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The Saab 69

Illustrated Childhood Memories


Long before little Ted had detected why there was a difference between boys and girls and what that difference could lead to he liked to look at pictures in magazines. Norwegian magazines back in the fifties were very full of mono-chrome pictures of film stars, Italian ones in particular and among them was of course Sophia Loren. Those pictures evoke feelings in little Ted he didn’t understand but still liked very much.

Every time I see one of those old black & white photos of Sophia I’m momentarily brought back to the fifties and can’t help a little smile playing over my lips. Memories are strange and wondrous things.

Here’s about 50 of those old black & whites – Ted

Click to view slideshow.
Filed under: Actresses, Memories, Models & starlets, Photography Tagged: Italian actresses, Sophia Loren

The Sunday Comic – Training Your Bacteria

This Week’s Girlymag Article – Black And White And Sheer All Over


A digital recreation of an article published  in Tip Top magazine Vol3 No6  in 1964 img_01txt_01

Read the whole article and see
the naughty pictures

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 ;-)

Filed under: Article, Models & starlets, Nudes Tagged: 1964, Girlie magazines, Tip Top magazine

Retro rambling’s Visitors Service – Part 19 – Ladies, Be Aware Of The Two Paths


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I have posted similar advice to my male visitors earlier and now ladies, now it’s your turn. Be aware of the two paths. And yes, I know this advice comes a little too late for some of you – Ted ;-)

Here’s a few other things any decent person should know:

Retrorambling’s Visitors Service – Part 18 – How To Sit Down Gracefully
Retrorambling’s Visitors Service – Part 15 – Telephone Etiquette
Retrorambling’s Visitors Service – Part 13 – Breaking And Entering
Retrorambling’s Visitors Service – Part 8 – Italian Gestures
Retrorambling’s Visitors Service – Part 10 – Italian Gestures 2
Retrorambling’s Visitors Service – Part 8 – Dressing on Luxury Steamers
Retrorambling’s Visitors Service – Part 7 – The Bow-Tie
Retrorambling’s Visitors Service – Part 6 – Decent Sleep
Retrorambling’s Visitors Service – Part 5 – Flirtation

Filed under: Ephemera, Illustration, Information, Lifestyle, Visitor services Tagged: The two paths

Round The World By Steam – Koninklinjke Paketvaaert- Maatschappij



Koninklijke Paketvaart-Maatschappij (KPM) (Royal Packet Navigation Company) was a Dutch shipping company (1888–1966) in the Netherlands East Indies. It maintained the connections between the islands of Indonesia, and supported the unification of the Dutch colony economy as the Netherlands Koninklijke Paketvaart-Maatschappij5expanded its territory across the Indonesian archipelago. The company brought inter-island commerce through the capital, Batavia (now Jakarta) rather than to Singapore, which shifted economic activity to Java. With independence and establishment of Indonesia as a nation the company, after competing with the national Pelayaran Nasional Indonesia (National Indonesian Shipping) line and being taken over by trade union laborers on 3 December 1957, was faced with nationalization and moved its headquarters and international shipping assets to Singapore in 1958. From that base the company bought control of Maatschappij Zeetransport (Oranje Lijn) of Rotterdam entering a less than successful effort for the European-Canadian trade whereupon Oranje Lijn shares were sold and the company liquidated. KPM itself continued until January 1, 1967, when it merged with the Koninklijke Koninklijke Paketvaart-Maatschappij6Java China Paketvaart Lijnen (KJCPL) of Amsterdam. Crews and ships continued service with other lines until finally all former KPM elements were taken over by Nedlloyd in 1977.

Pre-World War II

The line’s routes, beyond the home islands, included services to the ports of Singapore and Hong Kong, Shanghai, Manila, Saigon; the Australian ports of Brisbane,Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide; African ports such as Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth, Mossel Bay, Cape Town, Zanzibar, Mombasa, and the Indian Oceanports of Réunion and Mauritius and Mahé.

