Wilson Elliott was 18 when he was shot down while on his 23rd mission in Germany during WWII.
There were 10 crewmen aboard the B-17 Bomber “Banshee”; five of them lost their lives on this day, April 17, 1943. The rest became Prisoners of War. This was the aircraft and crew which got worldwide attention after destroying 6 German planes in 12 minutes in an air battle on its 6th mission over German targets in 1942.
You know what the three most exciting sounds in the world are?
Anchor chains, plane motors, and train whistles.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
It's a Wonderful Life has been a staple of cinema since it was first shown in 1946. Starring a "pay it forward" Jimmy Stewart and a hot young Donna Reed, It's a Wonderful Life tells the story of a small man in a small town with big dreams and a bigger heart. Jimmy Stewart… Continue
“We pointed out again and again that the issue is not just one of wages and hours, but of ownership and of the dignity of man. It is not State ownership toward which we are working, although we believe that some industries should be run by the government for the common good, it is a more widespread ownership through cooperative ownership.”
~ Dorothy Day, 1939
Added by Larry on December 21, 2009 at 8:36pm —
My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.
In the 1930s there was little transportation more prestigious than the Lancia Astura*.
Unlike the Alfa Romeo 2.9 which was Italy’s premier pre-war sports car, the Lancia Astura was more luxurious and featured formal bodywork. Lancia paid close attention to luxury by including a smooth running engine, hydraulic brakes and a centralized lubrication system.
The Astura was built alongside the Artena. Both used a similar… Continue
Humphrey Bogart's 110th birthday is coming up on the 25th and I'm planning to have a Casablanca party with my friends.
Is anyone here doing anything special to celebrate?
The son of a moderately wealthy Manhattan surgeon and a famed magazine illustrator, Humphrey DeForest Bogart was educated at Trinity School, New York City, sent to Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, in preparation for medical studies at Yale. He was expelled from Phillips… Continue
The heavy cruiser was a type of cruiser, a naval warship designed for long range, capable of high speed and possessing a powerful main battery of 203mm (8-in) guns.
The Washington Naval Treaty of 1921 introduced very strict limits on the construction of battleships and battlecruisers, defined as warships of more than 10,000 tons standard displacement or with armament of a calibre greater than eight inches (203 mm). The limit was set with… Continue
Added by lord_k on December 12, 2009 at 6:30am —
The Johnson Administration Building, begun the same year as the Kaufrnann House, inaugurated a new phase in Wright's style and introduced an original solution to the design of the modern workplace. As in his Larkin Building in Buffalo, Wright's goal in Racine was to seal off the interior from the surrounding industrial environment and provide a work space that was, as he said, "as inspiring a place to work in… Continue
The 1920s were difficult for Wright, who turned sixty in 1927. He had few major commissions, resulting in financial hardships, underwent a difficult divorce, and subsequently remarried. He spent time lecturing and writing his autobiography, and in 1932 he began a fellowship for apprentices at Taliesin, his home in Spring Green, Wisconsin. Despite these numerous setbacks and activities, Wright was… Continue
Looking back I realize that my love for retro-future was sparked early on my my mother who has long passed away. As a senior in high school she was the art director for her school yearbook. Since it was 1958 the excitement was over the start of the space race. So she created several drawings, which I thought I would share here. I apologize for the quality of the scans since these are taken from her yearbook so most of these have writings on the images.…
Many critics consider Frank Lloyd Wright to have been the greatest American architect of his time; certainly few would dispute the claim that he was the greatest designer of residential architecture. To see a Wright-designed building dating from the first decade of the 20th century is… Continue
Added by Tome Wilson on December 9, 2009 at 5:00pm —
The idea of railway guns appears to have been first suggested in the 1860s by a Mr Anderson, who published a pamphlet in the United Kingdom titled National Defence in which he proposed a plan of ironclad railway carriages.
A Russian, Lebedev, claimed to have first invented the idea in 1860 when he is reported to have mounted a mortar on a railway car. The first railway gun used in combat was a banded 32-pounder Brooke naval rifle mounted… Continue
After dropping my wife off at work this morning on the way home (I'm taking a little time off) I finally got a glimpse of the new train stop outside the grounds of the Texas State Fair Grounds in Dallas. I couldn't help but notice the Art Deco style that they used. It blends nicely in the Art Deco of the fair grounds.