Dazzle Ships In Drydock At Liverpool
: from Edward Wadsworth
to Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
at Spoilt Victorian Child
. From dazzle patterns to wartime magic. Apothecary's Drawer
links to Jasper Maskelyne, Master of Make Believe
, a site dedicated to the 'war magician' who set out to fool the Nazis with a series of large scale illusions. Documentaries have been made about Maskelyne's role, which he himself probably talked up, and his great feats, such as the 'concealment' of Alexandria Harbour
(by constructing a decoy version along the coast to fool nighttime spotters) probably didn't have as great an impact as has been claimed. The fake tanks
are nice, though.
A huge collection of scanned college yearbooks
(specifically, the 'Londoner', the yearbook of the London Central High School, in Bushy Park, Bushey). The LCHS was a Department of Defense Dependents School
- for children of US servicemen and women stationed in the UK. The school was formerly a U.S. Army Base
, known as 'The Old Bushey Castle
'. After the war, the 'castle' was demolished, just one of hundreds of country houses that were vacated during the period, usually requisitioned by the government for wartime use, and then never able to get back to former glory (see this exhibition
and the excellent No Voice from the Hall
, by John Harris). Lots more site history available here
, including the story of the nearby married quarters for the USAF HQ at Ruislip
, which were demolished in 1998
. Built to American, rather than British standards, with heavy-duty floors and dual voltage power supplies. Culture shock needs to be mitigated. This 1999 pdf provides relocation information
for US Navy personnel being stationed in the UK ('You are advised to leave your guns in the USA, but if you must bring them, make sure you understand all the rules and regulations for importation').
More treasure troves. The Alternative 80s
/ The Archive
, a history of UK rock festivals from 1960 to 1975. Amazingly, the rather staid Oval
cricket ground (now labouring under some daft name due to corporate sponsorship) used to host concerts, like this 1972 Melody Maker Poll Concert
, featuring Wishbone Ash
, Emerson, Lake and Palmer
The 1974 Estes Catalog
, for the amateur rocketeer / Hugh Pearman
on MoMA NY: Shock of the new, or chill of the morgue?
The terminally tasteful new Museum of Modern Art in New York.
How it works - the computer
, via i like
: TV Title Pioneers, an exhibition (just finished, I think), at the Kemistry Gallery
in London. See also the Test Card Gallery
, which also links to dozens of other TV history sites.
Catalogues of classic SilverLine Boats
. All good stuff
/ classic Citroen DS
brochure, part of a big Italian site devoted to the car
. Many more pictures
is pretty comprehensive / the soon-to-retire Routemaster