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The 1922 Avro Mobile

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1922 A machine was built called the Avro Mobile. It had low seating and, to begin with, was fully enclosed. It was fitted with a 349cc Barr and Stroud engine, three-speed Albion gearbox and all-chain drive. The frame was made of sheet steel formed into a channel section, with sprung front and rear suspension. It had hub-centre steering, 12-inch disc wheels and drum brakes. Although the machine started out with a completely enclosed body, this was soon revised to resemble a scooter-type with bonnet and front screen and a seat and tail behind. Under the hinged tail-panel lid was a storage space with the tools carried inside the lid.

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English aircraft manufacturer Sir Edwin Alliott Verdon Roe riding his Avro Mobile, which he invented, at Southampton. June 1924

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Classic Tempty & Tasty

The Sunday Comic – An Unadjusted Self-Image

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An unadjusted self-image

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This Week’s Girlymag Articel – The Girl From Fanny Hill

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img_006Among the bevy of tall and short; blue and black-eyed; redheaded, blonde and brunette; high-breasted and round-heeled lasses who portray les girls in the movie version of literature’s most irrepressible bawd, "Fanny Hill," Leslie Cole nonetheless stands out like Georgie Jessel at a Nasser testimonial dinner.

Read the whole article and see
the naughty pictures HERE

Warning: Nudity do occur in this article. If you are under age or live in a country where watching images of nude women for some reason  is against the law  I take no responsibility if you click the link above. In other words you’re flying solo from here on – Ted ;-)

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Filed under: Article, Glamour, Models & starlets, Nudes, Pinups, The sixties Tagged: 1965, Cara Garnett, Glamour models, Leslie Cole, Modern Man Magazine

The Ladybirds Plays In Bergen, 1968

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The girls were Michelle, Sussi, Jeanette and Bonni. July 29th 1968 the top-less all-girl band played in “Stjernesalen” in Bergen, and “Dagbladet”, a major newspaper, ran on July 30th, articles on their top-less act both on page 1 and 2. They gave a short show and played numbers by The Hollies and the Supremes. Their booking agent was Pierre Beauvais in Copenhagen, Denmark.

In September the same year they shared the stage with The New Yardbirds at Fjordvilla Rock Paramount in Roskilde (Later called just The Roskilde Festival). The New Yardbirds changed their name to Led Zeppelin later that year.

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Image and text found at Municipal Archives of Trondheim’s photostream at Flick


Filed under: Article, Music Tagged: All girl bands, The Ladybirds, Top-less girl bands

Lucky Bastard

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I have not the faintest idea who these people are or where or when these pictures was taken, but I know I hate this guy. How can a skinny sod with a rapidly receding hairline end up with all those broads. The only answer is that he’s stinking rich. I hate him. He’s the sort of bloke big muscular, sun bronzed guys should  kick sand at back in the days, not be sitting there with more broads than he can reach around. I hate him  – Ted

Images found on a message board


Filed under: Humour, Models & starlets, Photography, Pinups Tagged: Bathing suits, Beach, envie, girls, sand

Czechoslovakia

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From the 33rd edition of “XXth Century Health And Pleasure Resorts Of Europe” published in 1933

bok_front_small_thumb[1]_thumbGOVERNMENT – A democratic republic which received recognition in 1918 with a president as head of the State to be’ elected for a term of 7 years by the National Assembly. The first president, Dr. Masaryk, was elected for life. The President can dissolve the Assembly. This consists of a Chamber of Deputies (300 members) elected for a term of 6 years by universal suffrage of both sexes over 21 on the principle of proportional representation; and of a Senate of 150 members similarly elected (voters must however have reached the age of 26) for a term of 8 years. Laws may be declared unconstitutional by a special Constitutional Court. Parties are very numerous, being formed both along political and racial group lines.

Head of State: President Dr. Masaryk.
Area: 140.499 km2.
Capital: Prague.
Population: between 6 and 7 hundred thousand.
Currency: Koruna (Krone) and hale (heller). 1Kc. = 100 h
Languages: Czech, Slovak, German and Magyar
Population: 14 ½ million.
Density: 104,8 per km2.
Weights and Measures: Decimal system.


