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Lord_k's Article – November 2010 Archive (30)

The Art of Abram Games

Abram Games, whose real name was Abraham Gamse, was born in Whitechapel, London, in 1914.

His father, Joseph Gamse, a Latvian photographer, changed the family name to Games. For a while Abram Games attended St Martins School of Art in London but, disillusioned by the style of teaching and deterred by the high tuition fees, Abram Games soon left the art school. From 1932 until 1936, Abram Games worked…

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Added by lord_k on November 30, 2010 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

Pneumatic Mail, Part 3

This is the last chapter of our tube mail saga.

After a Steampunk-flavored historic overview and an inevitable "How does it work?" article, it's time to concentrate on pneumatic communications of the Diesel Era and also on the part played by these glorious tubes in fiction, Utopian and… Continue

Added by lord_k on November 29, 2010 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Sunday Streamline #11: Japanese Designs

Look at this poster. Do you see a strange object under the flag?

What's it - a Shinkansen? No, this poster was printed almost three decades before the first Bullet Train, in 1937. The object represents a streamline narrow-gauge steam locomotive No. 5343. It belonged to quite unremarkable C53 class of Japanese…

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Added by lord_k on November 28, 2010 at 6:30am — No Comments

Knights of the Air: Alexander Kozakov

Alexander Alexandrovich Kozakov* (1889-1919) was Russia's highest scoring ace of the Great War, with 20 victories.

He was born in Kherson province. Educated in Cadet Corps and Cavalry Officers School, he entered the ranks in 1908, beginning his service with Belgorod Uhlans. Ironically, the Colonel-in-Chief of his regiment was no other than Franz Josef of Austria and Hungary. After serving in the light… Continue

Added by lord_k on November 27, 2010 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Lord K's Garage - #65. Horch 850 Series

Of all pre-war German cars, Maybach was the most powerful, Mercedes-Benz the most impressive and Horch the most elegant.

Horch & Cie. Motorwagenwerke AG was founded by August Horch in 1904. Six years later Horch, who had to leave his first company after a financial conflict, founded another car company,… Continue

Added by lord_k on November 26, 2010 at 6:30am — No Comments

Happy Thanksgiving!

A thanksgiving turkey is delivered to Washington, D.C., for President Herbert Hoover.

Tuesday, Nov. 26, 1929.

From the National Photo Company collection



Via Shorpy

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Added by lord_k on November 25, 2010 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Pneumatic Mail, Part 2

Of all FAQs regarding tube mail the most frequent is: "How does it work?" Let us see.

The best example is the tube system in the capital of Czech Republic. The Prague pneumatic post (Pražská potrubní pošta) is the world's last preserved municipal pneumatic post system. It is an underground system of metal tubes under the wider… Continue

Added by lord_k on November 24, 2010 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

The Greatest Amateur

Once upon a time there was a boy who loved to hang out with his camera, taking shots of the family and friends, of all the action.

There was a lot of action.

So much fun and games and fooling around:

And turning the world upside down was so easy:

And the cyclecar was oh so…
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Added by lord_k on November 23, 2010 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

Art Sells: Interbellum Italy

This article is dedicated to Larry and Leviathan.

It was planned to be published later but these gentlemen made me change my plans. Larry wrote: "In…

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Added by lord_k on November 22, 2010 at 6:30am — 6 Comments

Sunday Streamline #10: LNER W1 Hush-Hush

This locomotive that could (and probably should) start this column waited patiently for 9 weeks. It can wait no more. Meet the father of all streamline iron horses - the Hush Hush!

Purists will call it semi-streamline, but in 1929 its curved shrouding seemed revolutionary. It was built three years before the… Continue

Added by lord_k on November 21, 2010 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Knights of the Air: American Aviator, 1917

A drawing by J.C. Leyendecker:

The airplane is Curtiss JN-4 "Jenny", that "never saw military action but met… Continue

Added by lord_k on November 20, 2010 at 7:00am — No Comments

Lord K's Garage - #64. Four Wheel Drive

Year: 1928. Location: Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD. Four-wheel drive truck: Four Wheel Drive.

