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Surfaces - Everyday Life in the Early 70’s [Photo Archives_Roadside]

Here, I introduce scanned images from my dad’s slides mostly taken in the early 70’s.
1964 Oldsmobile was our only choice for means of family trip to as north as Fairbanks, AK or to as south as Oaxaca, Mexico: we never used airlines. Accordingly, I decided to call this series of posts as “Surfaces”.


1970_71_US_0607.jpg: 9 Ave. SW, Calgary, AB


Railroads had become far beyond everyday life in the early 70’s. However, closer look could find fragments of railroading even in the middle of the city.

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An Expression Derived From Cisco − “Vanishing Point”, Part 2 [Column_Town of Cisco]

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Fakes, dummies and frauds are the usual practices in our model railroading, and are also in movie filming. Without these, we cannot reach our goal. In this movie, we can find another method: reflection.

Reflection is a set of wave with equal angle: incident and reflected. Well-known effect caused by reflection is the inversion.

As I wrote previously, Cisco scenes are the virtual images. However, the virtual images in this movie are the inverted actual images: westbound is actually eastbound and 10:04 A.M. is actually early in the evening. Therefore, Cisco scenes may be considered to be using the method of reflection.

Here is supporting evidence. Throughout the Cisco scenes, the words are few. We can still see the image even if it is inverted, but can’t get the inverted words. Thus, the words are removed from the Cisco scenes.

Here is another supporting evidence. There is no indoor cut throughout the Cisco scenes. Considering the method of reflection, wave incident upon Cisco should not originate at inside, but fall on from the outside.

Window glass reflections obstruct showing indoor views of Cisco Mercantile or Ethel’s Cafe as if Cisco is the sacred place: so to say, actual Cisco is sealed behind the reflections. The ray of light from the gap between the blades of bulldozers in the ending scene is actually the reflection of the sunlight caused by the reflector board set behind the blades: it must be the most sacred reflection in the movie.

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An Expression Derived From Cisco − “Vanishing Point”, Part 1 [Column_Town of Cisco]

Our model and/or layout are pieces of work driven by the phantasm. However, the phantasm and the actuality don’t coincide with each other: there is a difference between the two. I think the vitals of our hobby are hidden between the two.

Town of Cisco attracts many to this day in spite of/because of its desolation. The desolation may cause phantasms in callers’ minds. Creators who visited Cisco through the ages produced pieces of work driven by their phantasms. Then, in turn, the pieces of works draw another callers (like me) to Cisco.

However, as always, the phantasm and the actuality aren’t the same here at Cisco. Here, I analyze how the creators remixed actual Cisco to produce their piece of works, to extract the vitals of their creation.


vanishing-point_01.jpg: Vanishing Point poster

Vanishing Point (1971)
directed by Richard C. Sarafian
written by Guillermo Cain (Guillermo Cabrera Infante)
director of photography, John A. Alonzo

Vanishing Point is a road movie tracking a car delivery driver Kowalski from Denver west. The movie was filmed in June 1970 in the states of Colorado, Utah, Nevada and California[1, 2]. The opening and ending scenes of the movie were shot here at Cisco, Utah.

Ethel’s Cafe appears in the opening scene behind the title. As the camera pans, deserted Cisco Motel, Mercantile, McCoy’s, Ruth’s and Capansky’s appear in turn after that. By then actual Cisco residents seem also appears in the following cuts. However, no one is listed in the end credit roll. Moreover, the name of the place is credited only as CALIFORNIA.

Near the ending scene, the name of the place is revealed as CISCO. It sure is the actual name. However, it was placed not in Utah, but in California: here, the name of the place is actual but also virtual.

In the ending scene, Kowalski slams his car into bulldozers set on the highway in front of Ethel’s Cafe. In the scene, the car is facing west. However, it actually is facing east. The last scene is credited 10:04 A.M. However, considering the sun behind the crashed car, it actually is early in the evening. Accordingly, the opening and ending scenes are the virtual images; as if to say reflected images of actual Cisco. And name of the place is the sole focal point between the virtual and the actual.

[1] Jun. 11, 1970 Times Independent;
[2] Jun. 25, 1970 Times Independent;

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Trip to Taiwan in 1963, part 2 [Column_Pacific Rim]

These photos are from my dad’s album. I scanned the slides because more than fifty years old film began deteriorating. Only transportation related cuts are represented here, ending with Northwest airplane at Taipei Songshan Airport.

1963_TWN_068.jpg: Mar. 1963|Xinbeitou Station|新北投車站
1963_TWN_070.jpg: Mar. 1963|Hsinchu Station|新竹車站
1963_TWN_071.jpg:Mar. 31, 1963|Hualien Station|花蓮車站
1963_TWN_093.jpg: Mar. 29, 1963|Taiwan Sugar Company Push Car Railway|臺灣製糖埔里台車
1963_TWN_119.jpg: Mar. 29, 1963|Taiwan Sugar Company Push Car Railway|臺灣製糖埔里台車
1963_TWN_041.jpg: Mar. 1963|Taipei Airport|台北航空站・現臺北松山機場
1963_TWN_118.jpg: Mar. 1963|Taipei Airport|台北航空站
 
 

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Trip to Taiwan in 1963, part 1 [Column_Pacific Rim]

These photos below are from my dad’s album. I scanned the slides because more than fifty years old film began deteriorating. Only transportation related cuts are represented here, starting with Haiou of Keelung leaving port of Kobe.

1963_TWN_008.jpg: Mar. 3, 1963|Port of Kobe|神戸港兵庫突堤
1963_TWN_026.jpg: Mar. 1963|Taipei Station|台北車站
1963_TWN_033.jpg: Mar. 1963|Taipei Station|台北車站
1963_TWN_063.jpg: Mar. 1963|Peitou Station|北投車站
1963_TWN_064.jpg: Mar. 1963|Peitou Station|北投車站
1963_TWN_066.jpg: Mar. 1963|Chair Car Interior|非空調旅客車
1963_TWN_067.jpg: Mar. 1963|Air Conditioned Chair Car Interior|空調旅客車

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An Expression Derived From Cisco − “Don’t Come Knocking”, Part 2 [Column_Town of Cisco]

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It is said that a comedy is established by substituting the impression. For example, in Buster Keaton’s The General, the Keaton’s tragedy is converted to the farce at the viewers’ mind. Here, I may say that, when we are watching a comedy, we are not absorbed in but distanced from the subject.

Wim Wenders seems also distanced from the subject. He added nothing to Cisco except the casts, and the odd roles and costumes of the casts make them set apart from the backdrop. So to say, Cisco was positively untouched. I think that’s because Wenders respected the unvarnished Cisco. His respect for Cisco even made him releasing a photo of the Cisco post office[1].

By the way, to all my Rio Grande fan readers, motor coach bound for Elko with flying Rio Grande logo is found in the movie[2]. I wonder where this bus came from.

[1] Sep. 16, 2015 Wall Street Journal;
[2] Internet Movie Cars Database web page;

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