Monday, November 27, 2017

Paekakariki steamers, 1975

It's pretty easy to to get pictures like this now, being the base of the Steam Incorporated Museum, but this was in the relatively early days of it.  One notes the billboard for a Mitsubishi Galant in the background. (Gary Francis pic)

for some light relief; 'wonderfully weird' books

Abe Books sent us an e-mail with a page of their selections for books deserving this description here

Sunday, November 26, 2017

1953 Cadillac Coupe de Ville

See earlier posts.

1936 Diamond T truck advert

Info on this Chicago-based manufacturer.

Egypt responds to attack on Sufi mosque

Armed militants stormed the al-Rawda mosque after the conclusion of Friday prayers on November 24, killing 305, and injuring at least another 128.

Egypt’s army and police forces carried out air strikes and ground operations in surrounding areas of the al-Rawda mosque on Friday night, targeting militants believed to have been involved in the attack.

The Islamic State's adherents consider Sufi Muslims, like Shiite Muslims, to be heretics and so, in their depraved minds, deserve to be eliminated like anyone who doesn't subscribe to the IS ideology.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

1974 Honda Civic

At the time 30-33 mpg was considered low consumption, but it's nothing special now.

1940 Vauxhall 12

1934 Auburn ad

1973 Ford Coach (Tourist Liner) in Milford Sound art

Belonging to Blue Bus Services on the first outing to the South Island. It never strayed far after the 1970s, being used more on lower valley services between Masterton and Featherston then Wairarapa school runs including a short stint with Trinity college. It was repowered with an Isuzu diesel around 1994 and retired for sale around 1999/2000.  Framed painting by Wallace Trickett.

Hitler's train 'Amerika' in Jellowa, September 1939

Talking to Nazi Foreign Minister Von Ribbentrop.
During the campaign in Poland.  At the time this was in Germany, today in Poland.  A Polish webpage with info here

"The Führerzug was a special train designed for Hitler which consisted of 15 cars: the Führer’s car, press secretary’s car, a car with a communication center, two saloon (diner) cars, a bath-car, two cars for escort and military units, two sleeping cars, two luggage cars, a car for security guards, and two armoured platform cars with antiaircraft guns. The Führer’s car was not armoured, however."

'they can look at their phones, I prefer to read a book'

a Leyland half-cab bus at the eastern portal of the Mt Victoria tram tunnel, Wellington

Taken by an Evening Post photographer in 1958.  For more, see the book Wellington Transport Memories.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Monday, November 20, 2017

traffic in Newmarket, Auckland, early 1920s

Looking south down Broadway from the vicinity of Khyber Pass Road. (Auckland Library collection)