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2013-06-30 10:33:58 PM  
HIGHLY appropriate for this thread - The War Was In Color

/thanks Subby, those were some cool pictures
 
2013-06-30 11:18:23 PM  
Wow. Just wow.
 
2013-06-30 11:25:55 PM  
I love seeing these old color photos, but I'm so frustrated by the things the photographer thought were important.  These are photos of trains, planes and machines... but really, I want to see pictures of PEOPLE.  I want to see their clothes, their hairstyles, and their mannerisms.

Things from the 40s are still with us today.  They are a little faded but are basically unchanged.  The people of the 40s are gone forever (even if they are not dead, they are not the same as they were then).  I want to imagine what it was like as a person living in that time period.  It is so close to our lives, and yet totally foreign.
 
2013-06-30 11:27:59 PM  
Let's hear it for the old war time spending!

We are number 1!
We're also number 2.
We're numbers 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 as well.

The 800 billion a year goes to all 57 states.
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-06-30 11:28:53 PM  
The line of steam locomotives is awesome.

The 40s era always amazes me, the juxtaposition of technologies. Jet engines were just being perfected, but freight was still being moved by coal fired steam and the army was still using mules and horses domestically.
 
2013-06-30 11:35:28 PM  
Really cool photos and seeing that many planes in a single shot really dates the photos.

Now what I am wondering is, why is the one guy in the first photo wearing dirty work clothes with well shined shoes?  I get they didn't have athletic shoes like we do now, but they had work boots.  Was he that vain about his photo being taken?
 
2013-06-30 11:35:31 PM  

TaterTot_HotDish: I love seeing these old color photos, but I'm so frustrated by the things the photographer thought were important.  These are photos of trains, planes and machines... but really, I want to see pictures of PEOPLE.  I want to see their clothes, their hairstyles, and their mannerisms.

Things from the 40s are still with us today.  They are a little faded but are basically unchanged.  The people of the 40s are gone forever (even if they are not dead, they are not the same as they were then).  I want to imagine what it was like as a person living in that time period.  It is so close to our lives, and yet totally foreign.


You can find plenty of life magazines on ebay, antique malls etc...
 
2013-06-30 11:41:29 PM  

Thingster: The line of steam locomotives is awesome.

The 40s era always amazes me, the juxtaposition of technologies. Jet engines were just being perfected, but freight was still being moved by coal fired steam and the army was still using mules and horses domestically.


Your comment kind of reminds me of a quote by the head of the Japanese Air Force in China whose name escapes me at the moment, when asked when he knew that the jig was up he said when the new fighters that where supposed to turn the tide back in Japan's favour was delivered to his airfield by ox cart.
 
2013-06-30 11:53:05 PM  

Thingster: The line of steam locomotives is awesome.

The 40s era always amazes me, the juxtaposition of technologies. Jet engines were just being perfected, but freight was still being moved by coal fired steam and the army was still using mules and horses domestically.


Me it's the 1960s. You had the same jumbled-up mish-mash of technologies happening in electronics. Wonderfully bizarre devices that used wacko physics effects to achieve control or modulation or whatever.

Lasers, masers, tunnel diodes, parametric amplifiers, Josephson junctions, and the countless ways to create computer memory. All the tubes ending in -tron, like klystrons, and stuff so out-there it's still unmatched today like the BWO. (Eh, lots of lsate '50s stuff in there. Humor me.)
 But yeah, in the '40s they managed to go from mechanical clocks in artillery shells that had to be set manually to radar fuzes...


Ever watch footage of WWII anti-aircraft fire? Like the black explosions surrounding the bombers for example, there were all the shells that blew up too soon or too late because the timer wasn't set properly or failed.

It took thousands of rounds to hit one plane.

Then they put a miniature radar (all tubes, with a battery) in the fuze. It had to survive the 100000G acceleration (it's not even strictly acceleration, it's something called "jerk") and 20000RPM rotation.

This is one of the things that won the war for the Allies. The fuze also made shells explode directly over ground targets for maximum destruction.

Totally terrified the Axis.
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-06-30 11:56:32 PM  
I prefer new color photos of WWII, thank you very much.
 
2013-07-01 12:06:20 AM  
The war was in color...and that color was mostly brown, it seems. Everything is so drab, yet the Kodachrome captures color with such vividness that the few spots of bright color just pop like no one's business.

It's amazing to see color pictures from that era that are so sharp and clean. These are apparently large-format negatives though, so that's probably why.
 
2013-07-01 12:16:57 AM  

phrawgh: I prefer new color photos of WWII, thank you very much.


I was thinking along those lines, too. To the Back-In-Time-inator!!

Meanwhile, I need to get back to Shorpy. I used to visit that site with some frequency.
 