FWD trucks (here "FWD" is for company name) were not something new for the military: during WWI US Army used a large number of these vehicles. Here's 1917 FWD B-type truck:

And another…
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Added by lord_k on November 19, 2010 at 6:30am — 6 Comments

Canadian WWII Art & Ads

Today, a small collection of magazine covers, posters, propaganda and commercial ads, mostly from Paul Malon's wonderful Photostream:…

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Added by lord_k on November 18, 2010 at 6:30am — 5 Comments

Streetcars of Vienna

For any dedicated museum-crawler, the capital of Austria is a true paradise.

Art museums of any kind you like, Military Museum, Technical Museum, world's only Globes Museum... and the Tramway Museum in an old brownstone shed, just five minutes walk from Schlachthausgasse subway station.

In the courtyard there are historic tramcars ready for a sightseeing tour:…

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Added by lord_k on November 17, 2010 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

Pneumatic Mail, Part 1

Pneumatic post aka tube mail or pneumatic mail is a system to deliver letters through pressurized air tubes.

It was envisaged in 17th century by Denis Papin, French physicist and mathematician who also invented the pressure cooker. Two centuries later the idea has been materialized by the Scottish engineer William Murdoch in the 19th century and was later developed by… Continue

Added by lord_k on November 16, 2010 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

Wonderwagon

This strange vehicle rolled out of Shorpy almost two months ago:

"According to "The Golden Years of Trucking" published by the Ontario Trucking Association in 1976, this was a gas-electric four-wheel-drive truck built by the Commercial Motor Vehicle Co. of Windsor, Ontario. It had an electric motor on each wheel, was 20 feet long and had an 81-inch track. The four cylinder engine produced 20 HP. The… Continue

Added by lord_k on November 15, 2010 at 6:30am — No Comments

Sunday Streamline #9: Milwaukee Road Hiawatha

Gorgeous, isn't it. You're looking at a F7 Hudson Hiawatha on the right and an Atlantic Hiawatha on the left.

Yes, the Milwaukee Road rocket is steaming up for a rapid flight across Wisconsin to your destination in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Aaaa'll aboard!

The steam driven Hiawatha was the signature passenger train for the CM&SP Milwaukee Road…

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Added by lord_k on November 14, 2010 at 7:30am — No Comments

Knights of the Air: Fulco Ruffo di Calabria

Fulco Ruffo di Calabria, Italian WWI ace #5 (20 victories), is a true Prince of the Skies.

He was born in Naples on August 12, 1884. His parents were Don Beniamino Tristano Ruffo di Calabria, 5th Duke of Guardia Lombarda, and Laura Mosselmann du Chenoy, a Belgian noblewoman.

He joined the 11th Foggia Light Cavalry Regiment when aged 20, and went on to serve in Africa. In 1914, he transferred to the… Continue

Added by lord_k on November 13, 2010 at 7:30am — No Comments

Lord K's Garage - #63. 1935 Morris Minor 15cwt GPO Special

In 1935, a blue streamline car was built for the British Post Office to promote air mail.

A special fleet of Royal Mail vans was introduced in June 1930 to handle and advertise the new Air Mail service. Special letter boxes were provided in various locations around the UK. Both these boxes and the new vans were painted blue.

Eight Morris Minor vans were introduced for collection duties and…

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Added by lord_k on November 12, 2010 at 7:00am — No Comments

Ninety-Two Years After

11.11. Today, just a few photographs taken in the Military Museum in Vienna.

Let us begin with the assassination that incited the Great War (I believe there would be another casus belli if Franz Ferdinand survived; but he was killed). Archduke's tunic, torn by Gavrilo Princip's bullets, blood-stained:…

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Added by lord_k on November 11, 2010 at 6:30am — 8 Comments

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