This is a pictorial record of the laying of the undersea cable at Blaauwberg in 1944.
Main picture: Cable end coming ashore at Blaawberg, Cape Town in 1944
Is one even able to contemplate what Cape Town’s harbour was like in the days of sail? These photographs evoke that period. Imagine the harbour without a steamship in sight. The first regular service between SA and the UK was only commenced in 1857 by the Union Steam Company.
Main picture: Sailing ships at anchor in Table Bay mid 1800s
Often one wonders how somebody could have sustained a peculiar injury. Now I know how. These acts are not merely stupid but rather imbecilic. One could even conclude that they possess a death wish. Will any of these cretins survive to old age or will Lady Luck play an inordinate role in their lives?
Main pictures: If they pull this off, they’re engineering geniuses
Photos reveal more than a moment in time. They also evoke emotions and provide a link to the past. Hopefully, this trove of photographs will take you back in time to another era.
Main picture: Cars racing on the roof of the Fiat Factory in 1923
The Great Depression lasted from 1929 to 1939, and was the worst economic downturn in the history of the industrialized world. It began after the stock market crash of October 1929, which sent Wall Street into a panic and wiped out millions of investors. Over the next several years, consumer spending and investment dropped, causing steep declines in industrial output and employment as failing companies laid off workers. By 1933, when the Great Depression reached its lowest point, some 15 million Americans were unemployed and nearly half the country’s banks had failed.
The motto of the era was “Use it up — wear it out, — make it do or do without!”
This photographic depiction of the era vividly highlights the devastation that it left in its wake in America.
Main picture: Amongst the countless millions reduced to penury
Perhaps I am a sucker for photographs but only if they display pathos, skill, unalloyed beauty or a social message. All of these photos meet one of the criteria. Hence, I must admit mea culpa.
Main picture: Amsterdam at night
Generically these are known as Animals Crossings as any fabricated structure, which facilitates the movements of animals across an impeding obstacle such as roads, or railway line could serve as a crossing.
However, as the most spectacular crossings are bridges, the focus will be on bridges.
Main picture: A Green Wildlife Bridge over an Autobahn in Germany
All of these photographs display the tranquility of nature through its reflections on the water.
Some years ago I first received an email claiming that these stunning photographs were only found in a Brownie Box Camera recently. The photos are real but the astonishing claims made were a figment of somebody’s imagination.