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11467_top2I’m TidiousTed and I run this blog. I post about things that interests me, mainly retro and vintage oriented stuff, things that makes me laugh or whatever tickles my fancy at the moment. Enjoy your stay and it would be nice if you rated a post or two or maybe a page while you’re here and maybe hit that little “I like” thingie at the bottom from time to time. And, oh yeah, a comment or two would be very welcome as well.

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The New Wind Gauge

Ever since our grandchildren had grown old enough to walk around the place we’ve had a wind gauge on a pole. This is the third generation. It was a rather hard winter here so the snow, ice and wind had torn most of generation two to pieces. So yesterday I had to build generation three. The only thing left from generation one is the propeller, the screw that holds the propeller and the pole.

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I like weather beaten wood so it is not treated with anything, still I reckon it’ll last 4 or 5 years and in that time turn a nice silvery grey like the propeller already is. It is not the most scientific of wind gauges, the rudder keep the plane turned towards the wind which tells us the direction and the noise from the propeller tells us about how hard the wind is. On the other hand, all four kids love it and can sit around on the grass watching it for ages– Ted ;-)

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The Well House

This is a well house  built the same summer I built the outhouse. There was an old pyramid shaped well house there that had been there for donkey’s years but it was beginning to be quite unsafe and as both my oldest daughter and my sisters oldest daughter started having kids it was time to build a new one.

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There’s a pipeline going from the well to the bathroom where there’s an electric pump that provides water for the washbasin and the shower. The inspection hatch is just for checking the water level.

The storage room under the back terrace is also my handiwork. Since I don’t like sunning and get restless without something to do it was decided to build a carpentry shop for me when the last expansion was done. So I have a nice 15 square metre shop full of tools where I can tinker with my projects.

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The Outhouse

This one is for Carolyn, so she doesn’t have to be a good girl for too long ;-)

This is an outhouse I build about 5 years ago, the old one had been there since 1954 and was literarily falling apart so a new one was deeply needed, besides the old one was narrow and not very nice to have to visit. Unfortunately my sister had started to paint the lower panelling grey the week before I arrived but hadn’t gotten very far.

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A Norwegian outhouse should have at least one picture of a member of the royal family, preferably a king. This is because people used old magazine, telephone catalogues and such before commercial toilet paper reached rural districts and when a picture of members of the royal family turned up in a magazine people felt it was  to disrespectful to wipe their bottoms with royalty. the picture page was then torn nicely out of the magazine and pinned to the wall.

We have gone one step further and framed our old pictures of the kings, king Olav V in the picture above and in the frame glimpsed in the picture above that, king Haakon VII as he steps onto Oslo harbour when arriving home after WWII.

We do actually have a ultra modern electric toilet as well so there are only the true traditionalists, my sister, her husband and me who use the outhouse.

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Here’s the family summer cottage where I usually spend at least parts of my summer holiday. And here’s the view from the terrace – New report will follow tomorrow –Ted

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Is any vehicle better known than the military Jeep? Not likely, unless it’s the Ford Model T or Volkswagen Beetle. Not surprisingly, they’re similar in several ways. All were known for rugged construction, no-frills simplicity, and all-purpose dependability. And in the minds of their owners-or uniformed driversall had near-human personalities. These were more than just vehicles: they were friends.

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The Jeep served beyond the call of duty during World War II on eastern and western front alike. Whether at Anzio or along the Burma Road, from South Pacific jungles to the shifting sands of North Africa, the Jeep was sure to be there, doing whatever was required-and more. It was conceived mainly for reconnaissance, but its service record was far more varied. Jeeps carried troops, both well and wounded, mounted guns, hauled supplies, guarded lines, delivered messages, and transported everyone from commanding generals and VIPs to rank-and-file GIs. Even President Roosevelt used one when reviewing the troops. Army chief of staff General George Marshall called it "America’s greatest contribution to modern warfare." Few who knew it disagreed.

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Credit for the Jeep concept goes to American Bantam, the pioneering compact-car maker of 1936-41, which also developed the initial prototype and participated in wartime production. But the name is forever tied to Willys-Overland, which submitted a competing proposal and turned out the military version in huge numbers in 1941-45. Willys made only the chassis, however. Bodies came from outside suppliers. ‘

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Willys’ first Jeep was the "Quad" prototype, delivered to Camp Holabird, Maryland, on Novevember 11, 1940. Finalized under company engineering vice-president Delmar G. "Barney" Roos, it was, per Army specifications, a lightweight, quarterton utility vehicle with four-wheel drive, and had a curved, snout-like front. After extensive testing, the basic design was accepted, and fullscale development began at the Willys plant in Toledo. The "Quad" was followed by a second prototype in 1941, the MA, created to counter alternatives from Bantam and Ford. Wearing a flat, vertical-bar grille and headlamps perched atop the front fenders, it rode an 80-inch wheelbase and measured 130 inches long. Power was supplied by the 134.2-cubic-inch L-head four from the 1941-42 Americar passenger models, churning out 63 horsepower. Willys built exactly 1577 of the MAs. Some time later, it turned to the eventual military version, designated MB. It was identical with the MA except for being two inches longer, weighing 2450 pounds, and having a fold-down windshield and headlights built into the front grille area. There were no doors, of course. By war’s end, Willys had turned out . 359,489 of them. Ford built another 227,000 under license.

