Taipei Air Station - 1966 - - - " What you have in the end are memories"......... Photo Courtesy of Richard Reesh.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

A Video Walk Along Chung Shan North Road

Our video tour begins on the corner of Min Quan and Chung Shan North Road.  

We walk along the east side of Chung Shan North Road toward the Grand Hotel.
You will recognize some of the area along the route, the Florida Bakery, St. Christopher Catholic Church,  past the area of the old Linkou Club, and northward along the area of the HSA East Compound.

There are 3 videos in this series.  All were taken earlier this week, 28 September 2010.

 You'll enjoy seeing how the streets look today and hearing the sounds along the sidewalks.
A couple of notes regarding the videos.

I took these in High Definition (HD)  The crispness of the film lets you see what I saw as I walked along the street.  
I used a new camera, a Canon SD4000 IS.  There is some wind noise at times along the way. You might notice a few scenes where the "automatic" focus is taking it's time focusing.

The last video ends unexpectedly, my video card filled-up.
If there's something you would like me to video, drop me a line. 

Video 1 is HERE

Video 2 is HERE
Video 3 is HERE

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Here's Your Guidebook to Taipei Air Station - UP-DATED

Click on the photo for a larger view.

Pete Tinderholt sent in a copy of his 1969 Taipei Air Station Guidebook for posting to our Taipei Air Station Web Site.

Pete worked at Site 4 on Taoyuan Air Base from 1971 through the summer of 1973.

Hope you enjoy looking through it.

You will find the complete copy HERE.

Anyone care to take a shot at guessing the location of guidebook cover photograph?

I don't know, but, I will guess the Grand Hotel.

What's your guess?

ADDED - 22 October 2010

Les Duffin sent over these photographs.  

Les believes the buildings are from the same area of the Grand Hotel as the photo on the cover of the booklet above.



Monday, September 13, 2010

Kids at the Bus Stop UPDATED

Photo courtesy of Ted Baxter, US Army MAAG, USTDC Comm Center

Boys and girls from outside the city, grouped together awaiting the bus for school.

These kids look pretty happy. Maybe they've never seen a foreigner so close-up.

A few boys have shed their shoes for the comfort of walking barefoot.

Reminds me of my 4th grade school days in south Texas when I often came to school barefoot.

It seemed to be the thing to do down in the Rio Grande Valley of south Texas. We even dug up the school grounds to play "keeps" marbles, and no parents were called to bring-in a pair of shoes for Johnny.

The kids of today are missing many of great things we experienced back in the day, as we grew up.

It's come to mind, after I revisited this article,  that I may have erred above when I wrote that some of the boys had shed their shoes for the comfort of walking barefoot. 

I believe, that possibly, these boys had no shoes to wear to school.
I apologize for inferring that these boys were barefoot for the comfort of walking without shoes.  I wrote this post without taking time to examine the times and situation surrounding these children in 1967.  It is quite possible these children were from a rural area where money is often quite scarce.

Nevertheless, the shoeless boys have grown into men and are hopefully leading productive lives today as they head toward their 50th Birthdays....


Sunday, September 12, 2010

Taipei Images of 1965-1966

These photos were taken by Gary Wilson during 1965-1966.
Gary was assigned to Taipei Air Station with duty station at Shihmen.

Take a peek at Gary's Duty Station site here.

(1) Nanking Road as it was called in the 1960s.

(2) Another photo of Nanking Road,

(3) Another Taipei photo. Someone said the building was some type of Taiwan Military Hostel or Hotel facility.

(4) Does anyone recognize where this Taipei photo was taken?

(5) Taipei. My guess - we are looking toward the Main Railroad Station, right or left side of the street?

(6) Gary identified this photograph as Pedi-Haulers.

(7) Here is a group of Military Police or, are they Civilian Police, in Guard Mount formation on their way to change the Guard Posts.

Please leave your Comments below.
If you have a guess on
identifying these old photos,
please refer to them by their number.