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
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Miles of Smiles

Just like most of you I have embraced social media. I truly enjoy it and I think it serves a purpose in the fast lane we call life. However I sometimes like to move over to the right lane and slow down a bit. You know cruise. I use another form of social media to say hello, send pictures or just to let friends and family know what I/we have been up to. You guessed it, I send postcards and quite frequently!

Recently I mailed one to my friend Sue. Sue is from Michigan and misses her home and family there. She emailed me a pic of the postcard to say thank you and along with this message “Ahhh home, I miss you. Thanks for the smile friend”.
Sue C

And just the other day I received this postcard from my friend Diana who was competing in the Black Bear Triathlon located in Lehighton, Pennsylvania.
Jim Thorpe

Lastly I mailed this vintage postcard to a person in Germany through the http://www.postcrossing.com community. Waiting his response.
ger423

So you see there is more than one way to brighten someone’s day. If you would like to receive or exchange postcards please follow this link and provide your address. http://www.postable.com/joegeronimo

Cheers!
Joe

Mail Call

Traveling to Weirs Beach since my youth, it wasn’t until 2008 that I discovered a gem hidden inside a gem. Although the main allure for most is the famed Lake Winnipesaukee and the M/S Mount Washington. A large vessel with its open-air deck, sailing around while its passengers absorb in Lake Winnipesaukke’s beauty.

US Mailboat "Sophie C" docks at 3 Mile Island on New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee. Image © Joe Geronimo
US Mailboat “Sophie C” docks at 3 Mile Island on New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee. Image © Joe Geronimo

However the true gem lies in the M/V United States Mail Boat Sophie C. She is the oldest floating post office in the United States. The Sophie C sets sail twice a day delivering mail to residents and vacationers inhabiting some of the lakes larger islands beginning on June 15th and ending on September 8th. The Sophie C makes two daily mail trips. On the morning run, the “C” stops at Loon Island, Bear Island, Three Mile Island and East Bear Island. In the afternoon the Sophie docks at Camp Lawrence, Birch Island, Sandy Island, Cow Island and Jolly Island.

US Postal employee Annie Nix delivers a package to one of the summering residents on 3 Mile Island. Image © Joe Geronimo
US Postal employee Annie Nix delivers a package to one of the summering residents on 3 Mile Island. Image © Joe Geronimo

Travelers, postal junkies and the curious can climb aboard and witness first hand the mail runs affording themselves an up close and personal view of the lake, which is dotted with two hundred fifty three islands. You see the Sophie C not only delivers letters and packages but it delivers ice cream and smiles. A favorite amongst the many children vacationing on these islands who routinely display their excitement by performing flips, summer salts or just a friendly wave from the wooden piers as you depart for your next island adventure.

US Mailboat "Sophie C" approaches the Bear Island, New Hampshire Post Office on Lake Winnipesaukee. Image © Joe Geronimo
US Mailboat “Sophie C” approaches the Bear Island, New Hampshire Post Office on Lake Winnipesaukee. Image © Joe Geronimo
US Mailboat "Sophie C" seen from Bear Island on Lake Winnipesaukee. Image © Joe Geronimo
US Mailboat “Sophie C” seen from Bear Island on Lake Winnipesaukee. Image © Joe Geronimo

Toot, Toot from the Sophie C!

We mailed a postcard to ourselves while on board the Sophie C. Notice the unique postmark. Image © Joe Geronimo
We mailed a postcard to ourselves while on board the Sophie C. Notice the unique postmark. Image © Joe Geronimo
Vintage Linen Lake Winnipesaukee postcard from my collection.
Vintage Linen Lake Winnipesaukee postcard from my collection.

Information can be found at http://www.cruisenh.com/index.php

Track Meet Maine Endwell at Susquehanna Valley

This afternoons weather in Central New York was cloudy, windy and a bit chilly. This however did not put a damper on Michael’s track meet at Susquehanna Valley. Michael’s school Maine Endwell competed along with Susquehanna Valley, Union Endicott and Norwich in a modified track meet. Michael ran in the one and two hundred meter dash and took part in the long jump. He put in an impressive performance in the dashes but I’ll be honest I couldn’t see the long jump. But if you ask him how he did I get “I did fine Dad”…. Thursday we will do it again.

