Thursday, September 30, 2010
This Perfex 44 range finder camera sits on an antique store shelf in 42N country's Bentonsport, Iowa. I didn't notice the price but the buyer would get the 35mm film camera, a leather case and the original camera box. While the product line struggled according to the data I found (see link above) the camera featured hotshoe flash mount technology some 30 years before Leica added one to their cameras.
This Perfex model was made in 1939 through 1940. Like many cameras in its day it took some time to manually focus, set the aperture and shutter speed, then snap the photo, and have it developed. Last weekend my Nikon digital SLR camera introduced in the fall of 2008 quickly snapped the portrait of the 70 year old distant relative in just a few seconds with instant confirmation of the image. Oh the irony. Know that.
Monday, September 27, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Look around many long established retail stores and you might still find candy machines belting out a mouthful of sweets for 25-cents a turn. The price is not the same as a couple generations ago but the treats and experience are the same. This machine, located in downtown Cedar Falls, Iowa, sells candy coated gumballs called Dubble Bubble, a product from Tootsie Roll Industries.
In a few stores down from Dubble Bubble are these two 25-cent machines which dispense m&ms and some type of gummy cylinders. Notice the placement of the machines near the inside entrance of the store and the height of the glass containers - all directed at the target consumer - a kid. These time tested candy machines are still part of the modern retail environment, are fondly remembered by kids of all ages, and are hopefully around for a long time. Know that.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
In many 42N country small towns local grain mills are ready to process the 2010 crop. Here in the southern portion of Iowa City (41°38'N, 91°33'W), near the municipal airport is a complex of grain storage bins and mills. This site is repeated all over the Midwest to the point where you hardly notice the structures. But venture outside the region or into urban areas and you will not see these iconic structures.
Some of the bins hold the harvest for later transport to distribution centers or local business consumers. Some of the bin contents are milled per individual specification for livestock feed like in the photo above. A stat that I found regarding the annual harvest of 12.1 million bushels of corn use in North America is:
- 44% livestock feed
- 30% fuel production (ethanol)
- 15% exports
- 8% making food starches and sweeteners
- 3% making corn flour, grit, meal and beverage alcohol.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
The entrance to 42N country's Iowa City Municipal Airport is guarded by this static display from over a half century ago. Flying just a few feet above the ground is a Korean War vintage F-86 Sabre fighter. Some 9,500 of these jets were produced in the 1950s and only 15 remain flyable today.
Monday, September 20, 2010
As summer winds down this week, shadows become long. Pleasant Hill Cemetery in 42N's unincorporated Joetown, Iowa remains noisy as its crickets and the wind. Located on Angle Road this area is known for Amish neighbors and the Joetown Garage. Know that.
Monday, September 6, 2010
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Corn is drying in 42N country. About ten miles north of Frytown in rural Johnson County, Iowa a lone tree (not the town of the same name) breaks up the horizon. Sometimes in 42N area cornfields, trees grow near fence lines or water sources. Sometimes they are left to mark a pioneer cemetery. This tree, out in the middle of a field deserves investigation. Know that.
Friday, September 3, 2010
Traveling from 42N country by air begins at CID Cedar Rapids. Years ago the air facility was rebranded as the Eastern Iowa Airport to help identify with regional travelers. Last year air service from CID to St. Louis ceased after 52 years including many with TWA. This year the main runway is being reconstructed with arrivals and departures being handled on other long stretches of concrete. This shot was taken last month on a day when more families seemed to be flying than business travelers. Know that.