Car prototypes of the Communism

There weren’t a huge range of available cars in the Eastern Block, and the production of them were continously delayed. After someone paid an advance, he might wait 10-15 years to get the car in hand. And there were countries where the waiting time was even longer! The Communist Era was never able to produce […]

Flashes from our past – 010

Shocking, surprising, interesting, rare! Cincinnati’s Price Hill Incline in the early 1900s   1913. Grinding metal at Crewe railway works, England   1919. Fish vendor in soviet Arkhangelsk   1930. Illegal distillery in Poland   1931. Archaeologists excavating the agora in Athens discovered a well hewn into the rock that contained the remains of 450 babies […]

Flashes from our past – 009

1957. The Piasecki VZ-8 Airgeep, also known as the flying Jeep, was developed for the US Army to takeoff and land vertically. They believed they could completely unleash the old rolling off-road vehicle.   1900. American woodcutters   1913. First all-Russian Olympic Games in Kiev. Riding and mowing Gymnastic with rakes and mowers.   1914. […]

Flashes from our past – 008 Mind Blowing Soviet Union

The Soviet Union is an inexhaustible source of interesting, disturbing, shocking or simply rare photos. Here’s a pack of ’em: 1920. H.G. Wells meets V. I. Lenin   1922. Mounting of high-voltage power lines towers without crane. The upper parts were always rolled up (see right)   1927. From 1909 to 1930 there was a […]

Flashes from our past – 007

Shocking, surprising, interesting, rare! 1901. Playground in Russian Empire, Cherkassy city. The name of the game is giant step   1910. US-Mexico border   1911. The 16 ton anchor for SS Titanic leaving N. Hingley & Sons, Netherton Iron Works, UK   1916. Cleaner vacuum cleaning the 2nd class wagons on the Russian Empire railway   1919. Red terror era. […]

Human crash test dummies

Germany late 1970s, early 80s A clip from the Television series “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not” with host Jack Palance that aired in the mid-1980’s. The story was about automobile safety and the importance of wearing your seat belt. The first half featured the familiar footage of crash test dummies in the ultra slow-motion from […]

Flashes from our past – 002

1893. Man, probably Tempest Anderson’s (pioneer of vulcanology) team member standing in a spiracle on a lava plain in Iceland   1906. Italian village Boscotrecase destroyed by volcanic ash and lava during Vesuvius eruption   1924. Calvin Coolidge (right) 30th president of United States on his Vermont farm with his wife (left) and son John (middle) […]