|I've never liked the "Yours Sincerely" close because of the way that it implies the possibility that the writer is being insincere.|
|Hey, you, yes, you Communistic, lazy, American-dollar wanting Latins! Take a lesson from Der Bingle!|
|Goober, not smiling|
|"Abortion mill" running Doctor Brandenburg is one of the topics about which Ronnie doesn't think she can be frank with her Vancouver relation. Though, as you'll see, she's a bit less discrete than Grace.|
|The Altus dam has a website. There's probably nothing I can say about modern Oklahoman politics that wouldn't come off as a cheap shot.|
|Los Angeles smog, Christmas Eve, 1948. I suspect that there's something seedy in John Deferrari's background, but I don't notice any historians of the Boston Public Library rushing to investigate the matter.|
|Off to White Australia!|
|It helps --a little-- to know that they can't go to America, because there aren't enough liners running.|
|Because they're using jewelry to identify bodies, which is not the most gruesome thing you'll read in this post.|
|"Camisole" still has an attested usage as |
a kind of jacket, so get your minds out of
The cut-line says, “Wanted: danger,” which tells me all I want to know. I Know Where I’m Going “doesn’t even try to be a great movie, but is a very good one in its charming, unpretentious way.” It’s a Rank picture, and features a girl who wants to marry a rich man and ends up with an “impoverished Scottish laird,” instead. I hope there’s a lovable, eccentric Scotsman in a kilt, but there probably isn’t, because it is “never traveloguish.” Deep Valley is about a remote California farm which is “opened up” by a convict road gang. There’s a daughter, and, oh, I see where this is going, giant eyes rolling. No, wait, the “fugitive convict” is Dale Clark. I don’t care that I can see where it’s going!
|Just in case you thought they invented nicknames in The Jersey Shore.|
Victor F. W. Cavendish-Bentinck, former British ambassador to various places, is out of the Foreign Office and a job after getting a divorce. John Franklin Norris is in Rome to see the Pope and explain that not all Baptists hate him that much. Eric Johnston is in hospital for “inflammation of an elbow joint. RoddyMcDowall has been in an auto accident, Ambassador Jefferson Coffrey runs 51 laps a day for health, and looks absurd doing it.
|They're weights, and he made it to 88. So there.|
[Picture in People, Style] Franklin Roosevelt, Jr., and wife Ethel are now in even more trouble over their drag racing adventures, as they have failed to turn up in court. John Francis Kieran and Margaret Ford are getting married. Hans Kahle, commander of the international brigade, has died after a stomach operation, as has Lieutenant General RossErastus Rowell, originator of dive-bombing, as have Sophie Paschkis Lehar and Mary Emma Woolley and Major Frederick Russell Burnham. (Who singlehandedly ended the Matabele Wars by killing the god M’Limo in a cave. It must be nice to get so rich off oil that you can make everyone listen to your stories until they’re good enough to get repeated in Time.)
|Bell has dumb ideas, too.|
|I am not linking to all those planes.|
The Martin 202 will enter service with Northwestern next month. TAA Skymasters will have Aerogram plane-to-ground service while flying between Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth next month. The “G” flying boats have found no takers second-hand, and will be broken up. Pan-American’s San Francisco-Tokyo service via Honolulu and Wake will start next month. Swissair has made Atlantic proving flights with Skymasters.
|Because the things they're doing with airscrews these days are bound to cause accidents.|
|Here's my WWII conspiracy theory: It was a set-up by the hearing aid makers industry council|
|A picture taken at Junchal, Chile. I have no idea what a glycerine recovery house is, and am interested in finding out more, but not tonight!|
|This is what a pneumatic balance looks like. A readable book on the history of metrology would be something to see.|
|So pretty. By Ben Salter from Wales - WadebridgeUploaded by Oxyman, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22444366|
|Is Ronnie that uninterested in politics, or is she playing a ditz for Uncle Reggie? I think it's a bit of both. Otherwise, she'd point out how ridiculous this is.|
Speaking of politics, everyone is down in the Eighth District of Pennsylvania, which is having an off-off-year election, where all the bigwigs and gather and decide whether the election is about Joe Grundy being grumpy, or Taft-Hartley. Taft himself is off to California for some “California barbecue” (what?) and all the California Republican company he can stomach. And General Eisenhower, Harold Stassen and Henry Wallace are all out and about whilst the AFL, CIO and NLRB are having a fight over communists in unions.
