Posts Tagged ‘1951’

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Here’s a delicious cherry pie recipe for you (Featuring Bird’s Custard of course)

You’ll find the recipe HERE

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Werbeanzeige Brotröster, 1951

Advertising for the classic Behrens toaster. 1951. Firmanarchiv Electrolux

Image and text found at DesignIsFine

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In the period immediately after the Second World War, many talented people wanted to "have a go" at producing their own vehicle. One such was a certain M. Hoffmann from Munich who, from 1949 to 1951 came up with this extraordinary vehicle.

Its enormous width derives from its most interesting mechanical feature: its rear-wheel steering. A large triangular frame structure supporting the entire motor (ex Goliath Pionier) is pivoted at its forward end on a massive kingpin. A complex system of levers provides the steering, which moves the entire cradle from side to side in a wide arc.

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The result is a lethal cocktail of automotive engineering "don’t’s"- extreme front track width combined with an ultra-short wheelbase giving major straight line instability, and rear-wheel steering which can easily bring loss of control at any except very slow speeds, to which any fork-truck driver can attest.

The central position of the steering kingpin in the car means there is little room for the driver and passenger up front, and the original bench seat has been substituted for two smaller separate ones, allowing slightly better access to the cramped cabin over the wide sills.

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Perhaps this interesting and eccentric vehicle can be used to illustrate the reason why in this modern day one has a myriad of rules to contend with when building a vehicle.

Images and text from microcarmuseum.com

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There is more than one version of why and/or how Marilyn posed in a burlap potato sack. The story is that Marilyn was once chastised by a female newspaper columnist for wearing a low-cut red dress to a party at the Beverly Hills Hotel. According to Marilyn, the columnist called her cheap and vulgar. Not stopping there, the writer then suggested that the actress would look better in a potato sack. So, Twentieth Century Fox decided to capitalize on the story by shooting some publicity stills of Marilyn in a form fitting burlap potato sack just to prove she would look sexy in anything. The photos were published in newspapers throughout the country.

Another story was that someone just made an off-the-cuff statement that Marilyn could make a potato sack look sexy and Twentieth Century Fox took the publicity stills to prove him right.


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Marathon was a French automobile manufacturer established by a group of engineers under the leadership of a rally enthusiast called Bernard Denis. Prototypes for a lightweight sports coupé were presented at various motor shows starting with the 1951 Frankfurt Motor Show and the cars were produced between 1953 and 1955.

The cars
The cars were derived from a design by Hans Trippel with a silhouette not unlike that of the Porsche 356, and it has been suggested that the manufacturer’s founder, Bernard Denis, dreamed of producing a French Porsche equivalent.

The first car, like several lightweight sports cars appearing in France at this time, was powered by the two-cylinder boxer engine from the Panhard Dyna X (and later the Panhard Dyna Z) which produced at this stage a claimed 42 hp from 850 cc of cylinder capacity. There was a coupé version, branded as the Marathon Corsair, and a roadster, branded as the Marathon Pirate.

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The technical enthusiasts who established the Marathon car business purchased the design from Hans Trippel (1908–2001) who had been released from war-related imprisonment in 1949 and at this point was based in Stuttgart. Trippel had constructed his prototype in 1950: it already featured the stylish fast-back (and possibly Porsche inspired) body work andrear-hinged doors that would define the Marathon Corsair. Trippel’s steel-bodied prototype was propelled by a Zündapp 600 cc engine producing just over 18 hp.

In order to fit the larger Panhard engine, the Marathon team were obliged slightly to adapt the rear of the car, which lost a little of the cleanness of form that had characterised the Trippel prototype. At the front they also had to raise the level of the head-lights in order to conform with French regulations. By the time the car appeared at the Brussels Motor Showin January 1953, these changes had been effected, and the car’s name had been changed from Trippel to Marathon.

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In June 1953 Marathon’s first pre-production prototype was presented to Gilles Guérithault who was managing editor of L’Auto-Journal, and who thereby obtain exclusive details of the car which would debut in production form only in October at the Paris Motor Show. By then arrangements were in place to produce the car at the Societé Industrielle de l’Ouest Parisien (SIOP) factory in the Boulevard de Dixmude on the western side of Paris, previously the manufacturing location for Rosengart automobiles.

