Friday, February 27, 2009

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Now in my possession! - Against The Grain; MAD artist Wallace Wood

That vital volume comes highly recommended if you are interested in digging into the world and work of comics king Wallace Wood
(published in 2003, it is today only available second-hand)

Bonus track: A really nice Wallace Wood Art blog
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Retro babe The Disneyland Memorial Orgy
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Panzer Pzkpfw III, Ausf G
A nice frontline photo. Judging from the way the troopers standing around the Panzer appear a bit scruffy and disorderly, and have removed their heavy gear and helmets, I suggest this photo was taken just after a battle.
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Thursday, February 26, 2009

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Just gotta love those old Warner Bros. cartoon title cards

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Retro babe"...I'm not a bad girl - I'm just drawn that way..."
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Panzer Sdkfz 251, Ausf C
Note the unusual version of the cross national marking. It could be a simplified version of the red crosses applied to ambulance vehicles, most likely making this a Sdkfz 251/8. Note the unit marking of the 24'th Panzer division on the left side of the bow armour plate.
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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

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Regarding objects and their design, one of my all-time favourites is the MP 40
During my school days I spent endless time - and all the margin space in my school books - trying to perfectly draw its sexy lines.
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Retro babe"...Elvis - Elvis who?..he some spick or what??...never heard of him...you think I do spicks???...take your goddamn photo and get the f.... outta here!!!..."
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Panzer Pzkpfw III, Ausf D
Rare tracks since only about 75 Panzer III D's were made (it could also be an Ausf A,B or C) The solid white cross national markings were used during the Battle of Poland, but changed afterwards since they turned out to be excellent targeting marks for the Polish anti-tank gunners.
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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

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What's up at YouTube: Brixx: Video-Video (1982)
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Retro babe "...you'll get no pity from me - playing our collection of mint BRIXX records on a turntable of inferior quality!.."
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Panzer Raupenschlepper Ost (RSO)
Not a panzer since it was neither armoured nor armed, but it gets posted here because colour photos of WWII vehicles are rare.
Raupenschleppers were supply transporters designed for the mud and snow of the eastern front (this one was photographed in Italy) The black marking on the door is a loading label used by the German railways.
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Monday, February 23, 2009

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Retro babe"...nice lack of clothes..."
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Panzer Sdkfz 234/2 Puma
Probably photographed at an allied test range after WWII. Since the Puma was the most advanced armoured car design to come out of WWII, captured vehicles were extensively tested by the allies. Unfortunately they were later scrapped instead of going to museums and none exist today. Note the turret numbers applied straight through the paper stencils, but without the usual "touching up" with red (or black) and white colouring. For those not familiar with the Sdkfz 234/2, please note that the turret has been rotated 180 degrees on this vehicle, normally the gun would be pointing in the opposite direction.
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Friday, February 20, 2009

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Desperate man by Gustave Courbet

The modern era saw the democratization of art (along with many other aspects of society)

We sneered at the highly trained academic professional (and the pompous emptiness of his creations) and instead we opened up the boundaries of art.

children's art, outsider art, abstract art, performance art, conceptual art, land art, video art, drip art, drop art, op art, pop art

Art could be anything - anything could be art,

and since anything could be art, then anybody could be an artist


And if anybody could be an artist - who needed specialized people calling themselves "artists" ?..


The ultimate triumph of modernism has been the disposal of the artist,

and the emergence of


The Creativist.

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Retro babe"...will you hurry up with that %&//%/!! photo - these boots are killing me!..."
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Panzer Sdkfz 250
The twin MG 34's mounted here (probably for anti aircraft use) must be a field modification.
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Thursday, February 19, 2009

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Retro babe...great - it makes you look more "SenCyr"...
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Panzer Marder II
A Marder waiting for the next engagement, probably in the summer of 1943.
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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

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Retro babe"...wow...e-mail, webbrowser AND camera - when do they put it in then?..."
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Panzer Pzkpfw I, Ausf A
Judging from the open hatches and vision ports, this panzer was photographed at some training grounds. The crewman is also wearing the white denim jacket used for work detail.
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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

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On Flickr, Atypical Art is yet another collector of the rare and unusual images you can find relocated to the flea market.

