The Wunderkammer of the Mild Colonial Boy, Esq., a Reactionary Tory Gentleman, who armed only with a Steampowered Babbage Engine and Pure Intentions, wanders the Time Streams and Aetheric Plane gathering an Eccentric Hodgepodge of Curiousities, Frivolities, Whimsicalities and Nonsense.
Q. Why is your Tumblelog called "My Ear-Trumpet Has Been Struck by Lightning"?
A. Because "My Grandmother's Ear-Trumpet Has Been Struck by Lightning" wouldn't fit in the available space.
Count Francesco Baracca (9 May 1888 – 19 June 1918) was Italy’s top fighter ace of World War I. He was credited with 34 aerial victories. In this picture standing by his SPAD XIII fighter with the prancing horse logo that later became the emblem of Ferrari.
Messenger dogs and handler near Villers-Bretonneux, 1918
ID Number: E02318 Place made: France: Picardie, Somme, Villers-Bretonneux
Informal portrait of 3133 Corporal James Coull, in charge, with dogs of No. 3 Messenger Dog Section, attached to the 4th Divisional Signal Company, in a railway cutting near Villers-Bretonneux while operating with 12th Brigade. Section comprised sixteen men and fifty messenger dogs. These dogs worked with fairly successful results, but were never solely relied on in sending messages. Left to right: War Dog 103 Nell, a Cross Setter; 102 Trick, a Collie; 101 Buller (sometimes referred to as Bullet), an Airedale. All three dogs were very efficient in message carrying and saw service with the 2nd, 4th and 5th Australian Divisions, also with Divisions of the British 8th Corps (Imperial). 102 Trick was particularly efficient and was well known by all Brigades of abovenamed Divisions. He was specially mentioned by Signal Officer of 2nd Division for good work at Rubimont, near Heilly
Manfred von Richthofen’s first Albatros D.III was passed down to Lothar, seen here receiving advice from Carl Allmenroder. Some sources indicate that the aircraft was mahogany coloured with a red band, barely visible here, between the cockpit and national marking. Lothar regarded the aeroplane and a pair of Manfred’s old flying-gloves as talismanic, keeping him from harm and aiding his early success.
‘As luck would have it, I shot down my first ten Englishmen armed with these gloves and this machine,’
“The class of 1917 will overcome!” A postcard I found while antiquing with lostsplendor. A follower was kind enough to help me translate the (rather saucy) text on the back:
“My dear Auguste,
I just received your letter from the 6th with pleasure. Thank you. It’ll be one more for the collection. In exchange I send one which is not bad either. Jean came on Sunday and we both went out because [?] his place was crowded. It was raining, we couldn’t go out but we went to the theatre Pathé and we both met two lovely ladies there. “Love, what do you do to us?!!!”. On the evening, we went to the “Cosmo” at eight, where we also met two ladies living at the Coteau (? I suppose it is a place). Jean got a girl and I a divorced woman with two daughter!!! At midnight we were still in their company in the streets! And you thought we shouldn’t be naughty, your brother and I! Jean plans to come [? to Mouchet maybe] . I got a card from Hasse (not sure of the spelling), he is at Chomouh (not sure of the spelling).