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Bluna Orange Soft Drink

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Bluna is an orange soft drink produced by the German Mineralbrunnen Überkingen-Teinach AG, the same company, which produces the better-known Afri-Cola, since 1994. In 1952, the company F. Blumhoffer Nachfolger GmbH started to produce Bluna. It became a hit among consumers. In 1965, it also started being sold in cans. Today, Bluna is sold in [...]

Oscars Hall, Oslo, Norway

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In the mid-19th century King Oscar I had the pleasure palace of Oscarshall built on rising ground above the innermost arm of the Oslo Fjord. Since 1863 it has been at the King’s disposal. Oscarshall is regarded as Norway’s neo-Gothic showpiece and a monument to mid-19th century Norwegian art. Terraces with fountains at different levels [...]

Herb Ritts – Photographer

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Herb Ritts began his photographic career in the late 70′s and gained a reputation as a master of art and commercial photography. In addition to producing portraits and editorial fashion for Vogue, Vanity Fair, Interview and Rolling Stone, Ritts also created successful advertising campaigns for Calvin Klein, Chanel, Donna Karan, Gap, Gianfranco Ferré, Gianni Versace, [...]

Bettina Le Beau – Belgian-British Actress And Writer

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Bettina Le Beau (born 23 March 1932 in Antwerp, Belgium), also known as Bettine Le Beau, is an actress known for her film, radio and television appearances in the UK. During World War II she was separated from her parents; as she was Jewish, she was held in a concentration camp in southern France. She [...]

Bertha Heyman aka Big Bertha – The Confidence Queen

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Bertha Heyman (born c. 1851) was a 19th-century American criminal, also known as "Big Bertha" or the "Confidence Queen." She was described by famed New York City detective Thomas F. Byrnes as "one of the smartest confidence women in America", and was considered by the New York City police to be "the boldest and most [...]

Keep Calm – And Play Golf

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    It takes more than a world war to stop an Englishman from enjoying a game of golf – Ted Image found at “Formicarius” Filed under: British, Entertainment, The forties, WW II Tagged: 1940, Golf, Richmond Golf Club, WW II

Marla English – American Actress

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Marla English (born January 4, 1934 in San Diego, California) is a motion picture actress from San Diego, California who made movies in the 1950s. English was originally signed to a contract by Paramount Pictures after winning a San Diego beauty pageant. She was paid $100 per picture to appear in such films as Red [...]

Hollywood Starlet Proves That Bottoms Are Tops!

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A recreation of an article by Roger Turrell in Adam Vol 4 No 4 1960 WENDY MARCH regard­ed her interviewer solemnly through smoky, grey-blue eyes and said, "As a matter of fact, I think my back­ side is a lot more photogenic than my front. Which is a hell of a note for a girl [...]

1949 Lambretta

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Lambretta was a line of motor scooters originally manufactured in Milan, Italy by Innocenti. In 1972, the Indian government bought the Milanese factory and the rights to the Lambretta name, creating Scooters India Limited (SIL). Today, the Innocenti brand name rights are owned by Fiat whereas the oldest Lambretta and Lambro trademark registrations worldwide are [...]

The Pigeon Express

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I’ve always thought that homing pigeons was a hobby for slightly bewildered men strongly lacking in people skills and that it’s use in warfare was a thing of the past. But this picture shows that the little flying postmen were in use as late as during the first world war. They even had their own [...]

Bad Album Covers On The Graham Norton Show

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And you’ll find the blog they are talking about here my friends – Ted Filed under: Design, Music, Tackieness Tagged: Album covers, Bizarre records

1950 Vutotal 4CV Labourdette 767cc

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This Renault 4CV based microcar was presented at the Paris Salon in 1950. It was a three-seater convertible. The single backseat was turned 90 degrees and the passenger had to look at the roof. Henri Labourdette was a prestigious coach builder and his trademark ‘Vutotal’ was a stylistic concept that he also applied to Rolls [...]

The Playboy Calendar 1967

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Images found at “Bill-Magazines” Filed under: Models & starlets, Photography, Pin-ups Tagged: 1967, Calendars, Playboy Magazine

Harwich

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For nearly 10 years during the mid to late seventies and early eighties I spent my summer holidays traveling around the British Isles, sometimes alone, sometimes with friends. Nearly every time the trip started by going by car from Oslo to Gothenburg, then with the ferry over to Harwich – Ted Image found at “Adventures [...]

1928 Martin “Aerodynamic”

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1928 Martin “Aerodynamic”, one of three prototypes made by James V. Martin.  He spent his life trying to cure traffic congestion and urban parking issues by designing compact, fuel-efficient commuter cars.  Just goes to show- any more than 50 years ahead of your time and you’ll spend your life a failure, considered crazy by society.  [...]

On This Day In 1950 – UK Drivers Cheer End Of Fuel Rations

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Long queues have appeared at garages this evening and motorists have torn their ration books into confetti after the government announced an end to petrol rationing. The Minister of Fuel and Power, Philip Noel-Baker, told the House of Commons rationing would be abolished because two American companies had agreed a deal to supply oil in [...]

The Bond Scooters

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By the late 1950s Sharps commercials decided to enter the two-wheeled market with their "All-British" offering, announced in early 1958. Intended to compete with the increase in foreign imported machines, the company invested heavily in the project. The initial model was the P1, illustrated left, which was powered by a 148 cc Villiers Mk 31C [...]

Sacha Zakiouk – Russian Illustrator

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Alexander Davidovich (in France – Sacha) Zaliouk was born in 1887 in small Jewish shtetl Radomyshl (Kiev province, Ukraine). From 1904 to 1910 he studied painting at the Odessa Art School. In 1910 he entered the St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts, but was expelled (due to "Jewish" quote) already one month later. He returned [...]

Playboy Magazine Comics

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I just came across this delightful blog full of comics from Playboy magazine. Enjoy – Ted Filed under: Humour Tagged: Comics, Dirty comics, Playboy Magazine

Rossana Podestà – Italian Actress

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Rossana Podestà (born 20 June 1934 in Tripoli) is a former Italian actress born in the Italian colony of Libya, where she spent her first years in Tripoli and later moved to Rome after World War II. Rossana Podesta still lives in Italy, in Dubino (Sondrio province). She lived with the famous mountain climber, explorer [...]