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Lord_k's Article – January 2010 Archive (8)

Paper Weapon

John Heartfield (19 June 1891 – 26 April 1968) is the anglicized name of the German photomontage artist Helmut Herzfeld. He chose to call himself Heartfield in 1916, to criticize the rabid nationalism and anti-British sentiment prevalent in Germany during World War I.

In 1918 Heartfield began at the Berlin Dada scene, and the Communist Party of Germany. He was dismissed from the Reichswehr film service on account of his support for… Continue

Added by lord_k on January 31, 2010 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

László Moholy-Nagy: The Pursuit of Vision

Moholy-Nagy (1895 – 1946) was a Jewish-Hungarian painter and photographer as well as professor in the Bauhaus school. He was highly influenced by constructivism and a strong advocate of the integration of technology and industry into the arts.

He was born László Weisz. His cousin was the conductor Sir Georg Solti. He attended Gymnasium (academic high school) in the city of Szeged. He changed his German-Jewish surname to the Magyar surname of… Continue

Added by lord_k on January 30, 2010 at 7:00am — No Comments

Lord K's Garage - #22. SWANDEAN SPITFIRE

In the post-War era, there was a brief period of surplus aircraft and tank engines. Several found their way into race cars. Most were under 20-liters but a few were above the magical 20-liter mark.

The cars fitted with these engines were very powerful, but they were also very heavy and very long which crippled their ability to handle and brake.

One 20+ liter example was the 1953 Swandean Spitfire Specialbuilt by Michael Wilcock, proprietor of the Swandean…

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Added by lord_k on January 29, 2010 at 3:00am — 4 Comments

Lord K's Garage - 21st Issue. 1939 FIAT C MM

Fiat 508 aka Nuova Balilla or 1100 cc, designed as a small family sedan, enjoyed an exciting career as a platform for futuristic sport cars.

C & MM in the name of this particular vehicle stand for 'Coupe' and 'Mille Miglia', a prestigious 1000-mile open-road endurance race which took place in Italy from 1927.

Mille Miglia was a starting point for a lot of… Continue

Added by lord_k on January 22, 2010 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Lord K's Garage - 20th Issue. 1940 LASALLE

Few would have guessed from the 1940 models that LaSalle was near the end of its road. Wheelbase now lengthened to 123 inches (3.124 meters), and horsepower edged up to 130, thanks to a larger carburetor*.

Styling, an evolution of 1939, was hard to fault, and there were now two model groups for the first time. The lower-priced Series 50 wore conventional lines, again on the corporate B-body shared with Buick and other divisions. The…

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Added by lord_k on January 15, 2010 at 4:00am — 2 Comments

New York by Andreas Feininger

Our Monday Camera section has taken a short leave of absence. In the meanwhile, let me present you a great photographer, whose scientific approach resulted in the most romantic Big Apple imagery.

Andreas Bernhard Lyonel Feininger (1906-1999) was born in Paris, France, to an American family of German origin. His father, painter Lyonel Feininger, was born in New York City, in 1871. His great-grandfather emigrated from Durlach, Baden, in… Continue

Added by lord_k on January 11, 2010 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Lord K's Garage - 19th Issue. WANDERER STROMLINIE

Originally designed to participate in the long distance competition Liege - Rome - Liege in 1938 and 1939, the Wanderer Streamline Special featured a standard Wanderer chassis with an all-alloy two-seater roadster body.

The engine was a design by Ferdinand Porsche - a 6-cylinder inline light alloy motor with a displacement of 2255cc and an output of 70 hp. It was located in the front and drove the rear axle. With a weight of only 900kg,… Continue

Added by lord_k on January 8, 2010 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Lord K's Garage - 18th Issue. 1937-38 Peugeot 402 Darl'mat

Emile Darl'mat was one of Peugeot's most successful representatives of the 1930s. He not only sold many of Lion badged machines, he also spent much time tinkering with them to increase their performance.

In 1928 Darl'mat teamed up with coachbuilder Marcel Pourtout to produce a completely custom Peugeot. Up until 1934 they continued to collaborate on one-off machines, but then captured the attention of the executives in Sochaux with a Peugeot…

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Added by lord_k on January 1, 2010 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

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