Friday, August 22, 2014

Thursday, August 21, 2014

it is a De Lorean

late 1940s Chevrolet Blitz Wagon model

A model produced by Trux of Sydney to honor Australian rural volunteer firefighters we have which came in a presentation diorama box as shown.

According to the information sheet which came with it, in 1937, with the threat of war looming, the British government asked Canada to develop a range of military multi-purpose trucks. The result was the Canadian Military Pattern (CMP) truck designed by Ford of Canada, although they were also produced by Chevrolet. When war broke out, Canada went into full production of CMP trucks, and over 400,000 of them were shipped to allied armies in battle zones around the world. Hundreds of thousands more were built or assembled in other Commonwealth countries.

CMP trucks were tough, reliable and were easy to transport. They were built with a number of different military body styles, including open trays, tankers, recovery vehicles, personnel carriers and radio trucks, in 4x4 and 6x4 drive configurations. There were also armoured versions that looked significantly different.

The CMP trucks gave outstanding service in several theatres of the war, and afterwards thousands were sold off as army surplus. They were eagerly sought after in a world starved of new vehicles, and many found new lives as civilian trucks. They were used for a range of duties, most commonly as fire engines, tow trucks and forestry trucks, where the 4-wheel drive was most useful, but they were also put into service as haulage trucks, cranes and on farms and circuses. Very common sights in France and the Netherlands, as well as in Australia (where the CMP truck was always referred to as the Chevrolet Blitz), these rugged vehicles lasted in service for up to 5 decades.

decline in snail mail is not good news for traditional stationers

Earlier this year, major U.S. stationery supply company Staples said it would close 225 stores in North America by the end of 2015 or about 12% of its outlets in the region. Customers are buying more products online and purchase less of Staples' core products, such as paper, ink and toner.

Now in NZ, long time stationery supplier, Croxley Stationery, a subsidiary of Office Depot Inc., has told workers it is considering stopping manufacturing at its Avondale, Auckland, factory from next year in favor of continuing as simply a wholesaler.

This raises a question mark over the medium term viability of NZ's largest chain of stationers, Paper Plus and its other brand, take note.  The franchised operation has been highly profitable for some decades because of the high mark-ups on stationery (about 150%), but declining sales will mean profits are likely not so rosy now.  The chain also sells books, although few of the shops are run by people interested in them and most only stock what their head office orders.

1964 Chrysler Imperial LeBaron 4-door hardtop

a cab-over Mercedes 600 pick-up

Obviously a custom job... from a viral e-mail

1971 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow

'I like to read a good book on my bed'

1963 Plymouth Belvedere

Indonesian 2-8-8-0 Mallet stamp

Class DD52, built by Hanomag in Germany (cape gauge). Some pics of the real thing here