The production cars were not steel bodied, but were constructed from a material initially christened at the plant “polyester”, but which is better understood as a series of layers of glass fibre and resin, a lightweight material that would become popular with low volume producers in the UK and elsewhere for “fibreglass” car bodies. The Marathon was something of a pioneer in this respect, and the resulting light body combined with an engine delivering more than twice the power of Trippel’s original prototype gave rise to a level of performance that was, by the standards of the time and category of the car, very lively indeed. The top speed was approximately 150 km/h (93 mph).

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A recipe from an ad for Bird’s Custard published in 1951

When I’m in England I never leave for home without at least five tins of Bird’s Custard in my suitcase. I simply love the stuff and it’s not for sale here in Norway – Ted

Recipe HERE

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The Festival of Britain was a national exhibition which opened in London and around Britain in May 1951. The official opening was on 3 May. The principal exhibition site was on the South Bank Site, London of the River Thames near Waterloo Station. Other exhibitions were held in Poplar, East London (Architecture), Battersea Park (The Festival Gardens), South Kensington (Science) and the Kelvin Hall in Glasgow (Industrial Power) as well as travelling exhibitions that toured Britain by land and sea. Outside London major festivals took place in Cardiff, Stratford-upon-Avon, Bath, Perth, Bournemouth, York, Aldeburgh, Inverness, Cheltenham, Oxford and other centres.

At that time, shortly after the end of World War II, much of London was still in ruins and redevelopment was badly needed. The Festival was an attempt to give Britons a feeling of recovery and progress and to promote better-quality design in the rebuilding of British towns and cities following the war. The Festival also celebrated the centenary of the 1851 Great Exhibition. It was the brainchild of Gerald Barry and the Labour Deputy Leader Herbert Morrison who described it as "a tonic for the nation".

thingsmagazine.net has a project that shows the entire printed program that was designed for the Southbank exhibition and you can find it here.

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Article from “Motion Picture Magazine” – July 1951

We cornered zanies Dean Martin and Gerry Lewis, stars of Paramount’s  "That’s My Boy", and shot some pertinent questions to them. Any resemblance between these characters and people is purely coincidental.

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Do you consider yourself
great lovers?

What do you think of
Milton Berle?

What do you think of
top sergeants?


What do you think of TV?


Is it true that Irma has
been offered a professorship in advanced calculus at Harvard?

Do you feel that the international monetary exchange rates will face continued devaluation threats?
Do you laugh at other people’s jokes?
Are you paid what you think you are worth?
How do you account for your superb physique?

Do you work for the sheer
joy of it?

Is it true your brilliant performances are the result of great suffering?
Would you be afraid to appear in public with each other?


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Bathing caps - LIFE 13 feb 1950 2

Rubber hats to wear under water are fashionable new wave-savers

The flattering rubber headgear above represent a new skirmish in the battle of the bathing cap manufacturers vs Esther Williams. Miss Williams some time ago depressed the industry by proving that women with wet hair could look beautiful, providing her hair was long enough to braid and she had a face like Esther’s. A lot of women began dispensing with their caps since the the customary white skull-hugging style resembled a peeled onion. Now, however, the Kleinert Company is introducing on the Florida front a number of hat like caps which are both practical and fetching. The flowered bonnet has 17 dozen rubber buds, comes in several pastels and costs 7,50 dollars. The rose-decked cap costs 3,95, is made like some worn in an Aquacade ballet. The multi-coloured polka dots are screen printed an a cloche that sells for 89 cent. All three comes with chin straps for determined divers.

From the American magazine LIFE – 13 Februar 1950

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Image text at the original site, Thecoolist:
When this Vincent Rapide was first released in 1946, it became the world’s fastest production motorcycle with a top speed of 110mph.  While much of the old Rapide’s have fallen into disrepair, this 1951 Vincent Rapide was faithfully restored to near-original brilliance.  20 years of work went into this Rapide, and its beauty has now been documented by the autolust photography team of Guerry and Prat.  Prat said of this motorcycle, “The only major tools of its owner are a drill and a vise, but patience and perfectionism have allowed him to achieve a high degree of excellence.”  True indeed .

You’ll find this bike and other cool thing here at thecoolist


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