This is the California Museum of Photography in Riverside, California. The museum that is operated by the University of California Riverside fronts on the Main Street pedestrian mall. I have not done any research in to the sculpture that stands in front of the museum, but what I see in it is a human eye looking through a camera view finder, or is it a bowling ball coming through a television screen?
Mitch the Witch II’s current home is the Palm Springs Air Museum, where it is a part of the collection that is still flown. The B-25 manufactured by North American Aviation was a medium bomber developed in 1940 and deployed in 1941; 9,984 B-25’s were eventually built. The B-25 first gained fame as the bomber used in the 18 April 1942 Doolittle Raid, in which 16 B-25Bs led by the legendary Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Doolittle attacked mainland Japan, four months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. On Saturday, 28 July 1945, at 0940 (while flying in thick fog), a USAAF B-25D crashed into the north side of the Empire State Building, hitting between the 79th and 80th floor. 14 people were killed — 11 in the building, along with Colonel William Smith and the other two occupants of the bomber. Betty Lou Oliver, an elevator attendant, survived the impact and a subsequent uncontrolled descent with the elevator. It was partly because of this incident that Towers 1 and 2 of the World Trade Center were designed to withstand the impact of a Boeing 707 aircraft (though the planes that hit the towers on September 11, 2001 had significantly higher masses and were traveling at substantially higher speeds). (Source: Wikipedia.)
North American B-25J Mitchell, N8163H Mitch the Witch II was delivered to the Army Air Corps as 44-86747. It is restored as B-25C 42-87293. Its construction number is 108-47501. After the war, it was converted to a TB-25N trainer. The Air Force retired it in 1958 and stored it at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Alton C. Mosley of Fairbanks, Alaska gave it its current registration on May 4, 1959. In July 1959 it was converted to a fire fighting tanker with a 2,000-gallon retardent tank. Merric Inc of Anchorage, Alaska bought it in April 1961 and sold it to RJD Corporation of Fairbanks in February 1965. Aero Retardant of Fairbanks bought it in April 1967 and operated it as tanker #7. Noel M. Wien of Anchorage, Alaska bought it in February 1977 ands sold it to the Planes of Fame Air Museum of Chino, California in 1978. Robert Pond and Planes Of Fame East of Spring Park, Minnesota bought it in March 1986. It has been part of the collection of the Palm Springs Air Museum since 1997. It flew as the Ruptured Duck in the movie Pearl Harbor. (Source: Air & Space.)
Returning to Chino for an installment of the Another Time series, this is the view from the corner of 6th & D Streets, looking northwest at the anchor structure of the block, the former First National Bank of Chino. The original bank structure on this site was erected in 1904 and it was replaced by this structure which was built in 1924 under the supervision of the Pasadena based architectural firm Marston, Van Pelt and Maybury. The only other structure still known (in my research) to exist that is attributed to Marston, Van Pelt and Maybury is a mansion in the San Rafael hills neighborhood of Pasadena.
In 1905 A.P. Giannini founded the precursor of the Bank of America, the Bank of Italy in San Francisco. Giannini was the banker who invented the concept of branch banking. In the early years of banking in California and in the United States banks were prohibited by law from having multiple branches. Giannini and others would get around these regulations by merging banks and operating them under holding companies. S0me time later Giannini merged the First National Bank of Chino with his Bank of Italy through his holding company and commissioned the 1924 construction of the First National Bank building which still stands today. In 1930 Giannini renamed his bank holdings Bank of America, after merging his original holdings with the Bank of America in Los Angeles in 1928. The “First National Bank” that is carved in to the pediments of the building, likely was obscured and replaced by “Bank of America” signage during that era.
Later in the 20th century Bank of America erected a new banking building three blocks away, at the corner of C Street & Central Avenue, vacating the 6th & D street building. The bank branch at C Street & Central Avenue was eventually closed by Bank of America during a consolidation of branches and that building now houses. In 2000 this building was re-opened as the Chaffee College, Chino Education Center.
The original First National Bank building changed hands after the bank left it and at one point it served as a component of a local hardware store that was operating in adjacent buildings on the block. In 1996 the city of Chino became interested in the building, eventually acquired it, rehabilitated it, including seismic retrofitting and opened the building as the Chino Youth Museum on December 12, 1999. If you look closely you will see what looks like a small boy scaling the corner of the building, somehow I don’t think any bankers had that in mind when the building was constructed.
As in other images in this series after HDR processing I converted the image to black and white using Silver Efex Pro 2, burned in some of the shadow areas, sepia toned the image, applied a filter to emulate Kodak Plus-X film and burned the borders to give it a vintage look. I can imagine a “tin Lizzy” parked in front of the building,
A hat tip goes to Al McCombs of the Chino Champion for contributing to this post with some of his knowledge of local history.
In addition to aircraft in varying states of repair, the Planes of Fame museum collection at the Chino Airport, Chino, California includes various mechanized vehicles of the ground hugging kind. Walter The Warthog appears to be an M3 /M5 (Stuart) Light Tank, on his starboard side is a verified M4 (Sherman) Tank that is still fully functional. The M3 was manufactured in the United States and used two Cadillac radial motors, it’s main gun was a 37mm cannon and it also had five Browning .30-06 machine guns. The Stuart tank was first used by the British in World War II and they nicknamed it “Stuart” after the U.S. Confederate General J.E.B. Stewart. The M3 was the first tank used by United States forces in World War II in tank to tank warfare. 22,743 of these tanks were produced by the United States.
A medium tank, the M4 (Sherman), so nicknamed by the British after Union General William Tecumseh Sherman, was the primary tank deployed by the United States during World War II, and was also distributed by the United States to its allies, the British and Russians. The M4 was equipped with a 75mm cannon as its main gun and the tank crew was able to fire this gun with reasonable accuracy while the tank was moving. 58,000 of these tanks were ultimately deployed.
I got more practice using my exposure correcting, color correcting and tone mapping skills with the Control Points in the Nik tool kit and in the case of this image also tested the effect of using a sharpening tool on the original raw images and then a sharpening tool on the final images prior to .JPG conversion from .TIF. Sharpness is one of my obsessions.
The aircraft in the foreground is a Boeing P26A “Peashooter”, this is a fully functional (and still flying) former military aircraft in the collection of the Planes of Fame (air) Museum located at the Chino Airport, Chino, California. The Peashooter was developed in 1932 and was the first all metal, monoplane pursuit fighter placed in to service by the United States Army Air Corps.
The thin red “line” that seems to be bisecting the fuselage at the mid-point in this image is actually an aircraft warning flag attached to the leading edge of the wing (not an aberration in the image file).
I am not actually happy with the sharpness of this image. I seemed to be having some focus issues while on this shoot, I believe I need to improve my skills with the autofocus function in the camera, insuring that I lock it on the correct focus points.