Monday, June 25, 2012

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Why not have yourself a nice old  laf-a-thon with: The Hair Hall of Fame

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Panzer: Sdkfz 9 "FAMO"
Technically not a panzer since it was neither armoured, nor armed, this giant (18 ton) half track served faithfully in the recovery role, salvaging many a broken down panzer. These two vehicles were photographed after WWII in Esbjerg, Denmark and might have served with 233rd Reserve Panzer Division which was stationed in Denmark 1943-45.
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Monday, June 18, 2012

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If you are a twelve-step-rehab-program-considering-image-adict, just like me...here's a handy little list of Photo agencies and photo libraries on the net

(the list is actually missing a personal favourite of mine, French agency ADOC)

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Panzer: Pzkpfw IV, Ausf A
The first panzer IV, most likely photographed in 1940-41. With a production run of only thirty-five the Ausf A was never a common sight on the battle field, quickly replaced with later versions incorporating thicker armour and other improvements.
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Monday, June 11, 2012

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Sack the entire staff!...why was I only last week notified of  The Official Daniel Clowes blog !!!?..

well, can't blame everything on the employees here at DAMIJWH...maybe I'm just...getting old...

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Panzer: Pzkpfw IV, Ausf H & Jagdpanzer 38 (t) Hetzer
A candid photo taken in Budapest, late 1944 when German troops occupied the city to prevent Hungary from surrendering to the advancing Red Army, and thereby denying Germany access to its last available oil reserves.
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Monday, June 04, 2012

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Looks like this vernacular photography collecting might be my new hobby :-)

Of course, you don't have to spend much time on a place like German eBay to discover that the majority of photos offered are photos of WWII soldiers which attract many bidders and subsequently sell for high prices (the more medals on their chests, the higher prices)

You will however also discover that there are many sellers who sell less "interesting" photos for an average of 1 to 2 Euro + about the same amount for shipment.

This leaves some opportunities, I believe, because to me, something like the above photo is quite interesting.

If you look closely you will see an early member of Hitler's SA standing at the far left. I imagine he is photographed here with his relatives. On his left side: probably the wife and his, or her, mother is the elderly lady seated in the middle. The sisters or aunts next to the mother. Maybe the SA man's eldest son to the far right with the other children, or nephews, placed in front.
To me these people are simply the average Germans of the era which saw the birth of Nazism. The absence of other grown men could mean they all died in WWI. The elderly woman wear some small tin badges on her chest, denoting membership of National Socialist organisations who cared for war victims (I found this out by posting the photo at a Third Reich militaria collector's forum). The women are heavy from much manual labour and numerous childbirths. Nobody is smiling. They have no time for such nonsense. The are the rank and file, the people who survive on hard work. They know their place. You can have your Jewish writers, your homosexuals, your jazz music and other crazy filth in your big cities. We don't care. We have to get up early and work. We are a family. We stick together, we protect one another. We like Herr Hitler. He is not a career politician in a top hat, or a rich nobleman with a "von" in his name. Hitler is one of us. We believe in Hitler. He believes in us.

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Panzer: SdKfz 138/1, Ausf H "Bison"
Maybe the creators of this camouflage scheme had a bit to much wine to drink during their lunch hour... or one of them held a degree in suprematist painting?..
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