2013-07-01 12:20:57 AM  

TaterTot_HotDish: I love seeing these old color photos, but I'm so frustrated by the things the photographer thought were important.  These are photos of trains, planes and machines... but really, I want to see pictures of PEOPLE.  I want to see their clothes, their hairstyles, and their mannerisms.



To be fair, that's what you'd expect to see from a gearhead blog like Jalopnik. If you go to the original source you'll see a lot more photos of people.
 
2013-07-01 12:28:07 AM  
bright yellow war planes? that seems an odd choice.
 
2013-07-01 12:31:01 AM  

Mitt Romneys Tax Return: TaterTot_HotDish: I love seeing these old color photos, but I'm so frustrated by the things the photographer thought were important.  These are photos of trains, planes and machines... but really, I want to see pictures of PEOPLE.  I want to see their clothes, their hairstyles, and their mannerisms.


To be fair, that's what you'd expect to see from a gearhead blog like Jalopnik. If you go to the original source you'll see a lot more photos of people.


Sweet! Thanks, I found this awesome one:
 
2013-07-01 12:32:30 AM  

TaterTot_HotDish: Mitt Romneys Tax Return: TaterTot_HotDish: I love seeing these old color photos, but I'm so frustrated by the things the photographer thought were important.  These are photos of trains, planes and machines... but really, I want to see pictures of PEOPLE.  I want to see their clothes, their hairstyles, and their mannerisms.


To be fair, that's what you'd expect to see from a gearhead blog like Jalopnik. If you go to the original source you'll see a lot more photos of people.

Sweet! Thanks, I found this awesome one:



D'oh!

D'oh!
http://www.shorpy.com/files/images/SHORPY_1a34798u.jpg
 
2013-07-01 12:38:58 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: Let's hear it for the old war time spending!

We are number 1!
We're also number 2.
We're numbers 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 as well.

The 800 billion a year goes to all 57 states.
[upload.wikimedia.org image 800x635]


That old time war spending turned around a horrible economy and took down a dictator that killed 8 million people and was hell bent on ruling the entire world.  You must be a blast at parties, douche.

/not even a military defender either...just less of an asshole than you are, and can recognize history when i'm not thumbing my nose up from my ipad at my Starbucks.
 
2013-07-01 12:40:03 AM  

TaterTot_HotDish: TaterTot_HotDish: Mitt Romneys Tax Return: TaterTot_HotDish: I love seeing these old color photos, but I'm so frustrated by the things the photographer thought were important.  These are photos of trains, planes and machines... but really, I want to see pictures of PEOPLE.  I want to see their clothes, their hairstyles, and their mannerisms.


To be fair, that's what you'd expect to see from a gearhead blog like Jalopnik. If you go to the original source you'll see a lot more photos of people.

Sweet! Thanks, I found this awesome one:


D'oh!

D'oh!
http://www.shorpy.com/files/images/SHORPY_1a34798u.jpg


Page not found.
 
2013-07-01 12:42:32 AM  

pissedoffmick: bright yellow war planes? that seems an odd choice.


Primer or protective coat. They won't be in service in that color. The only planes that were painted bright colors were trainers (easier to find after a crash).
 
2013-07-01 12:58:03 AM  
Simpsons Shorpy did it.
 
2013-07-01 01:02:00 AM  

Mitt Romneys Tax Return: pissedoffmick: bright yellow war planes? that seems an odd choice.

Primer or protective coat. They won't be in service in that color. The only planes that were painted bright colors were trainers (easier to find after a crash).


thanks.
 
2013-07-01 01:02:05 AM  
Sounds interesting. Can someone post a link to where the gawker asshats stole their content from?
 
2013-07-01 01:08:55 AM  

OnlyM3: Sounds interesting. Can someone post a link to where the gawker asshats stole their content from?


I posted the link upthread. Be sure to view the photos in high resolution. Be aware, though, that Shorpy is the TV Tropes of old photos - it's a merciless time sink.
 
2013-07-01 02:27:30 AM  

Mitt Romneys Tax Return: pissedoffmick: bright yellow war planes? that seems an odd choice.

Primer or protective coat. They won't be in service in that color. The only planes that were painted bright colors were trainers (easier to find after a crash).


Yep, aluminum primer.  Zinc Chromate of some sort.
 
2013-07-01 02:56:14 AM  
If you watch WWII in color while listening to "Dark Side of the Moon" the earth will implode.
 
2013-07-01 03:00:33 AM  

Mitch Mitchell: If you watch WWII in color while listening to "Dark Side of the Moon" the earth will implode.


Pfft. You should try listening to "WWII in Color"  while watching "The Wall"
 
2013-07-01 03:23:25 AM  
I love how old-timey and steampunkish they look.
 
