Monday, March 02, 2015

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Perhaps not so surprising, with my endless postings of Panzers here on the bloggo, I was a dedicated plastic modeler in my childhood, and well into my teens. While cleaning up the attic in my fathers house,  I found this small relic. Apparently one of the few of these creations of mine to have survived.

Alone in my room, assembling and painting these small Japanese manufactured miniatures during the long dark winters in the seventies and eighties was pure joy for me.

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Panzer: Pzkpfw V Panther, Ausf A
Possible a photo of a Panther in action, or maybe a drill. The camouflage smock worn by the trooper on the right suggest Waffen-SS units, so this could be SS Panzer division Wiking fighting in Poland, summer of 1944. A couple of radio operators carrying what looks like extremely bulky, and heavy equipment in the field. The camo smock wearing trooper might be there to protect the radio operators against enemy infantry, eager to capture the radio equipment or kill the operators to disrupt communication.
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Monday, February 23, 2015

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Waiting at the same bus stop as when I was a kid. And freezing just as much in the cold wind from the fjord.


Cleaning up my parent's house so I can sell it, and pay off taxes, bills, taxes, taxes, and some bills.

A nerve wrecking experience. Dealing with lawyers, real estate dealers, antique dealers, the police, insurance agencies, etc, etc. All of them demanding money, usually amounts I would have to work a very long time to earn myself. These people seems to be making money just from picking up the phone.

Sad. And on top of it I get my childhood and youth thrown at me all the time... didn't that bloke over there in the expensive 4X4 steal my football back in the third grade?...or was it his brother?...or just someone who looked like him?..

There are nice memories too, of course. I was basically a very good place for a child to grow up.

But: didn't I leave this small town to start my own life?...

Out here, everybody drive big expensive cars, have a house, a family, and a well-paying job.

I have four cardboard boxes of my own art that my parents had hanging on their walls.

Now that they're dead, I get it all back...

Well, a car, a job and a family doesn't necessarily mean happiness...


I'll be glad when all of this is over and done with.

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Panzer: Panzerjäger 38(t) Hetzer
A Hetzer leaving a Czech town, possibly Prague, in the very last days of WWII.
Many German units retreating from the Eastern front passed through Czechoslovakia in an attempt to reach American captivity in South-Western Germany. Several troopers are carrying the StG 44/ MP 44 assault rifle.
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Monday, February 16, 2015

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Let's raise our fruit jars filled with home brewed cider and give a toast to some Sci-Fi art

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Panzer: Pzkpfw V Panther, Ausf A
An early Panther A, before the introduction of the glacis mounted MG.
Fitted with fresh tracks and a protective cover over the muzzlebrake, it is well tucked in somewhere behind the front lines, waiting for  the next battle. Probably photographed in early 1944.
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Monday, February 09, 2015

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"is this blog slowly turning into a showcase for the dubious creations of decadent Germans?!?..."  many readers ask, and the answer is YES!...and this week we'll feast on the work of Walter Schnackenberg (1880-1961)

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Panzer: Panzerjäger 38(t) Hetzer
A couple of abandoned Hetzers, possibly the victims of aerial assault.
The location could be a Czech village close to the German border, May 1945.
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Monday, February 02, 2015


 YES! her family had money...because ALL artistes come from the middle- or  upper middle-class, because they can afford to support their no-good bohemian brats financially while they waste their lives creating something nobody really need, get it!
YES! she had some male art collector "friend" supporting her by buying her works
YES! she also worked shit jobs from time to time to "keep it real" and all that - she was a modernist anti-bourgeois, proto-feminist for chrissake!
YES! her work was pretty nice and interesting, and very 1920-30s- Berlin-Paris-European-bohemian

YES! I'll get to the point now and tell you who she was:  Jeanne Mammen (German, 1896- 1976)

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Panzer: PzKpfw Tiger I, Ausf E
A fine photo of a mid-production Tiger I. Probably photographed in Russia, summer of 1944.
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