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Stella Scooters

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Stella (known by different names in different countries) is a model of a vintage-style scooter imported into the United States by Chicago-based Genuine Scooters since 2003, and manufactured by LML in Kanpur, India. History In 1986, LML began a joint venture with scooter manufacturer Piaggio, through which the Italian company sold its Vespa PX model [...]

Retrorambling’s Visitors Service – Part 16 – Wyddor Gymraeg / The Welsh Alphabet

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Here are the names of the letters in Welsh The pronunciations are given in Welsh, since it is to all intents and purposes a phonetic alphabet (or a WYSIWYG!) – and in any case, in what other language could they be!?. For guidelines, see the Pronunciation discussion. The first three are "a", "bi" and "èc", [...]

Roald Dahl Celebrated On Stamps

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        I’ve always loved Roald Dahl’s books and have read them over and over again, First in Norwegian as a kid and later in English – Ted Filed under: British, Design, Illustration, Literature Tagged: Mail, Roald Dahl, Stamps

The Cushman Retro Look Scooter

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K-jack, a company with an expertise in newspaper vending machines (no joke!), throwing it’s hat into the vintage scooter ring. they’re making the curious looking Cushman scooter with very few updates, and apparently manufacturing them in California. They’re definitely neat, but the design just isn’t as pretty as the vintage European scoots. The frame is [...]

A Happy 21st Birthday to Tempest Storm!!

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A Happy 21st Birthday to Tempest Storm!! When you’re born on the February 29th of a Leap Year, it doesn’t matter that you’ve been kicking around Planet Earth for 84 years. You still only get to celebrate on your actual birthdate, every 4th year?! Congrats to a true Burlesque legend! Image and text found at [...]

Modern Science Decipher Ancient Love Letters

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Article found at “modernmechanix.com” Filed under: Article, Literature, Vintage Science Tagged: Ancient lettering, Babylon, Deciphering, Love letters

Marguerite Chapman – American Actress

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Marguerite Chapman (March 9, 1918 — August 31, 1999) was an American actress. Born in Chatham, New York, she was working as a telephone switchboard operator in White Plains, New York when her good looks brought about the opportunity to pursue a career in modelling. Signed by the prestigious John Robert Powers Agency in New [...]

The PTV Mini Car

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Built in Manresa, near Barcelona, by Automoviles Utilitarios S. A., the pretty little PTV (named after company owners Perramon, Tacho and Vila) was the second-biggest-selling microcar in Spain, next to Biscuter. While the latter was strictly a primitive, utilitarian device, the PTV was- with its proper doors, 2-tone paint, chrome trim and 12-inch wheels- intended [...]

Davy Jones Of The Monkees Dies Aged 66

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Lizo Mzimba looks back at the career of Davy Jones on BBC News UK to day Davy Jones, Manchester-born lead singer with 60s band The Monkees, has died aged 66, his publicist has confirmed. He died in his sleep at his home in Florida. His publicist, Deborah Robicheau, said he had had a massive heart [...]

White Rock Beverages

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White Rock Beverages (White Rock Products Corporation) is an American beverage company located in Whitestone, NY. The company was established in 1871 by pharmacist H.M. Colver in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Potawatomi Indians and settlers believed that the nearby White Rock natural spring had special medicinal powers, so White Rock Beverages started out as destination for vacationers [...]

A.L.F.A 40-60HP Aerodinamica – 1914

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The A.L.F.A 40/60 HP was a race and road car made by Italian car manufacturer A.L.F.A (later called Alfa Romeo). This model was made between 1913 and 1922 and was designed by Giuseppe Merosi, just like all other Alfas at that time. The 40/60 HP has a 6082 cc straight-4 engine with overhead valves, which [...]

London in the 1960s

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A tour of the famous landmarks of London in 1960. Filed under: British, Holidays, Places, The sixties, Traveling Tagged: England, Landmarks, London

On This Day In 1969 – Concorde Flies For The First Time

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The supersonic airliner, Concorde, has made a "faultless" maiden flight. The Anglo-French plane took off from Toulouse and was in the air for just 27 minutes before the pilot made the decision to land. The first pilot, Andre Turcat, said on his return to the airport: "Finally the big bird flies, and I can say [...]

Hedy Lamarr In Extase

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Ecstasy – Extase in Czech and German – is a Czech film made in 1933 by the Czech director Gustav Machatý. It stars Hedy Lamarr, credited under her original surname Kiesler, and Zvonimir Rogoz. The film was highly controversial in its time largely because of a nude swimming scene. It is also perhaps the first [...]

Ivan Yakovlevich Bilibin – Russian Illustrator

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Ivan Yakovlevich Bilibin (Russian: Ива́н Я́ковлевич Били́бин; 16 August [O.S. 4 August] 1876 – 7 February 1942) was a 20th-century illustrator and stage designer who took part in the Mir iskusstva and contributed to the Ballets Russes. Throughout his career, he was inspired by Slavic folklore. Ivan Bilibin was born in a suburb of St. [...]

SS La Champagne & SS La Navarre

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SS LA CHAMPAGNE La Champagne was a 7,087 gross ton vessel, length 493.4ft x beam 51.8ft, two funnels, four masts, single screw and a speed of 17 knots. Accommodation for 390-1st, 65-2nd and 600-3rd class passengers. Built by CGT, St Nazaire, she was launched for Compagnie Generale Transatlantique (French Line) on 15th May 1885. Her [...]

Cigarette Vending Machine – 1931

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Cigarette vending machine in England delivered a lit cigarette for a penny, 1931. A penny for your lungs – Ted Image and text found at “Standing At The Edge”   Filed under: British, Retro technology, The thirties, Vintage Science Tagged: 1931, Cigaretts, Smoking, Vending Machines

Jean-Gabriel Domergue – French Painter

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Jean-Gabriel Domergue (1889—1962) was a French painter specialising in portraits of Parisian women. Domergue was born on March 4, 1889 in Bordeaux and studied at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts. From the 1920s onward he concentrated on portraits, and claimed to be "the inventor of the pin-up".[citation needed] He also designed clothes for the [...]

One Of The Most Badass Women Alive

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Saw this picture on imgur and just had to post it here, because this is without a doubt, one of the most badass women alive. Meet Katrina Hodge, a corporal in the British Army and Miss England 2009. According to Wikipedia, she enlisted back in 2004 after her brother challenged her to and earned the [...]

Autumn Brook; Smedstad, Oslo

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There’s a foot path right up on the left bank out of view and I can follow it all the way from where I live a good 3 km further north and all the way down to the small artificial lake at Smestad. It’s a great walk any time of the year. You completely forget [...]