SS Albert Ballin was a 20,815grt ocean liner of the Hamburg-America Line (HAPAG) launched in 1923 and named after Albert Ballin, visionary director of the line who had committed suicide several years earlier.
Albert Ballin was built by Blohm & Voss in Hamburg, and served on the Hamburg-New York City route. In 1928 a tourist class was added.
Originally built as a 16 knot ship, the engines were replaced in 1929 resulting in a speed of 19 knots. In 1934 she was lengthened by 50 feet, and speed increased again, this time to 21.5 knots.
In 1935, Nazi government ordered the ship renamed to Hansa (Ballin having been Jewish). Hansa's last Atlantic crossing was in 1939. In 1945, she was employed to evacuate Gdynia, but on 6 March hit a mine off Warnemünde and sank.
The wreck was raised and rebuilt by the Soviet Union around 1949, and renamed Sovetsky Soyuz, becoming the largest passenger ship operating under the Soviet flag. From 1955 she operated between Vladivostok and points in the Far East. She served until 1981.
Construction of George Eyston record car, the Thunderbolt, a six-wheeler designed for Bonneville Salt Flats. In this car, Capt. Eyston set three land speed records: 312.00 mph
(502.12 km/h) on November 19, 1937; 345.50 mph (556.03 km/h) on August
27, 1938; 357.50 mph (575.34 km/h) on September 15, 1938.
Two shots of the V-4 airship gondola, early 1930s. Above, E.M. Oppman (commander) with flight students. Below, A.F. Pomerantsev (commander, second from the right) with flight technician, flight student and pilot.
Built in 1930, the V-4 (СССР В-4) Komsomolskaya Pravda was a non-rigid airship powered by a single 185hp BMW IIIa engine. Modernized in 1932 (enclosed gondola, other improvements), she served until 1934.
Designed to win the 1929 Schneider Trophy and powered by a 1,798hp W-18 Asso engine, Macchi M.67 was an unlucky craft. Three were built. One crashed during the test flight, killing its pilot, Captain G. Motta. Two other M.67s entered the Schneider race at Calshot, UK - but had to quit due to engine and radiator problems.
This gorgeous German 6x9 folding camera is from the late 1930s or early 1940s, and isn't even a rangefinder: you get to measure the distance to your subject (though thankfully there's a handy DoF table on the back).
Winding is also fully manual, meaning you have to judge when you've wound the film far enough for a new frame, while not overlapping the previous exposure.
It does, however, give you the option to shoot 6x4.5 instead of 6x9, complete with a flip-up mask in the viewfinder. Brilliantly designed, especially for its age.
In 1908, Minerva got a worldwide Knight Engine license. The Knight motor developed by Charles Yale Knight in the United States used double sleeve valves and ran almost silently. All future Minervas would use these engines. Sporting successes continued with the new engines including the Austrian Alpine Trials and Swedish Winter Trials. Customers included the kings of Belgium, Sweden and Norway and Henry Ford. After World War I, during which Sylvain de Jong and his engineers had headed to Amsterdam where they kept on developing parts, they returned to restart the production of luxury cars in 1920 with 20CV 3.6 litre 4 cylinder and 30CV 5.3 litre six cylinder models. The constructor's star rose in the United States as well where American filmstars, politicians and industrials liked the cars. The car had the same qualities as the Rolls-Royce, but was a little cheaper. In 1923 smaller models were introduced with the 2 litre four cylinder 15CV and 3.4 litre six cylinder 20CV with standard four wheel brakes. For 1927 there was a replacement for the 30CV with the 6 litre AK and also a new 2 litre six with the 12-14. Large cars continued to be something of a speciality and in 1930, the then almost compulsory for the time, straight eight was introduced in two sizes, the 6.6 litre AL and the 4 litre AP.
Designed by Umberto Nobile and made available for Roald Amundsen and his expedition, the Norge was the first aircraft to fly over the polar ice cap between Europe and America. She reached the North Pole on May 12, 1926.
A small booklet issued by the Union of Democratic Affairs to
illustrate the danger posed by poison gas. the 1930s were jittery
years for many as the almost inexorable feeling that war was coming
was heightened by written works and films (such as HG Wells The World
to Come). This booklet is distinguished by having a cover designed by
the well-known artist Edward MacKnight Kauffer. There can be no
denying the boldness - and directness of the artwork.