Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Monday, July 30, 2012

Sunday, July 29, 2012


Radialva Super-Groom radio
ca. 1939
  • super heterodyne receiver (IF = 472 kHz)
  • tube line-up: 6E8G, 6K7, 6Q7, 25L6 and 25Z6
  • 3 wavebands: LW (800-2000 m), MW (185-590 m) and SW (15-52 m)
  • power: DC/AC
  • dimensions: 27.3 x 18.0 x 17.0 cm
Info: Oldradios

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Over Amsterdam

Promotional flight over the Netherlands, 13 October 1929.
De Stad - Amsterdam's coverage of the Zeppelin flight focused mainly on flights over Amsterdam, as you'd expect.
Cover shows the Zeppelin flying south, viewed from the Royal Palace on the Dam.

via blacque_jacques @ Flickr

Friday, July 27, 2012

Devon Belle

Devon Belle Pullman Observation Car No. 14 - exterior and interior
A poster by Marc Fernand Severin, 1947

Photos: Swanage Railway

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Montezuma 1934

The continuing story of the 19XX organization and their quest to stop WWII before it happens. A 135 page self-contained adventure!

A new project of Paul Roman Martinez

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Monday, July 23, 2012

Boardwalk Empire

Built in 1929 to host the city's growing convention industry, the historic Hall was touted an architectural marvel at that time. With its large 137 foot-high barrel vault ceiling, the Atlantic City Convention Hall as it was formerly known, laid claim to the world's largest clear span space during that period.

The Boardwalk Hall contains a 33,000-pipe organ, the world's largest and loudest. It was built between 1929 and 1932 by the Midmer-Losh Organ Company of Merrick, Long Island, N.Y., to designs drawn-up by Atlantic County State Senator Emerson L. Richards.

Saturday, July 21, 2012


Idroscivolante T108, designed by Col. Prospero Freri, Regia Aeronautica
Powered by a 500hp Alfa Romeo engine
Preserved at the National Science & Technology Museum, Milano


Thursday, July 19, 2012

Hanomag Diesel Rekord

 Built in by Wendler using a standard Hanomag D19 platform. Top speed - 155.94 km/h (5km distance, Records Week Dessau, 1939)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

St. John's Wood Underground Station

The station was opened on 20 November 1939 on a new section of deep-level tunnel constructed between Baker Street and Finchley Road when the Metropolitan Line's services on its Stanmore branch were transferred to the Bakerloo Line. It was transferred along with the rest of the Stanmore branch to the Jubilee Line when it opened in 1979.

With the opening of St John's Wood station, two nearby stations on the Metropolitan Line were closed. These were Lord's (which had originally been opened in 1868 as St John's Wood Road) and Marlborough Road.

Photo by curry15 @ Flickr

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Work is a Matter of Honor

In the USSR, work is a matter of honor, glory, valor and heroism
(in the upper left corner, above distinguished workers' list: The country has to know its heroes)

Gustav Klutsis, 1931

Monday, July 16, 2012

Friday, July 13, 2012

Artillery Tractor, Italy

1935 Trattore Cingolato Fiat OCI 708 CM

Orient Airlines

In 1929, Air Union Lignes d'Orient (est. 1923 as Messageries Transariennes) was merged with Air Asie into Air Orient. Four years later five companies, incl. Air Orient, were merged into Air France.
Maurice Noguès, the famous aviation pioneer and WWI hero, served with Lignes d'Orient/Air Orient as chief pilot and managing director. He was the driving force behind the company's rapid expansion to the East, with regular mail & passenger service reaching Beirut, Damascus, Baghdad, Saigon and Bangkok.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Sun Theatre, Yarraville

Yarraville is a suburb 6 km west of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Located near the Yarraville railway station on Anderson and Ballarat Streets, this area of the suburb is renowned in Melbourne for its unique character, architecture and quality of village life. Anderson and Ballarat Streets, in the heart of the Yarraville Village, are lined with refurbished 19th century buildings and dotted with quaint neighbourhood cafés, restaurants and boutique shops.
This village atmosphere is anchored by the restored Sun Theatre and the adjacent Sun bookshop, a prominent landmark in the Yarraville community with its unique art deco architecture and its 6 cinemas. Notable examples of Edwardian and Victorian architecture can be found in Yarraville.

Photo & text by Helefran @ Flickr

Monday, July 9, 2012

Streamline Riverboats

Small riverboats ('cutters'), Moskva-Volga Canal. 1939
Riverboat design concepts, 1938

Source: moskva-volga.ru

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Sub-heavy Cruiser

Almirante Braun cruiser, Argentine Navy

The 6,800-ton Veinticinco de Mayo and Almirante Braun design was derived from the Italian Trento class. The ships were smaller than the original, and carried significantly less armour. They had a clean and simple design, with a length-width ratio of almost 10:1. Three twin turrets were mounted with an elevation of 46 degrees for firing.
The main 190 mm (7.5 inch) guns were designed especially for this class for greater stability (the Trento-class carried 203 mm (8 inch) guns). This could have been a quite powerful gun, but no documents about its characteristics are available in Italian or Argentine archives. The guns had single mounts to simplify construction, and could fire a 90 kg (200 lb) shell up to 23 km (30,000 yards). Despite this reduction in size and weight, they were still too heavy, so the number of turrets were reduced from four to three.
The secondary armament was also a new design, similar to standard 100–102 mm guns of the time. It consisted of twelve 102 mm (4 inch) DP guns, firing a 13.5 kg (30 lb) shell, all in twin mounts. This was an unusual arrangement for Italian heavy cruisers, which generally carried only four to eight of these weapons. However to counter the additional weight, gun shields were removed, which adversely affected their operability in bad weather conditions.
Unusually, the torpedo tubes were in fixed mounts amidships firing abeam, which caused problems in aiming effectively.

Neither vessel played a role in WWII or any other military conflict. Both were decommissioned in 1961.

Image: histarmar.com. Info: Wikipedia

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Blue and White

Renault VH 2211 diesel railcar. 1933
The Renault factories tested large numbers of ADC's between 1922 and 1934 which were to shape the standards applied to their future models. The 15 fist VH-type ADC's, single-bodied and reversible, were fitted with a four-strocke, V12-cylinder diesel engine and a 4-speed gearbox and were rated at 162 kW at 1500rpm. They were used on the Est, P.O., PLM and AL networks, followed by around a hundred other models, including the VH 2211, at 195kW a more powerful machine.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Chinese Six

1952 Maudslay Majestic
'Chinese six' is a six-wheeler configuration of the two steering axle and one drive axle.
Photos: misterpexies57, matador45 and colinfpickett @ Flickr

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

GIZ State Publishers

Remember, this brand is a source of knowledge and light

Vladimir Mayakovsky, Varvara Stepanova

Monday, July 2, 2012

Stylish Tricar

Tatra T49 
Powered by a one-cylinder four-stroke 529 cc engine, the little T49 three-wheeler had a lot in common with larger conventional models, T12 and T30. Only 200 were produced.

Source: Tatraportal