Thursday, December 12, 2013

Pics, Facts and Trivia

Byter Charles Z sent me an email with a collection of old time photographs that I will post in parts in weeks to come, with some comments added here and there.

Thanks Charles

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Testing football helmets 1912

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The Titanic in dry dock 1912

Some more propellor construction pics of the Titanic:

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Carl Akeley posed with the leopard he killed with his bare hands after it attacked him, 1896

Carl Ethan Akeley (1864 - 1926) was a taxidermist, sculptor, biologist, conservationist, inventor and nature photographer. He is considered the father of modern taxidermy. While working at the Milwaukee Public Museum and later, at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, he developed his innovative taxidermy techniques perfecting a "cement gun" for improving exhibits. He later applied this method to patch old buildings with concrete, and is today known as the inventor of shotcrete. 

Which brings to mind a bit of classic humour:

Col and Frank were drovers who had come to town for a beer. At the bar, Col got into conversation with another man and said “So what do you do for a living?” The man replied “I’m a taxidermist. I stuff animals.”
“Do you stuff sheep?” Col asked.
“Do you stuff kangaroos?”
“All the time.”
“What about dogs?”
“Yes, often.”
Later, Frank asked Col “What is he then?”
Col replied “He says he’s a taxi bloke but I reckon he’s a drover like us.”

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The smallest shop in London – a shoe salesman with a 1.2 square meter shoe store, 1900

Some examples of other tiny shops:

Haworth, England

Jewellery Repair Shop in Mylapore, Chennai, India

Baguette store, Cheltenham, England

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