Sunday, 4 December 2016

1969, Designs: cars, furniture, electronics, clothes

Bertone-BMW 2800 Spicup
Design by Bertone, Italy.
Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1969.
Bertone-BMW 2800 Spicup at the Bertone stand at the Geneva Motor Show in 1969
Bertone-BMW 2800 Spicup, side view
Bertone-BMW 2800 Spicup, interior
Bertone-BMW 2800 Spicup, back view
Mini Clubman and Mini 1275 GT
Front redesign by Roy Haynes (British Leyland), UK 1969.
Original Austin/Morris Mini design by Alec Issigonis (British Motor Corporation (BMC) 1959), UK.
Mini Clubman (1969)
Mini 1275 GT (1969)
Mini Clubman Estate (1969)
Mary Quant Boots and Dresses
Utrecht Shoe Fair, designed by Mary Quant, UK 1969
Boots and dresses by Mary Quant (1969)
Boots and dresses by Mary Quant (1969)
Panasonic R72 "Toot-a-Loop"
Transistor radio, Japan 1969
Panasonic R73, in the three standard colours (1969)
(green was only available in Australia)
Panasonic R73, in the three standard colours (1969)
(green was only available in Australia)
Olivetti Valentine Typewriter
Designed by Perry King and Ettore Sottsass, Italy 1969.
Olivetti Valentine in standard red/orange (1969)
Olivetti Valentine in standard red/orange (1969)
Artemide Mezzachimera Table Lamp
Designed by Vico Magistretti, Italy 1969.
Artemide Mezzachimera Lamp (1969)
Telcer Bobo Phone
Designed by Sergio Todeschini, Italy 1969.
Telcer Bobo Phone (1969)
ABBA circa 1972  with Telcer Bobo Phone, promotion for the single Ring Ring
Flexform Tubo (Tube chair)
Designed by Joe Colombo, Italy 1969.
Flexform Tubo (1969)
Flexform Tubo (1969)

Friday, 2 December 2016

1968, Film: "Un soir, un train"

The Belgian-French coproduction "Un soir, un train" (English: "One Night... A Train") was released on 22 November 1968 in France. The surrealist enigmatic drama, based on the novel "De trein der traagheid" (1953) by Johan Daisne (Herman Thiery), was directed by André Delvaux. The main cast includes Yves Montand and Anouk Aimée. The music was written by Frédéric Devreese. The song "La fleur de l'été", written by André Delvaux and Frédéric Devreese, was performed by Nicole Croisille.

The main themes in the movie are the linguistic barrier between the Dutch speaking Belgians (Flemish) and the French speaking Belgians (Walloons) and the barrier between life and death with the unknown village as a transition state between life and death.
Anouk Aimée as Anne and Yves Montand as Mathias
Yves Montand as Mathias, Hector Camerlynck as Hernhutter
and François Beukelaers as Val
Anouk Aimée as Anne and Yves Montand as Mathias
Mathias (Yves Montand) a Belgian professor of linguistics at a university and writer of Flemish plays, is living with his mistress, the French theatre costume designer Anne (Anouk Aimée). After a quarrel about moral questions, they take a train to attend a congress. While Mathias sleeps, Anne disappears. The train stops in the middle of the country and Mathias gets off the train with an old colleague Professor Hernhutter (Hector Camerlynck ), and an ex-student Val (François Beukelaers)...
Anouk Aimée
Yves Montand
Main cast
  • Yves Montand as Mathias
  • Anouk Aimée as Anne
  • Adriana Bogdan as Moira
  • Hector Camerlynck as Hernhutter
  • François Beukelaers as Val
  • Michael Gough as Jeremiah
  • Senne Rouffaer as Elckerlyc
  • Domien De Gruyter as Werner
  • Jan Peré as Henrik 

"Un soir, un train" opening credits

Friday, 25 November 2016

1967, News: The last Panhard passenger car leaves the production line

In July 1967 the last Panhard passenger car, a blue model 24BT, leaves the production line. It ended the existence of the world’s first commercial manufacturer of automobiles, selling 21 cars in 1891. The French company Panhard & Levassor, later Panhard, established the front-engine, rear-drive architecture used by most cars for many decades. It was also one of the first carmakers to adopt front wheel drive.
René Panhard
Émile Levassor
Panhard & Levassor was founded as a car manufacturing company by René Panhard and Émile Levassor in 1887. In 1891 Panhard & Levassor marketed the first production car using a licensed Daimler engine. In 1892 Panhard & Levassor built the world's first front engined car with clutch and transmission driving the rear wheels (Système Panhard).
First Panhard & Levassor with Daimler engine (1891)
Panhard & Levassor (1892)
Panhard & Levassor (1892)
After the death of Émile Levassor in 1897, Arthur Krebs becomes General Manager in 1897. He turned the Panhard & Levassor Company into one of the largest and most profitable car manufacturers before World War I. Between the two World Wars, Panhard & Levassor focused on the luxury market. Most cars used sleeve-valve engines licensed from Charles Yale Knight. The elegant Panoramique (Panhard CS RL-N) of 1934 featured three windshields (center and two at the sides for “panoramic” visibility) and numerous mechanical innovations. The last big Panhard & Levassor, before Wold War II, was the streamlined Dynamic designed by Louis Bionier.
Panhard & Levassor Panoramique (x73) (1934)
Panhard & Levassor Dynamic (1936)
After World War II the company was renamed Panhard and produced only light cars such as the Dyna X, Dyna Z, PL 17, 24 CT and 24 BT, all with air-cooled flat-twin engine. In 1965 Panhard was taken over by Citroën. In 1967 civil production ended.
Panhard Dyna X (120)
Panhard Dyna Z
Panhard PL17
Panhard 24CT
Panhard 24BT

