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Dieter Marquardt's Article – July 2011 Archive (9)

The many lives of Ignatius Trebitsch-Lincoln

Hungarian Jewish adventurer Ignatius Trebitsch-Lincoln (4 April 1879 - 4 October 1943) lived many lives. He had the ability to talk himself into virtually any situation, and into any company. No surprise that some call him the greatest impostor of…


Added by Dieter Marquardt on July 28, 2011 at 5:41am — 3 Comments

Exhibition of the "Photographic Society in Vienna 1861-1945" in the Viennese "Albertina"

A great photographic exhibition just started in the Albertina in Vienna, Austria. Presenting about 260 outstanding examples of Austrian photography dating from before 1945, the exhibition in the Albertina sheds light on both the range and quality of the pictures produced by the Photographic Society’s members. Exhibits from the fields of art, science, and innovative applications of commercial photography convey a fascinating impression of the paths leading into today’s flood of…


Added by Dieter Marquardt on July 26, 2011 at 12:00pm — 5 Comments

Strandbad Posters

With my vacation starting tomorrow I thought I share some traditional posters with you, all of so-called “Strandbäder”, a lido or literally a “beach pool”. The term refers to the sand in which you could relax even if the actual beaches of the Mediterranean were hundreds of miles away. The Strandbad tradition really started with the beginning of the 20th century and was popular across Europe.

I wish everyone fantastic holidays!



Added by Dieter Marquardt on July 20, 2011 at 3:30am — No Comments

Dudok's Hilversum Town Hall

The town hall (stadshuis) of Hilversum in 1934.


Architect Willem Marinus Dudok (1884-1974) designed the town hall of Hilversum in 1924. It was built from 1928 and opened in 1931. It is considered his most important work (more on Dudok here).



Added by Dieter Marquardt on July 16, 2011 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

"News of the World" in the Dieselpunk era

The phone-hacking scandal around the English Sunday paper News of the World has dominated the news of the last week. Owner and media giant Rupert Murdoch pulled the plug as a result and publication of the paper with a history of 168 years and 8,674 editions ceased last Sunday.


The paper was first published on 1 October 1843 and held the title of being the newspaper with the largest circulation in the world. Its mission as defined at its launch in 1843 has been followed…


Added by Dieter Marquardt on July 15, 2011 at 3:36am — 2 Comments

Comic Art: Detective Dick Bos

Although the comic strip Dick Bos, a pipe-smoking detective with expert skills in Jiu-Jitsu, was never widely known or famous outside his country of origin, The Netherlands, I believe he deserves an article in this community. For two reasons.

Firstly, it does not happen very often that the life of a comic artist outshines the adventures of his…


Added by Dieter Marquardt on July 12, 2011 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

50 years ago

I know. I am a week late. And there is no excuse for it. (Although I have not seen anyone else here comment on the event that took place exactly 50 years ago either).

In the night from Friday 1 July to 2 July, a Nobel-prize awarded writer stepped out of bed, went down the stairs to the basement storage room, fetched a two-barreled shotgun, inserted two shells.. – the rest is history. There could not have been any other ending to Ernest Hemingway’s life. A life worth remembering, for…


Added by Dieter Marquardt on July 10, 2011 at 2:46am — 4 Comments

Speed Girls: the Bugatti Queen

Studying the life of Hellé Nice, the Bugatti Queen, is like reading a novel. A quite unrealistic novel that is. Such are the twists and turns, the steep rise and deep fall, that hardly any writer could dream it up.

Hellé Nice in an undated photograph (Jean-Pierre Poiter, Chelles, France/Random House)

Hellé Nice was born as Helene Delangle near Chartres as daughter of a postmaster, moved to Paris as teenager, posed for naughty photographs sold to…


Added by Dieter Marquardt on July 9, 2011 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Le Tour in the 1930s

July is traditionally the month of the Tour de France. Reason enough to look back at the heros of the road in the 1930s, at a time when roads were predominantly dirt tracks, derailleur use wasn't allowed and competitors carried their spare tire wrapped around their shoulders. And of course a time of style and fashion (when will somebody feature more sports fashion on Dieselpunks?).


The 1930s saw further…


Added by Dieter Marquardt on July 6, 2011 at 2:42pm — 3 Comments

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