Chief Watering Places:
Carlsbad (Karlovy Vary),Joachimstal(Jachymov), Franzenbad (Frantiskovy Lazne) , Marienbad (Marianske Lazne) , Pistany (Pieastany)


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Time Line Of The British Steam Railway – 1851 – 1880

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J E McConnell introduces his 2-2-2 class on London & North Western Railway (LNWR)known as the ‘Bloomers‘.
Stratford Works, Eastern Counties Railway, builds its first engine.

1853
The Great Northern sets up its locomotive works at Doncaster.

1856
John Ramsbottom (LNWR) introduces his ‘foolproof’ safety valve and the screw reverser. The Caledonian Railway opens its works at St Rollox, Glasgow.

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1859
The steam injector is developed by the French engineer Henri Giffard and is rapidly taken up in Britain.

1860
First water troughs installed, by John Ramsbottom, on the LNWR Chester & Holyhead line. Between 1860 and 1863 Alfred Jules Belpaire, Belgian engineer, develops his flat-topped firebox, used by many British locomotive designers.

1863
Steam engines replace horses on the Festiniog Railway (opened 1836).

(Right) The restored Furness
Railway 0-4-0 No 20 is Britain’s oldest working locomotive, built in 1863. In 1870, it was sold to the local steelworks and converted to a saddle tank, working in this form untiil960. The Furness Railway Trust restored it to its original appearance, and it has been in steam again since January
1999.

1864
John Fowler’s ‘Metropolitan’ 4-4-0T is introduced for underground running. Robert Fairlie patents his double-bogie articulated locomotive design.

1866
William Stroudley develops three sizes of locomotive-mounted snowplough (HR).
 

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The Cambrian Railway’s viaduct across the Mawddach at Barmouth built in 1867,  is the longest wooden structure of its kind in Britain. At the northern end, a metal bowstringgirder section was built as a swing bridge to enable coastal vessels to sail up the estuary. A ShrewsburyPwllheli train is crossing.

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Fairlie double-ended engine first used, on the Festiniog line.

1870
The first of Patrick Stirling’s 8ft (243.8cm) bogie singles, 4-2-2, is built, for the GNR.

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1871
The first inside-cylinder, inside- frame 4-4-0 express type is built by Thomas Wheatley for the NBR.

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1872
(Left) A- diminutive ‘Terrier’ 0-6-0T, No 55, leaves Sheffield Park station on a Bluebell line train. This was class AI, designed by William Stroudley in 1872, for the London Brighton & .South Coast Railway.

1873
(Right) The first Pullman cars in Britain
were introduced from the USA by the Midland Railway, when sleeping and
parlour cars were used on its new Anglo-Scottish main line via Leeds and Dumfries. This later example shows the distinctive styling and colour scheme, and the fine detail, of these sumptuous cars
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1874
F W Webb’s ‘Jumbo’ class 2-4-0 is introduced (LNWR); the first is called Precedent.
James Stirling introduces steam reversing gear (GSWR).

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1876
Crewe Works builds its 2,000th locomotive. First British use of the Walschaerts valve gear, developed in Belgium by Egide Walschaerts in 1844, is on an 0-6-6-0 Fairlie locomotive of the East & West Junction Railway.

1878
The GER introduces the first British outside cylinder 2-6-0 Mogul engines.
Corris narrow-gauge railway (opened 1859) acquires locomotives.

1880
F W Webb’s ‘Cauliflower’ 0-6-0 class is introduced (LNWR).

cauliflower_thumb2 The Cauliflower Class

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What A Ridiculous Contraption

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Max Factor demonstrates his “scientific device” the Beauty Micrometer which detects defects in feminine beauty that are imperceptible to the naked eye.

How can something imperceptible by the naked eye be a defect in a woman’s beauty. People like Max here was not exactly making life easy for the weaker sex as women were called back then. Besides who was that silly old fart to say what was a perfect beauty and what was not. Beauty is as the saying goes, in the eyes of the beholder – Ted

Image found at Black and WTF

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Gigliola Cinquetti–Italian Singer & TV Presenter

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Gigliola Cinquetti (Italian pronunciation: [dʒiʎˈʎɔla tʃiŋˈkwetti]; born 20 December 1947) is an Italian singer, TV presenter.

