Details that define the era modeled

slynch Apr 29, 2000

  1. slynch

    slynch E-Mail Bounces

    Received a couple of the Classic Minature Woody cars. Neat item, and certainly places a layout in the late 40's -50's. Same as a 65 Mustang or a model-T sets the tone for the time era. Esso signs, Movie poster ads, and antennas do this quickly also as an example.

    What other items do you use to do this? Removable details (like cars) and common items fire plugs in red/yellow, no zip codes, blue post office drop boxes, etc.. The boxcars we use and corporate buildings (Mac Arches for example) are stand outs. I am asking about the every day items. Milk Man truck, newspaper boy, cop on the beat, coal delivery to a house, etc.

    Regards, Steve

  2. LnNrr

    LnNrr Guest

    Oh, there's SO many! Example, no billboards
    for Packards if you have an Edsel on your
    layout. Yellow stop signs were of one era
    and green highways signs are of another,
    almost no overlap. In an urban area, trolley
    tracks in the streets are a time tip-off.
    And if the main streets show no tracks but
    cross streets have tracks with filled-in
    flangeways would say 50s in many cities.
    And filling stations change. Not to mention
    that the companies change regionally.
    No SOCONY stations in the South, for example.
    The lenght of womens dresses and whether
    men are wearing hats is an era change.
    Taxicabs, no Checker Metropolitans before
    the 50s. Wooden phone booths disappeared
    about then as well.
    Crossing guard shanties are a relic
    of the first half of the 20th century, with
    hand signs or manual crossing gates.
    Semaphore signals rarely saw a diesel, and
    the lower quadrant signals largely went away
    in the 20s and 30s. Some few manual
    interlocking plants lasted into the 60s. FEW.
    Drive-in movies, theaters advertising
    "AIR CONDITIONED", and signs painted
    directly on brick walls all signal an era.
    Out houses were in most cities at one time,
    but retreated to the suburbs and lastly in
    small towns and on farms.
    Wires. From the 'teens through into the
    50s most of our cities were massive webs
    of electric wires, telephone wires,
    telegraph wires, etc. Once the phone cos
    started laying underground, a lot of that
    Enough for now, but that only scratches
    the surface.

  3. StickyMonk

    StickyMonk Staff Member

    i dont know about removable items but i recently changed eras from 1992 to 2000 and even though its only 8 years it means i have to remove all the rotary beacons of my BN locos and move the horns off the cab which means i got lots of nice holes to fill in....

    wheres all the C636's????
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