Thursday, August 15, 2013

May 14, 1948, Israel's Declaration of independence

David Ben-Gurion (First Prime Minister of Israel) publicly announcing
the Declaration of the State of Israel. May 14 1948, Tel Aviv, Israel.
Above him, a large portrait of Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern political Zionism.
The ceremony took place in the old Tel Aviv Museum of Art building on Rothshild Ave. 
The exhibit hall and the scroll, which were not yet finished, were prepared by Otte Wallish

Israel's Declaration of independence original B&W compared with the colorized version. 
Courtesy of the Rudi Weissenstein archive and the "Tzalmania".

Another view of the occasion, this time by 
Robert Capa

Saturday, August 10, 2013

David & Paula Ben-Gurion, circa1961

Back at the day when the train was used by prime ministers
in israel and Maarive was the biggest news paper around.

Original photo is by David Rubinger.
Note the headlines about the Eichmann trial.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

1865. Charleston, South Carolina

This photograph was taken on Cumberland St.
by the Federal Navy and seaborne expeditions against the Atlantic Coast of the Confederacy.
The photo is the left half of a glass-plate stereograph.

The challenge for me with this Civil War photo was the lack of color
and the dominance of the browns. 

The un wheeled coach on the right side of the photo seams to be a bit more fancy
Than the others in this photo, hans the reasoning for my coloring
of that coach,
Here is a close up of the Archibald McLeish's Vulcan Iron Works contraption.
Note the "Big Wheel" underneath the iron sign. 
This is likely something called "Big Wheel" , 
also called a "Ship's mast wheel", used to haul whole logs. 
A log or logs is/are chained to the middle section and is hauled by a team of horses/mules. 
The other end of the log is dragged.

The writing on the anvil says "Double action locomotive spring".
Note the anchor the canon and the leaf the two swords the plow the candle stick
and the ornamented lizard (with a duck looking beak). Probably all those things are objects that the
Archibald McLeish's Vulcan Iron Works can manufacture upon request.  
The top left ring of the sign says "A leaf fro????"