Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Mystery History

Where are we? And what's happening?

The first person to guess correctly will win a fabulous prize!

I'll have the full scoop on Thursday.


Mister Earl said...

It's the "Hookah Smokin' Caterpiller" hookah pipe factory, circa 1948. Ahead of its time.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

Herbert Hoovers son Herbert Hoover Junior at his company Consolidated Electrodynamics Corporation.
He's working on a discovery which led to the use of Mass Spectrometers in soil analysis for the
oil industry; Circa 1937.

says so on the plaque over at Tommys Burgers on Hill

Margaret said...

I was going to say somebody or another at Cal Tech, but PA sounds so authoritative.

Cafe Observer said...

PA always sounds so authoritative - yes sir! So, I'm not gonna question authority. Although, she's in a tight race with Mr Earl.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

It could be Jack Parson working on rocket fuel at

a. Cal Tech

b. Orange Grove


Bellis said...
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Bellis said...

I've recused myself because I'm in Holland, but if none of you get the answer by the deadline, I may just go for another biro. Karin keeps taking mine.

L Barlow, AIA said...

Looks like an outtake from Metropolis by Georgio Moroder. Here's the mashup from Queen:

Petrea said...

Wait. PA, you guessed twice? Your first answer was so good.

It's not Jack Parsons. He was dashing, dark and handsome.

Bellis, don't wait too long. You may be forced to win this one.

Bellis said...

I like the idea of Jack Parsons, but I think this is the Dutch chemist Arie Haagen-Smit (not to be confused with Haagen-Dazs) in his lab at Caltech.