This was one of those quick trips that I was getting into towards my last days home before joining the Air Force. I guess what prompted me to go there was the recurring references to 'Holy Hill' my family would make. My mom's side of the family was Catholic and apprently they made several trips to Holy Hill. Below is photo of my mom's mom on the steps of Holy Hill in 1938 (yeah - that would be my grandma, but I never knew her as she passed before I was born). Soooo, one day I got the itch to see what Holy Hill looked like. I had just gotten my new Xd-11 camera and was trying things out. For some months I would take pictures using a series of colored filters or gels which fit into a frame which screwed onto the end of the lens. The photos below are the firat instances of those early 'artsy' attempts :-) For more information you can visit their website at holyhill.com Enjoy! Opa Fritz
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
While we're still on the subject of miniature space toys and playsets, I thought you'd like to see something I picked up some months back. It is yet another version of the Marx Lunar Exploration Miniature Playset. As with all these sets, the packaging is basically the same but the vehicles, figures, and terrain pieces differ. This set has only two figures and what I call the 'double-bubble' Moon Grabber. Marx's full sized Moon Grabber series consisted of several different battery operated vehicles appropriately sized for 54mm figures. The vehicles in the smaller playsets were of course much simplified versions. Enjoy! Opa Fritz
Monday, August 10, 2020
Ed's Travelogue: The Mitchell Park Domes, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (1st pics with my new Minolta XD-11 SLR) July 1978
Today's post represents both a first and a last for me. Having gotten fed up with the quality of the photos from that Polaroid SX-70, I broke down and bought a Minolta XD-11 SLR. It was my first 'real' camera and was a bit daunting to me but I pushed ahead in the hopes that some good photos would come of it (I was right LOL). It was the first SLR to ever offer aperture priority and shutter priority all in one. I had been reading photo magazines prior to buying it so was at least aware of some of the terminolgy and those mags are what drove my decision to pick this particular camera.
The camera originally came with a standard 55mm lens which I soon replaced with this 35-80mm telephoto lens which remained my go-to lens.
Triang packaged their SpaceX toys in a number of ways as Paul Vreede shows on his website SpaceX Central. This particular package, obtained recently, has the Pleasure Cruiser facing left while others faced either upwards (as I've previously blogged) or right. Enjoy! Opa Fritz