Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Winter won't Leave 2

This little squirrel complained to me this morning. Where is spring he was saying.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Old Fairbanks 9

Here is the other page of the booklets sponsors. It's very interesting reading... Remember to click on the picture to open a larger picture on a new page.

Old Fairbanks 8

Here is the Sponsor page of the booklet for Fairbanks. It's a very neat read for those who live here or are interested in Fairbanks history.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Old Fairbanks 7

Okay, here is the last picture page from the booklet:

Old Fairbanks 6

Here is another one from the booklet. I'm sure many will recognize these places.

Old Fairbanks 5

Here is another...I think these are amazing photos of old time Fairbanks. Part of my youth was spent on the streets of Fairbanks right before statehood and right after. If I could turn the clock back in time it would be to those days.

Old Fairbanks 4

Ok, all you old time Fairbanks residents. How many of these do you recognize from the booklet.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Snow Shoe Hare wish.

I'm thinking this hare wishes he was a bit whiter. It sure stood out against that white snow.

Me, myself and I

A lot of water under the bridge since this kid was on the old Red Flyer sled.

Old time Fairbanks 3

Here is some more from that booklet. Ok, all you old time Alaskans out there reading this blog, how many of you recognize these building and remember them. How many are still standing.

Oh, man is this some good stuff Papa

This little squirrel got a good chunk of yummy out of that bowl.

Old time Fairbanks 2

Here is the next page from the booklet:

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Old time Fairbanks

This is from a visitors booklet that is dated in the early 1940s Shortly after the war I believe. But what caught my attention and the reason for posting this was the Creamers Dairy pictures. Since it's spring time and the birds have arrived back at the sanctuary for this spring and it's on the television news

Friday, April 25, 2008

Can you believe this snow

This is just what this little guy was telling me out on the feeder. "Can you believe this snow"

Spring Time in Alaska

Isn't it a hoot:

Older Couple

I don't know the names, or the date this picture was taken. Nonetheless, I know them in a sense. I see my own Grand Parents in this picture or at least they looked a lot like them. I sure many of you reading this blog and seeing this picture who are of the right age will also see the resemblance to their own relatives. I think it's a awesome picture... The kind that just stirs ones mind, thinking back to our ancestors and the life they led.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

My first Red Squirrel

This is a photo of my mother, in 1958 with Squeeks my first Red Squirrel. My step-dad brought him home when some tree clearing knocked down the nest.

Spring Hare Color Change

It's a sure sign of spring when the hares change color.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Tin Type Photos

Here is another Tin Type photo from my collection:

1919 Travel Picture

Here is another one of those Travel Pictures from 1919 Great Northern Railroad

Monday, April 21, 2008

Old home Picture

I wish I knew where this was... What a picture.

Somewhere on the river in alaska

I don't know for sure where this was taken, but do you see the cabin in the right corner. It might be in Alaska from the looks of it. Nonetheless, it's a very interesting shot.

Insonmia Strikes

2:35 AM and I'm awake watching the News and surfing the web. Just a note to those who are reading this blog in the middle of the night. I sometimes wonder if I'm the only one but I know better, between the night owls and others afflicted with this curse we are here. Out in the darkness, bathed in the glow of the computer and TV screens.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Spring is finally here

This little squirrel says, spring has sprung. It got up into the low 50's this afternoon and the melt has begun big time.

Old Railroad Picture

I certainly would love to know where this picture was taken. From the looks of this steam powered shovel and the men that ran it. It must have been one heck of a machine.

Friday, April 18, 2008

1919 Travel Picture

This is out of a book of these type pictures published for The Great Northern New Service of the Great Northern Railroad, with a postmark of 1919. There is a letter inside, that starts Dear Mother and signed Lovingly your Son Henry inside telling where he's going next. Dated Aug 8-19. The caption on this picture is odd to this old Native American

Older Gentleman

Striking looking fellow, I wonder what he had seen during his lifetime.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

1945 Fairbanks...

This little book is a tourist booklet of Fairbanks Alaska in 1945. People who live here now will notice many landmarks. What caught my eye the most was the end of town. You will see it, look closely.

TinType Photographs

Here is one example of a TinType Photo I have:

Soldiers of the Past

Out of the fog of time, this picture has a certain charm. Who were they, two young men in the military sending pictures home? The question this brings to my mind. So long ago that there names are forgotten.

The times are changing

Times have changed a great deal since this picture was taken. I wish I knew where this was and the story behind it.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

I'm wishing for spring to return

Wow, I awoke this morning to 4 degrees F. And I'm complaining to the boss says this old squirrel...

1914 Co F Montana

Here is another picture of that era:

1914 Picture World War 1

I have some old photographs that I've came by, years ago. The lady who owned them was very old and when she passed away, someone set them out in the garbage. I saw them as I was walking by and quickly grabbed them up and I've saved them to this day. Here is one of some men in the Military from 1914. Montana or Idaho from what I can gather. These men may have seen action in World War 1. I'm not sure.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008


Here is another from 1935, from the Roth Collection


Here is one from my Roth Collection of stamps as I call it. It's from WW2.

Old Stamps in my Collection

When I was younger I collected stamps, and over the years I've picked up a few that I think have some merit. This is one from 1904, it's not the best of shape, but for being as old as it is, it is not to bad. It's on the original post card. I wonder what it is worth if anything?

Friday, April 11, 2008

Club 11

This was one of Fairbanks premier steak houses, this card was from the owner before John & Beanie owned the club. The Gregs owned the club for many years until Johns passing. It was then sold but unfortunately it burned to the ground shortly after that.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Way to go Nita

Fairbanks Native Association recently held its annual potlatch gathering at the Chief David Salmon Tribal Hall. FNA are the local social services entity for the Native Alaska/Native American population who reside in the Fairbanks area. Kimberly Dullen was chosen to be the 2008 Miss FNA Queen. She is currently a college student in Minnesota and is daughter of Karen Dullen. Juanita Esmailka was chosen to be the 2008 FNA Princess representative. She is a freshman at West Valley High School and is daughter of Charles and Tonya Esmailka. The 2008 FNA Baby winner was Elijah McGinty, son of Maurine McGinty.

I've bragged about this young lady before, and she deserves even more recognition for doing what she does. Nita is on the left.

Go get em Pete

Check out "Fairbank's hottest rock band"! "Indian Pete
and the Cruisers! April 11, 12, 2008, 10pm to 3am at
the "Gold Rush Saloon, 3399 Peger road 907-456-6410!

This event is the "House of Rock" in the Interior!

Large new dance floor with great color lightings!
with other half a saloon with pool tables!

Check out where everyone has been keeping warm under
hot rock and roll atmosphere!

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Early Fairbanks Cabin

The old cabin in Fairbanks, somewhere down on First Street I believe. The date is 1960 on the back of the photograph. That part of old Fairbanks is gone, lost somewhere in the passing of time.

Winter won't Leave

Snowing here on the Permafrost Ranch this morning. 18 degrees F and winter just doesn't want to let go.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

The sound of dripping water.

Life in the Great Land and the return of spring. I was sitting here at my desk as usual today, and the most amazing sound was coming through the open back door. It was the sound of dripping water. What a relief to hear this sound, because it means the return of weather above the freezing point. A sure sign that winter has lesson her grip upon the Permafrost Ranch. I'm sure it means much to my little squirrel buddies as much as it does to me. A change of season