Monday, August 30, 2010

Ed, My Cousin, My Friend

Ed's Life

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Martha and Mack Braswell in Pictures From The Past

"Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again."


Odie Braswell Mack's Nephew sent me these pictures of Mack. Mack is on the left in the darker glasses. When I got these pictures in the mail this morning I had not seen Mack's face since 1960. Lot's of fun, happy memories came flooding back! The others in the picture are Mack's sisters and brother.

Mack is the one in the front with the tie. This is exactly how I remembered him!
Martha Braswell with me and Marilyn at KC Zoo 1958.

Odie Braswell (Mack's Nephew I found on facebook) to Kaye-
Yes, Mack Braswell was my Uncle. I remember Uncle Mack and Aunt Martha Braswell before they got divorced in the late 1950's.
Kaye to Odie-
Martha and Mack lived next door to our family at 915 W. Cherry St. There were 6 of us kids and Martha and Mack did not have any children, they sort of "adopted" me and my sister Marilyn. Mack lived through the week in KC a banker I thought? anyway he came home on the weekends and Marilyn and I would spend the entire weekend with them. When he went back to KC there were times Martha took us on a Greyhound Bus to visit Mack in KC at his apartment somewhere around the Plaza on the E. side of KC. It was a very joyful time for all of us, we had so many adventures and so much fun! Martha and Mack took us to the KC Zoo, Starlight, Shopping, dining and movies on the Plaza, and baseball games. My big brother Marty even when with us once. Can you tell me any stories of Mack? He was a wonderful, kind man and I will NEVER forget him. Is he still alive? That would be so wonderful to see him!!

Odie to Kaye-
FYI. MACK BRASWELL DIED IN 1964 JACKSON COUNTY MO. YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE KNOWN HE HAD TWO CHILDREN. A SON BORN 1922 DIED 1988. A DAUGHTER BORN 1927 DIED? I NEVER KNEW THEM. I DON'T KNOW WHEN HIS WIFE DIED
Oh, did you know him well? 

Odie to Kaye-
No don't remember him very well.

Kaye to Odie-
I met Martha and Mack when we moved to Cherry St. I was 5 years old so 1957. We moved from Cherry Street to Main Street when I was 8 years old so 1960 I started the 3rd grade. Martha and Mack divorced before we moved. Martha got remarried and I never saw Mack again and very little of her. Mack used to call us but my Dad would not let us talk to him without Martha. Mack called one last time it was Christmas after we moved to Main Street. Dad answered the phone and said he did not think it was a good idea for me and Marilyn to see him since Martha and him divorced. He told Dad he had Christmas gifts for all of us kids and wanted to bring them by the house. Dad let him and when Mack came I watched from the kitchen window, Dad would not let me go out to talk to Mack. I waved at him through the window. He handed Dad a large box and then left I never saw him again but I NEVER forgot him. Mack's 1st wife must had passed away and he married Martha? He never spoke of having children? He did use to let me drink coffee for breakfast with 7 teaspoons of sugar!

Every Aug. 27th


Today is August 27th again. Dad and Mom would relive this day every year from August 27th 1966 to the day they passed away. It was a very tough day to get through if you were with Dad and Mom on that day. Then Mom would always say "your Daddy thinks none of you kids remember Marty"
One anniversary Dad just broke down in front of me. I was visiting on Main Street probably late 90's. He was so full of quilt for not letting Marty take the family car that night. He had grounded him because he wanted Marty to be home by midnight. Marty missed a few and Dad took the family car away from him. He then got in with Ron Swan for a ride home, he never made it.

AHhhhhh My1996 BMW! What a Car!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Flora visits Gram K and KC July 26 2010


Sugar Dish Man and Blackberry-Flora can multi-task very well!

Flora visits Gram K and KC July 26 2010


Marty makes the Sugar Man talk to Flora

Flora visits Gram K and KC July 26 2010



Flora took this picture of the sugar packet bowl-to her it looked like a little silver guy with a round nose! I like the images of her and me in the shiney silver

Flora visits Gram K and KC July 26 2010


Flora on the Blackberry to her Mommy

Flora visits Gram K and KC July 26 2010


Photo's by Flora age 4 & 1/2

Flora visits Gram K and KC July 26 2010


Photo's by Flora July 26, 2010

Flora visits Gram K and KC July 26 2010


Photo by Flora July 26 2010

Flora visits Gram K and KC July 26 2010


I got to visit Flora for little while at Succotash in KC. She romped around, bounced here and there, chased a very annoying fly, took pictures, talked to her Mommy on the cell phone and played with the bride doll I gave her (and she ate and drank O. J. in between)!! She named the doll "Birthday Girl"

http://www.succotashkc.com

http://www.succotashkc.com


The doll I gave her Mom had bought at a rummage sale (I think it was in the late 1990's before Dad had heart surgery), Mom brought her home, washed her and her dress. I helped her fix the doll's hair, it was all chopped off. Mom always liked dolls I think because when she was a little girl she never had one. She kept this little doll sitting up in Galen's room on Marty's desk where a few of Shelley, Marty and Andrew's long forgotten toys remained.

