Month: July 2015

HM’s Nazi Salute: Relevant to What?

HM’s Nazi Salute: Relevant to What?

Stiff-Arm Salute: Must We Know Everything?

Claim­ing it is “his­tor­i­cal­ly rel­e­vant,” the Sun defend­ed pub­li­ca­tion of a six-year-old Princess Eliz­a­beth, coached by her moth­er the future Queen Eliz­a­beth and her uncle the Prince of Wales (lat­er Edward VIII, still lat­er the Duke of Wind­sor) rais­ing her arm in the stiff salute now iden­ti­fied with the Nazi par­ty. It’s “in the pub­lic inter­est,” wails the Sun.

It’s in the inter­est of sell­ing news­pa­pers. Buck­ing­ham Palace respond­ed:

“Most peo­ple will see these pic­tures in their prop­er con­text and time. This is a fam­i­ly play­ing and momen­tar­i­ly ref­er­enc­ing a ges­ture many would have seen from con­tem­po­rary news reels. No one at that time had any sense how the salute would evolve.…

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Kaiser-Frazer, Gettysburg, 30 July 2015

Kaiser-Frazer, Gettysburg, 30 July 2015

My first book, Kaiser-Fraz­er: Last Onslaught on Detroit (New York: Dut­ton, 1975, reprint­ed 1980) was based on dozens of inter­views with com­pa­ny engi­neers, styl­ists and exec­u­tives, and packed with rare pho­tos from pro­to­types to per­son­al­i­ties. It won the 1975 “dou­ble crown”: the Antique Auto­mo­bile Club of Amer­ica McK­ean Tro­phy and the Soci­ety of Auto­mo­tive His­to­ri­ans Cug­not Award. Kaiser-Fraz­er and Kaiser-Willys (1945-55) com­prised a blip in auto­mo­tive his­tory, and some said their cars were the answer to a ques­tion nobody asked. You pays your mon­ey and you takes your choice, but if you want to hear the rec­ol­lec­tions of peo­ple who made Detroit what it was in the 1950s, this book may be illu­mi­nat­ing.…

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Churchill on Socialism

Churchill on Socialism

“The Recruit­ing Parade,” David Low in The Star, 7 Octo­ber 1924. Fig­ures are labeled “Plot Press,” “Monop­o­list,” “Defeats” (Churchill), “Hard­face Employ­er,” “Cracked Pro­tec­tion,” “Ideals are Tom­my Rot” and “Plot Press” (Lord Beaver­brook), Churchill was mak­ing his third bid to regain a seat in Par­lia­ment, which he won. He was “so tick­led” by Low’s car­toon that he offered to pur­chase it, and the Labour news­pa­per sent it to him as a gift. He ran it with his essay “Car­toons and Car­toon­ists,” in Thoughts and Adven­tures (1932).

This quo­ta­tion is now going around the web, broad­ly attrib­uted to Churchill.…

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