2013-07-01 03:43:32 AM  
I've got a great 4 volume set of books, chock full of photos from WWII.  In fact, the editors chose what they considered the "best" photo of the day for each day of the war, from Pearl Harbor to VJ Day.  About 1/4 of them are in color.  They were produced shortly after the war, unfortunately, they were printed on very thin paper and the binding was done cheaply.  The color photos are absolutely gorgeous however.

Nothing like medium/large format film mated to a great lens and camera to really capture color.  Today's digitals are still quite a bit away from being able to capture an image to that degree.
 
2013-07-01 04:23:36 AM  

Farty McPooPants: Mitt Romneys Tax Return: pissedoffmick: bright yellow war planes? that seems an odd choice.

Primer or protective coat. They won't be in service in that color. The only planes that were painted bright colors were trainers (easier to find after a crash).

Yep, aluminum primer.  Zinc Chromate of some sort.


Yeah. When the parts are dipped in plain zinc chromate they take on that lemon-yellow color. Interestingly, when you mix the zinc chromate with a black pigment like soot, you get a deep apple green color, which is why WW2 cockpits are generally that color inside--a dark pigment had to be added to the primer to protect the exposed metal from the UV rays of the sun. It wasn't necessary for the rest of the airplane because that was generally painted with camouflage or a varnish of some kind.
 
2013-07-01 06:00:51 AM  
I prefer new colour photos of WWII. Neat, but seen them quite a few times
 
2013-07-01 07:55:16 AM  
Re: M3 Grant:

"The 75 is firing. The 37 is firing but it's traversed around the wrong way. The Browning is jammed. I am saying 'Driver advance' on the A [intercom] set, and the driver, who can't hear me, is reversing. And as I look over the top of the turret and see twelve enemy tanks fifty yards away, someone hands me a cheese sandwich."
 
2013-07-01 08:12:37 AM  
Great pics, thx
 
2013-07-01 08:14:40 AM  
img.gawkerassets.com

Paging Doc Daneeka.....


// I hope it's not obscure...
 
2013-07-01 08:35:58 AM  

maddogdelta


// I hope it's not obscure...


I guess you missed the first few [Edward] Snowden threads. it was a Heller-fest all up in here, up in here.
 
2013-07-01 09:08:54 AM  
s22.postimg.org
 
2013-07-01 09:26:00 AM  
If you're ever in New Orleans, you MUST see the National WWII museum. I'm talking planes hanging from rafters, Higgins boat, scout motorcycles...all of it. Most touching and informative however are the photos, journals, and quotes.

According to the museum, it was selected to be located in NOLA due to the Higgins boat (that front-loading landing craft you saw in any D-Day film like Private Ryan). Andrew Higgins and his shipyard were local, and FDR publicly stated that without his invention and extremely efficient production the war would have been completely re-thought. The museum was originally just the "D-Day" museum before being expanded to cover the entire war.

Seriously, if you're a history nerd you have to see it.

Bonus: the buildings look like warships. One of the buildings (there are several) - pic seems like an artist's rendition but that's what it actually looks like:

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And they always have guys like this who volunteer to give to directions and such:

media.al.com
 
2013-07-01 11:20:37 AM  

TaterTot_HotDish: I love seeing these old color photos, but I'm so frustrated by the things the photographer thought were important.  These are photos of trains, planes and machines... but really, I want to see pictures of PEOPLE.  I want to see their clothes, their hairstyles, and their mannerisms.

Things from the 40s are still with us today.  They are a little faded but are basically unchanged.  The people of the 40s are gone forever (even if they are not dead, they are not the same as they were then).  I want to imagine what it was like as a person living in that time period.  It is so close to our lives, and yet totally foreign.


I don't think I could possibly disagree more.

I'm not interested in the people, I didn't know them, have no idea who they were, and I don't really care.  I didn't even click on most of the pictures of people, unless there was something else interesting in the shot.  I'm FAR more interested in the buildings, the machines, the views of places.

I do wish the films back then were better.  I know some people wax poetic about Kodachrome, but the reality is that it was horribly inaccurate color, and to my eyes it's crap.  I can forgive it when it's all we had, as in these pictures, but it's hard to believe that they actually kept making that garbage until 2009.
 
2013-07-01 02:00:36 PM  
Mitt Romneys Tax Return
2013-07-01 01:08:55 AM


OnlyM3: Sounds interesting. Can someone post a link to where the gawker asshats stole their content from?

I posted the link upthread. Be sure to view the photos in high resolution. Be aware, though, that Shorpy is the TV Tropes of old photos - it's a merciless time sink.
Thanks! :)
 
2013-07-02 12:02:32 AM  
good shiat
 
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