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For the 1939-1949 World’s Fair in New York, Pontiac had a special surprise in store. Working in collaboration with chemical company Rohm & Haas, who had just developed a new product called “Plexiglas”, they created an entire body shell for a 1939 Pontiac Deluxe Six. It was soon dubbed the “Ghost Car.”


When the car was first featured at General Motors’ “Highways and Horizons” pavilion, it was a massive hit. Most people wouldn’t have seen Plexiglas before, so a transparent material with that many curves was almost unheard of. Here you could look through the body of the car to see all its internal workings exposed. For aesthetic purposes all structural metal was given a copper wash, while the hardware and even the dashboard were covered in chrome. All the rubber elements in the car were made in white, including the tires.


The final price for the car? In the days when a new Pontiac was just about $700, this beauty cost $25000 to build. When this car was auctioned by RM Auctions in 2011, it went for just a little more than its original price. The one-of-a-kind car sold for $308,000.

Images and text found on Visual News – And a big thanks to Disperser from Disperser Tracks for pointing me to the link.

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Beaton struck up an instant rapport with the Queen. His diary reveals that she was an active participant in the staging of her romantic portraits, suggesting suitable dresses and accessories. Here, Beaton combined a painterly eye with the elegant style of his Vogue fashion studies. Like those, each royal portrait would be carefully retouched under Beaton’s instruction, to define facial features and trim silhouettes.

From the Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton exhibition  at  Victoria and Albert Museum [ 8 February – 22 April 2012]

Image and text from Oh! so 30s

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The advantage two-strokes had over four-strokes was that they completed their power cycle in half the time of a four stroke engine. This meant they could rev very fast, so ‘Das Kleine Wunder’ (the little marvel) was the perfect engine for DKW’s new range of motorcycles. 1928 was a bumper year for DKW. Thousands of motorcycles, all powered by their new engine, practically raced off their production line and year on year sales just keep increasing.

Motorcycle production peaked at 55,000 in 1937 making DKW the largest and most successful motorcycle company in the world.

Text and image from Project Heinkel

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From “Alle Kvinners Blad” "( A Norwegian women’s weekly) No 4 – 1939

Belgian girls who turn 30 usually throw a party for their guardian saint St Catherine. St Catherine enjoys being celebrated and when they do she will find the girls a husband. Or help them live happily without one.

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Apple bobbing contest, Redwood Empire Building, Sebastopol day California, August 29 1939. Image and text found at “unexpectedtales” on Flickr

I thought apple bobbing was supposed to be a Halloween thing and done trying to get your teeth into apples floating in buckets of water (and maybe be drowned by nasty ladies as in Agatha Christie novels) – Ted

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In a world of plastic cars with hybrid heartbeats, the joy of driving is a dying art.  This 1939 Rolls-Royce Phantom III “Vutotal” Cabriolet by Labourdette recalls an era when driving was always an artful experience.  Yet this is not your standard Rolls Royce Phantom III, this is the result of a complete rebuild by the Parisian designer Henri Labourdette.

See more photos and read the whole story here:The-Coollist

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Paris may be the leading place for fashion in all it’s form but one. Because there are no doubt that the Americans lead the way when it comes to bathing suits and beach wear. There are after all bathing season somewhere in the US any time of the year.

Article from the Norwegian magazine
"Verden i Bilder" No 2 – April 15th, 1939

Read the article and
see the pictures here


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Air raid exercises are being held all over Britain. This picture is from Aldershot and shows soldiers wearing gas masks on their way to a burning building that have been hit by a bomb.


Enemy airplanes have been observed and the sirenes are screaming. Children are quickly being removed from the houses. The picture show three children that are being "saved" by a woman. All four are wearing first class gas masks.

An air raid will give a lot of wounded and trained personnel will be needed to take care of them. This picture shows two soldiers wearing gas masks and gas safe clothes bringing a wounded boy to a hospital.


This picture is from Liverpool where the army have blown up a house to check how much the basement can take. The explosion equals a 250 kilo’s bomb. Exercises like this are very important as reinforced basements can be the only effective shelter for more than 10 million people in Britain.

Fire bombs are among the greatest danger in an air raid. Putting out the fire is only one of the jobs at hand, the bomb it self must also betaken care of.This picture shows a soldier carrying a dangerous bomb in a bucket.

From the Norwegian magazine "Gyldendal Bilder"
No 10 – june 10th 1939



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