Saturday, May 11, 2013

Friday, May 10, 2013

Greetings from the Harz

In August 1952, Mark Toma took his father and Rita (Dr. Toma's new wife) to the Harz mountain range in Saxony / Thuringia. It was a boring trip along a picturesque route...
... в конце августа сел за руль отцовского "Мерседеса" и вывез доктора Тома с его верной подругой на отдых в Гарц. Там, в саксонских горах, было красиво и отчаянно скучно, но приближалось начало семестра и следовало собраться с мыслями. Так что я читал Моммзена и Мишле, пытался приучить себя к немецкой кухне и исправно доставлял отца и Риту к различным достопримечательностям.


Thursday, May 9, 2013

1930: Real Streamliner

The Burney Streamline Car was an aerodynamic vehicle that was designed for the road by Sir Charles Dennistoun Burney in 1929.
The car's revolutionary design was inspired by the principles of the Airship Guarantee Company in Howden, where Burney was managing director and responsible for constructing the R100 Airship.
"Burney saw the design emerging for the Airship, which was intended to have a maximum speed of 70 mph through air," said Dr Bernard Nield of Howden Civic Society, a vintage car enthusiast who has authored a book about the Streamline Car. "He concluded that if the Streamline shape of the Airship was good for the Airship, then it would be good for a motor car and reduce aerodynamic drag that cars of that period were all experiencing."
The prototype of the Streamline was built in Howden out of scrap materials including aluminium and balloon fabric, all taken from the airship station. The vehicle had caused quite a stir in the town when it was road tested.
In September 1930, Burney could drive one of his streamliners to Cardington where the R106 was preparing for her North American flight.
Info: BBC

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Demotivational Surrender

Original image:

On May 7, 1945, the European conflict of World War II ended when Germany signed an unconditional surrender at Allied headquarters in Rheims, France.
In this photo, Colonel General Gustaf Jodl, German Chief of Staff signs the documents of unconditional surrender, under which all remaining forces of German Army are bound to lay down their arms.
On Jodl’s left is General Admiral von Friedeburg of the German Navy, on his right is Major Wilhelm Oxenius of the German General Staff.

(from the FDR Library)

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

1930: Cardington Revisited

Paul Catherall. R100 & R101: Airships at Cardington
Image copyright of the artist and Cecil Higgins Art Gallery & Bedford Museum, 2010.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Wine of the Century

The 1961 Bordeaux, aka Claret, mentioned in our Chapter 36 as "wine of the century", reached a legendary status as early as in the Sixties.
Here's a short quote from a NYT article (1995):
The 1961 Bordeaux vintage is probably the most famous of the 20th century. Whether it will prove to have been the best will be argued for years to come. The vintages of 1929, 1945, 1947 and 1959 all have their champions; 1982 and 1990 may yet prove to be exceptional and, of course, there are five harvests to go.
Early on May 29, 1961, a severe frost destroyed almost 75 percent of the expected Bordeaux harvest. But the summer that followed was almost textbook perfect, pouring its energy into the few surviving vines. The result was wines of intense concentration and staying power.
Château La Mission Haut Brion 1961
Лаконичные рекомендации метрдотеля внушали куда больше доверия, чем многостраничное меню. Дора одобрительно кивнула. Просмотрев винную карту, я выбрал кларет 1961 года. Метрдотель хмыкнул, тоже одобрительно – еще бы, урожай века!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

1930: More Hats!

Hollywood fashion show, 1930
(LA Public Library)
Summer hat
Hats by Germaine Page and Marcelle Lély,
Les Chapeaux de la femme chic, 1930
See also: 1930. Real Hats!