Sunday, 20 November 2016

1966, Car spotting: Antwerp, Frankrijklei

Left to right:
Unidentified van, unidentified car, Volkswagen 1200 (Beetle), Volvo Amazon, Ford Cortina Mk I, Opel Rekord A, unidentified car probably Opel Kadett A, Opel Rekord P2, unidentified small car, Fiat 1300, Citroën 2CV, Ford Anglia Sportsman (123E), Volkswagen 1200 (Beetle), BMW 700, Opel Rekord P2, Citroën 2CV.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

1965, Belgian Comics: Suske en Wiske “De Koddige Kater”

In 1965 a new "Suske en Wiske" (UK: "Bob & Bobette" or "Spike and Suzy", US: "Willy and Wanda") album is published: "De Koddige Kater" (translation: "The Droll Tomcat"). The series "Suske en Wiske" was created by Willy Vandersteen in 1945.

No 54: "De Koddige Kater"
  • two-coloured
  • never published in English
  • story and drawings by Willy Vandersteen
  • published in French ("Bob et Bobette") as "Le matou marrant"
  • published in German ("Ulla und Peter") as "Wastl und der Geisterkater"
  • published in Finnish ("Anu & Antti") as "Kaikkien aikojen katti"
  • published in Fries ("Suske en Wiske") as "De boartlike boarre"
  • published in Norwegian ("Finn & Fiffi") as "Den gåtefulle katten"
  • published in Swedish ("Finn och Fiffi") as "Den gåtfulla katten"
No 54 "De Koddige Kater" (translation: "The Droll Tomcat")
The story was pre-published in the newspapers "De Standaard" and "Het Nieuwsblad" from 11 September 1964 until 22 January 1965. The main characters are Suske (Spike), Wiske (Suzy), aunt Sidonia, Lambik (Ambrose), Jerom (Jethro), mister Erdemelcher, Hans (servant), the Mayor and his wife Hildgarde, Siegfried (the tomcat) and Nonoletta (female cat). The main location for this story is Luxembourg. The album was reedited in 1967 as No 74 in the coloured series.
Mister Erdemelcher and Lambik (Ambrose)
Hans the servant
Hildgarde and Siegfried
Lambik (Ambrose) and Jerom (Jethro)
Lambik (Ambrose) accidently drives his car over a bike and he pays the bike owner for the damage. Seconds later he sees the man throwing his bike in front of another car. Aunt Sidonia's kitchen is not finished by a hired painter, she gets angry when she hears Lambik paid the painter in advance. Lambik leaves his good friends in anger, he's had enough to be taken by people. Willy and Wanda see how he gets into a black car...
The Mayor, Wiske (Suzy) and Sidonia
Sidonia an Lambik (Ambrose)
Siegfried and Nonoletta
Wiske (Suzy) and Suske (Spike)
  • the message "Helpt Elkander", at the beginning, is inspired by the "Bond Zonder Naam", a Christian organisation that promotes charity
  • the white female cat Nonoletta is a reference to the Eurovision song “Non ho l'età” by the Italian winner Gigiola Cinquetti (1964)
  • the quote by Wiske (Suzy) “Ik hang hier als een vaandel van Toon Hermans” is a reference to the famous Dutch comedian
  • the quote by the old woman: "Joep! Gejaagd door de wind in Altenfels!" is a reference to the novel "Gone with the Wind" (1937) by Margaret Mitchell and the movie of the same name with Vivian Leigh and Clark Gable (1939)
"Helpt Elkander" inspired by the "Bond Zonder Naam"
Reference to the novel "Gone with the Wind"
Reference to Toon Hermans
  • Ford Fairlane 500 (1962) (2x)
  • Renault Dauphine
  • Volkswagen 1200 (Beetle)
Ford Fairlane 500 (1962)
Ford Fairlane 500 (the black car) (1962)
Renault Dauphine
Volkswagen 1200 (Beetle)