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Pinching Pennies


In this image I'm still standing on the platform of the last car on the Grand Canyon Railway
from Williams to the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

Right after we passed this father and 2 sons, I saw them rush to find their smashed pennies.
Did you ever put pennies on the track to get them pinched-smashed-stretched-elongated by a train?


Pinching Pennies


In this image I'm still standing on the platform of the last car on the Grand Canyon Railway
from Williams to the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

Right after we passed this father and 2 sons, I saw them rush to find their smashed pennies.
Did you ever put pennies on the track to get them pinched-smashed-stretched-elongated by a train?


comments (45)

  • Travis
  • United States
  • 9 Dec 2008, 00:25
This one hits home with me, Ginnie. My father and I used to do the exact same thing while hiking along a railroad line through a local park. I don't know if you post-processed, but I love the lighting and the seemingly undersaturated colors.
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Travis....memories. I did NOT do this growing up but have heard about it from everyone else. All I do now is COLLECT smashed pennies from those machines everywhere we go. This particular trip to Sedona we found many! A nice memento for 51-cents!
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 9 Dec 2008, 01:17
Childhood memories of a very long time ago. Didn't think kids did that kind of thing anymore. Love the timeless processing.
Ginnie Hart: I have a feeling kids will do it anywhere or time they can get away with it, Marcie. Kids will be kids. smile I have never done it myself but one day I will. It's a promise to myself! smile
  • FLOOG
  • The valleys of contentment
  • 9 Dec 2008, 04:33
The processing, as always, really brings this wonderful photograph to life on my screen.

A terrific image, Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, dear Paul.
  • Dr A. W!
  • United States
  • 9 Dec 2008, 04:43
nice one gin smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir. smile
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 9 Dec 2008, 04:54
Looks like great family fun. I never did that, though. I guess I'll have to find myself a train... Good tones in this one, Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: I've never done it either, Martin, but I plan to one day before I kick the bucket! As Astrid says, stay away from the train until it goes by. Don't want YOU to be the smashed penny! smile
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 9 Dec 2008, 05:28
This is a wonderful scene...the boys and the father feeling a kid again like I felt when this fabulous picture opened, the colours, the scenery, ontzettend geweldig, mijn lieve vriend.

http://www.nicospilt.com/Hilversumvroeger5.htm
As you know I am from Hilversum, in the link, look at the third picture, the aerial shot from 1924 (!!!!)my grandparents used to live; top picture on the big road, for me as a little girl it was only 1 minute walk/run to the bridge over the railroad track, I used to put pennies on the track, HOT they were when the train had smashed them, I spend many hours on that bridge, spitting down...erm....when I am on a bridge I still have that urge to spit in the water...D: (I must have bumped my head hard when I was a kid)
Thanks for the memory, no need to say I was sad when they removed the bridge.
(I hope Martin knows when he finds a train, to stand back at a few feet.....because of the speed, you are pulled towards the train)
Ginnie Hart: Promise me that we will do this together one day. Maybe when Tracy comes to visit us? I can just see the Three Musketeers acting like kids and getting into trouble. But then, I think you have connections, right, with the railroad people. smile
Can see the forest of pine trees beautiful from the platform. I think the distance with the second child is close enough. But the 2 son and the father is very quiet. Beautiful atmosphere Ginnie. I love it. Regard from Yogyakarta City Indonesia.
Ginnie Hart: I have a feeling you see kids around train tracks all the time, Bram, there in Indonesia. I hope they are careful. For us, this is a part of childhood, smashing pennies, even though it wasn't part of mine. One day I will be a child and I will do this!
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 9 Dec 2008, 06:05
I did indeed thanks for the memory jolt Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: I wish I had this in my own memory, Vintage, but I don't. One day I will. I will finally be the Child I never got to be (this is what often happens to preacher's kids sad ).
  • sherri
  • United States
  • 9 Dec 2008, 06:06
I've never heard of doing that. As much as I love track pics and as good as this one is, there's something unsettling about seeing those young boys on the tracks with the curve right there. I feel like I'm watching a movie and there's a train coming. You probably weren't expecting that reactionsmile
Ginnie Hart: No, Sherri, I didn't expect that. BUT you'd rest better if you knew that this track is only for the train that goes to the Grand Canyon once a day (or the Polar Express that has two trains during this season). So it's not that it has a lot of traffic. Besides, when you see the railroad-crossing there in the background, you know the train will be blowing it's horn to let everyone know it's coming. smile
We used to do this Ginnie: happy memories!
Ginnie Hart: One day I will do it, too, Chris. One day! smile
Yes I have done it many times when I was much younger. Gorgeous shot Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: One day I will do it, too, Richard! smile
  • Liang
  • United States
  • 9 Dec 2008, 07:12
Excellent clear shot! Love how you captured them playing on the railroads!
Ginnie Hart: It was a serendipitous moment for me, Liang. Thanks.
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Dec 2008, 07:12
Not something we did as kids, for the simple reason we did not live near a railway linesmile
Love the tone you have used. The pictures is perfect Ginnie.
Hope you have a good week Musketeersmile
Ginnie Hart: I didn't do it either, Tracy, but only because I was a preacher's kid and never was allowed to do so many things. I wasn't very adventurous back then. But I will more than make up for it now! I told Astrid that when you come to visit us, we will go do it together as the Three Musketeers. smile
  • Brian
  • United States
  • 9 Dec 2008, 07:31
Very nicely shot, captures the essence of youth and curiosity!

