Thursday, February 23, 2017



Manufrance was the trade name of Manufacture Francaise d'Armes et Cycles de St.Etienne, a French mail order company which was situated in the manufacturing town of St. Etienne since 1888. The first French mail order company, it mainly specialised in shotguns (Robust, Falcor, Ideal, Simplex) and bicycles (Hirondelle); however, they covered other products, ranging from fishing rods to household items, such as wall clocks. Most of the products sold by Manufrance were made by third party manufacturers, then labeled and retailed by Manufrance.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Gordon Parks


Gordon Parks was an American photographer, musician, writer and film director, who became prominent in U.S. documentary photojournalism in the 1940s through 1970s—particularly in issues of civil rights, poverty and African-Americans—and in glamour photography. What have we done ? we all have been scandalized by apartheid in south africa which took place from 1948 to 1991 and we fought against it but what about segregation which took place in America until 1967 ? Nothing, just nothing. I allways thought that talking the same way about slavery and segregation was nonsense and too easy.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Mongolian Men Hunting With Eagles


Photographs by Palani Mohan - Text by Gregory Barber

Photographer Palani Mohan captures the last of the burkitshi, holders of an ancient tradition. The hunter climbs high into the mountains in search of his new bird, looking to sharp clefts in the splintered rock faces where golden eagles usually make their roost. He snatches a four-month-old eaglet—old enough to hunt and survive without her mother, but not too old to adjust to a new life among people—and takes her back to his home, where he feeds her yak, sheep, and horse meat by hand. The meal is the start of a lasting bond. For the next decade or more they will be inseparable partners, returning to the mountains to hunt each winter, when their prey—foxes and, at times, wolves—betray themselves with fresh tracks in the ice and snow. Source

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Vermeer's Girl With a Pearl Earring


One of the best-loved paintings in the world is a mystery. Who is the model and why has she been painted? What is she thinking as she stares out at us? Are her wide eyes and enigmatic half-smile innocent or seductive? And why is she wearing a pearl earring? Girl With a Pearl Earring tells the story of Griet, a 16-year-old Dutch girl who becomes a maid in the house of the painter Johannes Vermeer. Her calm and perceptive manner not only helps her in her household duties, but also attracts the painter's attention. Though different in upbringing, education and social standing, they have a similar way of looking at things. Vermeer slowly draws her into the world of his paintings - the still, luminous images of solitary women in domestic settings. Source

Friday, February 10, 2017

The Horsemen of Semonkong by Thom Pierce

All pictures by Thom Pierce

In the mountain kingdom of Lesotho, the region of Semonkong sits at 2,275 metres above sea level in the Drakensberg mountains. The area is made up of many small villages, most of which are inaccessible by car and nestled high up in the mountains without electricity and mains water. Travel time from these villages to Semonkong, the nearest town, can be up to 4 hours and so the journey is often taken by horse.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Zora Neale Hurston


Zora Neale Hurston is considered one of the pre-eminent writers of twentieth-century African-American literature. Hurston was closely associated with the Harlem Renaissance and has influenced such writers as Ralph Ellison, Toni Morrison, Gayle Jones, Alice Walker, and Toni Cade Bambara. In 1975, Ms. Magazine published Alice Walker's essay, "In Search of Zora Neale Hurston" reviving interest in the author. Hurston's four novels and two books of folklore resulted from extensive anthropological research and have proven invaluable sources on the oral cultures of African America. Through her writings, Robert Hemenway wrote in The Harlem Renaissance Remembered, Hurston "helped to remind the Renaissance--especially its more bourgeois members--of the richness in the racial heritage."

Monday, February 6, 2017

BMW R100GS Glober by ER Motorcycles


ER Motorcycles owned by Blaz Sustarsic of Slovenia has rolled out another impressive conversion of a 1989 BMW R100GS Paris Dakar which he named "Glober”, commissioned by a photographer for long distance tours. Source : pipeburn

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Rudolph Swoboda


Rudolf Swoboda the younger (1859–1914) was a 19th-century Austrian painter, born in Vienna. He studied under Leopold Carl Müller, and voyaged with him to Egypt in 1880. He was a well-known Orientalist. His sister was the portrait painter Josefine Swoboda, also well-known for her portraits of the British royal family. In 1886, Queen Victoria commissioned Swoboda to paint several of a group of Indian artisans who had been brought to Windsor as part of the Golden Jubilee preparations. Victoria liked the resulting paintings so much that she paid Swoboda's way to India to paint more of her Indian subjects. Swoboda painted many of the ordinary people of India in a grouping of small (no more than eight inches high) paintings which resulted. While in India, he stayed, part of the time, with John Lockwood Kipling, and met his son Rudyard Kipling. The younger Kipling was unimpressed with Swoboda, writing to a friend about two "Austrian maniacs" who thought they were "almighty" artists aiming to "embrace the whole blazing East". Upon his return from India, he also painted (in 1888 and 1889) two portraits of Abdul Karim (the Munshi), Victoria's favorite Indian servant. Portrait of the Munshi by Rudolf Swoboda Most of these Indian paintings hang at Osborne House, once Victoria's residence on the Isle of Wight.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Bonhams Arms & Armour

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An Extremely Rare And Fine 7.8mm(Bergmann) Bergmann No. 5/1897 Self-Loading Pistol No. 260 

A Very Fine 7.65x25mm Waffenfabrik Loewe C-93 System Borchardt Patent Self-Loading Pistol

Friday, January 27, 2017

1999 Harley-Davidson MT500 Military


1999 Harley-Davidson MT500 Military. Engine no. 355461 • Believed to be 1 of fewer than 500 Many factors determine a motorcycle's place on the ladder of collectability. Rarity certainly counts, as does having an interesting backstory. If the machine in question is unstarted and unridden, with 0 miles just as it came from the factory shipping crate, it naturally moves a few rungs farther up the scale. This Harley-Davidson MT500 checks all those boxes. Via :

Thursday, January 26, 2017

2017 Airstream Classic XL Trailer


In case your definition of “roughing it” includes bringing your McMansion to the campground, then the luxurious Airstream Classic XL travel trailer is here to bring you comfort. From cross-country expeditions to extended stays in the backcountry, it’s 33 feet of pure convenience and home-away-from-home amenities that will even bring grandma out of the woodwork and into the wild. Via :

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Raoul Gervais Lufbery


Gervais Raoul Lufbery (March 14, 1885 – May 19, 1918) was a French and American fighter pilot and flying ace in World War I. Because he served in both the French Air Force, and later the United States Army Air Service in World War I, he is sometimes listed alternately as a French ace or as an American ace. Officially, all but one of his 17 combat victories came while flying in French units.

Monday, January 23, 2017

1926 Harley-Davidson 74ci Model J OHV Racing Motorcycle


Purchased from a private seller at the Beaulieu Autojumble in 2008, this particular Model J has the 74ci (1,200cc) engine first introduced for 1921. The origin of the overhead-valve conversion is not known, nor is it known when the engine was converted, or by whom. Competitor number plates bearing the words 'Racedepartment Germany' would seem to indicate recent use in that country. Via :