Monday, November 29, 2010

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A 1905 photo of Dreamland, Coney Island at night, click to see the full size

Vintage (1800s to 1970s) photos, both amateur and professional, at Shorpy.com
Presented are many high-quality photos from the dawn of photography when big negatives ruled.

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Panzer: Pzkpfw II, Ausf C
Some new recruits, probably at a training facility in Germany ca. 1940-42.
Note that the trooper sitting on the Panzer II (likely to be the drill instructor) is wearing the black panzer sidecap, introduced in 1940, while the recruits have to make do with the old style panzer beret as well as wearing denim fatigue work wear.
Maybe this was "now try and dig up a panzer stuck in the mud" day...
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Monday, November 22, 2010

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Yes, another "panzers only" week here at DAMIJWH!

hmmm... I'm almost beginning to like it...

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Panzer: Panzerjäger 38(t) für 7.62 cm PaK 36(r) Marder
Quite a long name for what was basically the fitting of some of the thousands of captured Russian 7.62 mm anti-tank guns in German inventory onto the equally captured (from the Czech) Pzkpfw 38 (t) chassis.
Judging from the dark grey surfaces on the Marders, the photo was taken in spring/summer 1942 when the first Marder III' s reached units on the eastern front. With the Marder series, the German forces finally had a mobile platform capable of stopping the Soviet T-34's facing them in the East, which might account for the happy smile on this private's face.
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Monday, November 15, 2010



Highly interesting blog for the comics "archaeologist": Topfferiana, it deals with early representations of sequential storytelling, many dating back to the mid- to late nineteenth century (site is in French)


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Panzer: Befehlspanzer 1
Most likely seen during training/ maneuvers before WWII. Note the housing for the "fold-down" radio aerial on the left side of the Befehlspnzer. A group of Pzkpfw II's moving up in the background.
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Monday, November 08, 2010

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Tomorrow will be Art time here in Copenhagen when legendary The Residents play at VEGA

I remember trying hard to listen to their album Third Reich'n Roll back in the eighties. Too avantgarde for my ears then, but many years later I cought their amazing CD-ROM project FREAK SHOW, with 3D animations by Jim Ludtke (who passed away in 2004)

Remember to search YouTube for their many outrageous music videos, and drop by the official website at Residents.com

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Panzer: Sdkfz 251/1, Ausf A
Seems to have run over a mine. Note the absence of markings of any kind.
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Monday, November 01, 2010

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Interesting photo library from Dresden, Germany at www.deutschefotothek.de

You can find many interesting photos from life in Germany, like this fine series of colour slides from WWII.

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Panzer: Panzerbefehlswagen mit 5cm KwK L/42
A unique colour slide taken in spring 1943 in the Belgorod area, Russia.
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