Monday, August 26, 2013

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Oh, that bewitching Japanese box art...

And there I was:  nine or ten years old, pocket money in hand... my weekly allowance just enough to buy me only ONE of these amazing creations from beautiful Fujimi plastic model company...(costing 10 Danish kroners , ca. £ 1 back in ye mid-seventies),  but there were SO MANY that I wanted...

Well...I had to make a choice...and went for the gasmask-wearing SS troopers, machine guns and flamethrowers blasting against a blood red sky...

And the model inside the box? yeah, it was alright,...but the real treat were those paintings...that use of typography, the overall design, the shiny surface of the cardboard box.

Ach....so young, and already so lost. 

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Panzer: Sdkfz 251/10
A group of Wehrmacht troops hitching a ride, probably in Normandy summer 1944 where Allied air-superiority demanded the use of heavy foliage on German vehicles if they were to move by daylight, and survive!
On close observation it is revealed that this 251/10 is a bit out of the ordinary...having had its original Pak 36 gun removed and replaced by the rare Schwere Panzerbüchse 41, a light anti-tank weapon using the radical Gerlich principle where the gun has a tapered barrel and fires a tungsten core projectile.
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Monday, August 19, 2013

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Danish artist Halfdan Pisket punches you hard with his raw and edgy, yet eloquent style

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Panzer: Pzkpfw Tiger I, Ausf E
A Tiger in the woods. Close scrutiny of this photo will reveal the "charging knight" unit marking of Schweres Panzer Abteilung 505 (painted on the side of the turret just before the gun mount) plus the unit's unusual practise of painting vehicle numbers on the gun barrel.
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Monday, August 12, 2013

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Montmartre, Paris ca. 1900

Toulouse-Lautrec was my first great love when it comes to art, his wonderful clear line drawing style combined with the expressive use of colour made a big impression on me.

And those faces in his paintings...brightly lit in garish colours against a backdrop of putrescent purples and bubonic browns, fluttering like cancerous butterflies performing a dance of darkness in the City of Light, painted by this great master of modernism as if you were there, not just a spectator , but part of what was happening.

Too bad I was born one hundred years too late...but fortunately for me (and others), we have photography! , enabling armchair art lovers to sit at a safe distance from the world of Toulouse-Lautrec (which of course was also the world of syphilis, tuberculosis, crime, death, corruption and hunger), and checketh out this photo page (in Spanish), displaying a multitude of images of Toulouse-Lautrec and his times in late nineteenth century Paris.

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Panzer: Pzkpfw II, Ausf C
A nicely detailed closeup.
The open-centered cross painted on the side of the hull, combined with the crewman wearing the panzer beret, could suggest the photo was taken in spring 1940, prior to the invasions of France and the Low countries.
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Monday, August 05, 2013

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Backeth are we!
- and what better way to start up the new season here at DAMIJWH than presenting a bewitching collection of photos from New York City, made available online by the NYC Department of Records




Of special note are a series of photos taken in the 1980s by the Department of Finance.
These photos were taken for purely practical reasons, related to the taxation of property, but you really get that "Taxi Driver" feel of the seedy urban decay found in some parts of New York during that era.

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Panzer: Sturmgeschütz IV, Ausf G
StuG IV's under production at the Krupp Grusonwerk. Far less common than its little brother, the StuG III, the Stug IV was proposed by the Krupp firm (which didn't manufacture the Panzer III chassis' used for the StuG III) and approved wit hgreat enthusiasm by Hitler. The turret less StuG's were quicker and cheaper to produce than standard panzers like the Pz IV, Panther and Tiger, making them very attractive to Germany's arms industries in the second half of WWII, strained by allied bombings, shortage of raw materials and the ever increasing demands from the front lines.
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