Flora visits Gram K and KC July 26 2010

I got to visit Flora for little while at Succotash in KC. She romped around, bounced here and there, chased a very annoying fly, took pictures, talked to her Mommy on the cell phone and played with the bride doll I gave her (and she ate and drank O. J. in between)!! She named the doll "Birthday Girl"

The doll I gave her Mom had bought at a rummage sale (I think it was in the late 1990's before Dad had heart surgery), Mom brought her home, washed her and her dress. I helped her fix the doll's hair, it was all chopped off. Mom always liked dolls I think because when she was a little girl she never had one. She kept this little doll sitting up in Galen's room on Marty's desk where a few of Shelley, Marty and Andrew's long forgotten toys remained.

Martha Braswell with us at the KC Zoo 1958

Mac taking pictures.

National Bellas Hess Where Mom Got Her Lovely Dresses!

The Dress $6.98!

The camera that took all The Growing Up Brittingham Pictures!

Marty has the camera in his camera collection.

The camera that took all The Growing Up Brittingham Pictures!

Marty has the camera in his camera collection.

Mom finally ALONE! KC Zoo 1961

Full Bench! KC Zoo 1961

Full Bench! KC Zoo 1961

Full Bench! KC Zoo 1961

Full Bench! KC Zoo 1961

Mom and Marty at The KC Zoo 1961

Mom and Marty at The KC Zoo 1961

Dad taking down a tree single handed Palmer Street May 23rd 2001

Another Favorite Flora PIc!

Another Favorite Flora PIc!

Uncle Galen and Shelley

The Brittingham Kids Tulsa May 2010 Minus Kaye Taking The Pic!

Flora at The Holmes-Brittingham Cemetery May 2010

I Love this picture of Flora-she is such a "HAM" as in Brittingham?

Martha and Mac take us to the KC Zoo 1958

Marilyn on Mac Braswell's Apartment Porch 1958

Marilyn on Mac Braswell's Apartment Porch 1958

Marilyn on Mac Braswell's Apartment Porch 1958

Kaye on Mac Braswell's Apartment Porch Kansas City Mo 1958

Kaye on Mac Braswell's Apartment Porch Kansas City Mo 1958

Kaye on Mac Braswell's Apartment Porch Kansas City Mo 1958

Martha Braswell with us at the KC Zoo 1958

Sunday, August 15, 2010

102 Degrees and The Michelin Tire Guy on Broadway?

I drove by a tire shop on Broadway on Fri. 13th it was a 102 degrees at 5:00 that day. There standing on the sidewalk in a white tire suit was someone brave enough or needed the money bad enough to be dressed up in The Michelin Tire Suit! Unbelieveable!! What a brave person and or if they died of heat stroke his family could get millions???

http://www.michelin.com/portail/home/home.jsp?lang=EN

When did tires become black?
Whitewall tires or white sidewall (WSW) tires are tires having a stripe or entire sidewall of white rubber.






Early automobile tires were made entirely of natural white rubber, however, the white rubber did not offer sufficient traction and endurance so carbon black was added to the rubber used for the treads. Using carbon black only in the tread produced tires with inner and outer sidewalls of white rubber. Later, entirely black tires became available, the still extant white sidewalls being covered with a somewhat thin, black colored layer of rubber. Should a black sidewall tire have been severely scuffed against a curb the underlying white rubber would be revealed, it is in a similar manner that raised white letter (RWL) tires are made.

Ironically, the status of whitewall tires versus blackwall tires was originally the reverse of what it later became, with fully black tires requiring a greater amount of carbon black and less effort to maintain a clean appearance these were considered the premium tire; since the black tires first became available they were commonly fitted to many luxury cars through the 1930s. During the later 1920s gleaming whitewalls contrasted against darker surroundings were considered a stylish, if high-maintenance, bit of "flash", still too flamboyant for those with conservative taste. The popularity of whitewalls as an option increased during the 1930s, automobile streamlining and skirted fenders eventually rendered the two-sided whitewall obsolete. The single-sided whitewall remained a desirable option through the 1970s, becoming a hallmark of "traditional luxury".

Beginning in the early 1950s whitewall width began to diminish as an attempt to reduce the perceived height of the wheel/tire, during the decade increasingly lower vehicle heights were in vogue. Finally in 1957 the production version of the ultra-exclusive Cadillac Eldorado Brougham was fitted with whitewalls that were reduced to a 1" wide stripe floating on the tire sidewall with a black area between this stripe and the wheel rim. Wide whitewalls generally fell out of favor in the US by the 1962 model year. They continued as an option on the Lincoln Continental for some time thereafter but most common were the 1"-3/4" stripe whitewalls. During the mid-1960s varieties on the striped whitewall began to appear, a red/white stripe combination was offered on Thunderbirds and other high-end Fords and triple white stripe variations were offered on Cadillacs, Lincolns and Imperials. During the 1970s the ostentatious vehicles emerging from Detroit inspired an increase in whitewall stripe width (1 5/8" plus) while full-fledged wide whitewalls had made a return within the pimpmobile culture.



Although wide whitewalls are virtually non-existent on modern automobiles, they are still manufactured in original bias-ply or radial form by specialty outlets and/or classic car restoration companies such as Diamond Back Classics, Coker Tire, Lucas Classic Tires, and Vogue Tyre Company. Some companies manufacture wide whitewall inserts - the Portawall inserts are usually sold through VW Beetle restoration companies. Portawalls [1] can be used with radial tires, but the use of innertubes are recommended to stiffen the softer sidewalls of radial tires.

 Modern

Modern trends toward more minimal styling, and large rims favoring low-profile tires leave little room for a whitewall. The Lincoln Town Car and its sibling Mercury Grand Marquis are the only vehicles offered today with a factory whitewall option, with a narrow white stripe.