Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Thematic Photographic: Aged

I have no idea how old the sign is, but the Ritz Classic Bowling Lanes opened for business in 1958.  Unfortunately it closed down about a year ago.

This is what’s left of an old pier out on the Great Salt Lake. 

Strewn across the western landscape are these huge concrete arrows.   They are remnants from the early days of air mail delivery.  Before the advent of GPS and other directional technology, the pilots flying the U.S. Mail would use these arrows to direct them on their routes.  They would fly in a straight line, until they came to the next arrow, about every 20 miles, where it would indicate which direction they need to change to.

And finally, this guy.  I have no idea how aged he is, but he sure doesn’t look like a spring chicken.

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ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

That's fascinating, Max. I had no idea that there were big concrete arrows out there, let alone what they were for.

Gilly said...

Wow! Those pilots were very resourceful! I rather think our early pilots followed roads or rivers, but then we don't have huge deserts!

Bob Scotney said...

I'm surprised that the arrows have survived. You would need good flying conditions to use those.

Karen S. said...

Ha! Ha! Too cute, not a spring chicken indeed, but cute if you ask me. I like that old sign, very cool bowling pin. I hope to wander about town and find something just as cool, but for now I went with an old building I like in town.

Max Sartin said...

I think the arrows were accompanied by a light tower, so they would be easier to see. The light tower on this one didn't survive.

Carmi Levy said...

Those arrows are AMAZING! I had read about them recently, but never knew anyone who had seen or captured them first-hand.

The bowling pic makes me sad. I fear we'll never see design like that again.

I really enjoy how you tell stories through your lens. You set a really high bar for the rest of us - a very good thing indeed!

Lisa Shafer said...

Hey, I think that rotted pier pic is the one you were taking when I took the photo of you taking a picture which appears on my blog post for today. :)