January 31, 2013

1938 Reich Party Congress - The Third Reich’s Myth-Making Machinery, in Color

Here, on the 80th anniversary of the day Hitler was appointed Germany’s Chancellor (Jan. 30, 1933), LIFE.com takes a long, hard look at the aesthetics of the Reich’s propaganda machinery, from the single swastika to the epic torchlit celebrations during Hitler’s 50th birthday. Here are the almost inconceivably vast Nuremberg rallies, where individuals are subsumed into one Fuhrer-worshiping organism. Here are the gargantuan Nazi banners, towering above a sea of faces that fade into insignificance. Here are thousands of tanned, near-naked youth, re-enacting a manufactured, cobbled-together and thoroughly mythical past when “Aryans” gamboled beneath a Teutonic sun.

The photographs in this gallery were made by one of Hitler's personal photographers, Hugo Jaeger.

Adolf Hitler salutes troops of the Condor Legion who fought alongside Spanish Nationalists in the Spanish Civil War, during a rally upon their return to Germany, 1939

Nazi rally, 1937

Nazi and Italian flags draped from balconies to welcome Adolf Hitler during state visit to Italy, 1938

Nuremberg, Germany, 1938

Volkswagen Works cornerstone ceremony, near Wolfsburg, 1938

January 30, 2013

Pictures of '80s Pop Culture at The Reagan White House

Here are interesting pictures of '80s pop culture at the Reagan White House. The hair! The clothes! The supply-side economics!

Ella Fitzgerald after her performance for King Juan Carlos I of Spain

Ronald Reagan telling Frank Sinatra to stop dancing with his wife

Nancy Reagan talking with Warren Beatty and Diane Keaton at a movie screening for "Reds"

Michael Jackson

Christopher Reeve and Frank Gifford

January 29, 2013

Amazing Vintage Photographs of Pre-Revolution China, 1870-1946

Before Europeans first arrived in Asia, China was one of the most advanced and powerful nations in the world. It was the most populous, was politically unified, and most importantly, it had mastered the art of agriculture. However, when Europeans first landed on Chinese shores, they found a nation that had revered to traditional culture and warfare. Industrialization was almost nonexistent.

At the beginning of the 20th century, China was divided into sphere of influence with each powerful Western nation trying to exert as much control over it as possible. The Chinese resented foreigners control and expressed this at the beginning of the 20th century with the Boxer Rebellion. At the same time, the traditional government of China began to fail in the early years. The Chinese people, being resentful of foreigners and dissatisfied with inability of the present government to throw them out, initiated the Revolution of 1911, replacing the Chinese 2000 year old imperial system with the Republic of China headed by Sun Yat-sen.

Here is an amazing collection of vintage photographs taken in pre-revolution China, in Pre Deng XiaoPing period (1870-1946).

Chinese Family [c1875] Attribution Unk

Group Of Chinese Women With Fans, Canton, China [c1880] Afong Lai

Greatwall China [1907] Herbert G. Ponting

Boxer Prisoners Captured By 6th US Cavalry, Tientsin, China [1901] Underwood & Co

Beggars, Beihai Park [c1917-1919] Sydney D. Gamble

First Russian Electric Car

Electric car - a car that is driven by an electric motor usually powered by batteries or special fuel cells, rather than as a conventional car - an internal combustion engine. Electric car very different from vehicles with internal combustion engine and electric transmission, and the trolley. The types of electric car is electric trolley (special cargo vehicle to move to closed areas or hoisting machine) and elektrobus (bus with an electric motor and battery).

In 1899, Hippolyte Romanov developed the first electric car in Russia (St. Petersburg). His total equipment was borrowed from the British cabs, where the driver was located on high trestles plant the passengers. The crew was four-wheel and front wheels have a larger diameter than the rear. On the first electric vehicle used lead acid batteries. He demanded a charge every 60 miles. The total capacity of the car was 4 l / sec. Development of the crew was borrowed from models of American "Morris Salome," which produced cars since 1898.

January 28, 2013

Forest Fire Suppression, 1910s-1960s

Following the devastating fires of 1910, early fire detection became a priority within the Forest Service. To help aid detection, lookout towers began to be built on national forests throughout the country. These building efforts were further aided during the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, who worked on numerous lookout building projects across the nation.

The photos contained in this set represent just a small segment of the images of forest fire suppression efforts found in the Forest History Society Photograph Collection.

Twin Sisters fire lookout observatory, Colorado National Forest, Larimer County. A female lookout views the surrounding area. Date: September 1917.

Buck Mountain lookout at elevation 4768 feet overlooks the Blue River lookout and McRae Creek drainages in the Blue River Ranger District, Willamette National Forest, Oregon. Date: 1960.

Elmer Rahm, Stonefort Dispatcher, plotting cross shots from towers on the radial map. Shawnee National Forest, Illinois.  Date: May 24, 1938.

Fuji Lookout, Willamette National Forest, Oregon. One man uses alidade while another communicates via telephone. Date: 1924

Ranger Peak Lookout, San Bernardino National Forest, California. 20 foot wooden tower with 8 x 8 foot wood cab. Date: July, 1938.


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