1885. El salón de la moda. Trajes de playa.
Primer traje. —Falda de tafetán color de rosa, sobre la cual cae un volante de encaje de hilo crudo y una hilera de conchas de moaré rosa. Sobrefalda de encaje de hilo crudo, tableada. Túnica recogida y puf de estambre rosa á cuadritos. Cinturon de moaré rosa, formando tres grandes conchas á un lado. Cuerpo de estambre con mangas abiertas sobre otra manga de encaje: los dos puntos de la manga de estambre se reúnen con un lazo rosa. Drapería de encaje de hilo crudo, sujeta sobre el pecho: el extremo de esta banda llega á la cintura. Lazo de moaré rosa en el hombro. Florecitas sonrosadas junto al cuello. Sombrero de paja beige, guarnecido de moaré rosa y de florecitas del mismo color. Sombrilla de encaje de hilo crudo.
Segundo Traje. —Falda de surah doble, listado de blanco y azul marino. Túnica elegantemente recogida, fruncida alrededor de un chaleco-peto de punta, de tela adecuada á la de la primera falda. Levita de lanilla azul, guarnecida en el delantero de botones planos dorados. Cuello y bocamangas de seda blanca, adornados de azul. Sombrero de paja azul, con un gran lazo de cinta blanca atravesado por una ancla dorada. Sombrilla rayada de azul y blanco. Guantes de Suecia claros.
1910. Samuel Franklin Cody showing his Aircraft Mark II to a group of Native Americans wearing traditional dress.
Two children are playing with the aircraft controls. The Native Americans were probably performers in Cody’s Wild West stage show. The show, featuring trick shooting and horse riding, was very popular, generating money and publicity which Cody used to support his aeronautical work. It was reported on this occasion that when Cody started the aircraft’s engines, the frightened visitors bolted, diving into the nearby Basingstoke Canal in their attempts to escape.
Cody built this aircraft in 1910; the previous aircraft had been in several crashes and was suffering generally from constant usage. The design of this aircraft followed similar lines to the previous one though the wingspan was shorter by around six feet and the wing area around a third smaller. The single propeller was originally intended to be powered by two 60 hp Green engines (mark IIA) though problems with synchronicity meant that this was never carried out. This did mean that the aircraft was underpowered though alterations to the engine and the removal of excess weight partly solved this problem (marks IIB to IID). When this engine was replaced with a 120 hp Austro-Daimler, the aircraft performed well, and in January 1912 carried Cody and four passengers. It was eventually crashed by Lieut. J N Fletcher on the 5th April whilst Cody was teaching him to fly. It was also in this aircraft that Cody won his first Michelin Trophy.
1878. Augustin Mouchot’s Solar Concentrator.
Worried by the possibility of fossil fuels, such as coal, running out, Augustine Mouchot develops a solar powered steam generation system to drive industrial machinery.
Mouchot felt it was possible that the sun’s heat could replace the burning of coal to run Europe’s industries.
Mouchot’s research into mirror technology led him to develop the first sun motor. The sun motor used the heat from concentrated sunlight to produce steam which was used to drive machinery, like his solar powered printing press.
1910. Ястреб. Yastreb Airship. D’Orcy’s airship manual.
Russian Army airship. One Dansette-Gillet engine; one pusher-screw. Was produced in 1910 in Russia Joint Stock Company “Dux”, placed in Moscow. Designer was A.I. Shabsky.
Length (m): 50
Beam (m): 13
Volume (me): 2,500
Power (h.p.): 70
Speed (km): 47
Estoy hojeando unos escaneos de 1870 de La moda elegante que acabo bajar de la biblioteca online de cierta diputación provincial y parece que, en algún momento, alguien se lo pasó en grande pintándoles bigotes a las señoras. Pero solo a las rubias, ojo. Aquí tiene que haber una historia.
[I’ve got some new 1870 magazines and looks like somebody draw beards and moustaches over every blonde lady. Just the blondes.]
Exposition du Centenaire de la Lithographie (1895). Frédéric Hugo d’Alési (Romanian-French, 1849-1906). Colour lithograph. V&A.
A poster advertising a centennial exhibition of Lithography at the Galerie Rapp, Paris, in 1895. Frédéric d’Alési worked mainly in Paris. In this Paris scene (the Eiffel Tower is in the distance), he depicts a fashionably dressed woman of the 1890s admiring prints at an outdoor print booth. Although the place where the exhibition is being held - Galerie Rapp - is mentioned, no dates or opening times appear.