Tuesday, August 4, 2020

SS 'Minnekahda' of the Atlantic Transport Line


"SS Minnekahda was a passenger liner laid down in 1914, but construction was delayed by World War I. The hull was completed without a superstructure in 1917 and transferred to American registry in 1920. Fore River Shipyard refitted the hull to carry over two thousand immigrant passengers for the American Line. She entered service between Hamburg and New York City on 31 March 1921. Atlantic Transport Line then converted the ship for tourist-class service from 1924 until 1931. The ship was then laid up at New York by the Great Depression until scrap metal prices rose in response to German rearmament." (Wikipedia)

the RMS 'Aquitania'

An official promo artwork, probably from 1914.
The 45,647 grt RMS Aquitania was a British ocean liner of the Cunard Line in service from 1914 to 1950.

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Monday, August 3, 2020

test run of Wellington's first electric multiple units, June 1938


One of the six pairs of the initial Dm+D two-car units is seen at Ngaio on its way to Johnsonville.  A colorized NZR pic.  For lots more, see our books.

Sunday, August 2, 2020

1954 green metal bug


This was the first year that they were imported to NZ, see Phillip Coyle's book.  Obviously the wheels aren't original.

cars in L.A., 1949


No other info. Obviously there is a Ralph's supermarket in the background with Streamline Moderne styling which succeeded Art Deco in the late 1930s.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

early view of traffic outside Sydney station


Obviously before the present Central station was built in 1906.  However, as the practice of postcard publishers in those days was to remove overhead trolley lines above tram tracks, it's hard to determine how much earlier.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Dahabeah (Dahabeeyahs, Dahabiya) on the Nile, Egypt, circa 1900


These are shallow-bottomed, barge-like vessels with two or more sails, that have existed for thousands of years.  More info