Ogerita

Here’s something completely different.

This is the Ogerita, a gas electric trolley car that ran on the Missouri and Kansas Interurban Railway, known as the Strang Line, from 1906-1908.  The railroad was owned by William B. Strang Jr., a land developer in Johnson County, KS.  The car was named after his niece.

This image was created in Adobe Illustrator using historic black and white photos as references.  (Thank you to the Overland Park Historical Society for those reference images.)  Period news clippings mention at the railroad painted their trolleys vermilion, so that’s the color I used.  I also consulted David Holland, an amateur railroad historian and my father, for additional references and explanations of how it all looked.  (Thanks, Dad.  I finally drew a train car like you’ve been wanting me to do for years.)

A print can be purchased here.

Ogerita
Edit:  I had previously stated the car was named after his wife.  It was actually named after his niece.

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Stolen Bumper Sticker

Someone pulled a bumper sticker off my car while it was in a parking lot.  How rude!  However, I’m not sure it had the effect that the person intended.

As you may have guessed, it was a political bumper sticker.  Nothing offensive. It was just an old Obama 2008 sticker.

See what you made me buy, Mr. Bumper Sticker Thief?

I can only assume that some conservative Republican pulled it off because they don’t like Obama.  But let’s think about this for a minute.  If you pull a bumper sticker off my car, then I have to replace it.  In the case of an Obama sticker, that means paying Obama’s campaign fund to send me a new one.  Which means that, because of this person’s actions, I just donated five dollars to Obama’s re-election campaign which I otherwise would not have.  I can only speculate that this was not the result that this person was going for.

As a side note, I also had a Darwin fish magnet on my car which they didn’t even touch, which puzzles me.  I always thought that was far more offensive than the Obama one.  After all, the campaign sticker just supports the Democratic candidate.  The Darwin fish insults Creationists.

People are strange.