Archive | April, 2011

Old Fire Trucks

30 Apr
Old Truck with this fine specimen from 1912

The picture was taken in Washington DC, and it shows another truck from the Woodward and Lothrop Department Store.

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Fashions from the 1950s

29 Apr

A Century Of Britain’s Royal Weddings

28 Apr
Duchess of York (1923)

Duke and Duchess of York (1923)

Duke and Duchess of Gloucester (1935)

Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh (1947)

Princess Anne with her father, Prince Phillip (1973)

Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips (1973)

Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips (1973)

Princess Diana and Prince Charles (1981)

Princess Diana (1981)

The first photo of Princess Diana in her wedding gown (1981)

Chernobyl before 1986

27 Apr

The Chernobyl disaster was a nuclear accident that occurred on 26 April 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Ukrainian SSR (now Ukraine). An explosion and fire released large quantities of radioactive contamination into the atmosphere, which spread over much of Western Russia and Europe. It is considered the worst nuclear power plant accident in history, and is one of only two classified as a level 7 event on the International Nuclear Event Scale (the other being the Fukushima I nuclear incident, which is considered far less serious and has caused no direct deaths). The battle to contain the contamination and avert a greater catastrophe ultimately involved over 500,000 workers and cost an estimated 18 billion rubles, crippling the Soviet economy.

The disaster began during a systems test on 26 April 1986 at reactor number four of the Chernobyl plant, which is near the town of Pripyat. There was a sudden power output surge, and when an emergency shutdown was attempted, a more extreme spike in power output occurred, which led to a reactor vessel rupture and a series of explosions. These events exposed the graphite moderator of the reactor to air, causing it to ignite. The resulting fire sent a plume of highly radioactive smoke fallout into the atmosphere and over an extensive geographical area, including Pripyat. The plume drifted over large parts of the western Soviet Union and Europe. From 1986 to 2000, 350,400 people were evacuated and resettled from the most severely contaminated areas of Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine. According to official post-Soviet data, about 60% of the fallout landed in Belarus.

Moscow in 1930s [more]

27 Apr

Anti-NEP propaganda

“Fire Protection Propaganda Station”

Sukharev Tower, blown up in 1934

The Vladimir Gate on Lubyanka square, destroyed in 1934

House of Culture of the “Kauchuk” factory

The “Zuev” House of Culture

The “Rusakov” Workers’ Club

Moiseevskaya square

Tram station on the Moiseevskaya square

New car in old Moscow

Foreigners taking photos at MosTorg

Foreigner taking photos

Kvas and mors (berry beer) seller

“A better customer service for the workers!”

Manifestation along Krasnoprudnaya street

Perhaps the interior of the TORGSIN (foreign currency shop)

Queue in front of the shop of Armenian drinks along the Pyatnitsa street

Birzhevaya square

Sokolniki, Green theatre

Sylvester Stallone’s father selling foreign currency at the wall of Kitaigorod

“Soyuzpechat”, newspaper seller at the wall of Kitaigorod

Taxi station at the Leningrad railway station

Carter along the Strominka

Moscow in 1930s

27 Apr
The Kremlin from the Bolshoi Kamenny Most

The Kremlin from the Bolshoi Moskvoretsky Most

The Kremlin from the Bolshoi Moskvoretsky Most

The Mosvkoretskaya street and the Vasilevsky spusk from the Moskvoretsky bridge

Kremlin, Granovitaya Palace

Kremlin, the Blagoveschensky (Annunciation) cathedra

The Great Ivan bell tower

The Red Square

The GUM supermarket

Resurrection or Iversky gate (destroyed in 1931)

Sverdlov (Theatre) square

Teatralny proezd towards the Lubyanka

The CUM supermarket

The Second Moscow Art Theatre (then Central Children’s Theatre)

TORGSIN, the “foreign currency” shop for foreigners (1931-36)

Ohotny Ryad street

The Soviet square

Agitation poster for the five years plan on the Soviet square

Soviet square, Lenin Institute

Strastnaya square (where the giant lion was sleeping)

Tversky square, with the still standing New Triumphal Gate

The Christ Savior cathedral, blown up in 1931

The Christ Savior cathedral

The Novodevichi monastery

The Pyatnitsa street with the Paraskeva Pyatnitsa church (destroyed in 1935)

The Resurrection of Christ church in SokolnikiA szokolnyiki Krisztus Feltámadása-templom

Tower of the Church of St. Pantelemon of Athos

John Lennon in red and black striped pajamas

26 Apr

While in Toronto during the 1964 North American tour, a fan sent John some red and black striped pajamas. They are pretty silly looking, so for a laugh John put them on and was photographed wearing them. [via]