World War II

During the second world war with Japan their ships assisted the Dutch, British and Australian war ships with the protection of Singapore and during the battle of theJava sea with the supply of ammunition. In the Netherlands East Indies Koninklijke Paketvaart-Maatschappij7several of their ships were rented by the Royal Netherlands Navy to participate in the defence of the Netherlands East Indies and Singapore too against the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy.

KPM ships were involved in the first months of the Pacific war in movement of supplies and troops. In January plans were made for the Aquitania to transport troops from Australia to Singapore until concern about putting such a large and valued transport loaded with 3,456 troops in range of Japanese air strikes resulted in a plan to transfer the troops to smaller vessels from Aquitania at Ratai Bay in the Sunda Strait. Aquitania and escort, the cruiser Canberra, sailed from Sydney on 10 January and reached Ratai Bay 20 January where the troops were distributed among the KPM vessels Both, Reijnst, Van der Lijn, Sloet van de Beele, Van Swoll, and Reaeland the British flagged ship Taishan. That convoy reached Singapore on 24 January.

Company ships reaching Australia during the Japanese advance through the islands were incorporated into the fleet being assembled by United States Koninklijke Paketvaart-Maatschappij8Forces in Australia (USFIA), shortly to be redesignated as U.S. Army Forces in Australia (USAFIA) and later the U.S. Army Services of Supply (USASOS), for support of the defense of Australia and campaign against the Japanese in the South West Pacific Area (SWPA). In early 1942 twenty-one small KPM vessels, loaded with refugees and limping into Australian ports, were obtained by charter for U.S. Army use and became known as the “KPM vessels” in the SWPA fleet. The means by which these vessels were brought under control of the SWPA command was complex and involved discussions with the Netherlands government officials in exile in both London and Washington as well as locally in Australia. Initially the original twenty-one vessels that reached Australia were chartered by the Chief Quartermaster, USAFIA on 26 March 1942 with long term details to be negotiated at higher levels.

Koninklijke Paketvaart-Maatschappij10The eventual decision, involving governments in London, Washington and the Combined Chiefs of Staff, was that the charters would be handled by the British Ministry of War Transport (BMWT) for the U. S. Army. The complex arrangement was a “bareboat charter to BMWT and through the War Shipping Administration (WSA) the ships were assigned by WSA to the Army but ‘not, repeat not, on bareboat but on gross basis,’ though under ‘full control’ of the Army.” In early March 1943 almost half the permanent local fleet was composed of the refugee KPM vessels:

On 6 March 1943, nearly 16 months after the beginning of the war, the permanent local fleet consisted of 43 vessels: the 21 KPM vessels obtained on 26 March 1942 and the 6 additional KPM vessels obtained on 19 January 1943; 3 vessels from the China Navigation Co. Ltd. (the Anhui, the Hanyang, and the Yochow); the Empire Hamble (ex Thepsatri Nawa. previously Admiral Senn), of Siamese registry, assigned 15 October 1942; the Admiral Halstead, the West Cactus (assigned 20 May 1942), and the Portmar (salvaged and reconditioned in 1942 by port-battalion troops), of U. S. registry; and 9 unnamed Liberty ships, which probably were in temporary service. The Coast Farmer had been sunk on 21 July 1942, and the Dona Nati had been withdrawn.

Koninklijke Paketvaart-Maatschappij9The twenty-one original vessels were: Balikpapan (1938), Bantam (1930), Bontekoe (1922), Both (1931), Cremer (1926), Generaal Verspijck (1928), Janssens (1935),Japara (1930), Karsik (1938), Khoen Hoea (1924) Maetsuycker (1936), s Jacob (1907), Sibigo (1926), Stagen (1919), Swartenhondt (1924), Tasman(1921), Van den Bosch (1903), Van der Lijn (1928), Van Heemskerk (1909), Van Heutsz (1926) and Van Spilbergen (1908).

