Friday, May 30, 2014

1964 Commer PA 1600 3/4 and 1 ton vans

1964 Chrysler Imperial

'I sold my furnishings to buy this transpress nz book'

sailing vessels off Whitby, England, 19th century

"Luggers and other commercial traffic in a calm off Whitby", painted in 1871 by Henry Redmore (1820-1888).

cars outside the post office, Whakatane, 1950s

"OK, we need a 'wish you were here' scene for a postcard of Whakatane - what's the most interesting thing there?"

"How about the post office?"

"Uh, um, isn't there anything more exciting?"


toaster van

Presumably the owner makes or sells toasters...  from a viral e-mail

the world's longest trolley bus line - from Simferopol to Yalta, Crimea

Until a few weeks ago Crimea was in Ukraine, now Russia. The 86 km (53 mile) trolleybus line was built in 1959 as an alternative to extending the railway line from Simferopol over the mountains to the coast.

It opened in two parts: Simferopol–Alushta in 1959 and Alushta–Yalta in 1961. The journey time to Alushta is about 1½ hours, to Yalta about 2½ hours.  It goes across the Angarskyi Pass, reaching 752 metres (2,500 ft) altitude at the highest point, then descends to the resort town of Alushta on the coast. The remaining distance to Yalta is 41 km (25 miles) and winds around the mountains above the sea.

Škoda 9Tr and Škoda 14Tr buses were used, being replaced from 2010 by Bohdan T601-11 buses.  These pics, taken in 1973, are from this webpage, where there are more.

cars and trams in Princes Street, Dunedin, early 1950s

Looking south. The 1952 Hillman Minx on the right is the most recent identifiable car.  See earlier posts and our books for more.

how well do you treat books?

An article by UK Guardian blogger Alison Flood from last week is here

Paperback spines will always suffer compared to hardback spines, but hardbacks cost more to produce.  However, the existence of creased and cracked book spines in your bookcase makes it look like you've read them a few times; one of the advantages of printed books over e-readers...

trains and buses at Billings Union Depot, Montana, circa 1910

The station was built in 1908 by the Northern Pacific Railway (the town was named after Northern Pacific president Frederick H. Billings in 1882) and was used also by Chicago, Burlington and Quincy as well as Great Northern which ran from here to Great Falls. In 1971 Amtrak took over the Northern Pacific route between Seattle and Minneapolis, but discontinued it in 1979. Today the building is a restaurant and the tracks see only freight trains.

New Plymouth Harbour breakwater, 1900s

See earlier posts and our books for more.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

1954 GM graphic, Denmark

Probably intended to depict an Opel.

'what's better than reading a good book?'

The Duke of Gloucester admires a South Australian steam engine, 1934

One for the monarchists - Henry William Frederick Albert (1900–1974), on the left in the pic, made a Royal Tour of Australia in 1934, seen here looking at the royal train's engine at Euralia in South Australia. He did some more train travel in NZ over December 1934-January 1935 before heading to Fiji.  He came back to Australia as GG over 1945-1947.

Christmas Island phosphate trains

Christmas Island is a 135 sq km island in the Indian Ocean, not far from Indonesia, which was a British territory until 1957 and has been Australian since then. It has a population of about 2,000. The main economic activity used to be phosphate mining and an 18-km standard gauge railway from Flying Fish Cove to the phosphate mine was constructed in 1914. It was closed in December 1987 when the Australian government closed the mine.  More on the line and its equipment is on this webpage.

rewatering at Wedderburn on the Otago Central, 1949

AB 694.  For lots more, see the book The Otago Central Railway: a tribute

the story of crude oil

A documentary first screened 7 years ago is viewable on the Australian ABC website here.

Some key points-

*  About 90% of oil is used as fuel, the other 10% is used by petrochemical industries to make products such as plastic and paint.

*  About half the oil that was in the ground, land or undersea, in the 1880s has now been consumed.

* At present rates of consumption the rest will be used before the end of the century.

* Before that happens, however, the economics of extracting remaining oil in the most difficult to access places will kick in.

* The most optimistic estimates are that there is enough oil that can be accessed economically to last for about another 50 years; pessimistic estimates are much for a much shorter time.

* While big, the challenges of developing alternative energy sources in time in developed countries are achievable; for less developed countries which represent most of the world's population, the picture is more troublesome.

1954 Mercury coupe cruiser

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Russian tram graphic, 1927

Something to do with constructivism. Reklama v tramvaye means 'advertisement on a tram'.

Gibraltar postal vehicles stamps

An issue from last year.

Paris traffic, 1910

No traffic policeman is visible but it seems one was desirable; perhaps when the double deck compressed air tram started off it got priority.  The location is not stated but obviously somewhere between the Gare St Lazare and the Gare de Lyon.

HMS 'Bounty'

One of the best known sailing ships in British and South Pacific history. The length was 90 ft 10 inches (27.69 metres), beam 24 ft 4 in (7.42 metres) and depth of hold 11 ft 4 in (3.45 metres). In total the ship had 44 officers and men.