|The Wikipedia article doesn't say anything about this odd episode. I assume that the cached paintings don't include any of the gorgeous nudes that I can't really reproduce here.|
|So there we go. The V bombers are official.|
|The thinking is that since they need to have two stories worth of height to push the planing hull down low enough to accommodate airscrew length, why not use all that space? Oh. Right. 184mph. That's why.|
It’s also a black-and-white picture against grey skies, so cold. (Possibly as cold as Fort Rupert in July!) I’m reminded of Grace going on about her San Francisco harbour experience.
|Yes, that Kelvin|
|Again, we've heard about all of this technology, so I'm not linking! By MilborneOne - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2870242|
The Ministry of Supply points out that thanks to interim types, it could develop the WT1900 and STR.12 radiotelecommunication system in the Hermes before it goes into the DH 106 and Apollo. The Apollo will also use the Tudor’s cabin pressurisation system, and it is hoped that “the new British auto-pilot (Mark IX)) will be tested on these types before going into the 106. I think that’s the Smith’s auto-pilot in this issue. BOAC’s Speedbird Constellation service carried 33.1 passengers per Atlantic run compared with its closest rival’s 31.6 in June. Mr. P. R. Dickinson will be the new liaison officer for the new, Pan-American run, all-weather radar landing system being installed at Gander for use by all the other airlines and for making profits for Pan-American. The new unit, with a range of 130 miles, should eliminate bad weather stacking at Gander. BEA has withdrawn its night mail and freight service to Prague due to the lack of necessary radar and radio aids in central Europe. BOAC is trying to sell its Boeing 314s to Uruguay, since it doesn’t need them in Bermuda, any more.
The math follows, and makes me feel awfully inadequate, since I would never have finished my school geometry without Reggie’s constant encouragement.
|Since I think I've done all the other Merritt-Brown tanks, here's the Conqueror!|
Uncle George says that it is a Big Thing that a traditional instrument maker is branching out into radar. There might not be room in the industry for all the companies that want to make gas turbines and radars, but it might be that companies like Dobie McInnes will turn their expertise to putting even more electronics into the things they already make, like instruments. And, on cue, the next paragraph talks about the company’s new telemagnetic compass, which is like the remote compasses they already have on planes, but for ships. Barlow Whitney exhibits “various industrial heating processes,” mostly deep fat fryers for industrial parts. (Okay, okay, electrically actuated hot oil circulators or whatever.) Easton and Johnson have a compact marine steam turbine, Arc Manufacturing Company has a welding transformer; Lincoln Electric a welding machine; G. D. Peters a dust and fume extractor for same; Fusarc, Ltd., a marine welder; Cyc-Arc Steel Welding a stud-welding demonstration. Dowding and Doll showed off its Matterson bevel gear generating attachment for shaping machines [Dowding and Doll bevel shaper; non-aviation]. Associated Equipment Company was afraid that just having the most boring name in business wouldn’t be competitive against a Research Association’s progress in welding, so it put forward some very boring 100hp “oil engines,” because in The Engineer you are only allowed to say “diesel” on every alternate page, unless you have called “London Airport” “Heathrow” in the last two pages.
|All you could ever want to know about steel allotropes, at the link above. Now, with added alloys, things do start to get complicated. . . .|
|Perhaps sometimes don't put weird things in turbines? By Brian Burnell, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9616928|
|I haven't been able to find anything about Meco-Moore machines, but the attribution to a British inventor is interesting given my last trawl through the literature. I can attribute this princess coat, though. I also think I know what normalised steel is, but don't want to test myself by trying to explain.|
|Built by a submarine maker!|
The Engineer says that the gigantic new stratosphere chamber at Vickers Weybrdge will do up conditions up to 70,000ft, to test pressure cabins, aircraft structures, controls and engines under “a variety of conditions.” It is very enormous, with airlocks on either end to give access, manholes that can be removed to put in glass observation panels and other special plates, and enormously powerful compressors and refrigerators.
