During this stupidity now going on in our country, I find myself looking into the past, to get away from all this stuff. I truly enjoy looking at the old pictures in vintage S&T magazines, of people who were into Astronomy, either as a hobby, or it being their occupation. From my magazines, and especially the earliest ones, say from 1948 up to the 60's ( these are the ones I like the best ) I see many article pictures that I wish I could go back and be a part of.
Seeing pictures of groups getting ready for lunar eclipse, or a solar eclipse, and see the excitement on their faces. The places they would go to, quiet places, old time houses and barns etc all around. The darker skies. And seeing the older vintage telescopes that they are so proud of, and it just brings back good feelings that I would say that many old timers will never see again.
How exciting it must be for being back in the 50's, having an Edmund telescope, being camped out in a very rural area with others who have their vintage scopes, waiting for a solar eclipse, or a bright comet, or a lunar eclipse.
The 1948 January issue has the 200 inch Palomar mirror being hauled up the mountain by an old diesel semi, with two semis behind pushing, and one man standing on top of the crate that the mirror was in. I know he must have been really excited, along with many others who were involved.
There are several articles about some colleges having small observatories being built for the students, and showing the students standing and looking at the construction with anticipation. Then there are many pictures from all over the country, showing observing groups, where they observe from etc. There are pictures of some people who we have later bought scopes from, who are at old Star parties. One of the best ones has an article about Roger Tuthill, when he was very young, and his big telescope he made for one of the star parties. Then Mr Dankin's telescope that he made.
There are so many good reading articles about space exploration, the unknowns about life on Mars,
so much anticipation that we older ones grew up with.
So this is how I unwind from the tensions that have over taken this country from every angle. Get your old books out, try to remember the good old days, and keep your vintage scopes to help you along. I guess I just want to go back, but knowing that is impossible, I will do the next best thing , get out the vintage books and get deep into the past.