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Lord_k's Article – December 2009 Archive (18)

SS Imperator / RMS Berengaria

SS Imperator was an ocean liner built for the Hamburg America Line (HAPAG) launched in 1912.

She was the first of a trio of successively larger Hamburg America ships that included SS Vaterland and SS Bismarck built by the line for transatlantic passenger service. At the time of her launch in May 1912, she was the largest passenger ship in the world superseding the White Star RMS Olympic. During World War I, the… Continue

Added by lord_k on December 27, 2009 at 6:30am — No Comments

Lord K's Garage - 17th Issue. BRITISH CARS, PART III

Postwar cars. Streamlined and razor-edged. Conservative and moderately modern. But first and foremost, exciting:

French and American influence, even blended together, cannot spoil the distinctive British style. The smallest are the boldest, the largest are understatement at its best.

Enjoy the slideshow:



Find more photos like this on… Continue

Added by lord_k on December 25, 2009 at 4:00am — No Comments

Christmas by Cadillac

Merry Christmas, dear friends.

Added by lord_k on December 24, 2009 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Monday Camera #7: The Brick

Meet lovely Polly fron Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. Polly is a reporter, you know. She's taking pictures all the time.

Let's identify her camera. It looks familiar. Not a Contax, not a Leica, not a legendary Ektra, but definitely familiar. Something's wrong with it, although:

Just a moment, I'll fix it:
Those bastards have put a mirror image on the… Continue

Added by lord_k on December 21, 2009 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Lord K's Garage - 16th Issue. LANCIA ASTURA

In the 1930s there was little transportation more prestigious than the Lancia Astura*.

Unlike the Alfa Romeo 2.9 which was Italy’s premier pre-war sports car, the Lancia Astura was more luxurious and featured formal bodywork. Lancia paid close attention to luxury by including a smooth running engine, hydraulic brakes and a centralized lubrication system.

The Astura was built alongside the Artena. Both used a similar… Continue

Added by lord_k on December 18, 2009 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Monday Camera #6: Contax

In contrast to the contemporary Leica which was evolved from its original concept into a photographic system, the Contax was designed as the heart of a photographic system from the start.

A heavily engineered machine of tremendous complexity, it was Zeiss Ikon's showcase of the technology it possessed. Contax is a brainchild of Dr. Ing. Heinz…

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Added by lord_k on December 14, 2009 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

County Class Cruisers

The heavy cruiser was a type of cruiser, a naval warship designed for long range, capable of high speed and possessing a powerful main battery of 203mm (8-in) guns.

The Washington Naval Treaty of 1921 introduced very strict limits on the construction of battleships and battlecruisers, defined as warships of more than 10,000 tons standard displacement or with armament of a calibre greater than eight inches (203 mm). The limit was set with… Continue

Added by lord_k on December 12, 2009 at 6:30am — No Comments

Lord K's Garage - 15th Issue. BRITISH CARS, PART II

Today, another bunch of automobiles from the United Kingdom. Again, racers and limousines, small roadsters and family cars. Again, the distinctive British style:

Besides this 1934 Talbot 105, there are some more pre-war and post-war cars worth a look. Some of them are funny, some grotesque, and some are real classics.



Enjoy the slideshow…



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Added by lord_k on December 11, 2009 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

Underground Art

London Transport Museum in Covent Garden preserves a lot of vintage posters in its image archive. The posters were displayed at the Tube stations:

Here is just a few examples from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. Above is the 1947 artwork by Misha Black & John Barker, reflecting the UFO obsession. Let's go back to the Thirties:



Alan Rogers,…
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Added by lord_k on December 10, 2009 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Railway Guns

The idea of railway guns appears to have been first suggested in the 1860s by a Mr Anderson, who published a pamphlet in the United Kingdom titled National Defence in which he proposed a plan of ironclad railway carriages.

A Russian, Lebedev, claimed to have first invented the idea in 1860 when he is reported to have mounted a mortar on a railway car. The first railway gun used in combat was a banded 32-pounder Brooke naval rifle mounted… Continue

Added by lord_k on December 9, 2009 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

Forever Changes

Berenice Abbott (1898 – 1991) was an American photographer best known for her black-and-white photography of New York City architecture and urban design of the 1930s.

Abbott first became involved with photography in 1923, when Man Ray, looking for somebody who knew nothing about photography and thus would do as he said, hired her as a darkroom assistant at his portrait studio in Montparnasse. Later she would write: "I took to photography… Continue

Added by lord_k on December 8, 2009 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

Monday Camera #5: Leica II/III

We're back to Leica. Today, the most influential 35mm cameras of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s:

Actually, they are a major upgrade of Leica A/Standard. The main addition is a built-in rangefinder:

The rangefinder wasn't coupled with a viewfinder. You have two eyepieces - one to focus, the other to compose your picture.…

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Added by lord_k on December 7, 2009 at 7:00am — No Comments

The Capitalist Airship: R100

HM Airship R100 was a privately designed and built rigid airship made as part of a two-ship competition to develop new techniques for a projected larger airship for British military use.

The other airship, R101, was built by the UK Air Ministry. Following the completion of the R101, the R100 followed closely on, being an innovative and modern ship when compared to its… Continue

Added by lord_k on December 6, 2009 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

B-uhr: Evolution

The German term Beobachtungsuhr goes back to pilot's watches of WW II. Strictly translated it has to be an „Observer's watch“ or „Observation watch“ but on most watch related fora you'll read "navigator's watch“, "pilot's watch“, "B-watch“ or even "Flieger“*.

These B-watches have been made for the German Luftwaffe by only 5 manufacturers:

  • A. Lange & Söhne
  • Laco (Lacher &…
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Added by lord_k on December 5, 2009 at 7:30am — 4 Comments

Lord K's Garage - 14th Issue. THE ZEPHYR

Introduced in November 1935 as a 1936 model, the Lincoln-Zephyr was extremely modern with a low raked windscreen, integrated fenders, and streamlined aerodynamic design.

It is noted for being one of the first successful streamlined cars after the the tall and gawky looking Chrysler Airflow market failure. The Airflow was actually more aerodynamic than the lower wider sleeker looking Lincoln-Zephyr. The Lincoln-Zephyr was extremely… Continue

Added by lord_k on December 4, 2009 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

Curtiss T-32 Condor II

 

Condor II was a 1930s American biplane airliner and bomber aircraft built by the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company. It was used by the United States Army Air Corps as an executive transport. It was a two-bay biplane of mixed construction with a single fin and rudder and retractable landing gear. Condor II was powered by two Wright Cyclone radial engines.…

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Added by lord_k on December 3, 2009 at 9:30am — 6 Comments

Before It All Began: The Visionary

Antonio Sant'Elia (1888 - 1916) was an Italian architect who built only a small villa - and had a tremendous influence upon the modern architecture.

He was born in Como, Lombardy. A builder by training, he opened a design office in Milan in 1912 and became involved with the Futurist movement. Between 1912 and 1914, influenced by industrial cities of the…

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Added by lord_k on December 2, 2009 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Shukhov tower on the Oka River

Dzerzhinsk High-Voltage Mast is the world’s only surviving hyperboloid electricity pylon. It is located in Russia, in the western suburbs of Nizhny Novgorod, on the left bank of the Oka River near Dzerzhinsk.

Only a few years ago there was a pair of 128-meter-high masts. Before 1989, one could see six hyperboloid pylons - two 20-meter, two 68-meter and a tall…

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Added by lord_k on December 1, 2009 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

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