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Lord_k's Article – March 2010 Archive (20)

Monday Camera #14: Kodak Folders

I'm happy to present one of the most important photographic cameras: folding Pocket Kodak

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

Added by lord_k on March 29, 2010 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Orwell vs. Huxley

In case anyone haven't seen it yet, here is a rather controversial answer to a not-so-academic question: what society we're living in, totalitarian Orwellian or consumerist Huxleyan? What kind of dystopia is closer to our everyday life?
You can disagree with the author, but first - take a proper look at the strip, frame by frame:

Added by lord_k on March 28, 2010 at 2:30am — 4 Comments

Lord K's Garage - #30. American Retro

Dieselpunk was born long before anyone bothered to invent a name for it. Born in the most inappropriate year: 1963.

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

Added by lord_k on March 26, 2010 at 8:00am — 6 Comments

Double Power

The idea of an airplane with twin engine inside to fuselage was quite popular in the 1930's and 1940's. US GM P-75 and Douglas XB-42, French Arsenal VB-10, Japanese Kawasaki Ki-64, to name just a few.

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.

The plane… Continue

Added by lord_k on March 23, 2010 at 7:30am — 5 Comments

Monday Camera #13: Ensign Multex

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…


Added by lord_k on March 22, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

Dieselpunk Battleships

To outwit the great powers. To invent a completely new class of warships. To insert a diesel into an armored hull... What could be more Dieselpunk?

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

Added by lord_k on March 20, 2010 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Lord K's Garage - #29. Divco Milk Trucks

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.

1941 Divco Milk Trucks ad (via ptatransitauthority.blogspot.com)

Chances are your milkman drove a Divco truck. So did most other delivery services. The Divco was manufactured form…


Added by lord_k on March 19, 2010 at 8:30am — 11 Comments

FIAT 2000 Tank

This tank was often called 'the heaviest World War I tank' but this is not strictly accurate, since the FIAT 2000 never actually saw combat in World War I.

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

Added by lord_k on March 18, 2010 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

Monday Camera #12: Plaubel Makina

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…


Added by lord_k on March 15, 2010 at 8:30am — No Comments

Saunders-Roe SR.45 Princess

The Saunders-Roe Princess was a British flying boat aircraft built by Saunders-Roe, based in Cowes on the Isle of Wight. The Princess was one of the largest aircraft in existence.

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

Added by lord_k on March 14, 2010 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Lord K's Garage - #28. Sing the Body Electric

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…


Added by lord_k on March 12, 2010 at 4:00am — 5 Comments

Super Heavies

Here's a brief review of the Interbellum and WW2 heavy tank designs. Some of them remained on paper, others at the testing ground.

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

Added by lord_k on March 11, 2010 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

HMS Nelson. HMS Rodney

The Nelson class was a class of two battleships of the British Royal Navy, built shortly after, and under the terms of, the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922.

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

Added by lord_k on March 10, 2010 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

Kirov Tank & T-100

The fictional Kirov airship enjoys a worldwide fame. Much less is known of the real Kirov Tank, designed and built in the late 1930's.

It was ordered as a successor of the mighty five-turreted T-35, world's heaviest tank of the Interbellum. The… Continue

Added by lord_k on March 9, 2010 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Monday Camera #11: Canon

This all started in a small streetside shop in Tokyo, to produce the prototype camera called Kwanon, which later evolved into the Canon*.

Early Canons

The Leica Model II introduction in 1932 was followed by the Contax…


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

Kimono Kids

Not so long ago a friend dropped me a link to a Russian website dedicated to traditional Japanese clothing. Frankly, it's not my cup of tea, but the content seemed rather interesting.

Kids' kimono of 1920s and 1930s. What prints can we see on it? Pets, probably?

Here's one:

Maybe sweets? Treat…

Added by lord_k on March 6, 2010 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

Lord K's Garage - #27. Ladies in Red

And Automotive God made the colors and gave them to the nations: Green to the British, Blue to the French, White to the Germans. And the Italians got Red. Here are some red Italian cars:

1938 Maserati 8CTF

Today, we see the Italian Racing Red as nearly a synonim of Ferrari. But its different shades were a synonim of Italy long before the Maestro started to build his first car.…


Added by lord_k on March 5, 2010 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Hindenburg: 74 years ago

LZ-129 Hindenburg was 803.8 feet long, with a diameter of 135.1 feet, and a total gas capacity of 7,062,000 cubic feet of hydrogen.

Photo: Airships.net

LZ-129 and its sister ship, LZ-130, are still the largest objects ever to fly.

Hindenburg was completed with… Continue

Added by lord_k on March 4, 2010 at 7:00am — 6 Comments

Atlantic Republic

Have you ever been to Augustville, the rum and tobacco paradise of the Mid-Atlantic? Have you admired the majestic palaces of Cor or explored its bars and nightclubs? Or probably you were lucky enough to take a cruise up North, to the cold rocks of Mjoll?

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

Added by lord_k on March 3, 2010 at 1:00pm — 7 Comments

Monday Camera #10: Exakta

The Kine Exakta might have been the first 35mm SLR camera*. It was developed by Ihagee's engineer Karl Nüchterlein.

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

Added by lord_k on March 1, 2010 at 6:30am — 6 Comments

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