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Biography
Cinquetti was born in Verona, Veneto. At the age of 16 she won the Sanremo Music Festival in 1964 singing "Non ho l’età" ("I’m Not Old Enough"), with music composed by Nicola Salerno and lyrics by Mario Panzeri. Her win enabled her to represent Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest 1964 in Copenhagen with the same song, where she claimed her country’s first ever victory in the event. The song became an international success, even entering UK Singles Chart, traditionally unusual for Italian material. It sold over three million copies, and was awarded a platinum disc in August 1964. In 1966, she recorded "Dio, come ti amo" ("God, How I Love You"), which became another worldwide hit.

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In 1974 Gigliola Cinquetti entered the Eurovision Song Contest again, this time held in Brighton, Sussex, England. The song was called "Sí" (which became quite controversial in Italy at the time, with the impending divorce referendum in the offing), and came second to Swedish foursome ABBA with their song "Waterloo". Gigliola Cinquetti scored an even bigger UK hit single than she had ten years earlier, with "Sí" peaking at No. 8

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Moxie’s – Comic Strip Background – Part 9

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A Look At The place

Although Moxie’s Café is a place that exists only in my fantasy and not out there in real life, I have had the create a fairly good picture of how it looks there. I know how all these weirdoes who frequent the place look like, so it is only natural to get a good picture of the environment they meet in. I picture Moxie’s in one of the nicer parts of Oslo West a mix between posh houses in lush gardens and old city blocks. The rough sketch below should give you an idea of ​​how I envision the lay out of the place.

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You can see smaller versions of the large water colours I use as
backgrounds when I build the series strips in PhotoShop HERE

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This Week’s Softdrink – Spezi

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Spezi is a soft drink made with cola and orange soda. It is a genericized trademark; its owner of the trademark is Brauhaus Riegele in Augsburg, Germany. When the brand was registered in 1956, Riegele at first was selling beer under the trademark. When Spezi is bottled by other breweries, it usually runs under the official title "Cola-Mix".

493_spezi_01In most of Germany and Austria, Spezi is a generic term for a mixture of cola and orange soda. Riegele registered the trademark and tried to monopolise the use of the term, but did not achieve that goal. Most large beverage manufacturers sell similar products, though most of them only in Germany. Examples are Schwip Schwap by PepsiCo or Mezzo Mix by the Coca-Cola Company. Nowadays, these two competitors sell far better than the original Spezi. However, original Spezi, in contrast to its main competitors, is not available in some parts of493_spezi_02 Germany, particularly in large parts of former East Germany, which is probably one of the reasons for its smaller market share. Like other colas, Spezi contains caffeine; other ingredients include water, sugar, carbonic acid, orange juice and lemon juice.

493_spezi_04Riegele Spezi is sold mostly in half litre glass bottles, but 0.33l and 1.5l bottles are available as well. There is also a diet version. The slogan is: "Spezi ist Spitze – trink das Original!" ("Spezi is great – drink the original!").

Spezi is sometimes called "Kalter Kaffee" ("cold coffee") because of its color. In some regions of northern Germany (Emsland), Spezi stands for a mixture of traditional German Schnapps and cola.

Text from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Help Needed
I need your help visitors, both in suggesting sodas and soft drinks from around the world and in giving your opinion on the ones presented if you know the product. And you can start with giving your opinion on the ones posted already or reading what other visitors have written  – Ted

List of Soft drinks and sodas posted already
Visitors soft drinks and sodas suggestions and comments

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The 1949 Fiat 500 c (The Topolino)

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Fiat introduced the ‘C’ version of the famous 500, or Topolino at the Geneva Motor Show in early 1949.

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The Fiat 500C Topolino was basically a two-seater with space for luggage behind the seats. This car had an all-new front as well as rear end though the basic overall structure and proportions were akin to its predecessor.

