1987, on behalf of the Oakland port Commission, Allen Broussard led a group of 72 lawyers and city officials on a 3-week long trip to China, meeting the Mayor of Shanghai, Jiang Zemin (Shanghai is twinned with San Francisco).
"Completion of the resulting rail intermodal facility occurred in 2002. That brought the cumulative investment of port expansion to over $1.4 billion since 1962, half of which was comprised by the intermodal facility.
"In the early first decade of the 21st century, the new intermodal rail facility along with severe congestion at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach caused some trans-Pacific shippers to move some of their traffic to the Port of Oakland (especially if the final destination is not in Southern California but lies farther east).
"Also, the Port is now reaping the benefits of investment in post-panamax cranes, dredging, and the transfer of military property, which has now been used for expansion.
"Deepening of the port from 42 feet (13 m) to 50 feet (15 m) to accommodate larger ships has been completed. The ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, Seattle and Tacoma were already 50 feet (15 m) deep. The $432 million project was finished in September 2009. Some 6,000,000 cubic yards (4,600,000 m3) of mud from the dredging was deposited at the western edge of Middle Harbor Shoreline Park to become a 188-acre (76 ha) shallow-water wetlands habitat for marine and shore life.
"Further dredging followed in 2011, to maintain the navigation channel. Prior to the March 2012 arrival of the MSC Fabiola, the largest container ship ever to enter the San Francisco Bay, the Port of Oakland prepared by checking channel depth and dredging as needed. The ship arrived drawing less than its full draft of 50 feet 10 inches (15.5 m) because it held only three-quarters of a load.
"...The Port is part of the California’s Green Trade Corridor Marine Highway project, as ships move cargo much greener than trucks and trains. Green Trade Corridor Marine Highway (ports of Oakland-Stockton-West Sacramento) can improve goods movement through Northern California."
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