How your are doing well!
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Brian. I never did this myself while growing up but I can imagine the memory with my dad. I wish he had done that with me.
Never heard of that one, a well composed pic
Ginnie Hart: Maybe you'll have to find yourself a track, Nigel? smile
Was the train moving? Do you know these people?
I have heard of people putting coins on tracks but have not tried it myself. In Bombay on an average 10 people die everyday in an accident involving a train, thinking about it I feel it wise to stay away from tracks.
Ginnie Hart: I can imagine this would not be safe in your country, Navin! sad But on this track, there is no danger whatsoever, especially when an adult is around. BTW, I love your Love Biscuits! smile
Well done toning again! and yes, whenever I'm in need of smashed-stretched-elongated pennies I use a train! :-D
Ginnie Hart: HA! One day I will do this myself. It's my promise to me. smile Thanks, RS.
Is it alright to do this in America, Ginnie. In the UK it is strictly forbidden.
Ginnie Hart: I'm sure there are some busy places where this is forbidden here, Chad, but out in the boonies, like this place, probably not. Who would ever know, right? smile
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 9 Dec 2008, 09:00
lovely shot Ginnie - it has a nostalgic feel about it. I never heard of people doing that until just the other week when I read about it in my book - strange that it should crop up twice in such a short space of time!
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: I love the synchronicity of your comment, Ingrid! smile
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 9 Dec 2008, 09:18
beautiful processing on this Ginnie. Lovely image. Never did the penny thing.
Ginnie Hart: I've never done it either, Aussie, but one day I will. It's my promise to myself! smile
very nice picture....looks like a memoriable moment in time...i love the details...smile
wish we had some sun here .....sad
hope all is well Ginnie...i been away for a while due to internet issues and moving to our new place...but i'm back...and i've loads to share ....cheers
Ginnie Hart: Share away, Sarina. Good to have you back. Thanks for stopping by again.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 9 Dec 2008, 10:04
Brilliant capture of felon, and proteges, Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: There's a bit of the devil in all of us, Ray. grin
I like this a lot, there is a story behind it to tell...
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Chantal. A story these kids will remember forever!
  • ceanothe
  • United States
  • 9 Dec 2008, 10:24
Traverser les chemins, une belle image symbolique !
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Ceanothe. Lots of memories for these kids, for sure.
Lovely composition. The trees in the background looks like painting.
Ginnie Hart: The whole thing was like a painting for me, Sarthak...etched in my mind.
  • martie
  • United States
  • 9 Dec 2008, 11:47
I love this photo, Ginnie. But I have never heard of doing that with pennies!
Ginnie Hart: Now that you've heard of it, Martie, you'll have to try it some day. Just stand far away when the train comes by. smile
  • Frida
  • Sweden (swe)
  • 9 Dec 2008, 12:05
Beautiful processing Ginnie. I have never tried that, it is a completely new activity to me smile
Ginnie Hart: Maybe you can find an isolated train track some day and try it, Frida. You'll never be the same. smile
  • Rian
  • United States
  • 9 Dec 2008, 12:47
hmm.. haven't heard of this one yet.. actually, other than pennies, if i were a kid, i'd be putting anything on the track to see how it'll look like afterwards.. grin great shot! smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! A true explorer if I ever saw one, Rian. Go for it! smile
Lovely landscape and fascinating capture Ginnie. I've heard of this before, the soft copper flattens out nicely, never tried it before. Maybe one day. However, railroad tracks make me nervous. Hopefully, this father will keep a close eye on his two precious children.
Ginnie Hart: Some railroad tracks would make me nervous, too, John, but NOT this one. It was way out in the boonies and I'm guessing it's the highlight of the day when THIS train passes, going to and from the Grand Canyon! smile Go find you one of those tracks and JUST DO IT. smile
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 9 Dec 2008, 12:57
Used to drop mine in acid in the chemistry lab at school to get them cleaned. Slightly less dangerous than playing on train lines!