Two of the ships, Maetsuycker and Tasman, were converted to hospital ships to handle casualties in the New Guinea campaign. Both ships, though under United States Army control, were Dutch flagged and certified as hospital ships under the Hague Convention by the Netherlands Government in exile.

Post War

The company later merged into Nedlloyd, P&O Nedlloyd and finally Maersk.

The ship on the poster

SS Rumphius
SS Rumphius

Text from Wikipedia

Filed under: Article, Maritime history, The forties, The thirties, The twenties Tagged: Koninklinjke Paketvaaert- Maatschappij, Steam line posters, Steam ship posters

London Anno 1959 – Part 9



TRAFALGAR SQUARE – Visitors to London – like the young men from Canada on the right of this picture – always gravitate towards Trafalgar Square, with its fountains, hundreds of pigeons and Nelson ‘8 Column. The spire of James Gibbs’s masterpiece, St Martin’s-in-the-Fields, stands out on the left and the building on the right is South Africa House, London headquarters of the South African government. Trafalgar Square was laid out between 1829 and 1841, from designs by Sir Charles Barry, on what Sir Robert Peel called ‘the first site in Europe’, formerly occupied by part of the royal mews. The statue of Nelson on top of the column was the work of E. H. Baily, who was also responsible for the statue of Athena outside the Athenaeum.

From “Country Life Picture Book of London” with photos by G F Allen

Filed under: British, Facts, Holidays, The fifties, Traveling Tagged: 1959, London, Trafalgar Square

Peter Wyngarde – A Man Of Action

This Week’s Softdrink – Asina


a10453_asinaAsina was an orange soda produced by the small soda plants in Norway.

Asina was launched in 1948 as a joint orange soda for members of the Soda Factory Association, meant as a competitor to Solo, also an orange soda, Norway’s most popular soda at that time. The Asina name derives from a name competition the Soda Factory Association announced in 1947 Asina came out on top, with Sinai and Orango respectively on second and third.

The Asina Association was founded in 1961 – an association that would manage the bottling rights and ensure that the product at any time held top a10453_asina2quality. Norway was divided into sales territory, and Asina became a known product all over the country.

After all the small soda factories have closed down, it is in 2014 only the Roma soda factory in Lillestrøm and Berentsens Brygghus who produce Asina.

Text (translated) from Wikipedia 

I can remember when Norway was divided into sales territory. In the era where I have my week end cottage there was a period when the only sodas you could get locally was Asina and Ginger Ale from Roma in Lillestrøm. Luckily, Asina was and still is an excellent soda – Ted

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


Filed under: Article, Food & drinks, Soft drinks and sodas, The forties, The sixties Tagged: Asina, Berentsens Brygghus, Norwegian orange sodas, Roma mineralvann fabrikk

Brush – The Mystic



Brush started as a sales manager for a clothing company, using magic tricks to help bring in business. He eventually realized that he could make a living that way and became a full time magician. As seen in the illustration, his moustache was groomed to turn up, making him appear more magical.

Image and text from mentalfloss

Filed under: Ephemera, Facts, Posters Tagged: Brush The Mystic, Magicians, The Hindu basket

In The WWI Trenches



"The recruits of 1914 have the look of ghosts. They are queuing up to be slaughtered: they are already dead." – Geoff Dyer, The Missing of the Somme

[Image: Austrian soldier at the wooden trenches during WWI, Eastern Europe, 1915, via deathandmysticism]

Image and text from 50watts

Filed under: People, Photography, WW I Tagged: Geoff Dyer, The Missing of the Somme, Wooden trenches

Round Britain By Railway Posters – Ross-on-Wye



Ross-on-Wye (Welsh: Rhosan ar Wy) is a small market town with a population of 10,089 (according to the 2001 census) in south eastern Herefordshire, England, located on the River Wye, and on the northern edge of the Forest of Dean.



