1980s, Culture, History, Photography, Pics

Real Life Large Marge

Nat Geo Jan/88

Toots Holzheimer knew her rig inside and out. After 20 years of hauling “anything and everything” more than 1.6 million kilometers over the outback of northern Queensland–and raising eight kids, she passed away in 1992. A crane unloading pylons at a wharf lost control, and she was struck by its load.

Hardworking and tough, she tackled the hurdles of remote freight transportation, including lifting full 44 gallon drums. Her truck, Toot’s Old Girl, is on display at the Winton Diamantina Truck Museum.

But come on. She does look a wee bit like Large Marge, no?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1960s, Fun, History, Nature, Nostalgia, Photography, Pics, Vintage

Lassie, Come Aboard

Reminisce: Pics from the Past

All aboard Grandpa’s 1955 Chevy pickup for Greg, Kevin, and Paula, joined by Rex atop bales of hay. Walter and Barbara Mohr’s family farm near Millington, Michigan provided many great photo ops throughout the 1960s.

And who wouldn’t want a kiss from Rex?

 

1950s, Advertising, Art, History, Nostalgia, Vintage

Turns Out They Were Saying ‘Merica Back In ’58

This 1958 Ford ad isn’t cropped or split down the middle of a page. It actually says “Merica’s” instead of America. I’m assuming it was implied that the painter had painted it on the part of the billboard to which we aren’t privy. But as it stands, it’s pretty funny. And the rest of the ad itself was peppy and colorful.