The locals use to call this style 'Bauhaus', ignoring the fact that a vast majority of architects who worked there in the 1920s-1950s hadn't come from Dessau. In fact, this concentration is a result of joint effort of a very different architects, most of them with an Eastern… Continue
It shows us how different the cityscape may look in different hours and seasons:
Samuel Gottscho acquired his first camera in 1896. From 1896 to 1920 he photographed part… Continue
1929 Lagonda 14/50 Two-Litre
This network is a success, so far so good. Not a 'fantastic success story', but an indisputable success, thanks to Tome. He succeeded in creating a friendly,… Continue
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Toys? State-of-art models? No, real red doubledeckers under one roof with the green ones, as well as trams, trolleybuses, taxicabs and subway trains.
London Transport Museum in Covent Garden is a proud owner of great vehicles and also possesses a vast image archive, available online.
Let us see some pictures from the interwar era:…
Arthur Radebaugh (1906-1974) was a top-notch commercial illustrator who worked for companies as diverse as Chrysler and Coca-Cola.
He was based in Detroit from the 1930s to 1960s, and much of his work anticipated design revolutions in the automotive and other industries. He once described his work as "halfway between science fiction and designs for modern living."
Radebaugh settled long-term roots in Detroit. He drew ads for major…Continue
Yes, this is the first brainchild of Victor Hasselblad, made in the 1940s for the Swedish Air Force. It took only a few steps to transform this spartan device into a camera that will conquer the Moon.
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One of the Diesel Era symbols is the aircraft carrier, born during the Great War to become the most important warship class of the next war.
This is USS Langley, CV-1, the first aircraft carrier of the US Navy. Converted from the collier Jupiter in 1922, she entered service just when the British rapidly expanded their carrier fleet. The very first carrier, HMS Ark Royal, was converted from a merchant ship in 1914. She…Continue
Some of them are formal, but the artist's unique manner is easily recognizable - especially when he makes a switch from portraits to machinery or manages to merge different subjects into one powerful piece. Let us begin with the wartime cover with Admiral Doenitz (notice the… Continue
Gasification was an important and familiar 19th and early 20th century technology, and its potential and practical applicability to internal combustion engines were well-understood from the earliest days of their development. Town gas was produced from coal as a local business, mainly for lighting… Continue
He settled in Paris in 1961 and continued work as a fashion photographer. His works appeared in magazines including, most significantly, French Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. He established a particular style marked by erotic, stylised scenes. A heart attack in 1970 slowed his output… Continue
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The Schienenzeppelin or rail zeppelin was an experimental railcar which resembles a zeppelin airship in appearance. It was designed and developed by the German aircraft engineer Franz Kruckenberg in 1929.Continue
Postwar commercial illustrations of Boris Artzybasheff together with his pictures from As I See serve a proof not only of the author's skills but also of our feelings towards the machines. We tend to see them as 'beings' - almost… Continue
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The most famous camera ever manufactured by Franke & Heidecke (Braunschweig, Germany) introduced the innovative twin-lens reflex scheme: its bright upper lens was used for viewing/focusing and the coupled lower one for… Continue
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In 1932 Ettore Bugatti started his most successful project - the Autorail. He designed a railcar capable of doing 200 km/h on standard gauge.
The 'heart' of the design was 12,5 liter 8-cylinders twin-carburetor 200 h.p. petrol engine. The same engine that moved the magnificent Type…Continue
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Purchased at the fortieth anniversary of company founding by Dunlop Rubber in 1928 for tyre test and publicity purposes. Originally furnished with sidecar and pictured in 'The Dunlop Story' by James McMillan.Continue
And there are some other cars, too. Can you name their country of origin?
And don't forget that Boris Artzybasheff was an expert advisor to the U.S. Department of State, Psychological Warfare Branch during WWII. So let's take a look:…
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This article was published in the May 8th issue of Collier’s Magazine. Let's listen to the author, W. B. Courtney, who crossed the Atlantic on board of… Continue
The London Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) introduced a number of railcars to service between 1933 and 1939. They were mainly single units but one was a three-car articulated set.
This was a three-car articulated railcar which was outshopped from Derby Carriage and Wagon Works in 1939. The cars were numbered 80000, 80001 and 80002. The streamlined three-car train was a single articulated unit; the two outer coaches were each 64ft long and rested on a centre coach that…Continue