Ross-on-Wye was the birthplace of the British tourist industry. In 1745, the rector, Dr John Egerton, started taking friends on boat trips down the valley from his rectory at Ross. The Wye Valley‘s particular attraction was its river a10455_ross_on_wye_07scenery, its precipitous landscapes, and its castles and abbeys, which were accessible to fashionable seekers of the "Picturesque". In 1782, William Gilpin’s book "Observations on the River Wye" was published, the first illustrated tour guide to be published in Britain. Once it was published, demand grew so much that by 1808 there were eight boats making regular excursions down the Wye, most of them hired from inns in Ross and Monmouth. By 1850 more than 20 visitors had published their own accounts of the Wye Tour, and the area was established as a tourist area.


EPSON scanner imageThe former Ross-on-Wye railway station was a junction railway station on the Hereford, Ross and Gloucester Railway constructed just to the north of the town. It was the terminus of the Ross and Monmouth Railway, which joined the Hereford, Ross and Gloucester just south of the station. Opened on 1 June 1855, on 29 July 1862 the line was amalgamated with theGreat Western Railway, and in 1869 converted from broad gauge to standard gauge in a five-day period. A line to Tewkesbury was authorised by parliament in 1856, but was never built.

a10455_ross_on_wye_02Closed under the Beeching Axe, the lines to Ross closed in stages, with the final closure in 1964. The brick built station building has been demolished and the site redeveloped into an industrial estate, on which the brick built goods and engine sheds still stand.

Today, although the nearest railway station is Ledbury on the Cotswold Line, Gloucester has a much better bus connection with Ross, and is a major interchange on the national rail network.

Just to the east of town is the end of the M50 "Ross Motorway" spur from the M5 motorway which links the area to the UK motorway network.

Filed under: British, Ephemera, Holidays, Traveling Tagged: British Railways, Ross on Wye

The Life & Times Of Aunt Mabel – Part 14



Aunt Mabel has always been bothered by the summer heat, she simply can’t stand sweating or feeling hot. She has never bothered about the where and when like the rest of us. When she feels hot she strips down to a minimum wherever she is. One time a police officer ordered her to put her clothes back on  she tried to strangle him with her skirt.

The fact that she was severely fined didn’t bother her the least, but she pestered her family for months about how hot the holding sell was. And when young Johnny’s mother came to bail her sister out, bringing a flimsy summer dress Aunt Mabel got out of every stich of clothing before pulling it over her head and when the bail was paid she threw her sweaty underwear in the face of the officer at the front desk. When he blushed heavily she laughed so hard she had to lean against the desk.

Johnny’s mother blushed even more as she dragged her laughing sister out of the door and when they came up to poor Johnny who was waiting outside on the pavement she turned her back to him lifting the dress quickly up flashing him her bare bum snickering to him over her shoulder “Look Johnny, Mabel’s going commando!”


Filed under: Humour, Tackieness Tagged: Aunt Mabel, Bothersome relatives, Flashing, Heat, Mooning, Stripping, Sweating

My Windows Live Writer Has Crashed


a10456_despairAnd  when I try to install it again from Windows.com my system wont accept it. It might take a few days before I find a good replacement. If any of you guys or girls out there have any suggestions, please drop me a comment on this post – Ted

Filed under: Information

The Different Races Don’t Just Have Different Face Features ….

The Villagers Have Stopped Objecting

The New Hat



I must admit I find it a little bit hard to believe that the whole family got that excited over the breadwinner’s new hat even back in the days when men wore hats. I mean, they look like he just won the big lottery. I love the dreamy look on his face though, as though he thought that hat would change his life for ever – Ted ;-)

Filed under: Advertising, Illustration, People Tagged: Hats, New hats

The Commer 3/4 & 1 Ton

Les Liaisons Dengereuses – Illustrations By George Barbier

Something Is Telling Me…..