May 16-04

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2004: May: May 16-04
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Charlie at Pasty Central on Sunday, May 16, 2004 - 06:21 am:

Wandering through the Pasty Cam Guest Gallery last night I stumbled on a wonderful collection of old family pictures from the Seppala farm in Covington, scanned by Kriss Schrandt. Little Bob and Jim are ready to take off into the wild blue yonder with their passenger Mr. Teddy Bear back in 1944. If they were in the U.P. this weekend, they'd be dressed just about right, as it has been a chilly spring.

With his eyes closed, Jim's face reminds me of a test pilot in training, his features distorted by the acceleration. Bob has that classic look of a courageous airman climbing to his cockpit.

Courtesy of
Naval Historical Center

Speaking of aviation, this week the Houghton County Airport and Pasty.NET will introduce a new webcam, giving you another perspective on weather in the Keweenaw. Here's a slideshow from some of the testing last week.

I want to say a special thank-you to all Guest Gallery members who take the time and effort to scan vintage photos, giving us some fun Shoebox Memories of life in the U.P.

Have a great week!
By Mike, MI on Sunday, May 16, 2004 - 06:27 am:

Good Morning everyone,
Looks like another beautiful day ahead.
I remember having a scooter like this one.

By Win T. Wisconsin on Sunday, May 16, 2004 - 06:28 am:

Great Kids -- Good Morning From Wisconsin

By maijaMI on Sunday, May 16, 2004 - 07:37 am:

Awesome clouds in the CMX slide show--thanks.

Steve the flying troll: totally agree with your post of yesterday!

By Dave, Laurium on Sunday, May 16, 2004 - 08:06 am:

FFOOORRRREEEEE!!!! Hittin the links......:>O

By tom on Sunday, May 16, 2004 - 08:34 am:

Have found a book that shows ports and officers from the great lakes vessels in the 1950's eBay Great Lakes Vessels book

By danbury; germany on Sunday, May 16, 2004 - 09:05 am:

No doubt these guys, and especially Mr. Teddy Bear, have SISU!
Wonder what became of them, though.

By camwatcher on Sunday, May 16, 2004 - 09:39 am:

Another cam? Can hardly wait. Hope to see the planes land, the weather and best of all...the snow removal. That I don't have to do ! When does it launch?

By Jean, West Texas...the Dyess Dome on Sunday, May 16, 2004 - 10:52 am:

Good Morning from windy West TExas....our spring is quickly turning over to summer with temps expected to rise close to 90 this more open windows...hello AC. Gas prices here are inching toward 1.90 to 1.93 a gallon. Can't wait to hit the UP this summer!!!!!!! Anybody have any info on the All School reunion at LLHS?????? Mary?????

By Vanessa, MI on Sunday, May 16, 2004 - 11:21 am:


By Dave in Kuwait on Sunday, May 16, 2004 - 01:25 pm:

For info on the All School reunion at LLHS, check out Sounds like it will be a good time, but I can't make it back until August, so I'm going to miss it.

Temps here have been in the 100s, and we've had some dust storms the last few days, but gas is less than 80 cents a gallon!

By Toivo from Toivola on Sunday, May 16, 2004 - 02:34 pm:

The Copper Country certainly will be a busy place this summer! I just found out that some famous folks from Finland will be fiddling around in Calumet on June 9. The Järvelä family from the village of Järvelä, Finland, will present a concert in the Kaustinen fiddle tradition:

Where: Calumet Theatre
When: June 9th at 7:30pm
Tickets $10 available at
Calumet Theatre Box Office

By Jim in Breckenridge Mi. on Sunday, May 16, 2004 - 03:28 pm:

Just started my shift at work and wanted to say hi. Now off to work!

By maijaMI on Sunday, May 16, 2004 - 04:01 pm:

Sure wish I could be there to hear the Jarvela family! And Toivo, thanks for putting it on. Even though many of us can't take advantage of some of these things, it is very interesting to hear what's going on up there. Maybe when I retire I can get Steve the flying troll to fly me up for stuff!

By in the yoop on Sunday, May 16, 2004 - 04:17 pm:

15:59 EST, the Bridge is up!
I was frightened as a kid -being a passenger in the car,
when the bridge was up - seeing the water through the
grating scared this little yooper.

By WALTER P TAMPA on Sunday, May 16, 2004 - 04:55 pm:


By rob in dc on Sunday, May 16, 2004 - 08:22 pm:

Cool features on the airport webcam. With the transition on "Blend" and timing on 1 second I can watch the weather happen, even with only 10 views available. Warning: Looping the slide show can be hypnotic. Thanks for the new toy!

By Patt on Sunday, May 16, 2004 - 08:42 pm:

To Dave in Kuwait.. Our prayers and thoughts are there with you. Be safe..

By Candy, Marquette on Sunday, May 16, 2004 - 08:51 pm:

Dave in Kuwait, keep your head down, be safe, and make it back to the UP!

By Bthecute1 on Sunday, May 16, 2004 - 10:36 pm:

Cute kids!
You know, when they are sleeping, they look so sweet...and then you realize. they are gathering energy for the next round of insanity! To arms! To arms! The children are coming the children are coming!

By Ken and Mimi from da UP on Sunday, May 16, 2004 - 11:03 pm:

Wonder if Jin and Bob have ever been EAA members?:>)

By Peter G.,Dbn.,Mi. on Sunday, May 16, 2004 - 11:23 pm:

Todays shoe box photo brings back
memories of the old stroller that was in the
family complete with detachable handle and
foot plate/rest. Would guess it to be from
around late 30`s to early 40`s. Things were
built to last in those days

By Russ E. St. Clair county MI on Monday, May 17, 2004 - 02:07 am:

We have a stroller exactly like that in very GOOD condition up in the attic stored away! Although I did "restore" and paint it up about 30 years ago.------30 years ago!!!???? where did the time go?

By Helen, MI on Monday, May 17, 2004 - 06:12 am:

Hey Jim, in Breckenridge I m orginally from Merrill. How bad was that tornado that went through Thomas Township last Friday?? Have a great day!!

By PSmithSC on Monday, May 17, 2004 - 08:04 am:

The stroller design found in the pictures dates back to at least the late 1920s. I had one in 1927. My father later used the seat to make me a toy steam shovel with swivel seat and the levers to control the boom and scoop mounted on the front.
I still have this toy.

By Karen, KS on Monday, May 17, 2004 - 11:27 am:

Peter, things sure were built to last in those days! I have the high chair that my grandmother bought used in Trout Creek when my father was born in 1933--all wood, including the foot rest--with a tin tray that attaches over the wooden one. It was used for me when I was a kid and I used it for my son when he was born 15 years ago. Its still in great shape and should last another 70 years.

By Kathi, Illinois on Thursday, May 20, 2004 - 10:03 pm:

This is such a sweet picture of these two little boys! Reminds me of a picture of my brother Tom when he was about 2!

By Connie - Colorado on Friday, May 21, 2004 - 09:39 pm:

To "in the yoop",
I remember seeing that when very young and thinking it was kinda scary but as we got older and braver, we would stand right by the lift span as it was lifting and hold our hand under it to create the appearance that we were single-handedly lifting the span! We were "anything happening" away from falling 200 feet to certain death. I can't believe I survived my teen years around that bridge. We would even crawl out onto the cement platforms that hold the bridge and were just two feet away from hypothermic drowning if anyone lost their balance. There would be no hope for us. In our careless youth, that didn't even occur to us. They have fences up now to keep kids like I was out of there. Good thing for that!!

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