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Lord_k's Article – February 2010 Archive (9)

Whatever Happened to Lois Lane

Superman's legendary friend, colleague and (maybe) lover could be naive, tough or anything. First and foremost, she was oh, so romantic...

But she was also a star of hyper-cynical comic books series, full of black humor and all things that would not fit into your politically correct closet - and could not fit even half a century ago.

Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane,… Continue

Added by lord_k on February 27, 2010 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

Lord K's Garage - #26. Joie de Vivre

On this rainy (and somewhere snowy or stormy) weekend - just a bit of French joy of living. Two Great names, Delage and Delahaye are making a brief comeback.

1939 Delahaye 165 Figoni & Falaschi Cabriolet

I can browse these images for hours. I've been lucky enough to see some of the cars in flesh and blood…


Added by lord_k on February 26, 2010 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

1942 Cigarette Cards

This is only a small part of Charlie Livermore's collection. For me, it's the most fascinating part.

I can easily imagine the boys of my father's generation exchanging cards and discussing the virtues of Allied airplanes and warships while their fathers and elder brothers are fighting the Axis.

The back of each card is businesslike and hardly interesting.… Continue

Added by lord_k on February 20, 2010 at 4:00am — 2 Comments

Lord K's Garage - #25. Harley-Davidson

Founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, during the first decade of the 20th century, Harley-Davidson was one of two major American motorcycle manufacturers to survive the Great Depression (the other one was Indian).

By 1920, Harley-Davidson was the largest motorcycle manufacturer in the world. Their motorcycles were sold by dealers in 67 countries.

In 1921, a Harley-Davidson, ridden by Otto Walker, was… Continue

Added by lord_k on February 19, 2010 at 2:30am — 3 Comments

Monday Camera #9: Kodak Ektra

The Ektra was a very advanced 35mm rangefinder camera launched by Kodak USA in 1941. Before World War II, Kodak presented some really advanced cameras under the supervision of Joe Mihalyi.

The Ektra was a 35mm coupled rangefinder camera. The shutter was of the focal plane type, from 1s to 1/1000, with horizontally traveling cloth curtains. The Ektra had a system of… Continue

Added by lord_k on February 15, 2010 at 4:30am — No Comments

Lord K's Garage - #24. 1935 S.S. AIRLINE SALOON

Just before the famous Leaping Jaguar jumped on the hood of William Lyons' cars, they were known as S.S. - Standard Specials, if you like.

One car that William Lyons was not fond of was the Airline Saloon - he regarded it as a passing fashion and was correct. Streamlining wasn't in fashion in the UK so the more modern Airline Saloon kept flowing wings and separate headlamps but…


Added by lord_k on February 12, 2010 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Lord K's Garage - #23. THE LAST PARADE

The 1942 models. For obvious reasons, most of these cars left the assembly line in 1941. Before or right after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Here are some rare birds, born at the edge of war.

For instance, the 1942 DeSoto with retractable headlights. Don't you think that this dieselpunk icon never saw the serial production - here it is, alive & kicking:…


Added by lord_k on February 5, 2010 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

DIY Airplane (Pietenpol Air Camper)

The Make blog has a post on making a Pietenpol Air Camper (shown is the G-BUCO, a nice example built by Alan Reading of Reading, Berkshire, England) for $2000.

Bernard Pietenpol from Minnesota made his first homebuilt airplane, the Model T engine powered Sky Scout, in 1923. In 1929 he built a Model A engine-powered two-seat Air Camper and… Continue

Added by lord_k on February 4, 2010 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Monday Camera #8: The Robot

The word robot was invented by Czech writer Karel Čapek in 1920. Derived from robota (hard work), it almost instantly became popular all over the world - and in the 1930s emerged as a trademark.

Around 1930 Heinz Kilfitt, a trained watchmaker, designed a new 35 mm film compact camera using a 24x24 mm frame format (instead of the Leica 24x36 mm or cine 18x24 mm formats). The 24x24mm square frame provided many advantages… Continue

Added by lord_k on February 1, 2010 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

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