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The Jeep’s reputation as mainly a Willys creation is owed to company president Joseph Frazer. Though he had little to do with its design, he had plenty to do with its publicity, and helped the public forget that Ford was making them too. He even claimed to have coined the name-from G.P., "general purpose," the Army’s original description-though some insist it was borrowed from the "Popeye" cartoon character.

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In all, wartime Jeep production was over 585,000 units. Military production would continue after the war, of course, but Willys wasted no time putting the concept in "civvies." First came a modified version dubbed CJ, for "civilian Jeep," followed in 1946 by an all-steel station wagon loosely based on the original design.

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The military Jeeps were tough, versatile, and highly adaptable. But most of all they were loved. Bill Mauldin’s famous 1944 cartoon said it best, without words. Agrizzled, sadfaced sergeant, eyes covered with one hand, is aiming a pistol at his Jeep to put it out of its misery. Every military man and woman understood. But some may have wondered whether any Jeep was ever beyond repair. Surely it could be mended just one more time.

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Bevo was a non-alcoholic malt beverage, or near beer, brewed in the United States by the Anheuser-Busch company beginning in the early 20th century. Bevo enjoyed its greatest success during the time of prohibition, when beer, 890_bevo_03wine and distilled liquors, were made illegal for thirteen years.

The Anheuser-Busch company started brewing Bevo when alcoholic beverages were prohibited in 1916 by the United States armed forces. Production rose greatly with national prohibition in 1919, and Bevo was by far the most popular of the many "cereal beverages" or "near beers" of the time. At 890_bevo_02the peak of its popularity in the early 1920s, more than five million cases of Bevo were sold annually.

Labels on the bottles billed it as "Bevo the Beverage". The name "Bevo" was coined from the word "beverage" and the Slavic language word for beer "pivo", and was pronounced "Bee-vo".

Some Bevo advertising featured the character "Renard the Fox" (based on the protagonist of a medieval French folk-tale), and promotional mugs with this character were manufactured. In 1930 Anheuser-Busch built a series of boat-bodied cars in its St. Louis shops called the "Bevo Boats" which were used for promotion. Seven are believed to have been built on Pierce-Arrow 8-cylinder chassis while one surviving example was based upon 1930 Cadillac 353 V8.

890_bevo_04A contemporary advertisement read "Cooling and invigorating, Bevo the Beverage. Order by the case from your grocer, druggist, or dealer." The paper label on the back of the bottle read "The All-Year-Round Soft Drink. Appetizing – Healthful – Nutritious – Refreshing. Milk or water may contain bacteria. BEVO never does."

Bevo became part of the popular culture of the time, and is mentioned in various popular songs and Vaudeville skits of the era. This led to secondary slang uses of the word; for example, in American military slang a young and inexperienced officer was called a "Bevo". The University of Texas named its mascot "Bevo", a name which has stuck to this day.

890_bevo_05Irving Berlin included a paean to the drink, "You Can’t Stay Up on Bevo", in his 1917 army revue, Yip Yip Yaphank. As the Prohibition Era was starting, "On the Streets of Cairo" by Jesse G. M. Gluck & Geo. P. Hulten assured people that in Cairo "you won’t have to drink pale Bevo, Booze there has a kick.

In the late 1920s smuggled bootleg beer and liquor as well as "homebrew", cut into Bevo’s marketshare. With sales flattening to 100,000 cases by 1929, Anheuser-Busch stopped production.

890_bevo_05The Bevo building, with the Renard character prominently displayed at the corners, still operates as a bottling facility at their main brewery in St. Louis, Missouri. The landmark Bevo Mill, constructed by August Anheuser Busch, Sr. in 1917. It was closed in 2009, but it reopened in October 2009 under new owners.

Bevo is also mentioned in the short story "The Killers" by Ernest Hemingway; as well as in Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis.

Decades later, Bevo was mentioned in the song "Trouble" in the musical The Music Man as a reference to an objectionable aspect of the culture of young people during the time in which the musical was set (although The Music Man was set in 1912, four years prior to Bevo’s introduction).

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