Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Quote for the Day

Some Dutch items

Yesterday I posted some pics from bygone days, one them being of a tandem bicycle with a baby carrier at the back:

It inspired a friend in Holland, who is a subscriber to Bytes, to send me an email:
I couldn't believe the bike picture with the baby lying on the back carrier, just super dangerous. 
Dutch people have different models of bikes to carry their kids with them to school , shopping etc. 
This is the model that our physiotherapist has who brings his little boy to wherever he needs to go. The child faces him sitting in a baby seat with the seat belt on. There is space for shopping, pram and/or dog, whatever. 

Of course it makes it easier here that it is flat country. 
Take care. 
(The cover for the carrier can be back folded as seen, or closed over the child's carrier or canopy.)

Coincidentally, that same day I also received an email from Charles D with photographs from Holland of a parade of ships.

Here is the commentary and some of the pics:
Every five years the parade of ships 'SAIL Amsterdam' takes place. In August thousands of vessels, from small sailboats to large replicas of caravels, arrive together at the IJ bay north of the city and then pass to the capital of the Netherlands, in 2015 involving 8,000 vessels! 


One further item about Holland (the country of my birth, although I have lived in Oz from age 5).

There is a village in Holland known as Giethoorn which has no roads, only canals and 180 bridges. There are 2,620 residents. The village fended off competition from 182 contenders across the world to achieve a place on the board of the new international edition of Monopoly.

Some pics:

Monday, May 23, 2016

Quote for the Day

The following is again strictly not a Quote for the Day item, more a concise and accurate comment on the present day. Compare with the pics below.

Thanks for sending Leo M.

Looking back


The pics below were emailed to me by Charles D, the email being headed 'What a great collection of photos!' I have reprinted both the photographs and the captions which accompanied them. It's interesting to see how different devices, outlooks and trends are today. Thanks, Charles.

The rural kids in the 50’s rode bikes to school. You took whatever path was best for you. 

Camping out in 1918. 

This was the 30’s, and this sharecropper’s son was working behind the plow, barefoot and all. You can bet there was a mule on the front of that.

This couple pose in an early version of American Gothic, with a groundhog killed on their Manchester farm. It's dinner! Note: Photo taken circa 1914.

At least this one won’t be quite as dangerous as the old single wheeled models. Look in the trailer over the back wheel. They have their baby in there! 

This was the approved way to change the street lamps in 1910. 

A single Paddy Wagon. Never knew they had such a vehicle! 

Here is an early motor home, built in 1926. I’m surprised the light chassis would handle it. 

We’ve all been aware of the traditional tent wagon. This is a tent vehicle built in 1910. 

These are vintage treadmills in the 1920’s. 

This is a 1920’s refrigerator. Only the elite could afford such a thing, and most still had the old ice boxes. 

A hair dryer in a 1920 Salon. What a contraption!

Chester E. Macduffee next to his newly patented, 250 kilo diving suit, 1911

A postcard from the 1800’s advertising a knife throwing act with the travelling circus

A Strongwoman balances a piano and the pianist on her chest. 1920 

London, in the 1920’s, this was a telephone engineer. 

Two young girls in a West German street chat with their grandparents in the window of their home in the Eastern sector, separated only by a barbed wire barricade. It was a common occurrence for families, who had once only lived on the opposite side of the street from one another, to become separated by the ever growing Berlin Wall. 

A Gibson Girl in her corset in the early 1900’s. Those poor women. This was one fad that really hurt a lot of women for life. 

Lillian Russell. A plus size beauty in the late 1800s. She was around 200 lb at the peak of her career.   She was considered "The American Beauty." Weight Watchers would want to enrol her today!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Quote for the day

Ned Kelly letterboxes . . .

Alan Waddell, who despite advanced years, walked every street in over 280 Sydney suburbs, has been the subject of a previous Bytes post. Alan passed away in 2008 but his sons maintain his website, Walking Sydney Streets, and regularly send out emails with interesting pics of Sydney suburbs.

In a recent email was a pic of a Ned Kelly letterbox: 

The entry is at:

For overseas readers, Ned Kelly is an Australian folk hero, a bushranger (outlaw) who made a final stand with his gang against the police wearing armour made from ploughshares. An artist present at the time made the following sketch: 

This is the real armour:

The letterbox pic from Alan’s blog isn’t an award winning design but it did prompt me to do a search for any other Ned Kelly letterboxes. What I found was a mixture of some that are quite good and some that are woeful.

Here are some:

 Alan Waddell inspecting another Ned Kelly letterbox

One final thought on the topic . . .