I discovered the remains of a book of Belgian graphic designer Joris Minne as I strolled over an antiques market in the Belgian city of Antwerp. The pages showed modernist wood cuts of Antwerp in the 1930s, striking graphical work in black and white.
Joris Minne (Oostende, 1897 – Antwerpen, 1988) belonged to an artistic group called the “big five” ("De grote vijf"), together with Jan Cantré, Jozef Cantré, Henri van Straten and Frans Masereel who formed after WWI.
I found the…Continue
Hail the minor powers! Their aces probably achieved less than von Richthoffen (or Ball, or Guynemer, or "Billy" Bishop) but their bravery should be remembered.Continue
In 1939, many European powers could boast a fighter plane equal or even superior to the German Bf 109. And Belgium was no exception.
Alas, superiority was achieved mostly on paper. In fact, "wonderfighters" designed in Poland and Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia and Netherlands were either unfledged, or produced in insufficient numbers, or both. And Belgium, again, was no exception.…Continue
For more than two years, we all but ignored an event of tremendous significance. It's time to mend our ways.
A quote from The Art Deco Exposition by Arthur Chandler: "The Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes was supposed to bring together the…Continue
This Thursday, our hero is a pilot who hadn't much luck fighting enemy planes but scored a respectable number of victories downing enemy lighter-than-air aircraft.
Coppens, who was born on 6 July 1892 in Watermaal-Bosvoorde,…Continue
Today we honor a small country with great automotive industries.
Yes, Belgium, the homeland of Philip Vandenberg, can be proud not only of its excellent breweries and chocolate factories but also of the automobile works (which in many cases were subsidiaries of arms and armament companies). Let's see some military vehicles from Diesel Era:
A Brussels company belonging to Brossel…Continue
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When it comes to the FN MAG, nicknamed 'Gimpy' by the Brits and the Israelis wielding it are known as' Magists,' excellence means longevity on the battlefield. And after decades of vehicle mounting, even the United States got around to adopting the FN MAG for ground troops. When put up against more modern medium machine…Continue
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Today, a brand-new car, techlogically advanced, environment-friendly - and heavily influenced by the Diesel Era aesthetics.
It's called Impéria GP, reviving a well-respected name (see below). The concept, announced in 2008, was finally presented in Bruxelles last February. The exterior styling of the car is based on classic British sports cars, similar to what Wiesmann and Morgan are doing; under the classic shell is all-new state of the art…Continue
Edmond Thieffry (1892–1929) was a Belgian First World War air ace and aviation pioneer.
Thieffry was born in Etterbeek, a municipality of Brussels, and went on to study law in Leuven (hence his nickname "The Flying Judge"). After qualifying he was conscripted into the Belgian Army, joining the 10th Regiment in 1913. At the start of the First World War he saw service as a staff attaché to General Leman, but was captured by the Germans. He escaped on a stolen…Continue
A class of six Atlantics (Class 12) was introduced in May 1939 by SNCB, the state Belgian railways, to haul trains from Brussels to Ostend – 70.8 miles – in one hour exactly, with a 60 second stop in Bruges. They were designed by Raoul Notesse and modeled after 4-4-4 Canadian Pacific locomotives (minus one axle). Mr. Notesse delivered a light, sound and rather conservative design, mostly ignoring American and French innovations of the time.…Continue
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Four members of Belgium's air force, 37 pilots strong when the War began, rest beside their French-designed Farman HF20 biplace in October 1914.
Though pushed to the sea by Germany's opening onslaught, the Belgians fought on. Fernand Jacquet, second from left, scored his nation's first air…Continue
The Lewis Gun, dubbed the ‘Belgian Rattlesnake’ by the Kaiser’s forces, was a revolutionary gas-operated light machine gun fielded during the Great War. Notably, the Lewis was credited with being the first weapon to shoot down a Zeppelin during the War to End All Wars.
Oh and if you’ve ever seen Star Wars, then you’ve seen the Lewis Gun. Totted around Mos Eisley by…Continue
Hélène Dutrieu was born on 10 July 1877 in Tournai, Belgium, the daughter of a Belgian Army officer. She left school at the age of 14 to earn a living. Dutrieu became a professional track cyclist racing for the Simpson Lever Chain team. In 1895 she gained the women's world record for distance cycled in one hour. In 1897 and 1898 she won the women's speed track cycling world championship in Ostend, Belgium, and earned the nickname "La Flèche Humaine"…Continue
In the 1930s, a trio of diesel-electric ferries was built at the Cockerill Yards Hoboken for the Belgian Maritime Transport Authority (RMT). They were named after the children of Leopold III - Prince Baudouin, Prince Albert and Prince Philippe.Continue
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