History Past: October 9th 1944

Purchased August 20th 2016 Madison-Bouckville Antique Show.
Purchased August 20th 2016 Madison-Bouckville Antique Show.

This particular postcard was postmarked aboard a Kansas City, MO & Albuquerque RPO (Railway Post Office). It was postmarked on train #8 of the Eastern District (ED) on October 9th 1944.

On this date:

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrives in Russia for talks with Joseph Stalin.

St. Louis Cardinals beat St. Louis Browns 4 games to 2 in the 41st World Series.

German occupiers turn off electricity in Amsterdam.

Canadian Offensive in West Zeeuwas-Flanders.

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A Memorial Day Thank You

Memorial Day for me is about reflection, it is about honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation. I find myself thinking of our service members almost daily. I’ m extremely thankful for all who have served, all who are serving and for the sacrifices those families make as well.

You all are truly loved and appreciated!

Image © Joe Geronimo
Image © Joe Geronimo

History Past: The White House

It’s June 1953 and Dwight D. Eisenhower graced the Oval Office of the White House. This installment of “History Past” takes us into my collection of historical images, as these 3 iconic Kodachrome’s were taken while on a tour of the White House.

White House "South" Washington, DC June 1953. © Joe Geronimo Collection
White House “South” Washington, DC June 1953.
© Joe Geronimo Collection
White House "North" Washington, DC June 1953. © Joe Geronimo Collection
White House “North” Washington, DC June 1953.
© Joe Geronimo Collection
White House "North"  Tour getting ready to begin. Washington, DC June 1953. © Joe Geronimo Collection
White House “North” Tour getting ready to begin. Washington, DC June 1953.
© Joe Geronimo Collection

#ThrowbackThursday

A typical dreary afternoon on Monday October 23rd, 2006 here in the Southern Tier. Josh Blay and I were out and about looking for something of interest, something cool to photograph. It’s now late afternoon and we had given up, threading our way east along route 17C from Waverly. We were talking about who knows what, and not really paying much attention to our surroundings. Suddenly my eyes became as big as saucers and with a few expletives we were witnessing a low flying helicopter above the Tri-Cities Airport in Endicott.  With our new found excitement Josh and I are now rapidly approaching the airport to get a closer look. A screeching of the brakes, doors flying open, camera gear spilling all over and upon closer inspection we excitedly discover this piece of magnificent machinery is the new Lockheed Martin VH-71 Kestrel “V standing for VIP” (US101 Marine One) Presidential helicopter prototype doing what I’ll call Touch N Go’s…

Hands trembling with excitement as I fumble for a new roll of film, finally my camera’s motor drive begins to hum like the rotors of the VH71, I was elated. I couldn’t believe how lucky we were to photograph such an amazing subject despite the dismal weather conditions. Shortly after our excitement had settled Josh and I figured we should promptly leave before someone really takes notice of us and throws us out.

The VH-71 Kestrel program was canceled in 2009 and recently the United States has entered into contract for 23 new Presidential helicopters. The new, initial contract awarded to the American defense contractor Sikorsky, is valued at $1.24 billion. Under the terms of the new contract, the U.S. military will take delivery of two prototype helicopters—based on the Sikorsky S-92 medium helicopter–in 2016. Another 21 fully capable helicopters will follow.

Lockheed Martin VH-71 Kestrel seen here at Tri-Cities Airport in Endicott, NY on October 23rd 2006. Image © Joe Geronimo Canon EOS 3 Fuji Press 800
Lockheed Martin VH-71 Kestrel seen here at Tri-Cities Airport in Endicott, NY on October 23rd 2006.
Image © Joe Geronimo, Canon EOS 3, Fuji Press 800

From Wikipedia:

The Lockheed Martin VH-71 Kestrel is a variant of the AgustaWestland AW101 (formerly EH101) built to replace the United States Marine Corps‘ Marine One U.S. Presidential transport fleet. It was developed and built by theLockheed Martin–led “US101 Team” of Lockheed Martin Systems Integration – Owego (LMSI), AgustaWestlandand Bell Helicopter.

In February 2009, President Barack Obama asked Secretary of Defense Robert Gates about placing the project on hold or canceling it because of its high cost: over $13 billion for the planned 28 helicopters. In June 2009, the U.S. Navy terminated the contract after spending about $4.4 billion and taking delivery of nine VH-71s. The helicopters were then sold to Canada for $164 million for use as spare parts for its fleet of AgustaWestland CH-149 Cormorantsearch-and-rescue helicopters.

Today is Memorial Day

Greetings My Fellow Americans,

Today is Memorial Day, a day where we as Americans reflect on those who have served and who are serving this great nation of ours. A day where we say thank you not only to our military but to their families who also bear the sacrifice of loved ones far from home and in harms way.

So as we plant our flowers, open our pools, light that charcoal lets take a moment to say thank you to all who have made this possible and continue to do so without reservation. Thank You!

Happy Memorial Day!

Joe

World War Two era postcard from my collection. This was mailed in 1943.
World War Two era postcard from my collection. This was mailed in 1943.