Like the panoramoic framing, invokes the wide open spaces, even though the view is enclosed by trees.
Ginnie Hart: Now think of what that CLEAN penny would look like smashed, Mike. So shiny. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 9 Dec 2008, 13:11
Oh, yes, Like in GB also in Germany it is forbidden (especially after some accidents caused by things which were laid on the rails) - but I can imagine, that it is a fun for little and great kids like us! In the Libeskind Jewish Museum in Berlin there is a special machine in order to pinch/ elongate pennies with a special print (head of Moses Medelssohn), and I carry this penny always with me in my portemonnaie, it is told to bring luck! Maybe that the boys are fishing quite more luck?
Ginnie Hart: If it is forbidden here in the States, Philine, I have never heard of it. Hmmm. Makes me wonder. Those machines that smash pennies for you with their special designs are collector's items, and I have several of them from everywhere we go. I have even thought how fun it would be to own a machine if we were in a place that was a tourist trap. smile
  • Thomas
  • India
  • 9 Dec 2008, 13:15
That's a cute moment very well captured Ginnie. I enjoy watching your images since they bring a smile or a tear most of the times
Ginnie Hart: You have made my day, Thomas. Thank you!
  • david
  • columbus, ohio
  • 9 Dec 2008, 14:24
nope...but i will now smile
Ginnie Hart: Believe it or not, David, I've never done it either but one day I will! I just need a partner in crime to go with me. smile
New one on me Ginnie. Here they play chicken by running in front of an express train.
Ginnie Hart: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. That's NOT what I want to hear. (sigh) Whatever happened to the good ol' days of having good, clean fun!
Well caught shot Ginnie, I remember doing the penny thing when I was a youngster. If my Dad had caught me I probably would have had a sore bum!
Ginnie Hart: Really, Brian? Too bad. He could have gone with you and taught you how to be safe, right?
  • namaki
  • France
  • 9 Dec 2008, 17:10
That's a very nice scene ! you are a great reporter ! ;-)
Ginnie Hart: And you're a sweetheart, Namaki! Thank you.
  • rags
  • United States
  • 9 Dec 2008, 18:30
Wow. That is a cool thing for a father to do with his sons.
Ginnie Hart: I totally agree, Kanyi. I wish my dad had done it with me, his daughter!
I did it back at the age of eleven and I live in England ... Totally mad but great fun ... it all happened for me in the halcyon days of the 50's.
Good memories Ginnie. richard
Ginnie Hart: I wish I had done it back then, Richard. It's something I plan to do before I die!
Tracks make such a good theme. Great shot , I love the tones Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: When I see tracks like this, Albert, I think of all the hard work it must have been back then to build them, especially through country like this!
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 9 Dec 2008, 22:16
Errm, yes, I used to put pennies on the railway track. Offspring don't believe anybody would ever do such a thing
Ginnie Hart: I love how reversed this is, Ellie. grin
Another fine work ! Thumbs up !
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Zeb!
  • klaus
  • Germany
  • 10 Dec 2008, 14:01
Ginnie, you're simply awesome .. you have a very good photographic eye and a very good feeling for the dimensions of space. That's realy pure magic
Ginnie Hart: You always know how to make my day, Klaus. I wish you could be my marketing agent. smile
A strange sensation has always produced me to cross by the routes of the train! I shake! I like the crop!
Ginnie Hart: The ecstasy and the fright, José Angel! Both.
  • Ilger.nl
  • Netherlands
  • 10 Dec 2008, 20:06
Don't know why but if I see these type of pictures (railway track with people walking near or on the track) I get some ache in my stomach.

Over here in 'your' country (tongue) you often hear or read the most awefull stories of accidents with complete families at places like these. 99% of the time they're not able to tell what they were thinking.

Sorry, for this sad posting but that is what popped into my mind seeing this one.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, I'm so sure that there are so many sad stories involving trains, Ilger. Even in my family a cousin-in-law committed suicide by stepping in front of one. But that is not my usual thought. Let's think of happier stories!
  • Cliff
  • Germany
  • 17 Dec 2008, 23:08
Sorry, I did not have that much time earlier this day. Love the picture. I did it once in Lisbon. But with the tram. It's soooo cool as a child.
Ginnie Hart: I know there can be danger in doing this, Cliff, but in these areas away from busy traffic, it's fun and idyllic. So glad you have your memories.

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