Industrial and Labour Notes
|They had some pretty good artists in the Late Bronze Age. By Philip Pikart - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8433730|
The publisher’s letter apologises for sending men to the Gimbel show, since, obviously, they had no place investigating the fashion industry.
Twelve dead, seven missing, and a Negro shot dead because a white man said he caught him looting a liquor store. Radio towers were toppled in Fort Lauderdale, beach cabanas were blown away, the palm trees on Miami Beach’s millionaire’s row were toppled, and the rain caught up with the fleeing caravan of evacuees north in Apalachicola. Senator Taft’s tour of the west also blew tepid and humid air. Dewey, meanwhile, milked cows in Massachusetts.
|As with Harding, at some point you have to think that we're intended to read something into Dewey's complexion.|
Elma Wickenden got a medal for running the Red Cross’s auxiliary nurses programme.
You cannot, Thank God, take a picture of communism. In England, talk of Atlee being unseated continues, and the “Tory weekly Recorder” offers a new definition of socialism. It is,” I miss coal.”
Also all too socialist is British agriculture, where a farmer is up in arms about being told when to plough his field. The story is that Farmer Dennis had a bad crop of wheat last year, which he ploughed under. The County Agricultural Committee ordered him to sow a catch crop of mustard, which would be ploughed under green to enrich the soil. Dennis decided that since his field was already infested with wild mustard, he would sow buckwheat instead; the problem is that you cannot sow buckwheat in Britain without a license right now, because it is off the ration and fetches a high price as a scarce feed for poultry, pigs and cattle, fetching 80 shillings for a 56lb sack, because the British hate arithmetic. The Committee stepped in and forbade Farmer Dennis from having anything to do with the field, lest he harvest it and collect £3000. Instead, it would act to plough while the crop was green, using it as a catch crop. Then . . .it didn’t. Leaving the crop until it was ripe, and only then ploughing it in, instead of harvesting it.
|Not desperate enough to eat the stuff, yet.|
In Germany, the black market in American watches and cars is noticed, not buckwheat, and Germans in the east are making an honour-grove for Stalin. Time then moves on to China, where it is still apoplectic over General Wedemayer’s report –so angry that it makes nice with T. V. Soong, who is applauded for giving some money to a veterans’ fund. Well, shares in state-directed corporations, but the principal is the same. In the Yangtze valley, General Liu Po-chang is leading a Communist offensive in the direction of Nanking, and in Manchuria, Chen Cheng is leading a purge of Koumintang generals and officials. Also, Communism! In the Solomon Islands, where the natives are flying the yellow and black flag of “Martin Lo,” pidgin for “Marxian law.” Planter Heinrich Kuper is the source of this interesting information, and of ample encouragement for the breaking of communist heads amongst the copra workers, who believe that America is a communist state, and would soon send a Liberty ship carrying a mosquito-proof hut and a kerosene refrigerator for every Martin Lo-ist. They also elected their own Marching Rule government, which collapsed when the British sent some cruisers to the island of Guadalcanal to see what was up.
|Hunh. Cargo cultists as Marxist agitators. You hear something new every day.|
|Another industrial crop heard from. By Michiel1972 - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18081792|
|Time for an ad!|
|Time has Dutch tilt issues, too!|
King Gustav, who recently lost his son, looks like he recently lost his son in a picture. Hamid Reza Pahlavi, the brother of the Shah of Iran, also looks down in a picture, in his case because he is a barfly in New York City. Mrs. Edward L. Doheny, whose grandfather-in-law was the Dohenny of the Teapot Dome scandal, has lost a bracelet with 41 diamonds and 113 pearls. Franklin Roosevelt, Jr, and his wife, Ethel du Pont, finally showed up for their speeding tickets. Ex-Governor and ambassador George Howard Earle, 56, has just had a daughter with his 25-year-old Belgian wife, Marthe Jermine Sacre Earle. Francisco Segura, the tennis player, has also married, as has Amon G. Carter, while lgor Cassini and Ann Cooper Hewitt Gay Bradstreet Whittaker have divorced. Mary Blair, notorious for kissing Paul Robeson’s hand, has died, as has Howard Myers, world-famous publisher of Architectural Forum, Harry Carey, and, of course, Mayor LaGuardia.