Text and images found at zigwheels.com


Filed under: Automobiles, The forties, Transportation Tagged: 1949, Fiat 500c, Fiat Topolino, Italian cars, Micro cars, mini cars

Henri Lebasque – French Post-Impressionist Painter

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Henri Lebasque (25 September 1865 – 7 August 1937) was a French post-impressionist painter. He was born at Champigné(Maine-et-Loire). His work is represented in French museums, notably Angers, Geneva (Petit Palais), Lille (Musée des Beaux-Arts), Nantes, and Paris (Musée d’Orsay). Lebasque died at Cannet, Alpes Maritimes in 1937.

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Education and artistic development

He started his education at the École régionale des beaux-arts d’Angers, and moved to Paris in 1886. There, Lebasque started studying under Léon Bonnat, and assisted Ferdinand Humbert with the decorative murals at the Panthéon. Around this time, Lebasque met Camille Pissarro andAuguste Renoir, who later would have a large impact on his work.

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Lebasque’s vision was coloured by his contact with younger painters, especially Édouard Vuillard and Pierre Bonnard, founders of the The Nabis’ Group, who were the Intimists that first favoured the calm and quietude of domestic subject matter. From his first acquaintance with Georges Seurat and Paul Signac, Lebasque learnt the significance of a colour theory which stressed the use of complementary colours in shading.

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Career

Lebasque was a founding member of the Salon d’Automne in 1903 with his friend Henri Matisse. Two years later, a group of artists exhibited there including Georges Rouault, André Derain, Édouard Vuillard, and Matisse. Lebasque also became friends with artists such as Gustave Rouault, Raoul Dufy, Louis Valtat, and Henri Manguin, the last of whom introduced Lebasque to theSouth of France.

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His time in South of France would lead to a radical transformation in Lebasque’s paintings, changing his colour palette forever. Other travels included the Vendée, Normandy, and Brittany.

Lebasque had some commercial success during his lifetime. He worked on the decorations at the theatre of the Champs-Elyséesand of the Transatlantique sealiner.

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Round Britain By Railway Posters – Lichfield

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Lichfield /ˈlɪfld/ is a cathedral city and civil parish in Staffordshire, England. One of eight civil parishes with city status in England, Lichfield is situated roughly 16 mi (26 km) north of Birmingham. At the time of the 2011 Census the population was estimated at 32,219 and the wider Lichfield District at 100,700.

606_lichfield_09Notable for its three-spired medieval cathedral, Lichfield was the birthplace of Samuel Johnson, the writer of the first authoritative Dictionary of the English Language. The city’s recorded history began when Chad of Mercia arrived to establish his Bishopric in 669 CE and the settlement grew as the ecclesiastical centre of Mercia. In 2009, the Staffordshire Hoard, the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver metalwork, was found 5.9 km (3.7 mi) southwest of Lichfield.

The development of the city was consolidated in the 12th century under Roger de Clinton who fortified the Cathedral Close and also laid out the town with the ladder-shaped street pattern that survives to this day. Lichfield’s heyday was in 606_lichfield_01the 18th century when it developed into a thriving coaching city. This was a period of great intellectual activity, the city being the home of many famous people including Samuel Johnson, David Garrick, Erasmus Darwin and Anna Seward, and prompted Johnson’s remark that Lichfield was "a city of philosophers".

Today, the city still retains its old importance as an ecclesiastical centre, and its industrial and commercial development has been limited. The centre of the city retains an unspoilt charm with over 230 listed buildings in its historic streets, fine Georgian architecture and old cultural traditions. People from Lichfield are known as Lichfeldians.

Prehistoric and antiquity

606_lichfield_02The earliest evidence of settlement has been the discovery of Mesolithic flints on the high ground of the cemetery at St Michael on Greenhill, which may indicate an early flint industry. Traces of Neolithic settlement have been discovered on the south side of the sandstone ridge occupied by Lichfield Cathedral.

3.5 km (2.2 mi) southwest of Lichfield, near the point where Icknield Street crosses Watling Street was the site of Letocetum. Established in 50 AD as a military fortress, by the 2nd century it had become a civilian settlement with a bath house and a mansio. Letocetum fell into decline by the 4th century and the Romans had left by the 5th century. There have been scattered Romano-British finds in Lichfield and it is possible that a burial discovered beneath the cathedral in 1751 was Romano-British. There is no evidence of what happened to Letocetum after the Romans left; however Lichfield may have emerged as the inhabitants of Letocetum relocated during its decline.