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Retro babe"...nice fake stone wall background..."
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Panzer Sdkfz 252
Looks like one of them got bogged down and needed some help "...that's another bottle of French Cognac you owe me, Helmuth..."
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Monday, February 16, 2009

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Hooray for glorious iTunes store!

- offering Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful by New Wave band The Waitresses

This record was never released on CD, but thanks to the Internet, now even YOU dear listener can throw away that overpriced piece of 12" vinyl - with some insignificant contemporary artist - and instead dig into the 1982 world of The Waitresses!


Not a bad scope for online music - offering recordings that never made it to the CD format.

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Retro babe"...nice colours..."
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Panzer Sdkfz 231 8 rad
The eighth-wheeled version of the 231.
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Friday, February 13, 2009

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Retro babe"...and then the Rabbi says to the Priest..."
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Panzer Sdkfz 231 6 rad
A prewar photo of the six wheeled version of the Sdkfz 231
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Thursday, February 12, 2009

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Retro babe...nah, we need something more "femme fatale" for this photo shoot...
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Panzer Bergepanzer III
Rare tracks for today, the Bergepanzer was used by maintenance and repair units for recovering disabled vehicles. The large box-shaped structure on the top housed tools and was made from wood. Note that the panzer is fitted with the special wide ostketten designed for the harsh conditions on the eastern front.
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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

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I guess I'll have to make this "Tiger day" with this great site showing photos of the Henschel factories assembly lines where they build the Tiger I

Bombed no less than fourty times by the allies, Henschel delivered its last Tiger (Tiger II's by then) in April, 1945.
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Retro babe"...No, for the LAST time - I can't get junior a real Tiger tank for his birthday..."
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Panzer Pzkpfw I, Ausf A
During maneuvres before WWII.
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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

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Interesting photo showing armed members of both the German Luftwaffe, the Danish resistance and the British Army after the liberation of Denmark, May 1945.

More photo scouting fun for the Dano-philliac! this time you can find historical images from the city of Odense at this website: Gamle Odense Billeder

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Retro babe"...oh, the sheik of Arabyyyy..."
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Panzer Pzkpfw IV
A panzer IV with some parts missing. A Luftwaffe man looks on with suspicion - saboteurs, or very large mice?..
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Monday, February 09, 2009

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On Flickr, Signs and Wonders collects some highly interesting photos found in flea markets and the like, dig for instance his visionary beauty series

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Retro babe"...don't worry - I won't disclose you have a college degree and ruin the dumb blonde dreams of every real man!.."
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Panzer Pzkpfw III, Ausf E
Doing some maintenance on the ol' panzer, probably around 1940. Note the crewman in white work fatigues using what seems to be a spray paint gun.
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Friday, February 06, 2009

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Retro babe"...that band your brother played in - The Jamones or what was it?..."
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Panzer Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer
Note the factory applied camouflage scheme, typical of mid-production Hetzers.
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Thursday, February 05, 2009

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Retro babe"...nice sofa..."
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Panzer Sdkfz 221
Judging from the berets worn by the panzer men and the un-covered headlights on the armoured car, this is most likely a pre-WWII photo.
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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

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Retro babe"...nice backdrop.."
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Panzer Tiger I, early production
Note that the outer road wheel is missing from the first position after the frontal drive wheel. This wheel was often removed during winter by the crew, to avoid ice and snow packing during the night which would make the tank immobile.
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Tuesday, February 03, 2009

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The Dance, 1919

Just discovered this wonderful early Danish modernist, sculptor Johannes C. Bjerg
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Retro babe"...yes, it stays up..."
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Panzer Sdkfz 231 8 rad
Judging from the jerrycan marked with a cross placed on the left side mudguard (and the open hatch), water is being added to the engine's cooling system.
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Monday, February 02, 2009

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Danish resistance fighters in Tarm, May 5, 1945

An excellent site collecting Danish amateur historical photos in a searchable online database www.danskebilleder.dk

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Retro babe"...look - it stays up!.."
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Panzer Pzkpfw II, Ausf C
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