Wednesday, October 20, 2021
This was another early jet fighter developed immediately after WW2. It featured a swept wing, a radical idea at the time, and as improvements and new ideas cropped up they were incorporated into the design, leading to delays in the schedule. The program had been conducted in parallel with the Hawker Hunter development, Britain was hedging their bets. The Swift first flew in 1948 and after much development and testing it was finally adopted by the RAF in early 1954.
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Monday, October 18, 2021
Sunday, October 17, 2021
|The Camera Never Lies, Webb and Bower, 1982|
Saturday, October 16, 2021
Friday, October 15, 2021
Thursday, October 14, 2021
The site is located under the freeway near the M and T Bank stadium, nothing to see there...
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
In 2009 a group of Healey enthusiasts returned to the salt flats to do a reenactment of the event.
|Cycle Magazine 1976|
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Shortly after the Netherlands Navy bought and tested the first steamship made by J.H.& J. Duke shipyards in Dover, England in 1825, the company Machinefabriek Werkspoor was founded in order to bring the technology to the Netherlands. The company was successful, becoming the largest machine factory in Holland, building ships and ship components, later adding railway steam locomotives and rolling stock to the product line. The company went through several iterations over the years and after a reorganization in 1890, it became a major manufacturer of all sorts of machinery, their first marine diesel engine was installed in 1908. The railway portion of the business also did well, supplying locomotives and rolling stock for railways in South Africa and Indonesia as well as the Dutch railways.
The company merged with another large manufacturer Stork in 1954 and that concern was taken over by the Finnish concern Wärtsilä in 1989.
Sunday, October 10, 2021
Saturday, October 9, 2021
Nice trendy graphics in this 1957 ad for what appears to have been a substantial Toronto factory "specializing in the production of complicated assemblies". The company seems to have completely vanished, on the site these days is a Home Depot, and I can't find anything online at all.
Graphic designers might wonder how they might have treated the airplane image differently, it doesn't quite line up with the arm of the Y and why does the wingtip contact the corner of the large rectangle?
Friday, October 8, 2021
Thursday, October 7, 2021
Spring 1971, we heard that this bike was at a nearby dealer- Ramsay Hardware in Napanee, Ontario to be specific. Dealerships were different in those days, the motorcycle section of the store was in a back room of the ancient hardware store with the creaky wooden floors. There was the bike in the middle of the floor, leaning on the sidestand. Awestruck, we circled it.
"Want to hear it run? the owner asked. He hit the button and there it idled in the small echo-y room. After a minute or two, he shut it off. "Sounds like a V8", he commented. We at 16-17 years of age had no answer.
Which brings me to this. Remember this cover? June 1971? Sure, the bike was awesome but the blonde!
Who she was was Mary Cathleen Collins, an aspiring model and actress. You may remember her from a later movie named "10"? Later known as Bo Derek. But she was "ours" first :-)