Michael (Left) in the 100 Meter Dash. Image © Joe Geronimo
Michael (Left) in the 100 Meter Dash. Image © Joe Geronimo
Michael (Center) in the 200 Meter Dash. Image © Joe Geronimo
Michael (Center) in the 200 Meter Dash. Image © Joe Geronimo
Michael waiting to run at Susquehanna Valley. Image © Joe Geronimo
Michael waiting to run at Susquehanna Valley. Image © Joe Geronimo
After today's meet my wife is signing him out of the event. Michael reacts to his coaches assessment of the meet. Image © Joe Geronimo
After today’s meet my wife is signing Michael out of the event while Michael reacts to his coaches assessment of the meet. Image © Joe Geronimo

Seneca 7 = Finished

L. to R. John Lomasney, John Villanti, Jeff Faherty, Joe Geronimo, Dan Snyder, Scott Robinson and Dan Bartschi make up the team "BCTC Warriors"
L. to R. John Lomasney, John Villanti, Jeff Faherty, Joe Geronimo, Dan Snyder, Scott Robinson and Dan Bartschi make up the team “BCTC Warriors”

Two Hundred and Ten teams competed in the Seneca 7 Sunday April 21st 2013 in Geneva, New York. A grueling 77.77 mile relay race skirting (Literally as team Cayuga 7 , out of Ithaca, NY an all male team wearing skirts, won the event for the third year in a row) Seneca Lake in New York’s Finger Lakes Region. Some of the elevation gains were enormous. For example (Leg 7) had a gain of 215.3 feet in 3.9 miles. Coming out of Watkins Glen, New York (Leg 11 one of mine) had a gain of 318.3 feet in 4.1 miles. BCTC Warriors finished strong, 29th overall with a course time of 9:59:38 sporting a 7.7 minute mile average. Oh Yeah boys!

http://www.onemillionrevolutions.org/tracker/topost.php?r=2

View of Seneca Lake from the Leg 13 exchange Point near Hector, NY.
View of Seneca Lake from the Leg 13 exchange Point near Hector, NY.

The days weather was a mix of sun, clouds and wind with temps hovering around 45 degrees. Perfect day to race but could have done without the wind. My conclusion is this. If you have the opportunity to run this race do so! It is a beautiful course, add some of the whacky outfits along with team names and you’ll have a riot. Throw in countless vineyards which dot both sides of the lake and it will be an experience you will remember for a lifetime.

Joe

In celebration of the day my car gets decorated. Image © Joe Geronimo
In celebration of the day my car gets decorated. Image © Joe Geronimo
Joe Geronimo during the Seneca 7.
Joe Geronimo during the Seneca 7.

Dan Snyder hands off to Scott Robinson. Image © Joe Geronimo
Dan Snyder hands off to Scott Robinson. Image © Joe Geronimo
Joe Geronimo
Joe Geronimo
John Lomasney entering uncharted territory. Image © Joe Geronimo
John Lomasney entering uncharted territory. Image © Joe Geronimo
Scott Robinson handing off to Dan Bartschi Image © Joe Geronimo
Scott Robinson handing off to Dan Bartschi Image © Joe Geronimo
Dan Bartschi handing off to John Lomasney Image © Joe Geronimo
Dan Bartschi handing off to John Lomasney Image © Joe Geronimo
Jeff Faherty giving the camera a little air guitar Image © Joe Geronimo
Jeff Faherty giving the camera a little air guitar Image © Joe Geronimo
Team Captain John Vilanti makes the hand off to Jeff Faherty Image © Joe Geronimo
Team Captain John Vilanti makes the hand off to Jeff Faherty Image © Joe Geronimo

21st Anniversary!

Lensed from the former "Nick" Tower at 106th street in Manhattan.
Lensed from the former “Nick” Tower at 106th street in Manhattan.

Today April 22nd 2013 marks my twenty first anniversary of railroad employment. These twenty one years have flown by. Beginning my career on Metro North Railroad in the magnificent Grand Central Terminal.

Grand Central Terminal
Grand Central Terminal
Three years later I would move to Central New York where I have lived since. A brief stop on the Ann Arbor Railroad in Toledo, Ohio but the Southern Tier of New York is where I call home.
Ann Arbor Railroad Toledo, Ohio
Ann Arbor Railroad Toledo, Ohio

As I briefly celebrate this page in the book of life I look back and think to myself how lucky I truly am.

Joe