Middle ages

606_lichfield_03The early history of Lichfield is obscure. The first authentic record of Lichfield occurs in Bede‘s history, where it is called Licidfelthand mentioned as the place where St Chad fixed the episcopal see of the Mercians in 669. The first Christian king of Mercia,Wulfhere, donated land at Lichfield for St Chad to build a monastery. It was because of this that the ecclesiastical centre of Mercia became settled as the Diocese of Lichfield, which was approximately 7 miles (11 km) northwest of the seat of the Mercian kings at Tamworth.

The first cathedral was built on the present site in 700 when Bishop Hædde built a new church to house the bones of St Chad, which had become the centre of a sacred shrine to many pilgrims when he died in 672. The burial in the cathedral of the kings of Mercia, Wulfhere in 674 and Ceolred in 716, further increased the city’s prestige. In 786 King Offa made the city an archbishopric with authority over all the bishops from the Humber to the River Thames; his appointee was Archbishop Hygeberht. After King Offa’s death in 796, Lichfield’s power waned; in 803 the primacy was restored to Canterbury by Pope Leo III after only 16 years.

606_lichfield_05The Historia Brittonum lists the city as one of the 28 cities of Britain around AD 833.

During the 9th century, Mercia was devastated by Danish Vikings. Lichfield itself was unwalled and the cathedral was despoiled, so Bishop Peter moved the see to the fortified and wealthier Chester in 1075.

His successor, Robert de Limesey, transferred it to Coventry but it was eventually restored to Lichfield in 1148. Work began on the present Gothic cathedral in 1195. At the time of theDomesday Book survey, Lichfield was held by the bishop of Chester, where the see of the bishopric had been moved 10 years earlier; Lichfield was listed as a small village. The lord of the manor was the bishop of Chester until the reign of Edward VI.

Bishop Roger de Clinton was responsible for transforming the scattered settlements to the south of Minster Pool into the ladder-plan streets existing today. Market Street, Wade Street, Bore Street and Frog Lane linked Dam Street, Conduit Street and Bakers Lane on one side with Bird Street and St John 606_lichfield_07Street on the other. Bishop de Clinton also fortified the cathedral close and enclosed the town with a bank and ditch, and gates were set up where roads into the town crossed the ditch. In 1291 Lichfield was severely damaged by a fire which destroyed most of the town; however the Cathedral and Close survived unscathed.

In 1387 Richard II gave a charter for the foundation of the gild of St Mary and St John the Baptist; this gild functioned as the local government, until its dissolution by Edward VI, who incorporated the town in 1548.

Early modern times

The policies of Henry VIII had a dramatic effect on Lichfield. The Reformation brought the disappearance of pilgrim traffic following the destruction of St Chad’s shrine in 1538 which was a major loss to the city’s economic prosperity. That year too the Franciscan Friary was dissolved, the site becoming a private estate. Further economic decline followed the outbreak of plaguein 1593, which resulted in the death of over a third of the entire population.

606_lichfield_08Three people were burned at the stake for heresy under Mary I. The last public burning at the stake in England took place in Lichfield, when Edward Wightman from Burton upon Trent was executed by burning in the Market Place on 11 April 1612 for his activities promoting himself as the divine Paraclete and Saviour of the world.

In the English Civil War, Lichfield was divided. The cathedral authorities, with a certain following, were for the king, but the townsfolk generally sided with the Parliament. This led to the fortification of the close in 1643. Lichfield’s position as a focus of supply routes had an important strategic significance during the war, and both forces were anxious for control of the city. Lord Brooke, notorious for his hostility to the church, led an assault against it, but was killed by a deflected bullet on St Chad’s day, an accident welcomed as a miracle by the Royalists. The close yielded and was retaken by Prince Rupert of the Rhine in this year; but on the breakdown of the king’s cause in 1646 it again surrendered. The cathedral suffered extensive damage from the war, including the complete destruction of the central spire. It was restored at the Restoration under the supervision of Bishop Hacket, and thanks in part to the generosity of King Charles II.