On 24 December 1787, the Bounty set sail for Cape Horn with a crew of 44 men under the command of Captain Bligh. His orders were to call at the Island of Tahiti, load as many breadfruit trees as could be carried and then transport them to the West Indies where they were to be cultivated in large plantations as a supply of food for the slaves.

On arriving at Tahiti, after a 10 month voyage, Captain Bligh discovered that he would have to wait six months before the young breadfruit trees were ready for digging up and transporting. He therefore had no choice but to spend this length of time on the island. But life there proved to be so idyllic that at the end of the six months the crew did anything but welcome his order to start loading and return on board ship.

On the morning of 18 April 1789, during the return voyage, the infamous mutiny took place. Captain Bligh and 18 loyal members of crew were cast adrift with 150 pounds of biscuits, 20 pounds of salted meat and 120 litres of water. They were also given a compass, sextant and the Bounty's logbook.

With only these victuals and equipment Captain Bligh reached the Island of Timor after 42 days and 3400 nautical miles. Later Bligh was made a vice-admiral and colonial governor.

The mutinous crew of the Bounty found a safe hiding place on Pitcairn Island and there they unloaded the cargo before setting fire to the ship.

One of our authors, Vic Young, has an ancestry going back to a crew member. More photos of this model are on this webpage.

cakes for car enthusiasts

By their size, presumably for consumption by groups. From a viral e-mail

1953 Pontiac advert

bus in the Hautes Cevennes, France, 1924

A gravel road, and maybe the passengers have come to look at Mont Gerbier de Jonc, a 1,551 metre (5,089 ft) high mountain of volcanic origin in the Massif Central. Its base contains three springs that are the source of the Loire, France's longest river.  A 360 degree panorama photo is on this webpage.

'A smart phone? No, I like books'

tram on Karori Road by Tringham Street, Wellington, 1947

While on the subject of Karori trams, this aerial view by Whites Aviation from December 1947 shows one by the intersection with Tringham Street in the upper part of the photo.  Unfortunately, it won't be too visible on this blogspot page as blogspot compresses all pictures above 1600 pixels down to that size, and you need to see the 4000 pixel original.

Irrespective of that, the more interesting aspect of the pic is the general lack of traffic.  Despite being over 2 years after the end of WW2, petrol (gasoline) rationing was still in place, and private car ownership wasn't extensive because of government import controls and high taxes; the latter situation didn't change until the early 1960s. 

For lots more, see the book Wellington Transport Memories.

tram by Nottingham Street on Karori Road - 2

In reference to the post of 3 August 2011 with a painting, we have received an e-mail from the artist (it can take a while for folks to stumble across our site) attaching the photo above showing the scene circa 1954 with the comment below.  

Even accepting this, the inclusion of a VW Beetle in the painting is questionable as NZ assembly of VWs didn't begin until the same year (1954) that the Karori tram line was closed and trolley bus operation began. Geoff Churchman says he is very familiar with the scene as he grew up in Nottingham Street in the 1960s-1970s and caught the bus where the car on the right is parked for about 20 years.  The service station on the left of the photo was rebuilt in the 1950s. 


The description claims that the houses on the left are `artistic licence' and the photo below from Google claims to illustrate that the houses featured in my painting are not the actual houses in the street. In fact the houses in the painting did, and still do exist. The Art Deco style house on the extreme left with the concrete retaining wall at street level is at No. 107 Karori Road, the one beyond with the chimney is at No. 111 Karori Road. The houses in the Google picture are at Nos. 103 and 105 Karori Road. Attached is an extract of a black and white photograph from the period upon which the painting is based, and you will see that the houses in my painting are represented correctly.

Regards, Phil Dickson Artist

s'cool bus bike

Of "Patent Bending Bus Lines"... More such Images rigolotes et insolites of custom motorbikes are on this webpage

1959 Ford Thunderbird advert

Missouri Pacific 4-8-2 at St. Louis Union Terminal, Missouri, 1947

Locomotive number 5340, the train not recorded.

Monday, May 26, 2014

unorthodox tree transport in Croatia

In the US and NZ you'd quickly get stopped by a cop for doing this. From a viral e-mail.

1959 Jaguar 3.4 litre saloon

former NZ Shipping Company ship 'Opawa' (1906)

The refrigerated cargo vessel Opawa was launched at the builders, William Denny & Brothers of Dumbarton, and completed in 1906.

Her length was 460 ft 7 inches (140.4 metres), breadth: 60 ft 2 inches (18.3 metres), and depth: 28 ft 7 inches (8.7 metres). Tonnage was 7,230 gross, 4,588 net and 10,620 deadweight.

In 1928 the ship was sold to Norwegian owners and converted to a whale factory ship, renamed Antarctic, seen in the picture at Tonsberg. In 1934 the ship was sold again to Japanese owners and renamed Antarctic Maru, renamed again the next year as Tonan Maru.

On 28 November 1943 the ship was sunk by U.S. submarine Bowfish 25 miles off Nah Trang, Vietnam, while operating as a tanker.  More info on this webpage