Monday, May 31, 2010

Robert G. Ingersoll




He might have been the inspiration of the "jolly fat man." The postcard above might be him. Not sure.



He was a soldier in the Civil War.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_G._Ingersoll


Lectures of Col. R. G. Ingersoll, Vol. 1

by Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899)


Free Audio book!

http://librivox.org/lectures-of-col-r-g-ingersoll-vol-1-by-robert-green-ingersoll/

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Uniforms of Fictional Countries



Ruritania

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruritania

Ruritanian uniforms are influenced by Germany and Russia.


Duchy of Grand Fenwick




http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Fenwick

Troops of the Duchey of Grand Fenwick wear uniforms from the 100 Years War.

Concordia

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0055383/


The Leader owns the only uniform in Concordia. The small force wears odds and ends of French and Italian surplus.


Carpania
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059243/
Hussars loyal to Crown Prince Hapnick, center.  General Kuhster is on the left.




Hussars loyal to Rolfe Von Stuppe, on the right.





Duchy of Strackenz 

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073639/


Prince Carl Gustaf of Denmark and the Duchess Irma





Prince Carl Gustaf of Denmark is seen with Otto Von Bismark and Rudi Von Sternberg.


Movies of Micronations
http://rateyourmusic.com/lists/list_view?list_id=19590&show=25&start=100
PARADOR: "Moon Over Parador"
DUCHY OF GRAND FENWICK: "The Mouse that Roared"
FREEDONIA &; SYLVANIA: "Duck Soup"
DUCHY OF STRACKENZ: "Royal Flash"
KINGDOM OF RURITANIA: "Prisoner of Zenda"
BARONY OF VULGARIA: "Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang"
TOMANIA, BACTERIA &; OSTERLICH: "The Great Dictator"
TIJARA: "The In-Laws"
SLOVETZIA: "The Beautician and the Beast"
KARLSBERG: "The Student Prince"
EUPHRANIA: "The Slipper and the Rose"
KINGDOM OF TARONIA: "Thirty-Day Princess" (1934)
REPUBLIC OF VALVERDE: "Die Hard II"
KINGDOM OF VALESKA: "Saved By The Bell" (Three Stooges Moviette)
SAN MONIQUE: "Live and Let Die"
KINGDOM OF ZAMUNDA: "Coming to America"
JAVASU: "Princess Caraboo" (Book and Movie)
KINGDOM OF MARSHOVIA: "The Merry Widow"
REPUBLIC OF VALVERDE: "Commando"
BONAI PROVINCE, NIBIA: "Ace Ventura, When Nature Calls"
REPUBLIC OF HATAY: "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade"
ISTHMUS: "License to Kill"
REPUBLIC OF ZANGARO: "The Dogs of War"
MAGUADORA: "Whoops! Apocalypse"
SAN CHRISTABEL: "Guiding Light" (Television)
REPUBLIC OF HIDALGO: "Doc Savage, Man of Bronze"
CASCARA: "Water"
CORSALINA: "La Galette du Roi"
THE KINGDOM OF MORONICA: "I'll Never Heil Again" (Three Stooges Moviette)
SHADALOO: "Streetfighter"
SAN MARCOS: "Bananas"
ESTROVIA: "A King in New York"
THE ISLAND OF HISPANIOLA: "Treasure Island"
TECALA: "Proof of Life"
SARKHAN: "The Ugly American"
POTTSYLVANIA: "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle"
KINGDOM OF KLOPSTOKIA: "Million Dollar Legs" (W.C. Fields)
GENOVIA: "The Princess Diaries" and "The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement"
REPUBLIC OF GABEL: "Ghost in the Shell" (Anime)
KINGDOM OF SYLDAVIA AND REPUBLIC OF BORDURIA: "Tintin et le Lac aux Requins" (Anime)
AMBROSIA: "Billy Liar"
KINGDOM OF BARBURIA: "Snow White & the Three Stooges"
KINGDOM OF LUGASH: "Return of the Pink Panther"
BRAWANDI: "Yes, Minister" (Television)
KINGDOM OF CARPANIA: "The Great Race"
BURGUNDY: "Passport to Pimlico"
TAWAKI: "Man of the Moment"
PEPESLAVIA, DOLLARONIA &; REPÚBLICA DE LOS COCOS: "Su Excelencia"
FLORIN &; GUILDER: "The Princess Bride"
KRAKOZHIA: "The Terminal"
QUMAR: "The West Wing" (Television

Friday, May 28, 2010

Uniform Book Series additions.....

Apologies to Osprey in advance.

I don't know if this one will ever be released!   I'd like to see it.




















I was sent a spoof of the series featuring SS Brassieres and it inspired some other versions..


History Films of 1965 II

Forgot about this one. Not as funny but there are uniforms, early 1900s tech and Sophia Loren.

Lady L (1965)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059377/




Thursday, May 27, 2010

History Films of 1965

I just noticed that these three Edwardian comedy adventure films were all from 1965. They're a lot of fun with early cars, trains,  aircraft, machine guns, colorful uniforms, and beautiful actresses. The beautiful actresses are especially what I like.

All are for rent on NETFLIX. Too bad that you have to forget the World War One is coming in the character's future.

The Great Race (1965)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059243/











Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines or How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 hours 11 minutes (1965)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059797/










Viva Maria! (1965)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059956/














Continuing was.....
The Assassination Bureau (1969)


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064045/

Trains, Zeppelins, and uniforms. Diana Rigg.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

P├ętroleuses

 Let me dispose of the subject of the P├ętroleuses......

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P%C3%A9troleuses

It's NOT part of things that I like but was part of the history of the Commune. Better to watch the 1971 Western film Les P├ętroleuses. (The Legend of Frenchie King) with Brigitte Bardot and Cladia Cardinale

Monday, May 24, 2010

Women of the Paris Commune part two

A section of Paris, Porte-Maillot (as seen above and marked on the map below by the letter A,)  had a battery of guns manned by sailors with the Communards.


Possibly assisting the navy gunners were these women . I don't know if these women actually served, survived the Commune, or just dressed up for the photos.

Clara Fournier

Two photos of Hortense David above and two of Marie Christine Dargent below. The lower one is her "pointeuse" uniform.


Photos and names come from a number of sources including the  excellent site
The Siege and Commune of Paris,
http://www.library.northwestern.edu/spec/siege/