Weekly Photo Challenge: Simple

Kodak Six-20 Brownie Junior

Kodak Six-20 Brownie Junior

Only a small step removed from the simplicity of a pin-hole camera, Kodak’s Brownie cameras brought photography to the masses.   The design of the Six-20 Brownie Junior dates to 1934 and it remained in production until 1938.   It is somewhat ironic that I found this one in a local charity shop on the very day that Kodak filed for bankruptcy protection in the USA 😦   The background is formed by an Ekco A160 Radio dating to 1953.


A-Z Archive: D Challenge

From my Archive I choose…

D is for Duchess

Duchess of Hamilton

46229 Duchess of Hamilton arrives at York

One of a class of 38 express passenger locomotives designed by Sir William Stanier for the London, Midland and Scottish Railway Company.   She entered service in 1938 and was withdrawn in February 1964 during the rapid dieselisation of British Railways.   Saved for posterity by Sir Billy Butlin she spent some years at Butlin’s Minehead holiday camp where children could play on her.   In 1976 she was loaned to the National Railway Museum and was subsequently purchased by the museum in 1987.   This photograph was taken in April 1985 when she operated the Yorkshire  Coast Express.   Recently she has been restored to her original streamlined guise, as she entered service in 1938 – Photo by Jon Benton available from the Railway Herald site.

Although the class became known as The Duchesses, they bore a mixture of names.   The majority were named after major British Cities.  Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary and King George VI were also honoured along with Princess Alice and Princess Alexandra.   The last but one member of the class fittingly bore the name Sir William A. Stanier F.R.S. 🙂

Anti SOPA, PIPA and Attacks on Photographer’s Rights

In support of my US blogging colleagues

In my firm belief in the right to free speech

And in line with my support for the I’m a Photographer not a Terrorist movement in the UK,

Photographer Not A Terrorist

I have applied the protest ribbon seen in the top right hand corner of the page.

I do not support the theft of artist’s work, film, music or otherwise, but this is a blatant case of using a sledgehammer to crack a nut and will do nothing to help the individual artist – it will just allow the corporate giants to exercise more control over the individual 😦