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
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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.
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Merry Christmas, dear friends.
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:
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.
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…Continue
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
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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…
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:
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
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
Actually, they are a major upgrade of Leica A/Standard. The main addition is a built-in rangefinder:
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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
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:
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
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.…Continue
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…Continue
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.Continue