Abram Games, whose real name was Abraham Gamse, was born in Whitechapel, London, in 1914.
His father, Joseph Gamse, a Latvian photographer, changed the family name to Games. For a while Abram Games attended St Martins School of Art in London but, disillusioned by the style of teaching and deterred by the high tuition fees, Abram Games soon left the art school. From 1932 until 1936, Abram Games worked…Continue
After a Steampunk-flavored historic overview and an inevitable "How does it work?" article, it's time to concentrate on pneumatic communications of the Diesel Era and also on the part played by these glorious tubes in fiction, Utopian and… Continue
Look at this poster. Do you see a strange object under the flag?
What's it - a Shinkansen? No, this poster was printed almost three decades before the first Bullet Train, in 1937. The object represents a streamline narrow-gauge steam locomotive No. 5343. It belonged to quite unremarkable C53 class of Japanese…Continue
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He was born in Kherson province. Educated in Cadet Corps and Cavalry Officers School, he entered the ranks in 1908, beginning his service with Belgorod Uhlans. Ironically, the Colonel-in-Chief of his regiment was no other than Franz Josef of Austria and Hungary. After serving in the light… Continue
Horch & Cie. Motorwagenwerke AG was founded by August Horch in 1904. Six years later Horch, who had to leave his first company after a financial conflict, founded another car company,… Continue
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Tuesday, Nov. 26, 1929.
The best example is the tube system in the capital of Czech Republic. The Prague pneumatic post (Pražská potrubní pošta) is the world's last preserved municipal pneumatic post system. It is an underground system of metal tubes under the wider… Continue
There was a lot of action.
And turning the world upside down was so easy:
Purists will call it semi-streamline, but in 1929 its curved shrouding seemed revolutionary. It was built three years before the… Continue
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FWD trucks (here "FWD" is for company name) were not something new for the military: during WWI US Army used a large number of these vehicles. Here's 1917 FWD B-type truck:
Today, a small collection of magazine covers, posters, propaganda and commercial ads, mostly from Paul Malon's wonderful Photostream:…Continue
For any dedicated museum-crawler, the capital of Austria is a true paradise.
Art museums of any kind you like, Military Museum, Technical Museum, world's only Globes Museum... and the Tramway Museum in an old brownstone shed, just five minutes walk from Schlachthausgasse subway station.
In the courtyard there are historic tramcars ready for a sightseeing tour:…
It was envisaged in 17th century by Denis Papin, French physicist and mathematician who also invented the pressure cooker. Two centuries later the idea has been materialized by the Scottish engineer William Murdoch in the 19th century and was later developed by… Continue
"According to "The Golden Years of Trucking" published by the Ontario Trucking Association in 1976, this was a gas-electric four-wheel-drive truck built by the Commercial Motor Vehicle Co. of Windsor, Ontario. It had an electric motor on each wheel, was 20 feet long and had an 81-inch track. The four cylinder engine produced 20 HP. The… Continue
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Gorgeous, isn't it. You're looking at a F7 Hudson Hiawatha on the right and an Atlantic Hiawatha on the left.
Yes, the Milwaukee Road rocket is steaming up for a rapid flight across Wisconsin to your destination in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Aaaa'll aboard!
The steam driven Hiawatha was the signature passenger train for the CM&SP Milwaukee Road…Continue
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He was born in Naples on August 12, 1884. His parents were Don Beniamino Tristano Ruffo di Calabria, 5th Duke of Guardia Lombarda, and Laura Mosselmann du Chenoy, a Belgian noblewoman.
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In 1935, a blue streamline car was built for the British Post Office to promote air mail.
A special fleet of Royal Mail vans was introduced in June 1930 to handle and advertise the new Air Mail service. Special letter boxes were provided in various locations around the UK. Both these boxes and the new vans were painted blue.
Eight Morris Minor vans were introduced for collection duties and…Continue
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11.11. Today, just a few photographs taken in the Military Museum in Vienna.
Let us begin with the assassination that incited the Great War (I believe there would be another casus belli if Franz Ferdinand survived; but he was killed). Archduke's tunic, torn by Gavrilo Princip's bullets, blood-stained:…