Thursday, June 30, 2016

Their Finest Hour


We continue to celebrate Britain's secession from the European Union today with this picture of Sir Winston Churchill, the Prime Minister of the UK during World War II. Shortly after he assumed this position, and in anticipation of the Battle of Britain, Churchill gave one of the most stirring speeches of all times. The powerful concluding remarks of his speech are presented below.


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Britain's Finest


We continue to celebrate Britain's bold exit from the EU with this picture of two of Britain's finest. The picture was taken in 1921. In the foreground is Winston Churchill. In the background, we can see Emir Abdullah walking beside T. E. Lawrence . . . aka Lawrence of Arabia.

One of my all time favorite movies was the 1962 classic, Lawrence of Arabia, which is about T. E. Lawrence's amazing adventures on behalf of Britain in World War I. If you have never had a chance to watch the movie, it is well worth seeing.

Monday, June 27, 2016

The "Victory"



Welcome to Britain Week here at OPOD. With the UK voting to succeed from the European Union last week, it seems appropriate to recognize their independent spirit by featuring them on OPOD. We start with this picture from 1899 of the the British warship, the Victory. This was Lord Nelson's flagship.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Hindenburg Disaster



Today's picture is from May 6, 1936, and it shows the crash of the German Zeppelin the Hindenburg. The German airships were inflated with Hydrogen. Hydrogen was selected because it has superior lifting characteristics over all other gases. The downside is the Hydrogen is explosive. The highly publicized crash was pretty much the death knell for lighter than air craft. 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Zeppelin over Jerusalem



Today's picture shows the Graf Zeppelin from Germany over Jerusalem. The picture was taken in 1931. To me, sort of a creepy picture, knowing what Hitler was about to do to the Jews.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Naval Airships




Today's picture is from 1943 and shows a US Navy dirigible base on the east coast. Many do not realize that these airships were used in World War II for surveillance. These vessels had many unique capabilities, and I find it unfortunate that the technology was all but abandoned after the second world war.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Airships



Welcome to Lighter than Air Week here at OPOD. We will be looking at early flight that was accomplished by craft which were, well . . . lighter than air. In the earliest of airships, the gas was a lighter than air gas that came off burning coal. Then later, they used either Hydrogen or Helium as the lifting gas. Today's picture is from around 1920.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Sharecropper Camp


Today's picture is another one from the mass Sharecropper Eviction in New Madrid, Missouri. You can see that some of the people who had access to tarps set up makeshift camps by the side of the road after being evicted from the property.