It was born in 1897 at the Eastman Kodak Co. works in Rochester. Frank Brownell was the designer. It took 2 1/4×3 1/4 exposures on Kodak 105 film rolls and had an Achromatic f/11 lens. The price was $10.
Later this model had been renamed to Folding Pocket Kodak No. 1… Continue
First manned space flights; Caribbean crisis; JFK killed in Dallas; nuclear warheads threaten to eliminate our civilization... And Brooks Stevens presents a retro-car design, heavily based on the famous Mercedes-Benz SSK. The body was fitted on a Studebaker Lark Daytona chassis and used a supercharged 289 cu in. (4,750 cc) 290 hp… Continue
The Bolkhovitinov S (S for sparka, a pair of engines joined together) was a high speed bomber aircraft designed and built in the USSR from early in 1937.
Today, a camera that looks superficially like a 35mm rangefinder. Don't let the looks deceive you: it takes 127 film. Besides, it comes from the United Kingdom.
Ensign are one of the great British camera companies with a history dating back to 1836 when George Houghton begain selling glass products. It was one of the major British camera makers, responsible for a number of still and cine cameras…Continue
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The Treaty of Versailles limited Germany to warships of no more than 10,000 tons displacement. A number of technical innovations, including large scale use of welding (rather than rivets), and diesel engines made the hull lighter, and allowed a formidable warship to be built within this restricted… Continue
The Divco truck was built by the Detroit Industrial Vehicle Company and its successors. These trucks became a part of the American way of life.
Chances are your milkman drove a Divco truck. So did most other delivery services. The Divco was manufactured form…Continue
The order to design and produce the first Italian tanks was accepted by the FIAT automobile company in 1916. The prototype of the new tank was displayed to a military commission on 21 June 1917; its mechanical systems were complete but its superstructure was added later, being… Continue
The German Makina was a unique strut folding roll film camera with inter-changeable film holder backs, interchangeable lenses and double extension bed.
The Plaubel Makina story goes a long way back.
The "Baby Makina" was born at in 1911, a year after the Plaubel company, founded by Hugo Schrader, started the camera production.
A couple of words about the strut cameras (known also by…Continue
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In 1945, Saunders-Roe was asked by the British Ministry of Supply to bid for a long range civil flying boat for British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC), who planned to use them on transatlantic passenger services.… Continue
Once upon a time, the internal combustion engine had a powerful rival - the electricity. Since 1865, electric-powered vehicles were designed and built in Europe and America.
An electric car in the conventional sense, Wiki tells us, was not developed until 1890 or 1891, by William Morrison of Des Moines, Iowa; the vehicle was a…Continue
During the Great War, there were two superheavy tanks: the German 120-ton K-Wagen (K for Kolossal) that never became operative, and the Italian FIAT 2000,… Continue
They were the only British battleships built between the Revenge class (ordered in 1913) and the King George V class, ordered in 1936. The ships were named after famous… Continue
It was ordered as a successor of the mighty five-turreted T-35, world's heaviest tank of the Interbellum. The… Continue
This all started in a small streetside shop in Tokyo, to produce the prototype camera called Kwanon, which later evolved into the Canon*.
1938 Maserati 8CTF
Here it is - Atlantic Republic, a sea power halfway between New England and Iberia, Brazil and Dakar, stretched from the Northern latitudes to equatorial… Continue
The camera type was derived from the Ihagee-EXAKTA for rollfilm 4×6.5 cm (127 format), an earlier SLR-creation of Nüchterlein. The Kine Exakta was presented at the Leipzig Spring Trade Fair in 1936.
Different from its rather simple… Continue