606_lichfield_10Lichfield started to develop a lively coaching trade as a stop-off on the busy route between London and Chester from the 1650s onwards, making it Staffordshire’s most prosperous town. In the 18th century, and reaching its peak in the period from 1800—1840, the city thrived as a busy coaching city on the main routes from London to the north-west and Birmingham to the north-east. It also became a centre of great intellectual activity, being the home of many famous people including Samuel Johnson, David Garrick, Erasmus Darwinand Anna Seward; this prompted Johnson’s remark that Lichfield was "a city of philosophers". In the 1720s Daniel Defoe described Lichfield as ‘a fine, neat, well-built, and indifferent large city’, the principal town in the region after Chester. During the late 18th and early 19th century much of the medieval city was rebuilt with the red brick Georgian style buildings we see today. Also during this time the city underwent vast improvements with underground sewerage systems, paved streets and gas powered street lighting. An infantry regiment of the British Army was formed at Lichfield in 1705 by Col. Luke Lillingstone in the King’s Head pub in Bird Street. In 1751 it became the 38th Regiment of Foot and in 1783 the 1st Staffordshire Regiment; after reorganisation in 1881 it became the 1st battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment.

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Bel Geddes’ Airliner No. 4

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Norman Bel Geddes (1893-1958) was one of the most influential designers of the early 20th Century.  Trained as a theatrical designer, he was the first to apply the principals of aerodynamics to industrial design, creating the style we now know was "Streamline Moderne."

607_plane2Having designed everything from household appliances to transcontinental trains, Bel Geddes turned his sights to the skies, creating in 1929 one of the most ambitious commercial airliner concepts ever put to paper: A nine-story flying amphibious behemoth dubbed simply "Airliner #4." Inspired by the Dornier DO-X flying boat, the aircraft — designed in partnership with Dr. Otto Koller — would sleep 606 passengers in cruise liner-like comfort.  With a wingspan of 525 feet, the plane would have been twice the size of a modern-day Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet.

Bel Geddes’ plans were the fly his plane between Chicago and London via the St. Lawrence Seaway with refueling done in flight over Canada.  Although he was purportedly in negotiations in a syndicate of Chicago businessmen to fund the project, it never materialized.

Although he never saw this dream take flight, Bel Geddes went on to gain fame of the designer of General Motors’ celebrated "Highways & Horizons" exhibit — better known as "Futurama" — at the 1939 New York World’s Fair.

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Childhood Memory

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I don’t know about round your neck of the woods, but where I live they used to dry the hay this way back when I was a kid and the arrangement is called a “hesje” in Norwegian. Where we had our summer cottage (and I still have) the closest neighbour was a small farm and they dried their hay this way. Small bats used to sleep in the hay during the day and in the twilight in the evening we used to shake the sticks holding the construction and the bats came flying out in dozens. Having fun was simple back then – Ted ;-)

Image found at VintageMarlene


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From A Different Time

Oslo May 9th 1940

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The attack on Norway in 1940 (in German referred to by the code name Weserübung-North) was the German attack on Norway April 9th 1940 during World War II. The attack was the first ever integrated air, sea and land attacks under one command, General Nikolaus von Falk Horst.

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The Norwegian fortification Oscar fortress sunk the German battleship "Blücher" in Drøbaksundet. This delayed disembarkation in Oslo and gave the king and the government and Parliament time to escape.


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This Week’s Retro Recipe – Chocolate Cake

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At a jumble-sale this summer I picked up a stack of small cookbooks and among them was the one you can see in the illustration above, “Rumford Bakebok” from 1927. I suspect that it is translated from English as Rumford is not a Norwegian product but who cares. With a bit of fancy PhotoShoping I managed to place both the book and a tin of Rumford into the intro illustrations for the recipes from the little book.

The book had been appreciated as it was obvious that several generations of the woman in the Grindalen family had used it frequently (two generations had scribbled their name inside and one on the outside) before it ended up in my vast collection of old printed matter

The recipe is HERE

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